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This Week’s Girliemag Article – Fabulously Female


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What could be more female than a tall, voluptuous femme with long soft blonde tresses, large blue eyes? Absolutely nothing. In addition, upon looking at this doll, one enjoys the feeling of satin, silk and mink. But generally the above is a con jured vision and never for real. That is until we located Mary Wheeler.

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Warning: Nudity do occur in this article. If you are under age or live in a country where watching images of nude women for some reason  are against the law  I take no responsibility if you click the link above. In other words you’re flying solo from here on – Ted ;-)

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On This day in 1978 – Woman Takes World Sailing Record


737 _naomi jamesNaomi James has broken the solo round-the-world sailing record by two days. Her 53 ft yacht Express Crusader crossed the finish line in Dartmouth at 09:11 BST after almost nine months at sea. The 29-year-old also became the first woman to sail solo around the globe via Cape Horn – the classic "Clipper Route".

A huge crowd of well-wishers and a Royal Marines band welcomed the New Zealand born Devonshire sailor home after her 27,000 mile (43,452 km) journey. Mrs James looked fit and relaxed as she stepped onto British soil for the first time in 272 days to be greeted by her husband, Rob.

I thought about turning back
Naomi James

But she has had to endure weeks without a radio, the failure of her rigging during gales in the Southern Ocean and her boat capsizing.

The record-breaking yachtswoman admitted she had thought about giving up her attempt when she lost her mast. "In my mind was the thought: ‘How can you go round the Horn with a ship that’s not seaworthy?’ – so I thought about turning back," she said.

Mrs James said she was already planning to take part in a single-handed transatlantic race but was looking forward to a bath and a sleep first. "For the past 10 days since the Azores it’s been murderous," she said.

In Context

Naomi James was made a Dame in 1979 in recognition of her achievements. She gave up sailing in 1982 after suffering badly from sea sickness during the two thousand mile Round Britain Race. Her husband fell overboard and drowned the following year while sailing off Salcombe, Devon. She remarried in 1990 and moved to the United States.

737_ellen macarthurIn February 2001, after 94 days at sea, Britain’s Ellen MacArthur became the fastest woman to sail the world. Four years later, in 2005, she became the fastest person to sail solo non-stop around the world – in 71 days and 14 hours.

Text from BBC’s OnThisDay

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Alice Huyler Ramsey – The First Woman To Drive An Automobile Across The U.S.

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Aug. 7, 1909 – Fifty-nine days after leaving New York City, Alice Huyler Ramsey, with three friends, arrived in San Francisco to become the first woman to drive an automobile across the U.S.!

"Alice Huyler Ramsey (November 11, 1886 – September 10, 1983) was the first woman to drive across the United States from coast to coast.

On June 9, 1909, the 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey began a 3,800-mile journey from Hell’s Gate in Manhattan, New York to San Francisco, California in a green Maxwell 30. On her 59-day trek she was accompanied by two older sisters-in-law and another female friend, none of whom could drive a car. They arrived amid great fanfare on August 7.

The drive was originally meant as a publicity stunt for Maxwell-Briscoe, the carmaker. At that time, women were not encouraged to drive cars. The group of women used maps from the American Automobile Association to make the journey. Only 152 of the 3,600 miles the group traveled were paved. Over the course of the drive, Ramsey changed 11 tires, cleaned the spark plugs, repaired a broken brake pedal and had to sleep in the car when it was stuck in mud. The women mostly navigated by using telephone poles, following the poles with more wires in hopes that they would lead to a town. …"

Text from Wikipedia but found on Google+ where it was posted by Ralph Roberts

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From the 33rd edition of “XXth Century Health And Pleasure Resorts Of Europe” published in 1933

bok_front_small_thumb[1]_thumbGOVERNMENT – A constitutional monarchy. The King acts through his Council of State, who are nominated by him. This Council in reality depends on the popular Assembly. The Storting (15O members) is elected every 3 years by universal suffrage of both sexes over 23 on the principle of proportional representation, The Storting elect a quarter of their number who constitute the Lagsting, the remaining three-quarters forming the Odelsting. All legislation is proposed by the Odelsting, and, if accepted, is sent to the Lagsting, which either rejects or approves. In case of repeated rejection by the Lagsting the two Houses meet in joint sitting as the Storting, where a two-thirds majority is required to pass a Bill.

Area: 323,793 km2.
Capital: Oslo. Population over 250 thousand.
Currency: Kroner and øre. 1kr = 100 øre.
Language: Norwegian.
Population: 2 ½ to 3 million.
Density: 9 per km2.
Weights and Measures: Decimal.


Nowhere in the World can the traveller find greater restfulness (without comparative isolation) than in Norway, always provided that he avoids the tourist centres during their busy season, viz. from the middle of June to the end of August. Even then, real tranquillity can always be obtained by slightly diverging from the regular tourist track and by avoiding the Midnight Sun Mania. A sojourn at any time in one of the out-of-the-way Fjord-Resorts or Inland Hotels is perhaps the most restful and inexpensive of all holidays to be had within easy reach of England.

The unique mixture of land and water caused by the beautiful fjords penetrating in every direction into the very heart of the country, prevents much railway work, so that nearly all travelling is done by water. The regular Norwegian steamers are quieter than the large foreign boats and are very comfortable, the smaller ones being specially recommended, as they alone ‘skirt the coast through the narrow passages and smooth water, where larger vessels cannot go. This inner coast and fjord scenery is unlike that in any other country and offers a variety that never palls. During the Summer months car services connect the more important Fjord termini.

The state Railway between Oslo and Bergen penetrates some of the finest inland scenery, rising to an altitude of 4000 feet, the railway to Trondhjem stops at all places of interest, and the line through the beautiful Gudbransdal now extends beyond Domaas, rejoining the Trondhjem Line in the one direction and extending to Bjørli in the other.

In Winter, Oslo, Finse and other places on the Bergen-Oslo Railway and Gudbransdal districts are strongly recommended to those who love Winter Sports of all kinds. Skiing is of course the favorite sport in the country of its origin and can be carried on till towards the end of April.

During the Summer, fast, comfortable passenger steamers run northwards from Trondhjem through a chain of fjords and lakes to Bodø, Narvik (railway terminus), Tromsø and the North Cape. From Bodø onwards the midnight sun can be seen in all its glory during June and the first two weeks of July (longer of course in the North). Fishing and shooting is plentiful, furs can be purchased for comparatively little, and the animal life generally is interesting.

The best time for fishing is the latter half of June and the whole of July in the South, in the North also the first two weeks of August. The shooting season lasts from August 25th to March 14th with slight variations in the case of certain game.

The Summer season is June to September 15th approximately. For Climbing, July is best. The Winter season is February, March and April and extends into May in the mountains. Clothing should be light and warm with full protection against rain at all times of the year, For Motoring, Norway now offers every facility. Roads between main tourist centres are good, and those connecting up the smaller resorts have in late years undergone considerable improvement. The B. and N. Line Royal Mail Ltd. (Newcastle-on-Tyne-Bergen Route)’ make special arrangements for the conveyance of motorists visiting Norway for holiday purposes.

Further information can be obtained from the B. and N. Line Royal Mail Ltd., 25, Whitehall, London, S. W. 1.

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Round The World By Steam – 1889 “Deutsch Australische Dampfschiffs Gesellschaft”

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Formed in 1888 to operate services from Hamburg via Antwerp and the Cape to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The service commenced in July 1889, but within a couple of years, passenger services to Australia were discontinued and the company restricted it’s activities to the cargo trade to Australia and the Dutch East Indies and latterly to North and South America. Taken over by the Hamburg America Line in 1926 and lost it’s identity as a separate concern.

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The ship on the poster

The "Chemnitz" was built by A.Stephen & Sons, Glasgow in 1889. She was a 2,758 gross ton vessel, length 320ft x beam 39ft, one funnel, two masts, single screw and a speed of 11 knots. There was accommodation for 10 1st and 320 2nd class passengers.

Launched on 27/11/1889 for Deutsch – Australische, she was chartered to the Hamburg America Line in 1893 and sailed from Hamburg for New York on 22/6/1893 and made just the one round voyage on this route. In 1906 she was sold to Chile and renamed "Enrique Lihn" and in 1911 was scrapped at Hendrik Ido, Ambacht.

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As The Major In Faulty Towers Once Said….



… women are strange creatures. And when I came across these images I tend to agree. I’ve tried to grasp what’s going on here but my disorderly, whimsical mind has failed me (once again). On the other hand, I never say no to a glimpse of women’s backsides – Ted

Filed under: Models & starlets, Photography Tagged: Faulty Towers, Strange creatures, Women

Nice Work If You Can Get It


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Dr Swift has really found his vocation in life. Why stay in your musty doctor’s office and be bothered with boils, warts and other nasty bodily ills when you can spend you day applying the magic power of fine gentle massage to women’s naughty bits in the privacy of their homes – Ted

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Great American Cars Of The Forties – 1940 Packard One-Ten


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The Packard One-Ten has never been treated kindly, even by the marque’s most ardent loyalists. Long snubbed as unworthy of the Packard name, it’s often been blamed for starting the make’s long, slow slide toward oblivion in the Fifties. But it ain’t necessarily so.

One-Ten was the new 1940 name for the Packard Six. Arriving for 1937 as a short-wheelbase derivative of the eight-cylinder One-Twenty, it completed the firm’s remarkable transformation from a low-volume builder of virtually hand-made luxury cars to a much larger and more modern concern with sales in the industry’s top 10.

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That metamorphosis had begun just two years earlier with the OneTwenty. The first Packard specifically designed to be built in high numbers, it was conceived by sales wizard Max Gilman and former General Motors production specialist George T. Christopher, both of whom had been recruited by company president

Alvan Macauley to devise a more profitable medium-price product than the firm’s first such effort, the 1932 Light Eight. Like its predecessor, the OneTwenty was intended to keep the company alive in the face of a luxury market that had dwindled by that time to a scant two percent of total new-car sales. Also like the Light Eight, it was a genuine Packard, with the make’s typically conservative styling, fine workmanship, and a smooth, robust engine. But careful attention to production economics enabled the OneTwenty to sell for only about half as much and still make money, which the Light Eight never did.

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Aimed at all those people who had always coveted a Packard but had never been able to afford one, the  One-Twenty sold like nickel hamburgers. Packard soared from 17th to 12th in the model year production ‘face, then moved up to ninth. Bolstered by the new Six, the make set an all-time production record for 1937 and claimed a solid eighth in the industry rankings.

The One-Twenty was renamed Eight for 1938 and was totally reworked along with the Six. Wheelbases grew by seven inches for both, to 127 on the former and to 122 on the latter, and Packard’s traditional "ox-yoke" radiator announced a more rounded body of the "second-generation" streamlining school. Horsepower ratings were unchanged, but the 120-horsepower, 282-cubic-inch straight eight got a number of detail improvements and the 237-cid L-head six was bored out to 3.50 inches, good for 100 bhp and 246 cid on the 4.25-inch stroke shared with the eight. Two- and four-door touring sedans, business and club coupes, and convertible coupe were offered in each line, plus a convertible sedan and DeLuxe four-door for the Eight. The latter was also available with three Rollston custom styles on a 139-inch chassis and as a seven-seat sedan and limousine on a 148-inch wheelbase. Despite these improvements, Packard volume fell by over half, mainly due to the 1938 recession.

1940_packard one-ten deluxe touring sedan

Both junior Packards were largely the same for 1939, but the OneTwenty name returned and a woody wagon was added to each series. New features included the aptly named "Handishift" remote-control gearlever and "Econo-Drive," the firm’s first commercially available overdrive. As it had since introducton.xhe Six continued to outsell the One-Twenty ..

The Six was renamed One-Ten for 1940, and both juniors acquired "catwalk" auxiliary front grilles in a minor facelift. Detail technical changes included another round of suspension tweaks and newly optional all-electric Warner Gear overdrive. The One-Ten legnthened its sales lead over the OneTwenty to better than 2 to 1, a margin it held through 1941. That year brought the handsome new Clipper, which spelled the end of the junior lines’ traditional Packard styling. For 1942, the Clipper look was applied to allOne-Ten/One-Twenty body styles save the two-door convertible.

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In most years, the junior Packards accounted for more than three-fourths of the make’s total production. Without them, the company couldn’t. have survived the Thirties. For this reason alone, the last of the prewar breed stand as great cars of the Forties. "Ask the man who owns one."

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This Week’s Softdrink – Kuat!



A popular sweet drink in Brazil made from the extract of a red berry that grows in Venezuela and Northern Brazil and is high in caffeine, guarana originally got 7011_kuat_03off to a slow start in the U.S. PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) introduced its own version of guarana, called Josta, in 1997 in the U.S., but discontinued it when it didn’t sell in large volume. Guarana has gained popularity in the U.S. since then, along with other beverages that provide caffeine or energy boosts, such as energy drinks and sports drinks

Named after a sun god for an Amazon Indian tribe in Brazil, Kuat (pronounced "Kwatch") is a lightly carbonated guarana flavored soda from Coke. This product has been very popular in Brazil and now Coke things they can bring it to the states and capitalize on the fact that guarana has become more popular since the energy drink craze. As for the taste, it’s interesting and as far as Coke products go, it’s not bad. It has a light flavor that tastes like your basic bubble gum soda flavor, but with a mild berry like finish. Overall, it’s mildly palatable, but needs some serious work to be a true quality beverage.


As the soccer world championship starts in Brazil in a few days I thought it only right to present a Brazilian soft drink this week – Ted

Text from Bevnet

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Nadia Gray – Romanian Film Actress


741_nadia gray_04_thumb[2]Nadia Gray (23 November 1923 – 13 June 1994) was a Romanian film actress.

Born Nadia Kujnir-Herescu in Bucharest, she left Romania for Paris in the late 1940s to escape the Communist takeover after World War II. Her film debut was in L’Inconnu d’un soir in 1949. Perhaps her most well-known role was in the Federico Fellini masterpiece La Dolce Vita in 1960.

She played Number 8 in "The Chimes of Big Ben", an episode of the 1960s cult television series The Prisoner.

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Personal life

She was first married to Constantin Cantacuzino, a Romanian aristocrat who was one of Romania’s top fighter aces of the war. They were married from 1946 to his death in 1958. Her third husband was Manhattan attorney Herbert Silverman. They were married from 1967 to her death in 1994. She died in New York City.

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Partial filmography

Most of Gray’s films were non-English-language productions.

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The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel – Part 2



No, no, NO! It is not what you think. Shame on you!

You thought this was a picture of Aunt Mabel describing a specific detail on the male anatomy, didn’t you. But it is definitely not so!

Aunt Mabel is merely boasting about how large the cucumbers in her greenhouse have grown. Who would have thought  she had such green fingers.

Ha!! You bought that one didn’t you. You should have known that the only thing that would make Aunt Mabel grow cucumbers is if they contained alcohol and we’re not talking just a little. Of course she’s  talking dirty as usual. And true to tradition young Johnny and his sister is sent off to bed and aunt Mabel is asked to leave.

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Round Britain By Railway Posters – Lancashire Coast



Stretching from the Lune Estuary at Glasson Dock to the Kent Estuary at Arnside, the spectacular coastline of Lancashire provides surprising contrasts. 743_lanca01From stunning sunsets, dramatic landscapes and glorious views, to seaside towns, fish and chips and harbours steeped in maritime history, Lancashire quite simply has it all!

Genteel Lytham St Annes, maintains the elegance of Victorian England, with the glorious garden lined seafront, home to the charming Victorian Pier, Bandstand and Promenade and many historic sites 743_lanca03such as Lytham Hall and the famous Lytham Green Windmill.

Travel along the stunning coast northwards beyond Blackpool and Cleveleys and you will arrive at Fleetwood, a bustling harbour town with a rich marine heritage, best explored at the comprehensive Fleetwood Museum. Shop for bargains at the popular Fleetwood Freeport Village situated in the tranquil marina. Take a stroll 743_lanca02alongMorecambe’s superb five mile long promenade and enjoy the unique and stunning views across Morecambe Bayto the hills of the Lake District. Relax and unwind, simply breathe in the fresh coastal air and enjoy a unique experience breathing in the fresh coastal air or experience the thrill of sailing in this unique natural playground.

Text from VisitLancashire.com

Filed under: Article, British, Ephemera, Hollywood, Illustration, Places, Transportation, Traveling Tagged: British Railways, Lancashire Coast

The Strømmen Car



This two-seater is partly a mystery car. It is known that it was built in 1949 in Strømmen, a place in Skedsmo, Akershus, some 8 km from Oslo in Norway. The car weighed 200 kg and its top speed was 50 kmh. No ifo is available about the engine.

For the time being let’s call it the “Strømmenbil”. Looking at the picture an educated guess tells that builder has used a lot of plywood. No doors. It looks like a three-wheeler, but most probably had 2 rear wheels very close together, like the Isetta. Rear wheel driving (no differential) and front wheel steering? Who knows more? The registration number looks genuine, so the builder obviously got it approved for general traffic.

This picture is part of the collection of the Norse Folkenmuseum and colorized.

Filed under: Automobiles, DIY project, Retro DIY projects, Retro technology, The forties Tagged: Homemade cars, Homemade Norwegian cars, Micro cars, mini cars

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On This Day In 1964: Nelson Mandela Jailed For Life


The leader of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, has been jailed for life for sabotage. Seven other defendants, including the former secretary-general of the banned African National Congress (ANC), Walter Sisulu, were also given life prison sentences.

Crowds gathered silently outside the court building in Pretoria’s Church Square waiting for the verdict to be handed down. Hundreds of police patrolled the area. The Rivonia trial – named after the suburb of Johannesburg where several of the defendants were arrested – began eight months ago, with Mandela, 46, and his co-defendants proudly confessing their guilt to plotting to destroy the South African state by sabotage.


As members of the ANC – the main African nationalist movement – they have campaigned for an end to the oppression of black South Africans. But the movement was banned in 1960 following the Sharpeville massacre and campaigners decided they had no choice but to resort to violent means.

Struggle for equal rights

Mandela – a lawyer by training – told the court earlier: "I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites." His co-accused included: Walter Sisulu, Dennis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Mosoaledi, Andrew Mlangeni – all ANC officials and Ahmed Kathrada, the former leader of the South African Indian Congress.


Lawyer for the defendants, Harold Hansen QC said: "These accused represent the struggle of their people for equal rights. Their views represent the struggle of the African people for the attainment of equal rights for all races in this country."But the judge, President Quartus de Wet, said he was not convinced by their claim to have been motivated by a desire to alleviate the grievances of the African people in this country.

Judge de Wet said: "People who organise revolution usually plan to take over the government as well through personal ambition."However, he stopped short of the imposing the supreme penalty of death.The convicted men were cheered as they left court in a police lorry. The crowd was dispersed without any serious incident.

In Context

This was the second time Nelson Mandela had been tried for high treason – in 1956 he was charged but after a four year trial the case was dropped. There were demonstrations in Britain following the 1964 sentencing. A world petition calling for the prisoners’ release was handed to the United Nations Secretary General.

Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years behind bars serving hard labour in Robben Island prison off Cape Town. He was released in 1990, jointly awarded the Nobel peace prize with President FW de Klerk in 1993 and elected South Africa’s president in the country’s first multi-racial elections held in 1994.

He stepped down in favour of Govan Mbeki’s son Thabo in 1999 but continues to travel the world campaigning for peace.

Walter Sisulu died at the age of 90 in May 2003.

Text from BBC’s OnThisDay

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Pre-War Classics Of The Road – Part 38


1931 Wellesley Hornet Special


‘When the Wolseley Hornet was first planned, the inspiration was to provide the equivalent of first-class express travel in a small car for the first time,’ wrote The Autocar in 1931, announcing the new Hornet Special sports chassis, a ‘most seductive motor car’. In fact, the Hornet started life as a six-cylinder, 1271cc version of the Morris Minor with a rather whippy frame; the Hornet Special was only supplied in chassis form to the builders of sporting bodywork.


1933 Lancia Augusta


Lancia’s first unitary construction saloon car was the Augusta, of 1933, which was normally seen with pillarless four-seater saloon coachwork, although a drophead version was also available. Its 1196cc, narrow V4 engine was good for around 70mph, at the expense of a 24mpg petrol consumption. Famous racing driver Tazio Nuvolari used an Augusta as his everyday transport.

1933 Morgan Super Sports


Representing the ultimate stage in the development of the Morgan three-wheeler, this 1933 Super Sports has a front-start, ohv, 1100cc JAP engine mounted in the M-Type chassis, announced in 1930. Much lowered, like the old Brooklands Super Sports, the new chassis had detachable wheels all round and a three-speed gearbox with single chain final drive, rather than the fixed wheels and twin-ratio chain-and-dog transmission of the vintage Morgan three-wheelers.


1934 BMW 315/1 Sport


BMW’s 1934 315/1 Sport was the marque’s first truly successful competition car, with a 1490cc, six-cylinder engine which, in triple-carburettor form, developed 40bhp. Its distinctive styling was widely copied by more prosaic machinery, like the 1172cc Ford Eifel produced at Ford’s Cologne factory.

Filed under: Automobiles, Retro technology, Transportation Tagged: 1931 Wolseley Hornet Special, 1933 Lancia Augusta, 1933 Morgan Super Sports, 1934 BMW 315/1 Sport
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