kindly set me some questions. Here are my answers:1) Was driving that V8 Vantage all it was cracked up to be?
I think I'm going to have to say yes (it was the new V12 Vantage, incidentally - their most powerful engine in their lightest and smallest car). Being used to a Mazda MX-5, I was expecting it to be large and unwieldy, but the car feels surprisingly nimble behind the wheel. And quick. Mind-bendingly, warp-speed quick. As to whether it's worth the sticker price of £135,000 I'm less sure. Never having bought a house, I don't have a good handle on that sort of amount of money - it would certainly buy me a very large number of slightly lesser cars. However, what *is* clear to me is the craftsmanship that goes into making them. I have been to the factory twice now, and the attention to detail in all areas is as impressive as the car is fast. 2) Should I have bought that Austin 3-litre Westminster in 1988, or would I have found myself with a big lemon on my hands?
Well, they appear to be quite spendy now, but I think as with most old Brit cars, unless you had somewhere warm & dry to keep it and barely drove it, it'd mostly be made of rust now. However, my top tip for the future is a Morris Marina or Ital - there's around 250 of each left on british roads and, provided you can convince the seller you're not a Top Gear researcher, they might be a worthwhile investment. ;-)3) Have you ever thought about getting a Hindustan Ambassador?
Actually, yes. I discovered this website
, but in the end, they're quite pricey and I already have a Morris Minor, which isn't far off from their driving experience, I suspect...4) How long have you been using Macs, and which models have you owned?
First Mac I ever used was a Mac Plus my father bought, probably circa 1986, for some ridiculous amount of money - it included a whopping 20MB external hard disk and Imagewriter II dot matrix printer. Whiled away many happy hours with Macpaint, until I discovered games like Crystal Quest and the Dark Castle series...
When he upgraded, I inherited that, and that pattern continued for a while - my next was an LC, then Performa 630, then Power Mac 8600/200, which was my first one bought new for me. Then followed the original Bondi iMac, Powerbook 2400c/180 (only available in the US and Japan, so I bought it while working in the states in '98). Then a Powerbook G3 Pismo. Finally, iMac G4 anglepoise cast off from work, followed by 13" aluminium Macbook and 24" aluminium iMac, which are my current machines. This doesn't include the castoffs I've picked up in the meantime for collecting rather than use as a main machine. You can see those here, on Flickr
and a more exhaustive but out of date list on my website
. I think that's it. Glad you asked? ;-)5) Which is your favourite Oxford pub?
That's a tricky one. When I was a student it was always the Radcliffe Arms, which was friendly and had good cheap food. It's since turned into "the Raddy", a football pub with TVs everywhere and no appeal for me any more - though it seems popular. Current favourites are probably the Royal Oak, work's regular pub, and Far From the Madding Crowd, popular among ox.ac.uk geeks.