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Trabant – the cardboard car

Posted by dan on January 7, 2011

I remember seeing them in Eastern Europe, but that was quite some time ago – probably there aren’t that many of them anymore, if at all, on the roads of the Eastern-block countries. So I was really surprised when I came across a Trabant, the East German wunder-car, in Portsmouth UK. Despite the sign DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik – German Democratic Republic) it has a British number plate, and this might well be the only registered Trabant in the UK. Trabants have a two-cylinder and two-stroke engine, and the body is made of cardboard. So, as the sticker claims on this one, there is definitely no rust on the body.

More info on the Trabant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant

 

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Some like it cold – a different dip

Posted by dan on December 26, 2010

Christmas swim. Video: www.euronews.net

Christmas swim. Video: http://www.euronews.net

  • “For the first time in 30 years the Serpentine in Hyde Park was too frozen to allow all the ice to be cleared for the Peter Pan Cup, a 100 metre race, so swimmers had a hot cuppa to celebrate Christmas.
  • “The Berlin Seals” ice swimming club have been taking the winters of the Orankesee for their health since 1979.
  • The Copa Nadal held on a Barcelona beach is a 200 metre race celebrating its 101st anniversary in relatively balmy conditions. Only the civil war has ever interrupted this Christmas dip.”

Source: http://www.euronews.net/2010/12/26/icebreakers-needed-for-christmas-swims/

The “Peter Pan Cup” Christmas Morning Handicap Swim: http://www.serpentineswimmingclub.com/christmas_day_race.htm

Serpentine Swimming Club: http://www.serpentineswimmingclub.com/

 

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