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Darrell Vickers – George Carlin: Part One – He Hired Who?

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2021 by segarini

     In 1973, George Carlin was an absolute filthy sensation. “FM & AM”, “Class Clown” and “Occupation: Foole” had taken an easily scandalized world by storm. Who knew mentioning “cocksucker, motherfucker and tits” (which sounds like Jimmy Swaggart’s room service order at a Baptist convention) could be so uproarious? I can recall precisely where I was the first time I laid my tender ears upon “The Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” A shindig was being thrown for the young and swingin’ volunteers of the local, government-mandated Cable Access station. We, the young and unpaid, sat around that north Oshawa living room in stitches while Bill Ridell, the government-mandated station manager, mimed along with the shockingly brilliant piece.

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Pat Blythe – It’s a Love Revolution Down on Main Street…..and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2021 by segarini

I’m loving September. Warm(ish) days with cool nights are just perfect. Grape jelly made, herbs harvested, spaghetti sauce jarred (soup is next), podcast published and now it’s column time! In between all that is photo editing, cross stitching and a few telecom projects. Running around at Mariposa and Summerfolk; meeting new people and listening to new music during Canadian Music Week and Indie Week; dodging bodies, running into my friends and hearing more new music at the clubs…..I’ve missed it all. Fingers crossed we have some semblance of normal next year.

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Darrell Vickers – Oh, You’re Back

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2021 by segarini

From California to Coventry

As Inquisitionally torturous as traversing the U.S. of A. by bus had been heading due west, at least our ultimate destination was the undisputed entertainment capital of the world. Andrew and I were now being forced to endure the very same 72 hour crucible, trapped inside an unhygienic, glaciated stink-pit, just to get back to Oshawa. Clearly, we were being subjected to unspeakably cruel and unrelenting retribution for the simple crime of intermittently enjoying ourselves.

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Segarini – Bob Still Plagued by Writer’s Block

Posted in A Message, Opinion, Work with tags , , on September 10, 2021 by segarini

You would think by now, the writer’s block would have dissipated and I would be regaling you with new stories, humourous anecdotes, wry observations, and titillating innuendo and double-entendre’s.

Unfortunately, that is not the case.

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Darrell Vickers – First Trip Part 2 – Making Up Reality

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2021 by segarini

Andrew and I had been ensconced in the fire-hazard hills above the City of Angels for about a week and fortune had smiled down upon us like it thought we were somebody else. I’d shared a chat and a giggle with a half-naked woman, we’d eaten at The Sizzler and my apartment in Oshawa began to seem like a badly decorated, foul-smelling dream. By the time The Fifth Estate arrived, Nicholls & Vickers had become as Hollywood as a high colonic gift certificate.

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Pat Blythe – Smile, you’re on….and music

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2021 by segarini

I’ve actually remembered how to use that contraption they call a camera and now I have two! I used them both for the first time last night photographing the Forever Seger band at their rehearsals. What a joy to have two cameras set up with different lenses…..sort of a “grab-and-go” scenario. Just pop the lens cover, make sure the camera is “on” (this is always helpful), point, focus and shoot. So good to be back!

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Darrell Vickers – The First Visit: Part One – The Naked and the Red

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2021 by segarini

Preface:

While I shall be highlighting some mildly unflattering aspects of Alan Thicke’s character in the peerlessly eloquent pages before you, I wish to take great pains to note that Alan recognized our talent more than any living soul in Canada. He thought enough of what Andrew and I had to offer to invite us down to L.A. and billet us in his guest house. Was he a tough boss to work for? PHEW! Read on. But he opened up vast new worlds for us and forever changed our lives and for that I will always be deeply grateful.

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Roxanne Tellier – CERBing the Beat

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2021 by segarini

COVID-19 hit Canada hard somewhere around the second week of March, 2020. I remember it well, because the shutdowns began in earnest just days before my husband’s birthday, and right about the time that Mirvish Theatre sent me an email advising me that I’d be receiving a refund for the tickets I’d purchased for a show that week. The theatre had gone dark, as had most of the city’s offices, stores, services, and restaurants. 

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Darrell Vickers – A Trip to Not Very Bountiful

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , on August 3, 2021 by segarini

There were some mega, whopping and ultra ginormous Scooby-doings goin’ down at The Comedy Bank! Mr. Haley was practically vibrating when he called us. He’d just concluded a convivial chin-wag with THE Alan Thicke. Alan had read an article his mother had snipped from a local publication and wished to sample the wares of Graham’s stable of sardonic scribes. Al generously provided areas of his public persona that could be mined for levity and was anxious to see what the jolly jesters at the Bank would come up with. This was precisely the kind of phone call I’d been dreaming about since my parents replaced the crib in my nursery with a foosball table. In fact, I still have a birthmark in the shape of a left midfielder’s head.

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Peter, The Cubicle, The Manager, and The Sea Knight

Posted in life, Opinion, Review, Work on July 29, 2021 by segarini

I remember attending an airshow with a gaggle of my friends. We approached a crew member standing at the ropes in front of his aircraft, eager to get some information To our surprise, he asked if any of us worked in an office. I replied that I did. He then asked me if I talked about my office on the weekend, and before I could reply, said that the aircraft was HIS office and he didn’t want to talk about it on the weekend. I can tell you, Loyal Reader, that his words echoed in a stunned silence. I was so flabbergasted that I didn’t even take notes about the aircraft.

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