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China in 1983 tried to accommodate independent tourists by providing at least one English-speaking employee at services where foreigners might appear. Also, the Chinese International Travel...

The Hall of the People sits on the western side of Tiananmen Square. It takes 15 minutes of brisk walking to reach the Hall from the bus stop on the eastern flank of the square.

Joanne and I had saved touring Tiananmen...

We’d been in China close to two weeks and the crowds, lineups and bureaucratic complications involved with getting something as simple as a bus ticket had made us a tad grumpy. The Chinese, great admirers of politeness, took...

Recent Books

English Department of the Spirit

This book is a comprehensive and detailed history of the generic English Department, beginning with the Elizabethan pre-school and grammar school. It shows...

Shafted - A Mystery

Auxiliary cop Margo Jamieson’s discovery of a nasty note in a dead man’s golf jacket sends her to local historian John Larssen for help. The conflicting...

Sidetracked: The struggle for BC's Fossils

What began as a hunting trip to British Columbia’s Northern Rockies in 2000 turns into one of the province’s most important fossil finds – the Monroe...