A great snapshot.
The world economy, AD 1000–2030 Note the horizontal scale is a bit deceptive. Essentially, China’s and India’s shares were very high for a lot more of the last millennium than you might see at ﬁrst glance. What we have seen in the period from the nineteenth century is more a blip. Western Europe is largely stable over the millennium, whereas it’s too difﬁcult to tell where the US is given that its rise in the global economy is relatively new. Nevertheless, what we might wish to conclude is this: China appears to be returning to its customary level.
Going down to the studio to direct a piece, being who I am, not conforming to the cliché and not speaking with the guttural Indian accent, talking with a posh accent … often I’d have a red-necked crew, watching my every move, wanting to know, ‘When’s the bugger going to trip and fall?’ That was the mentality. Not that they were verbalizing it but they were thinking it—and I’m thinking it.
Launch party Here’s Daniel again, at the Range Rover Sport launch, at Skylight at Moynihan Station on 8th Avenue. Full story, and ofﬁcial videos and images, at Lucire today.
A strong Bond Thanks, D. C. Thanks to this, we had very good trafﬁc on the Lucire website today.
In India, a snake protects two pups for 48 hours after they accidentally fall into a hole. At first it was thought that she wanted to attack them, but then noticed she was caring for the puppies. When rescued, the snake was released into a forest.
It is impossible not to share it with you.
that snake is going to snake heaven
Alarm für Cobra Thanks to that ﬁrst one in Genesis, snakes got a bad rap.
Ford’s policies and procedures’ manual would be about three inches thick and it’s now about four sides of A4 paper. We were part of a huge automotive company in Ford but we were a very small part of that. Tata’s approach is to work with us but to allow us to run our own business with a high level of autonomy.
Indian demonstrators walk with placards during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front the India Gate monument in New Delhi on December 23, 2012. In the biggest protest so far, several thousand college students rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the capital where they were baton-charged, water cannoned and tear gassed by the police. AFP PHOTO/ TENGKU BAHAR
Solidarity I pray the victim’s death was not in vain. The ongoing protests suggest that it was not—and that change in the culture, let’s hope, is coming to Delhi and northern India.
Home in on the Range Three days on, and I’m still not sold on it. My story on the fourth-generation Range Rover is here.
Standard features While I realize India is well advanced in terms of the car market—they own Land Rover and Jaguar, after all, and there are many Indian cars in New Zealand—it beggars belief that indigenous automaker Hindustan can claim a rear-view mirror and clear glass (as opposed to that opaque kind) as special standard equipment on its venerable Ambassador model.
Don 2 Or just watched the best Bollywood car chase sequence, ﬁlmed in Berlin with shades of Cobra 11, on YouTube.