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ShutterBugging Picture of the Day: Mona’s House

February 6th, 2009
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ShutterBugging Picture of the Day: Bridge Over River Seine

February 4th, 2009
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Paris under the Nazi’s

April 24th, 2008

A small fuss is being raised in Paris as a photographic exhibit of “the only major collection of colour pictures taken during the 1940 to 1944 occupation of Paris.” The pictures, by French photographer Andre Zucca, who worked for the Nazi propaganda magazine Signal, are of Parisians enjoying life in the French capital during the German occupation of Paris.

Controversy has been ongoing as many want the pictures banned. The Parisian government has ordered that city historians provide additional information on the images to visitors:

Visitors are now handed an information sheet, written in French, English and Spanish, explaining that Zucca “has opted for a vision that doesn’t show — or hardly shows — the reality of occupation and its tragic aspects.”

While on the subject of World War II and Nazi’s, next Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who is credited with saving the lives of almost 1,200 Jews during the German occupation of Poland, and the subject of the 1993 movie Schindler’s List.

I think it would be a good weekend for a Steven Spielberg movie.

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Picture of the Day: Le Tour Eiffel

January 28th, 2008
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Saturday Fluffernutter: Nicole, Lindsay and Britney acting bad; A-Rod acting bad; The Police sounding good.

June 2nd, 2007

All the Fluffy news about the worlds biggest nuts.

Nicole Richie celebrated Memorial Day with a party, the invitation to which read:

My fellow Americans its that time of year

To celebrate our country by drinking massive amounts of beer

Let’s stand together as one, live the American dream

Take shots, pass out, & wake up with our pants ripped open at the seems

Let’s glorify this day in your sluttiest tops and your tightest pair of tsubi jeans

Even though we have no f***** clue what Memorial Day really means!! Mashas House Sunday May 28th, at 2pm XXXXX Crest Court Beverly Hills, Ca 90210 There will be a scale at the front door. No girls over 100 pounds allowed in. Start starving yourself now. See you all then!!! PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP AS THIS IS A LARGE PARTY AND WE NEED TO KEEP TRACK OF WHO’S COMING. Thanks

Slutty Clothes on women that are too skinny – nice. Good thing they have brains.

Lindsay Lohan got herself an impaired driving charge, anda substance said to be cocaine was found in her car. One presumes she will get the Parisian treatment, and be banished to some jail time. Or is there a different standard for celebrities that have earned their fame, and actually have an identifiable talent?

Since the accident, Lohan has checked into rehab – again – and friends(?) have suggested she’s suicidal.

Not to be outdone, Britney Spears spent Memorial Day eve, drinking her skanky ass off. She was spotted puking in the men’s bathroom of the exclusive Sky Bar in Los Angeles. Whether the puking was before, or after, her supposed bathroom tryst with Ryan Phillippe is unknown.

While Britney pukes, A-Rod paints Toronto red. The married Yankee star, who’s team is in last place of the American League East, was spotted hitting a strip club with a buxom blond. He later stayed at a different hotel as his team, but not, it is assumed, as the blond.

The Police began their long anticipated reunion tour in Vancouver this week. Reviews have been, frankly, luke-warm, but it’s hard to imagine how a concert that begins with Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland playing Message in a Bottle could be bad. In fact, I have heard a bootleg of the concert, and it sounded pretty good.

As an aside to Police fans, if you haven’t already, read Andy Summers Autobiography One Train Later. It’s one of the best Autobiography’s I have ever read.

Charles Nelson Reilly, the Match Game’s answer to Hollywood Squares Paul Lynde, has died at the age of 76. Reilly, like Lynde and The Gong Show’s Jaye P. Morgan, became more famous for his role on the game show than for his work that got him a job as a ‘celebrity’ on that game show. In Reilly’s case, he was a Broadway actor, acting teacher and director of note prior to his job on The Match Game.

Celebrities, Fluffernutter, Paris, Rockin' and Rollin' and Never Forgettin', Toronto


May 26th, 2007
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The Washington Posts Gene Weingarten had a great column, appearing in todays National Post, entitled “Much to Paris Hilton’s embarrassment…” (sorry, no link available). It covers phrases not found in google, some of which are hilarious. A googlenot (Weingarten ‘s phrase, not found on google) is what he calls them:

“Much to Paris Hilton’s embarrassment”
“Caviar ‘n’ taters”
“Next, boil the toast”
“Please accept these underpants as collateral…”
“Hey, this tastes like aardvark”
“Wearing only a codpiece and a sombrero”
and my favourite

Look for that last one to make it into my repertoire of lines, and if your at dinner with me, don’t be surprised if you hear “Hey, this tastes like aardvark.”

I found a few of my own

“fat, ugly Shania Twain”
“he rode his bike up Mt. Everest” (Surprisingly, however, “bicycle up Everest” had a hit, as in “IE6 and Javascript: Slower than me riding a bicycle up Everest.”)
“brilliant Jean Charest”
“dolphin in the headlights”
And finally
“Weingartenisms” and, in fairness “Hespelerisms” & “Gardinerisms”.

Humour, Paris

Four Short Posts in One

May 16th, 2007

– There’s a new “Canadian Military Personnel” website that pays tribute to those “who gave their lives serving Canada,” called Fallen Canadians.

– A great article here by David Warren on the just how out of touch those who buy into global warming are. Meanwhile, Greenpeace builds an ark. (h/t Joanne)

This line, about Canada’s aboriginals, caught my eye:

Canada’s native Indians are so angry about the government’s failure to improve their often-impoverished living conditions…

Governments fail to improve people living conditions, it’s a little admitted, always reliable, fact. If you want your life improved, it requires doing it yourself.

– Now this is funny, thanks to Road Hammer for finding it.

Economic Fundamentalism, freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy, Global Warming, Going... Going... Gone Nuts For The Environment, Paris, Remembrance, Vets

Saturday Fluffernutter: Penal Paris; Name that Buffet; Michael Moore Eats the Treasury Department

May 12th, 2007
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Paris Hilton has finally spoken about, thereby relieving us of the excruciating pain of not knowing what Mme. Hilton is thinking in this difficult time in our lives her life:

I told the truth, I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwarranted. I don’t deserve this.”

To be clear, what she apparently told the truth about was that “her publicist had told her she was permitted to drive for work-related reasons after the first 30 days of her license suspension late last November, and she relied on that.”

The publicist has been fired.

There’s a book out there called Invest Like Warren Buffett, Live Like Jimmy Buffett. This week, Jimmy Buffet introduced Warren Buffet at the Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting Saturday.

“Since blood is thicker than water, I’m your new chairman,” the singer, who is boycotting Canadian Seafood at his restaurants to protest the seal hunt, said.

Warner Brothers, feeling peevish about their movies hitting the internet before they hit the big screen, have cancelled preview screenings in Canada (not including media screenings). While stories focus on movies such as Oceans 13 and Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix, here’s some other movies we, thankfully, won’t be getting a preview screening of:

Nancy Drew
License to Wed
No Reservations
The Invasion
The Brave One
August Rush

Sadly Thomas Kinkade’s The Christmas Cottage, is not a Warner Brother’s movie, and thus will be previewed in Canada and will hit the internet, thereby causing plague, pestilence and ruining Christmas for everybody.

Paris Hilton’s publicist has been re-hired. Apparently he explained to her that being sentenced to a penal institution means spending a month at Ron Jeremy’s estate.

News that Michael Moore was under investigation by the Treasury Department, which sounds very serious, brought great joy to my heart. Then I discovered it’s for breaking the Cuban trade embargo and suddenly it’s the Treasury Department that looks bloated and stupid.

Rapper Akon is in hot water for a “dirty dance” he performed in concert in Trinidad on April 12th. The dance was recorded and posted on YouTube. The girl, it turns out, is only 14. Some call it dirty dancing, but what I saw was dry-humping, and I wouldn’t pay to see a singer do that to a woman of any age. I would post the video, except it is quite possibly child porn.

Some days I wake up, kneel beside my bed and THANK GOD I WASN’T BORN A RAP FAN!

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What Paris Hilton and Conrad Black Have in Common

May 7th, 2007
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Who said the following?:

she doesn’t read her mail.

“I have people who do that for me,” she told a judge.

Legal documents and traffic citations elude her.

“I just sign what people tell me to sign,”

Paris Hilton, or former Hollinger International board members?

And if your Former Illinois Governor James “skimmer” Thompson or Economist Marie-Josee Kravis, aren’t you just a little embarrassed today, seeing as Paris Hilton is using the exact same argument as you did last week?

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Saturday Fluffernutter

May 5th, 2007
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All the Fluffy news about the worlds biggest nuts.

I wasn’t planning on doing a fluffernutter this week, simply because of time reasons. Then along came a Paris Hilton jail sentence, plus the week brought a David Hasselhoff drunk on the floor video, and well… this is why I do the Saturday Fluffernutter.

Well, start with the good one. Paris Hilton was sentenced yesterday to 45 days in Los Angeles County Jail begging June 5th.

In his judgment, Superior Court judge Michael Sauer ruled that the 26-year-old high profile celebrity heiress knowingly drove her blue Bentley Continental GTC with a suspended license when she was stopped by Los Angeles County deputies on February 27 for speeding and driving without headlights on.

Hilton was ordered that time to steer her car to the side of the road in Sunset Boulevard, and Sgt. Duane Allen Jr. of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department later impounded her $190,000 blue Bentley when they found her driving on a suspended license.

About five weeks before that incident Hilton was sentenced to three years’ probation, which included the requirement that she “obey all laws,” after pleading no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving deriving from a September arrest in Hollywood.

Miss Hilton claims she did not know her licence was suspended, as her handlers never told her. Hell, I knew her licence was suspended, how could she not know? For an entertaining read, go to her MySpace site and peruse the friends comments.

Many seem to think we’re in for a reality series from this, but I’m waiting for the illicit video that’s bound to hit the internet around labour day.

A video surfaced this week of a drunk David Hasselhoff, lying on the floor trying to eat a hamburger. The video was taken by two of his daughters who talk to him throughout. The daughters reportedly taped Hasselhoff because they were “concerned for my well-being, there was a tape made that night to show me what I was like.”

Hasselhoff alleges his ex-wife released the tape, a charge which she denies.

I blame Kim Bassinger.

Note: if your a fan, just watch this video instead, it’s funnier, and better.

Britner Spears did a few mini-gigs in California this week. Many reports talk about her wig, her short skirt and shorter top, but the thing that caught my eye was the four dancers. If you go on stage in a small venue like a House of Blues, you really have to be able to just perform, never mind back up dancers. If you can’t do that, then you don’t belong in the big leagues.

Britney Spears has proven she doesn’t belong in the big leagues.

Video clip of HoB show here.

Tom Poston, who played the wonderful George Utley on Newhart, passed this week at the age of 85. He began acting after doing his duty in WWII, earning medals for bravery under fire, and never seemed to be not working. He married Suzanne Pleshette in 2002, his third wife, and is survived by her and and two children, Francesca Hudson, an actress; and Jason Poston.

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