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?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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