Re: [carfree_cities] Jeremy Clarkson's take on "speed"
- Thanks, Simon! I need more writing and other talismen (talismans?) to put under my pillow so I can look at them or read them in the middle of the night - or during power naps!!! - um....ooops.... when the Siren Song of the Cult of Mobility has penetrated too far!
> Od: Simon Baddeley <s.j.baddeley@...>
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> Datum: Sun, 06 Feb 2005 19:21:26 +0000
> Předmět: [carfree_cities] Jeremy Clarkson's take on "speed"
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> From: Simon Baddeley <s.j.baddeley@...>
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> Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2005 19:18:41 +0000
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> Subject: Re: [BromptonTalk] OT aol vote if you like GATSOS
> .... but how about this headline - łBritain actually in love with speed
> camerasš, new survey shows at:
> In trying to refute "all this nonsense about speed" Jeremy Clarkson
> presented the łbig picture that: "Speed is useful. Speed means we can get
> where we're going quicker, which means we can see more, do more and learn
> more. Speed makes us cleverer. Speed also means we can leave work later and
> get home sooner so it makes us richer, and our families more stable. Speed
> means we can have a more varied diet because we can have fresher produce
> from further afield every day in our local shop. Speed therefore makes us
> healthier. Speed means we can expand our horizons. It means we can explore
> strange new worlds and new civilisations, even Bermuda! This gives us a
> better understanding of the world and its peoples, and that makes us more
> tolerant. Speed brings peace. Most of all, though; speed is fun. Watch the
> face of a toddler on a garden swing as you push them higher and faster. It's
> a face that screams 'I am enjoying myself'. And you'll see the same face on
> a man whose pushing his 360 to the limit on his favourite piece of black
> top. Speed then is both the face of civilisation and the core of our inner
> primeval being. Speed is
> Clarkson has hi-jacked human pleasure at speed to make a flimsy case for the
> flesh maiming speedophiles of this world referring to "we" - a pronoun
> kidnapping habit criticised by Tonto, after the Lone Ranger observed "we're
> surrounded by Indians" and T said "Who's 'we" white man". A certain type of
> motorist is forever saying "we" as though "we" included me and you and
> Clarkson's selects a child's glee on a human-powered swing to justify going
> vroom-vroom in a Ł20k metal box between traffic jams. If you want "primeval"
> watch a hawk stooping from the sun at 100mph or an expert surfing a big one
> off a Pacific beach. If you want speed combined with hi-tech imagine Ellen
> McArthur speeding alone through the ice strewn dark of the southern ocean in
> a catamaran. I love cycling down a long country hill at a wind-in-my-face
> 35mph after a hard peddle to the summit, or to take up Clarkson's reference
> to "useful" how about a bright minority speeding, uninterrupted, at 15mph
> along the Strand past queues of semi-stationery steering wheel tappers.
> These are the speeds - driven by muscle, lever, wind and wave - that express
> efficiency, expand horizons, and, as HG Wells observed of people on
> bicycles, give hope for civilisation. And if it's food-miles that Clarkson's
> celebrating, try the time it takes to get a wheel barrow of fresh vegetables
> from an allotment just round the corner compared to the 1000 kilometres of
> rubber-burned black top it takes to get the average herbicide sprayed
> selection of veggies to your nearest supermarket.
> On 6/2/05 3:47 pm, "Custfold@..." <Custfold@...> wrote:
> > http://channels.aolsvc.co.uk/news/article.adp?id=20050206054709990007
> > At present 83% dislike speed cameras, but that could change?
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