Category Archives: USA

The Book of Mormon – Gold plated entertainment

We had the pleasure of seeing The Book of Mormon last week which is a wonderful satire of religion in the form of a Broadway musical. The evolution of the relations between the Mormons and the Ugandans gives some nice … Continue reading

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Hoax squared- New York Sawed in Half

Many people have written about specific historic feats of building and engineering such as the construction of the Erie Canal. Others have written about particular hoaxes which fooled large numbers of people, and biographies of the hoaxsters have also been … Continue reading

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Elmer Gantry, American Huckster

I was inspired to read Elmer Gantry in this, the year of Drumpf, to see how American hypocrisy and pandering to people’s hopes and fears played out a century ago. Continue reading

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The Big Apple Core – New York’s Rubbish

It is almost axiomatic that great cities have grown up in magnificent natural environments. Given this, it should be no great surprise that the city built at the mouth of the Hudson River (tidal for 100 km) in a harbour … Continue reading

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New York – The Big Oyster

It is almost axiomatic that great cities have grown up in magnificent natural environments. Certainly this was true prior to the growth of Los Angeles which had to hijack its water supply from far away in the Rocky Mountains. Subsequently … Continue reading

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Elvis plays the Tupelo Fair 1956

Greatest Concerts I never saw

Elvis Presley Mississippi Alabama Fair at Tupelo September 26, 1956 Continue reading

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Even squares can have a ball

Even squares can have a ball

The Lawrence Welk Show performance of One Toke Over the Line

One toke over the line was a comic song written and performed by the usually more serious folk rock duo Brewer & Shipley. It became their only big hit in 1971. US Vice President Spiro Agnew denounced the song as “blatant drug-culture propaganda” that “threatens to sap our national strength.” Continue reading

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