Saturday, October 31, 2020
Happy Halloween 2020
Sean Connery (1930 - 2020)
Like many folk I awoke this morning to the news that veteran actor Sean Connery passed away earlier today. Much is made in this sad news about the proud Scotsman being the first actor to play James Bond in feature films. It's a role for which he'll always be remembered, no matter the many and varied roles he played until he retired from acting a few years ago. While not my favourite "Bond", that prestigious title goes to George Lazenby, Connery is remembered by many as the 007. "Bond, James Bond."
The actor first made an impression on me when I was eleven or twelve years of age. I was watching a black & white film on television, and my mother said: "That's Sean Connery. He's Welsh [sic]."
Minutes ago I did some research. It did not take long as I had remembered two vital research clues: a reporter; the Second World War.
Book: Practical Dreamers (Hoolboom)
Friday, October 30, 2020
Jennifer Smith on Taking a Risk
Book: Inside the Pleasure Dome (Hoolboom)
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Dale Carnegie on Taking Chances
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Book: Midnight Mavericks (Gregorits)
The Silent Series'
Minutes ago I saw a headline: "L.A. Dodgers Win World Series."
I had no idea the World Series was in process. Has Major League Baseball shrunk to golf ball size? "Next on Sports" is something I don't hear, so that would put me at a deficit for knowing what sports events are playing right now, but I've not overheard people talking about the series, nor have friends brought up the subject.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Toronto's Greg's Ice Cream Is No More
Monday, October 26, 2020
There are the usual suspects. Say the famous line and some people will know its source.
I have my own faves. Just a samplin'....
"You get what you pay for, Franz."
- The Doctor (John Considine), Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls (1973)
- Barrot, the camp warden (William Smithers), Papillon (1973)
"Good afternoon, my ass."
- The farmer (John Baskcomb), Battle of Britain (1969)
"I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do."
- HAL 9000 (Douglas Rain, voice), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
"I'm a lawyer from Denver, Colorado."
- Lt. Harry Brubaker (William Holden), The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
Any recent movies? I'll work on it....
A Forever Question: E-question
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Book: Underground (Hoolboom)
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
The Mercury Spikes
Toronto is going to hit 23 degrees Celsius today. Perhaps I should do something picnic-like in my local park instead of staying inside working.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Why Do I Like Cats?
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
It Was One Year Ago Today
Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party of Canada swept back into power (stayed put) a year ago today. He was counted out; not supposed to win given the mighty scandals he and his cronies faced since taking power back in October of 2015.
This time around it was a "minority" government, not the "majority" of five years ago. I had predicted that the Liberals would again win the top office, but, remembering Pierre Trudeau's squeaking-in of 1972, my feeling was son Justin would pull off something similar. His win was most convincing.
And the Conservatives -- with no real leader -- are bitter to this day. They can't seem to do anything right....not even score on an "open net".
The NDP (New Democratic Party) was just a no-show.
Maxime Bernier, and his LOL "People's Party of Canada", was, as a German might say: "Núll."
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020
A Forever Question: Warp Factor Nine
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Tottenham's Special Luck Ran Out
I was about to write a piece about Tottenham Hotsput F.C. and their special luck whenever I sit down to watch them play a match.
Tottenham was up by a score of 3 to nil as I started to sketch out the blog post idea. Then: Two quick goals from West Ham within the last ten minutes of regulation time. Then, at about three minutes of stoppage time, seconds after the play-by-play announcer said "this should be about it", goal number three. (As I noodled on the keyboard, certain football players noodled in the goal.) The game was officially over; the West Ham squad went nuts.
The Council of Elders
Mouth Rinse Washout
Who knew that buying a bottle of mouthwash could be so decision-based.
DVD: Planet of the Vampires
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
DVD: Llik Your Idols
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
DVD: Blank City
Monday, October 12, 2020
A Forever Question: On Thanksgiving
Miwk Publishing to Close
This morning I awoke to the news that British boutique publisher and bookstore Miwk is to close its doors. The above tweet was from their account, but even then I believed that I had simply misread it and thought they just meant they were closing on "December 24th" due to the Christmas holidays, and not closing for good.
What's my interest in this company? I've bought a few titles from their online store; but that too will be no more.
"We won't be having a massive blow-out sale as most of our remaining stock can be sold online."
Postscript: Beware of a Conservative government....
Book: A Thread Across the Ocean (Gordon)
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Friday, October 9, 2020
Some Uplifting Quotes Are Spot-on
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
I'm Anarkyvist: CBC "Venture" - Canadian Television Production - 1990
It Takes Allsorts
Monday, October 5, 2020
Misreading a Boston Globe Headline
A Forever Question: It's Called a Done Deal!
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Book: Monty Python Speaks!
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Book: The English Channel (Calder)
Friday, October 2, 2020
I Had Just One Answer
In response to my posting from Monday, Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Death Affected Me, a reader asked what PET would think of the job his son is doing leading this great country.