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Abba Live at Wembley Arena

October 15th, 2014
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Abba were my parents 70’s rock band. It has taken me years to appreciate what they are, the songwriting, the musicality, the entertainment value. So I was looking forward to Live At Wembley Arena, the chronicle of Abba’s Nov 10, 1979 Abba concert, the last of a six night residency at London’s famous Wembley Arena. While it’s a good album, everything that is/was wrong with Abba is in high evidence. The disco beat to too many songs, the horrible stage patter, the bad schtick between the performers onstage. You can almost hear the bell bottoms and sequins at times.

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The above aside, however, it is an album loaded with hits and, not always the same thing, good songs. Abba, if nothing else, crafted high quality songs wrapped up in a catchy pop beat. whether it’s mature relationship songs like Knowing Me, Knowing You or The Name of the Game or pop wrapped up in historical allegory like Waterloo, Abba had a number of good songs.

Live At Wembley Arena’s is an excellent album, if you can overlook the sound of the clothes.


Tracklist

Gammal fabodpsalm
Voulez-vous
If it Wasn’t For the Nights
As Good as New
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Rock Me
Chiquitita
Money, Money, Money
I Have a Dream
Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)
S.O.S.
Fernando
The Name of the Game
Eagle
Thank You For the Music
Why Did it Have to be Me
Intermezzo No. 1
I’m Still Alive
Summer Night City
Take a Chance on Me
Does Your Mother Know
Hole in Your Soul
The Way Old Friends Do
Dancing Queen
Waterloo

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Picture of the Day: F-18 Hornet

June 11th, 2012
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Copyright Brian Gardiner 2012. Use by permission only


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Take a Picture of This…

March 2nd, 2012

Here’s a riddle. What would happen if I photoshopped my head onto that famous Lee Harvey Oswald picture of him holding his rifle (seen right). Is that a crime? What would happen to me?lho-backyard-picture

Waterloo Regional Police, who are the locals here in Hespeler, arrested a dad last week because his daughter drew, on a whiteboard, a picture of him with a gun. The stated reason for arrest? Possession of an illegal weapon. The facts of the case are well known and have been rehashed ad-naseum, so I won’t dwell on them here. The pertinent details involve the “illegal weapon,” handcuffs and a strip search (“co-parent” Gregg Bereznick, Superintendent of Education with the Waterloo Region District School Board, was excluded from the procedure of arresting and strip searching).

A search of 26-year-old father of four Jessie Sansone’s home was almost certainly as illegal as the strip search, and produced one clear plastic toy gun, nowhere near the cache they would have found in my home many years ago. But, of course, my story was satire, it could never really happen &tc. Except, as it turns out, it is from my bad joke to Waterloo Regional Police’s policy manual.

The police, of course, stand by the arrest, even though no charges have been laid, and won’t be unless it is Police Board Act charges, and I wouldn’t bet against that happening. So the arrest for possession of an illegal weapon, a weapon that exists only in the imagination of a four year old, is good policing. If that is so, then surely a picture of an Hespeler area blogger standing with Lee Harvey Oswald’s Carcano, is also possession of an illegal weapon, photoshop notwithstanding. And surely as he would appear to be standing outside in a public place, rather carelessly I would say, a little dangerous to the public order could be thrown in, all the more reason for that cavity search.


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