Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Home, sick

Looks like I will be spending this weekend at home. I think I have the flu. My throat is sore, I have chest pains, and I'm really, really tired. Thankfully, I have a laptop and a high-speed internet connection, because otherwise I'd go crazy.

Here's a fun blog to read: Overheard in New York, which chronicles snatches of overheard conversations in the world's kookiest city. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

I'm telling you for the last time

It's "Au contraire". Not "Oh, contraire!"

It's "correct me if I'm wrong". Not "current me if I'm wrong."

It's "for all intents and purposes". Not "for all intensive purposes".

Thursday, 12 July 2012

You say "The Beaches", I say "The Beach"

Last Saturday, Phil and I had lunch in The Beaches. Or The Beach. There is a lot of debate about what the neighbourhood's "real" name is. If I have my local history right, it was originally "The Beach", and then people started referring to it as The Beaches, because there was more than one - Balmy Beach, Scarboro Beach etc. Some insist that the "correct" name is The Beach and get very aerated when people persist in calling it The Beaches. About 20 years ago, the city of Toronto put up street signs that identified the neighbourhood as The Beaches, and the resulting firestorm of controversy led to the signs being taken down and replaced. Your tax dollars at work, people.

It's funny, isn't it, what will get the knickers of the priveleged classes into a twist? But anyway.

Here's what gets my own knickers twisted: vandalism. The Leuty Lifeguard Station is a heritage building, dating back to the 1920s. It was almost demolished. It cost thousands and thousands of dollars to restore - money that was raised by citizens who didn't want to lose it. The creeps who did this should be made to lick the graffitti off. Naked. In January.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Yon White - Resume

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Dubai Invests in Rwanda

Last week, Dubai World, Dubai's investment holding company, announced it will invest $230 million in Rwanda's tourism industry. Dubai World plans to build a five-star tented park at the base of the country's famed gorilla preserve at Volcanoes National Park, an airstrip and hotel at Akagera Park, and a tea estate adjacent to a proposed four-star hotel at Nyungwe forest.

The Rwanda Investments and Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA) is aggressively courting ICT and tourism investments as part Vision 2020, an ambitious plan to transform Rwanda into a middle-income country by the year 2020.

When I was in Kigali last summer, I spoke to some officers at RIEPA about Vision 2020, and they showed me these really beautiful sketches of luxury cabins, best described as castles of glass, perched over a lake. I believe they had commissioned an American architecture firm to do the drawings. "All we need is an investor," they said. It was one of the many moments during my three weeks in Rwanda where I thought, "Damn, I can't help but admire the sheer audacity of this government's dreams."

Looks like audacity is paying off.

Here's some info on the Dubai World investment in French and English.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Busy weekend

Just got back from the biggest range trip ever. I managed to fit nineteen, yes 19, guns in the back of my Nissan. There's still that 8mm Mauser I bought three months ago that's still in the box, so I didn't take it along. But, the important thing is, they all got their exercise and there is no more dust lingering in their barrels. Had two buddies and a 10-year old kid with me. We all had a great time. Got a chance to break in the Browning lever-action .22 and try out the Sig P220. I also tested the H&R single-shot 12 gauge break-action I picked up a while back. Word of warning: recoil is much worse with an ultra-light shotgun. Even light loads seem like buckshot. On the plus side, I found that it ejects shells quite enthusiastically.

Now here's a home surgery story for the books; for a long time, I've noticed a skin tag just below my left underarm. More recently, I've looked for the best way of dealing with these nuisances. Google skin tag if you don't know what one is. It wasn't large, by any means, just a floppy piece of growth shorter than a .22 bullet. Several sources stated that skin tags are benign and can be removed by any means available, as long as everything was sterile during the removal.

So, I decided that tonight was as good a time as any, and right before I got into the shower, I grabbed my Kershaw(the knife pictured in the post below) and proceeded to saw away at it. It was tricky, because I had to pinch it with the fingers of my left hand, while looking in the mirror and trying to find the right place to cut. Wow, those Kershaws are like scalpels! After a considerable amount of blood got on the blade, and trickled down my side, I had successfully removed my own skin tag. YMMV.