Archive for the life Category

Chef Tom – Crying Tiger Buttered Steak

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on January 22, 2022 by segarini

Something delicious by one of my very favorite chefs, Marion Grasby, from Australia. Back in May, I wrote about making compound butters. This is an excellent demonstration of the technique. Cooking a beautiful steak and then slathering it with a flavored butter is the height of luxury.

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Peter’s News of the World

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion, Review on January 20, 2022 by segarini

While I was considering the topic of this week’s column, I looked at several options. For example, I could have written the entire column about Mr Duck. I then thought about writing about the online reaction to the news that Airfix, the iconic British plastic model company, has announced that they will be releasing a 1/24th scale Supermarine Spitfire Mark IXc later this year. Let me tell you, Loyal Reader, the electronic outrage has run the gamut from “too big and too expensive” to lamenting that Airfix won’t be producing a Spitfire IXe ! (Definitely a first world problem, in any case.) I also could have written about the unspeakable burden of having a birthday firmly wedged between Christmas and New Year’s, but that would have sounded really whiny 😉 .

So after some consideration, I decided that this week’s effort will be a “potpourri” of the various and sundry experiences which have been part and parcel of Life, at least as I have been experiencing it lately. 

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Pat Blythe- Catch up…..Christmas kiboshed…..and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, Family, Food, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2022 by segarini

This week’s column is a bit of a mish mash. It’s been six weeks since my last writing and so much has happened (or not happened)! Where to begin?? Let’s see….another variant tanking Christmas and New Year’s Eve for so many of us; a giant roast turkey all dressed up with nowhere to go; dating my couch; a quiet but lovely New Year’s Eve; Christmas decorations still hanging about, and the storage bins to put away; the closing of “indoor damn near everything”; back to dating my couch, but now we’ve got a threesome going with the fridge…..yep, so much has happened!

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Darrell Vickers – Ted Zeigler: Part 7 – Boy, I Could Sure Use It!

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2022 by segarini

It was just another, dreary, chaotic, backstabbing, life-sucking day on “Thicke of the Night” when I first espied the one and only Theodore L. Zeigler bounding into view. He was loping down the hallway of the production office in his rainbow suspenders, looking for all the world like a 3-D Robert Crumb cartoon. Little did I suspect that this lanky, eccentrically attired, grey-haired curiosity would one day change my life forever.

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GWNtertainment  #35 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review on January 17, 2022 by segarini

Check. Check one two. Check check. Check, Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Bitcoin. Is this thing on? Hey, there you are! We’re back. It’s 2022 so remain calm. Despite the date change, we  haven’t. Just took some time off to regroup and…well…release a solo album. After a thirteen years absence, I thought it was time to release some new music myself and hopefully, inspire others to do the same. It’s all instrumentals and entitled ‘Sounds & Silences.’ You, dear readers, get a first listen. Check it out here. https://bullseyecanada.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-silences

Meanwhile, there are others in the Canadian wilds doing the same thing. The music has not stopped rolling in, and in fact, we were overwhelmed during the furlough. So, without further ado, dig into all the great new music, re-issues, and exciting announcements below. There’s a lot to digest so we’re giving you a bullet point shopping list. We suggest tracking down info on the artist once you’ve checked out a track you like.

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Roxanne Tellier – Gift Giving and the Languages of Love

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2021 by segarini

The holiday gift giving tradition goes waaay back … back, back, no, even further back. Before the kid in the stable, even.

Exchanging gifts at a midwinter feast seems to have started as both a magical AND practical way to share the bounties of the year with family and friends. The people that gave the best gifts to others were respected for their generosity.    

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Peter – So This is Christmas ….

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , on December 18, 2021 by segarini

So this is Christmas! A large part of what makes me who I am is based on my parents…..

…..who loved Christmas. They worked hard to ensure that there were Christmas goodies available for their brood. I remember seeing boxes of chocolates stuffed away in the rafters in September. The whole group of kids pointedly ignored the chocolates, we knew that they were doing their best to ensure that we had a good Christmas.

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Pat Blythe – England, a surprise…..and Christmas music

Posted in Family, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2021 by segarini

I’m supposed to be writing a column today (Tuesday). I almost forgot. Not because I don’t like writing (I love it), I’m in the middle of a swarm of projects, and it currently looks like Christmas exploded all over my house. As well, getting back into my former world of telecom is akin to performing the Highland Sword Dance which involves finesse, footwork and a delicate balance, making sure you don’t touch the swords. Now that it’s “end of year” for most businesses, the almost palpable whoosh of calendars rapidly opening has generated a ripple effect creating a tsunami of meetings and conference calls. “Man the decks…..it’s everyone for themselves!”

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GARY PIG GOLD  with  50 YEARS of ACUTE SCHIZOPHRENIC PARANOIA BLUES

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2021 by segarini

“MUSWELL HILLBILLIES isn’t just a better country-rock album than anything by Wilco or Son Volt;

It’s a better country-rock album than anything by The Byrds.”

When the esteemed J.R. Taylor first wrote this in The New York Press awhile back, I couldn’t help but laugh. J.R.’s always tossing around outrageous statements like this, and obviously loves a good scrape as much as anyone else who chooses to live – or write – within the confines of New York City. But then just the other day, I found myself listening yet again to that 1971 Kinks klassic in question …and I’m certainly not laughing anymore.

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Roxanne Tellier – Musings On Movings and Marijuana for Multinationals

Posted in Books, COVID 19, Family, Health, Humour, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2021 by segarini

Today is the 12th of December, and that means that Shawn and I are exactly one month away from the Big Move, from Toronto, to Windsor, Ontario.  The drive is a mere 230 in earth miles, but, in some integral ways, it’s also the equivalent of moving from the Moon to the Sun.

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