Archive for July, 2021

Photography: The new art of diplomacy

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Photography: The new art of diplomacy

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what power does that give an ambassador with an entire gallery to draw upon? Add the fact that the cumulative effect of those thousands of inspirational “words” can be understood in every language, and you’ll begin to appreciate the enthusiastic support Take Your Seat’s photography is garnering […]

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2021

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Envoy’s Album – Summer 2021

                                           

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The flavour-packed skin of grapes and why it matters

The flavour-packed skin of grapes and why it matters

Most wine grapes’ characteristics and colour come from the skins. Grape pulp houses sugars, water and acids, but it’s the thin protective layer that gives the grape its true character. Tannins, volatile aromatic compounds and bitterness all come from the skin. And upon it? Blooms of yeast, the inoculant for fermentation, can be found on […]

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New Arrivals – Summer 2021

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New Arrivals – Summer 2021

New Arrivals Alfred Kenneth Russell High Commissioner for Bahamas After a long career at the Bahamas Oil Refinery, High Commissioner Russell became a justice of the peace and a member of the housing commission for the island of Grand Bahama. He was then responsible for public works as a council representative and then chairman of […]

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A trio of summertime eats

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A trio of summertime eats

Regardless of all that is happening around us, summer is the time to celebrate the outdoors — barbecuing, al fresco dining and savouring the flavours of the season. If you are in search of some easy inspiration, consider my Extraordinary Roast Beef Bites, where mini popover shells prove to be the perfect base upon which […]

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Portraits of Canada

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Portraits of Canada

Note: Given the continuing uncertainty of public-health lockdowns, be sure to check with museums and galleries before visiting, as dates listed here could change. It’s been a long time coming,” sang the Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, “it’s well worth the wait.” It seems appropriate to use the Tragically Hip — a band that wrote lyrical […]

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China: A hidden workforce and education crisis

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China: A hidden workforce and education crisis

One recent, pre-COVID-era Christmas, I searched out the neighbourhood Canadian Tire for an instant-read thermometer, a gift for the cook in the family. There were several types on display, and out of curiosity, I started to scan the “Made in …” labels to see if I could find one not manufactured in China. No luck. […]

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Paul Kagame: Rwanda’s despot?

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Paul Kagame: Rwanda’s despot?

Luring Paul Rusesabagina, the hero of Hotel Rwanda, to Kigali to be tried for “treason” for opposing the regime of President Paul Kagame is hardly the first “clever” Lukashenko-like entrapment of Rwandans who dare to criticize the tight-fisted manner in which Kagame has run his otherwise oft-praised African government. Much earlier, thugs sent by Kagame […]

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Hope and despair coexist in Niger

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Hope and despair coexist in Niger

Niger is a country of 22 million people in Africa’s Sahel — a region that stretches for thousands of miles south of the Sahara across several countries. One of the poorest countries in the world, it has for decades provided refuge to people forced to flee their homes to escape devastating violence. The Sahel is […]

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China’s options to seize Taiwan

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China’s options to seize Taiwan

There is much in the news lately about an increase in tensions between China and Taiwan. Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province that must be reunited with the mainland. This has been a cornerstone of Chinese national security policy since Mao’s Communist Party’s victory over the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-Shek in 1949 and […]

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