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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Canadians


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Born in Alberta to two pastors, Vaughn Roste has spent most of his life in the Canadian Bible Belt. In spite of this, he has somehow succeeded in becoming a normal flawed human being. A career, nearly a decade long, of living in a tent every summer and planting trees has acquainted him all-too-well with the most obscure corners of Canada's wilderness and wild life, but it enabled him to pay for three degrees (one in theology and two in music) and to explore his own and other nations. His travels, often on government or church sponsored programmes, have have taken him through the United States and Europe and on to Togo, Israel, Colombia, and El Salvador - all the while proudly sporting his maple leaf badge. He claims that his current post as teacher of music at a college in the state of Georgia is part of a continuing patriotic plan to leave the country whenever the opportunity arises. Ostensibly to promote awareness of Canada throughout the world, in fact he does so in order to avoid shovelling the walk. Peter W. Wilson was born in the Ottawa area and blossomed over time into the quintessential Canadian always fighting for the underdog. Having substantially advanced Canadian unity by convincing as many as would listen that the best parts of their culture were whatever they themselves were not - he moved to England. There he extols the virtues of all things Canadian to the British and all things British to the Canadians, being careful at all times to point out that he is NOT American. Snow, when it rarely happens, results in his rushing into the nearest park to take photos and to snowshoe. His time is otherwise occupied in a dauntless search for tortieres to eat, canoes to paddle and wilderness areas in which to do both.


'This was the most important book I took with me to Canada, it gave me a real insight to these people allowing me to fully understand their customs and ways. I was able to read it with ease on my flight and by the time I finished it was time to land! Seriously, anyone visiting Canada should give consideration to this book and anyone planning to live there should have a copy of it.' -- Reviewer from Wiltshire, UK 'A Winner. I find this book delightful. It is informative, humourous as well as full of good humour, and has just enough ascerbic wit to keep it tangy. The style could be called typically Canadian in that it blends an obvious national pride with a certain self-effacing manner - and that's certainly suitable.' -- Reviewer from Alberta, Canada

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