Category: X

October 22, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Xerox Today, 22 Oct: 82 years since this 1st xerographic image in 1938. Laid off from Bell Labs, Chester Carlson studied law & got a job copying patent drawings by hand.  Bored, he experimented in a makeshift lab in Astoria, NY.  10-year search before Haleoid Co turned his invention into a useful product.  Haleoid became…

August 5, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Xylella Another virulent infection with no cure striking fear across the world: Xylella.  Has dessicated 23,000 hectares of olive groves in S. Italy.  Now in France, Germany & Spain.  R rate of 19.  Spread by insects & infected plant imports.  520 UK species at risk, especially  olive, coffee plants, lavender, grapevines, cherry, almond, oak.  Early…

July 22, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Xenophobe The foreign & strange Covid-19 can turn us into xenophobes.  Trade suspended.  Borders closed.  Families locked inside homes with a red cross daubed on their doors.  Theatres & courts shut.  Sport stopped.  Streets empty.  Bubonic plague was deadlier than Covid-19, but mark the parallels between London 1665 and 2020!  Stranger danger, but life (and…

July 25, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

XO brandy The finest spirit distilled from grapes, XO Extra Old cognac is aged in oak casks for >6 years; longer than VS and VSOP.  16thC Dutch shipmaster created brandy when he concentrated wine by burning off most of the water to save valuable cargo space (brandwijn = burnt wine).  Prices rises likely, as 3 major disasters in…

December 23, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Merry Christmas! Guess the Word  and Contact Us for prizes!  Series 16 starts soon….. 1st letter of each post Title (in a Series) spells a business word (spelt correctly, backwards, jumbled up or as an anagram).  Previous answers: Series 15 spelt  W-E-N    (NEW) Series 14 spelt  X-A-M-S    (XMAS) Series 13 spelt  V-E-L-U-A    (VALUE) Series 12 spelt  T-O-Q-U-E    (QUOTE) Series 11…

December 8, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Xmas Hijacking Christmas for commerce is not new.  Christmas itself piggy-backed on earlier midwinter festivals.  In 1867, Macy’s in New York stayed open until midnight on Christmas Eve Guessed the Word?      Series 14 (1/4)     [photo: Pamjpat]