Night Music: The Unthanks, “King of Rome”

November 30, 2014

If you love great singing and you love silver bands as I do, and if you love working class heroes, then this is really hard to beat.  If you are not from the north of England you may have trouble understanding all the words, but it rewards two or three listens.  You could even print out the lyrics and sing along.

I love this with a passion.

Happy Times

November 30, 2014

We spent some of this afternoon saying goodbye to Australian planner and irreverant wit Wendy Sarkissian who returns home on Wednesday after a busy three months here teaching at Langara and UBC.  The goodbye party was in the bar at the Sylvia Hotel, with a fine fiery sunset colouring English Bay.  Good to see Wendy again, plus lots of good discussions about planning and a lot more.

To get to the Sylvia, of course, we had to pass through the A-maze-ing Laughter, better known as the Giant Laughing Statues.  The everloving had wanted to come down here for a while, so Wendy’s party was the perfect opportunity.


Wise Words

November 30, 2014


“Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only

your share, and sought advantage over no one.”

— Robert Brault