It’s easy to miss them in the woodlands of British Columbia. The size of a thumbnail, energetic, erratic blobs of green and grey, they blend in beautifully with their forest surroundings. But on the well-travelled biking and hiking paths in the resort community of Whistler, the western toads (Anaxyrus boreas) are very much in evidence. And on their annual migration from the breeding grounds of Lost Lake into the coast mountains, these tiny toads must make some perilous crossings. Not all succeed.
There’s often a lull in the news cycle in August, as much of Europe holidays. Not so this month, I am sad to say. Your latest edition of the Weekly captures the terrible events in Spain last week, as terror returned to the streets of Europe. And it leaves most of us, I think it’s fair to say, wondering when such deadly attacks will ever end. We keep you up to date on the tensions with North Korea. Pyongyang signalled alarm as annual US-South Korea joint military exercises began.
I have never been very good at goodbyes. I don’t like to make a fuss. A quiet exit from the building is much more my style. After more than nine years at the Guardian Weekly, five of them as your editor and four as deputy editor, it is time for a change. Come the end of August, I will depart the editor’s chair for new challenges, taking up a master’s degree at SOAS, at the University of London. I will delve deeply into Japanese studies, an area of great interest.
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Selecting a term
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