Weekend 585.1 (The Song of the Bells)

(1) Excerpt from Southampton Sketches by Elise M. Sandell

CRESCENDO — From steeple to steeple, gable to gable, from pinnacle to battlement and high over the Bargate they were flung in great sweeps and curves of sound, the echoes of the bells. Through English Street, French Street, Bugle Street, through the narrow ways of Vyse Lane, Porters’ Lane, over Friars’ Run and Winkle Street, into every nook and cranny of the town they resounded and reverberated, for Southampton, from early medieval times, has been the home of many bells.

Joyous, clamant, exultant, inspiring, their voices brought messages of comfort, admonition, and hope, while summoning to praise and prayer.

(2) The Limestone Roof Library/Catalog is available on Libib.

Game Review: RAILGRADE

It’s embarrassing HOW many hours I spent playing Railroad Tycoon, SimCity, A-Train, and Locomotion in my formative years. RAILGRADE is the penultimate evolution of those precursors with great storytelling. And IF you love trains and logistics, it’s the perfect title because it comes without all the complexity of some of those earlier titles. I think ALL were ambitious in their own right, but sometimes those ambitions outstripped the processors available at the time. What I really love about RAILGRADE is they’ve ditched the clunky consist management. The user face is intuitive while the onboarding tutorials are engaging. The supply-chains are equally intuitive and not unnecessarily complicated (or before you’ve played scenarios to build the requisite skills to solve correctly). The emerging theme here is simplicity and it’s likely by design― the creators focusing on problem solving versus a classic business simulator. I also love the latter, but sometimes don’t want the tediousness of managing my share price, engaging in fare wars with my competitors, and selling/buying stocks. IF you get lost anywhere in RAILGRADE it’s the hours you’ll spend following your trains in the rail view.

A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism (YouTube)

Weekend 583.0

This is a sad postscript about Bermuda.

(1) A quarter-century of economic drama (The Royal Gazette)

The Front Street retail flagships disappeared over time, along with the traditional horse and carriage and welcoming tourist activity.

As the Bermuda recession dragged on, with the usual inflationary cost-of-living increases, I invited the late Larry Burchall, of Nanci the Spider fame and a brilliant journalist who understood the Bermuda economy better than anyone, to lunch. We both were concerned about the recession and its long-term impact on the community. I asked him what his thoughts were for the future.

His answer: “Bermudians will survive this latest setback, they will get by, but the recovery will not return to the lifestyle they have been accustomed to.”