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Sections: Life's a Load of Bollocks;
And Even More So, Nowadays;
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Ottawa and elsewhere
Life's a load of
February 12th., 2009: Times
change: Obama in charge in the US; Tsvangirai is now PM in Zimbabwe. Don't
hold your breath in either case. Problems rampant in both countries.
March 30th., 2008: This sadly hilarious situation in
Zimbabwe where the megalomaniac Mugabe cannot admit defeat is matched in the
USA, where Hilary Clinton (whose husband doesn't want Obama to win because
that would remove his first black president accolade), who has no hope of reaching the goal of
Democratic Party presidential candidate, won't admit defeat herself. This
benighted pair, who want to rule their countries, but don't understand that it is
purely their own ego that wants that, and cannot understand that they are supposedly to
think only of the good of their country. If only they could be given the
chore of picking up all of the plastic floating in the pestilential oceans
One should be more political, if only to be able to breathe:
an article on Arianna Huffington's site, plus what sells the
Guardian Weekly, which I buy religiously, or, given my innate attitude,
The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online: I can bet that Richard
Dawkins is happy about this. He is the author of several pro-evolution books
of immense worth. His latest is the God Delusion, a rampant polemic against
Children and if that
weren't bad enough,
slavery. Both are rampant.
Picture of the Day
Paintings from the Louvre at the
in Technology History
April 19th., 2001: Hadfield takes off in Endeavour, to install
Canadarm2, but remember
Need a phrase to insult someone? There is an
adequate reservoir in
Overpopulation in your future?
count on it.
cancer in your future? Don't you need care?
the life expectancy gap
pigs fly: I did guffaw at this, so sorry, sometime in 2002.
Special reports: http://www.guardian.co.uk/specialreports/index/0,2479,181169,00.html
Utilikilts: something strange to use for work. Note that the kilt was
invented by an Englishman in 1730. It was never present with Robert
the Bruce, who was himself an Anglo-Norman. Sod the spider and that
Braveheart débâcle. Yeah, and that ponce who went over the sea to
Skye was Polish. Even Rabbie Burns wrote in Anglo-Saxon.
Sunday Times Commando Fitness
How to escape from a sinking car
BMW Film shorts, resurrected
And Even More So, Nowadays
A Complete Waste of Time
here's another one,
if you like puzzles. And a puzzle of another kind:
Shaw's alphabet, an anachronism, based on an ideal that met with no
success. Result of a competition as part of George Bernard Shaw's will and
rule with comedians. Hell on earth with
Why, again, one can't assume that
people make correct political choices,
at least in BC and use
And, not that they are, but are
comedians, even when they're Jewish? What about
talk of comedians: here is the Dawn French, husband of Lenny Henry,
Vicar of Dibley BBC America,
It has many other British comedies mentioned on other pages, don't
Now then, my lad,
Group B Era. Gravel roads!! Drunken Swedes ambling out of the way,
sometimes. Have you seen those recent ads from Audi?
Michèle Mouton, winner of the 1981 San Remo rally, first win for the superior
Books/Not Books; the Arts and Sciences
everyone needs to
actually read a book sometimes, not just glance at the cartoons in a newspaper:
In Ottawa use
Computer Supply House
(computer books on permanent discount and lots of new and refurbished computing equipment) on O'Connor
between Laurier and Slater.
Books on Elgin is an excellent private bookseller. We all hate
Each store that I've mentioned is
run by really good people, and I wish, for their sakes, that I had more money to
In Vancouver, one once could go to Granville Boooks on Granville
Street, just north of Robson. It has closed, unfortunately.
Should you need out of print
books, always use the
Exchange, based in Victoria, BC, even if the associated charges
Observer's idea of the one hundred best books of literature, harrumph.
Before you read the list,
learn to write proper grammar, like.
That's about Lynne Truss, as is the following. The 'Eats, shoots and leaves'
ISBN 1-592-40087-6) author
has a dark
history. Hope the money helps, and that is definitely not a nasty dig.
07/12/2004: Lynne Truss on
Tiger's patois, and Andy Roddick, too.
06/21/2004: Review of Lynne Truss's book:
Darwinism Today: a series to frighten the Stockwell Days of the world.
running enabled humans to succeed.
next blockbuster, perhaps, is
His Dark Materials, filmed by the same people who brought you
'Lord of the Rings'. The movie stops three chapters from the end of the
volume. A still from the movie:
I do hope that it is a hit, because Philip Pullman's trilogy is a
tremendous work. It has
presented at the National Theatre, so
here is another review. Then,
daemons leaping into the limelight. Followed by ducks on a stick, or
dreaming of spires in Oxford. A story about
Bright Materials! Lets hope that the background to the story is not lost
due to filming moguls fear of the rabid Christian right of the USA. Here is a
critique of creativity in school, by Pullman. Next is Pullman expounding
on the relationship between
eggs and books.
Odd, isn't it, that it isn't how big it is that matters? But,
they and the Economist are my favourite UK newspapers. Oh, if you insist, here
is that one:
and Mail the major Canadian newspaper: good people, for there are some
articles I have taken into this site, tarantarah!
here are lots and lots of
Here is a page concerning newspaper columnists,
the Furies. And here is why the Globe and Mail can be
a typical Kesterton Social Studies page. This one relates to the
Scots, and their sightings of UFOs, which, to my mind means a search for
decent soccer players. Here is another
Fury, of one particular kind, a Monster. One beauty, one beast,
James Bond has differing effects on people, not simply to do with the height of
each of the purported actors.
over forties are buying CDs by the cart load, to replace their old
vinyl. Here, too, is a publicity photo of the Paul Butterfield Band, black
and white, twice. And the
Israelites, O Rastaman!
The Fab Four
were plagiarists? Whatever next!
And here is a
polemic about radio as it was and ever more should be. George, the
honorary consul of Elgin Street, Ottawa, I count as a good friend, even though
he has a steady job.
Latin is on the rise again and,
unfortunately, so is Aramaic. Ipso facto, it might be
wise to obtain the volume entitled 'X-Treme Latin', by Henry Beard (Gotham
Books). The helmeted oaf is stating that he is wasted! During the year 2004,
with the Passion movie rampant, there will be a revival of
'Life of Brian', of
Monty Python authorship. Ha! At least some humour to balance the unremitting
gore of the Gibson travesty. Two of the Pythons sing the song of life, right
The last but one Association Football World Cup, in Korea
finished June 30th., 2002, with a Brasilian win over Germany. Excellent game,
won by the better team.
hint, it's the world's most beautiful game. If only it did not have the
world's worst controlling body. Oh, I forgot the Olympics: odd how both
were ruined by masters from Brasil. And Blatter is the worst of
influences: see here.
UK sports from Yahoo.
The Mud Man,
gourd, the bird of paradise, and knees up mother Brown.
do with bells on their knobbly knees and weedy legs.
classy pair of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier,
shaking hands with what the uncorrupted or disinterested spectators in the world would regard as the
Russian Silver Medallists of the Pairs competition.
Would that this will initiate a
clean up the transparently corrupt ISU. It is as bad as what the Olympics
were like under Samaranch. Odd that Cinquanta, the head of the ISU, was
sitting next to that rich, prior President of the Olympics on that fateful
Monday night? What?
got the gold!!!!! But, this mess has not been cleared up just yet. The
nationalism, favouritism, and many other malodorous facts and rumours have
plagued figure skating for years. Not only that, but gymnastics is
identical, and then there was the fiasco of the solo synchronised swimming
debacle. Solo? No wonder.
Hockey Gold won for Canada, after the USA team had had the Canadian flag on
the floor of their dressing room. What price decency?
Physics for your intellect
for laughs, if it returns as promised, which so far hasn't happened.
And then, there's
once the Christmas food of Attila the Hen aka Maggie Thatcher.
Yo! Mordechai, here is where
becomes Shalom! If that does not work:
Look, if you need to know why
this Umbro advert
makes me laugh, you don't play the beautiful game.
And for everything else blow,
blow Master Card (asf file to play or download).
and old drivers on our roads, and
old to Drive?
driver passed all tests! And:
Have you ever been to San Francisco? No?
with a doggie. Oh,
and the verdict.
They are out of prison nowadays, and one wonders what little doggie they now
have started training.
Public Records Office in the UK, aka the National Archives. Has tons of
really interesting information relative to all matters germane to the
Columns & People
John Kenneth Galbraith
(born October 15th., 1908: died April 29th., 2006): Economist, Ambassador,
and who is Scotch, from the strict Baptist, all of them tall (JKG being
6' 9") farming
clan of western Ontario. The book is hilarious and fascinating, too. In
the main lending library, Laurier and Metcalfe, Ottawa, there is, on the
third floor, an 1877 atlas of Elgin county, showing the exact site of
the Galbraith farm, as described in the book. Not a lot of thought on
how physical matters might affect farming, by implementing a grid
Above is an image that, if clicked, will show you the old County of
Elgin, north of Lake Erie, which is referred to in the book. The site
where the images can be found is
here. McGill has clearly digitised a lot of these maps.
a jpg, of large size, of the Dunwich district. Look above
Dutton, to the right, and one will see the area named John Galbraith.
This is his family's farm.
image, above left, will reveal a better orientation. I believe that the
west and east boundaries of Yarmouth district point nearer to north.
Here is a
conversation with JKG made almost two decades ago. A
reference to his political reputation and the latest biography.
Michael Moore (he of the film Bowling at Columbine, Cannes winner)
Office of Homeland Security
John Profumo: just a few images from the sixties!
James Brown: not a pretty picture, not for a while, actually. And, as
Michael Jackson, what with babies on balconies, and the Islam Brothers
taking charge, and his money, and his face, and his (place your complaint
Marx in Deutsch usw
Ben Carson :
An amazing man, and a model for anyone, and
Rose: Conversations in depth with interesting people.
Nancy Wake: Now 91, and a source for a movie about the Resistance in
Camilla Parker Bowles and
an honest woman,
she is? Her inexorable progress towards her marriage to Prince Charles
has been made easier by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Queen invites Camilla to the
royal box. Now, it's
June, 2004, and Camilla Parker-Bowles is very close, indeed.
Nah then, Attenshun! Chin in! Back
is where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II should rule, given the Gush and Bore non-presidential
performance. And, here's
Guardian's Monarchy pages. But, what think you of
Church and State?
Just now, however,
The National Anthem: and a comment about
worst anthem in the world.
Buddha on a train.
Class needs no explanation.
Yet, bless me
for I have sinned, for here I have actually written the words "Britney Spears": even given
the Madonna kiss, and the idiotic marriage in Las Vegas, that was immediately
annulled, it is a pleasure to reveal this person's
Guide to Semiconductor
With regard to the sculpture above:
Click any of the three images in line above to enlarge.
Toronto: Is naked Britney just a joke on the pop diva?
Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston, a life-sized statue
of Spears―naked, sprawled over a bears-skin rug, and very, very
pregnant―is the work of artist Daniel Edwards. On April 7th., 2006, the
clay work officially goes on display at Brooklyn, NY's Capela Kesting
Fine Art gallery, whose website proclaims the work "the first Pro-Life
monument to birth" with "lactiferous breasts and protruding navel,
complement-[ing] a posterior view that depicts widened hips for
birthing. . . ."
However, is the portrait such a serious artwork? On the one hand,
Edwards is known for such controversial celebrity-based works as The
Ted Williams Memorial Display with Death Mask from the Ben Affleck 2004
World Series Collection. On the other, he was recently quoted by E!
Online as saying, "It's really a sincere tribute to giving birth. That's
really what it is." Perhaps Britney's artistic merit is all in the eye
(and the ear) of the beholder. Staff. March 29th., 2006,
Terrorism and racism:
this article, gone to the AndThen
page, because that is where, on this site, military matters are mentioned, both
current and historical.
For Ottawa and
anywhere in Canada, probably.
CBC wind, rain and
Oh, and if you lose your keys down a drain, for a free service
in Ottawa call the 24-hour
Service Centre at 613-580-2400
on Bank Street at 3rd Avenue, and also on Bank between Laurier and
Slater, both in Ottawa
Chrétien unknown in Korea, not
Ottawa? One can only hope. Click the image to enlarge and please don't gasp with
And why keep your head down, huh?
In Vancouver, especially, but anywhere in reality. And that includes
Here can be found the Postal Code lookup to
determine where your mail might have disappeared to in
Irish eyes aren't smiling:
about the last but one Canadian census, with some simple comparisons. It is
notable that we forget how large the cities are compared with the sizes, in
numbers of people, of every province or territory. No wonder the government
seems to have lots of money to spend. The newspapers are beginning to
realise the discrepancies have national importance with respect to rational
dispersal of tax revenues, grants, services and anything else one can think
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