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By Thomas King

A flock of Indians has simply flown smack into the aspect of a BayStreet skyscraper. back. It’s as much as invoice and Rudy to tag the reside ones, nursethem to well-being on the shield and unencumber them again into the wild.

Thomas King is again in outstanding, fantastical shape during this latestcollection of brief tales, a few new, a few formerly released. Compiled in acomic journey de strength, the entire choices in a brief background ofIndians in Canada are showcases for King’s absolutely unique model ofimagination and wit. In 20 stories, King pokes a pointy stick into the gears of thenative myth-making desktop, slyly exposing the uncooked underbelly of either historicaland modern native-white relationships. throughout the laughter, those storiesshimmer brightly with the common truths that unite us.

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Seclusion Only a few houses are in this area, generally set well back into the large lots. You will not feel nearly as much in the thick of a suburb as you would at the other similar launching spot to the north off Senanus (see Brentwood Drive access, number 4). 3 Keene Way A well-maintained approach to a pretty gravel shore in the middle of Brentwood Bay Location, signs and parking You will see a sign for the very short Keene Way (formerly Devonshire Road, the sign informs you) along Brentwood Drive a short distance south of the Brentwood Bay town centre and the ferry landing (easiest found by driving from West Saanich Road to Verdier Avenue, and then left onto Brentwood Drive).

Any of these guides can be misleading, however, and you can waste considerable hours combing back roads searching for what looks on a map to be a perfectly viable access to the waterfront but turns out to be something altogether different. Sometimes it will be an impassable tangle of blackberry vines blocking a steep descent through heavy brush to a cliff face—not the most enticing approach to waterfront bliss. Sometimes it will look like part of someone’s manicured property—leaving you with the distinct impression that you will be trespassing if you take a single step in the direction of the shore.

For them a beach is sand. Lots of it. And waves. Lots of them. When you bring such visitors to some of our favourite beaches, they retreat in confusion. They have no idea of the pleasures to be had from nestling among sun-bleached logs in a litter of pebbles with a glossy magazine, a crazy sunhat and a bag of potato chips. They don’t know that by peering into rocky tidal pools they can find anemones, ochre stars, hermit crabs, coralline algae, plate limpets, common chitons and all the other familiar creatures of our rocky shores.

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