A bull elephant looms out of a yellow dust cloud; one tusk is broken and the ancient hide is deeply creased and grooved, like the sides of an extinct volcano. It is a study in primeval majesty. Two moulting gentoo penguins shelter in a grisly wreckage of whalebones, as if in the ruins of a marble cathedral.By Hubert de Santana8 min
Slipping over the “garlic wall” is a little simpler than breaching the Iron Curtain — and a good deal more pleasant. From a port on Spain’s southern coast it is possible to hitch a lift by yacht to the only remaining colony in Europe. “Don’t worry,” says the craft’s skipper as his boat skims over the silk-smooth Mediterranean, “the Spanish navy doesn’t usually bother us.By David Baird7 min
For many Canadians there was a certain undeniable appeal to Allan MacEachen’s budget last week. It was the joy of seeing the rich lose some of their tax loopholes, coupled with a measure of relief for most taxpayers. But throughout the budget documents ran the ominous warning that the economy will worsen before it improves.By John Hay7 min
The house lights dimmed, a voice came through the darkness, the spotlight shone and there was Mimi Hines glittering in a white dress and floor-length fur coat. Toronto Sun critic Wilder Penfield III turned his chair for a better look just as the tiny show business veteran flew by on her opening night at the Royal York Hotel’s Imperial Room last week.By BARBARA MATTHEWS6 min
RECORD SET: Hiraoki Aoki, 43, of Japan, Ben Abruzzo, 51, Larry Newman, 34, and Ron Clarke, 41, of Albuquerque, N.M., set a new distance record for balloon travel. The foursome left Nagashima, Japan, early last week in their 27-storey-high helium balloon, Double Eagle V. Cruising at 4,700 m and 130 km-h, they landed in the mountains 160 km north of San Francisco, Calif., four days later, after covering more than 8,500 km.
It might have been dismissed as just another case where the star blew his lines if it hadn’t appeared so deliberate a rerun. Positioned squarely before the TV lights and the massed Washington press corps last week, President Ronald Reagan repeated the performance that less than a month earlier had sent shock waves across the Atlantic.By Marci McDonald5 min
In their infinite pragmatism, Quebeckers seem to have found more interesting the revelation that enterprising staff of the national assembly may have made pornographic films in the vaunted Salon bleu than Premier René Lévesque’s depiction of provincial rights being stripped away by the maudite “English-speaking technocracy” of Ottawa.By Ian Anderson5 min
In the past, pregnancy often cost a woman her job. Although women worked during and after the Second World War, many employers still expected pregnant workers to quit their jobs and stay at home. Not until 1978 did women in all provinces except Prince Edward Island have their positions legally protected—albeit without pay—while they took time off to have babies.By Carol Bruman4 min
He rose in the House of Commons, the centrepiece attraction in Ottawa, the world’s largest theme park. Allan MacEachen, the bagman from the Age of Aquarius, pointed his proud face toward the opposition benches, his nose like a ship’s prow, hair swept back as if he were sailing right through dire straits.By Roderick McQueen4 min
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