Robin’s Weir

Robin’s occasional blog on writing and life

 

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Ronald Searle Cholera

Ronald Searle, war artist (and cartoonist) dies at 91. He was posted to Iraq but ended up in Singapore and on the Railway of Death

Ronald Searle died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at his home in Draguignan, in southeastern France. He was 91. When the news of Searle’s death was released today, Jan. 3, 2012,...

There’s a reason they call the Toronto night bus the vomit comet

Toronto Executive Committee will soon consider eliminating Toronto’s vital night public transportation service.  (Robin Rowland) Memo to: Toronto Mayor Rob  Ford, the Executive Committee and TPS Chief Bill Blair The...

Snow snow and more snow

El Nina and the Pineapple Express brought heavy weather to Kitimat over the past few days. Neighours and friends say it is hard to remember so much snow in a...

Browsing the State Department’s old style analog paper Wiki

Browsing the State Department’s old style analog paper Wiki

A quarter century ago, the US State Department had its own analog, paper-based Wiki that covered almost every diplomatic dispatch going back centuries, millions of three by five inch index...

Robin needs to know, what’s next from the State Department Bat Cave?

Robin needs to know, what’s next from the State Department Bat Cave?

Ever since I was a little kid, and because my name is Robin, I have always admired my junior namesake of that dynamic duo, Batman and Robin. Now with Wikileaks,...

Remembrance Day, Kitimat, BC, Nov. 11, 2010

Snow began falling in Kitimat, BC, for the first time this winter, at about 9 in the morning Pacific Time. and by the time the residents gathered 90 minutes later...

One more suggestion about the “mystery missile”

The media has  been in a big flap recently about the so-called mystery missile that a KCBS cameraman shot off the coast of California.   The experts now say the...

Recent essays and  blogs

Recent essays and blogs

I haven’t been blogging that much in the past several months, while I was selling my house in Toronto and moving to British Columbia and then settling in. With most...

Don’t ask, don’t tell, but you can use the flash drive

A U.S. federal judge stuck down the American ban on gays in the military on Sept. 9. 2010. District Judge  Virginia Phillips ruled  that policy of don’t ask don’t tell...

The real reason Harper wants to kill the census:Wipe out the Jedi

This morning’s Globe and Mail has a real investigative scoop, but apparently they don’t realize it. As most Canadians know by now the government wants to make the census long...