Darrell Vickers – Shut Up Kids Part 2: Casting – A Little Dab’ll Do Ya

Posted in Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2020 by segarini

Very few execs dare to call themselves writers. Sitting alone in a room for hours on end, pounding out words that some future idiot will tear to pieces, is not a lot of fun. It is work of the dullest nature. Drudgery. For many, it is tedium beyond the endurance of saints.  Like having psychotic gnomes drilling birdhouse-sized holes into your cerebral cortex as you stare bleakly at a white computer screen that mocks your suffering. The abject blood-freezing fear of the untyped page has turned even the most talented of scribes to booze, drugs, bocce ball and eventually blessed death.

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MUSIC IS DYING 2 – LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2020 by segarini


The very first live gig I ever played was 40 years ago this month – September 19, 1980 – with a band called The Swindle (we’d switch drummers and become SWindleD a year later). We were a bunch of barely passable punk rockers from Scarborough who were too young to play clubs. What does one do when you’re underage and need to get your rock on?

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Roxanne Tellier – I’m Afraid of Americans

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2020 by segarini

Man, it’s exhausting, living in 2020. If it ain’t the COVID, it’s the capricious and malicious capering of the Great Pumpkin/Dictator-in-Waiting, aka POTUS.

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Chef Tom – You Say Tomato …

Posted in Opinion on September 26, 2020 by segarini

You say Tah-may-toe, I say Tuh-mah-toe

Let’s call the whole thing Good eatin’

Here are recipes to maximize our current, but dwindling, crop of heirloom tomatoes. When something is in season, eat it as often as you can because it’s also at peak nutrition. Tomatoes every night for six weeks? Yes. There are thousands and thousands of life-changing recipes available in cookbooks and online, so one can never be bored. Here are but four from some of my most trusted resources.

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Peter – Hello Betty

Posted in life, Opinion with tags , , , , , on September 24, 2020 by segarini

I don’t remember much about the month after Lois passed, Loyal Reader. I was in a daze, frankly, Loyal Reader.

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Pat Blythe – Ageism….agism…..aging…..and music

Posted in Family, Health, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2020 by segarini

Last week music. This week a new topic. No…..not COVID. There’s enough written about that already and it’s a subject I’m starting to grow weary of. We’re in the middle of a worldwide “situation” that requires diligence, clean hands, keeping a distance of 6.5 feet (when did two metres becomes six feet…..that’s a fail in math class?!) and a disguise when showing your face (or 1/3 of it) in public.

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Darrell Vickers – Shut Up Kids

Posted in Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2020 by segarini

For the Want of a Horse

Andrew Nicholls and I were finishing up our last year of The Tonight Show and we were busier than Robert Downey Jr.’s lawyer in the ‘90s. Any reasonably priced writing assignment that didn’t involve a rapping kangaroo was graciously accepted.

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MUSIC IS DYING…AND IT’S YOUR FAULT by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in COVID 19, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2020 by segarini

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about music in the time of COVID, shall we?
In the Before Times (March 2020 or sooner) the music industry was teetering on the brink of obsolescence as concert tickets had skyrocketed to the price of, well, a moon-landing, and venues were closing down at a rate equal to Nortel distributors. The music itself had been co-opted by the tech industry through streaming platforms, leaving artists wondering how they got robbed so badly (here’s a hint: you’re the cow, the music’s the milk…insert cliché about not buying the former if you can get the latter for free). On a scale of economics, you’re either a starving creator or a billionaire exploiter. There is no middle class in music. And given that most weasels in the music industry aren’t clever enough to become billionaires, they turn to low hanging fruit and pick the pockets of performers and songwriters for pennies on the dollar.

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Roxanne Tellier – Notorious RBG and a Last Wish

Posted in Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2020 by segarini

I was preparing dinner in the kitchen on Friday night, when Shawn came into the room and said, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died.”

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Bob VS The Emmys Part 2-ish

Posted in Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , on September 19, 2020 by segarini

Bob VS The Emmys Part 1 can be found here

It’s been a while since I’ve covered an awards show, and quite frankly, I’m surprised I’m kinda sorta covering this one …but I kinda sorta owe television a solid for a pretty good reason. Continue reading