CAMPERVAN PICTURE OF THE WEEK 26th June 2021
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Saturday 26th June 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
CAMPERVAN PICTURE OF THE WEEK
When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way. But now these days are gone and I’m not so self-assured.
Also in those days, – the mid to late 1970s I had a bright, bold deep, orange VW Beetle 1250. A brilliant car I loved.
I’ve loved Beetles ever since and often drool over them, especially the convertibles. I also really like the VW Campervans but never had the luck to camp in one overnight.
But whilst trawling the internet I found a Beetle Campervan an hybrid crossbred a very exciting looking vehicle.
There are one or two featured on the Internet. They appear to be located in the USA. The ones I can pinpoint appear to be in Tennessee.
They appear to be an official motor. The yellow one is advertised as a 1965 “Lil Buggar” Beetle Camper, Price: US$12,500.00.
I love it, one of my favourite vehicles ever. Yet, I only discovered it a couple of weeks ago whilst researching Johnny Vegas’ Glamping programme.
You might say what good is it for me, someone who is not able to drive due to my sight?
But it would be perfect parked in my back garden as a home office. With flowers growing all around it and roses over the door!
HERE ARE A FEW BEETLE FACTS.
The Frog, the Flea, the Cockroach. The Turtle, and the Mouse. The Little Egg, the Ladybird, the Bubble. In Denmark, it’s called a Pregnant Rollerskate—or the Hitler sled. In Mexico, Vocho or vochito. All nicknames referring to the People’s Car, or: the Volkswagen Beetle.
The Beetle Type 1 was launched June 3, 1938 costing around $400.
One of the first rear-engined cars since the Brass Era. With 21,529,464 produced, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single platform ever made.
In the 1999 Car of the Century competition, to determine the world’s most influential car in the 20th century, the Type 1 came fourth, after the Ford Model T, the Mini, and the Citroën DS
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP 10 MOMENTS FROM HISTORY
- WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR DEFEATS HAROLD AT THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS – 1066
Arguably the most famous date in English history, most people can link the year of 1066 with the Battle of Hastings. Whether or not King Harold really was killed by an arrow in the eye, England was transformed by the events on the battlefield in East Sussex that day. William’s victory at Hastings earned him the nickname ‘the Conqueror’ – he was crowned by Christmas and Norman influence swept across the country.
- THE SEALING OF MAGNA CARTA – 1215
The fame of Magna Carta, or ‘Great Charter’, lies not in its impact, which was actually relatively small, but its legacy. Forced on King John by his barons in an attempt to limit his power, the initial charter was swiftly annulled. Reissued by his son after his death, its idea lived on and today it is seen as an example of the principles of law, human rights and justice.
- THE PLAGUE (BLACK DEATH) ARRIVES IN ENGLAND – 1346
It is difficult to imagine the terror that must have struck the people in England as the Black Death swept across the country. Well over a quarter of the population are believed to have died, devastating villages and towns. The plague had profound impact on society – leading to relative peace for a time and providing wage rises to surviving peasants – paving the way to the Peasants Revolt and helping to end serfdom.
- WARS OF THE ROSES BEGINS – 1455
Less than one hundred years after the Black Death, England was again uprooted by dramatic upheaval – this time man-made. The Wars of the Roses, fought between the two powerful houses of York and Lancaster, pitted families against each other. After the removal of King Henry VI, the country faced three decades of rebellion and plotting. This was only ended when Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, which marked the beginning of the age of the Tudors.
- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE IS BORN – 1564
Over 1,000 words in the English language are used today because of William Shakespeare, and phrases from his plays are still commonly used in daily conversation. It’s not just his language that was important – he was the great entertainer of his day, writing for everyday people in a time when theatre was the popular entertainment for all. Elizabeth I may have been queen for much of his life, but it was Shakespeare who wrote much of the history.
- GUY FAWKES AND THE GUNPOWDER PLOT ARE DISCOVERED – 1605
An attempt by Catholic plotters to assassinate King James I, the Gunpowder Plot may have succeeded if it were not for a late warning by an anonymous letter. The plot is remembered by the rhyme ‘remember, remember, the 5th November’, and we still mark the day it was discovered with bonfires and fireworks today.
- THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO – 1815
The Battle of Waterloo was the final clash after years of war between European nations and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The allied forces led by the Duke of Wellington – who described the battle as ‘a damned close-run thing’ – defeated Napoleon’s imperial ambitions. This led to peace in Europe for years to come and helped to end centuries of conflict between England and France.
- QUEEN VICTORIA BECOMES QUEEN – 1837
Relatively few English kings or queens define their age, but the Victorian times are known to all of us. Queen for over 60 years, Victoria’s reign saw huge changes transforming Britain. Industrial revolution, cultural and scientific discoveries all helped to change the way of life for people across the world, many through direct links with the growth of the British Empire. At its heart sat Victoria, symbol for the people over who she ruled.
- V-E DAY MARKS THE END OF SECOND WORLD WAR – 1945
The two World Wars shattered peace in Europe, and for the first time everyday people were affected by aerial warfare. Britain faced heavy losses, air raids, rationing and other hardships during the long years of war. When the Allies accepted Germany’s unconditional surrender in May 1945 it was marked by cheering crowds and street celebrations across the country.
- TIM BERNERS-LEE INVENTS THE WORLD WIDE WEB (INTERNET) – 1989
Few inventions have changed our lives as much as the internet. When Tim Berners-Lee proposed a new information management system at CERN in 1989, it was difficult to imagine the impact it would have, connecting the world and sharing information in a way never done before.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions. – Alfred Adler
Happiness is…a “Lil Buggar” Beetle Camper Van.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Love is…a relaxing weekend away together, just the two of you.
A time to camp in a VW Camper Van…A time to stay in a 5* Hotel
1974 The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
1925 Charlie Chaplin’s film “The Gold Rush” receives its premiere. The comedy featuring Chaplin in his famous Little Tramp role is a classic of the silent film genre. The English star actor repeatedly stated that this is the film he wants to be remembered for.
1906 The first Grand Prix car race is held. The competition was held on a circuit around Le Mans, France and organized by the Automobile Club de France (ACF). Renault’s Ferenc Szisz won the competition.
BOOK OF THE DAY
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RETRO HIT RECORD RAMBLINGS
Reflections of a Top Hit Record
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