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Irony: Is It Just Missionary Zeal?

Bill Gates (October 28, 1955 @ 10 pm – Seattle WA) Up until now I have resisted the urge to take a good look at this man. I’m not exactly sure why. It could be the widespread belief in his … Continue reading

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Online Research: Active or Passive?

Ask and it shall be given to you… There seems to be some kind of synchronicity going on. Yesterday, my cousin, Doug, and his wife, Margot, came for a visit. As is our usual way, Doug and I talked, while … Continue reading

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Tracking Down a TV Jingle

Bondi Vet This is a long-time running reality TV show from Australia. We get a double-dose of it every weekday on the CBC in the late afternoon. The opening song is infectious: “You make my world a better place: I … Continue reading

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The Other Side of the Coin in New France

De Lotbiniére-Harwood In the early 1980’s, my mother challenged me to discover who the family of her first husband was. So I went to the Vancouver Public Library and started the bury my head in the Who’s Who of Canada. … Continue reading

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The Final Days of “Peter” Radisson

First Paragraph of his Last Will and Testament Looks like I should not have trusted the resources I used yesterday. They state that Pierre’s death and burial were unknown. Small detail: they (and I) forgot to look for information regarding … Continue reading

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Pseudonyms: Unmasking the Actors

Drama: An Actor’s Education John Lithgow’s journey is an interesting read. For the most part, it’s a smorgasbord of show business names, places and projects. It is also a treasure trove of mystery, at least for me. Whenever John has … Continue reading

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Searching the Abstract

I often joke with family and friends that I can find anyone or anything if I set my mind to do it. Here’s a case in point:     Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” on Broadway 2017 I watched this programme … Continue reading

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A Prodigal Son?

Is Saroo Brierley’s story “Lion” a modern parable? The Storyline In 1986, Saroo, a five year old, lives with his elder brother Guddu, his mother and his younger sister in Khandwa, India. Guddu and Saroo steal coal from freight trains … Continue reading

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The Hidden Persuaders

Have you ever wondered how marketing companies come up with their advertising campaigns? As consumers, we are a mess of contradictions; Motivational Research sorted us out years ago. Meet Vance Packard The Hidden Persuaders According to Wikipedia, Vance Packard “was … Continue reading

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Family Reunion

  Too Many Years I’d been waiting at the depot for the Sudbury bus To meet my real dad, years ago: He’d answered my letter to meet this one time And I felt there was so much to know. But … Continue reading

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