Alberta Diary: Olympic Hockey: It’ll take Grit to overcome Sisu – are Tories patriotic enough to let it happen?

Looks like Finnish hockey to me! Can’t understand what they’re saying, but, Canadians beware, they might have Sisu. Below: A Sisu truck; Lauri Rapala, inventor of the lure of Vaaksy.  To heck with politics! Let’s talk hockey, a subject on which our physically unimposing prime minister is nevertheless supposedly an expert, which gives Alberta Diary ...

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: 9 old words for the modern age

vocabulation The use or choice of words. This post is a meditation on vocabulation, particularly, old words that we may want to revivify for our current age of the Internet and excess. octothorpe The # symbol. I learned this one … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Sadisucation

You sometimes think that certain teachers experience a certain glee because of the essential irrationality of English. Alltop write good. And funny.

Canadian Progressive World: Quebec votes 2012: Separatist Option Nationale’s disingenuous appeal to Anglophones

This might come as a surprise to most Anglophones in Canada and Quebec. But it’s true. Option Nationale, a party unconditionally committed to separating Quebec from Canada, invites Anglophones to help shape the “future” of the province. To help the province “reach its full potential”. The party’s leader, Jean-Martin Aussant, made made the surprise invitation ...