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A typical Vancouver Saturday:  cool, overcast, some sunny periods, and much reading.   Then after six pm a bottle of wine and an opera. Here are some of the books I dipped into today–I have been reading some for a while; some are old and should have been finished a long time ago; and some are new.  For I am a dipper, i,e., someone who picks up a book, reads part, and then picks up another to read part, as the fancy & interest turn. (more…)

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Thursday to see Die Fledermaus at the Vancouver Opera House.  This is Johann Strauss’s classic waltz opera of marital infidelity and mistaken identity.  And the prime sponsor is Goldcorp, a Vancouver-based successful mining house. (more…)

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This weekend opera from the sublime to the ridiculous, or from the ridiculous to the sublime.  Depends on your opera tastes.  We started on Saturday morning with the MET broadcast of the Merry Widow, an operetta with lots of spoken dialogue and catchy tunes, and an easy love story with a happy ending.  We finished with Richard Strauss’ Salome.  A short, brutal opera of lust, violence, and death.  Solome is killed by Herod’s soldiers after  emoting on the severed head of John the Baptist. (more…)

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Every Sunday we would go from the mine, East Geduld, where my father was a mine captain,  to my grandmother and step-grandfather for lunch.  My step-grandfather was a winder on the mines–a job that probably no longer exists.  Joe was his name and we called him Grandpa Joe.  He has tall and ginger.  He came from Ireland, courted my grandmother who ran Ma Brett’s Boarding House as a way to survive after the death of my grandfather–leaving her three children to bring up. (more…)

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The blogger muse prompted by opera & brandy demands release of mental pressure.  Thus a second posting on Mt Polley in one day.  This afternoon, I was asked what the implications of Mt Polley were to mining world-wide.  Some of the answers, unpremeditated, I gave. (more…)

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A friend accused me of being too serious of late on this blog.  So some comic relief. Last week I was updating a client’s tailings facility emergency response plan.  The Canadian Mining Association (CMA)document calls amongst other things for a statement on “Drilling and Testing.” (more…)

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In Edward O. Wilson’s new book The Meaning of Human Existence, he asks the following question:

Are human beings intrinsically good but corruptible by the forces of evil, or the reverse, innately sinful yet redeemable by the forces of good? Are we built to pledge our lives to a group, even to the risk of death, or the opposite, built to place ourselves and our families above all else.

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