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Thursday, 16 July 2015
End of an Era.
I never thought I'd see the day when Land Rover would decide to scrap production of their 'Defender' model; but they have.
There is no question that were uncomfortable dinosaurs, but they were much loved by farmers, the military, African safari-goers, and even HM The Queen.
So, what will replace the much loved Defender? No doubt some big Japanese manufacturer is rubbing his hands with glee, and has already begun designing the perfect replacement vehicle.
I remember years ago going to the local cattle market in Shropshire, and seeing row upon row of Defenders (each with an accompanying horse trailer) in the car park; there must have been several hundreds of them. It was as if no self-respecting farmer ever drove anything else.
So, why have Land Rover abandoned such a huge British 'institution', and a design that dates back to the late 1940's; have they gone mad?
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!