Asked to name the quintessential British drink, and it's likely that you'll think of a pint of ale or a cup of tea. But what about London dry gin?
At one time it really did come from London, and during the "gin craze" of the 18th century, the city's backstreets were full of people making and consuming it. Nowadays most gin is produced by large distilleries outside the capital, but a small band of enthusiasts are bringing gin back to London.
Not many people know about Dr. Seuss' only film, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. The 1953 movie musical was a flop, but thanks to special screenings and cable-TV airings, it's earned a small but devoted following.
Among them: singer Michael Feinstein, who's such a fan of the movie that he spent the past 30 years gathering every scrap of music ever recorded for it -- enough material to fill three CDs. And now, 57 years after its premiere, the definitive soundtrack of this kooky cult classic has finally been released.
The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage -- the bedrock of American home ownership -- is a weird loan.
In an ordinary market, you'd have to pay a really high interest rate to get a 30-year fixed, if you could get it at all. It was government intervention, through Fannie Mae, that turned the loan into America's plain-vanilla mortgage.
The nation honors the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. We're not planning to post again until first-thing Tuesday morning -- but as always, if there's important news between now and then we'll pop back into the blog.
If you're looking to refresh your memory about King's legacy, here are some websites to check out: