Another one for the person who said I drove a Smart…

The Smart ForTwo is the only model that made it to the US, but there were a few others that were sold outside the US. IMG_5152

The Smart Roadster and Roadster Coupé were introduced in 2003, based on a stretched platform of the Fortwo with a full length of 3427 mm. The two variants are meant to be reminiscent of the British roadster of yore, such as the Triumph Spitfire or the MG B. Both the Roadster and Roadster Coupé are available with a removable Targa roof or an electrical softtop. The Roadster is powered by 45 or 60 kW (61 or 82 PS) versions of the turbocharged 698cc 3-cylinder Suprex engine in the rear, which is engineered by Mercedes-Benz. The Roadster Coupé has only the more powerful 60 kW (82 PS; 80 hp) engine. A steering wheel with Formula 1-style gearpaddles, to control the semi-automatic sequential transmission, is optional. Weighing as little as 790 kg (1,742 lb), the Roadster is meant to provide the emotion of driving a sports car at an affordable cost; still, its price is not very far from that of a Mazda MX-5.

This is also for my friend who lives in Narnia.

I don’t know if the meta info for the photo will show up, but it is from my cellphone.

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Posted 07/05/2018 by lacithedog in Car, cars, Smart, Smart Car, Smart Cars, Smart Roadster

Windrush the Musical

I’ve written about Big Life before, but now that Windrush is in the news I have to talk about it in the hope someone sees this and decides to produce it.Big Life

You can hear the play here at rthe BBC. The script is available it’s ISBN 978-1840024418.

I never saw this on stage, but there is an archived version of the radio production of the musical. It combines Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost with the story of the Windrush immigrants, which is now something in the news. I heard that this was a popular musical, yet it didn’t have the long run of something by Cameron Mackintosh or Andrew Lloyd Weber. Maybe because it’s about Windrush.

It opened in 2004 at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and then moved to West End’s Apollo Theatre in 2005.

Anyway, I hope someone sees this copy of the script (the book is a copy of the script) and decides to publicise this play. It is a play which should have had more exposure. I think it really needs the exposure now that Windrush is in the news.

 

I added the BBC to the Categories in the hope someone in programming sees this (Hint. Hint, Maybe this needs to be produced on TV).

Is is true what they say about Catherine the Great?

Was Catherine the Great Killed by a Horse?

And did she actually fuck a Donkey 237 years after she died?

 

The Lost City of Detroit

President Truman called it, “The late great Detroit, the arsenal of Democracy”.Detroit 2005

I call it either “the Lost City of Detroit” or “The City that Committed suicide”.

It’s hard to believe that a city that provided the bombers that destroyed the German heartland ended up looking like the enemy cities. Detroit was the 5th largest city in the US according to the 1950 Census/ It is now the 21st.

There is a lot of finger pointing at what caused Detroit’s demise. I think it was multiple factors with the main one being the reliance upon one industry. Toss in the growth that led to Detroit’s becoming the 5th largest city was fueled by the Second World War.

No matter what the reason or reasons for Detroit, and Michigan’s decline, the bottom line is that the city is in decay and has gone into bankruptcy.  It’s historic factories are no longer.

See also:

thinkofone.wordpress.com-The late great Detroit the arsenal of Democracy

Religious Tolerance in Pennsylvania (Diwali in Downingtown)

Come on: the Commonwealth was founded on religious freedom!

PA Constitution Article I:

     § 3.  Religious freedom.
        All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship
     Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences;
     no man can of right be compelled to attend, erect or support any
     place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his
     consent; no human authority can, in any case whatever, control
     or interfere with the rights of conscience, and no preference
     shall ever be given by law to any religious establishments or
     modes of worship.

This came about because I just signed a petition supporting Diwali Celebrations in Downingtown, PA.

Who knows, this could be a big tourist attraction for Downingtown. Whatever, they need to open up for the celebration.

“Looked a lot like Che Guevara”

This is  artist Jim Fitzpatrick with his iconic poster of Che Guevara.01.che-edL

Loads of history for Jim and Me.

Jim’s side of the story:

In 1967 I was outraged by the manner of Che Guevara’s execution while a prisoner of war in Bolivia and it led me to create this now world-famous image.

I have now also made this image available for free download so that it can be used by everyone -including those who cannot afford my prints or canvas of El Che: the unemployed, the oppressed, the victims of banker-imposed austerity here in Ireland, the EU and elsewhere, those who fight against the legal/political elite and the corrupt banker cartels who think they rule us -and those who rage against injustice.

This image is yours. Use it!

No resale or commercial usage please -it has been exploited enough.

Please remember I do NOT ever license this image for commercial usage. Misuse this image or resell any reproductions thereof and you will be liable for a fine of $10,000 per item sold or for any violation of my copyright of this image.

Time to RECLAIM CHE!

Free usage for leftist causes under Creative Commons Licence.
No fee for leftist/socialist political usage.

There’s more to Jim’s side in that people attempted to suppress the image. Toss in that it has been used for commercial purposes, as he points out above.

My side of this is that I heard Horslip’s “Book of Invasions” and it got me into the “Celtic” thing. The only copy I could find of this (besides Lady Gregory’s) was his. Actually, I think Jim published this after Horslips made their album.

Many years later, I encounter Jim on the ‘net and it turns out he is the one who did the poster of Che.

Because, long before Horslips’ Book of Invasions (Feck, Happy to meet, Sorry to Part, if we are going to go there). I WANTED a copy of this poster, but none was to be found.

So, I am happy to pass around the link to it so anyone else who wants an official Jim Fitzpatrick version of it.

Now, whether I got a copy of the signed, limited edition shall be between Jim and me: unless he comments here. But, what would you think if I have been looking (and lusting) for so long for a hard to find icon like this?

I am happy to help recclaim Che for Jim.

Local Newspapers

I live in a small town in hunt country. My local newspaper could be the Framley Examiner for all the journalistic skill it shows.