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
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!
According to Mark Twain, “It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” Substitute “blog” for “speech”, and it’s a blessing when a likely topic just falls into one’s lap. Continue reading Dropping a hot potato
The magnolia tree has been found in fossils dating back 36 million to 58 million years. Flowering plants only began to appear during the Cretaceous Period (145 to 65 million years ago); before that most trees had been seed-bearing plants or plants with cones. Continue reading “Loveliest of trees…”
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