The Seasons Change
Look On The Bright Side
those of you planning to come to Vancouver in May, I hope you
will make time for one special event.
The Ironworks Gallery,
235 Alexander Street, Vancouver V6A 1C2
is having a showing of Sam Norths collection of Europeans
photographs the show entitled Out of Season
has an opening night on May 1st. We spare no expense at Hackwriters
to make sure viewing my images is as painless as possible. But
if you are in town, you are welcome. It runs from May 1st to 31st
to theres time to come and view. Bring a friend. Check their
new website designed by our own Carine Thomas
April 29th from J.T Brown in Japan
I visited the online version of your upcoming show "Out of
Season" after reading your commentary for April. Now THAT
was brilliant. Every picture.
My 6 year-old daughter loved it too, she was absolutely fascinated
by the pictures of people living their lives amidst the water
filled streets of Venice. My personal fav was #4 "BeachHut".
I can't help but feel that there's a story in that picture especially.
All the best at your exhibit this coming month!
Knock 'em dead.
we walked past several people wearing masks in the street.
People are scared of SARS, but hey, do you actually know how many people
die of flu every year or get run over by SUVs? Its hundreds
of thousands. If you want to really run a protest movement lets
march against big tobacco, or General Motors, or the drug companies that
cant quite bring themselves to cure the common cold that underpins
their huge profits every year. Meanwhile I'm off to try hang 22 pictures
in a straight line. This is a bigger challenge than you think.
Photo: © Carine Thomas
Saddam toppled, the war about wrapped up, can things return to normal
now? Well maybe. Airlines
are going bust all over the world as tourism comes to a crunching
halt. Now S.A.R.S. is breaking out all over with thousands already
in quarantine in Hong Kong, Toronto and elsewhere. Toronto is in
trouble thanks to the WHO advising people not to go there. Now the
Far East is banning all travellers from Canada. A bit much when
you think it continues to run amock in China. As I write this 21
deaths so far in Toronto four on the critical list. That's something
around 14% of those who get it die from it. Yet It is worth recalling
that more people die each day in the same city from smoking
So, lets think about the good things in life.
Blossom. I love blossom and Vancouver is blossom city. In Kits,
where I live, the trees are laden with heavy whites and pinks; the
magnolia trees are like stark wild giant orchids suddenly ripening
on our city streets. It feels me with hope and seems to deny the
bleak headlines that fill our TVs, radios and newspapers.
Actually I tend to thing there will be a post-war surge of optimism.
Sure many people have been killed and war is wrong, but things could
have been worse. For those liberated in Iraq we should be happy,
for those who died to protect Saddam and his crushing terror, it's
hard to feel completely sympathetic. Many civilians got caught up
in this and died as well. Of course they haven't actually found
any weapons of mass destruction but they have found hundreds of
millions of dollars stashed in various Saddam cronies homes, all
stolen from the Iraqi people. Now the people of Iraq know they are
free to be free, the awful truth of this Arab dictatorship will
be known. 24 years of being systematically lied to must be so surreal.
May their regime change be successful.
a new pandemic?
The May edition wil be slightly delayed on account of the exhibition.
Vote for us in the Webby Awards-
This month in Hacks.
JT Brown on North Korea and Japan, theres a lot of new fiction,
first chapters from exciting new writers, film and book analysis from
Alex Grant and Charlie Dickinson, James Skinner and Barry Mitchell on
politics and lots of world travel. Hackwriters remains diverse and international.
Thanks for reading and spread the word.
© Sam North
Updated April 27th 2003
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