On this Columbus Day let us celebrate some of the things that are quintessentially American. Things that are unique to the USA and exported around the world. And the rest of the world loves it.
Start with three beards plus one of the neatest cars you will ever see and a gratuitous display of legs.
Three beards? Well the clean shaven one is Beard by name, all part of the fun that is Z Z Top (or Zed Zed Top as we say in English )
The most popular spectator sport in the USA is provided by the good ‘ole boys of NASCAR. Love it or hate it but you have to admit they really do know how to put on a show. Unlike other forms of motor racing, NASCAR actually involves racing; the cars vying for the lead and the minor placings and plenty of thrills and spills along the way. The result is never a foregone conclusion and, as you can see, they do not always finish a race on four wheels.
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One of my few remaining ambitions is to drive one of these cars. Ex driver Dale Jarrett offers such a thing here with a promise to allow rookies to drive at up to 165mph. One of these days I’ll have a go. Don’t know when but it will have to be soon, before I get too old.
And finally one of the USA’s finest ambassadors. Mr Edward Kennedy Ellington and his orchestra.
And something else to be proud of is the USA’s engineering know-how which has been a great help in the rescue of the miners in Chile.
The two drillers, Jeff Hart and Matt Staffel, with two Spanish-speaking drilling helpers, Doug Reeves and Jorge Herrera deserve the highest praise for all they have done over the past ten weeks.
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