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Category Archives: Just Trippin’

EVEREST, THE QUEEN, AND A CODED MESSAGE BY RUNNER

ONE OF THE FIRST ROYAL ACTIONS of the coronated Queen Elizabeth II was to knight Edmund Hillary for the conquest of Mt. Everest. In fact, loudspeakers announced the conquest to … Continue reading

February 1, 2023 · 1 Comment

FOOLIN’ WITH MOTHER NATURE

AN INTERESTING TIDBIT got me looking into what’s sorta a family matter. It involves a river that runs backwards, at least at the moment, and the tradeoffs of fooling with … Continue reading

January 16, 2023 · Leave a comment

CELEBRATING THE SKYSCRAPERS’ GRANDFATHER AND KIN

I’VE NEVER BEEN TO “the grandfather of skyscrapers,” but I have visited its elder cousin. Here are tidbits about both. The Ditherington Flax Mill, 1797. Also known as the Shrewsbury … Continue reading

December 20, 2022 · 2 Comments

“ROUND ATLAS” FUN

I ONCE KNEW A YOUNG LADY, perfectly accomplished in other ways, who called globes “round atlases.” This popped into mind recently when I came upon several neat geographical tidbits, including … Continue reading

December 13, 2022 · 3 Comments

ST PAUL’S LORE PART 2

AN IMAGINARY STROLL initiated by Stephen Browning’s On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes led me past the Cathedral Church of St Paul the Apostle. Who would have guessed it would … Continue reading

November 14, 2022 · 3 Comments

ST PAUL’S LORE PART 1

I WAS STROLLING with the world’s first Consulting Detective and his able chronicler past St. Paul’s Cathedral; this, encouraged by Stephen Browning’s On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes. Browning describes … Continue reading

November 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

A BRIEF EXPLANATORY TOUR OF WESTMINSTER ABBEY PART 2

YESTERDAY WE BEGAN A TOUR of Westminster Abbey, courtesy of Miranda Carter and her “Dudes in Drapes,” London Review of Books, October 6, 2022. Today in Part 2 she offers … Continue reading

October 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

A BRIEF EXPLANATORY TOUR OF WESTMINSTER ABBEY PART 1

WE ALL GOT TO SEE extensive TV coverage of the magnificent Westminster Abbey during the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. In London Review of Books, October 2, 2022, Miranda Carter … Continue reading

October 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

BAEDEKER’S UNITED STATES

IN A CONTINUING EFFORT to assess how others around the world perceive us, these tidbits are gleaned from a definitive guidebook, Baedeker’s United States.  Various Baedeker’s United States have been … Continue reading

October 22, 2022 · 1 Comment

MANNEY ON MATTERS GUSTATORY PART 3

IT WAS 60 YEARS AGO that Henry N. Manney III entertained us in R&T, June and July 1962, with “A Gustative View of Europe. Here’s Part 3 of tidbits gleaned … Continue reading

October 9, 2022 · 3 Comments