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From Sochi With A Shove

From Sochi With A Shove

I drag myself off the tarmac into the newly built Sochi airport.  Its not my first peak under the Iron Curtain, but my first visit to the Motherland itself.  I slink through customs, with some help from locals.   This is far from the push and shove welcome I was told to expect.  Absent are the … Continue reading

Major Tom to Crowd Control

Major Tom to Crowd Control

Two young germans sit across from me, sucking back bavarian lager like its a juicy bratwurst. The train ride from Berlin to Warsaw gives me some time to reflect on the Vancouver hockey riot of 2011, and the possibility of similar unrest at the European Soccer Championship. Just days before, Russian firms battled Polish hooligans … Continue reading

Garden City Wiccans

Garden City Wiccans

    I slide into Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal as day sags into night on this Friday evening. I set sail for Victoria, and not for the reasons most would expect. With attractions like a bug zoo, miniature world, and butterfly museum, you would think I am crossing the Georgia Straight to make my smarmy 5’7” self … Continue reading