Spring Awakening

Not sure what flower this is
Again I'm dumb with the names of flowers
A type of snow drop... I think!
Could be tulips, maybe hyacinth

Around this time every year the garden starts to come alive again – and every year I am surprised that anything has survived the -35c winters. But survive much has and things are starting to show through the detritus of last fall and winter. But given this is Ottawa and it is only April 1st I’m not going to rush to uncover things – we could still have one or two more snow storms.

A Few Changes

There are all sorts of changes going on right now – Spring, Jobs, Location – so I thought I’d try a change of layout on the blog. Not sure if I’m quite convinced but maybe this one makes me look butcher? No not like a butcher I mean more… oh forget it!

All comments in the affirmative on the butch thing are welcome. Criticism on the rest of the layout more than acceptable.

Vespa… Vespas.. . Vespat… Vespanum????

Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and a Vespa

A friend has suggested that the best way to get around Rome is to buy a Scooter! No desperate attempts to find a parking spot or fit down narrow streets lined with double parked cars. Just zipping around the Coliseum and down the Appian Way, the wind ruffling what’s left of our hair.

This immediately conjured up visions of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday. Question is which one of us gets to play Audrey??

P.S. Oh God I suddenly remember those scooters in Vietnam!

Stop and Smell the Flowers!!!!!

Real sign, Honest! My colleague Shirly thought she would buy some but then a few questions arose (as it were):

I wonder what kind of a vase you would use to display them?

I wonder if they come in different colors?

I wonder about the fragrance?

I wonder if it would help to put those preservative packets in the water?

I wonder whether they would look better on the kitchen table or in the entry?

I wonder if they are cheaper by the dozen?

I wonder if they come in long-stemmed?

Captured at 115th and Allisonville Road in Fishers, Indianapolis. The sign is real and was up for about two hours before someone stopped and told them how to spell peonies.

And the Little Dogs Laughed….

New Yorker Cover - Eustache Tilley by Rea Irvin I’ve read and enjoyed The New Yorker for over 40 years and nothing could have been more disappointing than The Complete New Yorker issued on 7 DVDs back in December 2005. It is a bug ridden, user-unfriendly mess and sits largely unused on the bookshelf with 80 years of incredible writing, advertisements, cover art and cartoons beckoning. But its just not worth the frustration of switching DVDs and grappling with an awkward interface. So little thought went into what should have been a landmark product.

Given that mess I was surprised to see that their new website design is so well-done and user friendly. Someone at Condé Nast has been thinking this time around.

Amongst the new features are animated cartoons which continue the great New Yorker tradition of Addams, Wilson, Booth, Thurber et al. Two of my favorites are the receptionist and the suggestion box – if only we had the nerve. And of course being the New Yorker there are one or two dog cartoons.