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Weekend 512.1

“You are gentlemen of brave mettle; you would lift the moon out of her sphere if she would continue in it five weeks without changing.” – William Shakespeare (1) Battle of Ferrybridge 1461 (2) A Horse! A Horse!! My Kingdom For A Horse!!! (Instapundit) (3) University of Plymouth has one of the few remaining movable-type […]

Weekend 510.2 (Wreck & Redemption)

I was in Plymouth last weekend and saw the place where the Sea Venture set sail from in 1609. It was supposed to bring relief supplies, etc. to the settlers in Jamestown but was damaged during a hurricane and run aground off the coast of Bermuda. The Sea Venture was helmed by the Admiral of […]

Weekend 495.0 (Now is thus)

(1) The Battle of Towton (1a) The Towton Ring (British Museum) (2) “Now is the winter of our discontent” – Richard III by William Shakespeare (2a) King Richard III had the ‘Princes in the Tower’ murdered, historian finds (Live Science) (3) A quote from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy: “Under both the […]

Dover via Canterbury

At Dover CliffsScarce hear the surge that has for ages beat,Sure many a lonely wanderer has stood;And whilst the lifted murmur met his ear,And o’er the distant billows the still eveSailed slow, has thought of all his heart must leave― William Lisle Bowles¹ Take a walk at the White Cliffs of Dover (Map from the […]

120 Seconds

Where the rude buttress totters to its fall, And ivy mantles o’er the crumbling wall; Where e’en the skilful eve can scarcely trace The once high altar’s lowly resting place – Let patriotic fancy muse awhile Amid the ruins of this ancient pile. Six weary centuries have past away; Palace and abbey moulder in decay […]

The barbarians are inside the gate (and so on).

“The C.I.A.’s growth was ‘likened to a malignancy’ which the ‘very high official was not sure even the White House could control…any longer.’ ‘If the United States ever experiences [a coup to overthrow the government] it will come from the C.I.A. and not the Pentagon.’ The agency ‘represents a tremendous power and total unaccountability to […]

Weekend 490.0

(1) Becket’s bones return to Canterbury Cathedral (ACNS) (2) St Edmund Pennies by Peter E. Lewis (3) A quote from Tiny Churches by Dixe Wills: “It doesn’t help that he [Edwold] was not even the only saint in his family. His older brother St Edmund found greater fame as the East Anglican king who was […]

Weekend 486.3

“Eyes like starlight through the darkness…” A couple of days of walking and biking is like this song from Howard Jones beginning at 2:30. (1) The Four Seasons: Summer by James Thomson Heavens! what a goodly prospect spreads around,Of hills, and dales, and woods, and lawns, and spires,And glittering towns, and gilded streams, till allThe […]

Weekend 484.1

(1) Feeling the strain: stress and anxiety weigh on world’s workers (Financial Times) (1a) Biden sleepwalks into a stagflation nightmare (Asia Times) (2) Brompton Bicycle “I’m getting on” by Antidote (Campaign) (2a) Barcelona Brompton Folding Bike (3) Renovations (According to Hoyt) “Which is why mostly they live in ruins and grub in dirt and talk […]

Weekend 454.0

A couple of quotes from Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History by Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins: “Previously governor of Greenwich Hospital, Hardy† had earlier in the year been put in charge of the Channel Fleet, in what was a political rather than a military appointment.” “Despite Admiral Hardy’s widely criticized handling of the […]


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 […]

Weekend 432.2

It’s not really a trilogy but I suggest watching (1) Darkest Hour, (2) Dunkirk, and (3) Their Finest all together (in that order). If history isn’t your cup of tea…how about a trilogy with Jeff Bridges? Try (1) TRON: Legacy, (2) Seabiscuit, and (3) Tucker: The Man and His Dream.  They may seem unrelated, but I’m […]

Weekend 421.0

“User anonymity and free speech would become things of the past. The moment IOI took it over, the OASIS would cease to be the open-source virtual utopia I’d grown up in. It would become a corporate run dystopia, an overpriced theme park for wealthy elitists.” – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (1) The Long […]

Weekend 388.0

(1) World’s Fair Beer Relaunches With a New Recipe (Knoxville Mercury) (2) Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely? (The Week)

Weekend 382.1

(1) The British Castle—A Symbol in Stone / Friday, April 7, 2017 – Sunday, August 6, 2017 (Yale Center for British Art) (2) Creative Space: Jane Smith