John Harding’s book, Escape from Paradise – Paperback and Kindle Versions


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Now, available in Kindle and Paperback! Free Kindle if you purchase Paperback. After buying Paperback, go for the free Kindle!

It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
For inquiries, please contact John Harding at jbharding@gmail.com.

Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Lit Motors C-1 self-balancing electric motorcycle

The Lit Motors C-1 is something like a motorcycle version of a Segway on steroids.

2The Segway uses a collection of microprocessors instead of a brain and a set of sophisticated tilt sensors instead of an inner-ear balancing system. Like your brain, the Segway knows when you are leaning forward. To maintain balance, it turns the wheels at just the right speed, so you move forward.

The Lit Motors C-1 works in an entirely different way. It uses gyroscopes. Where a single spinning gyroscope seemingly defies gravity by standing up, the Lit Motors C-1 uses a two-gyroscope counter-rotating system. As long as the two gyroscopes are spinning, the C-1 also appears to defy gravity. Once the C-1’s electric motor is turned off, the vehicle is maintained upright by two side stands, which extend to the ground.

The C-1 is one meter wide with space for the driver and a passenger (or groceries). On a full charge of batteries, it has a range of 200 miles.

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Brennan’s Monorail

The C-1’s top speed is an impressive (and daring) 125mph and the C-1 can go from zero to 60mph in a snappy 7 seconds.

The first limited production run of 1,000 C-1s is to be manufactured in USA in 2014 and sold with a $19,000 price tag. Once full production is established, the price should drop to $12,000 in North America.

The C-1 is not an entirely new concept. Back in the 90’s a similar vehicle, the Gyro Hawk, appeared in prototype form. Like the C-1, the Gyro Hawk was a gyro-stabilized. Like the C-1, the Gyro Hawk used a two-gyro counter-rotating system. The Gyro Hawk never reached production status.

There was even a gyro-stabilized monorailBrennan’s Monorail. It was exhibited in London in way back in 1910. It carried 50 passengers around a circular track at 20 mph. Even Winston Churchill, had a ride and was reported to have shown considerable enthusiasm. Unfortunately, Brennan’s Monorail, and other similar vehicles failed to attract financing and wound up in the junk yard.

Hopefully, the C-1 will have a happier fate.

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