Month: June 2007

My Niece the YouTube Star

My niece Meaghan gave the graduation speech this past week. It has been posted to YouTube in a fine montage by Christina. In addition to her speech making honours she picked up a total of seven awards including athlete of the year. Her uncle is very proud! Congratulations Meaghan!

Famine Rememberances

Last weekend Toronto dedicated a starkly breathtaking park/memorial to the Irish Famine immigrants of 1847. Ireland Park was opened by Mary McAleese, President of Ireland and features a rather striking memorial wall made up of glass bricks commemorating those who died during the exodus and also those who died trying to help them. The aim […]

Medieval Crime and the Modern Database

I attended a great talk by Steven Bednarski of St. Jerome’s University today. His CV lists UQAM, York, Toronto as places of experience. His framing question today: How does a social historian make use of a research database? Bednarski explains that he was trained in the French school and considers himself a storyteller by practise. […]

A Wine Worth Noting

While at the Second Cup today and I got a good tip on a rather intriguing grape from Hungary – kekfrankos . Toni Burzotta tells me that it’s one that will appeal to people that appreciate a well structured, smooth and easy drinking red. The kekfrankos grape is one many people are probably familiar with […]