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Monthly Archives: December, 2015

BERKS AND CLERKS

“BERK! BERK!” says the Old English Sheepdog, about which I am delighted to share an insight from Kristine B. Loland’s analysis of the breed: “If they think you are unclear, … Continue reading

December 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

“MERRY CHRISTMAS” hasn’t lost its meaning in a panoply of European languages and their various cities’ annual Christmas Markets. I’ve enjoyed these events in Copenhagen, Munich and Innsbruck. Researching one thing … Continue reading

December 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

CHARLES WEYMANN, PART 2—EVENTFUL 1928, PUZZLING 2010

PIONEER AVIATOR and coachbuilder for the finest classic cars, Charles Weymann had other adventures too. In 1928, a brandy-related adventure earned him $25,000 at Indy and later not a little … Continue reading

December 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

CHARLES WEYMANN, PART 1—AVIATOR, COACHBUILDER

IT’S AS THOUGH nature endowed the talents of Glenn Curtiss, Enzo Ferrari and Sergio Pininfarina in a single person. As a pioneer in aviation, Charles Terres Weymann set records for … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

OIL AND DIAMONDS FROM WATER?

IT SOUNDS like a geological magic trick: creating oil and diamonds from water. Aren’t diamonds pure carbon that has been squeezed by enormous pressures in deep Earth? Isn’t oil the result … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

MARIA AVANZO—SIGNORA QUATTRO PISTONI

“CAR GAL” may not readily translate into Italian, but Baronessa Maria Antonietta Avanzo née Bellan certainly qualifies as one. Known as the Signora quattro pistoni (Lady of four pistons), Avanzo … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · 7 Comments

CHRISTMAS MEALS GALORE

CHRISTMAS DAY is less than two weeks away. In preparation thereof, I’m reading The Annotated Christmas Carol to get the inside story of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Wife Dottie and … Continue reading

December 12, 2015 · Leave a comment