Monthly Archives: November 2010

Flagging enthusiasm, Taxidermy and the Turkey dinner

At Thanksgiving, and other holidays that center on family and feasting, it is important to have a hobby. Although I am spending the holiday with people to whom I am not related, I felt it wise to develop an interest … Continue reading

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Murder at Midnight–The Bedroom Habits of the Blarney Crone

“People are murdered all night long in your room” said Gretel disapprovingly, and I’m afraid she is right. As befits a woman of a certain age, I have developed an affection for Discovery ID (in truth, the only Discovery channel … Continue reading

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The Torque of the 12th grade: The Crone makes a Mousetrap Car

Gretel will graduate this spring, but only if the Crone makes one last push on science projects. We are just a few credits short of cap and gown and so each weekend is a flurry of papers and checklists–does the … Continue reading

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Cuban motion and holiday travel: the Crone takes action

So little of the outside world impinges on Itchy Ankle that I am rarely compelled to write of happenings beyond the charmed circle that is Peggoty’s fireplace, the Snug Harbor Inn, Grace’s Garage and Heavenly Ice-cream. This week however a couple … Continue reading

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Satirical Painter Who Knocked My Socks Off: RIP Jack Levine

I had never heard of the painter Jack Levine until last week. This week, the papers are full of him, for he died on November 8, aged 95. Levine’s painting Birmingham stopped me in my tracks when I visited the … Continue reading

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A New Chair for the BBC–I do my bit

The BBC is looking for a new chair of the BBC Trust. They may not be looking in America but, even at a distance of 3000 miles, I feel obliged to get involved.

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San Francisco: Suds, strippers, screws and so on

The door of the glove compartment in Steve’s ancient Honda was held shut by the leg of a pair of drug store glasses. “It got broken when I was a suds bud” he explained, and went on to tell the … Continue reading

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