California Fool’s Gold — San Clemente, The Spanish Village in Orange County

INTRODUCTION Until the visit that Una and I took to San Clemente this past weekend, I don’t think that I’d ever visited the place. I’m not entirely sure because nearly all of my trips south on the 5 have ended in Mexico and the stretch of freeway between South Orange County and San Diego County has blended … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — San Clemente, The Spanish Village in Orange County

Silent night – Christmas movies of the silent era

            Happy St. Nicholas Day! For your enjoyment, a little somethin’ to break the monotony of all that hardcore Christmas that has gotten to be a little bit out of control… Santa Claus (1898) was directed by George Albert Smith (Weary Willie, Making Sausages), a former portrait photographer and member of the UK‘s Brighton Set. … Continue reading Silent night – Christmas movies of the silent era

No Enclave — Ukrainian Los Angeles

UKRAINE Ukraine (Україна) is the second-largest country in Europe, after Russia. It has a population of 41.2 million, making it the eighth-most populous country in Europe. The nation’s capital and its most populous municipality is the ancient city of Kyiv. What’s now Ukraine has been inhabited by Homo sapiens since at least 32,000 BCE. The … Continue reading No Enclave — Ukrainian Los Angeles