firstly. i love bomber jackets, and to see a vest in the same style is quite fascinating. i really like this style, and the look of this vest!! it has working and solid buttons, stripe detail along the collar and bottom, as well as deep pockets. the material is thick, and flexible. it was slightly big for me, but after i wash it, ( i didn’t even wash it before review.. ) i think it will fit nicely. grey is another colour that is easy to match. you can wear it over tshirts, sweaters, you can wear it with pleated skirts, jeans, just about anything.
“Decades ago we came barreling around a corner in Onjiva and drove into a T-34 tank. We were just a SAI section in a Buffel. This was a seriously unequal encounter. Like when Bismarck concussed himself bouncing off Eben Etzebeth.
You get two kinds of leopards, Oom Schalk Lourens said, one with more spots and one with fewer spots. But when you come across a leopard in the bush you only do one kind of running. And that’s the fastest kind.
The same applies to a T-34 tank. If you’re in a Ratel I guess it’s different. I hear they knocked out quite a few T-34s. If you’re an NSM BokKop in a Buffel, there’s nothing you learnt in bush-alley shooting that can help you.
You become acutely aware of your shortcomings when facing a Russian tank. A bunch of R4’s, an LMG and a shotgun don’t get you far. I suppose we could’ve used our pikstel knives as well but this wasn’t the time to check inventory.
They said don’t volunteer for anything in the army but in that moment your body commits treason against you. Your anus volunteers to open right there and then in the Buffel.
That’s a secondary and unimportant reaction. Your first response is to scream at the driver to Reverse! All of you, screaming the same thing simultaneously.
At the same time you duck down behind the steel plating. A T-34 cannon is pretty intimidating when you’re facing it from the front. And when it’s job is to erase you from the planet.
Not that ducking down helps much. There’s also that little round bubble on the T-34 with a short barrel poking out. You don’t know if it’s a 7.62 or a 20mm or even a 30mm cannon. Whatever, you suspect it can fire big chunks of Siberian lead right through your Buffel.
Christo, our driver, was now under severe pressure. He had a bunch of screaming, shitting maniacs behind him and a Russian tank in front.
Pressure wasn’t Christo’s thing. He was everyone’s buddy but had cracked in Basics. They were chasing us around with bed frames at 1am when Christo gave in. Sat down, lit a cigarette and told the Instructors to fuck off. THAT was something to witness. Another story for another day.
Point is, he couldn’t take the punch, they said. Let’s keep him away from contacts. Make him a driver. So much for that theory. But now Christo had the chance to redeem himself. Pretty easy, you might think. Just hit reverse gear and back up around the corner.
Maybe his hesitation was influenced by 10 infantryman and a sergeant yelling at him in 3 languages - English, Afrikaans and NuweVloekerei. The last is when you spontaneously construct sentences consisting only of swear words. Bad ones that make you cry when confessing to the Dominee. He also cries.
Some of the swear words are old, the stock ones in your vocabulary. When they don’t work and Christo is grinding the gears trying to find Reverse, you spontaneously invent new words. These involve a combination of the driver’s, your own and everyone else’s mother, including the T-34’s.
The amazing thing is that this new language works. Christo hammered us into Reverse, popped the clutch and we shot backwards faster than a T-34 projectile goes forwards.
Straight into a line of Buffels behind us that veered left and right to avoid a crash. This caused Onjiva’s biggest traffic snarl-up since Antonio the Porto arrived with fresh veggies from Lubango.
On top of the skidding and sliding Buffels a company of BokKops jumped up shouting What’s Your <NuweVloekerei> Problem!?
Kak vraag sit. Go round the corner and see for yourself.
… So last month I walked around London’s Imperial War Museum looking at nice war things like Spitfires and bent steel girders from the World Trade Centre and suicide bomber vests and stuff. Relics from other people’s wars.
Then you walk around a corner straight into the barrel of a T-34 tank. Deja vu. Instinctively I ducked and shouted out the same NuweVloekerei I’d used many years ago. I didn’t know those words were still in my vocabulary.
A museum guide smiled and helped me off the floor. He told me the tank fought at Stalingrad where they defeated the Nazi Panzers. I told him I know this tank. And asked him to take the picture.
We don’t get many visitors who fought against a T-34, he said. I had to correct him. You don’t get many visitors who ran away from a T-34, I said.”
colinebach: This beaut being a sci-fi sex pot for @thejonathanrossshow Olly wears @ktz_official archive bomber and beaded string vest, @irenesjyu pvc culottes & @adidasoriginals trainers Styled by @colinebach @theonly.agency Grooming by @bentalbott
On April 9, 2011, 24-year-old Tristan Van der Vlis entered Ridderhof mall in Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands murdering five on the scene and injuring 17, with one of the critically wounded dying later at the hospital. He was described as wearing a bulletproof vest, bomber jacket, and camouflage pants and brought three weapons, one being a semiautomatic M&P15-22 that he used to carry out the shooting, firing more than 100 rounds. The other two were a pistol and a revolver, and he used the revolver to shoot himself in the head after the rampage was over. Van der Vlis drove a black Mercedes-Benz to the mall, and in the car police found a note written by him that said there were bombs in three other malls within the city. The malls were evacuated, but no explosives were found. He left another note for his mother that revealed his suicidal feelings, but not detailing his motive for the shooting. Tristan had a history of psychiatric problems, specifically suicidal ideations. In 2006, he spent 10 days in an institution for an attempt, and it’s noted he tried at least two more times to commit suicide in 2008. The authorities also mention he was part of a shooting association and was obsessed with guns since a young age.
“Captain Groberg was leading a dismounted movement consisting of several senior leaders to include two brigade commanders, two battalion commanders, two command sergeants major, and an Afghanistan National Army brigade commander.
"As they approached the provincial governor’s compound, Captain Groberg observed an individual walking close to the formation. While the individual made an abrupt turn towards the formation, he noticed an abnormal bulge underneath the individual’s clothing. Selflessly placing himself in front of one of the brigade commanders, Captain Groberg rushed forward using his body to push the suspect away from the formation. Simultaneously, he ordered another member of the security detail to assist with removing the suspect. At this time, Captain Groberg confirmed the bulge was a suicide vest. And with complete disregard for this life, Captain Groberg, again, with the assistance of the other member of the security detail, physically pushed the suicide bomber away from the formation.
"Upon falling, the suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest outside of the perimeter of the formation, killing four members of the formation and wounding numerous others. The blast from the first suicide bomb caused the suicide vest of a previously unnoticed second suicide bomber to detonate prematurely with minimal impact on the formation.
"Captain Groberg’s immediate actions to push the first suicide bomber away from the formation significantly minimized the impact of the coordinated suicide bombers’ attack on the formation, saving the lives of his comrades and several senior leaders.”
Thanks to you, 2014 was a great year for Volante Design! Over the course of the year we have built a solid foundation, and now we’re focusing on broadening our design portfolio. We’ve been hinting over the last few weeks at big plans for the upcoming year, so we are excited to finally give you more insight into our 2015 program.
In 2014 we released 10 new products. We intend to release more than double that number this year. We will be developing new garment types such as shirts, vests, pants, and gear. We are also going to offer entire outfits as well as designs with modular elements. These pieces will compliment a Volante Design jacket you already own. We’re also working hard on getting new apparel licenses by the end of the year so that we can bring to life more awesome characters like last year’s MegaJacket. Some of the designs on our agenda were sketched long before Volante Design was even dreamt of, while others only exist as concepts and ideas.
As we want to increase the selection of our products, while continuing to maintain and improve the quality we strive to deliver in our products and in our service to you, we need to make some changes. We will be streamlining the multitude of color options we’ve offered for each product in the past and begin to offer a smaller selection of more refined colorways based on what we feel best compliments each design. This will help us to focus our efforts on creating unique new designs. We feel that this choice will offer expanded and practical ways of fulfilling our promise to you– to create a world of fashion where ordinary people can feel extraordinary.
Without further ado, we are pleased to present a first look at what the year will bring:
2015 Release Schedule**
Rooftop Runner pants
Swallowtail Vest x2*
* No art has been posted for these designs.
** Schedule subject to change drastically
While all that is happening, we also intend to set up shop at nearly twice the number of conventions we hit last year. That list is as follows and is subject to change:
PAXEast - TBD
C2E2 - TBD
OttowaCC - TBD
BaltimoreCC - TBD
MontrealCC - TBD
TD;DR Version: Hold onto your socks because that’s one of the few things we won’t be adding to our selection. 2015 is going to be awesome.
We’ve all seen video of the France vs. Germany soccer game when the sound of an explosion can be heard causing the players to look at each other in curiosity and confusion. That explosion took place OUTSIDE the Stade de France. It was supposed to take place INSIDE and potentially kill hundreds of people including French President Francois Hollande. But it didn’t.
It didn’t because a security guard detected the bomber’s vest and confronted him. The bomber then detonated his vest OUTSIDE the stadium. Everyone INSIDE was safe.
That security guard who saved so many hundreds, if not thousands of people, including the President of France himself, has been completely ignored and only his first name has been reported only a handful of times.
The Wall Street Journal: At least one suicide bomber had a ticket to the France-Germany soccer game, but his explosive vest was found when he was frisked at the stadium gate. The man detonated the vest while trying to back away from security, and police believe he intended to set off his vest inside the stadium to provoke a deadly stampede.