The world economy is crumbling, we're all going broke, and oil's soon to cost more per gram than uncut cocaine. Perhaps we should just buy a round of bicycles and lament the good, old days when we recklessly ruled the land Mad Max-style in callous, vicious killing machines like the Toyota Yaris. If you believe such…
Now we've all seen the tide turn, smashing the SUV against the rocks like a third-world fishing boat. If you drive one in Europe, you may as well have set off a dirty bomb in a schoolyard - such is the naked aggression towards the forest-burning, baby-seal-clubbing chariots of death.
[Big welcomes all around to Nick Hall, international man of letters and reviewer of the world's most potent and storied tractors. This is his first in what we hope to be innumerable Hacker's Notebook columns. And by innumerable, we mean he's being compensated in dollars Kelvin. Thanks, Nick — ed.]