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Friday, November 30, 2012

ICON: Mark Twain

The man, the myth, the legend.  

There's far too much Twain lore to capture in one blog, but here's a sweet story about the friendship between Helen Keller and Mark Twain: 
They became friends while on the Vaudeville circuit.  Helen used to put her hand next to a speaker's mouth, in order to "hear" what they were saying.  When conversing with Mark Twain, he would frequently need to remove her hand from his mouth, explaining, "Pardon me, Miss Keller, I need to swear now."
What a gentlemen.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

AMERICANA: Grand Ole Opry

Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys, 1947
Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys, 1947
Opry fans lining up outside in 1955

What started as a radio show, the WSM Barn Dance, back in 1925,
The Grand Ole Opry has turned into the center of country music.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


The Dopp Kit.
The name derives from early 20th century leather craftsman 
Charles Doppelt, a German immigrant to the United States, 
who invented his toiletry case in 1919.The kits became widely known 
during the Second World War when they were issued to GIs.
Abingdon dopp kit

Travel Kit
Jack Spade Dry Dopp Kit at
Dopp Kit In Brown
Here's a nice one.  And a classic.  
Both better after years of wear, tear, and travel.

Just one word of advice...canvas and leather trump everything else. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ETIQUETTE: Table Setting

Whether formal or informal, on Thanksgiving, the table is all.

Friday, November 16, 2012

ORIGIN: Shave and a Haircut

 Dating all the way back to 1899,
this little call and response has held
the BnB gals in harmony since 1988.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

SISTERS: The Staves

The Brit sisters Stavley-Taylor: guitar, uke, vocals.  What a triumvirate.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DAME: Judi Dench

Looking absolutely adorable, Dame Judi Dench again.
This Bond Girl is arguable one of the best actors in living memory.  There is nothin' like a dame.

Monday, November 12, 2012

MUSIC: Birdy

This Brit bird has some seriously nice sounds.
Perfect music for the winter days ahead.

Check out her covers of Skinny Love and Fire and Rain.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

RIDE: Early Broncos

BnB loves Broncos ... oldie Broncos, that is.
Darn good-lookin off road vehicles.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Go Vote!

Whether you swing red or blue,
America wants to hear from you!

Friday, November 2, 2012


Used in India to celebrate weddings.  Used in Mexico to honor the dead.

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