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Monthly Archives: August, 2022

MOTORING DOWN TO BROOKLANDS—WITH SIR MALCOLM

“THE CAMPBELL TROPHY,” E.P. LEIGH-BENNETT WROTE in the late 1930s, “was to be raced for at Brooklands on the morrow, 226 miles, and Malcolm, the donor and predominating factor in … Continue reading

August 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

BERLIOZ’S FAILED MOKE CAPER

THIS HEADLINE IS right up there with “Headless Body Found in Topless Bar,” and, what’s more, it’s no less an exaggeration. Nineteenth-century French composer Hector Berlioz came close to pulling … Continue reading

August 15, 2022 · 1 Comment

WILL CUPPY GREATS    PART 2

HERE IN PART 2, we continue satirist extraordinaire Will Cuppy’s assessments of the world’s Greats, at least those so identified by posterity.  Peter the Great. Cuppy explains, “Peter the Great … Continue reading

August 14, 2022 · 1 Comment

WILL CUPPY GREATS    PART 1

AS I’VE NOTED BEFORE, Will Cuppy is my favorite satirist. His style is deceptively simple: sorta a well-executed theme paper with tongue firmly in cheek. Like I said, “heavily researched … Continue reading

August 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

CYCLING THE TYROL—IN 1905     PART 2

YESTERDAY, BAEDEKER’S AUSTRIA-HUNGARY offered helpful hints about cycling Tyrol. Today we share tidbits of its itinerary from Innsbruck to Bozen, together with related thoughts of my own trippin’ thereabouts, real … Continue reading

August 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

CYCLING THE TYROL—IN 1905    PART 1

MY 1905 BAEDEKER’S AUSTRIA-HUNGARY is prior to the commonality of motor cars, so I frame these tidbits of travel here in Part 1 around cycling, which is more than adequately … Continue reading

August 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

BOSTON BLACKIE—REFORMED JEWEL THIEF

BOSTON BLACKIE WAS BILLED AS “enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friend.” With this convoluted moral message, he entertained readers of pulp … Continue reading

August 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

PUR SANG PERUSING

THE TERM PUR SANG is French for “thoroughbred,” literally “pure blooded.” Pur Sang is also the quarterly publication of the American Bugatti Club, and has been so for more than … Continue reading

August 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

AV R&D MADNESS

I AM LESS THAN ENTHUSIASTIC about autonomous vehicles. To confirm this, you need only check out a few examples here at SimanaitisSays: “Where Are Self-Driving Cars Headed?” February 21, 2016, … Continue reading

August 8, 2022 · 1 Comment

LIFE-CHANGING LINER NOTES/ALBUM COVERS PART 2

YESTERDAY, I BEGAN recollections of LP and CD covers and liner notes residing in my memory. Today in Part 2, we’ll learn more about Switched-On Bach, Handel’s Water Music, and … Continue reading

August 7, 2022 · Leave a comment