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Roxanne Tellier – I’ll Take Mortality for $200 Alex

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2021 by segarini

When did people start ending every conversation with “be safe. Keep yourself safe”? Am I the only one that wonders when it was decided that we are living in a time of war or zombie attacks? And why is it so incredibly sad to know that the enemy we’re being cautioned against is a disease too often spread to us by our own loved ones and ‘friends’?

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Roxanne Tellier – Whose Rights Are They Anyway?

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2021 by segarini

The east end of Toronto has always been an interesting mix of peoples. Heavily treed and with many well tended parks, it’s a beautiful area, diverse and dynamic. 

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Pat Blythe – Chris …and Music

Posted in Canadian Music, Family, life, music, Opinion, Review, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2021 by segarini

Boy, am I late!!! Soooo late starting this column. Tuesday is my “writing” day, but far too much seemed to get in the way and now it’s 6:15pm and I’m on my third sentence! Good news is I received congratulations from our friends in Ottawa for attaining “senior citizen” status. Not only that, how absolutely thrilled they are to be sending me a monthly stipend of what nobody could live on. I should be grateful I receive anything (and I am), but if that’s what today’s 65-and-up population have to survive on, it’s no wonder we’ve got so many elderly living far below the poverty line. What I am extremely grateful for is that I can still work (when we’re not in the middle of a shitstorm) and continue earning a reasonable living. For how long is anyone’s guess, but this body and brain just keep chugging along.

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Segarini Gets a Label and an Album: The Cliff Notes Version…

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2021 by segarini

I have been working on my first new column in months, but it is taking longer than I thought it would. Fortunately, I found this excerpt from a column written and published 11 years ago in 2012, that leads nicely into the one I am working on, which, God and the Grand Wozzel willing, I will share with you next Friday. That said, there are a lot of new words and pictures here, so, yeah, we’re not here to waste your time.

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Segarini – The Birth of The BobCast Part Two – How Do You Know It’s Impossible If It’s Never Been Done Before?

Posted in Canadian Music, life, music, Opinion, Review, Work with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2021 by segarini

Over the years, a lot of dumb things have been said by a lot of smart, experienced, people.

“The greatest scientific minds have assured us that this ship is unsinkable, Lady Astor”.

“Guitar groups are on their way out, Brian”.

“No one is going to tune in to a television network to watch people cook”.

“Trump isn’t a career politician, he’s got fresh ideas and will lead America into the future”.

Shut up.

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Montreuil – Peter Montreuil

Posted in life, Opinion, Work with tags , , , on July 22, 2021 by segarini

Last week’s column inadvertently underscored the fact that working as a records clerk was a mundane experience, After all, it’s impossible to animate paper, unless you are Stephen King or a Disney artist  😉 .

However, the tedious nature of the job did not diminish its impact on the circumstances of the individual who had made the application. If anything, it underscored the importance of matching correspondence to the correct file. My exposure to this process made me acutely aware of how “all the parts fit together” to allow the system to work.

This week, I am writing about something more personal, and what could be more personal than your name, or to be pedantic, your identity.

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Roxanne Tellier – Up Up and Away

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, Opinion, politics with tags , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2021 by segarini

There was an interesting article in the New York Times last week that talked about a phenomenon known as ‘collective effervescence.’ This term describes the sense of energy and harmony people feel when they come together in a group in a shared experience. That could be anything from a gathering of friends in a restaurant, to the frenzy of wedding guests doing a line dance in synchrony, to the sort of nationalistic madness seen in Little Italy or Little Portugal when their country’s team wins the World Cup.

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Segarini: Remembering My Dad – Father’s Day June 20th 2021

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2021 by segarini
Seg My Dad and I

 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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Bob Recalls the Tale of Chops Dorfman and the Edison Twins, the insanely talented David Celia, and the Heavenly Voice of Rumer from England

Posted in Canadian Music, COVID 19, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , on May 21, 2021 by segarini

Portions of this column were originally written in 2011 and ran in another online music mag that still owes me 400 dollars and an apology.

It was a different time. People’s faces were on display for all to see. You had to go buy your own damn groceries. If you wanted a hamburger or a horrifically over-priced piece of chicken, you would have to leave your home, and using whatever you could as a conveyance, travel to a magical palace of burgers both cheesed and uncheesed, shakes of milk, and delicious, never crispy enough, fragments of the potato plant, or venture forth to the home of Bucket or Box, Southern or Cajun, for succulent flightless bird, mainly for the deep fried breaded skin of the now cluckless fowl. There were no Cardi B’s, no Pitbulls, no Eilishes or Megan Thee Stallions, and Weekend still had all its “e’s” And most importantly, an obese, malignant, amateur golfer, inhuman and demonic to a fault, had yet to rise in the East, turn a Grand Old Party into a festering pus-filled open sore of delusional pipsqueaks, and scare the prunes out of anyone with a moral core, empathy, humanity, and scruples.

It was August. …and I was busy remembering stuff ….

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The Segarini Interview

Posted in Interview, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2021 by segarini

I don’t know if you remember me, but I used to write a column or two here back before Corona went from Beer to Pandemic, and I wasn’t nipple deep in depression and writer’s block.

It occurred to me that maybe I should stick my head out of my burrow and let you know I’m okay, but still not ready to write about my favourite subjects like Gardening, Farm Tools of History, The Humour of Carrot Top and Naked Twister. Not to mention my recent discovery of a television host who may be more annoying, desperate for your love, and as shrill as the ongoing King of Late Night Fake Laughs and Maudlin Fawning, Jimmy “Don’t Call Me Jimi” Fallon.

Anyhoo, to remind you of who I are and why I is, here’s a re-run of an interview done with the Fabulous Bill King, a treasured friend and as talented a man as you are likely to ever meet. Not only will it re-introduce me to you, but will allow me to also reassure you that given enough time, Mitch McConnell will eventually die.

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