Sunday Snippets

We leave in 40 minutes to go and pick up our new dog.



Saab Car Club members in Melbourne can expect to see a few dusty and dirty cars in the new year. As the drought here in Australia continues, the state government there has implemented Stage III water restrictions, which include a ban on using your hose to wash your car.

It shouldn’t hurt club members Alex R and Steve B though, as they only use bottled water collected from the Himalayas to wash their cars anyway.


The reserve hasn’t been met yet, but this is my eBay Saab of the moment.


A rare-ish 5-speed 9-5 Aero, in Silver. Hubba Hubba.

OUCH! – Finance owing. Oh well……


Some of you may remember the Australian 20th Anniversary Convertible launch a few months ago. I had some fun pointing out that the vanity plates used on the display cars were prepared using a Holden font rather than Saab’s usual Gill Sans.

Saab Oz got their revenge this week with my stories on E85 Saabs. It was pointed out to me that the correct spelling is BioPower, not Biopower (with a small ‘p’).

Grrrrrr. There will now be no limit to my pedantry!!


Completely non-Saab related:

If there’s any Englishmen reading this, or even just someone with the slightest bit of English ancestry traceable within the last 30 or so generations…..

Please examine the following list:

House brick
Fender guitar
Cricket Bat
Cricket Ball
TV Antenna

If you’re able to identify the sporting goods from that list, please contact the English Cricket Board immediately for a free holiday in Australia.


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  1. Swadey,

    you have found our secret, yes we use bottled water collected from the Himalayas but you failed to mention how get it delivered…. it’s usually back packed down from the bottling plant on the summit on the north face of Mt Everest, then donkeys carry it to the boarder of Nepal and China, once in China its driven to the port in Beijing by a 100 year old man driving a stretched Maybach, once aboard Stevie B’s and my personally charted cruiser its kept at a 5˚ until it reaches port in Melbourne. were then it is used to wash the 2 Saab’s buy various scantly clad woman..


  2. I’m not getting the joke on the English Cricket Board.

    And 30 generations is about 750 years worth of history — if you do the math, virtually every white English-speaking person on the planet has some English ancestry going back 30 generations.

    To be specific, going back 30 generations, everyone has over 1 billion (great*30) grandparents (2 to the 30th power).

    With over 1 billion spots to fill on the family tree for 30 generations ago, it is a virtual certainty that any English-speaking person of European descent alive today has some English ancestry.

    Even more interesting is the fact that the total population of England in 1250 was only about 2.5 million.

    So all of us (“us” being white English-speakers) have essentially the same set of (great*30) grandparents.

  3. Swade, Fair does mate, our team are obviously suffering from turbo lag.

    Lag as in broken.

    As a half Pom of colonial extraction, all I can say is, send them home now.

  4. Greg,

    The English Cricket team is here in Australia playing a 5-test (or 5-game) series. It’s the oldest rivalry in cricket and the trophy they’re playing for is known as “The Ashes” (It’s a long and glorious story).

    England currently hold the Ashes, having won the series last year on home soil. It’s unusual for the two teams to play again so quickly, but they’re playing again now and Australia is leading the series 2-0. The third test (game) is being played at the moment and at the time that I wrote the post, Australia was creaming them. Since then England have had a very strong day 4 (a test match goes for 5 days) and are looking much better, though some late breakthroughs by Australia saw them take the ascendancy once again. If the weather can hold off then we’ll most likely win this test as well, thereby winning the series and bringing the Ashes back to Australia.

    The generational reference related to the fact that the English occasionally get someone from another country to play for them due to their birthplace. Their current wicketkeeper spent most of his life playing cricket in Australia and one of their best batsmen is a South African.

    Seeing they were doing so badly at the end of day three I thought I’d advertise on their behalf for a bit of fun.

    Wow, how can you explain 120 years of cricket history to someone from a non-cricket nation?

    Anyway, we’re winning and that’s the way we like our summers in Australia!

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