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Beryl O’Links: Heat Wave Edition

It is very hot in Toronto. A week ago today I was still having to turn on the little heater in my office – now I am using a fan and contemplating taking my show and moving it downstairs, where ’tis a bit cooler. To the matter at hand – some links from past and present, far and wide, not all pandemic-related. In fact, very few.

Sad news – the apostrophe protection society admits defeat. I hate poor grammar but one of my biggest pet peeves in that regard is people who don’t know where to place apostrophes or commas. We have failed as a society when people pluralize family names, for example, with an apostrophe.

A great piece from Lionel Shriver about the tiresomeness of lefty lingo. 

Give this man an award – he (accidentally) hit a dog with his car, and drove it to safety. It turned out to be a coyote, no less deserving of compassion.

And give this man an award – Lebanese businessman bought Hitler artifacts and donated them to Israel.

Clive James and the greatness of Philip Larkin.

Another person deserving of an award – for saving Mongolia’s snow leopards.

A hero for the animals in Wuhan – yep, awards for him, too!

The first boy diagnosed as autistic – what a story.

The awakening of Norman Rockwell (seriously surprised that something this good was at Vox).

The British housewife who took on the Soviet Union – why had I not heard of her? And she deserved awards, as well!

Tragic history – again, why had I not heard of this? The “Reverse Freedom Rides.” Humans – so cruel.

Why plague doctors wore those strange beaked masks.

And – last link, as I want to end on a positive note – it is ok to drink wine by yourself! I already knew that, but it is now sanctioned by the New York Times.

Beryl O’Links: St. Brigid’s Day Edition

Whatever happened to Notre Dame’s bees?

A good piece (by Ray Pennings, an acquaintance from media circles) about the dangers in Canada’s assisted dying legislation.

Documentary confronts cost of Pius XII’s silence during the Holocaust; Vatican to open its archives on his pontificate.

Novel written at Auschwitz to be published in English.

Hussein Aboubakr gives me hope. So does Mohammed Saud.

Give this man – a kitten-rescuer – all the awards!

Another man who deserves all the awards.

In my view, this is a legitimate reason to nuke a country.

In Sweden’s most notoriously anti-Semitic city, a rabbi and an imam are trying to make a positive difference.

The librarian who saved Timbuktu’s cultural treasures from al Qaeda.

Never stop! Centenarian Japanese photojournalist is still working.