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Here is a Sup—I mean repository of the texts of my wireless essays together with some readings of them.

The essays were broadcast by WXXI 91.5 Classical of Rochester, NY on Salmagundy each Saturday at 9:35am Eastern Time, from the beginning of time (1985) till May 2009 when Entropa (evil Goddess of Change-for-the-Worse-or-Possibly-the-Worst) troubled the minds of the WXXIites and they retired Simon and Salmagundy, and Rochester went into a terminal decline---for ever.
But I do continue on that brilliant bastion of all that's good and kultured, on WCLV's syndicated Weekend Radio on many (mainly NPRish) stations traditionally on the first and third weekends of the month, though your weekendage may vary, (these are archived for a couple of months).

There are pop-up pics and links all over the place here. In text they are indicated by a double underline like this:
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America: Letter to America: Hungry for Texas On:2021-09-19 15:56:40
My Dear Americans (well this IS supposed to be a letter and "Muh Fellow 'Mer'cns" seems far too presidential, and anyway I can't really do the accent).
My Dear Americans,
         we (Georgia, Buddy and I) have been over in the UK now for more than three months and, and--- I'm starting to miss Texas: now I'm sure I could hear the combined gasps from four thousand miles away if I open the window. The "You must be joking!"s, "What the—"s and the like expressions of disbelief and horror from most non-Texans (and from quite a few Texas residents too). And, yes, I do remember that when some in the state had a poll on seceding there were a lot more yes-votes from those outside its borders than inside.
America: I Say, That's Not Cricket! On:2017-03-05 10:00:00
With much gnashing of teeth, and the occasional wail, the guys at work have been lamenting my comparative ignorance of, and my absolute lack of interest in, that essential and proper American activity of baseball, or as the Japanese call it basebaru.
America: Strictly Come Go-Karting On:2013-09-29 12:15:00
This essay is, I think rather cleverly, named 'Strictly Come Go-Karting'. ... At least I thought I was being clever till I checked with Georgia who put me firmly in my place by informing me that the originally British TV show 'Strictly Come Dancing' is in its U.S. incarnation called 'Dancing with the Stars'.
Somehow 'Go-Karting with the Stars' just wouldn't work, sounds daft and would leave me feeling decidedly un-clever. So I'm lumbered with the original, now rather foolishly incomprehensible name. And so are you.

America: Quelle Douleur On:2011-03-20 00:00:00
I haven’t had a good rant for ages...

America: International You'rewelcomegiving Day On:2009-10-19 16:21:46
My stint on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee having proven so successful, and having now found myself at a loose end, I’ve decided to join the steering committee of the international campaign to have the day after Thanksgiving renamed from the rather boring "the day after Thanksgiving" or the truly dreadful and downright evil-sounding “Black Friday”, to the much more appropriate "You'rewelcomegiving Day."

America: I Am Not Turned On On:2009-08-27 17:19:33
switch For about half of my life to date light switches have proven an almost insurmountable problem.

America: Go, Fourth! On:2009-06-08 05:15:51
Some thirty years ago, back in the midst of a rather hot Summer, I was quietly minding my own business traveling, innocently and obliviously, through Upstate New York; when by chance I happened, quite suddenly and peremptorily, to be married by an American woman. The precise date of this unexpected occurrence being July the fourth 1980.

America: Asymptotic Taxation On:2008-11-20 16:16:30
At this present time of the failure of greed-is-goody, unfettered capitalism and panicking banks; this time when you can bank on panic, and on international meetings filled with powerless wailing from the most powerful economies; it behooves us to mount up and gallop to the rescue.

America: What A Lotto Election On:2008-10-26 10:03:17
O'Cain and PidenMcBama and BalinI'm sure that you are all thoroughly sick and tired of the election by now, what with the Media going mad with the bloody thing, and even politicians somehow getting involved; so I’m most definitely not going to add to their frenzy and your sick-and-tiredness by doing an essay on it.
No, so whether you can’t be a-Biden one camp and you are not able to stomach the McCurse of Cain, or you are wondering just what that other candidate did to inspire the old Slimy and Carbuncle song 'Mama Obama rolled out of bed and she ran to the police station' and, since you are (as I'm sure you are) a long time Monty Python fan, you are not going to do anything but laugh hysterically at anyone called Palin who's wearing a dress, you can rest easy that this essay is not going to be about the election.

America: Son of Vespucciland On:2008-10-16 04:57:08
Columbus , of course, didn't discover America: he didn't intend to discover America, didn't think he had discovered America, and most decidedly wasn't even the first European to reach America. So, naturally, this Monday we celebrated (or at least observed) Columbus Day---presumably to help him get over the awful misery of his triple disappointment.


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