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Not Much to Write About

It's been a couple of weeks now, while waiting for some greenery to emerge from under the snows, since I had much to post about in the Sparroworks Journal ... inspiration has been hampered somewhat by the tardy appearance of snowdrops, coupled with general foolishness in the wider world. So I offer an [...]

2022-03-13T11:58:53-04:00Sunday, March 13, 2022|commentary|

A Measured Response to the “Freedom Convoy”

The world is no doubt well aware of the misguided "Freedom to Do What We Like" truckers' convoy and rally descending on Ottawa this weekend to persuade our government to remove all vaccine etc mandates and more. They intend to demand the Governor General dissolves Parliament and appoints their leaders to run the [...]

2022-01-29T08:06:09-05:00Friday, January 28, 2022|commentary|

Deconstructing Murder

Time to come out to the world. With some trepidation and not a small amount of embarrassment. Since last year, on days when the TV news has been "all covid, all of the time" but not saying anything new, we have indulged ourselves by watching Midsomer Murders on the streaming channel. You will [...]

2022-01-23T12:44:40-05:00Sunday, January 23, 2022|commentary|

1968 – 2001 – 2022 Nostalgia

54 Years ago !! A few weeks before Christmas, after dithering for a couple of years, we took advantage of a seasonal offer at Best Buy and bought a new (Sony OLED) TV. This afternoon I finally got around to hooking up a DVD player - I mean, who uses DVD anymore? - [...]

2022-01-15T15:17:07-05:00Saturday, January 15, 2022|commentary, computing, Miscellaneous, Nostalgia|

“Stunky Owls?”

Computer Translation ... of a sort I am more and more coming to appreciate the wilder shores of the Facebook computer language translation system ... so much more fun than relying on Google to do the job. They discover brand new and unrecorded species every day. Here is the original French : [...]

2021-10-22T10:02:43-04:00Friday, October 22, 2021|Birding, birds|

Personal Thoughts on Social Media

Is it as bad as all that? Recent revelations about the sins of social media and especially the Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram empire have caused me to pause and think. I wonder if you agree with me? Undoubtedly, there is a lot of scope in a profit-driven organization like FB for misuse, even if due to [...]

2021-10-06T16:48:39-04:00Wednesday, October 6, 2021|commentary|

The Harrogate “Tut”.

This quotation from a book J and I are currently reading is directed at Yorkshire friends who will, I hope, instinctively know the lady in the last sentence. For everyone else, even those poor souls who do not know where Yorkshire is, I am sure that you will be amused. The book [...]

2021-09-02T18:54:47-04:00Thursday, September 2, 2021|commentary, England, Food|

Electric Future

Saving the planet, one electron at a time About six weeks ago now, we got rid of our very low mileage (kilometrage?) Honda Civic with only 16,500km on the clock after four years driving in exchange for a spiffy all-electric cross-over Hyundai Kona. We get 460km out of a battery full of electrons [...]

2021-06-16T18:29:54-04:00Tuesday, June 15, 2021|commentary, conservation|

A Very Symbolic Flower

White Poppies There has been much in the Canadian press this week about the 215 bodies found at a former indigenous residential school in the west of the country. Last week the Israelis and the Palestinians were hurling rockets at each other and the beastliness of the Chinese in Xinjiang province doesn’t [...]

2021-06-01T10:34:24-04:00Tuesday, June 1, 2021|Accounts, commentary|

The Dark Morris and Climate Change

Terry Pratchett wrote a wonderful book under the title of “Wintersmith” that mentioned the essential role of the annual silent performance of the Dark Morris in ensuring that winter arrives as it should. I was reminded today, the winter solstice, of this tradition and, as a former morris dancer/musician myself felt the need [...]

2020-12-22T09:09:44-05:00Tuesday, December 22, 2020|commentary, morris dance|
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