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TEMPLAR AND HIS HIRONDEL

QUICK: NAME a British adventurer who drove really neat cars. Oh, that one? The spy. Yeah, him too. And then there’s Bulldog Drummond, who, I believe, drove an early Aston … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

IN FRANCE, ITALY AND GERMANY

EUROPEAN TRAVEL at the beginning of the twentieth century wasn’t nearly as straightforward as it is today. There was no European Union and, of course, no euro. Borders mattered. Frenchmen … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 4 Comments

SIMON JEFFES’ PENGUIN CAFÉ ORCHESTRA

SIMON JEFFES may not be a familiar composer, however his music has been danced by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. There’s a BBC Concert … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

SOCCER GOALKEEPERS ARE POOR GAMBLERS

AN AMAZING thing occurred on August 18, 1913, at the Casino in Monte Carlo: At one roulette table, black came up a record 26 times in succession. Or, then again, … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

U.S. GRANDS PRIX—LONG BEACH, DETROIT, INDY

NEXT SUNDAY, November 2, 2014, is the U.S. Grand Prix, held now at COTA, Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas. In the past, Formula One races in the U.S. have … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

THEORIES OF CAT AND MOUSE

“HOW LARGE Predators Manage the Cost of Hunting” is the title of an article in Science, October 3, 2014, the weekly magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

WORLD CARS 1972

TO SOME of us, the year 1972 doesn’t seem all that long ago. On the other hand, those born that year are already in their 40s. And more than a … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 1 Comment
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