Archive for November, 2013

November 30, 2013

Workbench

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I finally built myself a workbench to sort out tools and give me a decent platform to wrench on the cub project – as well as other house tasks too. Handy dandy pegboard to mount the tool selection for ease of selection. The basement has become my man-cave! Still a fair bit of organizing yet but it will develop as I work with it.

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November 29, 2013

From First to Last

We did Pierce Brosnan so let’s leap to Daniel Craig’s Bond. A more real Bond, with guts, foibles, honor, grit and of course a couple of PERFECT Aston Martins. In Casino Royale he speeds about in the superlative DBS V12 the second generation DBS with sublime looks and a lion of an engine.
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From the front grill lines harking back to the DB5 to the clean form of pure speed it is one if my all time favorite cars.
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In the latest outing we have the classic Bond car return. The drive across Rannoch Moor and down Glencoe to the titular Bond scottish seat of Skyfall is a great image with a dour sky mirrored by that classic silver gray car.

November 28, 2013

Swooping flight

We may as well continue this Jane’s Bond series! Next on the list is the broody Timothy Dalton he could run, jump, swim and wear a tux like the best of ’em.
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However what we’re here for is the Aston Martin vehicle he uses to appropriate car chase effect with tire spikes and side mounted snow skis.
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Its a mid eighties model V8 Vantage Volante in British Racing Green. Styling from the ‘Lagonda marque factory is still in its 80’s midlife crisis look; but it was flippin’ fast! Not my cup of tea in looks but at least our agent is driving around in it… The Bond outing was The Living Daylights.
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“Just taking the Aston out for a spin, Q”.
“Be careful 007, it’s just had a fresh coat of paint”.

November 27, 2013

The Persuaders

For seven movies he was the eponymous James Bond and never once drove an Aston Martin; Lotus Esprit, Citroen Deux Chevaux and a Space Shuttle. However Roger Moore also starred in a TV show with Tony Curtis and his character, Lord Brett Sinclair, toted around in a Bahaman Yellow AM DBS.
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Very seventies in styling… Tony Curtis’ car was a Ferrari Dino 246 GT..
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A little gem of italianna.

November 26, 2013

We’ve got all the time in the world

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Bond #2 was George Lazenby, still quite a controversial selection; but in my mind better than Roger Moore bringing a serious role to the proceedings. His car was a new model Aston Martin DBS a 6 cylinder

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was the adventure when JB met Tracy Do Vicenzo played by the truly delightful Diana Rigg taking a break from her fame making Emma Peel in The Avengers.
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This has the ending where Bonds nemesis Blofeld has the newly married Mrs Tracy Bond shot as they sit in the Aston overlooking the Riviera.
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“This never happened to the other fellow!”

November 26, 2013

007

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Connery as Bond, Aston Martin DB5, alpine road… Stylish, superlative and sinuous… In that order!

November 24, 2013

The Origin of Species

On this day in 1859 the first major publication defining evolutionary biology was introduced to the public. It was met with some derision with many theologically based opponents not likingj the idea we had evolved from some tree swinging simian. Charles Darwin was the author using scientifically acquired data from his HMS Beagle trip around the globe.
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Well, we aren’t evolved from chimps… The apes,  monkeys and homo sapiens are all evolved from a common mammal; way, way back in the past. The timescale is inconceivable by reply most: millions of years – that’s thousands of TIMES longer than the few thousand years of recorded history. Motorcycles? Well all current motos can hark back to the simple Daimler engine on a velocipede. Some heading along an lkkroute of cruiser fee twins, others sharply defined sports bikes. Yet more well set up for the long road or simple for city commuting. But a modern high performance Triumph Daytona isn’t ‘evolved’ from a twentieth century  2013 Harley Davidson Road King..
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Oddly enough one of the newer motors in a Harley is called an Evolution… Still half a century behind modern bikes Evolution. That’s practically thousands of millennia in evolutionary terms!
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Happy Evolution Day.

November 23, 2013

Double Oh Seven

Licensed to Kill: Pierce Brosnan was a great James Bond; a suave agent with a calculated gentleman’s approach to his job. Not the tough guy Daniel Craig who has taken the mantle to great effect, but a clean-cut Fleming protagonist. He was see in his second outing Tomorrow Never Dies riding a BMW R1200C with Michelle Yeoh hurling through the Ho Chu Minh City.
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I prefer the Aston Martin that happens to be Bonds favorite vehicle. Here he stands with a Vanquish.
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Of course with the very British marque of Triumph going from strength to strength JB should be seen on a Bonneville gadget equipped by Q’s quartermaster department.
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Here’s Irishman Pierce taking a stance aboard an emerald green Thruxton. This week he was filming a new movie in Cambridge and his professorial don character totes around the college town on a Triumph: looks like its catching on…
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Looking stylish Mr Bond!
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November 22, 2013

JFK

Half a Century ago today two shots rang out from a building across an open space in Dallas towards the presidential motorcade. They hit their target and history’s path was realigned drastically. Jack, the King and his Queen Jackie were taking America into a new and inspired future. Adventures of a growing democratic superpower. The sky had no limit.
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…but Oswald put paid to that destiny. Even though the open top Lincoln was surrounded by Secret Service and a Harley riding escort the commanding view gained from the sixth floor aerie in the Texas Book Depository opened a huge chink in that armor and the crosshairs won.
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The motorcycles were typically American: Harley Davidson. 
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The motos were 1963 FL Duo Glide police models. (Duo Glide means it had BOTH front AND rear suspension). As we know conspiracy theories abound; but I think Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and wanted to be a piece of history. An interesting alternate history novel could be written where Kennedy wasn’t shot, and a decades long strong America under Jack, Bobby, and later son John ran the show… 
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The Peter Gabriel song Family Snapshot tells of would be assassin Arthur Bremer and his attempted shooting of presidential candidate George Wallace in 1972; though its lyrics reflect events in Dallas a decade earlier.

…They’re coming ’round the corner with the bikers at the front
I’m wiping the sweat from my eyes
-It’s a matter of time
-It’s a matter of will
And the governor’s car is not far behind
He’s not the one I’ve got in mind
‘Cos there he is-the man of the hour, standing in the limousine
“I don’t really hate you
-I don’t care what you do
We were made for each other
-Me and you
I want to be somebody
-You were like that too
If you don’t get given you learn to take
And I will take you.”

Holding my breath
Release the catch
And I let the bullet fly…

November 21, 2013

Throwback Thursday

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Way back, way way back.

November 20, 2013

Hangover Heaven

Actor Bradley Cooper likes his motos, especially British-made. Here spied astride a cherry red Thruxton.
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Black fenders, and ‘oil’ tank side panels are a nice complement to the fuel tank.
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Here’s another of him on another one. He must have one for each movie set! This has a Mad Max appearance, which, when combined with that helmet and boots adds to a determined biker stance.
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Sorted!

November 19, 2013

The Esses

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What bikes were made for: The double corner! Tip ‘er in,  through the ogee, wind it on for the next apex, heave over on to the other heel, fling through the second curve and power out like a stone out of a slingshot. It’s the loop-the-loop of the motorcyclist. A brace of Triumph Thruxtons take on a winding road over a grassy moor. I love the superlative and dynamic composition of this image.

November 18, 2013

Looks like rain

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Some storms passed our way over the weekend. Indeed unseasonable tornadoes touched down across parts  the Midwest causing catastrophic damage for some. Here’s a vintage image of a pair of Ariel riders refueling in some English village. Better bring yer wellies!
Keep Calm and Paddle On!

November 17, 2013

Sunday evening…

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Need to give ‘er a push into next week. Just put yer back into it!

November 16, 2013

It’s a Dogs Life

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A few canine stories of the week: it has been discovered that the domestication of or “best friend” most likely occurred in Europe during the last Ice Age. 10-14,000 years ago or so. Not in the Middle East as previously thought. The winters and glaciers drew wolves together with man. I believe the link of man and dog has lead to the initial development of civilization. A pack animal to protect a settling community. Here’s a herding Border Collie atop his/her owners Bonnie.
The other story was a dog trekking to Everest Base camp (17,500 feet). A happy pup, named Rupee, taken as a stray off the streets and now happy as Larry to follow their owner up into the Nepal Himalaya.
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