Caramulo – There and Back

This year we once again joined our friend Mario, another Morgan Plus 4 owner, at Caramulo in Portugal for the Caramulo Motorfestival. I competed in the Hill Climb Regularity event, as I did in 2014. This time, however, without a navigator. We were also joined Calum, a Scott, and his red Morgan 3 wheeler that he had driven all the way from Scotland via Switzerland.

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Ezio Bosso

Alis heard Ezio Bosso on the radio this morning and discussion of his Italian tour. She looked him up on the internet and we have just been listening to some recordings made by this amazing musician.

In 2011 Bosso underwent brain surgery. Following the surgery he lost everything, language, music: he remembered it, but did not understand it. It came back slowly and in the end he was able to say;  “I learned that music is part of me, but not me. At best, I am at the service of music. ”  Slowly, with great suffering and many joys, thanks to friends he has regained “the coordination between body and mind needed to return to the piano. ” He now speaks with difficulty, can no longer run, but can still play. “Before I could play for ten hours a day, now I have to stop after two (my neighbours will be pleased). ”

A story of bravery and perseverance against what must have seemed insurmountable obstacles.

He lives in London, where he’s been principal conductor and artistic director of the only large string orchestra in England: The London Strings.

You can find a lot of his recordings that he has uploaded on YouTube:

He also has an album of automotive interest “Road Sign Variation”. Here is one track “Speed Limit, A Night Ride”

Another which I like very much is “Exit, Run44” from the Album “Road Sign Variations”



Telegram vs WhatsApp

Ciao folks

I have recently installed a new App on my telephone (mobile), tablet and computer. This app is very similar to the well known WhatsApp but it has several advantages as far as I am concerned. It is called Telegram.

For those who are not familiar with WhatsApp and Telegram they are very convenient instant messaging services that many find more convenient than the universal SMS system for smartphones. These days most people have plans that include more SMSs than they can use but with an SMS you can’t send photos (unless you use an MMS, and that usually costs) and the length of an SMS is limited.

Both Telegram and WhatsApp combine the convenience of an SMS and an email in one application. The only small inconvenience is that you do require an internet data connection. Provided your mobile plan includes sufficient data allowance you don’t have to pay anything. Until you delete them the messages to and from any person remain, just like SMSs in a smart phone, in a list under that contact. Both Telegram and WhatsApp use you telephone directory to connect you to any other user who also has the application installed.

So what is the difference between Telegram and WhatsApp?

WhatsApp was one of the first applications of this type and was made available to everyone to try free of charge for the first year, after that there is a very small and reasonable charge to renew the service. WhatsApp is fairly well known and has many more users that other systems (except perhaps Line, which is more common in Asia). For me there are two problems with WhatsApp: firstly I can not run the same account on more than one device, there is a web interface for PCs but it requires the phone to be connected to the internet for synchronisation.  I have tried the web interface and it does not seem particularly good. WhatsApp security also seems a bit patchy for anyone who really needs secure messages. Finally WhatsApp has been purchased for US$19 billion by Facebook. This effectively means I have given my contact details to Facebook: something I never wanted to do.

According to Wikipedia
“The acquisition caused a considerable number of users to move, or try out other message services as well. Telegram claimed to have seen 8 million additional downloads of its app. Line claimed to have seen 2 million new users for its service.”

I am one of those users. I can only think that Facebook is looking to future advertising revenue as it will take a long time for the 900 million current users to repay such an enormous investment.

For WhatsApp see or your telephone apps store.

Telegram is a relatively new player that is rapidly gaining ground. Based on the most recent information that I could find Telegram has about 80 million monthly active users, about 10% of the WhatsApp number of users. By and large it works in a similar way to WhatsApp but it has three major advantages. Firstly it is a completely independent non profit foundation and the app is entirely free. Secondly it is available on Windows. Linux, and Mac as well as all smartphone systems. The messages are stored on a cloud server which means that synchronisation is not needed, the messages are available to be seen by all your devices, smartphone, tablet or PC at any time, for me this is the most interesting feature (Note: you still need data connection). Thirdly telegram uses very high level security so confidential messages remain confidential.
There is also another interesting feature which allows people to contact a user using a link provided by the user (username is a name registered by the user for this purpose). They would still have to register using a phone number, they can choose the web interface or the app, but they would have no need to know the other user’s phone number.  I can give my username to people who do not have my phone number and if there is an urgent message to send me I will get it wherever I am as long as I have a data connection.
If an even higher level of security is needed Telegram has a feature called secret chat (not currently available on PCs) which uses client-to-client encryption and messages are not stored on the cloud therefore you can not see these messages on other devices. Secret chat messages are destroyed on both users’ device if deleted by one user and there are several other provisions available.

For Telegram or your telephone app store.


Ballade Morganisti 2015

Each year a small group of Morganisti organise a tour in their home region. It is usually limited to 6 cars, and 5 or 6 days. Last year Alis and I organised a tour of Lombardia and Piemonte. This year it was in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France, specifically the departments of Lot, Aveyron, and Tarn. We started in the town of Cahors and continued to circulate on wonderful roads following rivers and streams, spectacular gorges, passing medieval villages and towns, stopping every so often to refresh ourselves with local delicacies and wonderful wine. Continue reading


Fitting Omex Throttle Bodies to a Morgan Plus 4

After owning our 2012 Plus 4 (Ford Duratec 2.0 L) for a year I decided that I wanted just a little more performance. When I purchased the car directly from the factory I ordered the sports exhaust system similar to that used on the Morgan Plus 4 SS, however it always seems that whatever you have is just not quite enough.

Omex had already made a throttle body kit for the Morgan 4/4 but had never completed development of a proposed kit for the Plus 4. Last year Williams, the Bristol Morgan dealer, supplied a car to Omex to complete the development. I had been watching with interest and as soon as the kit became available early this year I placed my order.

The kit includes a mapped Omex 600 ECU, Jenvey throttle bodies and manifold, sensors and engine cabling. The Omex 600 ECU is supplied with a calibration developed for the Morgan but is programmable using the software that can be downloaded from the Omex site. A portable Windows computer and a suitable cable is required if you wish to make your own adjustments to the calibration.

Omex kit

Throttle bodies

This is the kit as it arrived.

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