and the angels laughed themselves to sleepI hate crowds. I like watching them from the outside but I don’t enjoy the actual experience of being one of the crew. Like sunning on the beach. Wedding receptions. But give me a camera or a bottle of scotch. And let me separate myself. And then I find them fascinating. One of my favourite films in this regard is Grand Hotel  with the very young Joan Crawford amongst other great stars.

N… by P…

November 17, 2013

20 minutes or its free..Pizza was invented in Naples. By Polynesians.

Ted Cruz is a Canadian

November 6, 2013

The Killer's WeddingAnd we’re not particularly proud of it.

Cruz birth certificate

50 years ago. Almost yesterday. The death of Kennedy. The creation of Camelot. What I recall years later, after Bobby’s and King’s murders was Jackie Kennedy remarrying. And leaving the country. To protect her children from them. Them.

She was a frightened woman. That tells you a lot of what is behind the curtain of myth, spin, and America.

poulet basquaise

The 50s, money on misery

September 7, 2013

His first  hitBeen watching Mad Men. Reminded me of how rigid people’s lives were. There were expectations about the good life and a prescription of what that was. This was after WWII and Korea. Where did these ideas come from. Or were they being made up on the roll. One of the worst ideas in television has to be Queen for a Day. Making money on misery.

A sense of fairness

August 16, 2013

Sins of the fleshThere’s a new movie coming out called The Butler. It deals with racism in America. Racism in Toronto was different. When I was a kid growing up there were no black students. I never met a black person. There were no black families in the city where I lived or in the suburbs where we moved when I was 6. The only blacks I saw were on the news and in Buffalo when my parents crossed the American border.

Its painful to recall the kind of ideas that were roaming around the heads of 9 and 10 year olds. Were Negroes the missing link between humans and apes? Were Negroes innately slower? Should they be allowed the same rights as the rest of us? Our inhumanity at that time is difficult to explain. But we were obviously picking up these ideas from the adult world. And there was something else. Something even stronger than these prejudices. A sense of fairness. No matter how you argued any issue, we all knew that ‘negroes’ weren’t being treated fairly.

Did he really do that?

August 13, 2013

OgreDid ogres exist? Some say that the legend derives from a real person. Gilles de Retz

Gilles de Montmorency-Laval (also known as Gilles de Retz) (1404–1440), Baron de Rais, was a Breton knight, a leader in the French army and a companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc. He is best known by his reputation and conviction as a prolific serial killer of children.

A member of the House of Montmorency-Laval, Gilles de Rais grew up under the tutelage of his maternal grandfather and increased his fortune by marriage. He earned the favour of the Duke of Brittany and was admitted to the French court. From 1427 to 1435, Gilles served as a commander in the Royal Army, and fought alongside Joan of Arc against the English and their Burgundian allies during the Hundred Years’ War, for which he was appointed Marshal of France.

In 1434/1435, he retired from military life, depleted his wealth by staging an extravagant theatrical spectacle of his own composition and dabbled in the occult. After 1432 Gilles engaged in a series of child murders, his victims possibly numbering in the hundreds. The killings came to an end in 1440 when a violent dispute with a clergyman led to an ecclesiastical investigation which brought Gilles’ crimes to light. At his trial the parents of missing children in the surrounding area and Gilles’ own confederates in crime testified against him. Gilles was condemned to death and hanged at Nantes on 26 October 1440.

To this day there is some controversy regarding his guilt or innocence.

a grinch inside

August 10, 2013

Flight2There was a documentary about Nixon last night. Didn’t watch much of it. But I was reminded about how miserable a man he was. Even when there are pictures of him waving and smiling one always gets the feeling that there is a grinch inside. snarling.

And they turned her over to the righteousPS copyCruelty. Is it what the powerful do when they become bored? Do we believe in God because without him, life is just too dull. And cruel. Are the angels of our spirits, illusions. Just an escape from reality.

get the sewage out

July 13, 2013

Mary and Helen at the galleryI’ve been working all day trying to get the sewage out of our basement. Reminds me of an old rock’n’roll song that I love.


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