Rural portraits in bronze

Two bronze figurines by the Canadian artist Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté are on my growing list of objects to be coveted. Along with all his works, every time I see them they attract me more and more. Continue reading Rural portraits in bronze


Skating on (thin) ice in Ottawa

Canadians know that each year the city of Ottawa puts on a glorious festival dedicated to winter pursuits: ice skating, ice sculpting, and fooling around in the snow. Winterlude takes place 4-21 February 2011 and recalls the kermis and winter fairs of old. Continue reading Skating on (thin) ice in Ottawa

Small is beautiful, nano is exquisite!

It’s an intriguing thought that if you took all the space out of all the people in the world, what was left over would occupy the size of a sugar cube. That was the starting point of “What is the World Made Of?” presented by Michael Mosley in the series “The Story of Science” currently being broadcast on TVO (Canada). Continue reading Small is beautiful, nano is exquisite!

Singin’ the blues

Lapis lazuli is a semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense blue colour. For over 6,000 years it has been mined in Afghanistan, from where the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians obtained it. There are also deposits near Lake Baikal in Siberia and, in a lighter blue form, around Ovalle in Chile. Continue reading Singin’ the blues

Let’s end the deception over Iran!

The media became “weapons of mass deception” in the war on terror. That’s the opinion of Danny Schechter, executive editor of, who hung the label on U.S. media for its uncritical repetition of government sources of information leading up to the disastrous war on Iraq. Now it’s Iran’s turn. Continue reading Let’s end the deception over Iran!

Travelling in Time (Part II)

Time travel is logically impossible. But if it could be done, one might choose to be present at the birth of Christ, to meet Eleanor of Aquitaine, to talk with Richard Feynman, or to have tea with Elvis Presley. As for me, I’d be at the New Year’s Concert in Vienna in 1992. Continue reading Travelling in Time (Part II)