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Tom Nicholson

About author

Tom Nicholson has been with The Slovak Spectator since 1997. He was appointed editor-in-chief in 1998, and publisher in 2001. After taking a leave from the paper from 2002 to 2004, he rejoined it as publisher and as editor of the SPEX magazine. In March 2007 he left the Spectator to lead an investigative program at the SME daily paper. He continues to cooperate with the Spectator. He holds a master’s degree in history from Queen’s University in Canada, and has worked for the Whig Standard and National Post dailies in that country.

List of authors articles

Letter from Canada

Home (for a rest)

Returning from exile is a fine thing, but no one talks about how exhausting it is.17. Nov 2018, at 13:00

Letter from Canada

Signs of life on Day of the Dead

Salmon were once a hundred times more populous on Canada’s Western coast.6. Nov 2018, at 6:32

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Letter from Canada

The Canada I looked forward to no longer exists

There was something in the vet’s bedside manner that evoked in me a longing for the doctor I longed for.29. Oct 2018, at 12:09

The Health Ministry has announced grants to combat the shortage of medical workers.
Letter from Canada

Marijuana is legal and I've got a new roof

Thanks to legalisation, the price of illegally-grown marijuana has tumbled, and my friends had lost their incomes.22. Oct 2018, at 8:02

Letter from Canada

The silo effect

There is still diversity in the folly on display on Facebook, even among ‘friends’ who aren’t overtly racist, crude or stupid.16. Oct 2018, at 8:15

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Letter from Canada

Only in Canada

Exaggerated obligingness is one aspect of life here.5. Sep 2018, at 11:30

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Letter from Canada

The benign indifference of the universe to our fate

That is what these forest fires felt like.27. Aug 2018, at 16:08

A wildfire burns near the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation in Fort Fraser, British Columbia, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.
Letter from Canada

Neighbours

You don’t choose them, but you rarely want to change them.29. Jul 2018, at 14:25

I had very decent neighbours in Svätý Jur, but even there, people responded quizzically to acts of altruism.
Letter from Canada

No thanks for daddy

To the uninitiated, a 10-year-old’s birthday party might seem like a tame way to spend the day. Ha!24. Jul 2018, at 9:45

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The better it gets, the worse it gets

In countries like Slovakia, we are in danger of ignoring real progress because we are enraged by the flaws that remain, and altering our standards as time goes by.19. Jul 2018, at 13:30

Letter from Canada

Begin afresh

I’m not sure if there is a typical Canadian way to get married.16. Jul 2018, at 13:27

Letter from Canada

The sweet sadness of emigration

The heart wants what it wants, but is oblivious to the pain that comes with getting it.10. Jul 2018, at 8:13

Letter from Canada

Happy boring birthday, Canada

It turns out that drama and struggle are not essential to the good life.2. Jul 2018, at 7:18

Letter from Canada

Signs of danger averted

The world has never been this safe, and may never be again.20. Jun 2018, at 12:40

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Letter from Canada

Liberal excesses make even Trump sound normal

In Slovakia, I was seen as a dewy-eyed liberal. Back home, I am a stick-in-the-mud conservative without even a tattoo to mark him as chill.11. Jun 2018, at 8:10

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a meeting at the G-7 summit.
Letter from Canada

The bewitching power of kittens

The arrow of history points towards greater respect for other life.28. May 2018, at 17:24

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A happy marriage? Both simpler, and tougher, than we realize

If experience is the mother of wisdom, why aren’t second and third marriages more successful?21. May 2018, at 10:59

Letter from Canada

The rites of spring

As a trivial world turns, we lose what cannot be replaced.4. May 2018, at 12:16

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Letter from Canada

Ten dead – but it could have been worse

Monday’s attack in Toronto was not, as many feared, related to religious or political terrorism.27. Apr 2018, at 13:35

Letter from Canada

On killing a crab

If you eat animal flesh, you should not be squeamish about slaughtering your dinner.20. Apr 2018, at 8:23