Posts Tagged ‘cars

Today sees the opening of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. According to the attraction’s website: “Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind. It is an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit for families, fans and enthusiasts. The Park offers more than 20 Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions, […]

A Ferrari knit

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23 Sep 2010

Another episode in my occasional series about actual Ferraris – that is the car rather than the metaphor for prosperity. Evidently Lauren Porter, an art student, used 12 miles of wool to knit a life-size model. As the Sun newspaper put it: “Here’s a sports car you could pullover very smartly in”. Hat / tip […]

I am still in America so I have limited internet access. However, I have had three articles published over the past few days. On Monday my comment in Fund Strategy discussed the myth of a demographic “time bomb. On Wednesday I had a piece on the Guardian’s comment is free site on the comment by […]

Sexy Ferraris

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10 Sep 2010

Evidently Alexandra Burke, winner of ITV’s X-factor singing contest in 2008, turned up at London’s G-A-Y nightclub on Wednesday night in a sleek red Ferrari. According to a report in the Daily Mail: “The 22-year-old singer looked stunning in a tiny gold minidress and metallic heels as she then posed daintily on the bonnet of […]

Giles Coren, the restaurant critic of the Times (London), raged against the £250,000 Scuderia Ferrari One watch  in a column in the Sunday Times last week. Evidently only those with a Ferrari are eligible to buy the watch. Or, a Coren puts it, it is: “excluuuuusive: you are not permitted to purchase this totally tosserish […]

Chris Evans may not support the idea of Ferraris For All but he definitely likes them for himself. The BBC DJ and avid Ferrari collector has just lashed out £12m on a vintage Ferrari 250 GTO. It would be great if everyone could spend money with such abandon.

A sophisticated attack on consumerism from a particularly influential source. Amitai Etzioni, a former president of the American Sociological Association, argues in an article in The New Republic (17 June) for a cultural change in America: “What needs to be eradicated, or at least greatly tempered, is consumerism: the obsession with acquisition that has become […]

The current discussion of the Tata Nano, India’s “people’s car”, reminds me of the brilliant “sculptor” advert by Peugeot a few years ago for its 206. Whoever made the commercial, with a catchy backing track by Bhangra Knights, caught the popular aspiration for a better life in a clever and witty way. Only as an […]

The annual British Social Attitudes survey contains some insights into changing perceptions of inequality and of the environment. On poverty it is clear that there is widespread concern about the existence of inequality. Some 76% say the gap between those on high and those on low incomes is “too large”. However, this concern about inequality […]

Just managed to catch up on the BBC Panorama programme “Go green or else!” on a year in the life of “ethical man” (currently available to view on the internet). The programme is itself a recycling of the regular items by Justin Rowlatt on the BBC Newsnight programme over the past year. Rowlatt and his […]