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Monthly Archives: February, 2015

THE FIRST LOTUS

COLIN CHAPMAN’S first Lotus is being offered by Gooding & Company at its Amelia Island Auction, March 13, 2015. And, for such a sweet little car, the Mark IIIB represents … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

THE EXOPLANET TRAVEL BUREAU

NASA AND Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have devised a wonderfully artful means of describing exoplanets, planets that are extrasolar, orbiting stars other than the Sun. The two organizations have … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

CAR STYLING: KATSURA OR NIKKO?

THE FASHION of automotive styling is an evolving thing, and I sense we were in the midst of a swing from Nikko to Katsura and are now heading back to … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

SHAKESPEARE COUNTRY—1914 AND TODAY

I HAVE claimed that old guidebooks are useful for travel today. (See “Baedeker’s Handbooks for Travelers,” http://wp.me/p2ETap-ki.) What was worth seeing a century ago is still worthy of attention today, … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

SMUGGLING AND MOTORSPORTS

FULL DISCLOSURE: Here I do not mean mere smugglers, of drugs or whatever, who happened as well to participate in motorsports of one kind or another. Instead, I celebrate two … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

OPERA AND AVIATION

A RECENT mention of the John Adams opera Nixon in China (http://wp.me/p2ETap-2Rh) got me thinking of other links of aviation and opera. One of today’s links is a classic, two are … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

PRESIDENTS ALOFT

THE TALES of U.S. presidents in the air extend from a joy ride of Teddy Roosevelt to a flying date of Barak and Michelle Obama. In between, there are international … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · Leave a comment