Sep 12

Yikes! Luciano Fabro sculpture smashed to bits

A Luciano Fabro sculpture created as a testament to the durability of the planet Earth was not up to a tipsy visitor. During Saturday evening at the Meno Uno gallery in Lugano, Switzerland, 30 guests gathered to tuck into canapes and free drinks and to see history be made. Or unmade. It was reported the …

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Sep 12

You go Van Gogh! Newly discovered Sunset at Montmajour on exhibit

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Zonsondergang bij Montmajour, 1888. Particuliere collectie.

Yeah, Vincent Van Gogh is dead. Van Gogh died from what has been called a self-inflicted gun shot wound, July 29, 1890. Later this month, September 24, 2013, a newly discovered painting by the world famous artist will be exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The museum announced the exhibit this month. …

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Jun 24

Historylab.ca’s Tom Villemaire has list in Maclean’s Book of Lists special edition

The Ross Rifle is one of Historylab.ca author Tom Villemaire's favourite Colossal Canadian Failures.

Historylab.ca’s Tom Villemaire has a list in the latest Maclean’s special edition, Book of Lists 2. Villemaire cowrote two books with Randy Richmond, called Colossal Canadian Failures books one and two and Villemaire also has a podcast on failures of a more global nature called Things That Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. …

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Jun 13

It seemed like a nice dry place… now monument under the Sea of Galilee

Well, it seemed like a nice dry place… now monument is under the Sea of Galilee. A large monument about 70 metres across, 12 metres high has been found below the waves of the Sea of Galilee. When it was built about 6,000 years ago, the site was on dry land. “The base of the …

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Apr 19

Passive aggressive behavior is not leadership

Political appointments are an opportunity to demonstrate leadership. Or not. In Canada political appointees that have backfired have risen in conversation again. This time it isn’t a senate appointment, it’s a human rights tribunal appointment. According to reports in the press, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s appointment of Shirish Chotali to head the Canadian Human Rights …

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Jan 06

History of France in English on the iTunes “New and Noteworthy” list for educational and history podcasts, but it’s still pretty good!

The History of France in English Podcast by Historylab.ca’s Tom Villemaire is now on the iTunes list of “New and Noteworthy” podcasts. For History and Education podcasts that is, even so, it’ s still pretty good and kinda funny in spots. Not Steve Buscemi funny in Fargo, but still, pretty funny. Way funnier than a …

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Jan 04

Historylab.ca’s podcast History of France in English ranks in top 50 on iTunes

Historylab.ca’s podcast History of France in English by Tom Villemaire is ranked in iTunes top 50 educational productions. This is because of the huge amount of support of the people in the history podcast community, in particular, those who hang out at the facebook site, the link is here. The podcast will be launching its …

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Dec 31

Some bright ideas are Canadian

It was New Year’s Eve in 1879 that Thomas Alva Edison unveiled his best known invention, but some bright ideas are Canadian first. Edison’s incandescent bulb shone light on a new era as well as a new year. That Thomas Edison — a great guy. He invented the light bulb and changed the way the …

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Dec 13

History of France in English podcast now available on iTunes!

The History of France in English podcast is now available on iTunes. The first episode deals with the history of wine in France, from its first historic mention about 600 BCE up to the end of the Roman occupation, including the destruction of the Gaul vineyards around 92 AD and the somewhat biased view of …

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Dec 11

Toronto scandals are nothing new, here’s why you shouldn’t let them ruin your Christmas

Toronto scandals? Toronto is a world-class city. So it does scandals big… um, yeah. Ask any city politician. Forget Rob Ford. He’s a rank amateur. Toronto has had a world-class scandal that includes all the usual stuff of scandal — sex, abuse of power, stupidity, cupidity, and money — and, in a uniquely Canadian twist, …

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