RSSDelights

The French debacle in Dien Bien Phu

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
The French debacle in Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu is a market town in an almost preposterously remote corner of northwest Vietnam. Today it has a population of about 9,000. In 1953, however, it was so small it wasn’t even considered a community and, in fact, didn’t have a name. The phrase Dien Bien Phu translates roughly as “border-area administrative post.” […]

Continue Reading

Thomas Chandler Haliburton, aka Sam Slick

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Thomas Chandler Haliburton, aka Sam Slick

Thomas Haliburton was an upper-crust Tory, a successful lawyer and businessman who was appointed to Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court and held office in England after his retirement. He was wealthy, respected and influential — and deeply frustrated. As a member of the conservative elite, Haliburton could not freely express his progressive opinions in Nova Scotia […]

Continue Reading

Envoy’s Album

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Envoy’s Album

   

Continue Reading

An Italian castle in the woods

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
An Italian castle in the woods

The phrase “It was a dark and stormy night” might echo the thoughts of the new Italian ambassador when he arrived at his home on the Aylmer Road on a dark, frigid January night this year. But when he woke up, he found he was in one of the most beautiful diplomatic residences in the […]

Continue Reading

Margaret’s Table on TV: A preview

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Margaret’s Table on TV:  A preview

  Are you one of those ardent viewers of TV cooking shows? Many people do spend hours each day watching a myriad of chefs stir, toss, sauté, purée and whatever. Well, this fall, I am again joining the ranks of those zealous chefs who attempt to share their own brand of culinary skills with viewers […]

Continue Reading

The romance of late harvest wine production

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
The romance of late harvest wine production

Autumn is an exciting time in a vineyard. After a long year of work, patience and more than a little concern and anxiety, everything comes to fruition. In the Northern Hemisphere, the time for harvest can begin in September and, depending on the grape varietal, vineyard location, the year-to-date climatic conditions and the desired final […]

Continue Reading

Getting to your goals

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Getting to your goals

What does a diplomat living in Ottawa have in common with a public servant on the Hill or a private-sector CEO? Goals. Sure, the nature of the goals varies, but successful goal-pursuit is the defining common feature of success in any of our careers. We all have goals. We don’t all achieve them. The question […]

Continue Reading