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A Giant of a Hero for the British Side in 1812

Sir Isaac Brock (October 6, 1769 – October 13, 1812) Standing at 6′ 2″, with a wide girth, Major-General Brock was an easy target for an American sniper that day at the battle of Queenston Heights in 1812. The shot … Continue reading

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Was Fanny Price Jane Austen’s Stand-in?

Mansfield Park (1999) It’s common knowledge that Jane Austen lived her life vicariously through the heroines of her stories. That’s to be expected, of course: they gave her a voice on the world stage. But there’s something about Fanny Price‘s … Continue reading

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John Drake: America’s “Secret Agent” Man

Patrick McGoohan (March 19, 1928 – January 13, 2009) I’m being a bit cheeky here, since John Drake’s and Patrick McGoohan’s birth time and date are identical. And (t)he(y) was/were born in Astoria, New York. That’s surprising. But Patrick may … Continue reading

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And We Thought: It’s Just a TV Show…

The Prisoner (1967-1968) I was a great fan of Patrick McGoohan. I’d watched him as John Drake in Danger Man (a British B&W TV show from ITV). When this new show came out, I watched it, too. But it was … Continue reading

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Relationships: Are They the Real Thing, or Just Fantasy?

Synastry There is a branch of astrology that deals with the compatibility of individuals. Essentially two birth charts are erected, and then compared with each other. The results show where the attractions and distractions are. It can help predict which … Continue reading

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Is Capitalism in its Death Throes?

Ah Choo!! It might be a bit premature to ask this question, but it seems pertinent to the present pandemic. The question was prompted by a comment my son-in-law made to my wife, last night, about the fact that capitalism … Continue reading

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And It’s Gonna Take a Long, Long Time

Rocketman (Based on a true fantasy.) Doesn’t that say it all? Elton John is a force of nature. His music and Bernie Taupin’s words have been part of the soundtrack of our lives since the early 70’s. I’ve never liked … Continue reading

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The Who: Then and Now!

It took the Live 8 concert in London’s Hyde Park (as seen on TV on the day of the concerts) on July 2nd, 2005 for me to realize that I still loved the music of The Who. These two songs … Continue reading

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A Legal Offer to “Drop Hands”

This is more than twenty years ago now: in the midst of a legal standoff between my employer and a supplier of interpretations of English words into French, I heard this phrase for the first time. We were in front … Continue reading

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The Day the Humour Died

Freddie Starr (1943-2019) This great comic was found dead today in his apartment in Spain. The world of comedy will never see his like again.

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