Tuesday, April 25, 2017

tyre monster of Lake Bumbunga, South Australia

Another great Aussie place name! (iliatorlin.com)

25 April - Anzac Day

Cars pass under the arch of the Bridge of Remembrance in Christchurch in 1968 (today it is pedestrian only).  This was erected to commemorate the war dead of NZ troops in WW1, which totalled some 18,000 and most towns in NZ have a monument with the names of locals who died, either at Gallipoli or on the Western Front.  Less than 3 decades later the names of those who died in WW2 had to be added; fortunately this was a smaller total of 12,000.  Even more fortunately, other conflicts since have only added a very small number (for example Vietnam was only 37).

Anzac day is intended to honour all servicemen.

Monday, April 24, 2017

cars in Naples, Italy, 1950s

With Mt Vesuvius in the distance.

the French Presidential election round two is a contest between pro- and anti-EU stances

As predicted by the opinion polls, Emmanuel Macron and Marine le Pen were the two leaders of round one and on Sunday 7 May the choice for French voters will be for one of them.

The two have completely opposite views on most issues, but most notably on France's continuing membership of the EU; and the role of the EU generally.  In the past the highly nationalistic and isolationist stance of Le Pen would have not had the support of more than about a fifth of voters, but the problems caused by Muslim migrants in the last two years have hugely boosted the Front National's status and popularity, and the race between her and Macron is much closer than it would have been a few years ago, although nearly all pundits are predicting a Macron win.

The map above shows who won each d├ępartement on Sunday.  The candidates for the two main parties, the Republicans and the Socialists, did not pick up many.  Unsurprisingly Le Pen's support is highest in the northeast and the south where the Muslims are the biggest problem.

SNCF autos-couchettes poster, 1964

"I entrust my car and my sleep to the Train Autos-Couchettes"

Italian FS fast trains poster

Age uncertain. No trains depicted; just places with a stylized rail linking them.

cars outside the Post Office in Pomona, California, 1940s

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sweden's Defence Minister vows to defend Sweden against alleged 'Russian threat'


What a complete joke this is -- the country can't even defend its citizens against its Muslim migrants:  at least 55 urban areas are identified as 'no go' zones for kuffar (the Muslim word for infidels), the Swedish Post Office has stopped deliveries to them and ambulance staff won't venture into some of them without Police escorts and protective clothing.

Is this statement simply a ploy to deflect the ire of Sweden's citizens about the deteriorating domestic situation?  Definitely.

Den Oudsten - Daf trolleybus in Den Haag, Netherlands, 1977

The Den Ouststen marque lasted from 1926 -2001 -- info