Roxanne Tellier – And Then I Wrote

Posted in life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2020 by segarini

From time to time, people have accused me of ‘hating’ Donald Trump irrationally. But really, there’s nothing irrational about me hating the guy. I admit it, I despise him, and everything he is, has been, and currently represents. So should any free-thinking lover of progress, freedom, individual and civil rights, and most of all – democracy.

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Chef Tom and The Desserts of Yotan

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2020 by segarini

I have posted recipes from my favorite chef here before. The man has some of the most innovative, inspiring, and crazy-delicious recipes ever. I love his refined rusticity. Here are three of his sweeter offerings. I made the Sweet Labneh and Rhubarb just today and it is killer.

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Segarini: My Dad – Father’s Day June 21st 2020

Posted in Opinion on June 19, 2020 by segarini

Seg My Dad and I

This is the 11th annual printing of a column I wrote in tribute to my father for  Father’s Day. It is my pleasure to share my Dad with you.

 I miss my parents a lot, and I never got to thank my dad for all he tried to teach me, all he tried to instill in me. If your parents are still alive, your grandparents, even your aunts and uncles. call them up today, tell them you love them, and cherish the ability you have to tell them first hand. Someday, they will all be gone, and even though you will hear their voices and feel their presence for the rest of your life, there will be times when you experience a longing, and an ache so profound, that you will wish with all your heart you could see them again and let them know how much they meant to you. Family is more important than any other aspect of your life…don’t ever forget it.

Happy Fathers Day, Pop…I miss you…and I love you.

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Peter Tries to Ignite for Betty

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , on June 18, 2020 by segarini

This week’s column will be brief, as my unlimited Internet is down and I am using my smartphone data plan.

As you may know, my dear Betty has moved in with me and we are working on getting Chez Montreuil functioning to her liking a). Progress is being made, slow and steady, but Progress nonetheless

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Pat Blythe – Contemplative weeding…..music man…..and music

Posted in life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2020 by segarini

The goal for today (Tuesday); get up early and dedicate a couple of hours to what I laughingly refer to as the back garden. So here I am having a war of weeds with Mother Nature. She’s insistent they need to have a place to grow and I vehemently disagree. Unfortunately, I think she’s winning this one.

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Darrell Vickers – Mick Fire For Hire: Chapter Eight (Episode 2 – Part 5)

Posted in Fiction, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 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 Presents – DEXTER ROMWEBER’S FREEDOM OF NIGHT

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2020 by segarini

Very late one evening in the very late 1980s, my oldest pal Doug and I were dejectedly roaming the Rogers cable when we suddenly chanced upon footage of these two guys pounding music out on someone’s porch.

Our collective jaws – to say nothing of the remote – immediately dropped.

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Roxanne Tellier – Perspective

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2020 by segarini

I blame social media and reality TV. I blame reality TV because the flood of singing, dancing, housewifing and endurance series that became ubiquitous during the early 2000s were the catalyst for too many narcissists to believe that their big fish in a small local pond anonymity was only an audition and a bunch of ‘likes and shares’ away from stardom. And that belief, that, in the past, would have been knocked out of them by cruel reality, has gone right to our collective heads.

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Peter Joins the Scouts

Posted in life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2020 by segarini

One of the largest youth movements in the world is the Scouting movement. It is truly  international in scope and casting a massive shadow on pop culture, i.e., being mentioned in the theme music to the classic TV show “Car 54” as well as coming up in figures of speech that we use on a daily basis. ( “He’s a good scout!”) Of course, like every human endeavour, it can be subverted by those who seek power. In Germany in 1937, the Scouts were outlawed and every Aryan boy was expected to join “The Hitler Jugend”, a Nazi youth movement which eventually was used to form a Waffen SS Panzer division which fought fiercely in Normandy after D Day.

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Pat Blythe – Going to the movies…..and music

Posted in COVID 19, life, Movies, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2020 by segarini

I’ve written three columns over the past 36 hours. None of which I’m happy with. The air outside is rife with frustration, sadness and depression…..but mostly frustration. No clubs, no bars, no live music…..sorry folks, streaming doesn’t count…..and restaurants opening cubicle style with wait staff wearing PPE. Not my idea of a fun evening dining out.

So…..a little amusement and lightheartedness. Something to make you laugh (or at least smile). Let’s start with movies since our noses seem to be permanently pressed up against our computer (or TV) screens these days.

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