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Monthly Archives: January, 2013

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

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