Archive for Don’t Believe a Word I Say

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 #34 by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Canadian Music, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2021 by segarini

Well, it’s been a hell of a year, folks. Between the continued restrictions from COVID and the uncertainty of our times, many like myself have sought solace in music. GWNtertainment would like to thank the many music publicists who supply us with the news we share, and to the musicians battling both employment and the continued devaluation of their art, we salute you. Your music does matter. It does make  a difference and it makes writing this column worth every minute.

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Chef Tom, The Tourtière, and the Sonically Silky Bruno from Mars

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2021 by segarini

For my neighbors to the North. Here’s something you might all be familiar with, but it’s a helluva idea for leftovers. Good on its own, too, of course. This is from one of my favorite food authors, Sam Sifton, from the New York Times. The recipe is an undertaking, but so worth the time. Pay attention to what Chef McMillan says below.

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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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Darrell Vickers – Ted Zeigler Part 6: On a Winger and a Prayer

Posted in Humour, Opinion, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2021 by segarini

Time waits for no man but it can make your colors more vibrant and your whites even white-ier. Sorry, that’s Tide. I always get those two mixed up. Forget I ever said anything.

A New Beginning:

While our rubber-faced future manager was scattering the unfunny ashes of the Sonny and Cher reunion show over the gritty-to-the-taste waters of the Ganges, Murray had a drastically different, more revolutionary idea about where his glimmering future lay. No longer would he be beholden to “The Man” for his thin, sugar-free slice of the pie. Langston Enterprises would forge its own resplendent destiny and create a veritable Marie Callender’s of fruit-filled crusts for him to feast upon. 

Thusly, our fiscally astute funnyman decided to pour the entirety of his hard, TV-earned cash into a comedy club – a business venture that traditionally has the lifespan of listing fairground goldfish.

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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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Segarini – Michael Nesmith

Posted in life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , on December 10, 2021 by segarini

Editor’s Note -Due to circumstances beyond my control, I cannot finish this tonight. I will finish it up within the next 24 hours and repost the finished column. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I am sad and gutted due to Michael Nesmith’s passing, and I am angry and frustrated with the ongoing computer problems and other stress plaguing me at this time. My apologies for that, and my sincere condolences to all of you who cared for this man and his talent.

The irony of this moment is not lost on me.

After researching and working on a column addressing the “Get Back” documentary and the realities of John Paul George and Ringo at the time it was filmed to give it some context for well over a week, I was stopped in my tracks by the sudden unexpected loss of one of my heroes.

A hero who also needs some context, and whose body of work matches if not surpasses The Beatles influence on my life.

The Beatles can wait until next week …after 60 years, I don’t think another 7 days will matter.

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Darrell Vickers – Ted Zeigler: Part Five – Cher and Cher Alike

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Television, Work with tags , , , , , , on December 8, 2021 by segarini

Life has many ups and downs. Ebbs and flows. Yins and Yangs. Windshields and wipers. Lavernes and Shirleys. I think you get where I’m going with this.  

“The Sonny and Cher Show” was a huge hit but Ted’s marriage was not. After a number of shaky years and some very frosty fluffing of pillows, his “Let no man put asunder” had finally collapsed like a Walmart garden shed. The compulsorily bachelored Zeigler suddenly found himself residing in a Hollywood apartment barely big enough to accommodate his chin, while the rest of his family continued to abide with his ex in the most Christian town this side of Nuremburg, Thousand Oaks.

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Chef Tom – A Little on the Side: Not Just For Thanksgiving Anymore

Posted in Food, life, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on December 4, 2021 by segarini

Editor’s Note – Submitted before American Thanksgiving, Chef’s column offers up some recipes that are perfect for the cold winter months ahead as well as the traditional holiday meal. Swerve these anytime the need arises for comforting additions to your dinner that also bring with them fine reminders of family gatherings and good times. Thank you.

My favorite Thanksgiving side dish has always been the stuffing. Especially the crispy bits. Savory, carb-y, fatty…you know, all the good stuff. One of my go-to flavor enhancers that I figured out way back in the mid-seventies when I was just starting out on my culinary career, is caramelized onions.

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Another Message From Bob

Posted in A Message with tags , , on December 3, 2021 by segarini

It pains me to write this, but more bad news and ongoing computer problems mean I cannot get my column up on time. In order to make sure I can post Chef Tom tomorrow and then everyone else during the week, means I cannot stay working on my piece in one or two sittings, find and/or create pictures, and do a decent job.

The longer I stay online, the more often I have to reboot, waiting at least 30 minutes to do so each time.

I am beyond frustrated.

I will continue working on the column a bit at a time until it is finished, and will publish it sometime this coming week, or Friday at the latest. Interest in The Beatles has lasted over half a century, so another few days shouldn’t matter too much. …and it will give you much to think about.

Please understand I am not in need of advice, nor do I want sympathy or any other helpful input. …just your patience. That said …if any of you happen to have about 4000 dollars laying around that you don’t need, that would be enough to replace this beast and all the apps and programs I will have to purchase and reinstall. Have a great weekend. Chef Tom returns tomorrow.

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