Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 202 – It’s So Fruity on My Tongue

Sabba's Hookah (Photo by Ninja)

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The Hookah is a single or multi-stemmed device for smoking tobacco. The smoke is passed through a water basin before inhalation. And the smoke is inhaled through a long hose, a slender flexible tube that allows the smoke to be drawn for a distance, cooling down before inhalation. In the Arab world, it is used as part of the culture and tradition. Social smoking is done at parties and at cafes. Last week Special K and I visited Sabba and Burt and we were treated to the relaxing ritual of hookah smoking. Sabba bought her hookah on a trip to Egypt years ago and decided to share the experience with us. Shisha is the tobacco smoked in a hookah. It is a very moist and sticky tobacco that has been soaked in honey or molasses. There are a variety of shisha flavors including apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, and strawberry. I’m not sure what kind we had, but it was definitely a fruit flavoured shisha. It was a pinkish red colour that Burt mistook for mashed cranberry when he first saw it. According to tobaccofreeu.org, it doesn’t matter what you smoke in a hookah, it is just as dangerous as cigarette smoke. Hookahs generate smoke in different ways: cigarette smoke is generated by burning tobacco, while hookah smoke is produced by heating tobacco in a bowl using charcoal. The end product is the same—smoke, containing carcinogens. Oh well. It doesn’t matter, we had great fun.   Listen to the soundscape of the wonderful time Special K and I had smoking a hookah for the first time.

(Sources: Wikipedia and tobaccofreeu.org)

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Collaboration?! Me?!

I normally run my own show.  It’s safer that way, and possibly more polite.  Then there is only one person to blame when the mission goes wrong.   But here I’ve gone ahead and done a collaborative thing with George Motoc.   You can find his blog at  Canadian Immigrant Song.  I researched and wrote the text for one of his podcasts.  You can find it at  The Rolling Stone 500.

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 144 – Is It Live or Is It Memorex


The Bruegel-Bosch Bus by Kim Adams (Art Gallery of Hamilton)

“That is the power of art – the salvation of one’s soul.” – Mayumi

One night after work, Special K and Ninja brave rush hour to drive to Hamilton, Ontario to see the new exhibits at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. They are not disappointed by the kimono of the famous Geisha Ichimaru, nor the contemporary art of Japan, the Bruegel-Bosch Bus, and the Monotheatrum.

The Monotheatrum by Tor Lukasik-Foss (Art Gallery of Hamilton)