Archive for February, 2006

Alas and Alax

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

“Team Canada looked laxadaisical in Turin today, getting shut-out for the second game in a row” – Nick Purdon, CBC Radio Sports   This classic stupidism was actually given to us by our friend, and fellow stupidism collector (e.g. “he got his dandruff up”) Mark Kihn, some time ago. We were just waiting for a journalist [...]

Yugos won’t go

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

In what became a prophetic statement, German chancellor Otto von Bismarck said that the Balkans weren’t worth “the bones of one Pomeranian grenadier”. Over 100 years later we are still talking about the Balkans in the same vein. A quagmire, a powder keg. The Globe and Mail is devoting a whole series to the Balkans [...]

Snowcat skiing’s bucking bronco

Saturday, February 25th, 2006

There’s something special about a 38-degree slope. The skis can run free and one feels united with gravity so that skiing brings an earthbound man as close as he can come to a bird in flight. Today brought several such sublime experiences, as well as numerous laps of merely excellent skiing. All of it deep [...]

Shrouded in Torino

Friday, February 24th, 2006

The site’s first revenue-generating work! (Well, sort of. The item below was commissioned by the National Past last week but, unbeknownst to our editors, a regular syndicated columnist submitted a piece on the same subject just before we did. The article didn’t run, but our editor at the Post graciously offered to pay our full fee in recompense. [...]

Celebrating those f’ing cowfolk

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

If parts of the B.C Interior feel like they’re in a time warp, it’s not just due to the antiquated infrastructure and latter day hippies (or Latter Day polygamists for that matter). It’s because in many areas the only available radio is CBC Radio One. Last week, as Mr. K so shamelessly mentioned, teachers’ professional [...]

Honeymoon or polling incoherence?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

According to this story in yesterday’s National Post, a solid majority – 62 percent – of Canadians think floor-crossing MP David Emerson should resign his seat and run as a Conservative. In isolation, this suggests the Emerson imbroglio has done serious damage to the new prime minister, Stephen Harper. Yet the same poll gave Harper [...]

We are fambly

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Today I received several baffled inquiries from Eastern correspondents wondering at the relative somnolence they encountered while attempting to contact Alberta businesses during daylight hours. The proclamation of Alberta’s February statutory holiday, “Family Day”, triggered much derision when then-premier Donald Getty (or “Spaghetti” as some called him) hatched the idea in the forgotten mists of history, i.e., the [...]

Big vs. Little Turns

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Click here to read my take on whether the present-day freeride era has erased old-style short turns from relevance. It’s my Western View column in the Winter 2006 Ski Canada.

Separated at birth, or merely of the same mind?

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Iraqi firebrand Moqtada al-Sadr…   …and paranoid actor George Clooney

Graham crackers

Friday, February 17th, 2006

As the former Liberal government’s defence minister, Bill Graham could be relied upon to cower behind circumspection whenever clear thinking and tough words were called for. Now that he’s been named Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, he’s apparently attempting to transform himself into a macho political warlord. This week Graham began rhetorically exploding like [...]