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The manuscript, written by Gui, is a history of the lives of the Roman emperors, Catholic saints and popes. Battle on Vimy Ridge Many are familiar with the groundbreaking theories of former U of T professor Harold Adams Innis, but less well known is the story of his near-death experience during the First World War.

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Innis had enlisted in the Canadian Army as a gunner in the fall of , but was reassigned as a signaller. Signallers, or spotters, watched where artillery shells landed and sent back correcting information so the next shells could reach their mark. On July 7, , at Vimy Ridge, a German shell caught Innis in the right thigh, cutting a round hole through the cover of the compact Field Message Book he kept in his trouser pocket. The resulting injury was serious — it ended his military career — and the book, which now belongs to the Harold Innis collection at U of T archives, may well have saved his life.

Together, they present an intimate and compelling portrait of this great Canadian thinker, as well as insights into the people he influenced. These 3-D printers create perfect models of life-sized human hearts, spines and other body parts. By Kurt Kleiner. By Scott Anderson.

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Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Did anyone else make note of the sly humour he shared with his classes? Kenneth L. It was only a few years ago that we discovered that 'Cousin Smirle' was rather a famous football player. We knew of his background as a medical doctor and Chief Coroner for Ontario. We had a very old autographed photo of him that had been given to our grandfather and that led me to Google him.

It was quite a surprise to find out so much about him. I have traced a great many of his ancestors and the name Smirle was a family name through his mother's side of the family. Smirle and his wife Pearl we could never forget those names! There were other members of the Lawson family that were well noted for their athletic prowess, as I discovered on the Internet.

Memorabilia from the first Grey Cup game, in This densely packed, powerful volume shows Daniel Hawkes as a writer not just of potential but of great accomplishment.

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Most of the stories center around sports and the meaning of sports for those who play and watch, and Hawkes has a real gift for describing physical activity, the feel of running, throwing, competing. The title story, "Catching the Bullet," beautifully dramatizes the ways family relations get acted out in sports and the terrible importance to kids, girls as well as boys, of failure and success in sports.

Another, "Marathoners," captures the sweet camaraderie of adult athletic companionship, the inner life of the athlete, and the anguish of injury.

But, for me, Hawkes is even stronger in two stories not about sports, "Pants," which deals with the pain and inevitable self-deception in the aftermath a failed marriage, and especially "The Bells," a wrenching story about the irrevocable passage of time. March 15, - Published on Amazon. A wonderful book of short stories, all of which are very interesting. A MUST read book from a very talented author.

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Go to Amazon. A dream of water. But I am very tired. So let the dream be over. The rest of the story tells what happened with the various messages he left around town during his timeless moment. A number of similar stories, including Borge's "The Secret Miracle", are given here on the same web page. Most probably Dragan Milosevic's answer is the one you're looking for. But since you say " the story might be Russian ", I wonder if you're also conflating it with elements of Dostoyevsky's The Idiot , in which execution is an important theme and one based on Dostoyevsky's own experience.

The topic of condemned prisoners at the moment just before their execution is discussed several times in the novel.

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From Wikipedia emphasis mine :. In , Dostoevsky was sentenced to execution by firing squad for his part in the activities of the Petrashevsky Circle. Shortly after the period of interrogation and trial, he and his fellow prisoners were taken, without warning, to Semyonovsky Square where the sentence of death was read out over them.

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The first three prisoners were tied to stakes facing the firing squad: Dostoevsky was among the next in line. Just as the first shots were about to be fired, a message arrived from the Tsar commuting the sentences to hard labor in Siberia. The experience had a profound effect on Dostoevsky, and in Part 1 of The Idiot written twenty years after the event the character of Prince Myshkin repeatedly speaks in depth on the subject of capital punishment.

On one occasion, conversing with the Epanchin women, he recounts an anecdote that exactly mirrors Dostoevsky's own experience. A man of 27, who had committed a political offence, was taken to the scaffold with his comrades, where a death sentence by firing squad was read out to them.

Twenty minutes later, with all the preparations for the execution having been completed, they were unexpectedly reprieved, but for those twenty minutes the man lived with the complete certainty that he was soon to face sudden death. The Prince recounts in detail what the man experienced during those twenty minutes. The subject of capital punishment first comes up earlier in Part 1, when the Prince is waiting with a servant for General Epanchin to appear.

Engaging the servant in conversation, the Prince tells the harrowing story of an execution by guillotine that he recently witnessed in France. He concludes the description with his own reflections on the horror of death by execution:. When you put your head right under the guillotine and hear it sliding above your head, it's that quarter of a second that's most terrible of all Who can say that human nature is able to endure such a thing without going mad?

Why such mockery — ugly, superfluous, futile? Perhaps the man exists to whom his sentence has been read out, has been allowed to suffer, and then been told: "off you go, you've been pardoned". A man like that could tell us perhaps. Such suffering and terror were what Christ spoke of. No, a human being should not be treated like that! Later, when he is conversing with the Epanchin sisters, the Prince suggests to Adelaida, who has asked him for a subject to paint, that she paint the face of a condemned man a minute before the guillotine falls.

He carefully explains his reasons for the suggestion, enters in to the emotions and thoughts of the condemned man, and describes in meticulous detail what the painting should depict.

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In part 2, the usually comical character of Lebedyev also considers the horror of the moment before execution. In the midst of a heated exchange with his nihilist nephew he expresses deep compassion for the soul of the Countess du Barry, who died in terror on the guillotine after pleading for her life with the executioner.

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