Kovels: Tin toys that move always popular
Clockwork toys have gears and parts like those used on a clock. In 1862, a cheaper type of power for moving . It's made of walnut, 54 inches wide, has columns on the sides, a burled oval on the front, and 2 large and 2 small drawers. Can you tell me ...
April 10, 2015
Modified for Manilow
An owner could even conduct business from the comfort of the boardroom, with large oval conference table with conference phone equipment, wet bar and TV. There is also a business center with four computer workstations, copy machine and four wall clocks ...
April 6, 2015
A tase of old Orient in new Myanmar
The finest are on the wide avenues leading to the waterfront between Sule Pagoda Rd and Bo Aung Gyaw Rd, notably between Maha Bandoola Park and Pansodan St. This area includes the former High Court with its clock tower, the Port Authority and the ...
March 31, 2015
Supreme Court to decide who can draw maps for Congress
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices often grouse about the political polarization and gridlock across the street in Congress. Now they have a chance to make it worse. The high court will hear a case Monday that could give partisan state legislatures ...
February 26, 2015
HuffPost's Office Makeover Is The Ultimate White Box Challenge
a new vintage-looking clock from Overstock.com, a shabby-chic mirror and even a framed vintage playing card," Wakefiled says. "Taking into consideration the traffic flow of the office, we hung them atypically, vertically perpendicular to the large ...
March 6, 2015
Seizure knocks skydiver unconscious mid-fall
(NEWSER) – For 30 terrifying seconds, Christopher Jones plummeted through the air over Australia, unconscious and in free fall after suffering a seizure just seconds after jumping out of a plane, NBC News reports. Jones' video of the Nov. 14 incident ...
March 2, 2015
Michigan pays $12M for railcars going nowhere
He blamed a poor economy for the commuter rail services not getting up and running more quickly and said the project has been a boost to Michigan workers and businesses, with a large chunk of the renovation money spent in-state. "Monday-morning ...
February 1, 2015
A few weeks ago now (yes, I know, I’ve been slack on the blogging) I had planned to pick up Big J from Sydney, so I decided to do a quick run through the Upper North Shore area at the same time – arranging to meet her at a park near to the... The third was a similar issue – on a fenceline for private property, I didn’t feel exactly comfortable prodding around looking there, and there was nothing obvious sticking out at me, so again I moved on. Further down the road I paused again, this... Given my short stops and failures so far, I reasoned I had time enough for one more before meeting Big J, but after 10min searching for a micro in a paperbark tree, I had simply had enough of this neighbourhood and headed to Halfpenny Park to meet...
A few weeks ago I mentioned a story I wrote that had been nominated for a Pushcart Award a few years ago. The story is entitled “The Shape of a Cage, and it’s included in “Hunting Monsters Is My Business, The Mordecai Slate Stories”. I thought those who haven’t got the book yet might like to read a portion of it, just to get an idea of the kind of story it is. As usual when writing about Slate it’s a mixture of fantasy and realism, horror and adventure, and as always a... This is the opening of the story, and you’ll notice the complete lack of exposition. You meet a character called the Beast Man and it isn’t even until the end of the section that you discover who the Beast Man really is. You’re not told anything about how he came to be the Beast Man or what he’s doing in that cage. That all comes later in the story. Hope you enjoy it. The Beast Man awakened. His misshapen teeth—teeth more wolf-like than human—chattered and clicked from the frigid temperature. Usually bread and some sort of greenish gruel that tasted like spoiled peas. They would throw buckets of water in through the bars to clear off the stench. He might be a horrid beast, a vicious monster, but even a creature like that deserved to be.
It's pretty rare that a First Family gets to redecorate the White House. Prior to 1960, each President pretty much did what he wanted with the White House. The White House was open to the public (even the Family Quarters), and the public roamed freely throughout it. Furnishings were heavily damaged by this excessive use, and it wasn't uncommon for people to cut a couple of feet from the carpet or... To raise funds, most used or damaged White House furnishings were sold to the public at auction. Most First Ladies did the redecorating based on their own personal tastes, although sometimes changes were made because the President wanted the White House to reflect political realities. George Washington's English furniture and his few pieces of American Federal furniture were sold, and French furniture in the style of Louis XV or Louis XVI was purchased. Louis Quinze, Victorian Baroque, Art Deco, and even something called "Steamboat Gothic" have been used in the White House. This changed in the 1960s. Jacquelyn Kennedy inherited a White House which had been gutted in 1949 because it was in danger of collapse. By the time 1952 rolled around and the White House was ready to be redecorated, there wasn't any money left.