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Monthly Archives: July, 2017

THROUGH AN OPERAGLASS, WITH TIME TRAVEL, PART 2

CHARLES ANNESLEY sure knew his operas, all 151 of them discussed in his 1910 guide. Yesterday’s Annesley time capsule focused on Puccini; today, the Wagner family appears in all its … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

THROUGH AN OPERAGLASS, WITH TIME TRAVEL, PART 1

CHARLES ANNESLEY was the author of a popular guide to the world’s operas. Or at least as these operas were perceived back in 1910. I judge his book’s popularity by … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

BRITISH NARROWBOATS

ONE OF my life’s regrets (there are only a few) is that Wife Dottie and I never took a narrowboat holiday on British canals. The nearest we came to this … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

WITCH HUNT? I’LL SHOW YOU A REAL WITCH HUNT

THE TERM “witch hunt” is appearing with increasing regularity in the news, and this has encouraged me to investigate the real thing, not just in relation to cornered politicos such … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

DEDICATED, SIGNED, AND (MAYBE WARMLY) INSCRIBED

A RENEWAL notice from London Review of Books told a good story: “George Bernard Shaw once saw a copy of one of his books in a secondhand bookshop. When he … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

AN AEROPLANE FOR EVERYMAN—THE AUSTIN WHIPPET, PART 2

MAYBE A British Great War pilot was contemplating conversion of the back garden potting shed into an aeroplane hangar for his Austin Whippet. Or maybe not. It was 1919 and … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

AN AEROPLANE FOR EVERYMAN—THE AUSTIN WHIPPET, PART 1

THE AUSTIN Whippet aeroplane was going to satisfy peacetime flying urges of Britain’s Great War pilots, just as the Austin Seven motor car would fulfill road-going aspirations of the post-war … Continue reading

July 10, 2017 · Leave a comment