Here on the fringes of the Arctic Circle, the nights are drawing in. It’s gloomy while we drive to work long-facedly in the morning and its pitch black when we bolt the doors and rock off into the night. But it does mean that we get to experience the joy of dashboard illumination.
Dials and gauges that light up are terrific aid to monitoring your velocity over land and how furiously your engine is spinning. Before the days of compact bulbs, fluorescent tubes and LEDs, instrument markings used to be painted on with a radioactive substance that literally glowed-in-the-dark, my father has an altimeter from something old, wooden and canvassy that does just that. ‘Course, it’s all electric now, which is nowhere near as fun.
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