Explore one of the world’s most beautiful coastal roads from Vancouver, Canada

View from the Tantalus Lookout along the Sea to Sky Highway — photo taken by myself

As we explore the world around us, we sometimes stumble upon a journey that is more beautiful, more enriching, and more breathtaking than our ultimate destination. Winding upwards from the beaches and inlets of the Greater Vancouver area, along clifftops overlooking the deep blue waters and forested islands of Howe Sound, and finally climbing towards the icy-white peaks of the Coast Mountains and the charming resort village of Whistler, the Sea to Sky Highway of British Columbia is more than just a way to get to where you’re going, it’s a destination in its own right.

There are a few…


And People Are Pissed.

Rioters in Belfast — BBC Northern Ireland https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-56664378

During the Black Death in Medieval Europe, almost 700 years ago, the various countries and cities across the continent issued a series of public health directives aimed at stemming the tide of death and destruction the Plague had brought with it.

The City State of Venice, for example, shut the city off to trade, paid gondoliers to ferry bodies tossed down into them to public mass graves, and closed down pubs.

The City of Pisa, meanwhile, limited the number of mourners at a funeral to only immediate family. With this exception: “none of this applies to the burial of knights…


Because they’re timid and afraid

Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash

In the rest of the world, countries that have their act together (even if only belatedly) are starting to see a downward trend in Covid infection rates and hospitalizations. Here in BC, we’re trending upwards again. Partially that’s because the Canadian Federal Government forgot to order vaccines. But it’s also because the BC government is managing the pandemic poorly.

We had done so well in the first and second wave. There have been less than 1,500 deaths. But in the past month or so, we’ve started to lose ground with this disease. It might be…


Ingredients for starting your day off right

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

I know I’m not the first person to tell you that a productive morning equals a productive day. I’m not going to tell you that you need to wake up at 4:30, run 10k, and crush at least 5 items on your to-do list before 7 am in order to fulfill your dreams and conquer the world.

I’m not naturally a morning person. I’ve struggled to get out of bed for most of my life. But.

When I get up at a decent time and follow my morning routine, everything seems brighter, happier…


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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When I moved to Canada from Northern Ireland, I only planned to stay a short time. A year or two at most. I hadn’t gotten funding for the PhD I wanted to do, I didn’t have anything else lined up, it was towards the end of the Great Recession and there were no jobs back home, and my parents had recently relocated to Canada. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and in many ways it was. And in many ways, it wasn’t. It’s almost a decade later and I’m still…


Making childbirth “delightful beyond measure”

Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

Earlier this week it was the 119th anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria. One hundred and nineteen years later she still commands interest and respect, and her influence continues to be felt in the most diverse aspects of modern life. We usually think of her, however, as a stern, joyless woman who never managed to smile in photographs. Someone who was very, well, Victorian. In many ways, she lived up to this image. But in many other ways she continues to surprise us.

The Queen and her beloved consort, Prince Albert, were enthusiastic advocates of technological and medical advancements…


by Paddy Ashdown

Ashdown, Paddy. 2019. Nein!: Standing Up to Hitler 1935–1944. HarperCollins Publishers Limited.

In Nein! Paddy Ashdown brilliantly brings to life the fascinating histories of the men in the German high command who plotted to bring down Hitler and end the Nazi regime.

There is, as Ashdown points out, a conception in the English-speaking world that very few Germans resisted Hitler, and that those who did resist only did so after it was apparent that Germany would lose the war. They were not so much heroes and resisters as fence-jumpers saving their own skin. Ashdown argues persuasively that this was far from the case.

I consider myself fairly well informed about World War…


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Netflix and Learn

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m attempting to learn a new language — German. I use apps, grammar books, podcasts, tutoring, and my personal favourite, German-language TV shows.

Watching TV in your target language is genius because you get to listen to real speech in real time — not the slowed down, stilted speech you hear on your German for Beginners podcast or on Duolingo. It’s great for your comprehension, and you get to become a little immersed for a few minutes a day in German culture and history. I often find it a nice change of pace from trying to…


Russian Hero or Soviet Flunky?

Aleksandr Gribovsky (1904–1974)

Early Life

Marina Raskova, born in 1912 in Russia, was a pioneering aviatrix, an inspiration to millions of young Russian women, and the founder and leader of the only all-female fighting force in World War 2.

As a young girl, Marina was an aspiring opera singer, but illness and lack of money forced her to choose the more practical path of studying chemistry. She didn’t become interested in aviation until 1931 when she started working in the drafting department at the Air Force Engineering Academy. She joined the VVS (Voyenno-Vozdushney Sily — Military Air Forces) in 1933 and became the first Russian…

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