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Monthly Archives: July, 2018

HOLMES AND RUGBY (MOSTLY RUGBY) PART 2

Yesterday at SimanaitisSays, we encountered the challenge of understanding rugby jargon, part of “The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter.” Here in Part 2, we profit from editor Leslie S. Klinger’s … Continue reading

July 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

HOLMES AND RUGBY (MOSTLY RUGBY) PART 1

IN HIS YOUTH, Dr. John H. Watson played rugby, or rugger, as it was also called at the time. He mentions this in chronicling “The Sussex Vampire,” a Holmes adventure … Continue reading

July 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING SIR FRANCIS BEAUFORT

THIS SUMMER has had a lot of hot air, everywhere from Washington, D.C., to Helsinki, and back. This got me thinking of how we measure its forceful expenditures. Add to … Continue reading

July 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

ADA LOVELACE REDUX

AN ARTICLE in the London Review of Books, June 21, 2018, taught me a new word and more about Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer. Indeed, Ada invented the … Continue reading

July 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING RUSSELL BROCKBANK

I WAS recently recalling the old days of Formula 1 in reading the R&T August 1967 report of the 25eme Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco. Henry N. Manney provided the … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · 4 Comments

ETYMOLOGY—TREASON, TRAITOR

RECENT HAPPENINGS in Helsinki have added the words “treason” and “traitor” to the SimanaitisSays Etymology for our Times. What follows here focuses on the words’ English language usage and origin, … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

NEW ZEALAND REVISITED—50 YEARS ON

OLD GUIDEBOOKS can function as time capsules, especially for places visited well after the book’s publication. I recall using old Baedekers to get around Europe in early-retirement adventures following business … Continue reading

July 17, 2018 · 1 Comment