Monday, October 20, 2014

Portishead High Street, England, 1960s

A Standard 8 and an Austin Cambridge(?)

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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkI


In production between May 1950 and April 1953, the Frank Feeley-designed DB2 coupé was built after three prototypes had raced at Le Mans in 1949, two with true Aston Martin pushrod endings, and one with a 2.6-litre, six-cylinder twin overhead camshaft unit designed for Lagonda during the war. (NZ Classic Car magazine)

1959 Pontiac Catalina


Very nice.

British Government gets tough on Internet trolls


Internet trolls residing in the UK could face up to two years in jail under new laws, British Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said.

He told the Mail on Sunday quadrupling the current maximum six-month term showed his determination to "take a stand against a baying cyber-mob". Mr Grayling was speaking days after TV presenter Chloe Madeley suffered online abuse, which Mr Grayling described as "crude and degrading". Independent article

Those who indulge in this have mental health issues and nearly all are physically harmless cowards.  Although they think they are anonymous, they are usually easy to trace. Even we haven't been exempt, although it has been very easy to deal with.  For those with vulnerable personalities, particularly teenagers, however, we can easily appreciate the distress it causes. 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

1938 Pontiac sedan


Hershey electric interurban, Cuba


This standard gauge single track railway is the only surviving electric line in Cuba and runs from the suburbs of Havana to the town of Matanzas, approximately 92 km (57 miles) to the east. There are a number of intermediate halts and a station and depot at the town of Camilo Cienfuegos, better known by its pre-1959 revolution name of Hershey. The railway was built by the Hershey Company of the US to transport sugar to the port of Havana. The original interurban cars were bought from the J. G. Brill Company, but these were replaced by Spanish cars from the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya in the 1990s.
Pic from this blog, which has over 200 Cuban railway pics

personal station porter cartoon, France, 1950s

We know the feeling, but the contents of our travel bags are books rather than clothes and accessories...

"And then with the money we save in not using a porter, I will buy a small love valise"

1964 Ford Galaxie 500 advert


1940 Riley


Pinillos Line


This is a Spanish shipping company founded in Cádiz in 1840 by Miguel Martínez de Pinillos and Saenz de Velasco and still in existence. The pic is part of a poster showing the Valbanera built in 1906 by Connell of Glasgow. Her demise was the greatest tragedy of the Spanish Merchant Marine as 488 people died, all the passengers and crew on board.

The approximate date was 10 September 1919. On the 7th the ship left Santiago de Cuba to Havana despite the imminent arrival of a hurricane, hoping to reach the destination beforehand. Unfortunately the ship did not.  More

Deadweight: 12,500 tonnes
Length: 121.9 metres
Breadth: 14.6 metres
Propulsion: Alternative Triple Expansion
Power: 4,483 hp