The Hub of the Wheel

Johnny Foon and I have been playing phone-tag. (It might be the only game I can match him at.) (Photo by Bruce Rowles. Mountain Life magazine.) (“Follow meeeeee!”. “Uh. that’s okay, Johnny. I’ll just go around and meet you at the bottom.”) The ski mountaineering legend has become Pemberton’s chief trail-builder, and he’s getting ready…

The Road to Nowhere

I took a cruise once. I needed to interview the ship’s doctor for a travel article I was writing for a lifestyle magazine for physicians. He dodged me. He demurred. He point-blank refused. I persisted. For days. I thought about feigning illness. Or poisoning my mother. But eventually, I prevailed upon him to speak to…

Biathletes dominate the Callaghan but the Big Guns are in Pemberton

Typically, I suffer a burst of motivation during an Olympic Games – it usually gets me as far as one lap around the block or a couple of days at the pool before it fades and I revert to form. But hope springs in the shape of biathlon – where athletes are still peaking in their thirties and…

The final torchbearer

Debate is renewed about who the final torchbearer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be after organisers announced that it won’t be hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.  Furlong said spectators will find out the final torchbearer’s identity on Friday night: “You can think about this as long as you’d like and you can think about the…

Road time and river time explains sense of duelling personalities

Pemberton’s Multifaith Messiah, scribe and The Pembertonian columnist Babar Javed quotes Margaret Vasser in one of his recent baubles of wisdom. “There are two kinds of time. Road time is when we are standing at the roadside, with events approaching and then passing us by; river time is when we are in the flow of…