Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Can I Ride it to School Mom ?

Oh so spot on,

many thanks to Rick Smith and his "Yahuda Moon & The Kickstand Cyclery" here for this inciteful statement.

Mom's you don't need to use big 4WDs to get your kids to school, grab a bike and ride with them, teach them, remember the acronym HEARTS (for Healthy Excercise and Activity, Ride to School.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Plain of Jars


View YouTube Video here

If you get the chance to travel to Asia and want to contribute to a nation recover from its journey in this world's (human-driven wish to bring change, through violence, & agressive) self interests of others, please visit the Plain of Jars in Laos PDR.

The video gives an idea of the pain the locals have suffered through war and being the most heavily bombed place on earth. With all that torment, the Plain of Jars is there to reveal one of the greatest mysteries of mankind's existence on this planet. Scattered across the plain are thousands of huge urn like vessels, believed to be around 2,000 years old.
Why they are there is an ongoing mystery and we are in awe of their size and what their purpose was. Many scholars believe they may have been used for storage of food, water and even brewing "lao-lao" a rice wine.

UNESCO is undertaking studies with Laotian scholars and visiting archaeologists. The work is both huge in scale and massive in mystery.

Large lids have been found near some to add to this view, many have human remains and were possibly used for burial urns, or perhaps adapted to that purpose.
The Plain of Jars is a must visit, it has 136 archaeological sites and it has been open to tourism since 1992.
Whilst much of the plain is still inaccessible to tourism due to unexploded ordnance (from the tens of thousands of bombs of the "Secret War"of the USA's CIA against North Vietnam's use of Laos to deliver its military machine into South Vietnam).

The ongoing clearance program which may take another 90 years to see through, is continuing as scholars and tourists, and locals alike, go about their daily routines to help recover the knowledge and history of these massive testaments to human, endeavour , ingenuity and survival in the face of adversity and pain. over the eons.

Visit if you can, immerse, and contribute.

The Plain of Jars is there waiting for you.

As you watch this video, listen to the words of Michael McDonald's song, "The Plain of Jars" - it is moving and links into the awe of the place.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Kasai Underground Bicycle Parking - Edogawa-ku - 2

A sensible solution to Bicycle parking for Commuters - in Tokyo it costs less than $1AU ( about 97Yen) per day to use this Underground automated bike storage system set up in Edogawa-ku. Place your bike on the entry guide, swipe your card, the bike is sent below to an automated storage level, on return, swipe your card, the bike returns from its rack below by the elevator in 22 seconds. Neat Quick Secure

Monday, April 07, 2008

Kickstand Cyclery - The LBS for Daily Velo Zen

Yehuda Moon refreshingly delivers the daily dose of sense and contact we can share with the noble bicycle. Whilst locally we could all do with an LBS like Kickstand Cyclery, we do have one here. Support Yehuda, like Ferris Bueller, they don't come along often, but when they do, they deserve an audience.

Thanks Rick West/ & and your fine friend Yehuda .