Archive for November, 2008

Audi at Lemans since 1999

Posted: November 30, 2008 in Le Mans, Motorsport, Sport
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Audi has just announced that their latest LeMans challenger is due to hit the track in the next few months. Audi are hoping their new R15 TDI will be as successful as the R8 and R10 TDI which have both dominated at La Sarthe over the past decade. “It was clear to us that we must develop a new car if we wanted to continue to be successful in Le Mans,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich.  All we know is that the “R15” will be designed around a smaller, lighter, and more efficient TDI engine and that the chassis is open top. Here’s a few of Audi’s finests cars over the last 10 years.

1998 Audi R8R

This is the car as it debuted to the press in 1998.

 

1999 Audi R8R

 

1999 Audi R8C

 2000 Audi R8


2001 – 2005 Audi R8

2001 – 2002 Bentley EXP Speed 8
The Bentley was really an Audi R8C painted in British Racing Green.

 
2003 Bentley EXP Speed 8

2006 – 2008 Audi R10 TDI

So by looking at all of those pictures I can honestly say that the R15 TDI will look like a completely different car to the R10 TDI, as Audi does not do ‘evolutions’ of previous models.

Audi won Le Mans in 2000 – 2002 and 2004 – 2005 with the R8.
Bentley won Le Mans in 2003. Audi won Le Mans in 2006 – 2008 with the R10 TDI. Audi designed cars are so far undefeated at Le Mans this century. Will the R15 TDI continue the tradition?

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More Racist Licorice

Posted: November 30, 2008 in Advertising, Racism
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The other day I posted about Nigger Boy Licorice, a brand of sweet that was popular in Australia for many years up until the mid-1960s when it was suddenly realised that people found the name Nigger Boy to be offensive rather than amusing. I don’t know much about this brand of sweet, and would really appreciate any information. I do know that the factory/shop that produced these sweets was based in Hawthorn Road Caulfield, about 500 metres from where I now work which is in the heart of Melbourne’s ‘bagel belt’. I do have a few various offensive advertisements that the company made.

 

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 This amusing comic strip is by Nina Paley, who has also made a very acclaimed animated film called Sita Sings The Blues.

The comic strip above reminds me of a few friends and relatives I know who ‘have’ to compromise there green credentials for the sake of their children.


I have been watching quite a few Hitchcock films lately. Most of the ones I have been watching have been the black and white films of the 40s and 50s such as Strangers On A Train, Rebecca, Saboteur and Lifeboat.

Lifeboat is quite an interesting film that I thought I would review. If this thing turns out to be sort of successful, I might write more of these things.

Lifeboat

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Starring : Tallulah Bankhead
William Bendix
Walter Slezak
Mary Anderson
John Hodiak
Henry Hull
Heather Angel
Hume Cronyn
Canada Lee

This is an interesting film which could quite easily be dismissed as World War II anti-German propaganda, but I think that Hitchcock’s use of Walter Slezak as the German U-boat captain who is rescued from the ocean by the allied survivors of a ship he has just sunk makes it something special and more than just an anti-German film. Slezak’s portrayal of Willi seems to be at times very sympathetic, whilst at other times he is demonised as a heartless murdering monster. I think that this conflicting portrayal could be the reason why the film has been quite received quite poorly over the years in comparison to Hitch’s other films, and could also be a reflection of his own conflicted thoughts of Germany at the time. On the one hand Hitchcock learnt a lot from the German expressionist film directors of the 1920s and loved German cinema, whilst on the other hand he hated the Nazi regime, their atrocities and the war they were conducting against Hitch’s mother country Great Britain.

The film really has nothing to do with the war, except on the surface, and is best viewed as a character study of what lengths people will go to when put into a life or death situation. In the face of death or at the very best internment in a Nazi concentration camp until the end of the war, we see the characters emotions’ laid bare and how their actions change depending on the hopelessness or otherwise of the situation until in the end, they commit an act of murder just the same as the ‘evil’ Nazi.


I very rarely read the Herald Sun these days and there is a reason why, which can be seen in yesterday’s paper. They made a big announcement that Fiona Byrne, who is apparently Australia’s most respected gossip columnist (who really respects gossip columnists anyway?) joining them. Also, they are going to allow more space for their Confidential gossip pages for their readers’ reading pleasure. I remember the days when newspapers used to be filled with NEWS (what a novel idea). Is there anyone who really gives a rat’s arse about Britney Spears or Paris Hilton? Who really reads this crap anyway? There are magazines full of gossip, do we really need it in a newspaper too? Mmmm…

Oh, wait! The only way to get women to read a newspaper is to get rid of any news and add a lot of gossip, scandal and innuendo. I get it! I still won’t be reading it though!

How Annoying!?

Posted: November 30, 2008 in Racism
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Just finished watching National Nine News with Brett McLeod and I find myself disgusted that neither he or the Channel Nine reporter can pronounce the name of Lord Mayoral candidate Catherine Ng. It is NOT pronounce Catherine EN JEE, but Ng, like at the end of words like thing, sing or wing. It ain’t that hard, especially if you have been taught phonics. It’s a bit like how the women’s magazines (sigh) also write Zhang Ziyi’s name as Ziyi Zhang. It’s not rocket science and the inability to do so just reeks of cultural ignorance. Maybe we should start calling him Brett Em See Leod? Idiot!


Because the music I listen to is so much better than the music that you are listening to, I decided I would share just some of the most frequent songs that play on my iPod. As you can see there are a lot of guitar heavy songs. Not every one of these songs is great, but I like them, which is all that’s important.

  1. Viva La Vida – Coldplay
  2. Hush – Deep Purple
  3. Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
  4. Riding With The KingEric Clapton and B.B. King
  5. One Way Ticket – The Darkness
  6. Three Button Hand Me Down – The Faces
  7. Shake Your Moneymaker – Fleetwood Mac
  8. I’m Tore Down – Freddie King
  9. We Got The Beat – The Go-Gos
  10. Red House – Jimi Hendrix
  11. Good Excuse – John Butler Trio
  12. Boogie With Stu – Led Zeppelin
  13. Cult Of Personality – Living Color
  14. Smokin’ Gun – Robert Cray
  15. Happy – The Rolling Stones
  16. The House Is Rockin’ – Stevie Ray Vaughan
  17. Statesboro BluesTaj Mahal
  18. Blue Orchid – The White Stripes
  19. The Seeker – The Who
  20. Joker And The Thief – Wolfmother

The Faces – Three Button Hand Me Down