Archive for October, 2020

October 31, 2020

Double Oh Seven

Sir Sean Connery (1930-2020)

– one thing can be said: any film with Sean Connery in it was always worth watching. He brought a certain brogue gravitas to his characters. RIP

King Agamemnon, Professor Henry Jones; Mike; William of Baskerville; Robin Hood; Bond, James Bond; Major General Roy Urquart; Jim Malone; Daniel Dravot; Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Rámirez; Captain Marko Ramius; Zed.

October 30, 2020

New Kid on the Block

Launch

– Triumph rolled out their new mid-size roadster today. A triple cylinder 80hp using the legendary Trident name. The unveiling video link is here:

October 29, 2020

Tweeting

Birdwatching

– Robin Wilfred Woods (1936-2020) was a noted ornithologist and botanist who made his career based in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands. From extensive field work netting and ringing the birds much was learned of the avians of the South Atlantic. His narrow focused Birds of the Falkland Islands is a classic of its genre. With few finished roads across the bleak British outpost a motorcycle is a usual form of transport. Here’s Robin on a 50’s BSA roughing it over the moors near Goose Green.

October 28, 2020

A different viewpoint

Bird’s Eye

– sometimes you just need to look at things from a fresh perspective. The Tiger has an interesting front heavy form with a muscular tank and fairing; somewhat like an owl.

October 27, 2020

Cats Paw

Adventure Guaranteed

– the Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles. It’ll go anywhere, anytime, anyhow, and keep you grinning.

October 26, 2020

Full Frontal

Road Presence

– one more thing I like about the Tiger is its front view. Making sure you are visible to the other road users is imperative.

October 25, 2020

Luminous Leaves

Autumnal Aurorae

More photos from the Fall outing yesterday. The foliage hues against a striking blue sky was a sublime natural phenomenon. This time of the year is resplendent in a blaze of colors that always seems so fleeting before the naked winter arrives.

October 24, 2020

Fall Color

Maple Fire

– a nice autumnal spin along Sheridan Road through the Northshore suburbs which were splendid under the blue October sky. Temperatures were on the chilly side but my heated vest and grips kept this rider toasty.

October 23, 2020

Roar

Tiger Eyes
October 22, 2020

Arranging Objects

Order


Knoll (nōl) vb. Knolling is simply the process of arranging objects so they are parallel or at 90-degree angles. It helps keep everything organised and when photographed creates clean, noticeable images. The term was coined in 1987 by a janitor name Andrew Kromelow who was working at Frank Gehry’s furniture making shop. The story goes that Kromelow would neatly arrange the jumble of the day’s tools at right angles on the benches as he cleaned up.

He dubbed the practice knolling because it reminded him of the right angles in Florence Knoll’s angular furniture (Gehry was designing for Knoll at the time).

October 21, 2020

These Days

All Tomorrow’s Parties

Sixties chanteuse Nico looking very Chelsea in London on a parked bike. Born Christa Päffgen she was given her name by the photographer Herbert Tobias, who discovered her at 16. She went on from modeling to acting, singing and Andy Warhol’s muse in 60’s New York. Her version of Jackson Browne’s “These Days” is one of the great covers.

October 20, 2020

Essex

“Call me Ishmael”

On this day 200 years ago the whaling ship Essex was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the middle of the South Pacific. This maritime story gave Herman Melville the idea for his classic novel Moby Dick. This 1928 Brought Superior SS100, also named Moby Dick recently sold for over £500,000. The name was given after Motor Cycling magazine tested it in 1931 and declared it “the fastest privately-owned machine in the world”.

October 19, 2020

Eye of the Tiger

A Beak in the Wind

The nose of the Tiger might be unliked by some with its proboscis protruding from the eye-like headlights; but I find it offers a strong moto statement aiming for the road ahead.

October 18, 2020

Only 50p

‘78 Comic Ads

– I was spoaching through some boxes in our basement when I happened upon my collection of early 2000ad comic. In orbit every Monday. A couple of back to back advertising pages caught my eye. One for a kids sport comic called Tiger, mostly about football, but it had a snippet about Barry Sheene who was at the time at the top of his popularity. The other page was for the statistical card game Aces (like the other Top Trumps game) also promoting the prowess of the GP rider.

October 17, 2020

Turquoise Tank

One Fifty Chevy

More patina that a rusty nail. I was filling up at a gas station in Des Plaines and spied this beat-up Chevrolet. It sounded like heck when it started up. Unless the owner didn’t want to wake the dead by revving too much…