Archive for February, 2010

Frank facts Frank

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

I knew Frank Luntz when he had hair. That is, I first met him when he had less hair than he has today. But all of it, such as it was, was his own. Preston Manning had engaged Luntz to do polling for the Reform Party almost 20 years ago, long before he became a [...]

Crumbling under deadline pressure

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

“A tsunami triggered by the Chilean earthquake raced across the Pacific Ocean on Saturday, threatening Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast as well as hundreds of islands from the bottom of the planet to the top.” – AP Story on February 27 While our policy is never to make fun of natural disasters or human [...]

Another Martinus

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

“… and that athlete was another alumni of our olympic program…” – CBC Radio One Broadcastingwomanperson The young lady that dropped this unfortunate construction last week, after interviewing a Canadian olympic alumnus, is unfortunately not alone. The confusion over Latin-ish singulars versus plurals is very widespread. One need only think of the disappearance of the [...]

Owed to the Earth

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

We are pleased to host a guest post today by a young (well, at least younger than me) friend of the blog, Dave Terrance.  His full moniker will be revealed when he launches his own blog in the near future, so stay tuned for that.  In the meantime, here is his emotive response to the [...]

The Big Empty

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The big-mountain peak-to-valley off-piste skiing at Disentis, Switzerland is amazing. The biggest of these runs is Staldenfirn, a double-tour, double-descent route totalling more than 9,000 vertical feet. To read an illutrated pdf of my article on Disentis from the January 2010 issue of Backcountry Magazine, please click here.

The everything mountain

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Big Sky, Montana has some of the best skiing terrain in North America, including long north-facing runs akin to the classic big-mountain skiing of the Alps. To read an illustrated pdf of my article on Big Sky in the December 2009 issue of Ski Canada, please click here.

Highway to hell

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

“When you take your eyes off the road – even for a split second – you’re endangering all of society” – unidentified Ontario police officer on national television (paraphrase), commenting on the recent prohibition of handset-use-while-driving Trying to bluff your way out of a speeding ticket by asking, “D’you want me to watch the road [...]

Group shots – elbow room in South Tyrol, Italy

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

To read my article on off-piste skiing in Sulden by the famous Ortler Group, published in the December 2009 issue of Backcountry magazine, please click here.

Ignatieff’s Senate hypocrisy

Monday, February 1st, 2010

OK, I did it. I forced myself to watch Michael Ignatieff for 10 minutes, 52 seconds. Aye-yai-yai. Or should I say, I-I-I. Lot’s of the first person singular. For example: “When I listen to the Canadian middle class”. Or a two-fer: “I’m dealing with a situation I’m faced with.” And a three-fer: “I’m saying that, [...]