Now if Cameron's aides could arrange for Lexus to ship that paparazzi magnet to these shores for a parliamentary photo-call or two - well, blue-green sparks, not to mention pigs, really would fly over Westminster...
- with MC Vic Torius - aka Dave 'Camera On?' Cameron - spinning the grooves an' keepin' it real in Da House, Mr. Speaker.
Livin' it large - without X-in' out the planet. Respect!
Check it out:
- get a one man rainbow coalition
- get a stand-up chameleon
- get what you deserve
- get business as usual...and Top Gear twice a week
- get green-wash(also available in white...)
Vote red or yellow
- get more or less the same
..but in Labour party pink
..or chilled to Liberal mellow
Yoh! A big shout out to my main man - rapmaster Senator Jay Billington Bulworth aka Warren 'Cut the Bull' Bulworth / Beatty (watch trailer/preview).
Political hard-core on the campaign trail - keepin' it real with da XXX-ray vision.
Cameron & Bulworth - we're two of a kind - color-blind - like peas in a pod, Tu in a Pac - *******
Watch classic clip of CNN's Bill Schneider(white/middle-aged) attempting to rap like Bulworth about Bulworth(minus credibility and expletives of course...)
- blue, green, white, black -
- just bustin' out the rhymes. Give it up!
. Hyperlink to Hypocrisy:
Tory council leadership backs higher expense allowance for drivers of gas-guzzlers
Media note: Despite all the guilt-fuelled criticism levelled by the media at Cameron and his not-so lean-or-green Lexus not one single mainstream journalist - as far as we know or Google's showing - has so far chosen or dared to mention the possibility of a plug-in makeover.
Now this could be due to simple ignorance(surely not?) - or they could all just be waiting for 'benchmark Noddy'(see Telegraph above) - or maybe even Big Ears to...you guessed it...give them the nod!
"Robert Newman's History of Oil" - a satirical tour de force.
(Click image for RealPlayer version - or go to Indybay page for other formats)
"The petrol bubble is about to burst"
"To understand the wars and politics of the last 100 years we must put oil centre stage"
The deceptively bland title("History of..") hardly does justice to this superlative, 60 minute, satirical tour-de-force from (still) stellar British stand-up Robert Newman.
What is (or was) essentially a one-man show has been brilliantly enhanced and expanded (makes a change from filtered or censored) for TV by Tiger Aspect Productions and whilst we obviously don't agree entirely with Rob Newman's (current?) take on clean vehicle technologies(see last 30 minutes) or his "No Way Out" Doomsday conclusions - we do take our figurative hats off to any comedian or satirist with the wit, the balls, the attitude to include nonchalant references to "energy carriers", "the hydrogen economy" and "zinc air" in any performance and succeed in carrying the audience with them every step of the way.
This is electrifying stuff - no matter what alternative power or energy source you happen to believe in(if any): if you're a fan of Jon Stewart, Rory Bremner, Bill Maher or Bill Hicks(or indeed if you are any of the above-named artistes...) - this masterclass in satirical activism should blow you clean away....
Robert Newman - who he? Comedy double-act Newman and Baddiel enjoyed a meteoric rise to pop-star-like status in the early Nineties, going on to fill massive auditoria - Wembley Arena, for one.
Click here for the BBC's potted..er...
See also: Rob Newman.com
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The Independent goes extra green mile on plug-ins, EV's, ebikes
It looks as if our(and your..?)loud incessant whinging(see column left: 'PLUG-IN silence'..) is beginning to have the desired effect - especially at the Independent.
Hawk-eyed media-watchers will be aware that both the Times and the Guardian have tentatively broken the UK media's conspicuous plug-in silence in the last couple of weeks - but the coverage in those newspapers(in stark contrast to The Independent's latest) has been predictably timid and corporately correct: in both instances (article links: Times, Guardian) the term 'plug-in' is mentioned fleetingly and just once - and is buried deep within articles broadly examining the unstoppable rise of Toyota.
And of course neither the Guardian or the Times deign even to acknowledge the existence of "upstart start-up" and plug-in pioneers Amberjac UK - whereas James Ruppert's piece in the Independent is entirely dedicated to the Lincolnshire-based company's 100+ mpg Li-ion boosted Prius.
The clue's in the title:
Yes - it's a sad fact that our "non-independent" mainstream media is for the most part still unwilling to loudly publicize any automotive innovation that lacks significant, official corporate and/or political appproval.
(They made the same costly Canute-inspired mistake nine years ago in 1997 of course - following the launch of the original Prius in Japan).
All of which is in sharp contrast to The Independent's most recent green transport supplement which is, in our view, the boldest, brassiest and sassiest yet - right up our street in fact. It also includes a fair and fulsome review of the Sakura Mustang 'chopper-style' ebike which in turn is accompanied by four of the largest ebike-retailer ads we've ever seen in the national press - the very model of ethical capitalism and green product placement.
++ Breaking News ++
"Toyota aim to launch 113 mpg Lithium-powered Prius by 2008"
(Auto Express reports - Edition 904, April 5-11 '06, print version only - P.19)
- Auto Express "spies" are confirming hitherto very faint rumours from Japan:
"...we've been told that engineers working on the new Prius have a fuel economy target of 40 km/litre - that's a mind-boggling 113 mpg...Toyota hopes to get its new model on the road as early as 2008."
No word yet though as to whether this version of the hybrid will be plugin-able - nevertheless this news, if confirmed by Toyota, will inevitably steal some of the thunder and green limelight from plug-in pacemakers like Amberjac in the UK and Toronto-based Edrive and Hymotion in the States. Then again - it should be easier and cheaper to add plug-in capability to the planned 2008 Li-ion-boosted Prius version if Toyota fail to go that extra mile themselves.
Related links - Amberjac Plug-in:
1) Homepages: Amberjac Projects aka Plug In Hybrids.
2) See EVUK's June 2005 Amberjac/plug-in report:
"125+ mpg plug-in(able) Prius+ to go on sale in UK/Europe in 2006 !"
3) EVUK interview (Dec 2004) with Amberjac Projects' Simon Sheldon re Valence's groundbreaking Saphion Li-ion.
Click image to watch video of Amberjac Prius Plug-in
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