Burning Ears for Tuesday

Who in the world is talking about Halifax (May.8/07)

Today's tour of the web's latest Halifax mentions features a blog post about Jared Leto, a self-important Torontonian's trip east and a possible movie ticket theft. How could you not want to read the full links below?

THE UNKNOWN FASHIONISTA
from San Francisco
Writing at TeamSugar —it's a girlie, glossy networking site big on celebrity, fashion, beauty and such — a Sugar user called JKe895 posts about the the US Marine uniform that Jared Leto wore to the Australian MTV music awards. How Halifax gets involved is a story as old as the Marines themselves, but it won't take long to tell: JKe895 is a Marine, and in taking Leto to task for defiling the uniform, she follows its lineage back to the 1700s.

The United States Marine Corps traces its institutional roots to the Continental Marines of the American Revolutionary War. The Continental Congress formed the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775, planning to draw them from among Washington's army in Boston and send them to capture supplies from Halifax, Nova Scotia. However, Washington was unenthuthiastic about the plan and suggested the Marines be recruited in New York or Philadelphia instead. (story here)
It's great that Halifax has been around for a while and thus gets tangled in all sorts of stuff. But being a footnote to history isn't a good goal for a self-respecting city...

...BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT YOU END UP WITH
from Toronto
Gerry Nicholls, one of the self-described top five political minds in the country, was in town over the weekend at a conference. In a blog post about the trip, he describes a sight-seeing ride he took with a cabbie named Bubbles:

Bubbles also noted pedestrians have a short life expectancy in Halifax due to the fact that Haligonians seem to wander into traffic with a reckless nonchalance. Indeed, Bubbles himself nearly got run over when we got out of the cab to check the famous Citadel.

The highlight of the tour, however, was our visit to the cemetary containing the graves of 150 poor souls who died on the Titanic.

Bubbles says the site became something of a tourist attraction after the James Cameron movie came out in 1997. (story here)

With attractions like graves and hills, you can see how Halifax reels 'em in. And yes, this is one of the best new mentions of the city in all of cyberspace.

A SENIOR MOMENT
from New York
In the latest edition of the New York Times Magazine, the mag's regular ethics advisor Randy Cohen takes this question from Metro's Gaby Roughneen:

When a friend and I went to the movies, I requested two senior tickets although I knew we were both too young to qualify at that theater. My husband says I misrepresented myself as a senior and acted unethically. I believe it’s up to the cashier to ask for proof of age, which I’m happy to provide. Who is right? — Gaby Roughneen, Bedford, Nova Scotia
The full answer is here, but in case the Times closes the link the short version is that the husband is right. Weird.

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