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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    Iceland are such underdogs compared to Argentina, getting a point (draw) is classed as a win!!
    Speaking of Iceland, these two guys drove to Russia, through Skandinavia, Poland, and Latvia, I believe, on a Russian Niva car they won in a lottery





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    Niva is the model, Lada is the make, and it looks like the hand brushed paint job is holding it together very well!

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/lada/niva
    Last edited by Dangermouse; 16th June 2018 at 09:48 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    Niva is the model, Lada is the make, and it looks like the hand brushed paint job is holding it together very well!

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/lada/niva
    Nobody says "Lada Niva" in Russia, however. It's always just "Niva"

    It's a pretty badass vehicle, actually, Russians like to soup em up and go off-road on them

    Nivas are tough as hell, 4 x 4 and can take damn near any conditions, as your article shows.

    And they are now making a new model of it, in collaboration with Chevrolet


    Chevrolet Niva, is what it is called Not sure it will ever be sold outside of Russia, we shall see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    Niva is the model, Lada is the make, and it looks like the hand brushed paint job is holding it together very well!

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/lada/niva
    As kids, my parents had a Lada. Never let us down, best car that we've had. They got some stick; cast iron engine and the aerodynamics of an Aga oven but reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    As kids, my parents had a Lada. Never let us down, best car that we've had. They got some stick; cast iron engine and the aerodynamics of an Aga oven but reliable.
    Niva in the Balkans somewhere



    Hell, the rebels in Donbass, in East Ukraine, used Nivas plenty as gun trucks early in the conflict, in 2014




    Those things truly can take anything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helena View Post
    It does sound hilariously dumb but he could have meant it as a joke, in which case it might have been quite clever. As in, it is a huge accomplishment for Iceland not to lose to Argentina. Just like one of our (usually dumb) commentators said: "Messi is coming at two Icelanders, so they are seriously outnumbered here."

    @The Man does "Zabivaka" mean anything? Is it a wolf or what?
    Yeah, i was pretty sure I knew what he meant.

    And, I thought it WAS clever.

    I know Argentina is a soccer heavyweight, and Iceland may be one of the smallest, if not THE smallest country in the tourney.

    Not having any rooting interest, I was pulling for Iceland, as I figured they were a big underdog.
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    Here we go...

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A taxi drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday, injuring eight people including two Mexicans in the city for the soccer World Cup which Russia is hosting, officials and eyewitnesses said.


    A damaged taxi, which ran into a crowd of people, is evacuated in central Moscow, Russia June 16, 2018. REUTERS/Jack Stubbs

    The incident took place as residents and visiting soccer fans thronged the center of Moscow on a balmy summer evening, a short distance from the Kremlin.

    Moscow’s traffic management authority said the taxi driver had a driver’s license issued in Kyrgyzstan, a mainly Muslim ex-Soviet republic. It cited the driver, who was in police custody, as saying he had not driven into the crowd on purpose.

    Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a post on Twitter: “There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi. The driver lost control of the vehicle.”

    The city’s police said they had opened a criminal investigation into a suspected violation of the traffic code.

    Eight people were hurt and had been taken to hospital, Moscow city’s healthcare department said in a statement. It said seven were in a satisfactory condition, while one woman was seriously hurt.

    The Mexican embassy in Moscow said two Mexican women had been lightly injured. Also among those hurt were a Ukrainian and two Russian citizens, Russia’s TASS news agency quoted a source in the emergency services as saying.

    Video of the incident posted on social media showed the yellow Hyundai taxi pull sharply out of a line of stationery traffic, accelerate and mount the narrow pavement, which was packed with pedestrians.

    The vehicle drove for about 10 meters along the pavement, bowling over pedestrians, with some of them being carried along on the bonnet of the car.

    The taxi came to a halt after hitting a traffic sign. As bystanders tried to pull open the driver’s side door, the driver, dressed in black trousers and black T-shirt, jumped out and sprinted away.

    More bystanders chased after him and could be seen trying to tackle him to the ground as the footage ended.
    More: Taxi plows into Moscow crowd including soccer fans, injuring eight

    Naturally, they must mention that he is from a "Muslim" country. Must be a terrorist, right?

    Driver, named Andarbek, is now talking to police. Says he passed out behind the wheel, from fatigue. He had worked two days and nights straight, before this, only catching a couple quick naps in the car along the way


    This is typical. Yandex Taxi, biggest outfit in Moscow, especially since they bought out Uber's operations in Russia, hires a loot of Central Asian migrants, legal or not, because they are willing to work for cheap, and to put up with these kinds of horrendous conditions

    And then - wonder why this sort of crap happens. Run a dude to exhaustion behind the wheel until he fucking drops unconscious... Insane...

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    Among the injured, according to Russian media, were two Mexicans, two Azerbaijanis, and a Ukrainian, and four Russians: https://www.rusdialog.ru/russia/148892_1529175638

    Hope all will be ok...

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    Croatia v Nigeria. Not the best of games, 2 - 0 to Croatia so far. Had a couple lagers and some Brinjal Pickle sandwiches. Heartburn now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartibartfast View Post
    Croatia v Nigeria. Not the best of games, 2 - 0 to Croatia so far. Had a couple lagers and some Brinjal Pickle sandwiches. Heartburn now.
    I'm simply glad to see a black African team playing in Russia without any racist hooligan bs. Maybe the country really is changing for the better, finally

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    I'm simply glad to see a black African team playing in Russia without any racist hooligan bs. Maybe the country really is changing for the better, finally
    The Russians are a totally different breed.
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