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Monthly Archives: April, 2015

SARAH BRIGHTMAN—COSMONAUT

THE WOMAN loved by the Phantom of the Opera has fallen in love with space tourism. And not just the concept, but the actual thing. Classical crossover/musicial theater soprano Sarah … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE DANUBE

THE BEST travel books offer historical nuggets and personal insights as well as trip details. Nick Thorpe’s The Danube is a fine example. Why upriver? Thorpe says he’s following a … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

AUTOGYROS IN SONG, LEGEND AND THE NEWS

OUTSPOKEN ENTHUSIASTS of fixed-wing aircraft claim that helicopters don’t really fly, they’re just so ugly that the Earth repels them. I wonder if this same opinion applies to another form … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

CLEARING THE FUEL-CELL AIR

FULL DISCLOSURE: I’ve been enthusiastic about automobile fuel-cell propulsion since the early 1990s when I learned about this means of producing electric energy. Not that my enthusiasm has been universally … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME

“SHOW ME a person’s home,” someone or other must have said, “and I’ll tell you who that person is.” Homes can be modest or grand, elegantly traditional or jarringly post-modern. … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

DOMINGUEZ HILL 1910—AMERICA’S FIRST AIR MEET

AIRLINE PASSENGERS using LAX, Los Angeles’s major airport, may not realize it, but they’re near historic ground in pioneer aviation. The first air meet in the U.S. took place January 10 – 20, … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

POLITICAL NAME-CALLING

THE BBC World Service reported today a British Liberal Party spokesman said that political coalition could “give the Conservative Party a heart and Labour a brain.” Being an outsider to the … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 2 Comments