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Indian or Chinese take-away? 

(First Published in the XK Gazette in 2008)

                                                                                             By Paul Abadjian

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In case you haven’t heard-it’s XK60 this year.  60 years ago, the XK120 was launched at the first Motor Show to be held in Britain since the War. More than half a million flocked to this event, which was a bright spot in an otherwise very drab Britain. London and most other cities were still heavily scarred with bombsites. Many food items were on ration which hadn’t even been rationed during the War. Even the Olympics, held that summer at Wembley, were nicknamed ‘The Austerity Olympics’ because every possible superfluous expense or luxury had been spared. A virtually bankrupt Britain had relinquished much of its Empire, the jewel in the crown, India, being given its independence just the year before. Chairman Mao was about to take the reins of power in communist China. The world was indeed a changing place.

 

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Back to the Future 

(First published in the XK Gazette in 2008)

                                                                                             By Paul Abadjian

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I know that this shall come as a blow to those loyal readers unfortunate enough to know me personally, but I have never considered myself to be at the forefront of fashion or trends. An example of this was my attitude to backgammon. When it became de rigueur amongst the London smart-set in the early/ mid 70s, I wouldn’t be seen dead playing the game, as it seemed such a cliché. Needless to say, I chose to learn it in the late 70’s, just when it had become deeply unfashionable, and remember well those long lonely evenings playing with myself, as it were. At least it kept me fit, commuting back and forth from one side of the board to the other.

 

 

 

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Just When you Think it’s in the Bag   

(First published in the XK Gazette in 2008)

                                                                                           By Paul Abadjian

 

article3Just when you think its in the bag-you discover that- well- it isn’t! That seems to happen more often with car sales than most things, with the notable exception of UK house sales, where the placement of a deposit means little, and it seems to be a miracle that people ever manage to move house at all.  Speaking as someone who has lived in the same place for thirty years,  I speak from the heart!

 

 

 

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