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Cream of the Cool

Superbowl number 50 was held on February 7, 2016 in Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Denver Broncos, headed up by a recently healed up Peyton Manning took on the Carolina Panthers, headed up by the young upstart Cam Newton.

The Carolina Panthers had had the best season in franchise history, having a near perfect season - losing only one game, and that was to the Atlanta Falcons. Newton is a serious threat on the field, given that he can not only pass the ball with…

For other writeups about my son, see An American Story and Growing up with Autism

 

 

Something my son and I do often on Saturdays is to take a walk. This being rural Wales, it does not involve walking down to the ice cream store, but rather an hour long slog beginning across the river at the edge of our field, up a series of narrow paths mostly consisting of liquid mud due to the wet weather,…

In barbershop parlance, a "line up" is a partial haircut typically performed on a black patron.

One feature of many African American haircuts is a very very hard line at the forehead, temples, around the ears and the back of the neck. Especially when the hair is in an extremely tight curl, tapering effects and so forth lead to a nice greyscale graduation in tones, and a clear demarcation of where hair begins and ends.

Regardless of whether the hair is tapered or all one length, many a…

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Barbering is an intriguing occupation: in prehistory it was witch-doctoring, a cross between spiritual healing and surgery. The ancients believed that cutting hair and plaiting hair were akin to relieving humors and binding spirits in or out. As a result, and also because barbers accompanied the monks in the Crusades (who, as the only literate and educated folks, tended to be the doctors) because of their need for tonsure - barbering was eventually classified as…