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Curious Case of the Cast Iron Compass Rose

Curious Case of the Cast Iron Compass Rose

Back in our sailing days we used to collect the odd item of nautical descent — a brass signal cannon that fired 10-gauge blanks and put out a satisfactory BANG!, a gimballed brass salon lamp that swung more or less level when the weather got heavy, a big oil painting depicting topsail schooners racing into the dawn.
The Marx Brothers Visit France

The Marx Brothers Visit France

So there we were on a hot afternoon, standing with our baggage on a baking train platform in the French town of Libourd, watching the last train through town chug off into the distance as we tried to make sense of what the local train agent was telling us: "Your trains have been cancelled," she was saying in slightly accented English.

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