Week of January 17th

January 21, 2022

What caught my attention the Week of January 17th? Covid Risk Calculator  In its January 19 newsletter, the New York Times  publicized this online tool. Scientists at Oxford University developed this calculator available to UK clinicians on the NHS web site. It helps determine patients that can be returned home safely. Sample calculations: If vaccinated […]

Holiday Season 2021, Issue 65

December 22, 2021

What did I write last year? About the slow march from March 13 to December 25. I was hopeful that we would have a sense of normalcy by Christmas 2021. Mid-way through November, I remained hopeful. It looked like we would get to England for a couple of weeks and come back for a family […]

Really Good Indian Food!

September 13, 2021

I love really good Indian food! When I visit the United Kingdom, I have to get my fix. My cousin lives a five-minute walk from Akash Tandoori at 500 A Edgeware Road (Maida Vale), London. A small restaurant with a really good neighbourhood feel, Akash delivers big on taste. Chakra at 33 C Holland Avenue, […]

I Am Curious, Issue 54

July 21, 2021

I am curious, so I have some questions: Would you visit Iraq as a tourist?  Iraq has started promoting itself as a tourist destination. It portrays itself as home to an incredible cultural history, beautiful green parks, and monuments. The intent: for the world to see it as open and welcoming. Visitors will require an […]

What have I been reading? July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

Enjoy summer, but read! “Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.”  – Frank Lloyd Wright The Monocle Minute, July 13, 2020 Urbanism / USA – ROAD HOGGING Stop building freeways through our towns and cities ! I have been […]

It has been quite a year! Issue 41

March 12, 2021

One year ago today I had made the decision to cut short our escape from winter. On March 13, we were flying back to Montreal from London, two weeks early. It was disappointing to lose those last weeks. We had tickets for the opera and the ballet. There was a plan to splurge at Core […]

Toilet Paper and Avocados, Issue 31

January 13, 2021

Twenty plus years ago, I suggested to a real estate finance working group that eventually grocery stores would cease to be a reliable anchor tenant for shopping centres across North America. I argued that people did not enjoy the weekly trip to the shops to pick up toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, and package […]

Stop obsessing over US Politics Issue 23

November 12, 2020

 I am late again and I will have to attempt to get two newsletters out this week. I have lots of excuses. I have been very busy. Also, I have been distracted by the election nonsense in the United States and the complete lack of grace shown by Benito Cartman, a Trump nickname courtesy of […]