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You can plan your happiness — and it’s simple

  By BOB FOULKES I see my future whenever I drop into my local coffee shop: A man my age is there almost every time drinking coffee and doing the crossword in the local paper. We nod to each other. I’ve built a story about him, all conjecture, no verifiable evidence. The myth is this: ... read more

Classics | Tackle & Gear | Working

Yes, it’s a pink shirt. You got a problem with that?

By BOB FOULKES I picked up  my favorite pink shirt in Palm Springs at a Saks Fifth off Fifth store. It was such a deal, I got two. It is a classic, well-tailored man’s dress shirt,  bright pink. No mistaking the colour. I added them to the Hathaway dress shirt and a button-down collar model... read more

Food & Drink | Sports & Leisure | Tackle & Gear | Technology

Barbecue this, hotshot

Think you’re a grilling gorilla with your dinky little store-bought Weber? Well, man-up. Get out your tools and build yourself a real guy’s grill. read more

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Fishing wisdom, or: ‘Would it be possible to get a little crisp bacon and Drambuie on my oatmeal porridge?’

  By AL WIGGAN For those who have been introduced to this breakfast delight, it wouldn’t seem out of place asking such a question of a waiter in a five-star hotel in Cape Town or Edinburgh, but it did open the bleary eyes of my 6 a.m. companions at Peregrine Fishing Lodge in one of... read more

Money | Working

The curious alchemy of creativity

  By BOB FOULKES My son and I were recently invited to attend a table read for an episode of The Simpsons, the iconic, first-ever animated, prime-time television series that follows the fortunes and follies of the Simpson family. The Simpsons has redefined television success. Launched in 1989, it is the longest running series ever... read more

Classics | Food & Drink

Summer goes better with Beergaritas

By BOB McCASKILL Summer is supposed to be the season of entertaining al fresco, after a day in the sun, and it is good to be prepared, in case that should ever happen. So here is a summer cocktail that is quick and easy and guaranteed to refresh and rejuvenate your guests. Many women are... read more

Money | Working

Gen X, Gen Y vs. Gen Mine

By BOB FOULKES At some point in our lives, we became the old farts. Once we were the bright-eyed radicals who were going to make the world a better place; now we’re the dinosaurs who took the world to the edge of the abyss. We went from hip to hip replacement. Our children, fondly named... read more

Classics | Tackle & Gear | Technology

Championing spark plugs

  By BOB McCASKILL Hands up if you know someone who has recently acquired a made-to-measure road bike. There is a lot of that going around. This is not about that. This is about old-school, carbon-footprint-insensitive, internal-combustion satisfaction. Quality of life requires attention to be paid to the state of important matters such as relationships,... read more


Montreal is sexy…again

  By BOB FOULKES I’m a westerner, born on the prairies, living in Vancouver. I’m unilingual. With those qualifications, unlikely as it is, I love Montreal. I’ve had a crush on Montreal since my first visit more than 40 years ago. An old friend, long passed away, took me to lunch at the Cafe de... read more

Bucket List | Travel | Vignettes

My Canada on the Canadian

Train travel is a 19th century answer to a 21st century challenge: Get off the treadmill and out of the rat race, conveniently, relatively cheaply and with little fuss. It lasts for only a few days but it is delicious. By BOB FOULKES Airplanes are frenetic, providing me a few hours of inflight sanctuary after... read more