Rowan Atkinson, the comedian and petrol-head, has been discharged from hospital on Friday after walking away from a crash in one of the world’s fastest road cars – suffering no worse than an injured shoulder, some very expensive coach work and wounded pride.
He left Peterborough City hospital in a wheelchair by the back door, flanked by security guards who attempted to block waiting photographers, and was driven away in a private ambulance.
The accident happened when one of the stars of his large car collection the maroon McLaren F1 – which he bought in 1997 for a reported £650,000, as a reward for the success of his Mr Bean film( it the record of being world fastest and – apparently spun off the wet road on Thursday night and hit a tree and a lamppost. He had been travelling on the A605 near Haddon, Cambridgeshire, at around 7.30pm, at the time.
His agents, PBJ & JBJ, said the actor would leave hospital sore but without serious injury, that nobody else was involved in the accident, and that he had no comment to make.
Only a few weeks ago, when he clocked up the fastest guest star lap on the BBC Top Gear programme, he staunchly defended the McLaren to a presenter Jeremy Clarkson. “You’ve got to live with it. I have lived with it for 14 years, I’ve done a lot of miles in it, I’ve done 37,000 miles – which for a McLaren is a lot,” said Atkinson.
here is the video of his lap on the top gear show
He loaned the car to the programme on a previous occasion, when it was driven by another Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond without incident.
In 1999, Atkinson damaged the bonnet of the car – which is capable of 230mph, and accelerates from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds – in a low-speed shunt.
The vehicle will probably be returned to the McLaren factory in Woking for repairs. A spokesman at the plant said: “We are waiting to hear more details on the incident, and wish him well for his recovery in the meantime.”
On screen and in real life, Atkinson has a serious car habit. As the hapless Mr Bean he folds his long angular frame with difficulty into a Mini, but drives altogether flashier cars as his other alter ego, the Bond-lite spy Johnny English. He drove an Aston Martin in the first film, and alternates between a racing wheelchair, and a Rolls-Royce with – as he boasted on Top Gear – a 9 litre V16 engine in the new film, due for release next month.
Atkinson also races cars from his extensive collection, including his 1964 Ford Falcon. He is also believed to own a 1980s Aston Martin V8 Zagato, an Audi A8 and, more thriftily, a Honda Civic Hybrid
finally the moment has come when some sophistication has been shown by nokia. Nokia n9, announced but not yet officially released, is definitely a device by nokia which deserves some appreciation. this device really show that nokia has finally come to some senses because this device finally exhibits those features which are of utter need and desired by the market.
nokia finally felt the need of the good os along with a good hardware and nokia n9 is the first device which is the result of nokia new policy .check out the ad
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the styling of the os is more like ios-ish. like os the buttons and icons . but still they are good. contents of os is more like android-ish and symbian . but still i like this combination alot.there is no hardware button on the phone for menu, you have to double to unlock the screen which is really a good news for button- haters 😉 like ios, this phone has the mandatory universal search through which u can search any thing on the phone. the contacts app is decent . you can easily integrate facebook, skype , exchange and other contacts with this apps. which means no need to go to the separate sites separately. the browser app is alot more better than symbian old safari based default browsers bringing the whole game to the next level.
nokia n9 also features the new NFC support, short for Near Field Communication, which is the replacement of the bluetooth. now you just have to tap to other NFC enabled device to do the sharing .check out that video.
hardware wise the device is pretty solid, exhibiting all the features that a typical high end phone has. The whole body is unibody made of premium-quality hard plastic which is good. infact nokia is one of hottest looking device in the market. its 3.9” FWVGA AMOLED screen is really the main attraction of the phone. screen pixel density has also been improved, now boosting 854×480 resolution. infact the screen is giving the close competition to Samsung super AMOLED screens which are the world best screens. in terms of system performance, this device boasts of the 1 GHz A8 processor and 1GB ram. it has 8 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash and it will come in 16 GB or 64GB memory drive to store your favourite content . the camera has HD video recording capabilities.
in short nokia n9 has every thing that a good phone should have. a cool os and distinguished os , a exiquite hardware and pretty awesome looks. but if nokia plays its cards right this phone can be of great success , even greater than nokia’s extremely popular nokia n8.meego os can compete and give close fight to ios and android if nokia rearrange its ovi store and increase the number of apps. that is the only category in which ios and android has an edge.ovi store is really outdated as compared to android market and the magnificent app store of apple . the only thing that makes me sad is that this is going to be the only device from nokia bearing this os. nokia should also bring more devices with this os rather than symbian . this is the only way for nokia to reclaim its kingdom.
Not all Android smartphones are created equal. Unlike the iPhone, which is generally updated by Apple once a year, there are literally dozens of smartphone models on the market powered by Google’s mobile operating software.
While there are a handful of fan favorites like the Nexus S 4G and Motorola Atrix, there are also plenty of dogs that suffer from poor performance issues, weak batteries, and stupidly unnecessary features. Based on input from our readers, personal experience and poor reviews, we detail here five Android phones you should avoid buying.
Sometimes you get what you pay for, which is the case with this Metro PCS-branded Android smartphone. While we love the fact that Android phones can now be purchased without a contract for less than $100, the tiny screen size, spotty performance and poor battery life of the Huawei Ideos makes it an inferior device than even most feature phones. The appeal of its compact dimensions (4.1 inches tall and 2.2 inches wide) are overshadowed by a 2.8-inch touchscreen that makes typing and navigating through websites and applications awkward at best. This problem is amplified when you consider that most prospective users of this “starter Android phone” haven’t owned a smartphone before. There are certainly smarter ways to try out an Android.
Releasing a phone based on state-of-the-art navigation technology was a good idea at first. But Garmin’s first (and only) entry into the crowded Android device market suffered from poor sales and a generally directionless marketing approach. The idea was to bring Garmin’s expertise at GPS satellite navigation into a smartphone. The trouble is, most regular Android smartphones include Google Maps already installed. For the vast majority of consumers, that app and the hundreds of other navigation-oriented Android apps produced by independent developers is all that will ever be needed. While there is no denying that the Garminfone works well as a standalone GPS device, for those wanting a true Android smartphone experience, it certainly doesn’t cut the mustard. As Google Maps now works offline too, which was one of the Garminfone’s original advantages, the device is becoming even more obsolete.
Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? The Dell Streak somehow combines the worst qualities of each. What’s the point of having a portable device that places phone calls but doesn’t comfortably fit in your pocket? In terms of computing, the comparatively small Dell Streak is clearly inferior to the iPad and other tablet offerings. But don’t just take our word for it. Wall Street Journal tech guru Walt Mossberg listed the Streak as one of the worst devices he reviewed in 2010. Android software updates to the Streak have made it a more usable device than when Mossberg published his original review. However, not even the most advanced mobile operating system in the world can make up for the Streak’s clumsy form factor.
Verizon subscribers have a serious beef with the Motorola Citrus, which has an average two-and-a-half star rating (out of five) based on 392 reviews. Among its drawbacks are a slow web browser that is difficult to read text on because of the small screen size. Many users complain about constantly having to manipulate the screen size in order to read text. The Citrus is also known to revert to Airplane Mode by itself and freeze without warning. For search and navigation, the Citrus pushes users to pre-installed Bing applications rather than providing easy access to Google and other applications. While it is common for smartphones to include this kind of “bloatware” upon purchase, for tasks as essential as search and navigation users should be free to make their own choices. There may be worse Android smartphones available, but Verizon subscribers who insist on buying a Motorola phone are better off paying for the superior Droid models. The Citrus is free to purchase with a two-year contract and readily available. But you’re still going to pay thousands of dollars for the duration of your deal, so it’s better to pony up earlier for a superior phone and let this lemon spoil.
OK, before you start with the angry emails for including this one, hear us out. The Thunderbolt is a great device with plenty of power. It has been well reviewed, sold well, and offers the advantage of blazing-fast connectivity on Verizon’s 4G network. But — and we’re certainly not the only ones to point this out — the Thunderbolt has been beset with quirks and problems since its launch. Randy Arrowood, from enthusiast blog Android Headlines, even went so far as to put it at number one in his Top 10 Android Phone Letdowns of 2011. Arrowood cited issues when transferring from a 4G to 3G network, constant restarts, and the most common issue of all: horrendous battery life. For sure, the Thunderbolt (and many others like it) are great devices with loads of style and power. But if you need an extra battery just to see you through the afternoon, or can’t use the phone to its utmost potential because of a lack of juice, then what’s the point of having all those features?
The Bugatti Veyron is a modern automotive legend. The sleek speedster from Volkswagen boasts a top speed of over 260mph, making it the fastest road-legal car in the world, and it has a stunningly large $1.5 million price tag to match. Because of this astronomical cost of entry, only a few hundred of the vehicles have ever been built, meaning your chances of owning one are rather slim. That is, unless you’re Mike Duff, an ambitious 25-year-old from Florida who decided to build his very own Bugatti with his bare hands.
Starting with a complete 2002 Mercury Cougar coupe, Duff set to work transforming the vehicle’s entire exterior into that of a world-class supercar. He used fiberglass and composite material to create the Veyron’s iconic lines, and laid it all over a tubular steel frame. After a professional paint job and plenty of buffing, the car was ready for the showroom, but Duff wasn’t done yet. He then took to the Cougar’s interior, covering everything from the seats to the dashboard in genuine leather. He said the project took him a full 9 months from start to finish.
The detailed doppelgänger even sports usable back seats, which is something the real million-dollar ride completely lacks. Speaking of price, that’s another area where this fantastic fake beats out its original counterpart. Duff currently has the vehicle up for sale with a price of $89,000 — less than 1/10th the price of a genuine Veyron.
Unfortunately, while that price will buy you the looks of a barely-legal race car, it doesn’t buy you the performance. Under its gorgeous exterior, the “Cougatti” is still distinctly pedestrian, and remains equipped with its original 2.5-liter V6 engine that produces roughly 170 horsepower. This is in stark contrast to the 8-liter 16-cylinder powerplant of the real car, which produces a neck-snapping 1,000 horses.
Still, for the price of a Porsche, there’s not much you can complain about when the car is a nearly indistinguishable replica of the fastest road car in the world. Not to mention the fact that some other Bugatti tributes can cost an order of magnitude more, and are never meant to leave your office.
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