Pininfarina Sigma

Following on from previous posts about cars with sliding doors, following are more examples. These are concept cars, never built but show what could have been…

First. the 1963 Pininfarina PF Sigma

This appears to have been at the Turin Motor Show (1963 or 1964) and not seen since.

Very distinct 1960’s styling and probably based on a Ferrari car.

Pininfarina were coach-builders providing designs for FerrariAlfa RomeoPeugeotFiatGMLancia, and Maserati. They were acquired by the Mahindra Group in 2015 in a deal worth about 168 million euros.

 

Chrysler Portal

Looking for sliding doors ?

Forget the Peugeot 1007, or the Honda Vision XS-1, here it is..

The Chrysler Portal

The important features:

    • Electric Drive.
    • 400km range on a full charge.
    • 350kw DC Fast Charge.
    • Track-mounted seating that can fold flat, slide the full-length of the vehicle or be removed.
    • Sliding, Illuminated, portal-shaped articulating front and rear doors for easy loading/unloading.
    • In-vehicle wireless network enabling seamless integration of personal devices.

Slide it

For a while, I have had an obsession with sliding doors… in cars.

As a cyclist, it’s a constant hazard checking vehicles for drivers likely to open their door into a bicycle.

Then I discovered the Peugeot 1007.

Finally a small car with a powered sliding door. It looked cool and practical, as illustrated in the video:

However this car was only made from 2005 to 2009 and is not common.

Nobody seemed to making cars like this.

Then there is the Volkswagen Roomzz concept.

A larger car, but a bit weird on the inside.

Then I found it.. the Honda Vision XS-1

This is how a small car should be designed.

 

Tribe

Tribe
by Jeremy Robinson (2019)

For Henry, a seventeen-year-old who feels no fear, the day starts like any other—homeless and alone on the streets of Boston. For Sarah, a twenty-year-old college dropout, it’s an early morning serving donuts and coffee to commuters at North Station. Fate brings them together at the scene of a bank robbery, which they foil together, along with a mysterious and wealthy woman named Helen, who offers to reward them for their bravery.


As the Author writes in the end note:
Tribe is one of my wildest novels. The action is off-the-charts, no-holds-barred crazy. While I’m known for writing some of the most action-packed novels available, this one is a step farther, and for that I have Chad Stahelski (director of John Wick 1–3) to thank. I was lucky enough to see John Wick 3 at the world premiere in Brooklyn, just before starting work on this novel. Seeing the film alongside cast and crew, and attending the after party at the Continental Hotel, home of assassins and killers, was the highlight of my year.

And it shows. This does feel like a sequence of action set pieces strung together with minimal plot. It’s set in contemporary USA, but with magical elements and references back to the days of Troy.

Because of this, there is not much of an interesting story. So while Robinson gets to experiment a bit and it’s up to his usual standards, overall it’s just average for his output.

 

Brokenwood 6.4

The Brokenwood Mysteries 6.4 – Dead and Buried

A suspicious suicide in Brokenwood Women’s Prison leads Mike and the team to uncover a complex murder. And for Mike this one is personal – he knew the victim Corina Doyle from his days prior to Brokenwood.

As Mike and the team investigate they’re brought into contact with several familiar female convicts from the past: Trudy Neilson, Brenda White and Rayleen Hogg. They’re all doing their time and all up to no good.

A bit of fun casting here as women criminals from previous episodes get thrown together in the same prison. Plus, there is a decent plot involving dead fish and red shoes. Of course the person who did it I suspected from the beginning.

Director: Katie Wolfe
Producer: Sally Campbell and Tim Balme
Written by: Tim Balme

Cast:
Mike NEILL REA
Kristin FERN SUTHERLAND
D.C. Breen NIC SAMPSON
Gina CRISTINA IONDA
Mrs Marlowe ELIZABETH MCRAE
Hughes COLIN MOY
Jared PANA HEMA-TAYLOR
Reverend Greene ROY WARD
Kimberley ZARA CORMACK
Ray Neilson JASON HOYTE
Denise AROHA RAWSON
Trudy TRACY LEE GRAY
Rayleen YVETTE PARSONS
Brenda AMANDA BILLING
Corina ROMY HOOPER
Angela TEUILA BLAKELY
Kasey MICHELLE LEUTHART
Miranda LAURA HILL
CJ Walker TOMAI IHAIA
Nancy DONNA FRANKS
Jonesy TAMEKA SOWMAN VAHATAU
Shaz HELEN STEEMSON

 

No Good People

People ain’t no good
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Great song, originally heard on the Clockwork Cabaret. The original version is a masterclass in anticipation. The band frequently holds back on the beat, making you wait for it. Plus it has an amazing vibe, with the vocalist changing key throughout the song.

The Original…

Live…

 

 

 

 

DORCFACE

The Man From D.O.R.C.F.A.C.E.
(Hopeless Harry #3)
by Matt Medlock (2015)

Harry’s back and is stuck at the lowest rung of the lowest ladder for the intergalactic agency of DORCFACE (Democratic Order of Resistance to the Crisis of Fearsome Adversaries Committed to Evil).

When a psychotic super-villain rears his ugly, horned head and threatens to unmake existence with a doomsday weapon, Harry becomes the unlikeliest of heroes.

This story takes all the cliches, tropes and plot from thrillers (mainly the James Bond films) and slams them together in a science fiction setting. It takes a while to setup, but eventually delivers in humour and silliness in only 18 thousand words.

 

Frozen Again

Frozen II is the sequel to the 2013 film Frozen and features the return of directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and composer Christophe Beck.

Lee also returns as screenwriter, penning the screenplay from a story by her, Buck, Marc E. Smith, Anderson-Lopez and Lopez,[2] while Byron Howard executive-produced the film.

Voice cast Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Ciarán Hinds return as their previous characters, and are joined by newcomers Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Martha Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, and Jeremy Sisto.

Set three years after the events of the first film, the story follows Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven who embark on a journey beyond their kingdom of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their kingdom after a mysterious voice calls out to Elsa.


While the graphics and sound are  outstanding, it’s the little character movements that really makes the difference.

Olaf gets more involvement, which is a good thing as I enjoyed  his humour from the first.

Kristoff gets to sing and has a story arc with his love for Anna. However his fumbling with her gets a bit tedious and he does detract with the main plot.

The main story is OK, although not as engaging as the first film. It does take the viewer to a few dark places before a suitably uplifting ending.

 

Brokenwood 6.3

The Brokenwood Mysteries Episode 23
Dead Men Don’t Shoot Ducks

When an animal activist is killed on the first day of duck hunting season, Mike and the team must determine whether it was an accidental shooting, or something more sinister.

Director: Murray Keane
Producer: Sally Campbell
Writer: Tim Balme

Cast:
Mike NEILL REA
Kristin FERN SUTHERLAND
D.C. Breen NIC SAMPSON
Gina CRISTINA IONDA
Hughes COLIN MOY
Mrs Marlowe ELIZABETH MCRAE
Jared PANA HEMA-TAYLOR
Frodo KARL WILLETTS
Kimberley ZARA CORMACK
Ray Neilson JASON HOYTE
Dennis SHANE CORTESE
Tamati MARK RUKA
Walter CALVIN TUTEAO
Lance PHIL BROWN
Jenny RENEE LYONS
Don Ducker EDWIN WRIGHT
Marion NARELLE AHRENS
Ollie WESLEY DOWDELL
Tony BRETT O’GORMAN
Leslie ALEX ELLIS

Medallion Status

Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms
by John Hodgman (2019)

 

The second book in which John Hodgman  sets out to explore the strange work-land of being a somewhat famous person.

This is a selection of stories similar to the previous book. Not essential, but to a Hodgman fan, it will fill in the space between the first book and the present.