Sing this, really fast:
We eat… cod cheeks, cod tongues
Even though they’re odd tongues,
Fish sticks ‘n’ Digby chicks
As dainty as you wish!
We eat flatfish like the flounder
And some others that’re rounder,
And you ain’t a Nova Scotian
If you don’t like fish!
Nova Scotia is a very small province. Several Canadian cities have populations larger than ours. How can a population so small include so many huge talents?
Celtic musicians by the score, including some of the world’s greatest. A fine symphony orchestra.
I just delivered a profusely-illustrated keynote speech called “Bhutan: The Pursuit of Gross National Happiness” at a 300-person conference of the Canadian Organic Growers, Toronto chapter. The reaction was really gratifying. People found the talk both fresh and inspiring – someone, somewhere is doing things right!
We’ve just finished – well, almost – a major overhaul of my own web site, www.silverdonaldcameron.ca.
A few things are still missing, like some introductory text on the “Books” page, and a bit more detail (plus a photo) on the “Speaker” page, but overall I’m very pleased with it.
[NB: This column was written on Wednesday, February 16, 2011]
When the policewoman slapped the young fruit-seller on the street in Sidi Bouzid a week before Christmas, she was not thinking of Hosni Mubarak, the Pharaoh of Egypt. Nevertheless her action set off an tsunami of grief and fury that is quickly transforming the Middle East, and will probably wash Mubarak clean out of Cairo.
Mohamed Bouazizi, 26 years old, was desperately trying to support his family by illegally selling fruit from a push-cart.
Whenever I’ve written a column about someone who I’ve subsequently interviewed on the site, I try to put a link to the column on that person’s biographical page. But sometimes I forget. We recently went back through the biographies and the columns, and found un-posted columns about Bill Rees, Chris Turner, Elizabeth May and James Lovelock.
Andrew Nikiforuk is one of Canada’s leading journalists, a man who can write memorably and incisively about education, public health, energy and the environment, among other subjects. He’s won seven National Magazine Awards as well as the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction, Canada’s top literary prize.
My January 30 column on salmon aquaculture brought a lot of response, and I will probably publish more about it here as time goes by.
In the meantime, though, it appears that what I said about hormones was misleading. The
column brought a little note from one Jeremy Twigg, who “was wondering where he heard that Canadian salmon farmers use ‘hormones’ to grow their fish.”
SUNDAY HERALD COLUMN – February 6, 2011 [HH1106]
LOVE THAT PHONE!
by Silver Donald Cameron
So here I am, trotting along on my treadmill – conceivably the most boring activity in the world – and I’m groovin’. Erroll Garner’s piano, raging with joy, thunders out one of his greatest tracks, “Old Man River,” from his 1956 vinyl album The Most Happy Piano.