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Free Trip to Egypt

Free Trip to Egypt

October 6, 2019

Free Trip to Egypt is a documentary film project dreamed up by Egyptian-Canadian-Swiss software entrepreneur, Tarek Mounib.

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Escalator photo by Arthur Edelman on Unsplash

Is it bad to walk on an escalator?

September 21, 2019

In which Hedley resists the efficiency imperative of Uytae Lee’s CBC critique of escalator-walking.

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dumpling house

On Ducks and Dumplings

September 9, 2018

Recent dining adventures in Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC

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hope in the dark - rebecca solnit

My Year of (few) Books: 2017

January 1, 2018

As 2017 ends and the next year begins, a a brief summary of books read in the past year. It’s a shorter list than usual.

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bookpile

My Year of Books: 2016

January 2, 2017

Another year, another stack of #95books, or as near to it as I get.

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My Year of Books: 2015

December 31, 2015

I spent another year tweeting my books using the #95books hashtag. I shall herewith provide the summary for 2015.

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A Small Conventicle of Magpies

June 30, 2015

It’s been almost eight months since i wrote positively about my initial experiences of Calgary. If you recall, number eight on the list was the locally-ubiquitous Black-billed magpie.

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Bragg Creek

Bragg Creek

May 1, 2015

Now that the weather is a bit better, I can leave the city on my bike and enjoy a reduced likelihood of hypothermia. Yesterday, I did that for the first time.

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Signs Preceding the End of the World

My Year of Books: 2014

December 31, 2014

Here, book lovers, is my 2014 reading list. I hope that, as I have had my literary world broadened through my exposure to other readers, some of you may also discover new writers through my list.

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A brief meditation on snow

November 28, 2014

After so many years of wet Vancouver snows (roughly one week of each winter), I’d forgotten how pleasant a dry, powdery accumulation can be.

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Bow River

In Which I Say Positive Things About Calgary

November 9, 2014

Yes, there are some obvious drawbacks to Calgary, and I’ll probably complain about all of them at one time or another. But one doesn’t have to dig too deeply to come up with things to like, either. Here are my top ten, so far.

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phantom of the paradise

Phantom of the Paradise

September 14, 2014

In 1974, a destined-for-cult-status campy rock musical written and directed by Brian De Palma was released to a great flood of inattention: Phantom of the Paradise was a bit of a flop. De Palma’s eighth film was successful in only one North American market, which just happened to be my market at the time – Winnipeg.

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The Teachers’ Strike: An Immodest Proposal

September 11, 2014

An alternative, if unconventional, tactic for dealing with BC Premier Christy Clark’s apparent anti-teacher vendetta (and other problems).

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Bow River

September Intent

September 2, 2014

September is a favoured month, one of my twelve most favoured months, in fact. I think of September as my New Year.

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The World According to Bing

April 13, 2014

Facebook comments, posted in Mandarin, translated by Bing.

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b.b. gabor

B.B. Gabor

April 5, 2014

BB Gabor was the stage name of Gabor Hegedus, whose family had fled Hungary during the ill-fated 1956 revolution.

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Frantic City

Phonographica: Frantic City

March 19, 2014

Wandering through early music, one record at a time.

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Revisiting vinyl, for better and for worse

March 5, 2014

Last fall, shortly before I left for India, I acquired something that I haven’t thought much about in at least twenty years. I bought a phonograph.

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