Archive for September, 2007

A Battle of Boyne Veteran

Friday, September 28th, 2007

I was doing some research for a project yesterday and came across the clipping that follows. It is an excerpt from the March 5, 1776 issue of the Londonderry Journal, the newspaper of the time in what is now Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Several things are interesting about it. First is the extraordinary age ...

The Dorymen

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

In the first light of day, before even the dawn, they come. Down to the base of the dune cliffs, down to the sea’s edge, they come.   . They come as men have always come, to go down to the sea in small boats. These boats, the Dorys, and these men, the Dorymen, go ...

Heath Aeroplane Company

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

File this one under “you learn something new every day.” While at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinville, Oregon (highly recommended) I noticed this small gasoline engine on display. It combined several of my lifelong interests: aviation, historical aircraft, motorcycling, historical motorcycles and something from my youth, Heathkit. When I was nine my ...

Desert Island Books – Round Two

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Back in January I asked you to answer the question: If you could only take a backpack full, what books would you take to a desert island?   I got quite a few responses, most of them within days of my posing the question.   Just about everyone who submitted a list ...

Two Interesting Perspectives on the Housing Bubble

Monday, September 10th, 2007

My comments last month about the U.S. Housting bubble generated a lot of comments, however, it came before I started this blog, so they all came back via email. This will be your chance to share your comments with a wider audience than just me. Since last month we've seen a further ...