The ravages of transport


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Bridge from Gatineau to Ottawa

Everything that passed through the mail from England to Canada seems to have suffered a bit in the crossing, if only by taking on an odd smell. Nothing, however, was anywhere near so badly damaged as my world map. Despite being properly packed in a rigid plastic tube, it has been bent, crushed, and mangled. That is a particular shame given that it was an especially good map, and a birthday gift to boot.

Right now, the remains (held aloft by a system of cords I rigged up) are serving as a temporary window covering for the pane facing the street. I should have given it to someone in England, or left it on the wall of my room in Church Walk for the next inhabitant to appreciate.

PS. These 34 degree Celsius days (and twenty degree nights) are a challenge unto themselves. I am looking forward to the autumn.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Litty August 2, 2007 at 11:00 am

Did you buy insurance from the shipping company? If so, I think they owe you a new map.

Anon August 2, 2007 at 1:07 pm

As temperatures are forecast to reach 35 C on Thursday — the second day of an extreme heat alert in Toronto — the agency charged with keeping enough power in the system is asking consumers to conserve.

Mike Kushnir August 2, 2007 at 1:18 pm

i’ll trade you for paris. i’m taking shelter from another torrential downpour.

why, god, do i have to work tonight?

Milan August 2, 2007 at 1:39 pm

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) forecast peak demand would reach 26,502 megawatts on Thursday afternoon, near but not above the province’s record peak of 27,005 MW, set a year ago yesterday on August 1, 2006.

To meet the peak, a spokeswoman for the IESO said the grid would have to import some power from the United States since domestic generators will be able to generate only about 25,931 MW during the peak hour.

Anon August 3, 2007 at 10:05 am

Record-setting temperatures in Ontario today pushed the power supply to the limit
CBC Television – The National
Thursday, August 2, 2007 – 22:00 EDT



Record-setting temperatures in Ontario today pushed the power supply to the limit. Air conditioners worked overtime as the thermometer neared 35 in the southern part of the province. Factor in the humidity and Environment Canada says it felt more like 41 Celsius, the hottest day yet in a current heat wave. It was much the same in Montreal, also about 41 with the humidity. People have been doing whatever it takes to stay cool, but in temperatures like those, it’s not easy.

Antonia August 3, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Very sorry to hear that. Maybe you can mail order another?

Milan August 3, 2007 at 6:50 pm


As with most things, it would be far cheaper to buy here.


That is a good idea. I will have to look into it.

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