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The Orange Garden near San Sabina

Since the first of September, my husband and I have been in Rome, Italy. This is our second time there, so we’ve been avoiding most of the “must sees” in favour of lesser known sights, and it’s been a delight.

To read about some of our experiences, hop over to The Other Word, where I’ve been blogging about it.

I can’t really keep up with the posts so I’ll continue to talk about my experiences even when I’m  back in Canada.

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Food Photography, Part I

Every few months, my husband and his brother used to get together and cook a gourmet meal. My sister-in-law and I were the happy recipients of all this good food — although some dishes were rather experimental. Over the years, we’ve had French, Italian, Greek, Ethiopian, Chinese, and Korean food, to name a few. Nothing was off the menu, including ingredients like squid or raw ground beef, exotic spices, rich sauces. All ingredients were fresh or of the highest quality. And, of course, all this was accompanied with the appropriate alcoholic drink.

For a multitude of reasons, the guys haven’t cooked together for the past five or six years. In the meantime, Robert, my brother-in-law, has become an award-winning nature photographer. Last weekend, they resumed their gourmet meal creations and added a new ingredient: photos. Here was the menu (click on the picture for a larger view): Continue reading

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Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2009

a01_00000001The online version of The Boston Globe, boston.com, is offering the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar 2009, with a new celestial picture taken from the newly refurbished Hubble Telescope, every day until Christmas. This is a page you’ll want to go back to every day. The pictures are stunning, with vibrant colours and great clarity.

Whether one is a believer or not, it’s impossible not to be awed by the grandeur of the cosmos and feel how small and insignificant we really are. The pictures remind us that time and space are nearly infinite and that our own time on the third rock from the sun is short. We must make the best of it.

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Dust Storm in Australia

d03_20460815Yesterday, Sydney Australia was hit by the worst dust storm in 70 years. The pictures from the Boston Globe are simply amazing.

One thinks of sandstorms and dust storms in Africa, or even the Middle East, but rarely in Australia, although they also have deserts.  This has been exacerbated by the severe droughts on the continent, although the city is near the ocean and not near the centre.

The storm stalled flights at the airport but fortunately didn’t cause accidents on the roads. Many towns in the path of the dust storm were affected.

Hmmm. I’d rather take a snowstorm.

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Worldwide Sculptures

Policeman I’ve always been fascinated by sculpture, from ancient times to today. There’s room for abstract in this medium but I find it’s at its best when it is representational, and when it sends a message. I stumbled on 33 Weird Statues and Sculptures Around the World from toroller.com.

What strikes me is the difference in, shall I say, boldness between European and American sculptures, in topic and in content. No way would a fifteen foot vulva be displayed in a prominent park in Canada or the United States, although I could see it in some South America States.

What does that say about us? That we are more prudish? That we have better taste? That we are more limited in our art appreciation? That our governments have less courage?

On the other hand, maybe Europe is more broad-minded only when it comes to the secular. Terence Koh’s sculpture of an erect Jesus has created an uproar (“Christ is risen!” said the Sun). Hmmm. Although he was supposedly fashioned as man’s image, that part of the plumbing wasn’t supposed to work. He obviously wasn’t a perfect god.

Sarcasm aside, and religion aside, it is still interesting to think that our city’s sculpture may be a reflection of who we are as a people, or, more likely, who our government is. In Ottawa, our sculptures are mostly of dead, important political people. Perhaps fitting, since we are the capital of Canada, but oh, so boring.

Not surprising for a city that stows its sidewalks (metaphorically, of course) at 10pm on a Saturday night.

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