Rutherfurd Remembers


My Best Christmas

The Globe & Mail : December 15,2009 My Best Christmas...."Christmases were wonderful when I was a child. Presents were few, but that made them all the more exciting. They weren't always new, either. Once, after I'd seen one of the big old gauge 0 electric trains in a movie and said how I'd like one, my parents, after discovering that these weren't being made any more, tracked down a second-hand set which I found to my delight under the Christmas tree that year. Where the little 00 gauge trains made a discreet buzz, my train clattered and rattled 'round the room, emitting electric flashes and a distinct smell of ozone. I loved it." Read Essay.

 

 

 

Did You Know?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




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