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Monthly Archives: October, 2012

CONCENTRATION

AYRTON SENNA was, to my mind, the most cerebral race driver of all time. And in a hot, crowded pressroom at the Japanese Grand Prix, October 1989, he proved this … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

LOL

HERE I’M thinking of LOL as in “Lots of Luck,” one of the many possible meanings for this oft-used internet alphabetical triple. One website lists seven interpretations of LOL earning … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

WHAT’S A SLIDE RULE, GRANDPA?

THERE ARE blessedly few of us these days who remember the slide rule, and fewer still who understand its workings. So why not join this hardy band and learn some … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

ST. PETE FLIGHTS, REAL AND VIRTUAL, PART 2

MEANWHILE, ACROSS the Atlantic in another St. Petersburg, a Florida businessman named Percival Elliot Fansler approached aeroplane maker Tom Benoist with an intriguing idea. Tampa Bay separated the cities of … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

ST. PETE FLIGHTS, REAL AND VIRTUAL, PART 1

TWO HIGHLY significant events in aviation history involved the cities of St. Petersburg, one in Russia, the other in Florida. What’s more, they happened within months of each other in … Continue reading

October 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

JAPAN’S LITTLE WORLD

I HAD my most moving religious experience in Japan’s Little World. Though it calls itself a theme park, I’d term it an indoor-outdoor cultural museum. Little World is about an … Continue reading

October 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

PRINCE ROY, R.I.P.

PADDY ROY Bates passed away at the age of 91 earlier this month. You may not have known him by this name, but how about Prince Roy of Sealand? Roy … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · Leave a comment