Are Railways in Peril?

National Rail Networks :: A Look Back in Time The world’s first national rail networks were constructed in Britain, with the first inter-city line connecting the industrial midland city Manchester with the port of Liverpool in 1830. So, are you wondering, which country forged a national rail network next?  France? Sweden, the United States? ItContinue reading “Are Railways in Peril?”

Museum of Political Corruption

Check the transparency and  ethics of government and corporate management daily. Maybe hourly? Teachers, create a popular lesson by displaying the reach and excesses of political corruption all the way into the classroom. Random browsers, visit the Facebook presence of the Museum of Political Corruption No building is big enough to hold the documented and undocumentedContinue reading “Museum of Political Corruption”

Footsteps of the Saint-Simonians in Cairo

When I visited Cairo in 2013 the Arab Spring had not yet devolved to utter bloody chaos throughout the region, though anyone could see the trend.  In Cairo I sought the Franciscan Friars’ Oriental Studies Library intent on researching the pioneering men and women who traveled from France to Egypt in 1833-34 with Barthélemy ProsperContinue reading “Footsteps of the Saint-Simonians in Cairo”

Robert Louis Stevenson in Calistoga, California

Roaming in the California Footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson   My affair with Robert Louis Stevenson started early, I was  five or six.  Daddy read Treasure Island aloud from a thick volume with illustrations by N. C. Wyeth while  we three girls took turns sitting next to him on the couch.  Little me enjoyed a kindredContinue reading “Robert Louis Stevenson in Calistoga, California”

Rail Link from China to Germany :: Silk Road Revived

Update: China’s Grand Project, The Economist August 5, 2017 p. 49-50. In 2013, Zhengzhou, a business and logistics center in Central China, became the starting point for rail transport service to Hamburg, Germany and other European ports.  The trip is a 6,436 mile (10,214-kilometer) run taking 15 to 18 days — twice as fast as shipping goods by sea. ChinaContinue reading “Rail Link from China to Germany :: Silk Road Revived”

Jihadi Stamps ?

Jihad Stamps from Yemen FDR collected stamps.  Has any president since?   Maybe philately should be a required hobby for NSA types.   Stamps are miniature works of art, symbols of national identity, achievement and aspiration.   If  Bush I or Bush II had been stamp collectors, they might have noticed evolving political sentiments expressed on theContinue reading “Jihadi Stamps ?”

Do it Yourself :: Panama Canal

Viewing the Panama Canal from a cruise ship might not be the best vista.   Canal bound cruise ships are so large and the decks so far above the water line that you can’t see what is going on below in the lock passages. Boat tours of the Canal locks are offered by various providers.Continue reading “Do it Yourself :: Panama Canal”

Sequoyah :: Cherokee Genius

Sequoyah was a Cherokee silversmith who created an alphabet and syllabary for the Cherokee nation.  Noticing the effectiveness of the “talking leaf” (pages of writing) used by the pale skins, he divined that his people needed a similar written system to communicate.  During twelve years of labor and study he completed a syllabary of 85Continue reading “Sequoyah :: Cherokee Genius”

Saigon’s Rex Revisited in HCMC

The Rex, in downtown Saigon — now    Ho Chi Minh City — was the hang out spot for newspaper correspondents, military “advisors” and Quiet Americans during the Vietnam War. Built in 1927 as a car dealership and showroom during the French colonial era, the Rex Hotel gained a few floors and became a hotel just in timeContinue reading “Saigon’s Rex Revisited in HCMC”

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