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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.

(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 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 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.


The blogger with many visions™ is thawing. I just finished The Fighting Temeraire by Sam Willis. This book is more than a dry historical reprint; it is a graphic re-telling written concisely and colorfully and interwoven by the brushstrokes of J. M. W. Turner. I was particularly moved by this passage because of its present-day application:

“To declare that one appreciates The Fighting Temeraire is a statement that transcends our views of art and artists and makes a more profound comment about our approach to life. Consequently, that The Fighting Temeraire won the competition for the nation’s favourite painting in 2005 is deeply reassuring. It demonstrates that the desire to remember burns in Britain like the sunset in the painting itself. The painting is a memorial, and deserves the respect offered to all memorials. It is a reminder of a sense of duty; a reminder of sacrifice past. In that respect, therefore, we have no choice but to prefer the painting to others with less significant themes. To ignore The Fighting Temeraire is to be ungrateful – even ungracious – to the memories of those who have lived and died for us today. Ironically therefore, by acknowledging the importance of the painting we acknowledge that there are for more important things in the world than art.”

This is a quality book and your brain will swell with the history (naval and otherwise) moored to its pages. More importantly, it makes resplendent the rudders that exist all around us (if we would only muster the courage to look beneath the surface).

Postmodernism’s Pivotal Figure
“He [James Frazer Stirling] was, in a sense, the anti-LeCorbusier, or the anti-Mies, looking for ways to recapture some of the things swept away by the modernists’ messianic zeal—connections to history, place and the environment. What we build, he believed, “should not be disassociated from the cultural past.”

Weekend 148.3

From age to age you gather a people to yourself, so that from east to west a perfect offering may be made to the glory of your name.

I was reminded of this last week when I celebrated mass at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Twickenham!

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