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How a Jingle had to Adapt to Change

Cellino and Barnes I knew that these two lawyers were not getting along for years, but I never grasped how far it had gone wrong until last year. Until then, the Buffalo TV channels were still running their joint advertisements. … Continue reading

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Family Trees: Where We’re From; How We’re Growing

Who Do You Think You Are? I’m not sure how long this program ran, because there are earlier versions. But it was a pleasure to watch because the double whammy of a celebrity guest and any historical period was enticing: … Continue reading

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Canadian, and Proud of It!

Drama, Canadian Style (from The Book of Unusual Knowledge) Most people know that William Shatner, Michael J. Fox and Mike Myers are Canadian. In fact, Canada has long been a great source of actors and entertainers, as this list shows. … Continue reading

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Finally, an Insight into the Term “Kemosabe”

The Lone Ranger and Tonto I was reading a story of a young First Nations boy who went out on a vision quest (a time-honoured rite of passage into adulthood). He had been told that he would meet seven totem … Continue reading

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A Canadian Prince of Players Died Today

Christopher Plummer (December 13, 1929 – February 5, 2021) It took a long time before his quality performances were recognized by an industry who prefers youth over experience, beauty over substance. But in the end Christopher Plummer was seen as … Continue reading

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When an Author Names a Character to Make a Point

Les Misérables: Cosette It’s a very wee example of the irony that comes from the naming of characters in a story. Victor Hugo has an advantage over the rest of us: he was there during the Paris uprising. So, whether … Continue reading

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Astrology: What a Difference a Day Makes

Desi Arnaz Jr. (January 19, 1953) You might think that your birth day should be personal, but this individual had a fictionalized version of it air on his actual birthday. Little Ricky came that same day… At the time, this … Continue reading

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The True Story Behind One of Television’s Greatest Frauds

Quiz (2020) It strikes me as ironic that the date that the original TV show taping was exactly two days before Nine-Eleven. (And I was still in Canada, not getting back to the UK until the following Friday.) Makes me … Continue reading

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And Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse…

Les Misérables (2019) Sometimes, timing is everything. When the musical of the same name was finally filmed in 2012, we all thought, ‘How wonderful!’ And the songs were memorable, too. Now, the CBC have started to show the BBC miniseries, … Continue reading

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Another New American TV Show “Borrowed” from the UK

Call Me Kat (2021) The opening sequence has Kat (played by Mayim Bialik) talking directly to the camera (audience). Hmm. That looks familiar, I thought. Here’s a taster: Then I spied in the opening titles that this show is based … Continue reading

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