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Archive for January, 2015

Hassles Unlimited

Does every encounter with a service provider have to be a hassle?

Maybe it has something to do with the depressive atmosphere of January. (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XVI

More of the warming glow of enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • Knee high to a grasshopper isn’t bad at all if you’re referring to the cocktail
  • Lay your cards on the table before they get knocked onto the floor
  • Nudity isn’t permitted where we’re going, so keep your hair on (more…)

The Collector Market Place

Last September and October I wrote a series of six posts concerning ‘The Art of Collecting’.  Part of the underlying philosophy of expectation, including more basic categories such as coins and stamps, is predicated on there being an available marketplace should one decide to be a seller rather than being more static. (more…)

Memorable Quote # 20

“All my stories, unconnected as they may be, are based on the fundamental lore or legend that this world was inhabited at one time by another race who, in practicing black magic, lost their foothold and were expelled, yet live on outside ever ready to take possession of this earth again.”

H.P. Lovecraft (1890 – 1937)

inspiration for many writers & contributors, including Rod Serling & Stephen King

closest visual representation in today’s arts would be NBC’s “Grimm”  

Informatively Adept Labelling

Last Friday on CBC television’s investigative show Marketplace, the main story concerned the marketing of my favourite morning beverage, orange juice.  The thrust was twofold: how do popular brands compare to freshly squeezed in taste, and what is done to preserve o.j. sold in cartons and plastic bottles (and to what extent are consumers aware). (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XV

Enjoy the warming glow of more enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • They lost both soccer balls in the pond, so the teams had to agree to kick the bucket
  • It’s not likely the crate just fell off the turnip truck , since no one’s loading that sucker until it’s cleaned up (more…)

World’s Largest Outdoor Rink

Here are a couple of pictures taken today from the frozen Rideau canal, towards the south end of Ottawa, part of the world’s largest outdoor skating rink, under almost ideal weather conditions (except for the lack of sun).



Memorable Quote # 19

All being in each being / Each being in all being

All in each / Each in all

All distinctions are mind, by mind, in mind, of mind

No distinctions no mind to distinguish

excerpt from KNOTS

by R.D. Laing (1970)

Off Target

This morning an announcement was made that American chain Target is closing down its approximately 130 stores in Canada, a scant couple of years after entering our retail market.  The president of Canadian operations stated they did not see profitability here occurring until 2021. (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XIV

Here’s another round of enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • I hate to say this, but it hasn’t been put to music yet
  • If one is in for a penny, in for a pound, imagine what would happen to you if you’re in for a whole dollar (more…)