Monthly Archives: February 2013

Deadlines and procrastination from uhtceare to lychnobios

Sometime ago I commented in my Ramblings on a book I was reading called ‘The Etymologicon’ by Mark Forsyth.  For someone like me who is fascinated by the origins and obscure connexions of words it was a goldmine, and like … Continue reading

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Vancouver: surviving a grey, wet Family Day

In his book ‘Notes from a Small Island’ Bill Bryson records that when he arrived one Sunday in Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales that it was raining and that it was closed (I paraphrase from memory because someone has borrowed … Continue reading

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Vancouver on a sunny Sunday in February

A month skiing in the Rockies is at an end.  My visit to Canada is nearly at an end. I had heard so many good things about Vancouver that I decided to spend a few days in the city before … Continue reading

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Whistler in brief

Whistler is very different from Banff in many respects.  It has a resident population of 10,500 compared with Banff’s 7,500 yet styles itself a village and nurtures that image.  Banff retains the character of a ‘frontier’ town, a place which … Continue reading

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Given the bird

Skiing finished now.  I survived relatively intact.  Tomorrow I’ll post impressions of Whistler but this is just a very brief note to correct a mistake In the last post on the blog I included photos of a bird which I … Continue reading

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Whistler-Blackcomb: snow and skiing

OK, so I’ve been skiing now for 3 weeks and apart from a brief gripe about snowboarders there has been virtually no evidence on the blog that I have done any skiing.  Time to correct that. But first a brief … Continue reading

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Banff: a Canadian Rockies town in Winter

Apologies for the blog-free zone.  I’ve been in Whistler since Saturday, skiing every day on either or both of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.  But I’ll come to those another time.  I couldn’t leave Banff behind without giving some impressions of … Continue reading

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