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Christmas | Family

Gift wars

By BOB FOULKES and JOHN SWIFT Budgetary restraint around the world has had many unintended consequences. The new frugality has resulted in an odd combination of rules, restraint, gift-giving, barely stifled competition and of tactics, strategy that make Survivor shows look like kindergarten play. Someone will tell you, with feigned sincerity, that there is a... read more

Christmas | Food & Drink

The Turducken holiday challenge

BY BOB FOULKES Want to enliven your holiday table and become a hosting hero? Meet the Turducken, a deboned chicken stuffed inside a deboned duck stuffed with a generous amount of dressing inside a deboned turkey, a recipe that goes back thousands of years to Roman times. For good reason, Turducken is much better than... read more


Fishing for wisdom with Red Green

From his humble beginnings in Hamilton, Ontario’s, CHCH TV in 1991, until 2006 on CBC in Canada and PBS in the United States, he waxed eloquent, in his inimitable way, on men, women and their relationships, do-it-yourself  projects, duct tape, getting older and fishing (mostly for fish, sometimes for wisdom, which makes him even dearer... read more

Bucket List | Travel

A calm oasis in a desert of turmoil

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” — Mark Twain By BOB FOULKES My latest adventure came at what is now recognized as a historically tumultuous time in the Middle East, when Islamic totalitarian regimes were falling like trailer parks in a tornado. When we leave for Morocco, the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt... read more


Playing with paraprosdokians

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. “Paraprosdokian” comes from Greek  and translates roughly as “despite expectation.” Whatever, these are fun. Use them to dazzle... read more


The wine box stocking

By QUANTUM MERUIT Having trouble finding a Christmas gift for your elderly parents? Around Christmas some years ago I engaged in the annual struggle to find something for my mid-80s mom and dad who had all they needed or wanted — and not a lot of space to keep it in, having moved from their... read more

Health & Fitness | Technology

Listen up: Get over yourself

By BOB FOULKES Getting old is not for the weak, the fearful and the timid. Here’s one of the many reasons. I have had a hearing problem for a long time. Like everything at our age, it is gradual and progressive — nice talk for ‘it only gets worse’. It has become a big challenge... read more

Tackle & Gear | Technology

Building that metaphysical interface: a dockumentary

By BOB McCASKILL If you live on a waterfront property, you must have a dock. The pleasures of swimming, boating, fishing, sunsets, and cocktails are all enhanced by a dock. But a dock is more than a useful platform. A dock is both a practical and metaphysical interface between the land and the water, fresh... read more

Sports & Leisure | Tackle & Gear | Technology

Ammo, amas, amat: A liberal loves guns

My Big Plans for SHTF Day, Or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Glock Model 17 Nine-Millimetre Semi-Automatic with Trijicon Night Sights, Maritime Spring Cups and a Wolff Competition Trigger Kit. By CONTRARIAN I have an office downtown in a major Canadian city. I have a few eclectic items strung around it... read more

Health & Fitness

Why golf is better than sex

David Letterman’s Top Ten Reasons : 10. A below par performance is considered darn good. 9 . You can stop in the middle and have a cheeseburger and a couple of beers. 8. It’s much easier to find the sweet spot. 7. Foursomes are encouraged. 6. You can still make money doing it as a... read more