History, Miscellaneous, Technology

Gentlemen, Start Your Bloomin’ Engines!

Well, here we are just a few days from the start of this year’s Indianapolis 500, and the delivery of the famous exhortation to begin. From 1977 to 2017, the phrase was amended to include “Ladies” as well, if there was one or more competing. Such a rational response in this day and age that… Continue reading Gentlemen, Start Your Bloomin’ Engines!

Food and Drink, Friendship

Friday Food and Drink Post: Currying Favor

I love a nice bowl of curry! Unfortunately, I get the same reaction to those words in my married-into family as I get when I exclaim “I love a nice piece of fruitcake!” So to indulge myself, it’s necessary to either go out with friends who share similar tastes, or to hook up, one way or another, with… Continue reading Friday Food and Drink Post: Currying Favor

History

May 13, 1940: The Day the English Language Was Mobilized and Sent Into Battle

Seventy-nine years ago, on Monday, May 13, 1940, a man who had been the Prime Minister of England for just three days, and who’d only ascended to the position as the candidate of last resort after internecine squabbling within his own party, and only with the reluctant support of his King, made his maiden speech… Continue reading May 13, 1940: The Day the English Language Was Mobilized and Sent Into Battle

Cooking, Family, Food and Drink, Recipes

Friday Food and Drink Post: All in the Family

Perhaps it’s the sight of Harry and Meghan with their bundle of joy that’s got me thinking about a long-gone and long-running television program, or perhaps I’ve reached that stage in my life where I enjoy reliving my youth, I don’t know. I did see that his parents have eschewed any sort of title for… Continue reading Friday Food and Drink Post: All in the Family

Science, Technology

Occasional Quote of the Day: On the Eternal Verities and Squaring the Circle

Our society is changing so rapidly that none of us can know what it is or where it is going. All of us who are mature feel that there are historic principles of behavior and morality, of things that we all believe in that are being lost, not because young people couldn’t believe in them,… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day: On the Eternal Verities and Squaring the Circle

Entertainment

Ab-so-bloomin-lutely Loverly

Audrey Kathleen Ruston was born 90 years ago, on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium, the daughter of a member of minor Dutch nobility and a peripatetic English financier father who later changed his name to the double-barrelled “Hepburn-Ruston” to show his connection (probably imagined) to one of the husbands of Mary, Queen of Scots.… Continue reading Ab-so-bloomin-lutely Loverly

Animals, Pets and Livestock

My Dogs Love Adele–Who Knew? Certainly Not I

So, today was the day. It was 80 degrees here in my little corner of SW Pennsylvania. Rain, starting tomorrow, and as far as the eye can see. Today. Do or die. Bathe or bust. Let me explain: The two Great Pyrenees, Levi and Xena, are on the same sort of bath schedule as Queen… Continue reading My Dogs Love Adele–Who Knew? Certainly Not I