Archive for July, 2013

Costa Rica: a natural wonder

Costa Rica: a natural wonder

They say the best things come in small packages and Costa Rica is a real-life example of small-package delights. The Central American country sits between two oceans and helps bridge North and South America, a geographical position that has ensured natural riches and cultural diversity. Costa Rica houses close to 5 percent of the world’s […]

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The land once known as Formosa

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The land once known as Formosa

Today’s Taiwan was once called Formosa, a name that means “beautiful island” in Portuguese and Latin. You’ll soon see it deserves its former name should you come to visit this country, with its colourful past and continuing status as a region that acts as an independent, democratic state, though it’s only formally acknowledged as such […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2013

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New Arrivals – Summer 2013

Julio Antonio Garmendía Ambassador of Cuba Mr. Garmendia has a degree in Russian literature and translation and a degree in political science. He joined the foreign service in 1975 and soon became head of the department of state’s committee on economic cooperation. His first posting came in 1982 as deputy economic counsellor in the Soviet […]

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A home full of Chilean charm

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A home full of Chilean charm

Looking from the street at the Rockcliffe home of Chile’s ambassador, it’s hard to reconcile what you see with the flamboyant atmosphere that greets you inside. The rather severe two-storey redwood and yellow brick exterior hides a warm joie-de-vivre inside. Built by Ottawa land developer Harold Shenkman and his wife, Belle, a well-known arts philanthropist, […]

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The score on wine scores

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The score on wine scores

As with any purchase, many factors can impact the decisions of a wine buyer. For some, it’s the attractiveness of a label, the variety of choice or even their own cultural bias. Complicating matters for many is the perception that, to purchase a delicious wine, one needs a stupefying amount of knowledge. What is seen […]

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Korea: The forgotten war

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Korea: The forgotten war

When is a war not a war? For the Korean War, the answer is not always clear. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ceasefire of a war that not everyone describes that way. It had ambiguous beginnings, more than 20 participating countries, and still no formal end. But some things are evident. This […]

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Korea: Yin-Yang Cuisine

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Korea: Yin-Yang Cuisine

  With the mention of the word Korea, tastes of smoky, sweetly marinated thin slices of grilled beef (bulgogi), extraordinary barbecued ribs (kalbi), memorable soya sauce-scented noodles with various vegetables (japchae) and fire-hot kimchi, all compete simultaneously in exciting my appetite. Ambassador Cho Hee-yong recognizes my enthusiasm and admits that Korean food is playing an […]

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Summer reading: From Beverley Baxter to Joseph Kennedy

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Summer reading: From Beverley Baxter to Joseph Kennedy

I’m not sure whether this was a joke or an urban legend, but there was supposedly a period in the 1950s when some members of the Canadian reading public were said to confuse Beverley Nichols with Beverley Baxter. Mr. Nichols was a prolific English author best known for his too-numerous books about gardening and cats. […]

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Cradle of war to one of peace ?

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Cradle of war to one of peace ?

As much as anywhere in Europe, the recent history of the western Balkans has been written in blood. From its role in igniting the First World War, via the occupation and resistance of the Second World War, to the battles and barbarity that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia, the people of the region have suffered […]

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Canada’s defence on right track

Canada’s defence on right track

Looking back, one feels almost nostalgic about the comparative stability of the Cold War era. Yes, there were tense times and hot proxy wars, but the world’s two superpowers were constrained by the prospect of mutually assured destruction. Today, acts of terrorism kill thousands and cost billions; cyber-attacks can cripple a country or an industry […]

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