Posted on February 25, 2012 by bigrab
I love this photo on several levels. It’s of Amsterdam which is one of my favourite cities and not just for the chips and salad cream.
There on the other side of the road is what looks like my dad’s first ever new car, a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.
Java green it was.
Basic as basic could be; the only extras were windscreen wipers. There was a wee luggage bit behind the back seat where I could hide under a tartan car blanket. I used to do that when my dad took the car on the Erskine or Renfrew Ferry and he would give me the 3d (3 old pence) that this saved on the fare.
Fairly mild dishonesty I’d have thought. I don’t think there was a danger of my becoming a Craigie Whyte.
I remember touring the highlands several times in that excellent wee car. We even went camping with that as our transport to Ullapool and Nairn. The tent and all essentials packed into the boot (in the front of course). I still have the wee meths stove that we had and I still use it sometimes on my loch island day trips on the canoe.
It didn’t have a radio so maw, paw and I would sing songs or I’d play moothie……..(seriously – how my parents suffered!)
Look at the way the building is reflected in the bonnet of the other car.
Oh! and is that a coffee house?
Funny, any time I was ever in one it was usually followed by chips and salad cream……….
Thanks again to this tumblr site for the inspiration.
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Posted on March 11, 2008 by bigrab
I love Amsterdam. I remember the first time Sue and I went there we booked in to a Hotel called the “Cok Superior” (I kid you not) near Vondelpark which was a nice City Park with a lake. There was a weird and wonderful selection of park users. One guy we saw roller bladed past us wearing nothing but a posing pouch, a g-string and a baseball cap! This story from Ananova caught my eye, where it would seem that one section of Vondelpark users are being penalised at the expense of another group. Presumably those indulging in one activity don’t wish to accidentally roll over on to result of the other one! Read on.
Dog owners angry at public sex plan
Dog owners in Amsterdam are angry after the city legalised public sex in one of the city’s most famous parks. Councillors agreed that heterosexual and gay couples could have sex in the Vondelpark which has ten million visitors a year. But they promised to clampdown on dog owners who let their pets walk in the park without a lead. One dog owner protested: “As long as the park has existed, we’ve been allowed to let our dogs run freely. It’s outrageous that we will be punished from now on but public sex won’t.”
A spokesman for the council which runs the southern part of Amsterdam said: “When the dogs are not kept on a leash they pee on whatever they see and they cause a lot of nuisance for other visitors.”Alderman Paul Van Grieken defended the decision to allow public sex in the park from September. “Why should we oppose a rule on something you can’t oppose a rule on. Moreover it isn’t a nuisance for the other visitors and gives a lot of pleasure to a certain group of people,” he said.
“There still are rules,” he added. “They must take their garbage with them afterwards and never have intercourse near the playground. The sex must be limited to the evening hours and night.”
Of course whilst not officially endorsed or approved of, Alfresco Nookie takes place on a regular basis here in Scotland e.g. “How do you know when a Drumchapel girl has reached orgasm?” “She drops her chips!”
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