2. Worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie. The city's leaf sweepers have been through and ground everything to dust; what leaves remain on the trees are a bleached-out barest yellow in the pewter November light.
3. Next door is jubilant at our mayor's de facto loss of power and confident he'll soon either resign or be kicked out by the premier (that's the governor to you Murcans.) If it is so it is good, as the Japanese say; but Rob Ford is not only teflon, he has the devil's luck. I do not hold my breath.
4. Environment Canada's historical stats contain many surprises, such as the fact that 2002 holds the record for most snow on the ground on Nov 16. I was incredulous: 2002 was a scorcher, surely not given to early snowstorms? Luckily I have a copy of my pitas blog for that year, and yes, it did snow mid-November, even though up to then the autumn was much warmer than average.
5. Reading The Science of Discworld, outdated as it is (I believe they've found the Higgs Boson particle now?) makes the world seem stranger even than Tibetan Buddhism does.