Category: Canada

Bringing back the dead 3

Bringing back the dead

On Friday, March 15 2013, National Geographic hosted the first-ever public exploration of the subject of reviving extinct species at TEDxDeExtinction, a daylong event at Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC. The purpose of this event was...

Brunel would turn in his grave 0

Brunel would turn in his grave

The Paddington Hilton is not my favourite hotel. Its heyday as the Great Western Railway Hotel is sadly behind it. These days it’s a Hilton, and not a terribly good one. It has a...

the curious mailbox 0

the curious mailbox

After renting a short-stay apartment in Montreal for nearly 6 months, I am giving it up next week to save the boss some money over Christmas. For something to do, I decided to look...

Niagara by night 0

Niagara by night

Niagara by night is no longer a creature of the Falls. After dark the Falls fade into rainbow-coloured blurs across the gorge, supplanted by the neon glow of the Clifton Hill strip. Even on...

(O)possums and cultural imperialism 0

(O)possums and cultural imperialism

I was half-watching an ad on TV this evening. For some reason, this man who was cooking on a barbecue got his kids a possum to keep them busy. So the kids said “it’s...

…and the winner of the worst bed in business class goes to 1

…and the winner of the worst bed in business class goes to

South African Airways, narrowly defeating Qantas, who held the title unopposed until they introduced the “new” Skybed with the A380. This now means they are 5 years behind the curve instead of 10. I...

A grey weekend in Montreal 1

A grey weekend in Montreal

Montreal decided to slump back into spring again this weekend after a brief attempt at summer. If I wanted cold grey skies and rain in June I would have stayed home. A busy weekend...

The peasants are revolting… 1

The peasants are revolting…

or, more accurately, the students are demonstrating… Mild scenes were reported today from Montreal as local students celebrated the 100th day of protests against the increase of annual student fees from $2200 to $3800...

feeding time at the waterhole 1

feeding time at the waterhole

I really really wanted a swim this afternoon. This is the first weekend that the pool in my apartment building has had water in it. Unfortunately, here is how the pool looked at 5pm....

They know who you are… 0

They know who you are…

My apartment is supposed to have wire “less” broadband, but somehow the “less” is a “d”. Which would be fine, if my Kindle, iPod, iPad and MacBook Air weren’t all “less” and you can...