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?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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