Cardboard art

What an incredible gift to have and share.

Mister Motor Mouth

BRITISH artist Chris Gilmour, 34, creates amazing lifelike art using just cardboard and glue.

His works range from an Aston Martin DB5 and Fiat 500 to a Harley-Davidson. The objects are so realistic that during past exhibitions people have tried to interact with them as if they were real items, just covered in paper.

Gilmour has taken recycling to another level, creating his lifesize art from used and discarded boxes found on the street. Many of the works even feature some of the old branding as a reminder of the packaging’s mundane past life.

Based in Italy, Gilmour started his cardboard art by experimenting with small domestic items, such as coffee pots and a typewriter, before moving on to larger, more complex projects like the Lambretta scooter and Ford Hot Rod.

The artist creates his support-structure-free creations using just two components – boxes and adhesive. “I like the idea of…

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Country’s top classics compete

I am just wondering what will be the top car. Will it be a luxury type or family type or sport or custom? will it be from a European born Manufacturer or British or American? Kind of fun waiting to find out the final outcome. Any one care to bet or give an opinion?
I like a Jaguar for the top honors But really believe it will be a Rolls Royce or Daimler.

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THE very best classic cars from across the country, as nominated by classic car clubs in the UK, are set for a final face-off in the Meguiar’s Club Showcase at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, at Birmingham’s NEC from November 11-13.

The 16 cars have been selected by winning top honours at their club’s national events and cover an incredibly diverse range of cars, with a combined value of over £500,000.

The finalists include British favourites from the likes of Mini, Jaguar and MG, alongside Volkswagen’s Beetle and Golf.

The Mini comes courtesy of Andy Nash, whose Traveller won ‘Best of Show’ with the National Mini Club. Fans of V8 engines will be drawn to Howard Guiney’s MGB V8 that won the Concours d’Elegance at the MG Car Club’s MGLive! event at Silverstone this year.

Ford are well represented with two cars making it into the final, with Geoff…

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Safety Tip: Yielding to First Responders

Hi, in the following tip article is some great information for all drivers .   But in my opinion there also needs to be some tips to the Emergency driver’s or first responders as well.   I was a first responder may moons ago here in one of the busiest cities in America New York. We handled both emergency and general transport like todays companies out there on the road. Some are still around from when I started and others are gone like my original company which was swallowed up by others.

But we had rules for using the Lights and sirens just like the Police and Fire. It seems to me a lot of these rules have been forgotten or not taught. I mean we even had to do a driver training before we could even drive one of the trucks on a regular basis. Some of the rules were obivious. But there were others that we were taught or told to follow.

Maybe the NHTS should publish something like this.

Here is a sample of the tips I think should be passed on to those behind the wheel today:

  • No sirens should be used on the Highways or parkways as they cause much confusion for both sides of the highway and service streets and roads next to the roadways. the sound is projected all over hard to determine where coming from. Lights only is more than adequate for highway with short bursts if in stand still traffic.
  • No going over speed limit unless in a pursuit and then maintain a safe speed of no more than 50 in city limits or 70 on highway if no danger is presented. Remember no one can out run a radio.
  • Only use Emergency lights and or sirens or both when absolutely necessary. no driving around with flashing lights no one in vehicle or transport home or to a simple doctors appointment or non-emergency transport
  • Follow all parking rules and try to keep road way clear while treating a patient or picking up a patient from a residence or hospital.
  • Lights on whenever in vehicle not just daytime driving. promote safe driving and people tend to let you by because the Headlights are on if nothing else is.
  • Obey all traffic laws lights and signs unless emergency calls for special actions.
  • you have no right to be a distracted driver because of type of vehicle driven. partner in the pass. seat operates radio and computer while responding.  Driver at transport if partner unable to assist for directions as needed if necessary.

Here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Source: Safety Tip: Yielding to First Responders

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Truck Purchasing to Leasing: 10 Questions to Answer

Source: Truck Purchasing to Leasing: 10 Questions to Answer

The following article is very good at pointing out what Enterprise and other leasing company’s have done with Light , medium and heavy duty trucking. I can do the same things for many prospects and clients as well. Of course they will tell you well they can only handle the vehicle from a certain brand and will not manage the rest, Here to say not true.

Being with a large auto group like City World and Major World I can offer the same to fleets as well. I can give you variety of vehicles which help to make the right fit and balance to the company’s needs and budget. With many Franchises comes many locations for standard service issues and constant contact of one person coordinating any and all issues. Get the same savings if not more so from us over them with ability to deliver and monitor and help track and care for vehicles in other locations around the USA as well.


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Is virtual training the answer?

I don’t believe this is the total answer.  I do however believe it is part of the answer for sure. I think a bigger part of the answer is getting back to neighbor hood patrols and beat cops. They patrol now but ask an officer if he knows the names of the owners of the businesses or managers in his area. See how many of the Neighbor hood know there actual names and have had conversations in passing with them. Have they bothered to get out of the RMP just to stand around and say hello to those waiting at a bus stop or chat and play with the kids for a bit in the parks? this is what will help with reducing the shootings of unarmed people and wrongful stops and harassment.  This is what we need to get all departments and there copmmunites back . It doesn’t matter how large or small the department what matters is them actualy caring and showing it to those they serve.

When I was a kid they had night sticks which were used before the gun was pulled even if the other guy had a gun or knife. They treated the kids like there own and would set them straight(if you know what I mean) then take you home and tell your parents if they didn’t like there response to the situation they put the issues on them next time the kid did anything everyone got hassled not just the kid. Trust me you got your act together. This is what we need now not the promotion of oh he is the man a cop don’t talk to him he will only make trouble for you.  We to teach respect them do as they say and work it out peacefully. No arguing just answer the questions take the ticket with a smile fight it later same with any other issues don’t be an aggressor. Everyone is human and it plays a very big factor in the problems today. We tend to think they should be superhuman and not have issues.

Can virtual reality training help reduce escalation in police encounters? Maybe not: “You can fuss with…how to optimize contact between public and law enforcement, but sometimes the solution is simply for that contact not to occur.”

via No, virtual reality isn’t going to solve America’s policing problem. — Discover

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Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you! — 8ighth Wonder

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” Bernice Johnson Reagon

via Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you! — 8ighth Wonder

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Improve Fuel Efficiency by Maximizing Tire Life

This is a very good article for small to midsized fleets as well as large fleets to read. It gives good ideas and information on how to get good tire life and there by good fuel economy out of your vehicle fleet.

Source: Improve Fuel Efficiency by Maximizing Tire Life

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Nearly 80% of Motorists Express Anger on the Road

This is becoming a big problem here in the USA. It helps to support those who want total Autonomous driving vehicles on the road. Take the human factor out less road rage and accidents. My feeling is simple Just calm down people and use some common sense behind the wheel. Pay attention to the road not the Cell phone in your hand ladies that you just cannot seem to put down while driving. Time to get back to the basic rules of the road training as well. The unwritten rules like if it is bigger than your car it goes first or has right of way.  You know that on second longe3r to get to the next red light is not going to make you any earlier or later to the party or work.

Most of all if your so stressed when driving to work or out somewhere then find someone else to ride with or take a public or private transportation service and save lives, jail time and hospital and court time for being stupid on the road. Set the right example to the next generation and teach them something better about the road.

A new AAA study raises concerns about drivers’ willingness to retaliate after another driver has agitated them.

Source: Nearly 80% of Motorists Express Anger on the Road

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This is a delightful story showing why we should never underestimate experience and the knowledge of elders in whatever business you are in. Remember the knowledge passed down will some day make you this type of person as well. I have found Mr. Varner’s story to be quite insightful and a good measure of stop and think. I found this on LinkedIn and just had to share it on my blog I do hope no feathers are ruffled. I only hope I come up with things like this to pass on when I get the knowledge.


Mark Varner


A ship engine failed, no one could fix it. Then they brought in a man with 40 yrs. on the job. He inspected the engine carefully, top to bottom. After looking things over, the guy reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. The engine was fixed! 7 Days later the owners got his bill for 10k. ‘What?!’ the owners said ‘You hardly did anything. Send us an itemized bill. ” the reply simply said Tapping with a hammer. $2 Knowing where to tap? $9,998 Don’t Ever Underestimate Experience.

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7 Reasons Why Vehicle Condition Should Not be Part of an Employee’s Annual…

This article offers a lot of good points. But I believe those same arguments can be thwarted with the new technology and some old school initiatives be placed into effect and the company standing behind whatever is instituted.

One thing I have never been able to understand is why someone who needs a particular vehicle to earn a living would not take care of it! when it is down in theory that employee makes no money for the company yet is getting paid while the vehicle is repaired. Just doesn’t seem fair to me that this cannot be straightened out.

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