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BritNews RoundUp

It's somehow reassuring when age-old cliches are reaffirmed. Mike Myers based a whole character on the notion that the English have bad teeth. Now comes news that an increasing number of children in Britain are getting admitted to (the) hospital...

By John Kelly  |  April 10, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What's in a Name? Grandparent Nomenclature

How do you name a grandparent? Do you pass on the name that you called your grandparents? Or is that too confusing? I mean, if you called your father's mother "Momsie" (as I did), you can't really have your kids...

By John Kelly  |  April 10, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Sports Center: Statuary Ball

I haven't seen the new statuary near Nationals Park in person so I won't pass judgment. I'll leave that to Blake Gopnik, who is not a fan. The ballplayer sculptures by Omri Amrany appear "to glop," writes Blake. My first...

By John Kelly  |  April 9, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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I Am a Camera: Some Random Shots

I love libraries, I swear. Despite what my last two columns might have implied, I have great respect for librarians. Still, I thought it was rather ironic that when I went by the Silver Spring Library the other morning --...

By John Kelly  |  April 8, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Letter Perfect: Help Me Build a D.C. Alphabet

On Second Street NE, not far from the Supreme Court, there is an apartment building called The Senate. It is in most respects rather unremarkable: beige brick, a few steps up to a small landing, wooden doors set with large...

By John Kelly  |  April 7, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Where in Washington?

Here's this week's contest, from the collection of Jerry McCoy: Do you know what it is? Send your guess to me at kellyj@washpost.com. The first correct entry I receive wins a copy of "Pop Pop: The First 70 Years." No,...

By John Kelly  |  April 6, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Slipped Disc: The Hell of Computers

You'll have to forgive me. I'm distracted. I spent all weekend staring at my laptop, working on a little 10-minute video for my father's 70th birthday party. I heard it was nice over the weekend. Sunny, was it? Warmish? Flowers...

By John Kelly  |  April 6, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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