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London (D3): Soane’s, Surgery, Dr. Sam and a Look at the Thames

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John Soane, Architect My friend David Barbour suggested I see the home of John Soane, a 19th-century architect who lived in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Soane collected Roman antiquities partly as teaching aides for students when Rome was off limits for military reasons. Today, the house is a museum by act of Parliament. It may be […]

London (D2): Right Posh

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Things Must Be Slow Bookings must be way down if even I got a suite at the Hilton. Trust me, not complaining here. It’s a great hotel located about a ten-minute walk from the Wembley Park Tube station and adjacent to Wembley Stadium. And, Wembley is ten quick stops north(ish) of Bloomsbury, my hangout for […]

Road Trip: London

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Wembley, Actually I grew up eating those white and black packages of cheese and powdered milk marked “USDA Government Surplus”,  a 1960’s form of food stamps, which may in part explain my perpetual desire to save a buck. So it was I found myself in a “World Traveler Plus” seat aboard a British Airways 777-200ER, […]

Nepal to Rescue Teams: Bye-Bye

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Pack it Up Nepali officials have requested that all foreign rescue teams leave the country with a Friday deadline. NYT reports that some rescue teams, such as one from Spain, said they had no intention of leaving. Sounds like the nasty in-laws who refuse to depart. Don’t expect to be invited back next time. Should […]

Kathmandu, Undone

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I started visiting Nepal to trek and climb in 1993 and my most recent visit was just two years ago. On this latest trip I was amazed at how the Kathmandu valley had grown to become a densely crowded metropolis. At about 220 square miles, roughly half the size of Fairfax County, it has 2.5 […]

13 @ 45 / Houston, We Have A Problem

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Change as an Accident Cause Friday last was the 45th anniversary of the splashdown of Odyssey, the Apollo 13 command module, after it survived a nearly disastrous explosion on the outbound journey to the moon. The enroute spaceship consisted of command, service, and lunar modules. Odyssey was equipped with two spherical liquid oxygen tanks for […]

Travel: Kissing Whales

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In search of a warm weather escape with camping, I wondered across a posting for kayaking in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Camping and kayaking turned out to be the least of it. I flew from Dulles International Airport, leaving on a snowy day, through Mexico City, arriving at Lap Paz on an Embraer 190.  Baja […]

Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass

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Death Toll: 39 and Rising Last weekend’s cyclone inspired blizzard in the Annapurna range of western Nepal caught hundreds of trekkers, sherpas and porters in exposed positions as they traversed a 17,500 foot pass. Hundreds were trapped or forced to make life and death decisions to try to get lower or to a point of […]

Techno: Could Be Time

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“Hold On–I’ll Google it.” When I retired to the world of part-time work I made a conscious decision to give up the “smart-phone” in favor of simple talk/text. I didn’t want to be a zombie-like compulsive email checker strolling through life reacting to an incoming message chime like a middle-aged Pavlov’s dog. In truth, it […]

Life Online: The Breana Effect

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The “Clutch” I have taken to noticing lately how many people, most actually, walk around clutching their “smartphone” (SP) in one hand. It has become so essential to the pulse of life that it cannot be stowed, even for a moment. People will place an infant child in a backpack or carrier but the SP […]

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