For those of you who aren't familiar with the musical, Preston plays a flim-flam
man in 1912 who charms the small Midwestern town of River City, Iowa, with his promise to turn all the youngsters into a school marching band with instruments and uniforms and the necessary lessons for just a small fee.
It is a flim-flam
consultation and things we have been told at this meeting should have been contained in the consultation document.
But inherent in The World Is a Ball's celebratory flim-flam
is a tragic flaw, one that undermines the book even as the soccer fan gobbles up the minutiae.
Her muse is the world just outside her office, the flim-flam
of everyday family life--toys scattered here and there, piles of books, blankets draped over chairs to make castles, abandoned craft projects and a variety of stuffed animals.
is what led the nation into the economic difficulties that the president described Tuesday night.
Others said that was just Putin flim-flam
meant to scare the world and help bolster gas prices by rhetoric.
But nowhere in the accompanying PR flim-flam
do they say they're actually going to make this gorgeous estate.
See "Florida Flim-Flam
," July/August 2008 Church & State.
A large part of his mystique lies in his insistence on his message, and on the complexity of that message; and in his old-fashioned, almost stern will to cut the flim-flam
and, in a way so retro it's almost novel, to actually address the issues.
Ordinary Europeans should not be fooled by the flim-flam
Instead, he just airily refers readers to the New Scientist website but, if you're too busy to get around to that, you should just take his word for it: the planet is in great peril and anyone who raises a skeptical eyebrow and starts talking about the "medieval warm period" is just some huckster who's trying to confuse poor l'il ol' you with a lot of flim-flam
One example can be taken from the experiences of the skeptical author James Randi whose book Flim-flam
was planned for an initial publication run of 17,500 copies but was reduced to a third of that by the publisher and was declared out of print shortly after release despite outstanding orders for the book (Randi, 1982).
We had finally returned gravitas to British society and ridded our lives forever of the gossip, tittle-tattle and flim-flam
that had enveloped us for most of this century.
The book then turns to perpetual motion flim-flam
For some reason, local media go right along with this flim-flam
approach, accepting absurd won-lost records as if they were important and glorifying players and coaches as if they deserved the compliments.