So I just went ahead and bought my second personalised number plate. Excited to see what it looks like made up on the physical plates!
Many people couldn’t care less about having a personalised numberplate but after having my first one for 2 years I’ve become a bit of a numberplate-snob! In my eyes a number plate says just as much about you as your car does. Why go with the mundane, ordinary combination of characters that are issued to from a database of millions when you can choose your own unique combination? I can’t see how anyone doesn’t understand that appeal; but each to their own!
The plate I bought this time is slightly more obvious than the one I currently own however it’s still not as good as it could be! One day I hope to have enough money to purchase something really exclusive of say four characters or less, my name and a number would be perfect!
Currently the numberplate ‘MAX 1’ is valued at £304,000 though so I doubt I could ever justify spending that much on what effectively is two pieces of plastic! Another one that I’d love would be 'MAX IT’ which is currently assigned to a…. Lamborghini Reventon.
Ahh.. one can dream… lol.
Anyway, hopefully the next time you see my plate on the road it will be on the back of a machine that can travel from 0-100mph quicker than you can read this sentence (or even the car above for that matter!)
Taking the super-rich to new heights, this billionaire’s custom designed
private jet is plated in polished gold. Mr. Darwin and Katerina Deason
fly in five-star style with their 19 passenger Global Express 9141 aircraft that on average costs upwards of $15 million. With a net worth of $1.38 billion, American businessman Darwin Deason and his wife went straight to interior designer Donna Cruthis of Jet Aviation in St. Luis to design both the interior and exterior of their plane. Read more >
In a 5-4 ruling – with the four Democratic nominees joined, interestingly, by Justice Clarence Thomas, the Court’s only African American member - the court held that Texas was not required to issue the pro-Confederate plate design. This is not an easy case, but the Court’s opinion is probably right.
Let’s not mince words: the Confederate battle flag originated as a symbol of treason in defense of slavery that was repurposed as a defense of apartheid during the massive resistance to Brown v Board of Education. It’s about hate, not heritage. Yet individuals have a First Amendment right to display one on a bumper sticker, outside their house or on a t-shirt, because racist speech is protected. The state can prevent threatening speech, but it cannot punish people merely for expressing ideas.
The dissenting justices see this case as being about this kind of individual right.
“Messages that are proposed by private parties and placed on Texas specialty plates are private speech,” asserted Justice Samuel Alito in his dissenting opinion. If this is true, the Sons of Confederate Veterans plate must be permitted despite its hateful symbolism.
The majority, however, makes a persuasive case that this is a case of government speech, not private speech. This is an important distinction, because while the state generally cannot suppress private speech or favor one private opinion over another, it is not required to endorse or express any particular view. “A person who displays a message on a Texas license plate” instead of a bumper or window sticker, argues Justice Stephen Breyer in his opinion for the Court, “likely intends to convey to the public that the State has endorsed that message.”
He stood in the elevator as it made it’s ascent up to the top floor where her apartment was. Taking a deep breath he looked down at his hands and couldn’t help but fidget with them. As it reached the top floor the doors opened and he took another breath and stepped out. He went where her private landing plate form and found her sitting there. He closed his eyes for a moment to gather himself and finally walked forward.
Walking around her sat down and she looked up. She looked completely confused and almost worried. Why was he here? He should have been at the Temple or…somewhere that wasn’t here. Reaching out he took her hands in his, “I told them, Padme..”He explained and let go of one hand and rested a hand on her growing abdomen,
“I told them about us…about the marriage, the baby…I…and..”He took a deep breath, “I…and I left, Padme. I left the Order.”