Month: February 2010

Long Island Revisited

Long Island Revisited

Deans Blue Hole (Bahamas Min­istry of Tourism)

2-6 Feb­ru­ary 2010— Four days of bicy­cling and tour­ing Long Island, Bahamas with Arring­ton McCardy and John Birtzen, while Bar­bara Lang­worth drove the SAG wag­on (sports & gear)–a clapped out, right­hand-dri­ve Mit­subishi wag­on that didn’t let us down. We stayed at Arrington’s cousin Marvin’s “Bistro Gar­den” at Deadman’s Cay, a lit­tle B&B with nice accom­mo­da­tions if occa­sion­al­ly spot­ty on hot water. Deli­cious omelettes or Bahami­an grits and what­ev­er (includ­ing sar­dines, if you insist) for break­fast and our choice for din­ner. We opt­ed for grouper, seafood pas­ta, one night out (our anniver­sary; mut­ton and steak at Har­bour View in Clarence Town) and more of Marvin’s wife’s seafood pas­ta Sat­ur­day night, made with gar­lic and oil and piles of craw­fish and conch.…

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Why Studebaker Failed

Why Studebaker Failed

Why did Stude­bak­er go out of busi­ness? I have your book Stude­bak­er 1946-1966 orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished as Stude­bak­er: The Post­war Years. As an employ­ee of the old com­pa­ny at the end in Hamil­ton, Ontario,  it brought back mem­o­ries of many old Stude­bak­er hands: styl­ists Bob Doehler and Bob Andrews were good friends about my age.

I am look­ing for­ward to the last chap­ter dis­cussing how Stude­bak­er went wrong, espe­cial­ly since I also have the­o­ries. It would fun to com­pare notes. I am on a pan­el in Phoenix/Glendale next June and made a Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion to the Avan­ti Club in 2006.…

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The Problem with Speech Recordings

The Problem with Speech Recordings

I’m cur­rent­ly analysing a few of Churchill’s speeces for an aca­d­e­m­ic paper. After lis­ten­ing to the audio files and read­ing along I found a lot of para­graphs which were left out in the radio speech­es. It’s espe­cial­ly evi­dent in “Their Finest Hour” from June 18th, 1940 where only a fifth of the text made it to the radio. At one point it sounds like the audio file has been edit­ed. Were the audio files full radio speech­es or just excerpts? —N.K., Copen­hagen

What you are lis­ten­ing to is like­ly a post­war record­ing of speech­es Churchill made for HMV/Decca, which were edit­ed and trun­cat­ed in lat­er ver­sions.…

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