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?
For centuries, Chinese ladies had their feet bound from childhood, a process that involved breaking their toes and forcing their feet to grow into a shape like a little hoof, on which they would totter.  This was thought to be elegant and alluring.  Poor women who had to work in the fields usually did not have bound feet, nor did the ruling Manchu clans  -  though even the Manchu empress was proud that her feet were naturally tiny.




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