Thursday, December 31, 2015
and for some light relief - a Muslim cleric in Turkey says masturbating men will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife
You can't help thinking the main requirement for a Muslim cleric is an advanced case of mental illness.
A Turkish televangelist has warned male Muslims away from masturbation -- because it may leave their hands pregnant in the afterlife.
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The system was operated by the Twin City Rapid Transit Company; the trolleys were ended in 1954. Info
As in other U.S. cities, there are plans to bring a streetcar line back to Minneapolis, the 3.4-mile (5.5 km) Nicollet-Central Modern Streetcar.
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Fears of Muslim extremists committing suicide bomb and shooting attacks at New Year have caused Belgium authorites to cancel festivities in the capital.
"Together with the interior minister, we've decided to not have the celebrations on Thursday evening," Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur told the state broadcaster RTBF.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the decision had been taken "given information we have received". Daily Mirror (UK) article
Other reports from Paris are that people there are choosing to go elsewhere for their parties. In Berlin where the Muslim population has increased substantially this year, all attendees at the Brandenburg Gate festivity will have to pass through security checks.
Meanwhile, police in the Turkish capital of Ankara arrested two Muslims with ISIS links after a raid uncovered one suicide vest, bomb-making equipment and ball bearings that could be used in an explosive device. New York Times article
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
According to wikipedia, "Lough Swilly (Irish: Loch Súilí, meaning "Lake of Shadows" or the "Lake of Eyes") in Ireland is a glacial fjord or sea inlet lying between the western side of the Inishowen Peninsula and the Fanad Peninsula, in County Donegal. Along with Carlingford Lough and Killary Harbour it is one of three glacial fjords in Ireland." It is in what is now the Irish Republic while Derry is in Northern Ireland. Wikipedia also states that the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway Company began running 160 km of railway in 1853, but ceased a century later in 1953, although bus services lasted much longer.
"We catch the train", the drawing at bottom right, seems to involve gesticulating at it from a distance, without a station in sight...
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There are other clips on the web, but this relatively short one is good.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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|what truck is this?|
A couple of pics we stumbled across on this BBC webpage in an article on this part of India close to what China considers part of Tibet.
They need Steven Joyce :-)
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Looking east. This is a postcard that can be accurately dated because the movie screening at the State Theatre (this post-earthquake art deco building still exists but is no longer a cinema), Sentimental Journey, was released in March 1946. The railway line is obviously in the foreground.
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A good postcard for classic car enthusiasts, this one :-) Fittingly, the Petersen Automotive Museum is not far from this standpoint at 6060 Wilshire today.
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Monday, December 28, 2015
Looking south with the intersection with Manners Street in the immediate foreground and Dixon Street next up past the Royal Oak on the left. Tram number 18 is on the left. For lots more, see the books Wellington: a Capital century and Wellington Transport Memories.
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Of the Hillerød-Frederiksværk-Hundested Jernbane -- a single-track 36.3-km long local line -- seen in 1956. It was built at Diesel-Elektriska Vagn-Aktiebolaget, Västerås, Sweden, with construction number 31.
In 1943 it was equipped with an Atlas 6-cylinder diesel engine; from 1959 with a Leyland 6-cylinder diesel engine of 150 hp.
Length: 16 metres;
Axle arrangement: 2B;
Service weight: 31 tonnes;
Seating places: 50;
toilet, luggage room.
It was withdrawn in 1973.
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They were built at the Tblisi Electric Locomotive Works (ТЭВЗ) in Georgia between 1961–1977, as well as the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant (НЭВЗ) during 1969 and 1976. The first year, 1961, marked the 40th anniversary of Soviet rule in Georgia.
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Seen here on the point of a freight train at Houyet, Belgium, in 1989. This member of the double-ended Co-Co type of the Series 204 entered service in 1955 and was scrapped in 2002. See earlier posts on the Nohabs which also appeared in Denmark, Norway and Hungary.
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Sunday, December 27, 2015
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Karangahape Road is nearly always referred to as just K Road. For lots more, see earlier posts and our books.
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