Rushed Dental Work, a Delay In Today’s Review and the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908

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So, yeah, here I am about to head off for some rushed dentistry, a root canal that had to be done asap and I am not happy or feeling great at this moment.  But I won’t rush the review of Lessons in Trust by Charlie Cochrane, so there will be a slight delay in posting.   I will say that I loved this book and it sent me into paroxysms of  delight when researching the 1908 Franco British Exhibition which Orlando and Jonty attend.

See, this is one of my anticipated joys of Charlie Cochrane’s writing, she always includes  some wonderful tidbit of information or history I didn’t know about, educating me just enough to make me want to know more.  I mean really, how could you resist a 1908 ride with the name The Flip-Flap?

Here is a postcard view of the White City, the location (on 120 acres) of the Franco-British Exhibition in west London.  It was called The White City because all the exhibition buildings were  painted white. There were “villages” of various nationalities people could visit, like an Irish Village, a Senegalese Village,  Think of it like the Las Vegas strip of its day with the Luxor Pyramid, Eiffel Tower , well, you get the drift.    Here is a central view:

Franco-British_Exhibition

Then there is the marvel called The Flip-Flap ride.  Orlando, Jonty, and Mr. Stewart could get enough of this ride,  Think of the most popular rides at Busch Gardens or Six Flags, and they would not come close to the popularity and awe that was The Flip Flap .  It’s outline dominated the skyline.  Here is a post card of the ride, wouldn’t you just love for a chance to climb on?

Postcard of the Flip-Flap ride

And finally,  the age of the automobile has arrived and Jonty is full of enthusiasm for this new form of transportation.  Jonty has bought a Lagonda and loves it dearly, an affection Orlando doesn’t share.  So of course I wanted to know more about what the car looked like that drove Jonty to such heights of prose and poetry.  Off to research some more.  And I found out that the  Lagonda cars were invented by an American named Wilbur Gunn.  Wilber had two passions in life, singing and engineering and it was as an opera singer that he came to Britain.  But once there he started crafting things from fast boats to motorcycles.  In 1904 he progressed from 3 wheeled vehicles to motor cars of which  74 original models were made.  Of course, Jonty would have one of them.  The name Lagonda?  That is Shawnee for Bucks County in Ohio where Wilbur Gunn was from.  It is also the name of his father’s company, the Lagonda Corporation which made tube  cleaning machinery.  I was unable to find any photos of the model Jonty would have had but here is a  photo of a 1928 Lagonda.  So sporty and elegant I would dearly love to have one as well:

Lagonda 1928 lag 3 litre

So I hope this will give you a taste of what is to come in my review of  Lessons in Trust. Keep these images in mind when I am relating parts of the story.  It is a marvelous book so I hope you won’t mind the wait.  See you here a little later on, sore jaw not withstanding.

Sunday Morning Sports Commentary in Maryland and the Week in Reviews

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Sports are on my mind this morning, so bear with me.  Lots of things going on…..Maryland beat Duke in what will probably be their last matchup because of the change in divisions and money grab. So yeay for Maryland and boo for Maryland.  And it looks like no students were beaten by Prince Georges police in last night’s celebration, so good for that!  A step forward at any rate.

The boys of summer are back in spring training and I have high hopes for the Nationals this year.  Davey Johnson is hanging in there for one more year before he retires and all the boys look healthy and in great shape.  Go Nats!

The Caps are playing again as is the rest of the NHL.  About time, nuf said.  Now if they could just consistently get it together I would be beside the moon.  But I am still rocking the red! Go Caps!

The debate on whether the Redskins should keep its racist name is getting louder but as long as Snyder remains as owner I don’t see any changes coming.  Consider who he is and the actions he has taken to date.  Sued old ladies who were long term fans,  sued a free newspaper, cut  down a gazillion trees against the law along the Potomac to improve his view from his home (never mind the bald eagles there), and generally behaves in almost every instance like a wealthy overindulged brat (in my opinion, lawsuits, people) who knew he could get away with anything and does.  If you have time to waste, run over to the Skin’s website and look at the statements he made as to why the racist name couldn’t be changed.  Yet he sued a free news paper over saying it had called him a Jewish slur.  No it hadn’t but he is brazen enough to use the charge when it suits him,  The bad karma this team is wracking up should see them in bottom of the league for quite some time to come.  RGIII, look around for another team to play for!  The smell around the Skins is rank and getting worse.

In the saddest news out of South Africa, a man, Oscar Pistorius – the Blade Runner has been arrested and charged with premeditated murder.  Already the bloggers and commentators are out in force trying to put their spin on this tragedy.  Was it the instant fame and fortune, a man brought down by hubris?  Or was it his real nature that had been hidden all along.  Perhaps we will never know but you can be sure we will be reading about it for years to come. A very sad end for a remarkable tale of endurance and achievement.

We are still flipping back and forth here weather wise, spring one day, winter the next, and then literally back to spring within hours, so the reviews are along the same lines, all over the place.  Several brand new releases, some older books I am just getting to with the only thing that ties them together is the high ratings:

Monday, Feb. 18:                        Where Nerves End by L.A. Witt

Tuesday, Feb. 19:                        Tell Me It’s Real by T.J. Klune

Wed., Feb.20:                              The Family: Liam by Katey Hawthorne

Thursday, Feb. 21:                      A Volatile Range by Andrew Grey

Friday, Feb. 22:                           Lessons in Trust by Charlie Cochrane

Saturday, Feb. 23:                       Upcoming Author Spotlights

So there you have it.  A gut busting comedy, vampires, cowboys, Cambridge dons, and the first Tucker Springs novel.  All great and none of them should be missed.   And remember to send me your questions that you would love to ask an author!   See you all here on Monday.