A little while back I tested a bog-standard Fiat Panda and while it was slower than a real panda, it was also a damn sight cheaper to buy or run. So on balance, I liked it very much.
Since then, though, a couple of things have caused me to look once again at those initial findings. First of all James May, my colleague from Top Gear, has bought one, which means there must be something wrong with it, and second, I know what that something is.
Yes, the Panda is very good in town and very good, too, in snow and ice. It is also a great deal of fun on small rural back roads, because even if something does turn out to be coming the other way, there is always room to squeeze between it and the hedgerow.
But the Panda is a very small car, which means it has a very small engine, which means it is absolutely hopeless on the motorway. As hopeless as I would be on the men's downhill course at Klosters.Driving an underpowered car on the motorway is one of the most dangerous things a man can do. It's up there with sticking your middle finger in the bottom of a sleeping tiger. It's very nearly as dangerous as driving through Alabama with "Hillary for President" written on the side of your car.
The problem is simple. You come up behind a truck that is doing 50mph in the middle lane. So you think you will simply pull out and overtake. You therefore indicate, wait for a gap in the stream of traffic to your right and ease out.
Textbook stuff. Worthy of a Mr Tufty safe driving award from PC McGarret No 452.
Except you're in for a shock because although you have your foot welded to the floor and you're in third gear and the little engine is screaming itself to death, you are not doing what a scientist would call "accelerating".
And now the car in the outside lane that was a speck in your rear-view mirror is leaving thick black lines all over the road as the driver desperately tries to avoid slamming into the back of the "effing a***hole" that pulled into his lane at 50mph . . . and then failed to go any faster.
You're terrified that at any second it will slam into your tailgate, and this is doubly worrying when you're in a Fiat Panda because the tailgate in question is only 4in abaft of your most precious and vital organs.
I use this as a general rule of thumb. If a car has less than 100 horsepower, it is never safe to pull into the outside lane if there is a car in sight . . . even if it's three miles away. If a car has less than 60 horsepower, it is never safe to pull into the outside lane at all.
Sixty horsepower was fine in the days when cars had four wheels and a seat but now the average small car has so much safety equipment and so many luxury goods nailed to its dashboard that it weighs more than Bolivia. And to move a country, you need more than 60 horses. A lot more.
As you may know, I'm not well disposed to the idea of governments banning things, except for beards and ginger hair and butter beans and Scotsmen sitting in Westminster and caravans and any talk of global warming by people who don't know what they're on about and the Toyota Prius and books with no plot and costume dramas on ITV and anything with Jade Goody in it and Ken bloody Livingstone, but the only thing that stops me from banning the Fiat Panda from the outside lane of a motorway is that May would become even later for his call times on Top Gear.
Actually, there's another reason. Fiat has just brought out a more peppy version of its lovable little car that has — wait for it — a dizzying 100 horsepower. That's about a fifth of what I reckon is necessary to make progress these days, but hey, it's a step in the right direction.
Learning how to draw cartoon animals from the farm is not such a difficult task! Weve grown up surrounded by them! Farm animals are everywhere: In blockbuster movies, childs books, greeting cards. their shapes and images are printed in our minds!
In this section, I will show you how to determine what are the physical uniqueness of each animal and how to work with them. Then, you can practice drawing each cartoon character using basic shapes.
You will have the opportunity to make nice illustrations, practice sketching and cartooning using short easy lessons and complete your creation using a drawing software to create vector art if you want to! Cartoon drawing is really fun once you get into it!
Dont be afraid to try until you get it right. This method is really simple, but requires practice and observation. So, sit back and relax. Learn how to draw animals from the farm and start your journey on a good note!
Lets try s few basic characters to get started! :)
A cute turkey to begin with.
In this first tutorial, you can learn how to draw a fun turkey mostly made from small rectangles and large circular shapes. The posture of the character is really interesting. Not only is it easier to draw than a front version, but its also easier to add some perspective (as we can see with the legs). The fact that we just need to draw one wing is also interesting.
Most of these cartoon animals are not filled with complex textures or digital effects. In this case, the subject is filled with plain colors and only a few basic details (inside the tail) were added.
A nice turtle also from a side view.