Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader WorldViews by Amanda Erickson by Amanda Erickson Email the author May 21 at 9:25 AM Email the author Meghan Markle waves Saturday as she rides in a carriage with her husband, Britain's Prince Harry, after their wedding at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. (Jeff J Mitchell/Pool/AP) A German television station is under fire for its royal wedding coverage. The public broadcast network ZDF used some loaded language to describe Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex. In one instance, a host asked, “Are those dreadlocks on Meghan’s mother?” Another replied: “It’s curly hair that’s been somewhat … [Read more...] about A German broadcaster called Meghan Markle ‘exotic.’ Viewers said it was racist.
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Retropolis by DeNeen L. Brown by DeNeen L. Brown Email the author May 15 at 8:39 AM Email the author Queen Charlotte, left, and Meghan Markle. (Print Collector/Getty Images; Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images) Only six hours before their royal wedding, King George III met Princess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz for the first time. After a difficult storm-tossed journey at sea, the German princess had finally arrived from the German coast in London on Sept. 8, 1761, where George had been impatiently awaiting his chosen bride. He was 22; she was 17. When Charlotte was introduced to the king, she “threw herself at … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle, Queen Charlotte and the wedding of Britain’s first mixed-race royal
Luxury MPVs are increasingly popular in Malaysia as limos for the rich, a role that was the exclusive domain of traditional large saloons like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. The Toyota Alphard and Vellfire duo are by far the most popular of its kind, and the Nissan Elgrand is an alternative. These Japanese boxes typically come with three rows of seats; however, if the MPV is not used as a family car but purely as a business machine, wouldn’t it be better if the last row is deleted for extra space and comfort for two rear occupants? Such configurations exist; we recently gave you a 360-degree look at the Nissan Elgrand VIP by Autech, but the new Toyota Alphard/Vellfire Royal Lounge listed on Modellista’s page raises the bar. Based on the latest-generation Alphard/Vellfire unveiled a year ago in Japan, the Royal Lounge series is a step up from the Executive Lounge version of the latest Alphard/Vellfire. The biggest difference is that the Royal Lounge has just … [Read more...] about New Toyota Alphard and Vellfire Royal Lounge variants
Around this time every year, the who’s who of the world of heritage cars heads to California, specifically to Monterey Bay. It’s a week-long celebration of classic and vintage cars, with the grand finale being the Concours d’Elegance, held at the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. The breathtaking location overlooking the Pacific Ocean will play host to around 200 of the rarest and the most beautiful pieces of automotive art in the world. And this has been going on since 1950.This year is special for us. As you’re reading this, around 15 glistening examples of some of the finest cars which were once owned by India’s royalty are being given the spit-and-polish treatment (collectors say the cars are being ‘pebbled’) in anticipation of the Concours tomorrow — which is always held on the third Sunday of August. This is the first, and perhaps the last time, in the history of Pebble Beach that there is a special Cars of the Maharajas … [Read more...] about Indian entries at Pebble Beach – Hit the Beach!
Wendy Wiedeking can go easier on the Klonopin. If the sources of the German magazine Focus aren’t mistaken, Porsche’s CEO has found someone who can help him out of his financial predicament: His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The Emir of Qatar gave Wiedeking his royal word that he will shake loose several billions on Porsche’s behalf. Or rather the Sheikh’s sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) will fork over the money. Focus says they have a handshake, but no signed paper because two options are on the table: the Sheikh buys shares of Porsche . . . or Volkswagen.Porsche has 51 percent of Volkswagen. They also have options for another 24 percent. To exercise those options costs money. Money Porsche doesn’t have.If His Highness steps in and buys the 24 percent, Porsche could say “good riddance” to most of their €9 billion debt and party like it’s 2008. Porsche would hold 51 percent, Lower Saxony 20 … [Read more...] about Meet The New Porsche (Or Volkswagen) Shareholder
With the McLaren-Mercedes SLR set to end production, McLaren wants to build a new supercar of its own (front mid-engine THIS). Auto Motor und Sport reports that Mercedes, which owns some 40 percent of McLaren, reckon the new hot rod would compete with its forthcoming Gullwing super-SL. And? Racing boss Ron Dennis and partner Mansour Ojjeh each own 15 percent of McLaren; the royal family of Bahrain own the other 30 percent. They're all hot for a new McLaren road car. Accordingly, two mid-engined prototypes are currently undergoing track testing, one of which sports a German-built V10 race engine. Mercedes is livid, threatening to cut all payments to McLaren if it doesn't halt development plans. Ultimately, Mercedes is going to have to bite the bullet and buy out the last 11 percent of McLaren if they want to call the shots (outbidding the royal family of Bahrain ain't gonna be easy). Meanwhile everyone has to make nice and work together on the F1 circuit, where … [Read more...] about McLaren Vs. Mercedes Supercar Showdown
Masafumi Suzuki invited me to Japan. Suzuki is the editor-in-chief of a Japanese magazine called Engine. It's an ambitious effort—300 pages each month, with big-yen photography printed on the sort of paper the royal family uses for thank-you notes. Suzuki has wild, tangled hair. He is fond of bronze leather pants and sequined shirts. He resembles a Japanese Prof. Irwin Corey. Last spring, he became famous among motoring journalists for piloting a Rolls-Royce Phantom through a radar trap on the Pacific Coast Highway. He was plucking along at 130 or so mph. A cop interviewed Suzuki for five minutes, studied the unfathomable characters on his license, then said, "You might want to slow down a little." Suzuki smiled—he has the perfectly disarming grin of Hans Blix—and replied, "Okay, yes, maybe." Then he drove away. Quite rapidly. It was Suzuki's idea to gather 20 cars in his homeland, cars that are built exclusively for Japanese consumption. Then he invited … [Read more...] about Ten Japanese Cars You Can’t Have
In this era of frightful change, when even the word mother winds up as one-half of a vulgar slur heard incessantly in the rhythmic chanting of what passes for music these days, it is comforting to know that a few things continue to resist change with the resolute fervor of, say, Andy Rooney's refusal to trim the screwball squiggly hairs of his 85-year-old eyebrows. So rest assured that even with its newest owners—those work-driven Germans from Volkswagen—the assembly line in England that bears the grand Bentley Arnage sedans and limos still moves to a different drummer, at a calming rate of exactly six inches a minute. And it won't move at all unless someone orders one. Indeed, the Arnage, first introduced in 1998, the year VW acquired Bentley, still gets its 6000 spot welds, fired methodically as from a gun one at a time. Its 520 separate panels must be bound carefully together for eternity by several feet of MIG welds and copious quantities of glue, and the … [Read more...] about 2005 Bentley Arnage
How do you feel about Hitler’s cars? No, I’m not talking about the KdF Wagen, aka VW Beetle, or its wartime variants like the Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen. I’m talking about the cars more personally associated with the dictator and mass murderer, like his parade and armored cars that find their way into collections and museums.I’ll get to der Fuhrer’s automobiles in a paragraph or two, but on the way there, I’m first going to discuss someone very stupid.Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) tried to make a fuss about presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) having a fundraiser in the Dallas area home of Harlan Crow. Wasserman Schultz publicized the fact that Crow owns some Nazi and Hitler artifacts, implying that Crow and Rubio were somehow sympathetic to the Third Reich. The fact that the event took place on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the focus of the Jewish “days of awe” (the High … [Read more...] about Hitler’s Cars – Collectibles or Artifacts of Mass Murder?
Disclosure: I love Formula One. At least a dozen times every year, I inadvertently wake up my wife and dog at 4:30 in the morning (Pacific time) as I yelp wildly in the living room and watch the live race feed.As a left-of-center F1 fan, three issues gnaw at me. One, the sport is perceived as elitist. One Percenters(tm) own the teams, pack the hospitality suites at races, and park their mega-yachts next to race tracks. Two, a lot of fuel is used to fly the cars, the equipment, and crews all over the world, from Singapore to Austin.But what really irks me is the politics. Emerging economies, oftentimes with authoritarian regimes, pay tens of millions to have the privilege to host a race. And F1, as a business, has no problem taking the money.Sometimes, the host country’s government is so brutal, a boycott is called. But do boycotts work? What is their purpose? Their goal? Where do you draw the line? How do you compare a violent regime that oppresses its small … [Read more...] about Boycotting Every Race On the 2015 Formula One Calendar