Let’s get political

On Friday, in his enforced absence, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo will receive the Nobel Peace Prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Continue reading Let’s get political


Doctor Zhivago lives on!

It is 45 years since David Lean’s film of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago captivated – and perhaps transformed – the lives of countless adolescents. Who cannot recall the snowy landscapes and romantic imagery? Who cannot hum “Lara’s Theme”? Continue reading Doctor Zhivago lives on!

Not too late to be impressed

I am telling all my friends to discover David Milne. One of the revelations living in Canada is that Europe does not have a monopoly on fine art. The Group of Seven can hold their own against French post-impressionists any time. The money may be in Monet, but landscape has never been the same since the Canadians entered the fray. Continue reading Not too late to be impressed