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Throwback Thursday: The passing of a legend

It was with deep sadness that I heard of the death of legendary Malagasy sprinter Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa this morning. I knew that he had been battling cancer in Lyon, France, for the last year, but it was still a shock to hear of his passing on Tuesday, aged 73. I knew Jean-Louis and his wife, Ingrid, from Tana City Church… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The passing of a legend

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Real life: so much better than reality TV

How many people can say they know any real-life gold miners? I can, and recently I got to visit them at their claim in the heart of the Cariboo in Canuckistan, which is well-known for the gold rush in the late 1850s, early 1860s. Several towns grew up at that time, the most famous of these being Barkerville,… Continue reading Real life: so much better than reality TV

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One of the blog posts you just don’t know how to write

I had every intention to post every weekday when I started blogging here again last month. And I was doing pretty well. Until two Sundays ago, when, at around 5am, a friend of mine died. I had planned to go downtown that day to take photos of beautiful old cars, and then to shoot rednecks careening through mud in their souped-up… Continue reading One of the blog posts you just don’t know how to write

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Wild Cow Milking is a thing. Seriously.

Three years ago I attended my first ever rodeo in Canuckistan, or anywhere else in the world, for that matter. I had no idea what to expect, apart from what I had seen in movies or on television. I suppose I expected the bucking broncos, bull riding and a rodeo clown, but definitely wasn’t prepared… Continue reading Wild Cow Milking is a thing. Seriously.

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A few of the Cottonwood characters

Earlier today or yesterday (depending on where in the world you are) I wrote about a Saturday-night gathering that takes place in the Cottonwood Community Hall just up the road – 40km – from where I live. Rather than rehash the whole story, I’d recommend that you go and read it for yourself, if you… Continue reading A few of the Cottonwood characters

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Time travel at the Cottonwood Community Hall

As far back as anyone can remember, the residents of Cottonwood, a settlement in British Columbia’s Cariboo region, have been gathering at the community hall on a Saturday night. Originally a ranch, this little community grew to cater for miners drawn to the Cariboo Gold Rush in the late 1800s. Once the gold had mostly been depleted and… Continue reading Time travel at the Cottonwood Community Hall

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Crash, burn, pass, Cariboo hillbilly-style

Of course, one of the first things I wanted to do once I arrived in Quesnel was to see friends I’d last seen in 2014. The second was to attend “Billy Barker Days” events, the first of which was taking place on the Thursday evening – Crash to Pass. Quesnel’s Billy Barker Days is a… Continue reading Crash, burn, pass, Cariboo hillbilly-style

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A legacy? Perhaps. A fun place to play? Most definitely.

My time in Canuckistan is done. Perhaps for good, perhaps not. To be honest, in all the years of travelling and staying in places for more than a few months, when I leave, I’m never sure if I’ll be back. I hope I will get back to Canuckistan. Because I made some wonderful friends and… Continue reading A legacy? Perhaps. A fun place to play? Most definitely.

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When words just don’t say enough

Two nights ago I attended a memorial for a young woman, Caitlin, who disappeared exactly a year ago. She was last seen in the vicinity of the old walking bridge downtown; there were circumstances leading up to that day that may have pointed to her taking her own life, but no-one can be sure of… Continue reading When words just don’t say enough

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We must have courage, faith, and lunch together sometime soon *

We all look for meaning in our lives; we all influence people in some way – sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. And two of our greatest spheres of influence must be at home and in the workplace. As much as we grow up and dream of becoming astronauts, doctors and world travellers, with obscene amounts of money to our… Continue reading We must have courage, faith, and lunch together sometime soon *