"Push-ups" Bus: The strongest athlete in London 2012 Olympics

I heard this many times that the tour wouldn’t complete without try the double-decker bus when visiting London. What is the double-decker actually? A double-decker bus is a bus that has two decks or storey. This transportation commonly found in certain parts of Europe and Asia. We also found double-decker bus in former British colonies, like: Singapore, Hongkong, etc. Most of these transportations have a single, rigid chassis. Some double-deckers are usually used for sight-seeing tours. So, many people said that the best way to see London is from the top of double-decker.

Riding a red double-decker bus in London is like a dream. So, the red double-decker bus is like a national symbol of England. I know that most of Londoners these buses are simply some of the ways they get around. But for the tourist, “This is London” to enjoy the entire city from the top deck of a London double-decker bus. Kind of this transportation is in common use throughout the United Kingdom. In the mid-1990s, the bus has length about 9.5 metres to 11 metres. But, generally the red double-decker bus in UK has 12.0 metres in length and 13.75 metres for many newer models. Based on the history Miss Phyllis Thompson became the first woman who have licensed to drive a double-decker in UK (in 1941). A simple question is “where to sit on a London double-decker bus”? Many tourists want to sit on the top deck of a double-decker bus. They can get there from the stairs and most of the stairs are behind the driver. The driver sits on the right.

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Most of the world athletes joined the Summer Olympic Games in London. I heard that more than 10,000 athletes from 204 NOCs (National Olympic Committees) are participated to this event. It’s officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad. The event began on 27 July and will continue until 12 August 2012. The majority of events have been divided into three zones in London, like: the Olympic Zone, the Central Zone and the River Zone. So, London's public transport was an element of the world’s big event like Olympic Games. Many visitors have several options to choose the transportation which take them to the location of the event. Double-decker is one of alternative transportation for them.

There are many ways to welcome the Olympic Games in London, such as Olympic Opening Ceremony. But I found something unique to commemorate the 2012 Olympics which held in London. It’s a mechanical sculpture made from a traditional London bus. We talk about transformation. The 1957 bus has been transformed into the greatest artwork by the world-renowned Czech sculptor David Cerny.

Cerny transform this.................

Into this...........

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This bus has two giant arms and an electrical engine. The artwork namely London Booster has been placed in north London. The exactly place is outside the Czech Olympic House in Islington. The Czech House was opened to general public and also offering cultural, sport and social entertainment for the duration of the Olympic Games. This place officially opens on 27 July, at 10 am. Czech House itself is run by the Czech Olympic Committee and supported of many business partners and institutional from the Czech Republic.

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Cerny hope that the London Booster will become the unofficial mascot of the Games. Cerny bought the bus from an owner in the Netherlands. The artwork named of London Booster. He said that push-ups is one of common exercise for every sportsman in the world. It’s an extraordinary sculpture. The artwork consists of a double-decker London bus manufactured in 1957 with enormous mechanical arms allowing it to do push-ups.

The London booster can move up and down to varying heights and angles of elevation. Cerny also provide additional video and audio content (a groaning voice) through the windows. The windows are made from a continuous television screen. Suspension tools and wiring help the six-tonne double-decker bus doing push-ups on bright red arms. For me, it’s a complex engineering. So, Cerny need about six months of planning and construction. I think most of us agree that "London Booster" is the strongest athlete in London 2012 Olympics, right!

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A little biography about David Cerny

He was born in 1967 in Prague, Czech Republic. He also studied in Academy of Applied Arts (Prof. Kurt Gebauer), Prague in 1988 to 1994. He was a sculptor's residency grant Swiss government in Boswil, Switzerland, in 1991. He got several grants and awards, such as: Special Prize in the Biennale of Kortrijk, Belgium (in 1990), Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, USA (1996), Chalupecky Prize, National prize for young artist, Czech Republic (2000). Cerny also well known for controversial public sculpture, like: Monument to Soviet Tank Crews (1991). He also famous with other politically charged works, such as: Shark (2005) and Entropa (2008). Other permanent installations are "Mimina / Babies" TV tower in Prague (2001), "Sochy / Brownnosers" Futura Gallery in Prague (2003), “Streams” Hergetova Cihelna in Prague(2004), “bus stop-stil-life” (2005), “Metalmorphosis” fountain (2006), "Golem" in Poland (2008), "Crychloids" in Czech Republic (2011). We can see his collections in Museum of modern Art, San Diego, USA, German Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic, Museum Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany, Czech Embassy, Washington, USA,etc. His artwork also being featured in publications including The Sunday Times, the Financial Times, The New York Times and The Guardian.

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Fantastic and fun as always. I have ridden a double decker but that was many years ago. Definitely fun though. Voting up and sharing!


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

That Cerny is an interesting character, hmmm? Awesome hub on a truly unique topic. Voted up and interesting.


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emimemo 4 years ago from USA

Thank you for sharing. It is sure looks fun and nice topic for hub.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Jackie Lynnley. Thank you very much for coming to this hub. I hope I can ride a double-decker one day. I really appreciate your vote. Cheers, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, kittythedreamer. Good to see you again. For me, He has a unique character. Only creative person can do this. Thanks for share your comment and voted up this hub.

Best wishes, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, emimemo. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. Take care!


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greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

Interesting and creative idea written beautifully on this hub... I have learned a lot to write interesting topics from reading your other hubs too! Thank you...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Amazing art work, hearing the moans on the video when it was doing the push-ups was neat..Thank you for another great article..


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, greeneryday. Thank you very much for coming to this hub. I am glad you found interesting topic through this hub. Cheers, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Ruby. Good to see you again. Thanks for stopping by and share nice comment about Cerny's artwork. I am glad you enjoy it. Take care!

Prasetio


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

Thanks for sharing this; I did not know there was such an exhibit. The London 2012 Summer Olympics have certainly been interesting in a variety 0f ways.

Rated Up and many more.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Patty Inglish, MS. Thank you very much for your attention to this hub. I agree with you about the London 2012 Summer Olympics. There are many ways to celebrate this event. Millions eyes watching the big event from all over the world. Cheers, Prasetio


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi prasetio, another wonderful and interesting hub - before I learnt how to drive, the double decker bus was my daily form of transport!

The video wouldn't play for me so I will try it on youtube.

Many thanks and voted up!


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

This is probably one of the weirdest exhibits on display during the Summer Olympics...in fact, it must be the weirdest if you found it Pras :)

I had to laugh, not only at the arms, but on the "butt"! Cheers.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Prasetio,

We have been watching many of the Olympic games on television and are loving it. If they have shown this bus, we missed seeing it. Thanks for showing this amusing art form in your hub. Can always count on you to show us the interesting and unusual things from around the world! Up votes! BTW...that first video does not work but got to see the bus in action in the 2nd one.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

It's true, pras. Every first-time visitor to London wants to ride a genuine, red, double-decker bus. I did and the view is great especially in the front row. Now I have to go back to see that unbelievable Booster bus that Cerny created. What an imagination! Thanks for this entertaining hub, my friend.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is such a clever sculpture. I had no idea that it existed. Thanks for sharing such interesting information, Prasetio!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Lesley (Movie Master). Thank you very much for coming to this hub. I am glad reading your comment, because you are from UK and I believe that double-decker is the famous transportation in your country, especially London. Sorry if the video can't running well. But I hope you can watch this through youtube. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Green Lotus. I agree with you about this bus as the weirdest exhibits during the Summer Olympics. I watch the video again and again. Sorry for the "butt", it makes me laugh as well. Cerny succeed in making a heavy mechanical art, like this one. Thanks, my friend. Cheers, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Peggy W. Thank you very much for your attention to this topic. I am glad that my hub still entertaining you. I hope I can do the best. Sorry for the first video. It didn't work. I had deleted it. I hope the next video still running well. Take care!

Best wishes, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, drbj. Thank you very much for positive feedback about double-decker bus. I wish you still have a chance to see the "London Booster". Personally, I have a dream to ride the double-decker bus in London. Have a nice weekend!

Love and peace, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, AliciaC. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. I hope I can always share other unique information from all around the world. Cheers, Prasetio


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K.

I remember when I first saw this on the news and it made me smile, it certainly is different, lol. Thanks for another entertaining and informative hub. :)


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, wrenfrost56. Thank you very much for coming. I am glad you love this information. Take care!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Prasetio

Very cool! Thanks for sharing. I only watched a little of the 2012 Olympics and heard nothing about the London Booster.

David Cerny and his London Booster deserve a gold medal .

Voted up and away

Take care my friend. :)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

this is the most awesome and interesting hub. I have never seen anything like this before. I love it.. I am sharing on facebook

Debbie


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I didn't see this while watching the Olympics. It is an amazing machine! You always write the most interesting and creative hubs. My kids would love to see that in person.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

What fun to see this highlighted here--thanks!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I had not heard of the london bus here before! We have double decker buses where I live that take tourists around town. I like this fun hub! Vote up and sharing too.


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dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

Very Cool :) an interesting hub


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

That is an incredible vehicle. Thanks for posting the video.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Sueswan. Sorry for late to reply your comment. Thanks for share your vote. Have a nice day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Debbie (Deborah Brooks). Thank you very much for coming and your interesting comment about London Booster. Take care! Cheers, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, tammyswallow. Thank you very much for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. I hope your kids will love too. Cheers,

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Salloni . I hope my hub always entertain you. ~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, ChristyWrites. Good to see you again. Thank you very much for stopping by. I know that you might familiar with kind of double-decker bus. But London Booster really cool as beautiful art installation. Take care and have a good day.

Best wishes, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Brother, alocsin. Thanks for coming and comment about this hub. I have the same idea with you. Take care!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Lol! its great isn't it? I saw it on TV when they first showed it, and I loved it! thanks for all the info, I never realised who made it, wonderful hub as always, and I loved watching the Olympics too, great stuff! have a great weekend! nell


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Nell Rose. Thank you very much for giving much attentions to this hub. I am glad to know that you saw it on TV. Take care!

Prasetio


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

I have had the pleasure to sit in a double decker bus. It was delight :)

These days they have some in mumbai too. Great writeup, prasetio.

Always a pleasure to learn something interesting from your hubs...cheers!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A great fun and interesting hub as usual. This was a really cool idea using this British icon for the olympics.

I remember going to school and work before I could drive on these buses. In seaside areas you will find them without a roof which is great for tourists. I enjoyed this hub, thanj=k you for sharing.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Ruchira. I am glad you love this information. Thanks for share about kind of this bus in Mumbai. Enjoy your day! Cheers, ~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Rosemay50. Thank you very much for coming. I am glad you shared about how this bus is one of the most comfortable transportation when you went to school and work. Take care and have a good day.

Best wishes, Prasetio


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

Hello Prasetio30,

I kept smilling reading this entertaining hub, thank you for cheering up your readers Pras. David Cerny had successfully combined his artistic talent with engineering skills so that he could create such a unique double decker bus.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi prasetio30, this is such a interesting hub and i do love how you wrote it. I enjoyed learning about this amazing machine and who and how it was made. Enjoyed all the great videos has well.

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, agus fanani. Thank you very much for coming. I hope my hub always entertain you, including this one. I agree with you about David Cerny. He is very talented artist. Take care and enjoy your day. Cheers.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, kashmir56. Good to see you again. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. Your vote really appreciated here. Take care!

Prasetio


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a great hub my friend and here's to so many more to come.

It is so nice to be back here reading your hubs once more.

Eddy.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Eddy. I am so happy to see you again. I miss you so much. I hope our friendship will never end. God bless you.

Prasetio


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Prasetio - I loved watching the Olympics this year, as I always do, but I feel that they did not show enough of what was going on around the area in the way of special exhibits, etc. Thanks for sharing this. I am sure the crowds enjoyed it!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Dolores Monet. I have the same feeling with the Olympics. But I hope this hub gave something "cheerful" for the Olympics this year. Thank you very much. Take care and have a nice day!

Prasetio


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Interesting hub, I had not heard of this and I'm from the UK, although admittedly a few years have passed since then lol. Quite an impressive piece of engineering and sculpture!

Shared, up, awesome and pinned.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Brett.Tesol. Thank you very much for coming and share your attention to this art. I hope we can see another creative artwork by David Cerny. Cheers, Prasetio


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Wow Pras - The london booster is so amazing. You have presented an outstanding hub packed with such interesting information. Only you, my friend, could do justice to an engineering art of this magnitude. Voted up and across and sharing on Twitter, FB, Pinterest and more. Peace to you dear Prasetio.


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Prasetio. What an interesting Hub. I had not heard or seen this while watching the Olympics. How creative. Great job my friend.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Prasetio, though I did not know about the London booster we had these double decker buses in operation running on the roads in Mumbai.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, vocalcoach. Thank you very much for your attention to this hub. I am glad you enjoy it and I really appreciate your vote and share with others. God bless you!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, bdegiulio. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. ~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Brother, rajan jolly. Thank you very much for coming. I am glad to know that India also operated double decker bus. Have a good day.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Very interesting, prasetio! Thank you for sharing that!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Amazing prasetio ;I am on a catch up with reading hubs time and I am so glad after reading this masterpiece you are so gifted my friend.

Eddy.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, TTooombs08. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. Take care!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Eddy. Thank you very much for coming and your appreciation to my hub. God bless you.

Prasetio


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a cool bus!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Susan. Thank you very much for coming and I am glad this hub entertained you. Cheers, Prasetio


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Good morning prasetio

This is very informative. I knew about the buses but have never ridden on one. I have ridden on a train in Japan that has an upper level though...it is awesome.

this transformed bus is amazing. What talent it took to think so out of the box to make this clever creation. thanks for sharing. ps


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, pstraubie48. Thank you very much for dropping by. I am glad to know about the same buses in Japan. I believe that you have a wonderful experience with this bus. I hope this hub inspiring us. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok

Shared and voted up! Oh boy! This bus has got ripped extensions. hihihi... Nice one!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Like so many other people, I have always been attracted by the double decked buses that I saw in English movies. I guess they do deserve a monument. Up votes and shared.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, beingwell for coming and I am glad you enjoy it. Take care!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, dahoglund. Thanks for dropping by. I agree about the bus as a monument. Thank you very much for the vote. God bless you!

Prasetio

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