The wind chill has kept the temperature between -29C and -15 for the past few days. I tried to warm up this warming by watching a documentary about heaven and hell. Didn’t do the trick.
What it did do was remind me of the contest Quark is running. You can enter to win the Gates of Hell. A burning desire to own a copy of Andrew Lambert’s book has been demonstrated. There is still time to enter. The contest doesn’t close until the end of the month.
Something else that is heating up is the Republic of Doyle. It is a new series set in Newfoundland and Labrador. The first episode is at 9 PM tonight, eastern time, on CBC. I’ll be watching.
Ten years ago, I was sitting in the rafters of the Molson Centre in Montreal, a member of the audience of Celine Dion‘s final concert before retiring – for the first time. I was there, not because I was a Celine fan, but because she had invited some really special guests – the original cast of Notre Dame de Paris. That musical was a francophone phenonmenon. At the time, it was the hottest thing in Paris, Quebec and anywhere French was spoken.
Not literally…the leader in polar adventures is giving away two copies of The Gates of Hell: Sir John Franklin’s Tragic Quest for the North West Passage. I read it in the fall, when it first came out. I couldn’t put it down.
Cannabalism, political intrigue, hubris, the cult of celebrity: the book reads like a 21st century reality show. Andrew has written and hosted television shows, so he knows a thing or two about entertaining the masses. Yet…he is a respected naval historian, who spent years researching before the novel was published earlier this year, by Yale University Press.
Thanks to David McEown for the use of one of his paintings. King Penguins, South Georgia. Have you been to Sea World to see the exhibit – Penguin Encounter? Sea World – Orlando, San Antonio or San Diego is another local venue where you can get a taste of the polar environment.
Then there is the Smithsonian’s fabulous traveling exhibit – Wondrous Cold. If you are anywhere near Spartanburg, South Carolina, drop by the County Public Library. You can see Joan Myers fabulous Antarctic photos until August 30, 2009.
Then there’s always Quark’s website. But then, I’m prejudiced – I work for them.
By the way – Quark needs your help to choose the Official Quark Blogger. The successful competitor travels to Antarctica for free with a traveling companion.