Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Mini World

I am a girl and am not interested in cars, I see them as a means to simply get me where I want to go in the safest way possible. However, I am lucky enough to own a beautiful Mini Clubman (that's an estate version of the Mini), and it is the ideal vehicle for me to zip about the countryside and squeeze into small spaces when I am in London, it also fits in the small herd, two dogs and Handsome Husband, so is a multi-tasking beauty, just like me.

I recently had to take my lovely Mini in for a Service. Normally this is a tiresome event, and does not take long enough to warrant a courtesy car so I have to wait about reading out of date issues of What Car, Classic Car or Top Gear, none of which are normally on my reading radar. To top that the showroom seating is uncomfortable and there is a ghastly coffee machine, that splutters out something that looks more like weak ale than coffee and I cannot tell you what it tastes like as I surreptitiously poured it into the plant pot next to the brochures.

This visit turned out to be a little more interesting than I had expected, as I decided to take a look at the new Mini Countryman which was proudly displayed in the showroom. The eager salesman (Julian) was more than happy to talk me through this Mini beast, and he talked enthusiastically about all sorts of technical issues which went straight over my pretty head, but I nodded, smiled and agreed with everything he said, but after about 5 minutes of his waffling I began to glaze over a little until I spotted something I had to enquire about.

"What on earth is that" I asked pointing to what looks like the accelerator handle on a small speedboat. "Aaah that is the handbrake" he said in hushed tones, and then continued "I know, it's horrible isn't it"? It certainly is a ghastly looking thing, and frankly spoils the whole look. It was then that I gave this Mini a critical once over and decided that it is all wrong, it's huge and I thought Mini was supposed to be small, and despite having four doors it offers no additional leg room than my current gorgeous little Mini, its body design also resembles and clumsy London Taxi and there are some strange poles which run all the way down the middle of the interior of the car which give the appearance of it not being quite finished. Julian then began to give me the sales talk about Mini being a brand and that they had listened to what customers want and this is it. Well not me Julian, I don't want one at all I shall be sticking to my Clubman, although when the very helpful man on the Service Desk re-appeared with my keys he gave me the bad news that my little car will need new front and back brakes in about 1000 miles, so what with that, the newly due MOT it may just be cheaper to get myself a new little Clubman.

As I've been a very good girl this year, maybe Santa could be persuaded. What do you want for Christmas? xxx


Couture Carrie said...

Love the Mini!
Hope Santa is good to you this year, darling :)


Sarah said...

I love the Mini Clubman. I don't know this new version, but the one I've seen zipping about the roads is cute and nifty.

I want a Kindle for Christmas, along with half the literate population of the western world, or so it seems.

Everything I am looking for, whatever the list - boy (mini skate park), me, is very unoriginal because it's what everyone else wants too. I'm gutted!

Tights Lover said...

I love the mini clubman. I'm not sure about the countryman...it sounds like mini got away from what made them great with this one!

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Dear NWLG, the Mini Clubman is a great car, I think they are lovely!

The Actor has a Mini Cooper, the last year before they changed to the newer model. It's volcano orange with a white roof and white stripes down the bonnet. It's very cute although I joke that he got it out of a Christmas cracker! We look quite silly getting out of it as it's so tiny and he's 6' 4".

Thank you for your lovely comments, great to hear from you again! It's been ages!

If you ever need any Ebay tips or if there's anything you have in mind, I'd be happy to help. Drop me a line anytime. C xx

Wicked Stepmother said...

I am very new online and found you while browsing on some other sites. One of my daughters has a mini and she loves it, she says it's like a toy car and I do like the retro design. However, I don't drive, but am lucky enough to have a driver, and we glide around in a large 4x4 or the Bentley. Very best wishes

Metropolitan Mum said...

I am a girl too and I LOVE cars. Make mine a new 911 Carrera S and I'll be yours forever :)

Susu Paris Chic said...

I'm hoping to get this robe that we call marshmallow! So fluffy and pink!

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Merry Christmas!

I hope you had a great one!

B xx

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Happy New Year!

B xx

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Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Where have you been? Hope all's well!

hampers said...

I could be easily taked into a Mini Clubman myself. They look great and appear fun to drive, not to mention the ability to squeeze into tiny places when parking is at a premium. Yes, Santa...I would love one.

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