'tis the season to be grateful

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RNLI is hoping to lift the funds to construct a brand new Shannon-class lifeboat
In his Christmas column, Matt Prior explores his fascination with the RNLI’s Shannon-class lifeboat, and the rationale behind the comparatively un-fascinating Skoda Scala

The Christmas highway check is at all times one in all my favorite gigs of the yr, however even amongst these particular festive options, the Shannon-class lifeboat stands out. 

I’m undecided that’s solely as a result of it’s a very worthy and noble machine, both, despite the fact that it’s maybe the worthiest of all of them. There are organisations and charities that convert autos into rescue tenders: vehicles, vans, helicopters, boats and extra. However does every other charity on this planet design and construct its personal lifesaving car completely from scratch? 

Throughout my analysis for it, I watched a few previous documentaries. In a single, a lifeboat station chief was speaking about what motivates the RNLI’s volunteer crews. Typically, he stated, individuals would volunteer merely by a sense of compassion, however they didn’t have a tendency to stay round that lengthy. Those that joined and served for a few years have been crew members who simply cherished engaged on the boat as a part of a tightly wound workforce, as a result of these issues – the camaraderie, and the information they have been doing one thing extremely cool – have been simply as necessary to them as the truth that they’d save lives on the finish of it. They needed to have an affinity with their crew mates, and in addition the boat they’d go to sea in. 

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Christmas highway check 2018: RNLI Shannon Lifeboat overview

I’m not one to counsel objects have personalities or characters past these individuals attribute to them, however I do know we like to offer them. I suppose households naming their vehicles or mariners referring to ships as ‘she’ are among the many embodiments of that. 

And it’s that fascination with the machine that makes the Shannon lifeboat such a thrill to expertise and write about. So we’re tremendously grateful to the RNLI, which want to fund a brand new Shannon this Christmas. Should you go to www.rnli.org, there are methods to assist pay for a machine that, as a lot as any can, has a soul and an incredible potential to shock. 

No surprises with the Skoda Scala

Evaluate and distinction, then, with the brand new Skoda Scala, a by-numbers manufacturing created with the creativeness of a Hollywood motion movie. It runs to the proper size and will get every part in the proper place so that folks know exactly what to anticipate after they stroll by the showroom door. It’ll go exactly face to face with the issues it’s meant to go face to face with. 

Samey? Maybe, nevertheless it’s no shock that, whereas the automotive business is one which typically takes nice dangers, at different occasions it simply performs it by the ebook. Take the BMW 5 Sequence GT of 2009, which was not a very outlandish automotive, however sellers reported again that they weren’t actually certain what to do with it, find out how to flog it, as a result of consumers didn’t actually perceive what it was for, both. It’s no shock, then, that typically there aren’t any surprises. 

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On a private observe…

And eventually, thanks for supporting us this yr. We love having the ability to convey you nice tales and I can solely hope you get pleasure from studying or watching them. 

I believe we’ve received a few unique subscriber occasions within the pipeline for 2019, too, so hopefully I’ll see you at one in all ’em. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Learn extra

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