Nissan has said the car is named after the Iranian Qashqai tribe.
Renault is to call its new crossover the Kadjar.
Kadjar (Qajar) Dynasty, was the ruling dynasty of Iran from 1794 to 1925
The name Sharan is derived from a Persian word "Shahran" meaning "Carrier of Kings".
The name 'Touran' derives from the combination of 'Touring' and 'Sedan'.
In Persian Touran is an old word to describe Iranian nomads from the north and the name of a legendary kingdom opposed to Iran in the Shahnameh Ferdowsi.
Last night's Shantel & the Bucovina Club Orkestar gig at Koko, Camden Town.
The entrance to a church on Crouch Hill, North London.
Last night's Valentine's Zereshk Polo (Barberry Rice).
Abadan Refinery, symbol of Iran?s Oil Refining Industry and the ruins of Persepolis, symbol of the first flowering of Persian empire. The two images are stills from a documentary on Iran and its history by Kenneth Richter (Encyclopedia Britannica Films, 1953).
Hugo Cabret and Max
Max and I have just finished reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The book is about a 12-year-old orphan who secretly lives within the walls of a Parisian train station. Selznick was inspired by a 1902 film, Le Voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon), by French filmmaker George M?li?s, the father of special effects, who is a character in the novel.
The film is loosely based on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells. It is recognised as one of the first films of the science fiction genre.