Thursday, April 12, 2007

One of these is wrong

Can you spot which?

I am, of course, none other than blank verse.
I don't know where I'm going, yes, quite right;
And when I get there (if I ever do)
I might not recognise it. So? Your point?
Why should I have a destination set?
I'm relatively happy as I am,
And wouldn't want to be forever aimed
Towards some future path or special goal.
It's not to do with laziness, as such.
It's just that one the whole I'd rather not
Be bothered - so I drift contentedly;
An underrated way of life, I find.
What Poetry Form Are You?

I'm a Nissan 350Z!

You're not the fastest or the most agile, but you have style and power. You believe in looking good and moving quickly -- without breaking the bank.

Bloke Expertly Needing Joyful Affection and Matchless, Intense Necking

Get Your Sexy Name

Biomechanical Electronic Neohuman Justified for Assassination, Mathematics and Immediate Nullification

Get Your Cyborg Name

No? Okay, it's the car. I'm not a Nissan, thank you very much. I'm one of these.

This is Straker's car from the Gerry Anderson series UFO. Two were made. They were sleek and gorgeous looking, with automatic gull-wing doors that whirred excitingly when you got in or out (how else would you know it was a special effect?) and they made a jet turbine whine rather than the usual car noise.

Well, that was the dream. In real life, they were aluminium shells bolted to a Ford Zephyr chassis. The actors hated them because they were underpowered, they steered like pigs, and engine fumes leaked back into the passenger compartment. As for those lovely gull-wing doors, you never saw an entire door open or close because they were operated manually by a stagehand standing just off camera. It was almost impossible to let yourself out of the car without assistance.

But on screen, and in my head, they rock.


  1. The robot name is quite cool. Why do people have to shatter illusions about cool cars?

  2. So... are you saying that you're sleek and gorgeous-looking, that actors hate you, or that you have to be operated manually? :)


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