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IN PRAISE OF BREWER’S DICTIONARY OF PHRASE & FABLE

FROM TIME TO TIME, I feel the urge to seek trivia. Not directed research on one thing or another. Just taking pleasure from unadulterated facts I really don’t need to … Continue reading

June 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

RUNNIN’ IT UP THE FLAGPOLE—1950

ROAD AND TRACK WAS BARELY three years old in 1950, but it had already attracted a goody number of readers and advertisers. Here are tidbits about the latter, with the … Continue reading

June 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

NUNS AND THE FLOOZIE

ENCOUNTERING AN ARCHITECTURAL nickname reminded me of asking directions in Birmingham, England. Here are tidbits on both Nuns in a Scrum and The Floozie in the Jacuzzi. The Sydney Opera … Continue reading

June 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

MUIR’S MUSIC MUSINGS PART 2

HERE ARE MORE SELECTIONS from Frank Muir’s collection of cited witticisms in his book An Irreverent and Thoroughly Incomplete Social History of Almost Everything. Part 2 offers a poem, a … Continue reading

June 23, 2022 · 2 Comments

MUIR MUSIC MUSINGS PART 1

FRANK MUIR AND DENIS NORDEN offered brilliant wit in their BBC radio programs My Word! and My Music!, both discussed here at SimanaitisSays. Books by both are delights as well: … Continue reading

June 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

THE FIRST LE MANS BENTLEY—AT THE FIRST LE MANS PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, we began the tale of Bentley’s first entry at Le Mans, the inaugural 1923 version of this French 24-hour race. Today in Part 2, we continue … Continue reading

June 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

THE FIRST LE MANS BENTLEY—AT THE FIRST LE MANS    PART 1 

THE RECENT LE MANS was won by Toyota Gazoo Racing for the fifth straight year. Not a Le Mans record,  with both Ferrari (1960–1965) and Porsche (1981–1987) having six-year streaks.  … Continue reading

June 20, 2022 · 2 Comments

ENCLAVE NATIONS

AN ENCLAVE NATION is a country completely surrounded by another country. In days of old, what with every Tom, Dick, and Heinrich setting up a Duchy or something, there were … Continue reading

June 19, 2022 · 4 Comments

ON THE ADVISING OF ETHICS

TODAY’S TIMELESS QUOTE was inspired, perhaps, by Oscar Wilde: “To lose one’s ethics adviser may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness.” Proof of its timeliness … Continue reading

June 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

FILL ’ER UP—GLOBALLY PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE FOUND HISTORICAL continuity in our sourcing of crude oil over the years. Today in Part 2, as is traditionally the case, we see the U.S. with lots of … Continue reading

June 17, 2022 · 1 Comment