Seven Best Cars as Voted in the Golden Steering Wheel Awards

Seven Best Cars as Voted in the Golden Steering Wheel Awards

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If you love cars and especially the best cars available, then you must have heard already about the Golden Steering Wheel Awards. Learn about the seven best cars of the year as voted by millios of readers and experts of the field. For more, check my storify.

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Best BMW Art Cars

What is it that makes us happy? I know what you might reply on that: love is what makes us all happy! And it might very well be true, love might be the key to happiness. When love knocks our door, we suddenly feel fulfilled and complete, life has a meaning and it all makes sense.
We are constantly searching for love, but at the same time we search and crave for other things that can make our everyday lives better. Take art, for example: we all, no matter our specific tastes, find great pleasure in art. It doesn’t matter if it is a painting hanged on the wall in a museum such as the Louvre in Paris or if it is just a pop song that we sing while taking a shower. It’s irrelevant if the art work or art product that manages to give us peace of mind is something which some describe as “high art” or just something much simpler and down to earth. Art brings a smile on our faces and is a treat for the soul; in the end, that’s all that matters…

Lichtenstein’s BMW, Tel Aviv Museum

Except from art, there are plenty of other things that make our everyday life more interesting and pleasing. Sports, cars, clothes are all essential elements in our modern lives. Supporting your favorite soccer team gives a meaning in your otherwise sometimes boring Sunday afternoon. But taking a road trip in your car can also make your day; most people love their cars and the freedom its gives to them. And buying clothes, well, we all feel like showing off with our brand new clothes every once in a while… So, I’m thinking: what better way to enhance your pleasure than combining two or more of these elements that make life happier!?
Let’s just pick one combination: mixing the pleasure of art with our genuine love for powerful cars. Yes, it’s quite possible: just take a look at some of the BMW art cars! It all started back in 1975, when artist Alexander Calder painted the first BMW car and the BMW 3.0 CSL in particular, in what came to be a whole series of unique art cars. Overall, a number of 17 BMW cars have been recreated up until this moment in what it seems by now a tradition for BMW. Some highlights will include:

Andy Warhol’s BMW M1

Warhol BMW M1

BMW M1 racing version by Andy Warhol, 1979

We couldn’t but have started with the vision of the “Pope of Pop”, Andy Warhol. It was back in 1979 when one of the most discussed and inspirational artist of our era decided to transform BMW M1, pimping it up in his own unique and always colorful, playful style. Warhol himself painted the car! In other words, he did take his job quite seriously! He tried to depict speed in his own ways and the result seems to be really impressive and imaginative, just like his entire creative vision in general, after all… Even if, apparently, Warhol’s creation is not for sale, other BMWs are and some might be just the starting point for your own creation. What would you say about checking for the latest BMW car finance offers and then see what you can do about your future car yourself!? Good luck there!

Roy Lichtenstein’s BMW 320i

BMW 320i racing version by Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein signs BMW 320i, 1977

Two years earlier than Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein had tried himself to transpose his highly imaginative style in a BMW car. The result was typical of Lichtenstein’s own creative world: a pop art car that looked like coming from a video game. If Warhol was the “Pope of Pop”, then Lichtenstein must have been something like its Cardinal!

David Hockney’s BMW 850 CSI

BMW Art Car by David Hockney, 1995

David Hockney paints BMW 850 CSi

Critically acclaimed as one of Britain’s most influential artists of the 20th century, David Hockney requires no introduction. Only last year he was appointed as member of the Order of Merit for his lifelong contribution to the world of arts and culture and that surely makes him a distinguishable citizen of the British society! As for the BMW 850 CSI that he designed, it will surely make it to the “Hall of Fame” of the BMW art cars!

Jeff Koon’s BMW M3 GT2

BMW M3 GT2 Art Car designed by Jeff Koons, 2010

Jeff Koons signs BMW M3 GT2 Art

Last, but not least, we have Jeff Koons – the highly controversial Jeff Koons, whom you either like or not. Some tag his works of art as kitsch, but some others like to remind them that his works sell almost like any other produced by artists still alive. One thing is for sure, though: Jeff Koons and his ingenuity and creative vision could not be contested. He seems to be the last artist on the list kindly asked to transform a BMW car. The work Koons has done with the BMW M3 GT2 surely didn’t disappointed those who love explosions or splashes of living colors on objects or things! For the love of art, that’s amazing!

Famous Movie Bath/Shower Scenes

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I love lists. I enjoy all kinds of lists. It’s always fun to categorize things you love and things that bring you back memories. It’s a way of keeping track and it’s actually fun, even if some people find it a bit… geekish. Making lists with movies in particular is a very common practice. You can either make lists about the movies you like in general or get into further details, using your lists to actually put into types and categories, limit down something that otherwise would be so broad larger than life! They’re movies!

You can have “The Best Action Scene Ever”, “The Best Movie Villain”, “The Sexiest Bond Girl” and so on and so forth… Personally, I always loved the “Desert Islands Discs” list, but that’s another story – a rather old story, dating back to the invention of the first iPod. Remember iPod!?

Talking about movie lists, here is a short list with my own favorite movie bath/shower scenes. I know what you’re thinking about now but no, I won’t select any bathroom scene from any horror movie. We have all watched the classic scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”, but I’m not going to offer you a horror movies list… And no, no Dexter either… I’ve watched this painful bath scene on the 4th season of the series once, no need to watch it again! So, moving on to the list I complied by keeping out anything horror, here are five memorable movie scenes that took place inside a bath or under a running shower and were of my liking or simply got stuck with me for a long while, playing games with my memory and my imagination. Hope you’ll recognize some of them, if not all – and if so, hope they will make you curious:

American Beauty


American Beauty is a great film directed by Sam Mendes. American Beauty is remembered for many reasons, such as for Kevin Spacey’s wonderful acting or for the beauty of Mena Suvari, among some other elements that made this movie so successful worldwide. The bath scene couldn’t have involved anything else other than a “hot scene” where we watch Spacey fantasizing about Suvari taking her relaxing bath with red roses spread all over… Sorry man, too young for you!

Weird Science


Whomever was a teenager during the 80’s must have thought of Kelly LeBrock… a lot! LeBrock was the hottest star in town for a while and there is a fabulous shower scene with her in the movie Weird Science. The story goes like this: two boys create on their computer a super woman able and eager to satisfy all of their desires. And then, the adventure begins as she comes to life! During the shower scene, the two boys only stare at her, mesmerized, sitting in a corner all dazzled as she discovers the pleasure of taking a shower. I guess it usually gets hard to recreate this scene at home live, as there are no super sexy women ready to please us infinitely (none that I know of so far), but if you would like to at least enjoy your shower as much as she did then check for Mira Showers… that’s better than nothing, if you ask me!

Pretty Woman


Another famous bath scene is revealed in Pretty Woman. We can all agree that it is sexy, but not revealing… enough. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere wrote history with this movie, as it was one of the best and most popular romantic films of the 1990’s (at least). Precious and cute, indeed!

The Big Lebowski


And now it is time for some laughter! The Big Leboswki is one of Coen Brother’s most renowned films ever (and they do have a plentiful of amazing movies!). The Big Leboswki was not only well received, but actually loved as no other of their artistic creations and that was mainly due to the unforgettable character called the “Dude”. As for the bath scene, well … Let’s hope nothing like that will ever happen to any of us ever! Let’s hope that a group of nihilists will not ever storm your house, throwing a little marmot (marmot, not mermaid! I repeat: marmot!) into your bath tub, while you are lying peacefully in there! The dude takes it lightly, though! If you haven’t (even though it is hard to believe), then you certainly have to watch this movie!

Casino Royale


The bath scene from Casino Royale is a lovely scene for the simple reason that it is quite unexpected. We actually watch James Bond as he is trying to bring some comfort to a tormented lady under a running shower. It is certainly a special moment in James Bond’s long cinematic career, as we are rather used to see him not comforting, but rather seducing every woman he meets!

+ Bonus Scene:To Rome With Love


Last, but not least, there is the hilarious shower scene of Woody Allen’s film To Rome with Love. We see a guy who can actually sing ONLY in the shower (and when I say ‘sing’, I mean the real thing). His bathroom singing leads him directly to his debut at the Opera. Whatever works, I’d rather say (to Woody). The bathroom singing scene is just another classic, among other famous scenes characteristic for Woody’s creations. Enjoy!

Weird Themed Hotels around the World

You might find them either high on the creative vibe or just slightly weird. However, these are just a few memorable hotel rooms that you might find yourself lodged in when going all around the world. Enjoy!

Theoretically speaking, when you decide to travel and you search for accommodation, you are basically searching for a room which will cover your basic needs: a bed, a television set, a mini-bar, air-conditioning, a private bathroom, some free Wi-Fi and maybe a small balcony with a view towards something that it is not too depressing – and I mention this as once, when traveling to Transylvania, I got a room with a view precisely towards a cemetery! I am not sure if the view was part of a themed room intention, but anyway … The aforementioned are usually the essentials. When traveling for business and not for leisure, it might come only natural not to care about the color of the sheets or what kind of paintings are hanging on the wall.  Ok… sometimes the view is vital, as I explained before. And if you visit Venice, you simply need and want to admire the floating city of such a noble and long-standing history. Or, if you find yourself in a tiny Greek island, you might feel the urge to stare at the Aegean Sea every afternoon for hours!

However, how many of us can tell a story about them staying in a… chocolate room or in a room that is filled in with… mathematical equations!? Well, I personally don’t know anyone who stayed in such an extravagant hotel room but, nevertheless, there are many options for those who wish to stay in a place that they will remember for long… Here are a few thematic hotel rooms around the world that I hope will manage to dazzle you, not to mention to tempt you!

Godiva Chocolate Room

I mentioned chocolate earlier, didn’t I? Well, in New York – that marvelous city that never sleeps and where anything can take place – chocolate is in its right proper place, as there is the Godiva Chocolate Suite awaiting. Chocolate walls and paintings await for those lucky ones who will have a great chance to see their choco-dreams come true. Chocolate walls forever! Mind your … bites in order for the next visitors to find something left there as well!

Ice Hotel

Most people like it hot, but what about those who might crave for something freezing cold? Obviously, they are heading to the Swedish town of Jukkasjarvi, where an ice hotel a

waits the ones eager for unusual, frozen experiences.

MIT@Hotel

The knowledge seekers, geeks and nerds will definitely feel comfortable at the Hotel@MIT. This is a technology themed hotel with walls that reveal the secrets of science and bedspreads that are simply full of mathematical equations. Recommended for aspiring PhD students! They won’t waste any minute on useless bookings and they will gain a whole lot of knowledge in their travels!

MINI Cooper Hotel

If you decide to travel by car instead of catching a plane, then I have an ideal stop for you. In Helsinki, the capital of Finland, you can spend the night in a hotel inspired by the European youth’s favorite car: MINI. The room is filled with MINI merchandise in a way that it might as well inspire you to search for a MINI Cooper for sale now instead of later … in case you didn’t drive to Helsinki with your MINI that is!

The Beatles Hotel

For music and pop culture lovers there is nothing that beats the Hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool, which pays tribute to no other than The Beatles! I have to warn you that you might find yourself facing a tough dilemma after you’ll walk in the hotel’s lobby: would you choose the Lennon Suite or the McCartney one? I personally love both!

Mirror-cube Tree Hotel

Do you love nature? I bet you do. Then how about spending a night in a “sanctuary among the trees”? It is called the “Mirrorcube” and it is a transparent cube “planted” among trees deep inside in Scandinavian forests. Ecological and fancy, this is an option for design lovers and fans of alternative eco solutions as well.