Archive for February, 2012

Australian odyssey: reefs and rainforests

| February 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
Australian odyssey: reefs and rainforests

 Cairns: Days 1-6 As a natural spectacle, North Queensland is comparable to the Rockies in Canada or Death Valley in the U.S. It offers, in other words, a unique experience. On my 14-day tour, I made sure to visit Cairns and Port Douglas before heading south to Sydney. Cairns (pronounced ‘cannes’) has the towel and […]

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New Arrivals – Winter 2012

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
New Arrivals – Winter 2012

New heads of mission Agostinho Tavares da Silva Neto Ambassador of Angola Mr. Tavares da Silva Neto joined Angola’s foreign ministry in 1977 after completing studies at the Karl Marx Institute in Luanda. Much later, he would also complete a degree in international relations at the University of Brasilia. But before that, he held several […]

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Envoy’s Album

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album

         

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Exotic grandeur in Rockcliffe

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Exotic grandeur in Rockcliffe

When a house is sold during a game of bridge, the players might need a little glass of port to get over the shock. When the deal is made between the guys over a drink in the library without consulting their wives, a double is probably in order. It sounds like fiction but it actually […]

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Pinot Noir: From Burgundy – and beyond

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Pinot Noir: From Burgundy – and beyond

Pinot Noir can provide one of the greatest experiences a wine drinker can have. Young wines entice with aromatics and flavours of cherry, plums and violets. As Pinot matures, the wines grow more savoury and aspects of mushroom, earth and game evolve. On the palate, the texture is extraordinary. This is a red wine which […]

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Crêpes morph and evolve

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Crêpes morph and evolve

  Who doesn’t like crêpes? When in doubt over what to serve, you can always turn to crêpes. Although many see them as a special treat for breakfast (and so they are), they may be creatively introduced into virtually any part of a menu. Crêpes Suzette set aflame with brandy can proudly lay claim to […]

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The big Pig War

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
The big Pig War

The boundary between Canada and the United States was a matter of dispute between 1783 and 1872, when the issue was arbitrated by German Emperor Wilhelm I. The last portion of the boundary had been ambiguously determined by the Oregon Treaty of 1846, which extended the 49th parallel “to the middle of the channel which […]

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How Anglo-American diplomacy averted ‘world war’

| February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
How Anglo-American diplomacy averted ‘world war’

  As we begin to observe the bicentenary of the War of 1812, it’s hard to miss the importance of a passage on the very first page (the first of 958) in Amanda Foreman’s impressive new book A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War (Random House of Canada, $40). One […]

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Dabaab’s dilemma

| February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Dabaab’s dilemma

Kenya’s refugee camps, the largest in the world, are overcrowded. What to do?   More than 100,000 Somalis have fled to Kenya in the past six months to escape a drought and famine that has decimated the East African country. They trek across barren, drought-ravaged, sand-covered land in blowing wind to do so. Then, they […]

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Our Top 10 smallest countries in the world

| February 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Our Top 10 smallest countries in the world

These microstate countries have influenced or inspired their larger neighbours, through various means — economic muscle, political skill, environmental and moral leadership.   Size matters. The reality is that the smallest sovereign states might not receive a whole lot of respect from the larger, more populous members of the international community. Many so-called microstates are […]

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