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Bubble Boy For Your Bar

The “Farlander” Land Cabin

Kestos

This Week’s Softdrink – Jarritos

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634_jarritos_02Jarritos (English: "Little Pots") is a popular brand of soft drink in Mexico. Jarritos was started by Don Francisco "El Güero" Hill in 1950. The Jarritos brand is currently owned by Novamex, a large independent-bottling conglomerate based in Guadalajara, Jalisco, property of the Hill & ac. Co. although it is also distributed in some areas of Mexico by the Pepsi Bottling Group or Cott.

Jarritos is made in fruit flavors and is more carbonated than popular soft drinks made in the United States or Canada. Many Jarritos varieties are naturally flavored. The word "jarrito" means "little jug" in Spanish and refers to the Mexican tradition of drinking water and other drinks in clay pottery jugs. Jarritos comes in 12.5 and 20-ounce glass and plastic as well as 1.5 liter bottles.

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634_jarritos_03History

Jarritos broke with Mexican soft drink standards by offering a larger 400 ml bottle with a coffee-flavored drink. Shortly after launching the first Jarritos in Mexico City, Francisco Hill developed a process to remove tamarind juice extract to create the first tamarind-flavored soft drink in Mexico: Jarritos Tamarindo. Hill quickly followed with Mandarin, Lemon, and Fruit Punch flavors gaining greater market share and becoming the national soft drink of Mexico. In 10 years, Jarritos became available in 80 percent of Mexico.

In 1989, the first importation of Jarritos to retail stores in the U.S. began. By 634_jarritos_011997, Jarritos became the most popular soft drink in the U.S. among Latino consumers. The 2009 edition of the book Mexico Greatest Brands confirms that each minute 6000 bottles of Jarritos are introduced to the United States.

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Help Needed
I need your help visitors, both in suggesting sodas and soft drinks from around the world and in giving your opinion on the ones presented if you know the product. And you can start with giving your opinion on the ones posted already or reading what other visitors have written  – Ted

List of Soft drinks and sodas posted already
Visitors soft drinks and sodas suggestions and comments

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Filed under: Food & drinks, Soft drinks and sodas Tagged: Jarritos, Mexican sodas, Mexican soft drinks

AC Petite

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The AC Petite was a three-wheeled microcar with a rear-mounted 350 cc Villiers single cylinder, two stroke engine. The cars had a single bench seat seating two adults and was said to be capable of 60 mpg (4.7 L/100 km; 50 mpg) to 70 mpg-(4.0 L/100 km; 58 mpg) and 40 mph (64 km/h).

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There were two versions of the car. Between 1953 and 1955 the car was fitted with a Villiers 27B engine and two different sizes of wheel, the rears were 18 inches (460 mm) spoked wheels whilst the front was only 8 inches (200 mm). In 1955 a Mark II version was launched, this had minor changes to the exterior trim, a slightly more powerful Villiers 28B engine and 12 inches (300 mm) wheels both front and rear.

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Filed under: Automobiles, British, The fifties, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: AC Petite, Bobble cars, Micro cars, mini cars

Happy Birthday Queen Of Pinups

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Bettie Mae Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) was an American model who became famous in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. Often referred to as the "Queen of Pinups", her jet black hair, blue eyes, and trademark fringe have influenced artists for generations.

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"SPARS” US Coast Guard Woman’s Reserve – 1950’s

Round Britain By Railway Posters – London

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641_london_08London Listeni/ˈlʌndən/ is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. It is the most populous region, urban zone and metropolitan area in the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its founding by the Romans, who named it Londinium. London’s ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1.12-square-mile (2.9 km2) mediaeval boundaries and in 2011 had a resident population of 7,375, making it the smallest city in England. Since at least the 19th century, the term Londonhas also referred to the metropolis developed around this core. The bulk of this conurbation forms the Londonregion and the641_london_07 Greater London administrative area, governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. It is one of the world’s leading financial centres and has the fifth-or sixth-largest metropolitan area GDP in the world depending on measurement. London is a world cultural capital. It is the world’s most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the world’s largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic. London’s 43 universities form the largest concentration of higher education in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to host the modern Summer Olympic Gamesthree times.

641_london_02London has a diverse range of peoples and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken within its boundaries. London had an official population of 8,308,369 in 2012, making it the most populous municipality in the European Union, and accounting for 12.5% of the UK population. The Greater London Urban Area is thesecond-largest in the EU with a population of 9,787,426 according to the 2011 census. The London metropolitan area is the largest in the EU with a total population of 13,614,409, while the Greater London Authority puts the population of London metropolitan region at 21 million. London had the largest population of any city in the world from around 1831 to 1925.

641_london_04London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; Kew Gardens; the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and St Margaret’s Church; and the historic settlement of Greenwich (in which theRoyal Observatory, Greenwich marks the Prime Meridian, 0° longitude, and GMT). Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and The Shard. London is home to numerous museums, galleries, libraries, sporting events and other cultural institutions, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, British Library and 40 West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world

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Filed under: British, Ephemera, Holidays, Traveling Tagged: British Railways, London

Våghalsen – A Waterfall In Oslo

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Akerselva, or Akerselven, is a river which flows through Oslo. It starts at Maridalsvannet in Oslomarka, and follows the urban areas Nordre Aker, Sagene, Grünerløkka, Oslo centre and Grønland, whereby it finally ends at Paulsenkaien and Oset in Bjørvika. The river is considered to be a part of the Nordmarkvassdraget, and has the watercourse number 006.Z. The entire river is about 8.2 kilometres long, and has a difference in altitude of approximately 149 meters.

Akerselven is “Oslo’s green lung”; many parks and nature trails are to be found by its path, from Grønland to Maridalsvannet. A walk along Akerselven from the rural Frysja down through the different parts of Oslo all the way down to the city centre is an amazing experience and a walk through the history of Oslo. Salmon run and spawn in the upper part of the river.

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A series hastily taken with my mobile phone on the way to a meeting to day

It doesn’t run wide and serene like the Thames or the Seine, but it gave power to the rise of the industrial revolution and helped making Oslo part of the modern Europe. The river has 11 large waterfalls like “Våghalsen” on the pictures above and several stretches of wild white-water.

When the snow melts in the woodlands north of Oslo as it does now the waterfalls are magnificent sights and there has never been a spring the last thirty years that I haven’t walked the entire stretch from Maridalsvannet to Grønland loving every step of the way. Few capitols in the world has got a river like this and I for one love it – Ted

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Filed under: Norway, Oslo Tagged: Rivers, Town rivers, Waterfalls

Amphibious Riley – 1931

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For a private Africa expedition (London to Capetown) Riley needed a trick to cross the rivers on his journey. The inflatable pontoons did the job but the holding rack was so close to the wheels that steering was impossible when the pontoons where in place. The brand name of the car is Riley too, if you are wondering where Riley got the money for his expedition.

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Text and images from amphebiousvehicle.com

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Filed under: Automobiles, British, Retro technology, The thirties, Transportation, Traveling, Vintage Science Tagged: Africa expeditions, Riley automobiles

European Cultural Export To America

This Week’s Retro DIY Project – Old Norwegian Combined Shelf

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As I mentioned my own woodwork plans are only in pdf format as I prefer to check my plans on a flat screen hooked up to one of my laptops rather than on a lot of loose drawings on paper. You’ll find the plans for the shelf HERE

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Filed under: Design, DIY project, Illustration Tagged: Do-it-yourself projects, Furniture, Shelfs, Woodwork plans

Pre-War Classics Of The Road – Part 31

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1928 Omega-Six

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If it had been better financed, the Omega-Six from Boulogne-sur-Seine could have been a rival to the Hispano-Suiza. Beautifully made, the Omega-Six had a single camshaft engine of great refinement. Early examples, the marque made its debut at the 1922 Paris Salon, had a 2-litre engine. By the time this 1928 model appeared, the Omega-Six had acquired a 2914cc engine, developing over 120bhp enabling the car to reach 106mph. By 1930, however, Omega-Six were out of business.

 

1928 Packard’s Fifth Series Six

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Packard’s Fifth Series Six Convertible Coupe first went into production on 1 January 1928. This particular example is fitted with the optional side-mounted spare wheels and cowl lamps which made this car a smaller replica of the contemporary eight-cylinder Packards. During the 1928 season, Packard sales reached a total of 50,000 for the first time.

 

1928 Packard Sixth Series Eight 645 Phaeton

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The introduction of the Sixth Series Eight, on 1 August 1928, saw Packard committed to an eight cylinders-only policy. Typical of the breed is this 1928 645 Phaeton, which came with a choice of seven different final-drive ratios and a wide range of options from an onyx horn button at $1.85 to a monogrammed lap robe at $115. The gold-plated cloisonne enamel radiator emblem carried the pelican crest of Samuel Packard, who landed in America in 1638.

 

1928 Pierce-Arrow Series 81 Runabout

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‘By their headlights shall ye know them", was the implicit marketing policy of Pierce-Arrow, whose distinctive fender headlamps were an instant identifying feature. But for the 1928 Series 81 Runabout, stylist James R. Way threw conservatism to the winds and not only went in for Art Deco colour schemes, but also committed the appalling solecism of putting the Pierce name on the radiator. Poor sales soon forced the Series 81 off the market.

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Filed under: Automobiles, Retro technology, Transportation Tagged: 1928 Omega-Six, 1928 Packard Sixth Series Eight 645 Phaeton, 1928 Packard's Fifth Series Six, 1928 Pierce-Arrow Series 81 Runabout

This Week’s Favourite Famale Singer – Shannon McNally

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644_shannon_01Shannon Maureen McNally (born March 17, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter.

Biography

McNally was born in Hempstead, on Long Island. While studying anthropology at Franklin and Marshall College, she began singing and playing guitar in clubs. After graduating and honing her skills on the streets of Paris as a busker, McNally secured a deal with Capitol Records in 1997. McNally was intent on making an acoustic record and entered the studio with studio professionals including Jim Keltner, Benmont Tench, and Greg Leisz. The resulting 644_shannon_02album Jukebox Sparrows was not released at the time.

In the interim, McNally opened for Stevie Nicks and Ryan Adams, and was part of the 1999 Girl’s Room tour with Tara MacLean, Kendall Payne, and Amy Correia. She also modeled for Urban Decay cosmetics. In 2000, McNally issued the holdover EP Bolder Than Paradise. When Capitol finally issued Jukebox Sparrows in January 2002, it did so into a market that had already embraced such roots-flavored material as Ryan Adams and the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. McNally embarked on a press tour, and spent the summer of that year supporting John Mellencamp. In late 2002, she released the Ran on Pure Lightning EP, a collaboration with songwriter Neal Casal.

In 2005, McNally returned with the country, blues, and soul influences on the album Geronimo. The album’s June release was accompanied by a summer’s 644_shannon_03worth of live dates. Early 2006 saw the release of McNally’s third album, North American Ghost Music. Tour dates with Son Volt also coincided its release.

McNally took off most of 2008 and 2009 after the birth of her first child. She has resumed performing and recording and toured with Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women. In 2009 she released the album Coldwater with her band Hot Sauce. McNally currently resides near Oxford, Mississippi.

In 2013, McNally released Small Town Talk, a tribute album to the songs of Bobby Charles. In an interview, McNally said that she was a longtime friend of Bobby Charles and Small Town Talk was inspired by Charles’ first, self-titled album from 1973.

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Oslo’s Town River “Akerselva” 1929

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Inger Munch: In the summer of 1929 my brother, Edvard Munch suggested that I’d take some pictures of the different houses we had lived in at "Grünerløkka". I did so, and went up to "Brekke" and "Kjelsås" farm where we lived during the summer of 1875 and 76. While doing this I got the idea of taking pictures along the whole of the "Akerselva", from where it starts to where it runs in to the Oslo fjord. As my brother spent some years of his youth in no 7 "Fossveien" some of his earliest paintings are from this part of Oslo.

The two pictures above is the first and last of the pictures Inger Munch took that summer. You can see the rest of the 68 picture HERE Ted


Filed under: Norway, Oslo, Photography, The twenties Tagged: 1929, Akerselva, Edvard Munch, Inger Mubch

Hercules Poirot Says

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BBC has produced their final episode of “Hercules Poirot” based on Agatha Christie’s master detective. Luckily they have produced enough episodes to keep us in reruns for years on end – Ted


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Grand-daddy’s Sauce – Part 31

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All posts material: “Sauce” and “Gentleman’s Relish” by Ronnie Barker – Hodder & Stoughton in 1977

EYE TEST CHART
Do You Need Glasses

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If you have trouble seeing the nice bottoms on the bottom line here
you better get yourself some glasses pretty quick.

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Filed under: Humour, Nudes, Photography, Vintage Tagged: Eye test, Ronnie Barker

The Lure Of The Mad Men – Part 10

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The mad men knew their trade back in the twenties and thirties too. And this particular lure works just as well to day. Tell people that they can get slim by doing nothing but popping a pill or two and you got them hooked. Promise no starving diets and no taxing exercises and people will head for their druggist to day as well no matter what the remedy costs or what it contains. People were fools back then and people are fools now. And the mad men now as then are laughing all the way to the bank – Ted

By the way, how can you grow slim ;-)

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Filed under: Advertisments, Architecture, The thirties Tagged: Mad Men, Marmola, Slimming pills

1957 – Clúa 500cc

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The Clúa is a roadster that was introduced in 1957 by Mechanical Clúa Construcciones S. L, Spain. Its consumption was approximately 5l/100 km, and its maximum speed 75 km / h. Customers were promised that in case of defects, the money would be returned. A mismatch in the contracts caused so many returns, that in 1962 the company went bankrupt. There were three versions of 350, 400 and 500 cc, for an average price of 64,000 pesetas (about US$ 3,500 then). In total approximately one hundred cars were manufactured.

Text an image found at mrscharroo photostream on Flickr


Filed under: Automobiles, The fifties Tagged: 1957, Clúa 500cc, Micro cars, mini cars, Spanish cars

Robbing The Sea Of Its Salt