Today does not pass without remembering those who have served, one in particular.
My Mum never knew her Grandfather who died on the battlefield in the last few weeks of World War One (which ended 11th November – 1918). Although born in Australia, of German emigrants, he served for NZ where he had settled and married.
He fought for King, Country and Empire against, possibly, his own distant relatives. The world is a strange place.
In Memory of Private ERNEST THEODORE BOCK who died age 37 on 12 September 1918 29609, New Zealand Machine Gun Battalion Husband of Isabella Jane Bock, of 19 Russell St., Linwood, Christchurch. Born in South Australia. Remembered with honour; GREVILLERS (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL
The photo below is a poignant memorial set up in front of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. 4799 crosses, one for every Aucklander who died in WW1. Ernest, who was from Christchurch, is not represented there but it is a sobering reminder of the impact the war had on a young country on the other side of the globe. Lest we forget.
I just started reading the April Issue of Car Magazine U.K. but had already seen one Letter to the Editor :)
From: Robin Capper
Sent: Monday, 29 January 2018 13:23
To: email@example.com Subject: In defence of the 308 GT4
Awesome ‘Ferrari at 70’ issue except...
You call the Bertone 308 GT4 ugly and show the worst (US spec?) colour scheme I have seen on one. The follow-up Pininfarina 308 GTB/S were beautiful but they didn’t have to package 2+2 seats and a mid-mounted V8.
Over the page there’s no comment on the crude styling of their attempt, the Mondial. It resorts to black detailing to disguise massive rear pillars and cheese graters covering crude side air intakes. In comparison the proportions and elegant ‘glasshouse’ air intakes on the GT4 show how well Bertone did.
Which has aged better? For me there is no contest, but maybe I am biased.
I took this photo of one in 1977, when the 308 GT4 was current and I was 11, parked in the driveway of a holiday home near where we were staying. No idea who owned it, this was as close as I got, but since that day the 308 GT4 has been one of my favourite cars.
PS: My subscription just auto-renewed, look forward to ‘Ferrari at 80’ : )
PPS: The photo is a bit orange as is a corrected scan of a very faded 70s print!
Tonight, 9 April 2018, I got an offer to buy tickets to see a comedian. Who doesn't matter because that is not the issue.
The performance is not going to happen until June 2019. That's right, over a year away.
This promoter is going to get the money up front and have use of it for a year. While there are undoubtedly costs involved in (booking the venue, securing the performer etc) I think this pre-sale bollocks is a scam.
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