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Monthly Archives: January, 2013

WHEH’S THE CAH PAHKED?

A LETTER in The New York Times Book Review, January 6, 2013, reminded me of my own experience with the New England accent. What with Downeast Maine, the Northeast Kingdom … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 7 Comments

MIND THE GAP

HURRAH FOR the London Underground, 150 years old today! It was on January 10, 1863, a Saturday, that thousands of Londoners queued up to ride the Metropolitan Railway underground from … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 4 Comments

LE BUGATTI ENGLOUTI

WITH HOMAGE to Claude Debussy’s La Cathédrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral), I offer the story of Le Bugatti Englouti—a tale at least part of which happens to be true. The … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

EUCLID’S ELEMENTS

ONE OF the best examples of the elegance of mathematics, The Elements of Euclid, was composed more than 2300 years ago. The Greek mathematician Euclid lived in Alexandria around 300 … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

SPITFIRES IN RANGOON

AIRCRAFT HUNTERS hope to find as many as 36 Supermarine Spitfire fighter aircraft that were buried next to a Burma airfield at the end of World War II. According to … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

GOODING AUCTION

THERE ARE 156 cars coming up at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 18 and 19, 2013. For full details of the auction, see http://www.goodingco.com. More than … Continue reading

January 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

E15: CORN-FED GARBAGE

ETHANOL IN gasoline is making the news—again. Because of the garbage I’ve read and heard recently, it’s time to share information on the matter. Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

THE NAME’S THE THING

A RECENT news item got me looking up patronymics, matronymics and related naming around the world. Throughout all this I’ll base my examples on Dennis Doe, son of Algert and … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

THE ART OF KABUKI

KABUKI THEATER is to Japan as Shakespeare is to our culture—and more. Originating around 1600, coinciding with the Elizabethan theater of Marlowe, Jonson and Shakespeare, Kabuki continued to add repertoire … Continue reading

January 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

AERO CLONING

NEWS EARLIER this week reported that an American “small commercial aircraft” was forced to make an emergency landing at Ahvaz International Airport, the busiest airport in Iran. Two subtexts are … Continue reading

January 2, 2013 · 1 Comment