ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS. The Roman poet Horace’s familiar words, that life is short but art is forever, have been a writer’s maxim for 2,000 years. They make an ironic appearance in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian Oryx and Crake, as the former motto—replaced by “Our Students Graduate With Employable Skills”—of a down-market liberal arts university.By BRIAN BETHUNE
IN MY OWN WAY I too feel free of Saddam’s tyrannical hold on this place. His network of secret police has disappeared and I’m no longer held, for my safety and that of my adopted family, to a precarious spy-like existence. Late one night, I decide to take advantage of this new freedom, don a robe, and wander out into my neighbourhood.By ALEXANDRE TRUDEAU
IT WAS NEARLY MIDNIGHT when the post-Masters dinner finally broke up. About 50 Augusta National members treated friends and relatives of the guest of honour, Mike Weir, to grilled veal chops and fresh pompano, accompanied by California cabernets and chardonnays, on Augusta National’s own china in the grand old clubhouse.By JAMES DEACON
I am a Canadian living in China’s hot spot for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). I am not living in fear of the disease, but I am trying to educate myself about it. I was shocked to read that twothirds of Canadians polled think that people coming from SARS hot spots should be banned or quarantined (“SARS: is this your best defence?”
SITTING IN THE TINY DEN of his home in Bright’s Grove, Ont., Richard Weir is still trying to wrap his head around his son’s success. “When Mike was growing up he’d be at Huron Oaks golf club every day by eight in the morning, and stay until it was too dark to see the ball any more,” says Weir, 65, thumbing through a scrapbook of old newspaper clips and photos that document Mike’s early golf achievements.By JOHN INTINI
THERE IS PROBABLY no one alive who knows more about the horrific Frank Slide than Monica Field. A lifelong resident of the area bordering the Crowsnest Pass, the 43-year-old Field grew up hearing the story of a great uncle who narrowly escaped one of the deadliest natural disasters in Canadian history.By BRIAN BERGMAN
IT IS, by now, one of those classic Calgary business legends. Seven years ago, real estate developer Clive Beddoe, along with several fellow Calgary executives, grew exasperated with the high cost of business air travel on the country’s two major carriers, Air Canada and Canadian Airlines International Ltd.By LIVE BEDDOE
IT COST HIM five years of pressing flesh in the boonies, away from home and the cameras, but Jean Charest was finally able to convince a majority of Quebec voters that he belongs—and is ready to govern the province. They gave him a clear mandate for change, but, in his victory speech in his home riding of Sherbrooke on April 14, Charest also said, in English, that changes in Quebec will bring changes in Canada too.By BENOIT AUBIN
TAKE THAT, Mark Twain (“Golf is a good walk spoiled”). And you, Winston Churchill (“Playing golf is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture”). No longer is golf just another four-letter word, at least not in Canada. As we shrugged off the vestiges of a long, cold winter, images of a young man from Bright’s Grove, Ont., beamed into more than a million homes from the sun-dappled fairways of the Augusta National Golf Club.By ROBERT LEWIS
“WE DON’T get a discount from airlines anymore so we have to charge customers a user fee,” the travel agent tells me. “Your best bet is to call the airline directly. Or if you have Internet access you can just book it on-line.” While I appreciated her honesty, what I really wanted was the good old-fashioned service I used to get without that extra fee.By SUZANNE BOLES
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