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THE POWER OF A WELL-SHOT PHOTOGRAPH

THE CONTRARIAN The ‘sea turtle’ business reminds me of some of the remarkable examples of a superior photograph having far-reaching effects. An obvious one would be some 40 years ago, the little girl, clothes all blown away, running toward the … Continue reading

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OLIVE ON A TOOTHPICK

THE CONTRARIAN Old-timers will remember when we might find bugs or worms or spoilage in our macaroni or oatmeal or flour if it was in the pantry very long. Not anymore, as long as we keep it in the box … Continue reading

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ANARCHISTS

THE CONTRARIAN WILLY BRANT’S DIARY   Joe was really cheerful when I met him at the group mailbox yesterday morning. Said he had been up half the night, and was quite pleased with himself, as he had managed to distill … Continue reading

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DONALD TRUMP, SAVIOUR?

THE CONTRARIAN   As you know from previous scribblings, I am fascinated by the notion of ‘Megatrends’, from a book of that name by John Naisbitt. He describes changes as ‘trends’, things going in a particular direction, and he describes … Continue reading

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OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM

  O CANADA Considering the word ‘Canada’ is a mistranslation of the word for village (or was it house, or even outhouse) in a native language now disappeared, it is kind of appropriate   OUR HOME Well, not exactly.  Since … Continue reading

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DOLPHIN-BRAINS

THE CONTRARIAN A page from Willy Brant’s diary — Joe and I were returning from our periodic shopping trip to the Vermilion Bay co-op, where you can find real stuff, not just ‘made in China’ crap. Joe especially likes the … Continue reading

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minntario??

Letter to MacLean’s Magazine, August 15, 2015 Dear Editor You seem to have missed the most dramatic race in Ontario in your election coverage last week. That is where a sitting Conservative Cabinet Minister is being challenged by a former … Continue reading

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