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Welcome to the bad colonies' website.This site is dedicated to the exploits of those individuals that find humor and adventure on the open road. You'll find detailed information on the 2006 Mongol Rally and extensive posts from our adventures. We are already planning the next catastrophe, which will be glorious. In the mean time we will continue to update this site with different gnarly tales of gnarly stuff.
What is the bad colonies motoring coooperative?
Way back in 2005, Dominic and I decided to participate in the 2006 Mongol Rally. We created the bad colonies motoring cooperative as catch all organization for like minded idiots that want to participate in a whole bunch of really stupid activities involving cars in the name of charity and free poorly written online literature (i.e. run on sentences). Keep your ears open cause the BCMC has just started to roll.
Life is like a Ford Fiesta on the Mongol Rally, once started it will stall if left to idle. - Seth
we would love to have more entries,if you would like to contribute, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Official Minstrel of the BCMC - Sven Curth
Sven is good people and makes better than average music that does not suck. Want proof, the team consistently played his solo release "Me and Jim" while driving on the Mongol Rally. In fact, the convoy has since requested copies to play on the radio in London. The real question here is why haven't you bought your copy yet. Available here.
Stop by www.hot-fat.com, say hi and buy a cd or two.
February 26th, 2006 posted by nathaniel
Wow, our thinking about this race has been very uptight. After some deliberation and thunking, we have conjured up another option for you to support the team. We’re talking about a new way of looking at ridiculously small cars to be driven across Europe and Asia. We’re talking about creating one of the most unique artistic projects to ever grace the bodywork of a Fiat Panda. Starting today, you can participate and aid our adventures all the while putting your touch on our car. We are selling 2 inch by 2 inch squares of the car for $25 a piece. Once purchased you can elect to put whatever you wish in this position. When finished, the car we drive from England to Mongolia will be covered in artwork from hundreds of supporters. It will be one of the most unique cars, it will be the Kajillion Dollar Car.
February 25th, 2006 posted by nathaniel
Applying the youtube obsession to the crazy stupid car adventure obsession, I have found a couple intriguing videos in regards to the country of Mongolia. Below is a quick blurb on camel polo, if that doesn’t interest you, this may not be your ideal website.
There are two more videos in the comments section as well.
ciao ciao Nathaniel
February 25th, 2006 posted by nathaniel
So this weekend has been marked by a youtube.com obsession. It started when a friend of mine sent me a group of Johnny Cash videos and a Hank III video. Then I caught wind of the new GTI videos on youtube and I was hooked. I could and have spent hours checking out all the possiblities. I posted up some of my favorites in the comments section of this post, check it out.
ciao ciao Nathaniel
February 20th, 2006 posted by DMF
Lately it’s been difficult to think of things Rally. A couple weeks ago I disappeared into what I affectionately term “Nukular Wonderland.” Just outside of Clinton, IL I’ve been working long nights and sleeping away only a few hours of the day. My brain’s mostly fried by the time I get back to the hotel. Thankfully I’ve been able to catch a fair amount of the Olympic Curling matches. “Chess on Ice” has a unique soothing quality for rattled nerves. Perhaps there’s opportunity for a future endeavour? The Bad Colonies Curling Cooperative?
Anyway, the Wonderland has proven surprisingly friendly to the rally effort. A fellow who wishes only to be known as “Mark and Irene - Philanthropists” threw a few bills to the cause; asking only to have their names displayed on the car and to see a good collection of photos post-trip. Mark made a similar journey (though it sounds like he had a larger budget) through northen Africa back in the day.
“Mark and Irene” have inspired new thoughts on ways to sponsor the team. I understand there may be some changes to the site; check back with us in the coming days…And in the meantime, why not brush up on a little Mongol history:
Happy President’s Day for those who can enjoy it.
February 9th, 2006 posted by nathaniel
The Mongol Empire was governed by civilian and military code, called the Yassa code.
An interesting aspect of Mongol Empire was it did not emphasize the importance of biological and cultural ethnicity and race among nomadic groups. The exception was the role of Genghis Khan and his family. The Mongol Empire was therefore one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse empires in history, as befitted its size. Many of the empire’s nomadic inhabitants considered themselves Mongols in military and civilian life, including Turks, Mongols, Arabs, and others.
There were to some degree ideals such as meritocracy among the Mongols and allied nomadic people in military and civilian life. There were tax exemptions for intellectuals like teachers and doctors. The Mongol Empire practiced religious tolerance to a large degree because it was generally indifferent to belief. The exception was when religious groups challenged the state. Those Ismaili Muslims that resisted the Mongols were exterminated.
The Mongol Empire linked together the previously fractured Silk Road states under one system and became somewhat open to trade and cultural exchange. However, the Mongol conquests did lead to a collapse of many of the ancient trading cities of Central Asia that resisted invasion. Taxes were also heavy and conquered people were used as forced labor in those regions.
Modern Mongolian historians say that towards the end of his life, Genghis attempted to create a civil state under the Great Yassa that would have established the legal equality of all individuals, including women ; however, there is no contemporary evidence of this or of the lifting of discriminatory policies towards sedentary peoples such as the Chinese. Modern scholars refer to a theoretical policy of encouraging trade and communication as the concept of Pax Mongolica (Mongol Peace).
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