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Wednesday, 29 May 2019
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Retirement Today: Crystal Ball

Looking out of our hotel room window in a small town in Portugal I noticed an oversized parking meter with a car connected by cable.  It wasn’t a parking meter it was an electric car recharging point.  It made me reflect on the number of electric cars we see in Europe and on the dominance of the internal combustion engine for all of my lifetime.  My generation has seen enormous change in so many aspects of our lives.  Our grandchildren roll about laughing when I tell them about gathering around the wireless set to listen to children’s radio or putting coins in a telephone box to make a call.  It was a different world, but the one thing which has remained constant is the internal combustion engine.  It began life around 1890 and our current car engines

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