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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Robin's Empire: Cats for u?

Cats For You?

During the SARS period, ordinary stray cats

were mistakenly thought to be capable of spreading the SARS virus.

SARS outbreak started because of people eating some SARS-infected civet cats in Guangdong, China in 2003.

The term, civet cat,

is a misnomer. A civet cat is more closely related to a raccoon than a cat.

A massive search and kill operation was launched in Singapore during that time and as many as 200 cats were terminated per day.

The Cats Welfare Society and a team of volunteers started its own campaign to re-habilitate the stray cats, and housed the healthy ones to prevent merciless killings.

Robin and his close friend, Christabelle, together with her team, took in about 150 cats their house and have been providing a "temporary" animal shelter, hoping that once the pandemic is over, the cats can be re-homed or adopted.

So if you know of anyone who wish to adopt a cat, a kitten, or who is willing to support such a cause in animal welfare and protection, please let Robin know.

No cash donations please. Food, kitty litter, toys, shampoo, cat adoption and medicines are welcome. If you wish to help them, please email Robin at chantw@gmail.com. Thanks.

Cats for u?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Isuzu Gemini

This 1983 TV ad on Isuzu Gemini

featured tons of amazing side-by-side drifting. All achieved without the use of computer generated images.

Rémy Julienne

(born April 17, 1930) is a pioneering French driving stunt performer, stunt coordinator, assistant director and occasional actor. He is also a former rallycross champion and 1956 French motorcross champion. He is currently hospital bound with a heart condition. God bless his soul.

He is a veteran of over 100 films. Notable large film projects in which he has arranged stunts, consulted or manufactured special stunt cars include The Italian Job, Ronin, and The Bourne Identity, in addition to five James Bond films directed by John Glen.

His choreographed stunt sequences are usually destructive, with high-speed chases and highly realistic vehicle behaviour. French car manufacturers, notably Renault and Citroën, frequently called on his services for their TV and film commercials.

He has also coordinated the attraction Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris.

He began a school in France to provide drivers and mechanics with the specialized skills needed for stunt work.

His career suffered a setback in 1999, when a stunt went wrong during the filming of Taxi 2, written and produced by Luc Besson and directed by Gérard Pirès, causing the death of a cameraman and the serious injury of the cameraman's assistant. Julienne accused the production company of taking short cuts in safety equipment, which Besson denied.

In November 2005, Julienne was contracted by French TV station M6 to consult on a French-language remake of the 1970s series Starsky and Hutch.

His sons Michel and Dominique are also highly skilled stunt drivers/coordinators.