Weekend 446.0

What happened to the British? A quote from Gibraltar by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins. “It is not improbable that this is a stratagem of Admiral Barcelo’s, to harass, and fatigue us with repeated firing and alarms from the Bay, and then to give the decisive stoke; but they have Britons to encounter. The more […]

Southampton, P2

(1) The fabulous flying boats of the Solent Sky museum (c|net) (2) Wonderful prose from Southampton Sketches by Elsie M. Sandell: “How deep was the delight in former days to be able to sail on the Test, dropping slowly downstream with the evening tide, seeing the full beauty of the old western walls suffused in […]

Weekend 445.0 (Terminus)

(1) A quote from Absolutely On Music by Haruki Murakami: “In that sense, Seiji Ozawa is simultaneously an unschooled ‘child of nature’ and a fountain of deep, practical wisdom; a man who must have what he wants immediately and who can be infinitely patient; a man with bright confidence in the people around him who […]

Weekend 444.0

(1) Disneyland Paris reimagines its events offer (Exhibition World) (2) This post has some amazing personal significance! #serendipity Today marks 50 years since the first flight of #Concorde. See some striking stamp designs to commemorate the occasion -> https://t.co/UR4N3p0us3…or see it in real-life @BrooklandsMuseu for their special day of celebration! pic.twitter.com/ExbKE4SrYY — The Postal Museum […]

Weekend 443.0 (Fellow Travelers)

“Driven out of paradise by You and exiled in a distant land, I cannot return by myself unless You, O Lord, come to meet me in my wandering. My return is based on hope in Your mercy during all of my earthly life. My only hope, the only source of confidence, and only solid promise […]

Weekend 439.0 (Andantino con moto)

(1) Dvořák Carnival, Op. 92 (YouTube) Heard this last night at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. The performance on YouTube is from Royal Albert Hall in 2012. (1a) Limestone Photo Archives: Royal Albert Hall (2) A quote from Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami: “I was a mere caretaker, and they were kind enough to let me […]

Southampton

Concluding my three city swing (Austin, Portland, and Southampton) with another list. What’s surprisingly missing from this one is anything White Star Line / Titanic related. I was in Southampton for a football match…not to find the Heart of the Ocean. (1) Sir James Matthews Building is part of Solvent University and features paintings that commemorate the […]

Bigger than Watergate…

…if only the media gave a damn. The good news— the 5th Estate is completely irrelevant (shadow banning, censorship and all). (1) KIMBERLEY STRASSEL: Devin Nunes, Washington’s Public Enemy No. 1: What did the FBI do in the 2016 campaign? The head of the House inquiry on what he has found—and questions still unanswered. (via […]

Write this story…

…winner gets homemade fish n chips or bangers and mash. The illustration was done by Clarke Hutton for A Picture of Britain.

Weekend 383.0 (…try to catch the deluge in a paper cup)

(1) Super Tunnel: Join engineers as they build a massive new railway deep beneath the streets of London. (NOVA) (1a) 5 Key Lessons from 10 Cities at Transforming Transportation 2017 (2) Text exchange with my best friend… (Flickr)

Weekend 376.0

(1) Edward Johnston, designer of the iconic Underground typeface and ‘bullseye’ symbol, died on this day in 1944

Endless River

(1) Two quotes from Sir Winston Churchill: “…whatever the worries of the hour or the threats of the future once the picture has begun to flow along…they pass out into shadow and darkness.” “Let us be contented with what has happened to us and thankful for all we have been spared. Let us accept the […]

Weekend 370.0

(1) After Brexit: the myth of post‑truth politics (spiked) “But perhaps the worst thing about the post-truth notion is the way it redefines politics. It makes politics like religion. Remainers, these complainers about post-truth politics, self-consciously elevate their worldview to the level of a transcendental truth. So anyone who criticises them is not simply disagreeing […]

Weekend 368.0 (Independence Weekend)

(1) Liberal Cosmopolitans Lash Out at the Shattering of Their Worldview (National Review) “Liberal cosmopolitanism, regnant since the end of the Cold War, has bought completely into its own rightness. It is entirely devoted to an increasingly borderless political future carefully managed by technocrats and tempered by “compassion” and “tolerance” — all of which aims […]

Weekend 367.0 (…why bounce around to the same d*** song)

(1) Brexit vote: It’s more American than you think (Washington Examiner) (2) Glenn Reynolds: Why politicians love cities (USA Today) (3) A quote from “The Lion and the Unicorn” by George Orwell: “Meanwhile England, together with the rest of the world, is changing. And like everything else it can change only in certain directions, which […]