Democracy is about people having a say – being represented – being able to voice their opinions freely. Democracy cannot be destroyed by the acts of homicidal individuals intent on destruction and murder for ends that may or may not be religious. All attacks on Democracy only result in members of Democratic society drawing closer together – standing up for their right to free speech and some form of control over their governance. Democratic people will never bow down before the Tyranny of Terrorism no matter what its source. It’s time for those driving terrorism to learn the simple lesson – the way to resolve issues is through debate not bullets. You will never achieve your aims without talking and compromise – ask those who went down this road before and learn from their experience!

Here we go with Fire Engines – although the London Fire Brigade calls them Appliances…

Speeding through Finchley

Start of Watch checks

On wedding duty

There are some semi-hidden F’s too. The first image has been processed in Silverefex to emulate Ilford FP4 Film. The second image is of a Volvo FL6 and the third is an old Ford airfield fire / rescue truck now preserved and available for function hire. All were taken in Finchley.

Spot anything odd about the Fire Engine in the first picture? Clue – it won’t be much use when it gets to a fire… Answer in comments please 🙂

Catch up with Cee’s B&W Challenge and other entries here. Don’t be shy – join in – this is all about taking part 🙂

First vehicle to become a ‘keeper’ was the Renault Magnum. I embraced its quirky appearance and enjoyed the ride. Originally painted pale blue with a ‘Parisien’ motif she became red and was named Un Verre de Corbières. Currently she’s running around in a Michelin advert livery…

Joining the fleet soon after was a Mercedes-Benz Actros. I’m not sure whether this truck is staying long term. She’s nice to drive but I find the dials a little dark for easy reading. Painted in a silver metallic version of one of the in-game company liveries. She has no name as yet… We’ll see how I feel about her in the future…

The Renault Range T joined the fleet as my first ‘paid’ mod as a direct result of my fun in the Magnum. initially turned out in a metallic brown, she is now painted in Renault F1 yellow. She’s a very fine truck to drive picking the best quirks of the Magnum and adding some nice modern styling. Renault struggled in the UK market but since merging with Volvo they seem to be finding favour. I’m seeing a lot of Range T’s out on the North Circular Road these days! Definitely a keeper though I’m still thinking about a name…

The M.A.N TGX XXL. I was always going to have one of these in the fleet. I love the cab layout and the simple elegance of the external design. There are a couple of in-game issues with the lights on the display – no light for retarder activation for example. But overall a very nice truck to drive and probably the most refined. Finished in a dark metallic grey, she’s picked up the name Dark of Night from my Cobra IV in Elite…

And finally the inevitable Scania. I say inevitable because this truck is most peoples favourite. I like her very much and will be retaining her probably in her current form with this metallic copper livery. She’s a good driver and the dash is excellent with all dials easy to read. Perhaps not as refined as the M.A.N and not quite as fun as the Renault’s. Another truck awaiting a name…

Trucks left to try out – Volvo and Iveco. Trucks that didn’t make my personal fleet – DAF XF. I really could not stand the cab on the DAF so I sold it…