France defeats Brazil on Canada Day ~

There were a lot of very sad Brazilian students in the Vancouver streets today, after their team lost to France 0-1 in the FIFA World Cup. I’m not one to praise commercial sports too much, but still, as Numérobis would say, “Ça fait plaisir.” France advances to the semi-finals and will play against Portugal. They…

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Amazing vertical dancers ~

Vancouver, like most other cool places, likes jazz. Our jazz festival is currently enthusiastically jamming – pardon the pun – the city streets. Water St., main artery of Gastown, was closed off to car traffic for two days and on a perfectly sunny Saturday afternoon, I happened to wander by. Music was flowing from a…

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Anthology of deserts

They are dry and cruel, and merciless. They know no boundaries. When I think of deserts, my mind fills with sand, stones, heat and hopes for survival. I picture snakes, scorpions and mirages, and my defenses instinctively go up. But at the same time, there is a deeper call that resonates through the scorching air:…

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