It's a windy day, and the four flags of Casa Galicia are flapping like a flock of geese flying south for the winter. The stately wedding-cake white building on 31st Avenue, wedged between a burger joint and a supermarket crowned by barbed wire, looks like a foreign embassy.
The outcome of the tug of war between the pro-government/pro-Russian forces and the pro-EU/pro-independence forces in Ukraine will have a decisive impact on Eastern Europe's development in the new millennium.
There's no bigger news in Celtic music than the first new studio album by Clannad in 15 years. The Grammy-winning family band from Donegal began the trend of backing lush Gaelic vocal harmonies with shimmering synth pads back in the 1980s.
Wine should taste like where it came from, and shouldn't be manipulated into big alcoholic bruisers crammed with "jammy" fruit. Wine expert Gerry Dawes is a fan of old-fashioned wines made the old fashioned way: "Great wine is made in the vineyard, not in the winery."