Friday, July 30, 2010
Most of the country is headed towards the Civic (or Bank) Holiday, a lovely long weekend introduction to August. Round these part of course we await Regatta Day - the only civic holiday is North America to be determined by committee.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Jean Claude Girardin's latest show begins this Saturday, and you can see works on line, too. (Just sit by your computer with a glass of sauvignon blanc; it will almost be like attending the opening.)
(Image: Migration, emmabutler.com.)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Lines of cube trucks on the corner of Bond and Colonial, guys in reflective vests directing cars away from Gower Street, a cluster of tourists at the foot of Holloway gathered in an observant knot around lighting boxes and a boom mike - must be the hit series Republic of Doyle is in lights! camera! sound! production.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Outside the NQ office windows, we can hear the voices of seminars and classes who have moved their scolastical business outside to conduct themselves on the green lawns in the sunshine. The summer semester has only about two weeks left, it seems to pass faster than the others, barely arcing from lilacs blooming to Regatta Day.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A 'staycation' used to mean holidaying at home because it was too expensive to go anywhere. But lots of people are taking staycations because they're too busy to go anywhere - they're working on the house. Maybe you're in the midst of a redesign - this might juice up your reno inspiration.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
'Myth' tends to evoke classic stories and imagery, like Helen of Troy or Robin Hood. But urban legends are a kind of ongoing myth, too, much aided these days by the framework of the internet, Facebook and twitter. Here's a guide to today's most popular ones, and tips on how to spot them.
Monday, July 19, 2010
With our contributors working away, it's time to focus on the submissions we have already received, or produced on our own. Time to get out the red pen and start making squiggly marks in the margin. Time to edit.
"But editing, I believe, is something we all do, a fundamental human tendency. We correct ourselves all the time as we speak, going back to replace the wrong word with a better one, to fix a double negative, etc. We also do it collectively, often without even realizing it."
- Dennis Drabelle, The Washington Post. Here's the whole article.
Friday, July 16, 2010
A month to copy deadline, we've re-circulated our dates, our own material is coming together - but still, I can't stop worrying. In fact, my mind is clicking along a well-grooved worry loop. In fact, my own horoscope told me yesterday, "Stop worrying." Here are some tips that supposedly make that happen, to which I'd add: catch the occasional movie matinee.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
The NQ has been conducting some intriguing interviews lately. We're researching myths of Newfoundland and Labrador History, so we're chatting about Sheila NaGueira, the Masterless Men, all kind of characters, symbols and metaphors from our past, and how they speak to us today. Maybe we'll even come across this guy: the title after all is Arthur in Avalon.
(Image: www.pbs.org. Painting by Sir Edward Burne Jones.)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
If you're like me, you've been eating a lot of ice cream lately. In fact, if you are really like me, you are eating so much ice cream that your daughter is threatening to take a picture of you holding a litre of ice cream, draw a red circle around it and a bar across it, and post it in all local grocery stores: do not sell any more chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream to this woman. It is getting ridiculous, I admit, but the stuff is soooo good. Anyway, choclate chip cookie dough may not be your flavour of choice - but whatever you pick may say a lot about you.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Someone was blasting this as I walked to work this morning, reminding me it is the best video ever.
*more on that later.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Back in the office after a great chat on Crosstalk. One thing that surprised me was how many callers liked magazines first and foremost for their recipes. We don't include many recipes in the NQ, but I do link to the occasional one on this blog. Here's one for what might be the nicest of summertime drinks: white wine sangria.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
In case you're in earshot of CBC Radio tomorrow, Wednesday July 7, the NQ will be on chatting with Radio Noon host Ramona Dearing* about magazines and so forth - so lend us your ears!
(*Incidentally she's a fabulous writer.)
Monday, July 5, 2010
It is summer, just look at the pots and baskets of flowers so colourfully available outside the supermarket of your choice. As nicely distracting as gardening can be, the NQ retains focus on the next issue, starting to get our beams aligned and riveted, ie. whatever it is these brave guys are at here.