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The most expensive car ever made had no doors, no roof, no windscreen, it produced one horsepower and had a couple of garden chairs for seats. It cost 25 million pounds in 1971 and in its entire life it covered only 56 miles, which works out to about 500.000 pounds per mile. The one-off car was called the Lunar Rover or Moon Buggy and was designed by NASA for three lunar missions. The buggy was left behind by the Apollo 17 crew – the last humans to visit the moon. It is still there.

Millennium bridge at dusk, looking west up the...

Millennium bridge at dusk, looking west up the river Tyne, between Newcastle and Gateshead.

In San Fernando Valley, California, the pornography Hollywood of the world, around 4000 pornographic films are shot a year where around 60 gallons of semen are ejaculated in front of the camera.

Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, had a preference of photographing naked under-aged children aged between 6 and 14 with parental consent. He also coined the word Bandersnatch.

Pornography in the Soviet Union was largely suppressed until the final years of the USSR. According to The Pornography and Erotica Debate: USSR, sex in general was viewed as “a wasteful consumer of energies better devoted to the building of Communism.”

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge linking Gateshead and Newcastle across the River Tyne is the world’s first and (so far) only tilting bridge. It is so energy efficient it only uses £3.60 worth of electricity every time it opens and closes.

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Quality Test 43


‘Little owlet in the glen,

I’m ashamed of you;
You are ungrammatical

In speaking as you do.
You should say, “To whom! to whom!”

Not, “To who! to who!”
Your small friend,

Miss Katy-did,
May be green, ’tis true,
But you never heard her say,

“Katydo!shedo!”‘

– William Hudspeth

On Smoking


“Everything! I like the way a fresh firm pack feels in my hand. I like peeling away that little piece of cellophane and seeing it twinkle in the light. I like coaxing that first sweet cylinder out of its hiding place and bringing it slowly up to my lips. Striking a match, watching it burst into a perfect little flame and knowing that soon that flame will be inside me! I love the first puff, pulling it into my lungs, little fingers of smoking filling me, caressing me, feeling that warmth penetrate deeper and deeper until I think I’m going to burst! Then ‘woosh!’… watching it flow out of me in a lovely sinuous cloud, no two ever quite the same!”

– Bebe Glazer

The Rush of Language


‘Latin is the being, French the thought, Spanish the fire, Italian the air (I said ‘aether’ of course), Catalan the earth, and Portuguese the water.’

Nooteboom C. 1991. Het Volgende Verhaal [The Next Story] Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Uitgeverij De Arbeiderspers (1991) p. 28

On Fairness Of Economics


“Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while capitalism is concerned only with gain and profitability. Marxism is concerned with the distribution of wealth on an equal basis and the equitable utilisation of the means of production. It is also concerned with the fate of the working classes — that is, the majority — as well as with the fate of those who are underprivileged and in need, and Marxism cares about the victims of minority-imposed exploitation. For those reasons the system appeals to me, and it seems fair.”

– Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

On Learning Latin


‘It has to be said that you won’t be able to tell the time in Latin, or sing a comic song. But you will have bashed up a couple of hundred thousand Gauls with arrows, and prepared a good many tables for the master. What’s more, your brain will have do so many somersaults and press-ups that you will find anything else you turn to laughably easy by comparison.’

– Oulton. N.R.R. 2010. So You Really Want To Learn Latin Book I Tenterden, Great Britain: Galore Park Publishing (1999) p. 1

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Garden gnomes were introduced to Britain by Sir Charles Isham (1819-1903).

[Monte Carlo, from Fort Antoine, Monaco (Rivie...

Monte Carlo harbour, as seen from Fort Antoine

Mahatma Gandhi was the fourth son of his father’s fourth wife. He was married at 13, had his first child at 18 and took a vow of celibacy aged 37.

All the numbers on a roulette wheel added together come to 666.

Citizens of Monaco are not allowed to gamble in the casino at Monte Carlo.

The letter G was invented by a Roman called Spurius Carvilius Ruga.