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Monthly Archives: January, 2013

PARK IT!

A RECENT news item prompts this mini-history of the parking meter. According to the Orange County Register, January 20, 2013, Mexico City is installing parking meters in an effort to … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

FLYING 1918

WHEN LAST we encountered our intrepid—albeit only virtual—aviator, he/I had studied flying, 1909 style (http://wp.me/p2ETap-GO). I can now report that the Blériot has been good fun. Building the Blériot for … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

NO PUN intended, but we need to go a little deeper with the grounding of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, their fire and smoke emergencies having been attributed to the aircraft’s use … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · 8 Comments

APOSTROPHES LIVE

PITY THE poor apostrophe. It is getting increasingly misused, abused and even relegated to secondary status among its punctuational brethren. Yet I also appreciate that our English language is a … Continue reading

January 18, 2013 · 9 Comments

TAZIO NUVOLARI

NO LESS an authority than Dr. Ferdinand Porsche called Tazio Nuvolari the “greatest driver of the past, the present, and the future.” The diminutive Italian from Mantua—known as Il Mantovano … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

NIKKO, JAPAN

THERE’S A saying, “Never say ‘kekko’ [Japanese for ‘I am satisfied’] until you’ve seen Nikko.” Having visited this city and its environs, I can appreciate the sentiment. The region, in … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

HOLMES AND MATHS

I’VE PURPOSELY chosen the word “maths” for this bit of Sherlockiana. Not only is this a common British term for the subject, but it also suggests its richness, everything from … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

LEARN TO FLY

A SHOW of hands, please, of all who have ever wanted to learn how to fly. I thought so. And, like me, maybe, what with one thing and another, you’ve … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER

AN ENGLISH village can have a fairytale appearance, and one of my favorites is Bourton-on-the-Water. This Cotswolds town of about 3300 residents is 85 miles northwest of London, in Gloucestershire. … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

ENTHUSIAST CAR FLICKS

OSCAR NOMINATIONS have been announced for 2013, so here’s our own look at movies celebrating enthusiast cars, sports cars, auto racing and related passions. This list is in no sense … Continue reading

January 12, 2013 · 2 Comments