Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Jowett Javelin

Summer 1952

Major Denny: What’s the car?

Commander Martell: A Javelin. Made by Jowett.

Major Denny: Thought they only made those wheezy little Bradford vans.

Commander Martell: After the war, Gerald Palmer almost single-handedly, came up with this new design. Looks good, handles well, sprightly enough. Tows the boat.

Brilliant but flawed in some respects: overheating, breaking crankshafts, gearbox failures. See Richard BremnerCould have sold more than 22,000 but for lack of resources, lack of testing.

Monday, November 23, 2015

What's it like to drive a Jaguar?

Meryl is looking for a new car…

Overtaking trucks is a bit scary.
Meryl: You have a Jaguar. What’s it like?

Max: To drive to work everyday? It’s quick enough. But the trucks are a bit scary.

Meryl: How about maintenance costs?

Max: Well, they say that you don’t buy a Jaguar. The Jaguar buys you.

Meryl: So they cost.

Max: Heaps.
Meryl might ask next, “How about a Skoda?” What could Max say to that?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Singapore Botanic Gardens as Heritage Site

Turning adjectives into numbers...

UNESCO Inspector: Amazing place. The orchids, the healing gardens and the double use of “eco” to mean “ecological” and “economic.”

Lee: It’s a historic place. It’s big. It’s got a lot of variety. It’s very popular.

UNESCO Inspector: How old? How big? How much variety? How many visitors?

Lee: OK. It’s 150 years old, it covers 150 hectares, there are 10,000 species, it gets 4.5 million visitors each year.

UNESCO Inspector: Fair enough. I think it passes.

Singapore Botanic Gardens applied for and was recognized as a World Heritage site, unanimously, with no opposition. Submission for Singapore Botanic Gardens at 850 pages here.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

White Rabbit, White Rabbit, Pink Pig

Variation on a theme…

Big Bird suggested it.
Kermit approved it.
Olivia directed it.

Rabbits coming out of the ears!
And the coat looks pure rabbit fur!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sharing knowledge, river blindness and the Nobel Prize

On sharing…
Masa: Amazing guy, Satoshi Ohmura. Won the Nobel. Art collector, businessman, golfer.

Yuki: A question. How do you think he achieved it? The Nobel.

Blind men being led by children,
 Ghana, 1950s, BBC
Masa: He discovered bacteria that helped cure river blindness. AND shared this knowledge with American professor William Campbell resulting in a joint Nobel Prize. And that lead to helping countless Africans cope with disease.

Yuki: I hear you. Message is sharing?

Masa: Ohmura also says that artistic imagination assists scientific discovery.

"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want." 
Zig Ziglar