“…briefly during WW II Canada is the second wealthiest country in the world! Watch the Canadian flag drop off the top 15 list in the 1980’s, never to return.”
The population total of the three prairie provinces is about seven million versus a Canadian population approaching forty million. Within this region exist the world’s third largest oil reserves, third largest uranium reserves and about ten percent of the world’s wheat output.
We are racing across flat scrub land, the drivers of a dozen SUVs playfully jockeying for the lead as we approach what look like mountains looming in the distance. These mountains, however, are not made of stone, but are rather the massive Erg Chigaga sand dunes of the Sahara desert.
Hammams are found all over the Islamic world and are often very elaborate building featuring marble slabs where a bath attendant can scrub you with soapy mitts and varying levels of enthusiasm ranging from mildly stimulating to removing several layers of skin.
The eeriest experience was watching the hyenas moving ghost-like, eyes glowing, encircling a cape buffalo and attempting to bring down her young calf. They had already picked off all the other calves in the course of their nocturnal stalking.
My next self-destructive attempt involved chasing after a shark while diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia…
“In 49 BC Julius Caesar led the 13th Legion across a small river in northern Italy. This seemingly insignificant event heralded the end of a several hundred year old democracy…”
As England’s longest ruling monarch, Elizabeth II has not seen the decline of the British Empire, but rather the fruition of a somewhat turbulent but ultimately well meaning nation’s efforts over more than a millennium.
As he watched, the front line troops wavered in their advance. The communist officer pulled out a pistol and proceeded to coldly shoot several of his own men in the back.
The mournful skirling of bagpipes sounds on the television for the vigil which marks the tragic death of 22 neighbours and friends. In Nova Scotia the death of 22 individuals marks us all. Few of us are more than two removes from someone who died or was bereaved by the dreadful murders that marred the peace of our province last weekend.