Briefly Noted: ‘The Outsider’ at Paper Mill Playhouse – Theater Review

by Jonathan Spira

Ponder the question, “what is the role of government?” In brief, a political scientist might explain that it exists to accomplish, as a group, that which individuals alone cannot. This would include building infrastructure, such as roads that connect people and cities, maintaining that infrastructure such as maintaining and keeping the roads clear, providing schools, and establishing a safety net for the less fortunate. Do the people want someone who …

Nine Airlines Donate $28 Million to National Air and Space Museum to Remodel Major Exhibit

by Jesse Sokolow
Nine Airlines Donate $28 Million to National Air and Space Museum to Remodel Major Exhibit

The National Air and Space Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. will be remodeling one of its main attractions, courtesy of $28 million in donations from nine commercial airlines.
The beneficiary of this largess, “America by Air,” is a gallery that chronicles the history and milestones of commercial aviation, featuring items and artifacts such as uniforms, , and planes that museum visitors can enter.
The donations are unique in …

The Westbury, Mayfair-London, England – Hotel Review

by Jonathan Spira

My first stay at the Westbury was when I was 17. It was a memorable one but, for no particular reason, I hadn’t had the opportunity to return to the Westbury until recently.
Back then, my parents, brother, and I had been walked from a heavily overbooked Churchill, and a London taxi brought us to the serene and supremely elegant Westbury, where the first suite we were shown was so nice …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

by Paul Riegler

Toyota’s resident behemoth, the Land Cruiser, is the Japanese automaker’s longest running model, dating back to 1951. Since then, it has been produced in a variety of forms including a convertible, hard top, and station wagon. It’s one of the most popular vehicles sold in Australia (Toyota tests it in the harsh Australian outback), it’s great for dune bashing in Qatar (something I can attest to personally), and its mammoth …

Review: ‘Babylon Berlin’ on Netflix and Sky 1

by Anna Breuer

It’s 1929, ten years into the Weimar Republic and the Golden 20s, Berlin is the third-largest metropolis in the world, a place where decadence and artistic expression are often one and the same, while a fragile German democracy runs out the clock before descending into chaos.
This is the world inhabited by “Babylon Berlin,” a crime series guaranteed to be unlike any other.
The Krimi, as the genre is known in German, …

Great Moments in Travel History – February 2018

by Jesse Sokolow

On February 2, 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war between Mexico and the United States. The United States acquired territories comprising present day Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Wyoming in exchange for a $15 million payment to Mexico.
The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California opened on February 19, 1888. At the time it was the largest resort hotel in the world, and …

Review and Test Drive: 2017 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD

by Paul Riegler

The Dodge Journey, which has been around since 2009 and received a minor facelift in 2011, is Dodge’s time capsule. Change has been slow for Dodge’s smallest SUV: it’s soon to enter its ninth year without any major changes yet its popularity has only grown. Indeed, in 2013, the main change was the addition of Dodge’s new logo.
The Crossroad, introduced in 2014, is distinguished from other Journeys with chrome accents …