G'day folks,

This post relates to more cars that have been collected and deserted. The “Raggare” movement, which emerged from a post-war youth counterculture mainly in Sweden and parts of Norway, is known for its undying love of vintage American hot rod cars and 1950s pop culture.

Deep in the Swedish woods, there lies an army of more than a thousand abandoned cars, decaying since the 1950s. The land was once owned by two brothers who opened a scrapyard business for cars left behind by U.S servicemen in Sweden and around Europe after WW2. Disassembling the cars and selling them off to Norway for parts was big business in Sweden at the time. Norway had been left a poor country after the war and car parts were near impossible to get. Junkyards popped up all along the Swedish border and Norwegians were their best customers.

The brothers who owned Båstnäs lived on the land and continued selling abandoned American cars up until the 1980s. Today you can still the see the forgotten cars strewn around the land, filling the fields surrounding the brothers’ two dilapidated homes.

While many Swedes are demanding the country’s junkyards be removed and the forests cleaned up, ironically, environmentalists are pleading for them to stay, arguing that wildlife have made nests in the automobile remains. And if they get their way, the cars will remain until they’re dust.

“Ragga” roughly means “to pick up girls” in Swedish and they were known to do just that; pick up impressionable young women in one town and find new ones in the next, having their “bad boy” way with them in the back seat of the car along the way.

Today, the Raggare have quite a different reputation, met with amusement or only mild disapproval by modern mainstream society. There’s been some controversy about the raggare seen waving the Confederate flags while driving their old muscle cars, but to quote an article published last year by Jalopnik about the car culture, “like most cultural icons, the Confederate flag doesn’t translate fully when its taken overseas … and in Sweden, it’s both a symbol of America and rebellion, and not of anything with scary undertones.”

Now,  check out these pearlers.

Clancy's comment: Amazing, eh? So much steel, and so many spare parts for some keen enthusiast who is restoring one of these icons.

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19 October 2017 - FAMOUS LAST WORDS


G'day folks,

Welcome to some more famous last words from the rich and infamous.

34. Thomas Hobbes – Writer
“I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.”

 35. George Washington – US President

“It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.”

 36. Noel Coward – Writer

“Goodnight my darlings, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

37. Walter De La Mare – Writer
“Too late for fruit, too soon for flowers.”

38. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron – Writer
“Now I shall go to sleep. Good night.”

39. Grover Cleveland –  US President
“I have tried so hard to do the right.”

40. Dylan Thomas – Poet
“I’ve had eighteen straight whiskies, I think that’s the record…”

41. Dominique Bouhours – French grammarian
“I am about to — or I am going to — die: either expression is correct.”

 42. Ernesto Che Guevara

“I know you have come to kill me. Shoot coward, you are only going to kill a man.”

43. John Barrymore Actor
“Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.”

44. Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby – Singer/Actor
“That was a great game of golf, fellers.”

45. Charles Darwin – English naturalist & Geologist
“I am not the least afraid to die.”

 46. H. G. Wells – Novelist

“Go away, I’m all right!”

47. Lady Mary Wortley Mantagu
“It’s all been very interesting.”

48. Frederic Chopin – Composer
“The earth is suffocating . . . Swear to make them cut me open, so that I won’t be buried alive.”

Clancy's comment: So, what would your last words be?

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G'day folks,

Many of you will enjoy this post. The domestic cat is a small, typically furry, carnivorous mammal. They are often called house cats when kept as indoor pets or simply cats when there is no need to distinguish them from other felids and felines.

Like their wild relatives, domestic cats are natural hunters able to stalk prey and pounce with sharp claws and teeth.

Quick Facts
  • Type: Mammal
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Life span: Up to 20 years
  • Size: 71 cm
  • Weight: 2.3 to 9 kg
  • Habitat: Urban and suburban areas
  • Range: Worldwide
  • Scientific name: Felis catus
   Cats have been shown to have their own individual personalities.
  Cats enjoy acute hearing and can detect an extremely broad range of frequencies. They can detect frequencies from 55 Hz up to 79 kHz, a range of 10.5 octaves, which includes higher pitched sounds than humans and even dogs can hear.
  They are particularly effective hunters at night, when their light-reflecting eyes allow them to see much better than their prey.
  Cats communicate by marking trees, fence posts, or furniture with their claws or their urine. These scent posts inform others of a cat’s home range.
  Most cats are nimble and agile, and their long tails aid their outstanding balance. The flexible tail has as many as 28 vertebrae.
  Cats have a mobile backbone that allows them to rotate the front half of the spine through an angle of 180 degrees in relation to their back half.

  • The front paws are capable of a wide range of tasks from opening doors to pouncing on prey.
  • The cat’s tongue has backwards-facing spines about 500 micrometres long, which are called papillae. These are quite rigid, as they contain keratin. These spines allow cats to groom themselves by licking their fur, with the rows of papillae acting like a hairbrush. Some cats, particularly longhaired cats, occasionally regurgitate hairballs of fur that have collected in their stomachs from grooming. These clumps of fur are usually sausage-shaped and about two to three centimeters long.
  • Cats conserve energy by sleeping more than most animals, especially as they grow older. The daily duration of sleep varies, usually 12–16 hours, with 13–14 being the average. Some cats can sleep as much as 20 hours in a 24-hour period.
  • During sleep cats experience short periods of rapid eye movement sleep accompanied by muscle twitches, which suggests that they are dreaming.
  • Every time a cat awakes, it automatically stretches to flex every muscle and sinew to its fullest extent and restore circulation.
   Domestic cats use many vocalizations for communication, including purring, trilling, hissing, growling, snarling and several different forms of meowing. 

  Their types of body language, including position of ears and tail, relaxation of whole body, and kneading of paws, are all indicators of mood. The tail and ears are particularly important social signals in cats, with a raised tail acting as a friendly greeting. Tail raising also indicates the cat’s position in the group’s social heirarchy,  with dominant individuals raising their tails less often than subordinate animals. Nose-touching is also a common greeting and may be followed by social grooming,  which is solicited by one of the cats raising and tilting its head. 

  Cats are generally affectionate animals and love being spoiled and petted, when they will roll and purr appreciatively. Thoroughly contented cats will happily sleep alongside their owners, where they enjoy the feeling of warmth and security. 

  It has been scientifically proven that owning cats is good for our health and can decrease the occurrence of high blood pressure and related illnesses.

Clancy's comment: They say you never own a cat. It owns you. And, if you want to find a cat in a house, just leave an open box out. Just sayin' ...
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