Still keen on Argentine

Posted: August 12, 2011 at 8:52 am   /   Columnists

At the beginning of the 19th century, Argentina boasted the 8th largest economy in the world. With these riches the middle and upper classes of Buenos Aires enjoyed lifestyles on par with those in Paris, London and New York. The wine industry catered to this class as most of the wine produced in Argentina remained […]

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Where’s my energy?

Posted: August 12, 2011 at 8:52 am   /   Columnists

It’s half past summer and I’m having a tough time getting this week started. I’m tired of battling the long lines of traffic on our main roads. I’m tired of grocery stores filled to the brim with vacationers who should have a look in a mirror before they head into town to stock up on […]

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Golfing history in the County

Posted: July 27, 2011 at 9:46 am   /   Columnists

The Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. George Cumming was a popular pro and teacher at the Toronto Golf Club, and he was elected as the first president of the organization. In 1988, Lou Garrison won the CPGA Seniors’ Championship in London, Ontario. That title was certainly the highlight of […]

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Keen on Argentine

Posted: July 27, 2011 at 9:41 am   /   Columnists

The land of tango is inherently passionate about wine. Argentina, colonized by the Spanish in the early 1500s, followed the well-worn path of establishing vineyards to sustain the local demand and supply of sacramental wine for the Catholic missionaries. In 1557, the Jesuits established vineyards in Santiago by planting mission grapes imported from Chile. This […]

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News of the world

Posted: July 27, 2011 at 9:38 am   /   Columnists

Last week a young friend asked me the epic, “What’s this world coming to” question. How the H E double bench dips would I know if the world is coming to anything or anywhere. But he was concerned and, from the look on his face, he wanted an answer. At the time we just happened […]

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“…let me live it as a 1.5”

Posted: July 27, 2011 at 9:30 am   /   Columnists

My little personal soap opera about my ‘deep brain stimulation’ surgery is turning into a threepart miniseries. Episode one saw me about to enter hospital worried whether I would be assigned a humour therapist who told bad jokes. Episode two had me recollecting the low point of my surgery as the frantic search for an […]

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Still image

Posted: July 22, 2011 at 12:31 pm   /   Columnists

Here’s a discussion (which usually deteriorates into an argument) I won’t be having with anyone, anytime soon—photography as an art form. Nope. It just isn’t going to happen. I will, however, tell you how I feel about photography as an art form and not because I’m a photographer or LOML is a photographer or because […]

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The Kids are alright at Ivor Wynne Stadium

Posted: July 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm   /   Columnists

For those of you who recognize the name of the stadium, I am sure you can hear echoes of “Oskee Wee Wee” faintly in the distance. There were manly cheers for the Hamilton Tiger Cats last Saturday, as they demolished the winless Saskatchewan Roughriders. The final score was 33 to 3. The Ticats emerged from […]

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Viva Brazil y Uruguay

Posted: July 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm   /   Columnists

During the late 15th century to the mid 18th century, the Treaty of Tordesillas, between Spain and Portugal, divided South America. Portugal was given possession of Monte Pascoal, now known as Brazil. It was customary for early settlers to attempt to emulate the life and luxuries of their homeland and for the Portuguese, wine was […]

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Who cares

Posted: July 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm   /   Columnists

On Thursday, July 14, if we don’t walk our opinions and questions into Shire Hall, we’ll be up Black Creek without a paddle. What opinions and question, you ask? Well, exactly. The “new” municipal council has asked the residents of the County to, once again, shout out from the stands (in writing or in person) […]

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