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Weekend 214.0 (Almost)

The Art of The Secret World of Arrietty(1) The scan is from The Art of the The Secret World of Arrietty. I can’t scan the entire book BUT will add the abandoned gazebo (not tea house) in the garden that was featured in the final shot of the film.

(1a) A Dollhouse Fit for a Queen

(1b) Spoils!

(2) A Bicycle Built For Speed (WSJ)

(2a) ‘Stupid’ and Oil Prices (WSJ)

(3) A Pattern Emerges (WSJ)

“They’re innovating original prints that stand out more than any logo could. And because you must know fashion to recognize a print’s meaning, they have become a secret handshake to an undeniably stylish club.”

(4) On being an Anglophile…

Friend: So why do you seem to always want to be a redcoat? That doesn’t seem very American.

Limestone: Just something about the smell of EMPIRE!

Friend: Eew, OLD empire. Musty!

(4a) Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now–As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It

(4b) A Short History of England: The Glorious Story of a Rowdy Nation

Weekend 213.4 (Made in England)

I was in NYC on Saturday to demo and purchase a Brompton from NYCeWheels.

I spent half the demo trying to fold and unfold the bike and probably looked like a street performer outside of Carl Schurz Park (think someone tossed me a quarter at one point). The staff at NYCeWheels was great and after the demo they had the bike ready in about an hour. I opted to ditch the BOX (and the subway) and rode the bike from York Avenue (between 84th and 85th street) to Grand Central Station.

This is a beautiful machine and I’ve posted pictures on Flickr here, here, here and here. It’s a M3L in RACING GREEN.

I’m a bit of an Anglophile (in case you didn’t know) so this machine is the perfect complement to the stable of fine bikes at the Green Scarf Dispatch Company. The best part of owning a folding bike is that you don’t need a bike permit on Metro-North to carry it on board so Saturday/Sunday adventures in Manhattan will be easier than ever.

Related
(1) Brompton Bicycle
(2) Folding Bike/Anime
(3) Brompton Folding Bike – NYCeWheels Favorite Folding Bicycle

Weekend 211.1 (Man is the measure…)

landscape“But to me they were living and the turf that covered them was a skin, under which their muscles rippled, and I felt that those hills had called with incalculable force to men in the past, and that men had loved them. Now they sleep–perhaps for ever. They commune with humanity in dreams. Happy the man, happy the woman, who awakes the hills of Wessex. For though they sleep, they will never die.” – E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops

“Many people are fascinated by the course of the subterranean rivers; they track them, sometimes with maps and sometimes with dowsing rods, seeking for the life under ground. They pursue them as far as they can through uncompromising surroundings of council blocks or shopping malls or derelict plots of marshy land. On stretches of their route the outer world is in mourning for its lost companion. A verse from Job may act as a summary: ‘Even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.’

The river walkers pace their journey slowly, recreating a sense of time that has been lost in the contemporary city–or perhaps time is altered by the presence of the buried river. It may follow the speed of the water beneath the ground. Time itself does not matter in the presence of the lost river.” – Peter Ackroyd, London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets

Weekend 209.1 (Tires/Tyres)

Yeah. I’ve added a category for tires/tyres because of my obsession with vulcanized rubber. Photographs of tires/tyres for me are like hi-res food shots to foodies.

I watched Tokyo Story last night and Noriko [Setsuko Hara] was employed by the Yoneyama Trading Company whose business was tires apparently (?).

Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story

Speaking of pron; here is some new bike pron! The first is an illustration/drawing by Scott White from Bermuda Journey. The second is from another movie with Setsuko Hara called Late Spring.

(1) Get-Tough Policy on Chinese Tires Falls Flat (WSJ)

(1a) The reincarnation of the Playmobil Classic Car (6240) with accompanying tire pron!

This has nothing to do with tires but was part of my weekend reading:

(2) Boardroom Conquerors (WSJ)

“The good life, Mr. Kluth suggests, is not to be found by trying to imitate those we consider leaders and successes, who are rarely all they seem. It consists of doing what we must, as well as we are able, perceptions and consequences be damned.”

Weekend 206.0

Playmobil Advent Wreath 2011 (1) Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373

(2) Fantastic hyperrealistic oil paintings by Steve Mills

(3) Ways to Manage an Image (WSJ)

(3a) The Art and Soul of Disney

(4) Jean Nouvel: The Pritzker-winning French architect checks in on hotels, carousels and burning down the house (WSJ)

(5) Nintendo Introduces Free Airport Hotspots For 3DS Users

(5a) KLM Passengers Can Use Facebook For ‘Meet & Seat’ (Wired)

(6) The Porteur/City bike by Hufnagel Cycles

(7) Birth By Sleep: Sora Stained Glass

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself. – Graham Greene

Weekend 204.0 (“Better Brits Than Brussels”)

Illustrated by Sarah McMenemy(1) 2021: The New Europe (WSJ)

(1a) The Culture War Over Europe’s Money (WSJ)

(1b) A sense of surrealism (Economist)

(1c) A Point of View: The euro’s strange stories (BBC)

(2) How Much Should People Worry About the Loss of Online Privacy? (WSJ)

(2a) Perfect Capitalism: Dr. Michio Kaku on where exhibitions sit in the world of the future. (Exhibition Word)

(3) A Guide to (Aargh! Chop!) Merrie England (WSJ)

(3a) Funeral in Berlin (NRO)

(4) Illustration by Sarah McMenemy

Weekend 203.0

Borgward Isabella II(1) How Lord British Inspired Anorak

(2) England, My England (Never Having Been There) (WSJ)

(2a) Do you know WHO went to London? Toast!

Weekend 193.0 (Planes, Trains and Automobiles)

(1) Window of the World

(2) FIAT Drive In

(3) Ryōmō Line

(3a) East Japan Railway Company

(3b) Iwafune Station

(3c) Tribute to Makoto Shinkai (Part III)

(4) Tony Parsons jets into Heathrow airport as writer-in-residence

(4a) Heathrow writers-in-residence give new meaning to airport novels

(5) The One Airport to Avoid Is… (WSJ)

Weekend 192.1

(1) Trouble on the China Express (WSJ)

In a blistering essay titled “The Derailed Country,” posted online this past week and then quickly removed by censors, Han Han, one of China’s most popular bloggers, mocked the leadership for what he characterized as a heartless approach to development. “They think: ‘We built this. We built that. You don’t need to care what happens along the way, or who gets the benefits, as long as you get to use it,'” Mr. Han wrote. “Why aren’t you grateful? Why all the questions?”

Limestone Commentary (Rails as a Metaphor)
I stopped writing about politics (and have been happier for it) but everything in this article about China’s government could be written (or said) about the U.S. in terms of graft/corruption, abject obtuseness, lack of transparency, doublespeak, and shameless bias of the fourth estate.

‘Do not be desirous to have things done quickly,’ said Confucius, China’s most famous philosopher, some 25 centuries ago. ‘Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.’ China’s leadership is now suffering the consequences of ignoring this traditional wisdom.

More Limestone Commentary
Not sure expediency is an attribute of good democracy, particularly of late against a rash of manufactured crises.

You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid. — Rahm Emanuel

Weekend 190.0

Absolutely gorgeous summer day in New England!

(1) Bright Colors Struggle to Bloom in South Korea’s Silver-Car Nation (WSJ)

(2) Adventure on the Rails (WSJ Magazine)

(3) Custom Cycling’s Big Wheel (WSJ)

He hired two people to take care of the business side of the shop. ‘The big thing I have learned is to free myself up to do what’s important to me and what I enjoy.’

(3a) My sister basket bike.

(4) Lone surviving tree offers hope to restore destroyed forest in Japan

(5) 10 Psychological States You’ve Never Heard Of

(6) China vs. America: Which Is the Developing Country? (WSJ)

(6a) With “Elites” Like These, Is It Any Wonder We’re Screwed? (ACE)

(6b) The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life

(7) Limestone and the Palace of Westminster (WIKI)

The stonework of the building was originally Anston, a sand-coloured magnesian limestone quarried in the village of Anston in South Yorkshire.

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