Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Bakwin Townhouse

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Located off Park Avenue, this 22 ft. wide neo Georgian townhouse with approximately 9,000 sq. ft., 6 plus bedrooms, 6 fireplaces, rooftop terrace and charming brick walled and trellised garden, has an interior that is superbly configured. The ground floor kitchen is next to the large dining room with wide plank floor and fireplace, and opens to the garden. A graceful spiral staircase leads to the second floor, which includes a 32 ft. living room with 11 ft. beamed ceiling, fireplace, wide plank floor and beautiful floor to ceiling doors opening to a balcony overlooking lovely townhouse gardens, including the garden of the iconic Mellon House, and also includes a spacious library with walls lined with bookshelves and overlooks the street. See more Here

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

1973 750 Norton Monocoque

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This is the 750 monocoque that Peter Williams and won the Formula 750 race at the Isle of Man on in 1973. It was bought by the present owner directly from Williams (a Norton engineer who conceived and built the three monocoques, plus a prototype chassis, that were originally constructed) in 1983. It still shows the dent on the lefthand side of the monocoque left from a crash at Imola, two weeks after the IOM. It followed on from the modified Commando framed racers that the company had been campaigning. The bikes were only raced in '73 as a new, space-frame design followed in 1974. The monocoque's design goals of a small frontal area & a low centre of gravity though carrying the fuel & oil low in the frame was reminiscent of Norton's 1960 350 Low Boy prototype. The bike recorded a top speed of over 160mph at Daytona in '73 before Williams won the Anglo-American Match series a few months later, then his IOM victory. 76hp at 7,200rpm. Dry weight 150kg. Top speed 260kph. Photographed near Barcelona, Spain. 2016. All pictures © Phil Aynsley Photography

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tracks by Robyn Davidson Photographed by Rick Smolan

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In 1977 photographer Rick Smolan was traveling in Australia on assignment for Time magazine when he encountered an angry woman in the small town of Alice Springs. Little did he know that 37 years later their story would be dramatized by movie stars. “I was sent to do a story on Aborigines,” Smolan says. “I walked out of my hotel, and I looked up and saw Robyn washing the windows. I took some pictures and she got really pissed off and started yelling at me: ‘Put your f—–g cameras down!’ I went to explain what I was doing, and she said, ‘Oh, you’re American…What are you, some kind of journalistic parasite here photographing the Aborigines?'” The woman was Robyn Davidson—the so-called “camel-lady” who undertook a 1,700-mile trek from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean on foot with four camels and a dog as her companions. “TRACKS” is the movie version of her epic journey and evolving relationship with Smolan.


Davidson said she felt the trip work magic on her in strange and unexpected ways. “When there is no one to remind you what society’s rules are, and there is nothing to keep you linked to that society, you had better be prepared for some startling changes.”


 Evening temperatures in the desert often dropped below freezing, so a warm fire was a welcome way to end a hard day’s work. After making camp, Robyn Davidson would cook dinner and then listen to teaching tapes that taught her to speak Pitjantjara, the local aboriginal dialect.


After walking almost 1,700 miles across the heart of the Australian Outback, Davidson and her camels arrived at the Indian Ocean. Never having seen a body of water larger than a puddle before, her camels were mesmerized.


Rick Smolan’s photo of Robyn Davidson was featured on the cover of the May 1978 issue of National Geographic.


Robyn Davidson photographed in 1977 for the original National Geographic assignment.
 
 
Robyn Davidson is pictured with her dog Diggity in the Australian Outback in 1977.
 
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Warriors

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Warriors is a documentary following a group of young Maasai who, in a remote region of Kenya, have remarkably formed a cricket team. They relate the sport to their traditional hunting techniques – the ball is the spear, the bat is the shield – and their flowing red robes in full flight are an awesome sight. The film follows the team as they pursue their dream of reaching England, the home of cricket, and test themselves in the amateur Last Man Stands World Championship. More here

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Brokoa Rawing Boat

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The Brokoa rawing-boat is the replica of a 19th century Biscayan boat (txalupa handia), built identically in 1991 by the association Itsas Begia, on the occasion of the Boats of the coasts of France competition in Brest 1992, of which she Received the 2nd prize in his category and 4 special mentions. Based on a 1878 plan, supplied for the San Sebastian Aquarium, the half-hull of the Brokoa boat made it possible to rework the forms of the boat in order to adapt them to those of the Socoa launches. It is a bridged model of 13.72m long by 3m wide, rigged by 2 sails in the third, and armed in rowing. These boats have participated in the whole history of Basque fishing (whale, cod, etc.). From the 19th century, they practiced a coastal fishery which allowed them to take, from November to May, sea bream, skate, conger, meager, hake, grondin and other groundfish. From June to October they caught bluefin tuna and bluefin tuna in the Bay of Biscay.Its construction in 1991 was supported by local authorities and by the population through a subscription. It holds an absolute record of the crossing of the Bay of Biscay in August 2006.The Brokoa launch was labeled a "patrimonial interest boat" (BIP) by the Maritime and River Heritage Foundation in December 2007. She is an ambassador for Basque maritime heritage in traditional nautical events.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Yamaha Paris Dakar

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No comment, I just love these bikes. 

Left to right :
- 1995 XTZ850R. Rider Stephane Peterhansel (1st)
- 1991 YZE750T Super Ténéré (OWC5). Rider Stephane Peterhansel (1st place), Gill LALAY (2nd), Thierry Magnaldi (3rd)
- 1986 FZ750 Ténéré (OU26). Rider Jean-Claude Olivier

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Feadship 62 ft Motor Yacht 1961

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A few month ago I did a post about the Tiky, this beauty is now for sale, so enjoy ... 

Designer : Feadship Royal Dutch
Shipyards Builder : Van Lent & Zoonen
Date : 1961
Length overall : 61 ft 8 in / 18.8 m
Length deck : 61 ft 8 in / 18.8 m
Length waterline : 54 ft / 16.5 m
Beam : 14 ft 6 in / c 4.4 m
Draft : 5 ft 6 in / 1.7 m
Displacementc : 40 – 45 Tons
Construction : Steel hull, teak deck and superstructure
Engine2 x Gardner 6LXB Diesels 127 HP@ 1,500 rpm
Location Italy
Price EUR 1,300,000

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Port Protection

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Port Protection is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area, Alaska, United States. The population was 63 at the 2000 census. "Port Protection is home to the few who have left behind normal society and chosen a different life in a remote Alaskan community, where survival of the individuals and community cannot sustain without the other. The stakes are high. The land is rugged and unforgiving and the seas which surround Port Protection are cold and merciless." (by Katrina L. Harrison)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

LHD Ferrari 458 Spider by Pegasus Auto House

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Since 2008 Pegasus Auto House in London, have specialized in providing their customers with the finest luxury automobiles around the world. “ Their extensive knowledge in both the left and right hand drive markets has developed over the years, from being a customer to now becoming a dealer that understands the needs of every individual customer.”

Vehicle Details :

2012 Nero Daytona 20’Sport - Forged Diamond Rims - Carbon Ceramic Brakes - Yellow Brake Callipers - Scuderia Ferrari Shields - Nero Leather Interior with Giallo Stitching - Nero Leather Headliner - Full Carbon Fibre Racing Package - Front and Rear Park Distance Control with Camera - Cruise Control - RadioNavi System + Bluetooth - IPod Connection - Electric Steering Column - Bi-Xenon Headlamps - Dual-Zone Air Conditioning - 7 Year Complimentary Service Package. See more details at : www.pegasusautohouse.com