Taumata-what?

On Tuesday I decided to do something very British—I went for a walk in the rain. With my partner strolling along at my side we explored parks and desolate rail tracks covered in scraggly vines. We wandered through shrubs and slipped through squelching mud, climbed bridges and jumped over puddles. Despite only wandering slightly afield we found an adventure and the most unlikely of thoughts popped into my head.

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War Stories from Canada and Thailand

They say history is written by the winner. That’s about the only thing we can say with conviction when it comes to tales of the past. Every side of an event experiences a different reality and every witness walks away with a different story. However, the victorious are anything but quiet and the losers tend to push the memory out of the collective conscience as quickly, and quietly, as possible.

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Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

When we arrived in the Cameron Highlands it was dark. The dashboard clock of my friend’s little red car flashed 11 p.m. As a driver my eyes had been fixed on the curving, swirling, serpentine road. Now demoted to passenger I was free to admire the slashes of light in the distance. What were they anyway?

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From Fantasy to Comedy: Three International Movies

I was staring at my computer screen. My fingers restlessly typed in the air over the keyboard, like prancing racehorses waiting for the gate to snap open. Slowly I lowered them to the keyboard and they dashed away, speeding along the keys in search of ethnic events in the coming week. I zipped through all my known contacts: the Multicultural Society of Kamloops site, the Facebook groups of campus ethnic clubs, the TRU website, and so forth. But nothing came forward. With crunch time looming everyone on campus was tying themselves to their desks, locking their doors and getting to work. The rest of Kamloops was preparing for summer. With my own deadlines to meet and a tight budget I had missed two big events that weekend that would have beautifully suited this blog. A banquet hosted by the Multicultural Society and a Storytellers Gala with a presentation hosted by the Aboriginal club. Continue reading “From Fantasy to Comedy: Three International Movies”