Late last week I got a strange dizzy feeling walking up the stairs at work. Thought a bit odd as had just eaten lunch, so not low blood sugar, but it was more puzzling than disabling. I occasionally get mildly congested sinus, from allergies, so thought might be that but this felt different.
After putting up with intermittent dizziness all weekend — not bad as could still bicycle and walk if didn’t shake my head too rapidly — it was off to the GP for a check-up. I knew it wasn’t an ear infection, have known that pain from surfing, but wondered if something else was going on in the inner ear.
After eliminating infection, and the other usual suspects, that my Doctor suggested a cure I really wasn't expecting: YouTube!
The actual treatment was an exercise to clear Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), a mechanical problem in the balance mechanism. He gave me written instructions but recommended watching a demo on YouTube; so much easier to understand the angular head gyrations required!
Does this explain why I — who doesn’t like any other SUV (including the podgy Fiat 500x) — find the Cactus rather appealing? The 2CV is one of my favourite cars and certainly my favourite Citroën. That is saying a lot given the brilliance of the DS and Traction Avant.
I hadn’t really connected the C4 Cactus with the 2CV until I read this wonderful article, with lovely Parisian photography, by Gavin Green. While from a different era, and different class of vehicle, in the Cactus the light*, large and ‘happy’ philosophy of the mighty 2CV lives on.