Coals to Newcastle; Oil to Venezuela

There is an old adage used to indicate a superfluous activity, it likens the act to carrying coals to Newcastle. Newcastle is a coal-rich area in England, so why would anyone bring more. The oil-rich South American country is now, paradoxically, buying oil from the United States. A recent piece in the New York TimesContinue reading “Coals to Newcastle; Oil to Venezuela”

The OPEC of Maple Syrup

As the temperature creeps up ever so slowly, and the days grow longer – with a boost from daylight savings – and on occasion the warmth of the sun can be felt on faces, the thoughts of many people turn to maple syrup. Perhaps not everyone, but many. I must confess that even as aContinue reading “The OPEC of Maple Syrup”