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Monthly Archives: February, 2020

QUEEN ELIZABETH II—A MAJESTIC PERSONAGE PART 2

IT’S NOT SURPRISING that Elizabeth Longford’s The Oxford Book of Royal Anecdotes includes insights concerning Queen Elizabeth II. Today, in Part 2, we encounter Britain’s first Queen Elizabeth and loyal, … Continue reading

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

QUEEN ELIZABETH II—A MAJESTIC PERSONAGE PART 1

WHAT WITH her kids, and more recently her grandkids, Queen Elizabeth II has had her share of annis horribilis. More than three decades ago, royal biographer Elizabeth Longford edited The … Continue reading

February 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

FERRARI F2002—A HIGHPOINT IN F1 HISTORY PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN our celebration of the Ferrari F2002, the car that propelled Michael Schumacher to his fifth (of seven) World Drivers’ Championships. Today in Part 2, we see the … Continue reading

February 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

FERRARI F2002—A HIGHPOINT IN F1 HISTORY PART 1

FERRARI AND MICHAEL SCHUMACHER absolutely dominated Formula 1 in 2002. In one sense, such dominance might have translated into boredom. But there are plenty of tidbits gleaned from recounts of … Continue reading

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

“MAKING FEDERAL BUILDINGS BEAUTIFUL AGAIN”??

IN 1961, PRESIDENT John F. Kennedy quoted Pericles to the Massachusetts legislature: “We do not imitate—for we are the models of others.” A year later, Daniel Patrick Moynihan cited this … Continue reading

February 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

MR. JONES MOTORS THROUGH EUROPE

MANY GUIDEBOOKS, Baedeker’s among them, eschew advertising. Others, such as Rider’s, have ads grouped together in the back. A third approach is exhibited by Motoring Through Europe, published by a … Continue reading

February 14, 2020 · 2 Comments

FROM WASTE TO WONDER MATERIAL

SHEETS OF GRAPHENE, a super-strength material, can be zapped from just about any carbon-containing waste. All that’s required is electricity generating immense heat. Here are tidbits on the material, the … Continue reading

February 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

INVISIBLE MEN, SEEN AND UNSEEN

I’VE RECENTLY ENCOUNTERED invisible men; I’ve even seen one of them. A photo, actually. One encounter was in an episode of Murdoch Mysteries, a Canadian TV series that Wife Dottie … Continue reading

February 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

AN ISLAND OR WHAT?

RECENTLY IN the SimanaitisSays Trippin’ item on “Domain Names,” I encountered a geographers’ quandary about island size and definition. For instance, the second-largest island nation, so sources say, is Madagascar; … Continue reading

February 11, 2020 · 1 Comment