Black Maria


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Black Maria

a police van for transporting prisoners. The origins of the term remain uncertain. Most favoured is that it is named after a tough coloured boarding-house proprietrix, another after a racehorse of the time.
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The design of the Black Maria and its proximity to the lab enabled Edison and his teams to go to the studio, physically test equipment, alter their hypotheses, and refine their questions about capturing motion on film.
The most explicit example of the misuse of performative power is seen in Black Maria, which illustrates the terrifying, mind-numbing power of the thoughtless platitude.
A likelier connection could be a famous race horse named Black Maria whose greatest victory was a 20 mile race run in New York in 1832.
Even more off-putting is the title: The Journey, which sounds like he's on some dreadful American evangelist seven-step programme towards Jesus, when most people believe he should be in a Black Maria en route to a war crimes tribunal.
Ralph Vaughn Williams, Ralph Fiennes, Nicolas Sarkozy, Nicholas Nickleby, Maria Callas, Black Maria.
Collishaw chose Black Maria, Ellis Reid was Black Roger, fellow Torontonian William "Mel" Alexander flew the Black Prince, Gerry Nash of Stoney Creek, Ont.
Left, strapless patterned bloom dress, pounds 95, with black Maria belt, pounds 40; ACCESSORISE: Model Pamela Lee, 32, who works at Coast, House of Fraser, Middlesbrough, is pictured right wearing a red skirt, pounds 75, and red Cosette top, pounds 55, with Boston bow clasp bag, pounds 40 and black Maria belt, pounds 40.
To dodge the mob, West Midlands Police came up with the crafty solution of dressing the Fab Four in police uniforms and smuggling them into the building in a traditional Black Maria with an escort of seven legitimate officers.
Choosing prison, she was taken to the women's gaol at Holloway with the others in a Black Maria.
I was sitting on the front doorstep watching other children playing hopscotch when a Black Maria crossed the tramlines from the other side of the road and braked.
Congratulations to Joyce Warshow and Janet Baus, who won the Director's Choice Award at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival for their documentary Some Ground To Stand On, about lesbian activist Blue Lunden.
There was a replica of the Black Maria, Edison's original film studio.