another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Sunday, 10 February 2013

telford [part two]

telford isn't just about road racer's, in fact, i reckon the race bikes only made up about of a third of the show, classic scrambles bikes, trials bikes, dragracer's and speedway bikes were all represented, i don't really know much about the classic moto-x, scrambles and trials scenes, but, like roadracing, there appears to be a whole cottage industry based on spares and parts for these machines, there were frame manufacturer's, wheel builders, replica graffix designers and a whole load of other small businesses present at the show and all seemed to be doing a brisk trade, the three halls that host the show were bursting at the seams and it all got a little claustrophobic around mid afternoon, we found somewhere to sit, have a sandwich and grab another java and the throng's seemed to ease a little, by 1500hrs it was back to a comfortable level and we split up so that i could get some pictures and poke my nose over some of the two strokes that dangerous hates with a vengeance, i love them, to me the two -strokes were racing bikes, he just stands there moaning and making comments about 'those dirty, smelly bloody things!' every so often the quiet contemplation of mechanical excellence was literally shattered as race machines were started, the rennsport bmw, sammy miller's v8 moto guzzi, the unmistakeable 'crobba, crobba' of a manx norton and the high revving scream of the 'bloody 'stroker's', brilliant, especially as the confines of the hall seemed to amplify the sound, as well as letting you enjoy the heady mix of castrol 'r', hot engines and of course, the sweet, sweet smell of two-stroke oil...

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  1. Looks horrorshow, some nice bikes there. The Aermacchi would look nice lined up with the other roadracers. Your header pic reminded me that I picked up a UK version of 'A Clockwork Orange' that had both endings to the book. The one that was printed in the US and the one in the UK originally...very strange...totally different endings.

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  2. Fuck, been away for a week or two, total bloody sensory overload Lovey, will have to slow down to avoid headspins . . . keep the home fires burning bro-dude-man, giddy up !!!!

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  3. hi larry, i didn't know there were two different endings to 'a clockwork orange' did they ever release the film over your side of the pond?

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  4. Yes, they did release the movie here. I'd read the book, (US version) before I saw the movie, because my father had bought it and couldn't deal with the glossary of 'Russ-lish'...he threw it down in disgust, and said here's a book you might be able to read. After reading it I was amazed when I heard a movie was being done based on it. I went to see it with several friends who decided to fortify themselves with a trip to the 'Milk Bar', so to speak. None of them had read the book, and I do believe their minds were sufficiently 'blown'...
    Let me see if I can get this right. According to the UK version book I found, in the US ending Alex is never really 'cured', as it was portrayed in the movie I saw here. The UK book ending has Alex cured, and becoming a moral and upright citizen who goes on to lead a 'normal' life. Did the movie in the UK follow the US ending?

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  5. hi larry, the uk version saw alex 'cured' and relinquishing his former life of thuggery, i don't know if it was political pressure at the time, '70's england was a pretty dangerous place to be at the time, the 'english disease' of football hooliganism saw great numbers of youths invading towns to get drunk and fight toe to toe with the supporters of opposing teams, hard for the yank's to comprehend i guess, but this is england, it's a small country and the difference between here and the states is that it doesn't take long to travel the length and bredth of this sceptered isle and have a fucking good tear up with like minded people, it was all about 'taking end's' [invading the home supporters enclosures and 'running' the away fan's, [basically putting the fear of god into them so they got on their toe's and literally ran away, remember, we have been doing this for year's, we based a whole empire of going abroad, kicking the natives arses and taking what we wanted, it's inbred in us, we are english, [or british if you want to include the sweaty jocks, the welsh and the nothern irish], the government were shitting themselves at the time, big army's of disenfranchised, working class lad's causing havoc in almost every town, when 'a clockwork orange' was released it added to the problem, the youth on the terraces identified with the 'droog's' and adopted the look and the violence even more, did they make burgess adapt the story so that it looked like crime wouldn't pay? no one will ever know for sure, but, it does seem strange that their's an alternative ending, thank's for pointing it out, i'll have to try and get a copy of the u.s. version of the film now to check it out....

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    1. Got on the web, and it was the US version of the book...left the last chapter out completely, which Burgess was not happy about. Now I'll have to see if I can find a UK version of the film to watch. I'd really forgotten a lot of the details of the story, been awhile...

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    2. larry, similar to that regarding watching the film, do you want me to send you a copy of the uk release dvd? it will be different region but you can watch it on your computer or if the kids have a playstation?

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  6. Let me see what my friend Jack can come up with through his library job at the local University. We'll see what he can come up with. If not, I'll get back to you on that.

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  7. no worries larry, just let me know if you are struggling.

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