Thursday, October 2, 2014

1969 Chrysler Valient VF Regal

A product of Australia.

conventional cargo ships in Shanghai, China

No date, but probably early 1970s.

6th International Car and Motorbike exhibition, Geneva, 1929

Obviously the German version of the poster. In Switzerland, posters are normally produced for each of the three main language areas (German, French and Italian, in order).

the original classic Mini

"How could you bonk in the back of that?" "There's no room!"
See earlier posts.

French railyard art

Obviously the cover of a bande dessinée or comic book.  In France these are usually hardcovered.

Serbian steam locomotive, WW1

The caption refers to the campaign of 1914-1917, and the scene is in the mountainous terrain of Serbia, but there is nothing necessarily specific about that.

racing car Grand Prix and Meeting d'Aviation, Nimes, France 1947

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dutch railways timetable book cover, 1966

Featuring a Mat '54 electric multiple unit graphic (see earlier post).

Georgian Military Highway

Not the Georgia in America: the Georgian Military Road runs between Tbilisi (Georgia) and Vladikavkaz (Russia) and follows the traditional route used by invaders and traders throughout the ages. The road stretches some 208 km through the Terek valley, crosses the Rocky Ridge (хребет Скалистый) in the Darial Gorge, past Mount Kazbek, and Gergeti Trinity Church, then leads through the canyon of the Baidarka River to the Jvari Pass, where it reaches an altitude of 2,379 metres (7,815 feet). It continues along the Tetri Aragvi River past the medieval fortress of Ananuri and Zemo Avchala, ahydroelectric dam and follows the right bank of the Kura (Mtkvari) River past the ancient town of Mtskheta to Tbilisi. (wikipedia)

NZ crime rates continue to fall, but burglary resolution remains very poor

Reflecting trends in the US, violent crime and homicide rates in NZ continue a downwards trend, but only 42.3 % of all crimes are solved: that statistic is dragged down massively by a mere 13% for burglaries and the incidence of them has gone up on last year.

Reported on the TVNZ News webpage, burglary victim Reina Webster is unimpressed by police claims to a drop in overall crime. She's taking few chances these days, having been burgled three times in 13 months.

"When someone smashes down my front door and cleans out my house and they [police] don't come to visit me, I'm not comforted by these stats at all," she says.

We've learned the hard way ourselves with opportunist theft in Waikanae, having a retirement village next to us which regrettably attracts lowlife thieves preying on the elderly, including a few individuals who are employed by it. It's one thing to have strong suspicions, however, it's another thing to prove them: accordingly we have installed internet-monitored security cameras so that if there is a next time, we'll have photographic proof.  The systems available aren't as expensive as you might think.