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Monthly Archives: April, 2020

MOSS PAPER CAR MODELS PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, I began modeling the Moss Motors Ltd cut-out model of the Austin Mini. Today, I get downright serious with scissors and adhesive. I also recall the … Continue reading

April 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

MOSS PAPER CAR MODELS PART 1

I WAS RECENTLY emailed a selection of Moss Motors Ltd cutout paper car models. Three caught my eye, the original Austin Mini, the original Austin-Healey Sprite, and the MG TC. … Continue reading

April 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

CULTURE—WE’RE ALL ANIMALS OF ONE SORT OR ANOTHER

A NEW BOOK reviewed in Science, April 10, 2020, proposes an expanded view of culture: Rather than Merriam-Webster‘s first definition, “the customary beliefs, social form, and material traits of a … Continue reading

April 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

CONAN DOYLE’S OTHER CLIENT: BRIGADIER GERARD PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE LEARNED how literary agent Arthur Conan Doyle latched onto hussard ancien Brigadier Etienne Gerard, who shared plonk-encouraged adventures of Napoleonic times. Today in Part 2, at Emperor Napoleon’s … Continue reading

April 27, 2020 · 3 Comments

CONAN DOYLE’S OTHER CLIENT: BRIGADIER GERARD PART 1

AS IS WELL documented, the world’s first and greatest consulting detective experienced a Great Hiatus extending from Monday, May 4, 1891, to Thursday, April 5, 1894. Have you ever wondered … Continue reading

April 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

MG A 1600 MK II—ABINGDON’S MULTITUDE OF A’S

OLD CAR ENTHUSIASTS (these first two words with or without a hyphen) associate the name MG with classic sports cars, its TC, TD, and TF variants, as well as the … Continue reading

April 25, 2020 · 8 Comments

LUCIEN BOSSOUTROT—A SORT OF FRENCH CHARLES LINDBERGH/STEVE MCQUEEN/BERNIE SANDERS/ NOAM CHOMSKY PART 2

FRENCHMAN EXCEPTIONAL LUCIEN Bossoutrot was more than a pioneer aviator. Today in Part 2, we’ll see why I can include Steve McQueen, Bernie Sanders, and Noam Chomsky in my Bossoutrot … Continue reading

April 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

LUCIEN BOSSOUTROT—A SORT OF FRENCH CHARLES LINDBERGH/STEVE MCQUEEN/BERNIE SANDERS/ NOAM CHOMSKY PART 1

LUCIEN BOSSOUTROT’S ATTRIBUTES were revealed from my reading a short item in Chronicle of Aviation, Bill Gunston, editor in chief, JL International, 1992: The item’s title reads “Nomads Rescue Stranded … Continue reading

April 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

ROYAL HISTORIES RECORDED IN THE ELEMENT LEAD PART 2

YESTERDAY, GRAPHS FROM Science, April 3, 2020, displayed trends of medieval English taxes on silver and lead with those of lead traces found in a Swiss ice core. Today in … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

ROYAL HISTORIES RECORDED IN THE ELEMENT LEAD PART 1

WHAT A PROVOCATIVE caption for a graph; “The fortunes of kings, written in ice.” The graph, shown later here, accompanied “Lead Pollution Traces the Rise and Fall of Medieval Kings,” … Continue reading

April 21, 2020 · Leave a comment