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So I took some time off work to sort out the car and a few other bits and pieces. I got the door bent back without too much of a hit in asthetics, and then I set to finding something to trade it in for. It could’ve easily been broken into whilst I was out on-site, and I would’ve been royally screwed if there was work kit in it. Granted that’s what insurance is for, but even so.

So I spent a few days cleaning it up and then sorting a few things out, such as removing the bluetooth kit (2 hours to install, 20 minutes to remove), and then I set about getting it valued. As always it wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but with the 207 and the 307 available not many want the 206 at the moment.

In the end I plumped for an 04 model VW Bora 1.9TDI Highline. Clocking in at 130BHP its a “little” quicker than the 206 (that’s 40 more BHP), and that wasn’t exactly slow. However, the Bora is the epitome of comfort, in comparison to the Clio and the 206 (bear in mind neither were that uncomfortable, and you’ll get an idea of where I’m coming from). The 6 speed box is certainly going to take some getting used to, especially as in 6th the cruising speed is a little higher than the motorway speed in the UK. Economy wise it’s already better than the 206 after the motorway journey, which is nice. The automatic windscreen wipers are much better than the ones in the Peugeot and the build quality is naturally in a bit of a different league. It’s somewhat strange driving a saloon for the first time in my life though. I’ll pop some pictures up when I get a moment. The long and short of it is, I’m as happy as a baby in water; I’ve got peace of mind when it comes to security and it felt like my birthday when I picked up and drove off with the car.

Now I’m done with the car I’m looking into the whole fitness thing again. I’ve come to the conclusion I’m not exactly in the peak physical fitness still and I want to ramp things up a bit. As such I started looking into martial arts this evening and came across Krav Maga - functional contact combat - unlike Kendo and similar arts, which focuses on ettiquette, or breathing and so on. Unfortunately because I’ve picked something which is fairly well unknown, there’s only 1 place I can go to to learn this; which is in Clifton, Bristol. Not exactly accessible from my point of view, but it’s better than nothing and I’m very interested in this as, lets be frank, I’m a bit of a weed. I’m just awaiting contact from the instructor - I’ll let you know how it goes!