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Monthly Archives: May, 2022

AN AFFABLE AND PORTLY HOLMES PART 2

ALL OF THIS STARTED with my viewing Reginald Owen in A Study in Scarlet, 1933 (when only a year before he had portrayed Watson). Today in Part 2, we find … Continue reading

May 31, 2022 · 3 Comments

AN AFFABLE AND PORTLY HOLMES PART 1

ILLUSTRATOR SIDNEY PAGET evidently knew the world’s first consulting detective very well. And for many of us, actor Basil Rathbone came most closely to Paget’s lean intensely hawkish image. However, … Continue reading

May 30, 2022 · 2 Comments

CELEBRATING TVR, GEORGIA KIMCHI, AND ECCENTRICITY IN GENERAL PART 2

ECCENTRICITIES ARE PART of the English cottage industry tradition, with the TVR sports car an example. Here in Part 2, we continue examining the TVR Tasmin Convertible, as evaluated by … Continue reading

May 29, 2022 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING TVR, GEORGIA KIMCHI, AND ECCENTRICITY IN GENERAL PART 1

CLASSIC & SPORTS CAR (my favorite Brit car magazine) reports “TVR has recently revealed that its forthcoming Griffith will have an electrically powered version. On top of that, the company … Continue reading

May 28, 2022 · 2 Comments

OGDEN NASH’S ANIMAL PALS

RECENT RECITATION HERE OF “Feminine Rhymes” got me thinking about that master of light poetry, Ogden Nash. Which, in turn, encouraged me to reprise a collection of his works.  Linell … Continue reading

May 27, 2022 · 1 Comment

A TIME WARP OF INTERIOR DECOR PART 2

THERE’S A TIME WARP in discussing Emily Genauer’s Modern Interiors Today and Tomorrow, given that its “Tomorrow” began in the year 1939. No matter, though. Genauer’s account of interior decor … Continue reading

May 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

A TIME WARP OF INTERIOR DECOR PART 1

MODERN INTERIORS TODAY AND TOMORROW takes on something of a time warp by way of this book’s year of publication, 1939. Speciality is noted as well in its subtitle: A … Continue reading

May 25, 2022 · 1 Comment

TIDBITS OF MEDIEVAL PAPER PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE GLEANED TIDBITS from Tom Johnson’s review of Orietta Da Rold’s Paper in Medieval England: From Pulp to Fiction. Paper arrived big-time in England in the late 14th-century. Fifty … Continue reading

May 24, 2022 · Leave a comment

TIDBITS OF MEDIEVAL PAPER PART 1

TOM JOHNSON BEGINS his London Review of Books article with quite an amazing tidbit: “In 1391, 2.3 million sheets of paper arrived at the port of London: a page for … Continue reading

May 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE CITROËN 2CV, TWO ROAD TESTS, THREE DECADES APART

R&T’S ROAD TEST of the Citroën 2CV in its December 1955 issue began by quoting T.S. Eliot: “Do not ask, ‘What is it?’/ Let us go and make our visit.” … Continue reading

May 22, 2022 · 3 Comments