Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Goths Invade Germany But Where is Asterix...

The Goths have invaded Germany. Again.
As they do every year. Twenty or so thousand of these wonderfully larger than life and outrageous characters arrive at the city of Leipzig in eastern Germany for their Wave Gothic Festival which hopefully was a marvelous success.
But where were Asterix, Obelix and Getafix...

Saturday, May 30, 2015

This Reading Passenger Bus Runs On Cow Poo...

Painted to look like a Friesian cow on wheels, Readings Bus Hound was put through it's paces recently at a speed test ground in Bedford, southern England.
Usually its top speed running on petrol
is around 90kph but the cow manure, broken down in a process called Anaerobic Digestion that produces a natural gas called Biomethane, gives the bus a top speed of 123.57kph.
The liquified fuel is contained in tanks
in the roof of the bus.
Reading council want to milk the idea
and have challenged other bus operators to better their results.
Moo power to the people...

Friday, May 29, 2015

Nervous About Flying?

If you're nervous about flying, don't look at thi...
oh, too late.
Never mind, it will probably never happen to you.
If you go by bus...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Some Of The Many Marvelous Moods Of Matai Bay...

I recently spent time at Matai Bay on The Karikari Peninsula in New Zealand's Far North.
Most mornings were worth waking early for.
There were some magical moments...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sonya Plans To Row Her Tiny Boat Six Thousand Miles Across the Pacific From Choshi, Japan To San Francisco...

Sonya Baumstein could have flown as most people do from Choshi, Japan to San Francisco, but no, she's the sort of twenty eight year old who likes a challenge and wasn't in a hurry. Which is fortunate because rowing the
six thousand nautical miles voyage in her specially designed little twenty three foot craft, described here, is going to take
more than a few days.
If you can dream it, you can do it...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What A Great Idea...

It's definitely not a new idea.
But it's certainly one I've never seen before.
And it's so simple. And so obvious.
Well it appears to be. There's sure to be someone out there, Mr Sharkey perhaps,
who'll be able to shed some light
on this slide-out motor...

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Ecocapsule. A Very Beautiful Practical Off Grid Living Pod For Two...

The Ecocapsule. A beautiful, practical, off grid, self contained, 86 sq ft living pod for two people.
Who're happy to have their lives go egg shaped.
It's got all the things that make life work, solar, wind generation, toilet, water collection and storage, a good bed, a compact kitchen. It can be transported in a shipping container or you can tow it. There's more about it here and here.
The Ecocapsule. It's so much better than
life going pear shaped..