Too long in New York City has made a cynic of me. I need to keep my ears and eyes open to surprises and to log and to learn from them more. Up filters so to speak. Observe. Listen. Distill. For then I would take less things for granted [...]
Tall tales are often enhanced by scalawags and skullduggery. Especially when they involve hoodwinking the greedy in a con as big as "The Sting". Add the fact that the con only became of any interest at about the same time that the prices of wines from Bordeaux had elevated [...]
Gunpowder, the magnetic compass, and paper and printing: the four most important inventions facilitating the West's transformation from the Dark Ages to the modern world. ALL invented in China. Learn this, and more, as Joseph Needham travels through China at the behest of the British Royal Society [...]
In 1871 suffering from weak lungs Mr Cecil Rhodes travelled to southern Africa upon his doctors orders to start afresh in a dry climate. He and his brother, Herbert, decided to try their hand at cotton farming. And failed dismally. If ever there were a lesson in business [...]
"Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel-piece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat Morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm [...]
For some reason I always associate this book with my buddy Jason Michaels, founder of Standard Motorcycles of Orlando, Florida. He of Café Racer TV fame. There's way too much fine whisky, cocktails, and wine between here and there but either he gave the book to me...or he was [...]
Once upon a time there were some small tinpot islands where it rained a lot so the locals made gin and other hooch in bathtubs and got rather sozzled. The Queen of these tiny, fairly irrelevant and backward islands joined the melée of other small gin, wine and port [...]
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