Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Ufogel Has Landed...

It's as if an alien but contemporary object of some sort has landed in a field in the East Tyrolian village of Nussdorf, a popular skiing area in Austria.
It sits on its stilts or legs and because it looks remotely, very remotely, like a UFO or even some sort of bird, albeit a very strange bird,
it's called Ufogel.
Fogel means bird in German.
The strange angular object was designed to connect with nature.
I wonder, did the designers realise there are no straight lines in nature?
Anyway, so the story goes it is designed to embrace and cradle its guests in a warm and safe haven, a cosy nest covered with traditional wooden shingles, and one that offers security and openess.
If you're planning a skiing holiday in the region and looking for accommodation with a difference, you may or may not wish to check it out...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Motoped Survival Bike. How Can You Live Without One...

I'm not into toys but I'd like one of these!
I can imagine it hooked onto the front or the back of The Flying Tortoise.
The Motoped Survival is a 49cc motor-assisted bicycle that gets up to 160 miles to the gallon.
Its racks and tie-on points can carry a lot of gear too whether it's a trip to the supermarket or when the time's right to make your way out
to the wilderness.
And beyond the beaten track.
There's more here at Treehugger.
I just checked my pulse rate and yes
I'm definitely excited...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Amazing Isn't It, How Man Can Land A Craft On A Speeding Comet But Can't Find A Cure For The Common Cold...

Amazing isn't it, how man can launch a spacecraft, spend ten years chasing a speeding comet for a few billion miles around space and
then land on it but can't find a cure for the common cold...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Imagine Living In Tunisia In A Fifteenth Century Adobe Ghorfa At The Ksar Outed Soltane...

Imagine if you will, living in a fifteenth century adobe Ghorfa which was a purpose built grainary with hundreds of rooms or Shorfas for the nomadic families of the area to store their grain.
This marvelous fortified adobe structure built by the Berbers, the Ksar Outed Soltane is situated about twenty kilometers south of what is now the city of Tataourine in southern Tunisia.
It's now a tourist destination but was used as recently as the 1960's for its original purpose.
On Friday afternoons the courtyard functioned as a meeting place for the local community most of whom spent much of the year in the pastures with their goats, sheep and camels.
Like other North African Berber communities, the granaries were often built on a hilltop to help protect it from raiding parties intent on stealing the villages food supply.
But imagine living there today...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Tall And The Short Of It...

Thirty one year old Turkish farmer Sultan Kosen at eight foot three inches is the world's tallest man and Nepal's Chandra Bahadur Dangi, aged seventy four is one foot nine and a half inches tall and the world's shortest.
They met just the other day at the 10th Annual Guinness World Records in London.
Even though he is short and I am tall, our life's struggles have been similar said Mr Kosen.
And that's about the tall and the short of it... 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The World's First Solar Bike Road Opened Recently In The Netherlands...

Approximately two hundred feet of the world's first solar road opened in the Amsterdam suburb of Krommenie on November twelve.
When this test road is completed it will be over three hundred and twenty feet long and provide enough electricity to power three households.
It was only a matter of time before some enterprising and innovative country or city used flat road surfaces as solar bases.
Solar panels are embedded into  concrete modules that fit together and have a layer of textured glass laid on top, tilted so the rain will wash the dirt off, keeping the surfaces clean and guaranteeing maximum exposure to the sunlight.
The future of the solaroad looks bright for road information signs, and traffic lights with electric cars and bicycles being able to plug into the recharging points along the road.
The Netherlands has an international reputation as a bike friendly nation with some eighteen million bicycles and over twenty two thousand miles of bike lanes.
This first little solar road is just the beginning and is sure to get the green light to go places...

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Kiravan. When Too Much Is Never Enough...

Sixty something year old inventor and entrepreneur Bran Ferren has a young daughter Kira he thinks the world of and wants to
show it to her.
Young Kira thinks the amazing vehicle her imaginative father has spent four years creating and which has cost millions of dollars, could take her exploring on the moon.
She might be right and another planet could be just the place for the monstrosity.
For her father, too much is never enough and this, this ugly looking vehicle, sorry Bran, built on a Unimog chassis, has an excess of everything and will consume gallons of gas every time the key is turned.
There's more about it here.
Hopefully this isn't the shape of homes on wheels in the future. It's about as far removed from our natural environment as you could get...