Archive for the ‘TRANSPORT’ Category

Turning red into green, Ferrari unveils a more competitive F1 car

In AUTOMOTIVE, ITALY, RUSSIA on 01/05/2009 at 4:15 PM


After merging with Chrysler and keeping on talks with GM to buy out Opel, Fiat automotive embarked on a new partnership with Russian AZLK Moskvich to develop this futuristic, greener prototype to replace their run down Ferraris in the Formula 1 world championship.


US asks Arab nations for $300 Billion to fund auto bailout


The US has had to go cap in hand to the Middle East asking for $300 Billion to fund the bail out for the auto industry. The US economy has long been shored up by the Gulf States and China. This time it is Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar who are being asked to foot the bill to save the US economy. It is not difficult to understand how mired the US is in Middle East politics and borrowed policy agendas, given the staggering dependency it has for both Arab oil and their money to keep it afloat. There is also a somewhat ironic twist that the US, funded as it is by the Arab nations, is so close a partner to Israel. The US again this week used its veto power to prevent a UN resolution calling for a end to the Gaza attacks. It must anger many Arab nations that the US, who some call ‘The Great Satan’, is saved from total economic meltdown, again, by members of its own brethren. The report comes from Saudi Arabia’s Arab News… Now Public

Bus Hopping in London

In BUS, EUROPE, GB / UK on 01/06/2008 at 2:07 PM

My beloved Miss Welby, today I had a nice “bus-hopping” Saturday. In order to exploit my bus pass, I was randomly getting on the first bus… passing by. The 266 took me to Hammersmith. There the 220 took me to Putney and Wandsworth, where I had never been before, then the 28 took me to Notting Hill Gate and there the 31 took me to Camden. There I had breakfast and found out that there is a waterbus on Regent Canal, which I didn’t know about. However I opted to walk 4 km along the canal to the Zoo and Little Venice, where I had a pint and walked again down to Paddington towards Kensington Gardens, where I got on the 148 to Shepherd’s Bush. I cannot imagine naming a place, and an underground station, “campo del cespuglio del pastore”. Never mind, I got on the 207 all the way up to Uxbridge. I was not impressed by Uxbridge, but I had another pint, therefore on my way back I needed the toilet badly. The bus driver apologised for being his first trip when he took the wrong way towards Greenford. I don’t see how can you take the wrong way on that route, as all you have to do is going straight on Uxbridge road, but perhaps he had a pint… One hour later I jumped off the bus in Acton and rushed to Morrison’s toilets.

Bus vs Tram…

In BUS, ITALY on 14/02/2008 at 2:50 PM

Picture: Corriere della sera
What happened today in the centre of Milan, I would call it “spectacular” if only a woman hadn’t lost her life, another one leg, and there are 25 seriously injured, among them the two drivers currently fighting for their lives in hospital. but neither of them is to blame for the fatal crash: apparently an idiot on a Porsche SUV invaded the lane reserved for public transport in a mad manoeuvre, sending the bus, whose driver desperately attempted to avoid a head-on collision with him, to head-crash the tram instead. the clever SUV driver was arrested and identified as a Swiss: he would never have dared doing something like that in his own country, but in Italy he felt at liberty… the accident particularly impressed your MW for it happened a few yards from the bus stop where I used to get off the very route 60 bus involved, when studying nearby in high school, years ago… I live abroad now, but Milan is my hometown, I miss it, and I’m sad tonight about SUVs: Stupidly Unsafe Vehicles for SuuuuuuuuuuuVs – Shameless unable, unfit, unkind, unmistakable, unpleasant, unpopular, unqualified, unrepentant, unrestrained, unruly, unscrupulous Velocists. (and polluters)

Miles Kington, 1941-2008

In AUTOMOTIVE, GB / UK on 31/01/2008 at 3:00 PM

When the Romans came to Britain
And tried to get around
They saw there was no network
Of transport to be found.

And when they asked the Britons
Just how they got to roam,
The Britons said: “We don’t, mate!
We’d rather stay at home!”

Because the ancient Britons
Just never went away
And didn’t like to travel
Or go on holiday,

(Or if they really wanted
To go from A to B,
They found it was much quicker
To travel there by sea.)

“All right, you ‘orrible savages,”
The Romans promptly said,
“We’ll build some proper roadways
To get from A to Z!”

And that was how the Romans,
Who knew a thing or two,
Brought in a traffic policy
To benefit me and you.

They built a motorway system
As good as the very best
With a fast lane for their soldiers
And a slow lane for the rest.

They built roads straight and narrow
They built roads everywhere
(Except to Wales and Scotland,
‘Cos who wants to go there?)

But then one day the Romans
Buggered off back home
‘Cos all their men were needed
To defend the city of Rome,

And left the roads behind them
Which they had carefully built,
To go to rack and ruin,
And turn to mud and silt.

‘Cos the Angles and the Saxons
Were all uncivilised brutes
Who couldn’t give a raspberry
For Roman roads and routes.

And King Arthur (if ‘e existed)
Was just as bad as they,
For he spent all his time on battles
And none on the royal highway.

Then came the Middle Ages,
When Gothic art was king,
With Durham and with Canterbury,
And Windsor and everything.

Yes, they could build their castles,
Their abbeys and such stuff,
But the roads that joined the cities
Were rough as rough as rough.

They made their towers from granite,
They made their roads from mud.
Their buildings were immortal,
Their roads a load of crud.

And now, millennia later,
It’s all got far, far worse.
With the M’s all full of gridlock,
And the lanes full of 4-by-4s.

And they make congestion charges
And bypasses by the score
And all that seems to ‘appen
Is it gets much worse than before.

But I have been to Italy
And seen their autostrada,
Sweeping up from Sicily
To Como and to Garda,

Yes, the secret of building lovely roads,
The modern Romans know,
To go with their Ferraris
And their Alfa Romeo,

So what I say is, go to Rome
And ask them to come back,
To get our roadways working again
And give our lot the sack!