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04 Jun 2017

Peanut Butter Cup Pie

“What do you prefer, madam: an open or a closed coffyn?” “And what about the legs? Should we leave them hanging off the side for easy carrying?” These are not the questions of an old British madman. These are the questions of an old British pie-maker. The ‘coffyn’ was the

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02 Jun 2017

4th Avenue Peacock

Proud as a peacock. Aristotle, Chaucer, Shakespeare, your judgy Grade Six teacher. Peacocks are rarely invoked in honour. ‘Why, he stalks up and down like a peacock – a stride and a stand.’ But, aren’t we just jealous of these feather-eyed creatures and their human-shaming courtship displays? Photographer Waldo Nell created quite a

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30 May 2017

Amy Van Wormer

If nosy neighbours peek into Amy Van Wormer’s Rubbermaid tubs, they might be alarmed at what they find: bottles of bright arterial blood, dark venous blood, liquid skin, solid skin, human hair, yak hair, alcohol and disembodied appendages.  Those brave enough to continue snooping will find folder after folder of disturbing

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28 May 2017

Vancouver’s Hummingbird

With their colourful crowns, frenetically-beating wings, flower-probing bills and can’t-catch-me flight, hummingbirds have long inspired artists. American painter and naturalist Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) was utterly taken with these tinkerbirds, spending six full months painting them in Brazil. ‘A few years after my first appearance in this breathtaking world [1863], I was

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