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Monthly Archives: September, 2015

SHAMUS SLANG—YOU GET ME, NATCH?

WIFE DOTTIE fears I might be enjoying too many old-time radio shows. You know, Nero Wolfe, Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Boston Blackie. Shamuses who treat their molls tough. Dolls who … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

THE MOOR OF THE MET

GIUSEPPE VERDI’S Otello opens the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-2016 season with a break in tradition. Hitherto, its Moor of Venice has appeared in black makeup, but not this time. Tenor Aleksandrs … Continue reading

September 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

MOROCCAN RIFFS—AND MORAL CONSEQUENCES

FULL DISCLOSURE: This began as an item on U.S. World War I pilots taking part in the 1925 Riff Uprising in Morocco. However, the name Riff rang an old-movie bell. … Continue reading

September 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

VW’S DIESEL SCAM

THERE IS technical interest in Volkwagen’s scamming of government and customers. According to Bloomberg Business, almost 500,000 VW and Audi diesels, beginning in Model Year 2009, are involved in the … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · 8 Comments

JEREZ, CADIZ, AND A BASELESS GLASS OF SHERRY

FORMULA 1 winter testing is big-time today, with guided tours for enthusiasts in March 2016 to the Spanish Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. In 1989 when I first attended one, things were … Continue reading

September 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

CHOCOLATE: MINE! MINE! MINE!

THE BBC World Service alerted me to yet another world conflict, this one between chocolatiers. Sometimes called the Chocolate War, in legal circles it can be identified as Kit Kat … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

WHAT’S A “RENEWABLE RESOURCE” ANYWAY?

THE TERM “renewable resource” gets bandied about a lot. Indeed, I’ve been party to such bandying in discussion of California’s electricity and its sourcing. Most people think of hydro power, … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · 4 Comments