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Issue: 2012-02-09

Nordic Fantasy

The 19th century Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, is best known for the naturalistic dialogue and depth of character in such stage classics as Hedda Gabler, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck and A Doll’s House.Less...

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Beer Cocktail, Anyone?

Beer adulteration. It sounds dirty. But it’s a way to make an otherwise pedestrian beer seem wildly exotic.So-so wine can be made into sangria. So-so beer can be mixed with clamato for a great hangover remedy and an...

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Swim Out, or Drown

Like most chefs, Gedas Pabritsa says it was his mother who inspired him to start cooking – but not for the usual reasons.”Being honest with you, she sort of did. Because I actually started cooking in self-defence,”...

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Ordering a Garden

January is seed ordering month for me.It usually involves sitting down with two or three of my favourite seed catalogues, my garden journal and a cup of hot beverage in front of the fire.First I plot out what should go where in...

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A Fortnight in the Freezer

Today was one of those overcast days when the sun didn’t break through and all we got was indirect lighting. When this happens I can’t help but feel cheated.The sun has been back for a couple of weeks now, and while...

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Checkpoint checklist

As I stand behind the counter of the Dawson City Visitor Information Centre, I look at the eight people sitting in a semicircle around me. They have pens, notepads and wear expectant looks on their faces.We are at the volunteer...

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Skipping Into History

We actually got our bronze medals stuck in the ice at the curling rink,” admits Thomas Scoffin a little sheepishly.”After the medal ceremony we placed our medals on the Olympic rings painted into the ice to take a...

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