Ikea….Urban Designer?

Despite the suspicious fact that the following article appeared in the Globe and Mail on April Fool’s Day, some light Googling for independent corroboration convinces me that there’s more than a grain of truth to it.  Even if it’s a joke, it’s still a thoughtful read that provokes some interesting and serious questions about urban […]

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The Apotheosis of a Garden Tool

So the sky is falling, again.  World markets are trembling with the anticipation of further calamitous woes and the experts that guide us are looking nervously past the raining mayhem to the heavens with a pleading eye.  The answers that we think we knew are proving ineffectual, and we seem increasingly unsure of where to […]

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Observations From A Broken Watch

Yesterday I awoke to a broken watch.  Struggling out of bed I looked at the time and realised that it couldn’t possibly be right.  There was no movement, the hands frozen at a point in time now belonging to history.

Watched items

And before anything else my first thought was that I couldn’t afford a new watch right now.  My mind spun through options, and budgets, and savings accounts trying to determine how much I could afford to spend.  Should I buy a cheap temporary replacement while I saved up for a good one?  Could I make do for a while without a watch, using my cell phone as a clock?  Should I just whip out my credit card and bite the bullet and go all out.  I am partial to a nice watch, and perhaps this was the excuse I needed to upgrade. Read More

A Pre-emptive Defense of Vegetarianism. Read first, then you may attack. Thank you.

The modern age seems superficially to have conquered many of the unfortunate isolations that accompany dietary restrictions.  While it may be disturbing, to be sure, to note the rise of previously uncommon conditions, such as coeliac’s disease, nut allergies, fish allergies, voluntary vegetarianism –  if nothing else the modern prevalence of such has allowed many […]

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Some Words About Democracy

The world moves so quickly that it’s very difficult to be topical as a writer unless you write fast. Which I don’t. This post began at the dawn of the Egyptian uprising, but very quickly the sentiments behind my writing became outdated as the Mubarak regime tumbled.  And soon the rolling rebellion rumbled on, to […]

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Everyone Likes a Good Tax Rant (and no, Tea Party sympathisers, I don’t think we should stop paying them…read on for details).

So, as a disclaimer to my foreign fans, the following post has a certain geographical relevance that may not mean much to you if you live outside Canada.  Please indulge me by sitting through this one short rant about a localised issue, and perhaps as a bonus you’ll be able to note some broader significance […]

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The Biggest WikiLeaks Revelation of Them All: Our Leaders are (gasp) Human After All

As the secret diplomatic cables keep dripping through the pinhole WikiLeaks puncture into the public’s lap, one thought keeps rising to the top of all the others: “Phew, our leaders are human after all!”.  Our politicians and elected spokespeople get so good sometimes at talking around the elephant in the room that one wonders whether […]

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