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Bucket List | Family

Chenda’s world is not like yours

By JOHN SKINNER The road to Chenda’s village is barely passable, bringing to mind a ride on a mechanical bull in a cowboy bar. The flood waters receded only days earlier after carving deep ruts that have our high-sprung pickup truck rolling and tumbling. Only the skill and patience of our driver, Vannak, keeps us... read more

Bucket List | Health & Fitness | Sports & Leisure | Travel

10 keys to a great adventure

By BOB FOULKES I got hooked on adventure during an eight-day Outward Bound trek in the wilds of British Columbia north of Whistler. Since then I have completed a 77-km struggle along the Westcoast Trail on Vancouver Island, the 53-kilometre Chilkoot Trail in B.C., made famous by the Klondike Gold rush, and the 154-kilometre West... read more

Fish Stories | Guides & Books

Warrior lit

By QUANTUM MERUIT If you long for a bold, exciting, active life where men are usually men, where good is good, where bad is bad and where smart, rough, direct action gets things done, a burgeoning world of great reading awaits you. Things may not have been more comfortable back then, but they were simpler.... read more

Sports & Leisure | Tackle & Gear | Wheels

Get your head into this

Just when you thought there were no new ideas for motorcycle helmets (well, you did, didn’t you?) along comes free enterprise and creates a need where none existed. We especially like the, er, bottom one.   read more

Bucket List | Travel

Labrador stakes its claim

By BOB FOULKES In the mid 1970s, when I was 25, I had a dream job: executive assistant to Judd Buchanan, Canada’s Minister of Indian and Northern affairs. He was responsible for Canada’s national parks, the territories north of the 60th parallel and the many duties prescribed by the Indian Affairs Act and other issues relating... read more

Bucket List | Family | Sports & Leisure | Travel | Vignettes | Wheels

Riding shotgun

  By BOB FOULKES There comes a time for every guy to  — literally and metaphorically — put his son in the driver’s seat. I love road trips. Men in a car, a full tank of gas, the open road, driving music, roadside diners, no eye contact and no schedule. It is a formula celebrated... read more


Warning: Graphic content

How much more sense our lives seem to make when we can see them represented in a format that enables us to recognize truth fully and instantly. A lot to ask of a graphic, but here it is: instant enlightenment accompanied by, if we really embrace it, a heightened sense of well-being. Your life in... read more

Bucket List | Health & Fitness | Sports & Leisure

One half of the human race

By CONTRARIAN I remember my response when a friend asked whether I would be running the full marathon, or the half. “Halfs are for girls”, I said. I don’t really believe that, of course. The 21-kilometre half is probably my favourite distance: long enough to be challenging, short enough to run it fast. I mean,... read more

Health & Fitness | Tackle & Gear | Working

Make your workplace age-friendly

By BOB FOULKES As we age we need to adjust, and nowhere is the need more apparent than at the office. It’s about survival. Survival is about being smart, adapting, maintaining productivity and not being cut from the team. If you have to work, survival is imperative; if you want to work, adapting will make... read more

Tackle & Gear | Travel

How to get a great watch cheap

By JOHN BECHTOLD In a world increasingly populated by iPhones, iPads and the like,  those allegedly in the know predict that the wristwatch has run out of time, destined for the trash heap of history. They underestimate the stubborn endurance of male vanity and the lifelessness of an unadorned wrist. I have a fatal attraction... read more