Posts from the ‘History’ category

Visiting Auschwitz and the Schindler Museum

To get to Auschwitz, you take a 90-minute bus ride west of Krakow, through suburbs, exurbs and, finally, the Polish countryside. The camp, officially called the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, is on the outskirts of a town called O?wi?cim.

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Old stones

Last weekend we cleaned out the back garden of our house. Renovations are just wrapping up, and the tilers had just finished their work. As such,…

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Archie and the gang visit Expo ’86

Julie recently discovered a comic book in her storage boxes. It’s “The World of Archie”, and is more or less propaganda for Expo ’86. She says…

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Reflections on a reunion

Last night was my 20th high school reunion. It was held in a night club in West Vancouver. That, on the face of it, sounds bizarre…

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Enchanter and My Next Meal

I always need to know where my next meal is coming from. During the average work day, I raise the question “what should we have for…

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Looking at yourself, 20 years later

This September, I’m attending my 20-year high school reunion. The invitation got me thinking about Facebook’s influence on reunions, and about a video I made twenty…

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Musical nostalgia for the grungy 90’s

Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation is Steven Hyden’s crunchy love song to the rise and fall of grunge music. It’s one part nostalgic remembrance, one part…

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Will multi-use theatres become the new small town cinema?

I grew up in West Vancouver. Up until the time I left for university, West Van had two movie theatres operating a total of five cinemas–the…

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