Gary Pig Gold Sez – “A” IS FOR APPLE, “B” IS BIZARRE

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2018 by segarini

As hard as it may seem today to fathom, there was a time, in the not too distant analog past, when starting up a record company required more – much more – than just a domain name and the nearest GarageBand™ software.

Yes, there was a time when starting up a record company required actual brick and mortar (or at least some office space), telephones, pens, pencils, typewriters and reams of 20 lb stationery (plus desks to put them all on and, ideally, a staff of people to use them) …not to mention, in the case of at least one of the two record companies mentioned below, a full Cordon Bleu kitchen staff equipped with a £600-a-month-at-least liquor allowance.

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Roxanne Tellier – Meep Meep! and other August-y Thoughts

Posted in Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2018 by segarini

No matter how you may feel about Senator John McCain’s political past, with his recent demise, you cannot help but remember that he was a war hero, and a stand up guy. His passing leaves us short of what might have been the last real gentleman standing in the Senate. As his life becomes a memory, those who knew him well remind us of those moments that defined a Giant of the Senate, and of a politician who frequently eschewed partisanship for a wholehearted defence of democracy.

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Chef Tom Herndon – Summer Yummers

Posted in Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2018 by segarini

I had this at a new restaurant the other night and came home and put this recipe together. I loved the combination of texture, colors and flavors. The key is to grill or roast all of the ingredients separately, and then combine them on your plate at the end. When I had it at the restaurant, they served it with a sous vide pork chop finished on the grill. But I tried it with a nice ribeye and it was heaven.

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Pat Blythe – Summerfolk…Listen!!!…and Music!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2018 by segarini

Nothing like a good, crackin’ thunderstorm. As I write it rages outside. A torrential downpour. Rain is hammering against the windows. The ferocity and intensity of the wind creates a horizontal sheet of water. Powerful gusts of wind generate waves, pushing them up Kingston Road (which I find amazing since Kingston Road slopes down toward the lake). It will blow through quickly….it’s a violent inversion. Lower temps are in the forecast….and the now the sun comes out.

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Peter Ponders the Painted Lady

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2018 by segarini

In last last week’s column, some of my language was a bit salty. However, if you are more offended by that than you are about the threats to our democracy, freedom and tolerance posed not only by neo Nazis and white supremacists, but by extremist ideologues (on both sides), well then maybe you’re part of the problem. As far as neo-nazis are concerned, I will not attempt to disguise my distaste, disdain and disgust for those thugs, those losers who apparently venerate “Hogan’s Heroes” as a World War II documentary.

So now let’s lighten up and talk about some music. I dedicate this week’s column to all the people who whine “There just isn’t any good music being made anymore!” There is, you just aren’t looking in the right places. (It’s actually all around you.)

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Roxanne Tellier – All the President’s Men

Posted in Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2018 by segarini

With two of Trump’s main cohorts, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, now actual convicted felons, it certainly looks like we’re nearing the end of a long and rocky road in American politics. Trump’s misdeeds are beginning to emerge thru the swampy miasma, and while he may continue to scream, “no collusion!” it’s becoming very clear that the ‘best people’ with whom he has surrounded himself, are not being ‘best’ at all. They are felons, and he himself is now the ‘unindicted felon‘ in the room.

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Roxanne Tellier – Stuff is Hard

Posted in Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2018 by segarini

I didn’t have the best week, to be honest. On Tuesday, I learned that a very dear friend had passed away after a series of health setbacks. Scott Shelson was a good man; look up ‘mensch’ in the dictionary – his photo should be there.

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