Category Archives: Musings

Photographs and ‘Personal’ Experiences of Tourist Destinations

I read an article today about technology in Canadian museums, and a single phrase crystallized something I’ve been mulling over for quite a while now.  The phrase that caught my attention was referring to the way people use their smartphones, … Continue reading

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Respect and Remembrance

Yet another quick link to the difficult subject of respect and “dark tourism”.  This article discusses a personal reaction to seeing selfie sticks at Auschwitz.  The author had a similar reaction to my own on seeing tourists at Pompeii experience … Continue reading

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Modern Mosques in America

I heard a fantastic interview with Maryam Eskandari, founder of Miim Designs, on CBC.  The interview was fascinating and entertaining, including funny anecdotes and really insightful commentary on the way mosques are creating Muslim community in North America and how … Continue reading

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Morbid curiosity and archaeological human remains

After my trip to Pompeii in September 2014, I wrote a blog post talking about my reactions to seeing the plaster casts of the victims of the eruption in 79AD.  I was surprised by how affected I was by the … Continue reading

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Destruction of cultural heritage as political protest

There has been a lot of press recently on the destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq in the past week or two.  ISIS has been destroying cultural heritage of many groups in Iraq, but in the past few weeks, the … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo and Public Space

It’s November, and I’m doing NaNoWriMo, trying to write 50 000 words of a novel in 1 month. This crazy idea started in 1999 and in the 15 years since, has morphed into a massive online phenomenon. One thing that … Continue reading

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Anticipating Italy

In a few weeks I have the opportunity to spend a few days in Italy! I have been to Rome and Cinque Terre before, and on both occasions I spent my time sightseeing and enjoying my travelling companions.  This time … Continue reading

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