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It is a shocking, shocking thought, but it’s at least remotely possible that not everyone reading this is totally, intimately, word for word familiar with every single episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. (I know. It’s a mind bending concept. … Continue reading
This is one of the piers of my own particular Bridge; the one near where I grew up, the Bridge that was the scene of so many important events of my teenage years. Surrealistically, it is now part of a … Continue reading
This is the cover illustration for the first edition of Fredric Brown’s story collection Space on My Hands, published in 1951. It’s an excellent drawing of a classic Postwar Nuclear Family with Two Baby Boomer Kids, with added great costumes … Continue reading
Helicopters are cool, and Soviet military aircraft are cool, and sky cranes are cool, so a Mil Mi-10 Soviet military sky crane is by definition very cool indeed. Plus, I like buses and this Mi-10 is getting ready to carry … Continue reading
Unless you have been living under a rock with no internet connection, have no interest in cars or British TV shows, or all three, it won’t be news to you that Jeremy Clarkson has been fired from Top Gear, that … Continue reading
What better way to celebrate the last days of winter than to look ahead to spring with another one of those classic Japanese matchbox labels. The vernal equinox is on Friday, and I fully expect that by Saturday it will … Continue reading
Everything old is new again and some people who are wise and observant and love art have been finding interesting (and probably really not so accidental parallels) between some excellent modern photographs and Old Master paintings. If you want … Continue reading
Mammoths were really big. There’s a reason their name was adopted into many modern languages as a tighter-reading synonym for that awkward phrase. Yes, the name of the animal came first, entering Russian at the time of the first recorded … Continue reading
The caption in this image reads Trésor celtique découvert en Ardennes. My high school French renders this as “Celtic treasure either discovered or uncovered in the Ardennes”. I seem to remember that découvert means both or either, depending on context, and in … Continue reading