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On cars, old, new and future; science & technology; vintage airplanes, computer flight simulation of them; Sherlockiana; our English language; travel; and other stuff

HOLY CADUCEUS!

THESE TIDBITS COME from no less than the U.S. National Institutes of Health, from Wikipedia, and from R&T. “There are certain things,” the NIH’s National Library of Medicine writes, “that … Continue reading

May 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

BAVARIA AND THE CONRAD CASE

MUCH OF THE action in vintage radio hero Paul Temple’s Conrad Case takes place in Bavaria. So, despite more than a little anachronism, I turn to my Baedeker’s Southern Germany. … Continue reading

May 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

AVOCADO UNDER MY SKIN

OUCH. TODAY’S ITEM was inspired by two sources: a crossword puzzle clue in The New York Times, May 2, 2021; and, coincidently, a mention on BBC World Service, May 3, … Continue reading

May 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

JAPANESE CONVERSATION STARTERS—AND TERMINATORS

I’VE FORGOTTEN WHERE I acquired my Traveler’s Phrase Book & Dictionary; its price notation suggests it was here in the U.S. Nevertheless, it was published in Japan by Nanun-Do, 1976, … Continue reading

May 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

DIFFERENT HORSES FOR DIFFERENT COURSES—1954

THE MID-1950S WERE  a heyday for European sports car racing, with epic battles fought by Ferrari, Lancia, Maserati, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and other automakers. In particular, 1954 was a memorable year … Continue reading

May 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

MOZART DOODLE DANDY? PART 2

YESTERDAY IN PART 1, Mozart had royal patrons bringing him fame, though not reliable income. It was a time of revolution for Europeans as well as for American colonials. Where … Continue reading

May 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

MOZART DOODLE DANDY? PART 1

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART hobnobbed with important Europeans, Emperor Joseph II of the Holy Roman Empire, for one, who in turn was Marie Antoinette’s brother; she, married to Louis XVI of … Continue reading

May 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE SIAI-MARCHETTI-NARDI FN-333—FOR PIRATES OF THE RIVIERA   PART 2

YESTERDAY, THE FN-333 RIVIERA’S heritage was described here as a rare amphibious aircraft, 26 produced in Italy, perhaps six in the world airworthy today. Here in Part 2, I offer … Continue reading

April 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

THE SIAI-MARCHETTI-NARDI FN-333—FOR PIRATES OF THE RIVIERA   PART 1

IN “THE COOL World of Seaplanes,” Flying magazine, June 1966, James Gilbert summed up the FN-333 Riviera, “The ads talk about your being a private pirate in the Riviera, but … Continue reading

April 28, 2021 · Leave a comment