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60 years ago on February 18th, 1957, passenger service was discontinued on the London and Port Stanley Railway after almost 100 years of operation.  The railway could not compete with the automobile.  The railway's service was not always reliable, earning the railroad  the nickname Late and Poor Service.   

Daylight saving time was inaugurated on Monday February 9th, 1942 to conserve energy for the duration of the war. 

THe Birth of Sake - image from the film

Join us on Saturday, March 18 at 2 pm in the Stevenson & Hunt room for the third and last screening in a series titled Japanese Food.

On February 21st, 1927, Lt. Gov. William Donald Ross  formally opened Sir Adam Beck Collegiate Institute whose staff and students had moved from the East End Collegiate to the new school on Monday January 4th, 1927. 

140 years ago on February 11, 1877, Rev. William Stephen Rainsford (1850-1933), the Church of England revivalist preacher, drew such a large crowd at St. Paul's Church in London, Ontario that hundreds of people could not even get standing room  and had to leave.   

book cover image Landmarks

The isolation wrought by modern life, says naturalist Robert MacFarlane, makes us think nature is uninteresting. However, the power of words can reclaim our so-called barren lands.

book cover image How English Became English

Today, the English language is spoken by more than a billion people around the globe. But where did it come from ... and where might it be headed?

image from a documentary Dashi:Essence of Japan

Dashi and shoyu, soup broth and soy sauce, the base of Japanese cuisine, the essence of food but also the essence of Japanese nature, distilled from the oceans, forests and mountains.

Book cover image - A Darkness Absolute

A Darkness Absolute is the second book in Kelley Armstrong's Casey Duncan series. I devoured the first book, City of the Lost, and have been eagerly awaiting this next entry.

Book cover image - The Dime

Kathleen Kent has just released her new novel The Dime. I've read and really liked her historical novels and was looking forward to this newest book.