Archive for February, 2014

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before

February 15th, 2014

Venerable Canadian institution collapses: Jean Chrétien in the middle:

The stunning collapse of Heenan Blaikie LLP, once one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious law firms, stemmed from a “loss of trust” in management over international business activities including dubious forays into Africa, where former partner Jacques Bouchard and former prime minister Jean Chrétien lobbied governments on behalf of clients, former Heenan partners and associates say…

Question: if a former Conservative Prime Minister (say Brian Mulroney), and a former cabinet minister in a Conservative government were this highly involved in this much of a racket, would Steven Harper be asked questions about it? So will Justin Trudeau, considering both men in question sat at his father’s cabinet table, and considering the relationship between Roy Heenan and the Trudeau’s, be asked a multitude of questions? Or will, once again, the media once again be unwilling to use the words “Jean Chrétien” and “bribery scandal” in the same article?

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Swimming Helmets?

February 12th, 2014

I must have spent five minutes looking at this picture this morning. Police in Surrey, England on rescue patrol amongst the terrible flooding they have been getting there.


Helmets to walk around in a foot-and-a-half of water? Can we assume swimming helmets are the next must have safety equipment for our kids?

And what’s with the 8′ aluminum poles with the primary coloured stripe? Are they expecting to rescue some stranded pre-schoolers, one of whom may have done a crayon drawing of a pointy stick?

Quick, someone throw a pencil sketch of a shark in the water, and watch the freaking out when they realize they aren’t wearing their shark-bite helmets.


Friday Fluffernutter: Wait… What? It’s Saturday? Edition

February 8th, 2014
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In honour of doing Friday Fluffernutter on Saturday, I offer Thursday, as done on Friday…

On Thanksgiving 1976, November 25th – a Thursday – The Band performed a farewell concert which they filmed and released as The Last Waltz. The final piece on The Last Waltz was shot later on a soundstage, having The Staples Singers join them on their classic, The Weight. Here it is…

Last night – a Friday – Jimmy Fallon said farewell to his TV show, and had some friends join him to sing, you guessed it, The Weight, exactly as The Band did it 38-years prior (well, almost).

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February 6th, 2014
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National Post writer Christie Blatchford is in Sochi to cover the Olympics. A report this week says Russian officials were rounding up stray dogs and euthanizing them.Dog lover Blatchford has started tweeting pictures of dogs in sochi.






It’s worth noting that Blatchford is new to twitter, and somebody needs to show her how to use hashtags as this is a series that is crying out for one. It’s also worth noting that if this series does nothing else’ it shows why Blatchford became a writer and not a photographer.