October 18th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 16 October 2009

At the Mexico City Summer Olympics, Tommie Smith & John Carlos raised their fists in a "black power" salute (1968)


Face your partner at a distance of 6 or 8 inches, bodies parallel, shoulders parallel.

If you are leading, place your right hand between the shoulders of your partner, keeping your right elbow well away from your body.

See that above, but not resting on this arm, is your partner's left arm, at right angles with her body, her hand just back of the curve of your shoulder.

Let your left hand, palm up, clasp your partner's right. A line from these hands to the opposite elbows should be parallel with your parallel bodies.

Remember--bobbing and wriggling are taboo. Let the spring come from the ankles and the knees. Imitate the grace of the swallow.

---Advice from the National Association of Dancing Masters, c.1921

Even overweight cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses.
John Weitz (1923-2002)
  • Current Music
    "Crawling from the Wreckage" by Rockpile

Schott's Miscellany 17 October 2009

Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion (1931)


The origins of modern diplomacy can be traced back to 13th century northern Italy, where city-states such as Milan and Venice exchanged ambassadors to improve relations and facilitate trade. As relationships between European countries became increasingly important, major states began to post ambassadors permanently at overseas courts. In 1487, Spain sent to England the first permanent representative. The 1815 Congress of Vienna formalized the previously ad hoc system of diplomatic rank and precedence, a system that often soured international relations when one country received only low-ranking officials from another. The diplomatic hierarchy was:

Ambassador, Pala Nuncio, or High Commissioner: represents head of state
Minister Plenipotentiary: in charge of legations rather than embassies
Minister: lowest rank of diplomatic mission chief
Chargé d'Affaires: temporary head of mission, in absence of more senior staff

Dogs who chase cars evidently see them as large, unruly ungulates badly in need of discipline and shepherding.
Elizabeth Marshall (1931-)
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    "Rub Me Raw" by Warren Zevon