Jan
06
2012
2

How have family cars changed over the past 50 years?

ej-holden-dashboardFifty years ago my family proudly owned a basic-specification blue station wagon made in Australia by General Motors Holden. Today the family car is a basic-specification white people carrier made in Japan by Toyota. How has the family car evolved over that time? Our car of the 1960s had bench seats for six adults (in [more...]

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Apr
28
2010
2

What’s in a name?

popular-childrens-namesWhat’s in a name? This answer intentionally avoids any reference to the myriad of websites that tell about the meaning of names. Mothers and fathers want their child to have the right name or names. There are different traditions which may make the selection easier. If Dad is already a “junior” or “the third”, the [more...]

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Mar
29
2010
1

Could I be a descendent of Charlemagne?

charlemagneYou could indeed be a descendent of Charlemagne, but if so, then probably so is everyone else you know (but you don't have to tell them). Charlemagne was crowned on Christmas Day in the year 800, which endears him to people who have trouble remembering dates. He married Hildegard in 772, and they had at [more...]

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