Ranch therapy in paradise

By Louis the Scooterer On my way to the original MyPoP the other morning to drink a coffee, I saw some horses with riders, from the nearby regular horseriding ranch. They were crossing the road, and heading into the bushes, from where they found a track down to the beach to amble back to the…

Scooterer Stories, Part Thirteen – Galilee

By Louis the Scooterer Continue touring in all directions around the Sea of Galilee” At the end of that previous excellent day…we checked in to KareDeshe Youth Hostel.. north of Tiberias..nice and tired and our rooms were great and comfy and a good night sleep zzzzzzz… Up early..lets get to water edge , at end…

Is Ballet Humane?

By Leda Meredith Today one of the young student dancers I rehearsal direct in a Nutcracker production came up to me and pointed to her right foot. A bad blister had bled through her tights and through her pointe shoe. She looked up at me with wide eyes and a well-trained ballet-school smile and asked…

Louis gets smoked out. A nation of black lungs.

By Louis the Scooterer I don’t want to..BUT, Maybe move away from MyPoP Well the story about the women walkers is something like this. A large factory from way down south, sends women workers from all departments in a couple of buses to spend a couple of nights and a few days at a beautiful…

SUV invasion at MyPop

By Louis the Scooterer Stinking cigars and running out of fuel = not a good start.. but it gets better…. The other morning…After having an early coffee at the square, and being chased away by the smoke from a guy smoking the stinkiest cigar I’ve ever smelled..pheeew.. he was sitting 2 cafes away ! SO……

To MyPoP but not for a “packet of peanuts”

By Louis the Scooterer MyPoP here I come, and as I leave my driveway I see the giant advertising boards for the new highrise being built next door being offloaded and stacked against the old broken down metal wall Oh dear…then the usual hair-raising couple of kms to MyPoP with never a moment without a…

The Green Shave

By Jeffrey the Barak How would you like to spread Napalm on your face while releasing questionable propellants into the ozone layer, and then put a stack of eternal plastic into a landfill? Doesn’t sound like something you’d want to do does it? And yet if you use aerosol shaving gel, it contains the very…

Errol Flynn’s Barnes Period

By Ajax Bardrick BARNES` LOST HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION UNCOVERED A handful of sparkling stardust from the glamour of old Hollywood fell on an obscure corner of South West London this week with the solution of an enduring mystery of the film actor Errol Flynn`s early life in the district. Flynn was the biggest star in Hollywood…

Scooterer Stories, Part Twelve – In the North

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Twelve – “A little north, a little west, a little east…then a lot north”…then sunset, then night time. After leaving hydro electric plant we are back…

The least continental place

By Jeffrey the Barak Nake Islet, part of Millenium Island, formerly known as Caroline Island, now in the Republic of Kiribati, is the closest point of land I could find after moving the Google Earth globe around to a spot that showed the least land. The only significant continental land visible at the edges of this hemisphere…

Station Wagon is a dirty term.

By Jeffrey the Barak Once upon a time, car drivers who occasionally hauled around a lot of stuff and/or large objects from place to place, bought station wagons. In Europe these were called estate cars, and still are, but in the United States, they were called station wagons, presumably because they transferred goods to and…

Scootering to MyPoP

By Louis the Scooterer Reminder of what MyPoP is, it’s not “my plate of popcorn”, it’s… MY Piece of Paradise. Before I forget, let me show a few pics of my favourite transports from way back.. I show only 6 here coz there are more than 40 favourites already in 6 chapters written elsewhere. Lancia…

The Ford Crown Victoria is a lousy taxi

By Jeffrey the Barak Having just returned from the airport by cab, I have been moved to rant about how ridiculous it is for Los Angeles taxi cabs to pick the American dinosaur Ford Crown Vic as a cab. It’s a large sedan, with a big engine, and many cab operators buy them as used…

The next chapter at MyPoP

By Louis the Scooterer Before I get going on my scooter, to MyPoP, let me show you a couple of pics. The sea view I had, where I lived at the previous address..was a small studio with balcony…magnificent views of beach and promenade, and always much to see. My current apartment on the other side…

Visiting, coffeeing, chatting and seeing at MyPoP

By Louis the Scooterer As I said in my previous post, I go to MyPoP (almost) every morning and spend a couple of hours, and have found my favourite spot, where I place a chair under a big umbrella together with the bright orange color low settees and a low table…(I prefer a higher chair…

The consequences of the befriending of bees.

By Sigmund Shonholtz   It happened a few months ago, I noticed some dead bees on my patio, odd I thought but then I went on with my day. A few days later I noticed some bees in the corner congregating around, buzzing it up and what have you. Finally I realized that a family…

This day at MyPoP (My Piece of Paradise)

By Louis the Scooterer Dear Readers, Maybe you already know that I live in Netanya, Israel, a coastal city on the Mediterranean, and that my transport is a scooter (usually 50cc). Since I arrived on 1 Nov 1999, I have found and visited many coffeeshops at the square and in the city, and coffeeshops in…

Scooterer Stories, Part Eleven, Up the West Bank

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Eleven – Up the West Bank of the River Jordan We have refreshed ourselves at “HaLido” at Kalya Junction..at the north end of the Dead Sea…..

Scooterer Stories, Part Ten – Route 6 to Elvis

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Ten – Not Route 66, just Route 6, but at least there’s an Elvis. Editor’s Note. It seems that this article was originally assembled using external…

Scooterer Stories – Part Nine – North to Ashdod

By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Nine – North to Ashkelon and Ashdod Editor’s Note. It seems that this article was originally assembled using external links to the photos, and these no longer work,…

The Urban Tango Phenomenon Explained

An interview with Makela Brizuela, by Jeffrey the Barak. In 2006, a very different dance performance was first presented in Venice California. Entitled “URBAN TANGO, The Agony and Ecstasy of Amateur Tango – In Search of the Elusive Embrace”, it was different in many ways and attracted the attention of many in the dance community….

Scooterer Stories – Part Eight – Be’er Sheva

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Eight – Beer Sheva We leave Arad on 31, and pass Arad Park and Tel Arad, and after travelling past several Bedouin areas and also seeing…

Taking the “A” Train

By Cherie Magnus What is it about trains? We all love them–the waiting, the leaving, the whistles. Who can hear the distant “woo-woo” of a train without feeling something’s longing, nostalgia, the urge to hop on and leave your old life behind? Literature abounds with romantic train symbols: The Polar Express, Streetcar Named Desire, Train…

Scooterer Stories – Part Six – Dead Sea and Beyond

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Six – Dead Sea and Beyond. Still aiming North, but with a backtrack Southward. OKAY, we finally have to leave Masada, but lets quickly go to…

Shaving – The Old Fashioned Way

By Jeffrey the Barak New things are better than old things and new gadgets are better than old gadgets, right? Wrong! Sometimes the impetus for tools and gadgets to evolve is not to make them better, it’s to change the marketplace to receive more expensive goods. There is no better example of this than the…

Scooterer Stories – Part Five – Ein Gedi

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Five – Ein Gedi Editor’s Note: This article was originally assembled using external links to all photos, which no long work. Apologies for all the missing…

Exion Scooters

Exion Scooters – Cees Bakker’s amazing home-built speedsters By Jeffrey the Barak Just one look at the carbon fiber creations above tells you, now those are some fast looking scooters! And fast they are. Designed for the racing circuit which exists in Europe, but not in the USA, these home built human-powered scooters make everything…

Scooterer Stories – Part Four – North to Masada

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Editor’s Note. Originally this article contained pictures that were external links. Unfortunately these no longer work and the images have been lost. Part Four – North to…

Scooterer Stories – Part Three – The Arava, Timna Park to Ir Ovot

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Three – The Arava, Timna Park to Ir Ovot Editor’s Note. Originally this article contained pictures that were external links. Unfortunately these no longer work and…

Artie. It wasn’t about Big Bands, it was about The Big Bang.

Artie Shaw passed away on December 30, 2004, at age 94. Sigmund Shonholtz, his friend in later life, spoke at the funeral, and his well-received words on that day were almost exactly as written below. By Sigmund Shonholtz My friendship with Artie Shaw began over a business transaction about eight years ago. He had answered…

Scooterer Stories – Part Two – Eilat

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer Published January 2005 The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. Part Two – Eilat Editor’s Note. Originally this article contained pictures that were external links. Unfortunately these no longer work and the images have…

Scooterer Stories – Part One – Introduction

Scooterer Stories By Louis the Scooterer Part One – Introduction The travels of Louis the Scooterer, a retired former South African who has found an unusual way of getting to know Israel. This whole “travel idea” began, because of “those people” who told me that I’m crazy to “drive in Israel”! That was when I…

An American Diary from Mexico – Episode 12

Leaving San Miguel By Cherie Magnus If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up somewhere else. –Yogi Berra That terrible ache and nostalgia for home when home is gone, and this isn’t it. And the sun so white like an onion. And who the hell thought of placing a city here with no…

An American Diary from Mexico – Episode 11

The Worlds of Xochimilco By Cherie Magnus A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable. ~William Wordsworth In gardens, beauty is a by-product. The main business is sex and death. ~Sam Llewelyn Xochimilco, the “place of the flower fields” (in Nahuatl), is at once an ancient Aztec dream, a modern Mexican fiesta, and…

An American Diary from Mexico – Episode 10

Tango Magic in Oaxaca By Cherie Magnus Imagine a large leafy square with fountains and huge trees, surrounded on four sides by the colorful arcades of ancient colonial buildings. Imagine the kiss of a chocolate scented breeze on your skin. Imagine a concert band playing a classical concert with elderly couples rising casually from their…

An American Diary from Mexico – Episode 9

Dancing Down The Aisle By Cherie Magnus I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance. ~Friedrich Nietzsche I dance down the aisle of Saint Paul’s Anglican Church in San Miguel twice a month, carrying my cross. Like most people, I’ve always had a cross to bear, except for that brief perfect…

We Don’t Need No Steenkin’ Gravity

By Jeffrey the Barak Far from the million dollar science grants and laboratories of Pasadena, and Los Alamos, in a village in Romania, and in the kitchen of a most unattractive apartment building, Gnelj stumbled across the secret of gravity control. Impossible you say? Isn’t the attraction of mass as inevitable as a slowing satellite…

A Comparison of Giants

A Comparison of Giants – The Modern SUV versus the American Seventies Car By Jeffrey the Barak In the early 1980’s Americans bought little Toyotas, Hondas, BMW’s etc. in such numbers that many of the manufacturers begin building them right here in America. The buyers of these cars developed a severe distaste for the enormous…

Hell hath no Fury, like a Plymouth scorned

By Mike (Roadie) Marino Published May 2004 Lights, camera’s, action! Quiet on the set! The casting couch and the Golden Age of Film. It was the heady Hollywood heydays. Glitz and glamour were personified by Gable and Garbo, and it was the same era of over consumption and arrogance that inspired the Gloria Swanson/William Holden…

The Ballerina Interviews

By Kim Knode Published March 2004 Sven Toorvald’s life and his PBS documentary, The Ballerina Interviews, give an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the ballet world. Filmmaking is Sven’s passion. First and foremost, however, Sven is a danseur. Ballet “mesmerized” Sven at age fifteen. He signed up for classes at a local studio after seeing the…

Dog-Powered Scooters

By Mark Schuett How many ways have you seen people being pulled by their dogs? There are dogs out in front of bicycles, skateboards, Rollerblades, scooters, skis, etc. And don’t they look like a great deal of skill is required and potentially dangerous for the dog as well as the “rider”? Have you heard of…

Human Powered Scooters

Human Powered Scooters – The Undiscovered Transportation Solution By Jeffrey the Barak Energy Efficient or Exhausting? Apart from the in-line scooter craze of 1999, the use of scooters in our society has been almost totally non-existent. Many would-be scooter riders have observed that it can be much less tiring to ride a bike for mile…