Originally uploaded by screenpunk
I had to think about Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano when i saw this Shell truck refilling the servicestations petrol tank
There's a story, possibly apocryphal, that after Lowry lost the manuscript to Under the Volcano in the fire at his shack at Dollarton, he was left that night with nothing to do but to stare disconsolately across the Fraser River at the Shell Oil refinery on the other side of the water. But the letter S had burnt out from the flashing giant Shell sign. So that all Lowry could see flashing at him in the darkness from across the river were the repeating red letters: 'hell' ... 'hell' ... 'hell'. (quote from malcolmlowryatthe19thhole.blogspot.com/2009/04/david-hard...
An interesting question is what a Shell truck is doing on Iceland. Providing petrol for cars of course. But doesnt that sound odd considering that Iceland is in a way one big energy plant?
Iceland is fully self providing in household and business needs for hydro- and geothermal electricity. Its abundance of electricity is even positioning Iceland as one the biggest aluminium smelters in the world. But ai .. cars dont ride on electricity or hydrogen (yet) .. so they need foreign companies to provide the petrol to make the motor run.
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