The plan for Washington, DC, and its major buildings was an international affair. A Frenchman, Pierre l’Enfant, came up with the layout of the new “Federal City”, Irishman James Hoban designed the White House and William Thorton, a Brit, created the Capitol Building. Pierre…
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The sleep tech was grim-faced. “You completely stop breathing 58 times an hour - that’s the second worst case of apnea I’ve seen in 20 years.” She was…
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Architecture has always fascinated me because, when done elegantly, it’s how people and art interact in everyday life. I say this because for 10 years…
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Many Americans are unfamiliar with the tradition of Boxing Day, which occurs in most of the English-speaking world the day after Christmas. In Victorian…
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Before he got into the prophetizing game, the Hebrew teacher Amos was a Sycamore fig farmer. But the Conagra Corporation dominated the industry circa…
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Humour enriches our lives, but has extreme variations - the Marx Brothers versus the Three Stooges, seltzer down the pants versus the Pythons. Some…
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The Feast of St Andrew falls today. In the painting below St Andrew holds the Scottish cross - the Saltaire an X - is symbolic and long ago, Scots…
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The ancient city of Orange (“ORE-ange”) in the South of France is one of my favorite places in that beautiful land, in part, because it’s home to a…
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Musings of a Dissolute Wastrel by JPV Oliver, Gent