Famed English street artist Banksy has created two pieces in response to the London Olympics. The two paintings appeared to have been crafted using his renowned stencil style, featuring athletes in a demonstration of their athletic power. One shows a man about to throw what appears to be a javelin, but is actually a missile. The second painting features a man performing a high jump, which is made to look like he’s jumping over a fence and onto an abandoned mattress. Interpretation on what they mean is open for discussion, but using a missile as a javelin seems to reflect the potential for danger at the London Olympics
The Census Commission of India recently published the results of a 2010 survey of roughly 246 million households, and it showed that 44.8% own bicycles.
In Uttar Pradesh, where the Samajwadi Party has just returned to power, the figure is higher, with more than 67% of households traveling by bicycle. That’s the highest percentage of all Indian states. Sikkim, in India’s northeast, had the lowest figure, with just 0.9% households owning bicycles.
When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. ~Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills