Sunday, July 31, 2011
The Marketeer says give the consumer a familiar, comfortable design. So engineering comes up with:
The first design was so great, the next time up the Marketeer says to hell with Engineering, just use the same design and we'll change the packaging.
Dressing while on auto-pilot will never be the same again.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
"In these particular adverts we were not satisfied that the post-production techniques have not exaggerated the benefits of the product."
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
While I am ambivalent about horse racing, I do so enjoy watching rich people at play. This week, the English rich are to be found at Glorious Goodwood, self proclaimed as "The world's most beautiful race course." Held on the Goodwood Estate of the Duke of Richmond, the annual 5 day race meeting is an opportunity for the swells to share a glass campaign or 2, enjoy a bit of eye candy and rub shoulders with other swells.
More than 100,000 people flock through the gates during the 5 day Festival to enjoy the chic, relaxed and incredibly stylish atmosphere. A quintessentially English event, where champagne and strawberries are in abundance and everyone is dressed in their chicest summer fashions, it has none of the formality of a great occasion but all the glamour. Glorious Goodwood attracts the very best from the international world of horseracing, as well as the crème de la crème of English Society.
Those in the US may think of it as Derby Day, without the proles.
GOODWOOD DRESS CODE
At all race meetings in the Richmond Enclosure, gentlemen are required to wear jackets and ties, cravats or polo-neck sweaters. For the traditional, linen suits, waistcoats and the archetypal ‘Goodwood’ Panama hat can be worn, as popularised by King Edward VII in the early 20th Century.
Ladies should also dress smartly and are encouraged to wear hats at the Festival Meeting. Jeans and shorts are not permitted at any meeting, for men or women.
Informal dress is permitted in the Gordon and Lennox Enclosures. Bare chests and fancy dress are not allowed in any Enclosure and stiletto heels are not recommended, due to the Goodwood terrain and areas of decking.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
If the fear of street market clothing doesn't make Sicily's youth straighten up and fly right I can't imagine what would.
Monday, July 25, 2011
If the kids can leave the nest, why not mom and dad? After the second bottle of wine, Mrs. T and I occassionally fall into the "where do you want to live" discussion. Near water, where winters are bearable, and summers no worse than Mayberry. Naturally, low taxes, low cost of living, abundant recreational opportunities come into play. Near an airport, and with high speed internet round out the first cut.
Somewhere South, but nowhere obvious. Somewhere one may wear seersucker and linen 6 months a year. No where in particular. Then one morning coffee in hand scanning Google reader, there it was. Home. Just like Natalie Wood's Christmas wish in Miracle on 34th Street.
Do you read Between Naps on the Porch? If not, do. Susan has an unerring eye for detail, and a southern woman's knack for good story telling. A while back she visited Isle of Hope, Georgia outside Savannah. Her 2 part story makes Isle of Hope Look like Disneyland for adults. Of course we've never been there but I'm already clearing out the garage, preparing for the agents tour.
If I hadn't another cross country tour planned I grab my bride and head there tomorrow, of course Savannah may not show itself best in summer. Now if we wait until fall....
I've ordered the first 7 volumes of A Dance to the Music of Time.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
This photo of Carly Simon appeared in the New York Social Diary . I don't believe the ban has yet been lifted, so it is still required that persons of a certain age love and adore Carly and all she does. You'd hope for a statute of limitations, but no.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Are you a treasure hunter? Historian? Have time on or hands or just plain curious? If so take a month and have a peek at Europeana, and then bookmark it for later.
The EU has ruled that all member country, public domain masterpieces must be accessible on line through Europeana by 2016. Their definition of masterpiece is BROAD. Newspapers, photos, diaries, books and pamphlets, works of art, radio clips, maps, music and public submissions. Thus far about 15 million items have been cataloged.
I've been comparing the stories of WW1 British and German soldiers while in the trenches. They tell 2 completely different tales. The photo above is a German military triage tag. Notice the red stripe? 2 stripes indicated you were soon a dead man. One stripe meant you were safe to move. No stripes indicated the walking wounded.
What I find most fascinating are the eastern European archives. They are like finding buried treasure. Just don't blame me if you aren't heard from for days.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
I have a hidden agenda. There are things to do and places to see in Mayberry that I couldn't find with a map. Places I've never been or haven't been in many years, so I think this may be a great time to find them, so long as my traveling buddy is willing.
We began at Laumeier Sculpture Park, a 96 acre outdoor sculpture museum. It's an incredible hidden treasure. We went to see an exhibit called the Dog Days of Summer, sculpture made for pets and their people. After walking for miles we found the best exhibits in the indoor gallery (read a/c), next to the parking lot.
Then we visited the Dr. Richard Schwartz observatory at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. That was a tough sell, and most probably a major disappointment. That didn't really look like any photo of Saturn she'd ever seen. Damn Hubble telescope!
We had to see Harry. In fact, Liz's visit was almost postponed so that she could see Part 2 with family and friends at home. No review is necessary, you're either going or not going whatever I say.
Today and everyday the pool. I have a date with a young lady on a paddle boat, on the lake, this afternoon. 36C and 70 % humidity. My eyeballs fog going outside. If this doesn't kill me, nothing will. I'm having a ball.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Rolls Royce knew what their customers wanted, and built motorcars to suit. For the most part they were large, stately, conservative. Customers could customize to suit their requirements but nothing garish would ever be considered. Then along came novelist Barbara Cartland.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Or is there a starter Powell, one needs conquering, before tackling his opus?
Friday, July 15, 2011
I have been whining about the two twill jackets I purchased over the winter. Finally, I got the colors right, but they looked sloppy. There is enough blame to go around on this score, I ripped the shoulder pads out, I iron poorly, I'm too....
To my untrained eye they are the bottom 2 are same jacket, only different. The pocket detail gives them away.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Without the intervention of the French government, the United States would not exist. Perhaps without the intervention of the American government, France would not exist. Two countries intertwined in history, with deep mutual misunderstanding and disdain.
The citizens of France , we salute you on your National Day.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I know, but this time it's for fun. Mrs. T and I are leaving our kennel in the hands of her capable daughter and heading to Topeka, Kansas to pick up granddaughter Paige. Paige has shown up on these pages before, usually under the guise of some mischief. This time she is coming to stay with us, alas for only a few weeks. The best part of being a grandparent is having grandkids to spoil me all summer.
Monday, July 11, 2011
So I wonder how many English teachers turned down the offer of receiving the paper after this headline from Sunday's paper?