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Car Recycling Made Easy

With several ways of going about the job of car recycling, it is best to remain informed of the all the options. It is currently easier to dispose of a car than it has ever been before. The salvage market has witnessed rapidly escalating scrap values, with breakers yards growing increasingly competitive in a bid to secure business. Adverts are popping up all over the place, swelling the classified sections in local magazines and papers, offering increasingly attractive prices for unwanted vehicles. These adverts are not just offering free collection of vehicles, they also pledge differing sums of cash, and figures are regularly rising. Consequently, it’s safe to assume that many people are opting to dispose of their vehicles via the private sector rather than using the Council, whose fee paying service is growing increasingly unattractive. This, whilst understandable, is not entirely good news.

City and County Councils are subject to stringent environmental targets. The disposal of waste is, therefore, scrupulously monitored, ensuring that all processes abide by the complex set of strict EEC directives. Thus, TV’s and white goods as well as motor vehicles must be processed in a way that complies with the most cost efficient and environmentally sound means available. Whilst there are few alternatives to municipal services for the disposal of household items, the vast majority of people still look to the private sector when dealing with the issue of disposing of their cars.

Commercial breakers yards are also subject to EEC legislation, but are less likely to employ the same kind of exacting standards that are used by the public sector. Private operations are geared to make profits, making them less likely to put green considerations before commercial interests. Municipal services, are conversely geared to maximise the environmental sustainability of their operations, relegating concerns for the commercial value of scrap metal to a lesser priority.

This can prove to be a little awkward. People wishing to dispose of their vehicle have to consider which way to go. On the one hand they have an organisation that will process their vehicle ethically, but will charge them to do so, and on the other, they have access to the private sector, who will collect their car without charge, and will even give them a bit of cash, but may not process their car in such an ethical manner.

Fortunately, the recent emergence of agencies that act as an interface between the recycling sector and the homeowner are making the choice of which direction to go in a lot easier. These organisations are often social enterprises which has been created to offer people a viable alternative to the established order. These social enterprises will ensure that vehicles are scrapped using optimally sustainable methods, but will not charge for collection. They also donate some of the revenue from scrapping the car to charity, which the donor can select from a list of recommended charities, ensuring that the money will go to a meaningful cause.

Gender Identity

Thoughts on gender identity and creativity

I was listening to CBC radio in the car last year while two celebrity men my age were talking like giddy little schoolboys about their hockey and baseball sports card collection. I envied their enthusiasm and pride in their collections and wondered why I never got the bug, even though at one point I had boxes and boxes of them that I had won from playing toss and match gambling. I loved sports and played virtually all types. I had a large number of cards only because I won them. Soon after grade eight I just threw them out. But as the celebrities waxed on about their collections I realized that I too had my own collections during my youth, and as William Wordsworth wrote, ” the child is father to the man”

In my boyhood the secrets of my future creativity were revealed and it was only on looking back did I realize how early my quirky creativity became apparent. My boyhood interests fathered the creative person I am today. I had two collections, one a stamp collection which I still have, the other a collection of match boxes from restaurants and hotels. My stamp collection was my art gallery. I loved the exquisite designs of Olympic sport stamps from countries all over the world, created by the best artists in each country.

I treasured these little lithographs. I selected them in the same way an art collector would. The match box collection also revealed this artistic bent. I selected them, not like others who collected them from as many cities or countries as they could, I collected only the ones which appealed to me because of their artistic design—- another one of my art collections. From a very early age I also treasured my Kodak Brownie camera and collected photos I took that I thought were fine art pieces. Today I have other collections of fine art. While I could never afford original paintings, I do own a Miro lithograh and Picasso lithograph and many lithos of the modern French artists, some fine Japanese woodcuts, as well as photos by Walker Evans, Josef Karsh and Robert Frank . These are my stamps and matchboxes of old.

But there is more to my creativity than just collecting. I remember in grade seven and eight, tearing out pages from magazines of dancers like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly with images of them leaping through the air with incredible grace and athleticism. I was never able to tell anyone of my interest or do anything about it because at that time a boy who was interested in dance had to be gay and I was terrified of being labeled that way. The only way I was able to come close and maintain my masculine integrity was to take up sports that captured some of the elements of dance. I became a gymnast as well as a springboard diver. In both cases I was able to perform my dance moves in the air and not be labeled gay!

When I retired, at the age of 58 as a school superintendent and returned to university to teach, I fulfilled a childhood dream and enrolled in a modern dance class at the Toronto Dance School. By this time I felt confident enough about my own masculinity that I didn’t care what anyone thought. In my class of 20 students, I was one of only two males and the other 18 were young women more than half my age. They were all hoping to improve their skills to the level that would allow them to gain admission to the school on a fulltime basis. What a sight to see me in tights amidst all this feminine pulchritude.

Our classes were held in a wonderful room with a high ceiling and the walls were covered with mirrors . I remember one crowning moment when the accompanist drummer led us though a routine that culminated in all of us rising up on our toes to one final climactic plie. As we approached the final moment and the drummer reached his final strum on the drum, and as we rose up as one, arms gracefully above our head on our tippy toes, the drum beat ended precisely at the moment when I unfortunately punctuated the final drum beat with a horrific thunderous fart. All twenty sets of eyes could be seen in the mirrors glancing my way and I turned pomegranate red. It certainly affirmed my masculinity. I did not attain admission standards for a fulltime place in the program.

There were other manifestations of my creativity that affected my identity. I began to sew. For years I made my wife’s clothing as well as my two daughters. My crowning achievement was making my daughter’s wedding dress. It was simple, elegant and chic. Again I feared that people would think I was gay. Whenever I publicly told anyone I sewed I always said “yes, I can make a skirt or a dress for my wife on a Sunday afternoon during an NFL football game.” It was in fact true, but it was an attempt to dissipate any thoughts of my sexual preference by adding this very masculine activity. How silly it now seems on reflection.

And it doesn’t stop there. I am avid flower grower and arranger. I made two massive flower arrangements for my daughters wedding that framed the ceremony . And I also love to cook . I studied French cooking while living in Germany and I devour cookbooks and cooking magazines. I am a very inventive and creative chef, if not a consistent one. As well, I love interior decoration. Our house and cottage are carefully decorated with many antiques that I have restored – collections of antique glass, fine artwork or my own photographs, and of course always fresh flower arrangements. My main hobby now is photography and I hold three or fours exhibitions a year of my work.

It is not that I excelled at all these hobbies, in fact I engaged in far more projects that I ever completed and fine detail and finishing are not my strengths. The old adage applies that I was a jack of all arts but master of none, but there is a record here from a very early age of an innate predisposition to artistic endeavors.

When you combine all these interests – the dancing, the fashion design and sewing, the interior decorating, the photography, flower arranging and the creative cooking, you emerge with a distinct stereotype of a gay male. I have always had this fear growing up of being accused as gay and as Seinfeld said, “not that there is anything wrong with that”, it is just that I didn’t want that label applied to me . It is interesting and regrettable the things I did to ensure no one thought I was gay, including, regrettably, at times displaying homophobia. It is only now that I am comfortable enough in my own skin that I can talk about it. I know I am a “raging heterosexual” and I am proud of the more feminine aspects of my interests and talents.

Audi – Your Dream Car

We usually come across many automobile devotees in our daily life. Automobile is another subject of passion for many of us, whereas it is a hobby for many to collect classic and new vehicles. Audi is yet another automobile manufacturing company rated as best. Audi is a German brand that manufactures a range of automobiles with different shapes, characteristics and distinguishing features. They produce a variety of vehicles from mini SUVs.

Not many know of the fact that Audi is a subsidiary brand under Volkwagen Group. The company’s headquarters is in Ingolstadt, Germany; whereas, it serves worldwide with manufacturing plants located in India, China, Belgium, Hungary and Brazil.

The history of Audi is older than the history of Bentley that we often get to hear. The first Audi type B was produced in 1910. Audi presents with immense history of production and unions with many manufacturing companies over the years in the past century. However, today the largest share holder of Audi AG is Volkwagen AG with 99 percent of shares in its possession.

Today Audi produces 11 different products with a variety of range within them. From Cars to sports cars and SUVs, Audi aims to satisfy the maximum buff population. Other than just manufacturing marvelous machines Audi also contributes in the entertainment industry to amuse its customers with something extra and more than just what they possess. Audi Company launched its Audi TV Channel in 2005. It’s a digital satellite television that is receivable through satellite antennas in UK and Ireland, and is viewable for worldwide viewers in the internet. The Audi TV channel includes Information on different Audi Cars, user guides, testimonials and interviews from different celebrities, historic features, in depth product profile, new launches and sporting events coverage. This doesn’t end here; Audi has also designed special Audi apps for its enthusiastic customers and devotees who use iPhones, iPads and/or Android Smartphone.

Audi believes in complete user satisfaction and premium delivery. The Audi AG Company has its own magazine in digital and printed form. The magazine is published with exciting contents on sports, lifestyles and automobile.

It is amazing how an automobile company penetrates itself in its potential market through different modes. The amazing vehicles themselves speak while on roads that they are the best, but the companies profile including a magazine, a TV channel and apps proves it to be customer specific too. No wonder how few companies are in love with their customers because they just love presenting their devotees with different items and props about the same things they always want around them.