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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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A few words about peanut butter

March 2, 2014

It’s not widely known, but the first day of the month is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.

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Imagining the next 50 years

June 12, 2013

Birthdays aren’t very important to me, generally: I don’t think I’ve had a party for one since Pierre Trudeau was in his first term as Canada’s Prime Minister.

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What’s in a name?

May 29, 2013

Not much has changed about wine bottles in thirty years, but the marketing seems to have shifted a bit. It seems that one can now buy a wine that contains a label intended to appeal to whatever taste, obsession, or fetish with which one’s attention is most occupied.

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After the BC Book Prizes

May 5, 2013

On Saturday I travelled to Victoria for the 29th Annual BC Book Prizes awards ceremony, which takes place at Government House under the auspices of the Lieutenant Governor.

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You say you want a revolution?

March 24, 2013

Because I was in the middle of turning sixteen at the time of the 1979-ish Islamic Revolution, my attention wasn’t exactly riveted on the details of the events, though I was a daily reader of newspapers as a youth.

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When hibernation begins to end

February 11, 2013

Though I witness it yearly, and have done so for the better part of a half-century, the pace of the transition of the seasons, winter to spring and fall to winter, always surprises me anew.

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Snow Trauma in Vancouver

December 19, 2012

It’s snowing in Vancouver today, and if you’ve even been here you know what that means: innumerable diatribes about how Vancouverites don’t know how to drive in snow. It’s an absurdly tiresome bit of small talk that is simultaneously both accurate and bullshit.

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Security tips for progressive bankers

November 1, 2012

Maybe if you grew up in some sort of comfortable, middle-class suburban ideal (cough, cough) Vancity’s security questions don’t sound particularly troublesome. But if you think about them a little, they represent a pretty specific sort of idealised western life experience.

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