Archive for the Opinion Category

Peter Proudly Shares His Pride

Posted in life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , on July 2, 2020 by segarini

I am writing this week’s column from the only point of view which I can claim any familiarity with, that of a happily heterosexual middle aged caucasian male. Most of the people who know me in real life like me because I am a nice guy, and my Facebook friends who don’t know me personally like me mainly because of my sense of humour. Most of society likes, or at least tolerates me, because I fit in. I am a typical ” straight ” white man.

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It’s Birthday Week for Hat and Pants! – The Canarican

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2020 by segarini

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I am a Proud Canarican …or at least I will be again once President Flubber and His Band of Lost Socks are incarcerated or incinerated (choose one), and Adults are back running our Pants.

To celebrate, I offer up this heavily researched, thoroughly accurate FAQ sheet listing the differences between Our Great Land, and Our Once Great Pants.

Most of the following was originally posted in 2015, when the world was a different place. There was cleaner air, prettier sunsets, better television reception, and more than enough Gummy Bears. All of that changed after the advent of the Man Bun and Robot Bingo Callers. No…wait…that was a dream I had after a night of fish tacos and Metaxa.

Never mind….

Unlike the Man Without a Country, I am a man with TWO countries. The Country of my birth, the United States of America, and the Country I choose to live in and love with all my heart, Canada.

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Darrell Vickers – Mick Fire For Hire: Chapter Eight (Episode 3 – Part 1)

Posted in Fiction, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , on June 30, 2020 by segarini

Mick Fire is a flaming, insalubrious has-been rock photographer. When albums were king, he was the toast of the town. Then, he was just toast. With the coming of CD’s, his career sank quicker than a Pakistani ferryboat. His fairytale life consists of a long suffering daughter, a 23 year old girlfriend, an ex-wife, an agent who hates him, a room-temperature refrigerator and a dead ferret.  Then one day, as Mick is wallowing at the bottom of his self-made shit well, someone lowers him a bucket. A job! A job that could put him back on top. And that’s when his troubles begin.

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GARY PIG GOLD WITH EIGHT QUESTIONS For NARDWUAR (The Human Serviette)

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2020 by segarini

The single greatest living Canadian since Stompin’ Tom, who loudly and proudly celebrates a Date of Birth once again on July Five, answers: Continue reading

Roxanne Tellier – I Me My Narcissism

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2020 by segarini

Richard Nixon gave a defiant concession speech in 1962 that ended with …. “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.”

The incredible narcissism and entitlement in that statement, coming from a man that was lucky not to have been tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail, sends a frisson up my spine.

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Chef Tom, Cowboy Eats, A Short Story, Kempters and Sleepy Man

Posted in Fiction, Food, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2020 by segarini

 

Saddle up, Pilgrim ….

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Peter and Betty Get Ignited

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2020 by segarini

My last column touched on the process of getting Internet and cable access at Chez Montreuil. As a lot happened after my press deadline, I decided this week to fill in the blanks for you, Loyal Reader.

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Pat Blythe – Women & Songs Redux….catching up…..and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2020 by segarini

I am currently spending some time with my mom…..trolling the local dollar stores for stuff neither of us needs, but enjoying the time out. The promised rain never appeared, which was probably a good thing as the air was already thick enough. We sat out on the front porch with a cup of tea and watched the fireflies the other night. It’s rather lazy days when I come to visit, although this week is a little busier with scheduled interviews for the series I’m working on. I’m also catching up with a few mutual friends of Greg Simpson’s and mine.

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Darrell Vickers – Mick Fire For Hire: Chapter Eight (Episode 2 – Part 6)

Posted in Fiction, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , on June 23, 2020 by segarini

Mick Fire is a flaming, insalubrious has-been rock photographer. When albums were king, he was the toast of the town. Then, he was just toast. With the coming of CD’s, his career sank quicker than a Pakistani ferryboat. His fairytale life consists of a long suffering daughter, a 23 year old girlfriend, an ex-wife, an agent who hates him, a room-temperature refrigerator and a dead ferret.  Then one day, as Mick is wallowing at the bottom of his self-made shit well, someone lowers him a bucket. A job! A job that could put him back on top. And that’s when his troubles begin.

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GRAN’S CANADA HIGHWAY – EPISODE 1 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2020 by segarini


Travelogues can be a matter of personal taste, and I expect that this one is no exception. However, I’d like to think that setting my family’s road trips against the backdrop of Canada’s geographically challenging countryside, and history, will not only entertain but maybe, hopefully, inspire others to do the same. [once we’re free to travel again, of course].

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