Saturday, March 31, 2007

Rufus Wainwright videos

Here are some Rufus Wainwright to enjoy on a cold Canadian (or wherever you are) Saturday evening...

Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk:



Greek Song:



Hallelujah:



April Fools:

Now it's Purina who's recalling... Will this ever end??

According to this CNN report: "The recall of contaminated pet foods expanded Saturday to include a new brand, even as investigators puzzled over how a chemical called melamine would kill dogs and cats. Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. said it was recalling all sizes and varieties of its Alpo Prime Cuts in Gravy wet dog food with specific date codes. Purina said a limited amount of the food contained a contaminated wheat gluten from China." Click here for the detailed news release from Purina.

The House of 1000 Mirrors

A Japanese folktale: The House of 1000 Mirrors

Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself, "This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often."

In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, "That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again."

All the faces in the world are mirrors. What kind of reflections do you see in the faces of the people you meet?

Remember Leo Buscaglia?

The late inspirational professor, author and speaker Leo Buscaglia was born 83 years ago today. He died on June 11, 1998. I hadn't thought about him in a long time until I was looking through today's birthdays online. He was a regular on PBS and authored many books. Wonderfully uplifting speaker! Here's a clip:

First time I've ever seen this around my house...

I currently live in the neighbourhood I grew up in --actually about five houses away from my childhood home. Years and years ago, about the only animals we saw around were perhaps a deer once every blue moon before the area built up more. A young moose once wandered down the street early one morning in the 1970s. Since then, it's built up a lot so any wild animals and have been pushed further and further away. Today, I may see a pheasant once in a while, but this morning I saw something new that I've never seen or heard anyone mention seeing around here: raccoons! I looked out my kitchen window this morning and saw two huge raccoons crossing the street behind me together. I was so surprised! Haven't seen them since and likely will never see them again. Now that I think about it, I did see a young raccoon killed on a street right around here a couple of years ago... but I've never seen a live one. My garbage is never picked over, either, so I really don't think they hang around too much. I'll have to ask the neighbours if they've ever seen some hanging around. UPDATE: Well, apparently my neighbour Tammy thinks I'm blind and deaf, since the furry little critters have been hanging around her house for years. I've always keep my garbage in the garage until it's ready to be put out, so that's why I haven't seen them around. I stand corrected!

Bodies - The Exhibition

You've probably heard of the controversial art show Bodies - The Exhibition which uses real cadavers that had been donated for medical research. How do people feel about that? I think it's fascinating and would love to see it. Here's an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry: "The museum is set up so that one starts at the skeletal system, and more layers (muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems; as well as fetal development and the treated body) are added in succesive rooms. Containing about twenty bodies in total, each exhibition uses real human bodies that have been preserved permanently by a process called "polymer preservation" so that they will not decay. This exhibition is organized by the publicly traded corporation, Premier Exhibitions Incorporated."

Friday, March 30, 2007

Pet food recall: Hill's Prescription Diet m/d Feline

Here we go again! Now the venerable and well-respected Hill's Pet Nutrition brand is affected. Hopefully they're doing this early, unlike Menu Foods Inc. Even more upsetting, this time it's dry cat food that's affected. Is anything safe? Click here for a CTV News story on the issue. Excerpt: "American officials now believe contaminated wheat gluten distributed by an unnamed U.S. company may have spread to dry pet food, despite assurances the problem was contained. Hill's Pet Nutrition, a division of Colgate-Palmolive Co., recalled its Prescription Diet m/d Feline dry cat food on Friday. The food included wheat gluten from the same supplier used by Menu Foods; however, Menu Foods is not affected by the latest recall because the company only manufactures wet pet food products. Earlier Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said melamine, a product used as a fertilizer in Asia and in commercial plastic products in North America, had been identified in the wet pet food." Shouldn't someone be naming the "unnamed" company soon??

Debbie Downer

The original Debbie Downer sketch that ran on the May 1, 2004, episode of Saturday Night Live was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. I love it when actors start laughing in the middle of skits. If you liked it when it happened on The Carol Burnett Show, you should enjoy this. They started losing it when Rachel Dratch (Debbie) messed up a line (sensitive / secretive)... and it was all downhill from there. Enjoy.


Céline Dion turns 39 today

Canadian singer Céline Dion turns 39 today. Click on her name for the Wikipedia entry and click here for her official website. Here's a video of "The Prayer" performed live with Josh Groban.

Singer MC Hammer turns 45 today

Happy 80th birthday to game show host Peter Marshall

Peter Marshall is best known as being the long-time host of The Hollywood Squares. Today, he turns 80. Congratulations! Here are some funny moments from the show.

The Queen Mother died five years ago today

My grandmother loved the Queen Mother... like LOVED her. The Queen Mother died five years ago today at the age of 101. Click here for BBC News coverage of the event. I've seen three members of the Royal Family in person: the Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Anne. The Queen was very attractive in person, I found. (The ol' face powder is caked on pretty thick! Ha!) She's so petite. So interesting to see her do a walkabout. When she came up to where I was, people fell completely silent because they wanted to hear her speak and also because they were way too busy taking photos and video to bother talking. Prince Philip, who has a reputaion of being short with people, was very charming. I smiled right at him and he said a big "Hello!" Princesse Anne -- whose made fun of by many because of her looks -- is also very attractive in person. I was at the farmers market here in Moncton one day when she was visiting. I stood right next to her with barely a soul around. People were keeping their distance out of respect. I went to shake her hand and a burly RCMP officer put his hand right in front of my hand to stop me. I forgot the royal rule: If a hand is not offered by the royal, do not offer yours.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Jimmy McShane, a.k.a. Baltimora, died 12 years ago today

Jimmy McShane, also known as Baltimora, died 12 years ago today of AIDS. He had a hit song in the 1980s with "Tarzan Boy." Here's the video:

Mommy, why does my math homework smell like poop?

"There's a new Chinese saying: When life hands you panda poop, make paper. Researchers at a giant panda reserve in southern China are looking for paper mills to process their surplus of fiber-rich panda excrement into high quality paper. Liao Jun, a researcher at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base in Sichuan province, said the idea came to them after a visit to Thailand last year where they found paper made from elephant dung. They thought panda poop would produce an even finer quality paper, he said. The base is currently in talks with several paper mills on how to turn the droppings of Jing Jing, Ke Bi, Ya Ya and dozens of other pandas at the base into reams of office paper and rolls of wrapping paper, said Liao." Click here for more.

For customers safe is better than "sorry"

Brian Cormier
Hump Day
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Appeared on page D6, Moncton Times & Transcript

The massive recall that has shaken the North American pet food industry in the past couple of weeks is yet another example of the importance that today's society continues to place on our furry little friends.

Despite being in the pet business, I really don't think that Menu Foods Inc. realized the incredible public relations debacle that awaited them upon admitting that they waited for test results before recalling some of their food after a pattern emerged of several dogs and cats becoming ill or dying after eating their products.

There was even news in the past few days of a woman and her dog being hospitalized at the same time because she ate some of the dog's food in front of him in order to encourage him to try it. Unfortunately for both Mommy and doggie, her encouragement worked and they both ended up sick. People see their pets as children.

Of course, hindsight is always 20/20, although that's no excuse. From the vast list of recalled items manufactured under a multitude of brand names, it's pretty obvious that the sheer number of meals being served would have resulted in coincidental sudden deaths here and there.

Think about it. If you have one million meals being served per day to animals, the odds dictate that a certain number of them will die in the next day or so, although likely not due to your food. It's coincidence. Perhaps calls to the company would be made and noted, but until a pattern emerged, it could all be put down to simply that: "coincidence."

Unfortunately for Menu Foods' clients, it appears that the dreaded pattern did emerge because the company began testing their food. Someone suspected something, or they never would have started testing. At that instant, a precautionary recall should have been implemented automatically. In this case, it appears that sales came before safety.

This was a catastrophic decision for the company, retailers, pet owners who thought they were doing their pets a favour by feeding them premium food . . . and the unsuspecting animals who've lost their lives. It's a lesson to all that the company should have never left questionable product on the shelves until testing was done. It's all bad.

The moral of the story?

Never put sales above customer safety - be they two-legged or four-legged. A precautionary recall would have positioned the company as caring more about their customers than about their bottom line.

Sure, perhaps they would have lost some sales, but at least their reputation for concern for customers would have remained intact. Now, it's gone.

If I were an investor who had sunk my entire life savings into this company, I'd better start getting used to the taste of little tuna-flavoured chunks of cat kibble, because that might be all I'm going to be able to afford to eat in my retirement. It will take years for Menu Foods Inc. to recover from this mess. And if potential investors believe that pet owners have short memories, think again. The stock price may go up temporarily, but don't expect customers to return soon. Pet owners are fanatical about their furry friends.

It was interesting to see the growing intensity of this issue in the media over the past couple of weeks. I blogged about it when the story first came out as a word of warning to my pet-loving readers. I also e-mailed a bunch of people and posted an article online in a pet-related online group.

Day by day, things continued to escalate. As word spread of the recall, stories of ill and dead pets began sprouting up all over the media. After all, there's nothing more compelling than a sad animal story. In this case, every media sought out a local angle, from interviewing animal shelter and pet store workers to interviewing veterinarians.

Interspersed with all this coverage were the mandatory photos and video clips of adorable puppies and kittens. Those were combined with images and tales of grief-stricken people whose pets had either died or had become gravely ill. I remember a photo of a sick little Yorkie dog posted to CNN's website last week that would have melted Satan's heart. The poor little thing ate some of the food in question. I wanted to strangle whoever did this to him. I'm sure I was not alone.

That's when the explosive, powerful and dangerous ingredient called "emotion" got thrown into the mix. Emotion combined with a company that appears to not have been forthcoming about the safety of its products then created mass hysteria. Then . . . kaboom. The story hit critical mass. Everyone was talking about it. It was constantly all over the news. Friends were calling friends. E-mails were flying every which way.

We say this a lot at work: "When you don't give people the facts, people will make up their own." It's a truism that has been proven time and time again in public relations and crisis management.

Unfortunately, in this case, by the time the hysteria took hold, the company's credibility was hemorrhaging in buckets so even when the company provided facts, the facts didn't matter. It had become an emotional issue.

When it comes to safety - especially in the realm of food - you can never be too cautious, and the shareholders you sought to protect at first are only injured a million times worse than they would have been had seemingly overly cautious action been taken immediately.

Shareholders: If the company you've invested your money in puts out a precautionary recall - even if it seems petty - thank them profusely for not only keeping your customers safe, but your wallets, too. Rat poison can also kill retirements.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Bye-bye to Chris Sligh on American Idol

He was many people's pick to be one of the finalists, but Chris Sligh went downhill in the last few weeks. Last night's dismal performance of The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" was the last straw. He was voted off the show tonight. Others in the bottom three were Phil (sent back to safety first) and Haley. Looks like Sanjaya's bid to distract people from paying attention to his singing was a good strategic move on his part.

Sanjaya is safe for another week


Daddy assaults swimmer daughter -- Gets banned from contacting her

"A Ukrainian coach was thrown out of the world swimming championships and banned from contacting his daughter after a physical altercation with her. Video footage broadcast on Australia's Nine Network showed Ukrainian swimmer Kateryna Zubkova, 18, grappling with her father, Mikhail Zubkov, in the marshalling area before the start of yesterday's finals at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena." Click here for more. See video below.

American Idol prediction for tonight

Bottom three:

  • Haley (terrible)
  • Chris R. (good but he was in bottom two last week -- so I dunno)
  • Chris S. (horrible performance and the bloom is off his rose)

Now, Sanjaya should be there... but I think he's still too popular. BUT... the fly in the ointment here is when he mouthed off to Simon last night. Mouthing off to Simon does not go over well with fans even though they profess to hate Simon. The thing is, Simon is usually bang on -- not always, but usually. But Simon does recognize Sanjaya's popularity. One of the reasons for Sanjaya's popularity, however, is his "niceness." If his mouthing off last night turned off people, then he may be toast tonight... but I think he has a couple of weeks left in him. We'll see tonight! So who's going home? I think it's Haley.

This guy ran in to the wrong woman!

Singer / Actor Dick Haymes died 27 years ago today

Now, Dick Haymes is a man who can sing! I become a fan by accident when I downloaded some of his music (don't arrest me!) in error. I listened to it anyway and was immediately struck by the amazing voice I was hearing. I love crooners and he's one of the best. I really need to get some CDs. I find his voice very relaxing. Here he is singing in the 1945 movie "State Fair":

American Idol: I think Sanjaya has lost his mind

Look at this hair from last night's show -- seven ponytails done up into a mohawk. I found he was a bit mouthy with Simon, too... which is usually a kiss of death for a contestant who is half-loved and half-hated by fans. Ya gotta give the kid points for knowing how to be talked about, though... I bet his hair is the #1 topic of conversation surrounding the show today. It'll be talked about on every talk show.

Today's Hump Day column: For customers, safe is better than "sorry"

Check out my column on the editorial page (pg. D6) of today's Moncton Times & Transcript. Today's column is all about the Menu Foods Inc. pet food recall and how trying to initially safeguard shareholders' interests may not have been the best way to go. When it comes to food safety, being overly cautious can not only save lives, but also reputations -- not to mention your investors' retirement funds!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Country singer Wynonna Judd files for divorce after hubby arrested for sex with minor

Holy moly! Sounds like a hillbilly country song, doesn't it? "Country music star Wynonna Judd said she filed for divorce Tuesday from her estranged husband, Dan R. Roach, after his arrest last week in Texas on sex charges involving a minor. Roach, 49, was arrested Thursday in Abilene and charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery against a child younger than 13 in Nashville, police said." Click here for more.

Folding advice from Ben Zweig

He may come across as a little obsessive-compulsive, but ya gotta admit... the kid knows how to fold!

This week's Hump Day column...

... is all about the massive Menu Foods Inc. pet food recall currently ongoing across North America. I discuss the dangers of putting shareholder concerns in front of food safety and how that can be a very dangerous risk. Check it out tomorrow exclusively on the editorial page of the Moncton Times & Transcript.

Milton Berle died five years ago today

Comic great Milton Berle died five years ago on the same day as Dudley Moore. Here's a clip of Berle on the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Jimmy Stewart:

Happy 45th birthday to singer Jann Arden

Singer Jann Arden turns 45 today. Happy birthday to you! Here's her "Insensitive" video.

Charest wins his seat after networks (and me) declare him a goner

Sheesh, a guy goes to bed and everything turns around. OK, so Jean Charest won his seat and is waking up this morning once again as Premier of Quebec and the member for Sherbrooke. It was up and down all night, but he won by nearly 1,300 votes after everything was said and done, this despite being behind all night... right to the end. But like one TV commentator said last night, Charest never wins his seat easily. Last night was certainly a case in point! The networks has also declared Charest defeated at one point. Final election tally:

  • Liberal - 48
  • ADA - 41
  • PQ - 36

Monday, March 26, 2007

Premier Jean Charest wins election but loses seat in Quebec election (SEE CORRECTION ABOVE)

It's official, Quebec Premier Jean Charest was re-elected tonight with a minority government but lost his own seat. A strange situation, but not unheard of. The next few days will be interesting. I'm sure a Liberal member in a safe seat will likely resign to let Charest run. And what riding would be so foolish as to not elect the Premier as their representative? If Sherbrooke wasn't interested, there are many others who are. UPDATE: 12:03 a.m. on Tuesday -- Charest has made up a lot of ground in his riding. He was losing by 600+ votes at one point and is now only 110 votes behind with still 19 polls to report. Maybe he didn't lose? I'm going to bed so I'll find out tomorrow. Maybe this cat has nine lives.

Today's Quebec provincial election

Well the results aren't final, but the following things are likely:

  • There will be a minority government.
  • The PQ vote has collapsed, meaning the end of André Boisclair's leadership.
  • The Liberals seem poised to squeak out a bare victory, but Premier Jean Charest is likely losing his seat in Sherbrooke.
  • The ADQ under Mario Dumont are the big winners of the night. At worst, they will form the Official Opposition, and at best will form the government.

Questions that will arise tomorrow:

  • How long will it take for André Boisclair to resign?
  • Will Jean Charest try to hang on to the leadership if his party wins but he loses his seat?

Stay tuned. The night's not over yet. CTV News, meanwhile, is just now predicting a Liberal minority government in Quebec. For the record, it's extremely rare for a network's predication to be wrong or overturned... so looks like the Liberals have hung on. The big question now is Jean Charest's seat. Click here to follow the results in Sherbrooke. Claude Forgues' lead has been widening all night, so it's not looking good for the Premier. Me thinks Premier Charest has lost his seat, which will just add to the drama over the next few days. It's rare for a Premier to win the election but lose his seat. Oy! I'm glad to see that sovereignist vote has collapsed. Quebec can finally concentrate on moving forward rather than always talking about a referendum.

Canadian fiddling legend Don Messer died 34 years ago today

New Brunswick-born Canadian fiddling legend and beloved TV star Don Messer died 34 years ago today in 1973 at the young age of 63. His TV show, Don Messer's Jubilee, ran for several years on CBC, second only to Hockey Night in Canada in the ratings during the 1960s. In the age of the three-channel universe, we often had no choice but to watch it as kids. My parents and grandparents used to love it and I have to admit that I kind of enjoyed it, too, especially the "rat-a-tat-tat" of the drummer. When the show was cancelled by the CBC in 1969, the uproar from fans even reached Canada's House of Commons. In the photo, that's Marg Osburne (singer), Don Messer, and Charlie Chamberlain (singer). I always loved Charlie Chamberlain, especially. What a character he was. Apparently there's a Christmas album floating around somewhere. I would kill to get my hands on that! Wouldn't it be nice for someone to reissue that on CD? I should look for something on eBay. Click here for a 1960 CBC Archives item on Don Messer where he's interviewed and plays.

Happy 58th birthday to Vicki Lawrence

Today's a big day for celebrity birthdays, including Leonard Nimoy (76), Alan Arkin (73), James Caan (67), Nancy Pelosi (67), Diana Ross (63), Steven Tyler (59) and a bunch of others. But I can't blog on them all... so my pick is Vicki Lawrence, who turns the big 5-8 today. Loved her on The Carol Burnett Show, Mama's Family and numerous other shows she's appeared on. I even liked her short-lived talk show a few years back. Here's a clip from her old Mama's Family series when Mama appeared on Jeopardy.

Worst sister...ever!

This is Helen Pretty of the U.K. I've just declared her the worst sister in the world. You see, her brother Simon is dying of cancer and she's the only perfect match for a bone marrow donation. So what does she do? Refuse to give it, even though their kids play together and her brother will definitely die without it. Did he beat her as a child or something? It must have been serious to deserve the fate she has sentenced him to. You'd think the thought of his children watching their father die before their eyes would be enough to encourage her to donate the bone marrow even if she hates her brother. Apparently, they're just "not close"... it's not a case of her hating him. (And their children DO play together.) Regardless, you have to be beyond cruel to even let a stranger die knowing that you could help, let alone your own brother. Click here for more on this incredible story. There's got to be more to this story.

This kid's a smart cookie

This is KevJUMBA from Texas who posts videos on YouTube. I just happened to come across this the other day and thought he was kind of funny. He's very articulate and quite witty. I like his self-deprecating sense of humour. Here's "I Have to Deal With Stereotypes" followed by a response to the original video. Good stuff!



Kevin Whitrick

I said it yesterday and I'll say it again, blogging about Kevin Whitrick is good for hits. Australians are especially fascinated by this poor man's self-imposed demise that was viewed online for anyone in the chatroom to see. I'm about to break a record for hits today all because I blogged about him. I can tell which keywords are bringing people to the site -- and "Kevin Whitrick" is by far the most popular at the moment -- with Australians appearing to be the most curious so far. And if you're from Sydney, Australia... so far you and your fellow citizens have visited this blog more than anyone else today!

Robin's Donuts rips off Tim Hortons' "Roll Up the Rim to Win" contest


A person has to be blind not to notice how closely this Robin's Donuts contest resembles Tim Hortons' venerable and very successful "Roll Up the Rim to Win" contest. Even the name, "Sip to Win," is close. Look at the colours of the cup. Red, brown, yellow... all very similar to Tim Hortons' colours. Surely the marketing people over at Robin's Donuts can be more imaginative than this: running a similar contest at the exact same time as their main rivals. Like they say, I guess imitation is a form of flattery. In this case, I think it's a form of laziness, greed and plagiarism. I doubt if any agency would have come up with this idea. This smacks of an internally inspired move to increase sales under any condition -- to the point of virtually copying a rival's own promotion. Looks bad on Robin's Donuts, if you ask me. These cups are not entirely similar to the current "Roll Up" cups, but they sure as heck look similar to cups that were used in past promotions, if memory serves correct. Robin's Donuts is owned by Coffee Time -- and it seems like Coffee Time has had their own problems of late. Sounds like the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.

Retro Palmolive commercial: Remember Madge?

Faithful reader Windwhisperer wondered if Julie Kavner ever played Madge, the manicurist in those old Palmolive commercials. Kavner never played Madge, but there is a slight facial resemblance. Madge was played by actress Jan Miner who died in 2004. Kavner played Brenda, Rhoda's younger sister in the old "Rhoda" TV series, and currently voices Marge Simpson (and others) in "The Simpsons." Maybe it's the "Madge" vs. "Marge" thing that was confusing.

My cousin met Flavor Flav on Saturday in Atlanta

My cousin Gisèle met singer and TV reality show star Flavor Flav during a trip to Atlanta last week. This photo was taken Saturday night. He walked through the hotel lobby and her group asked him to pose for a photo. He was very obliging, she says. So kudos to Flavor Flav for being good to fans! He currently stars in Flavor of Love. Here's a promo for the show:

Sunday, March 25, 2007

What people are searching for today...

Writing about this guy brought this blog quite a few hits through search engines. I guess people's morbid curiosity got the best of them!

UNB Varsity Reds are Canadian university men's hockey champions

The UNB Varsity Reds defeated the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus 3-2 in overtime in the final game played in Moncton tonight. Congratulations to the Varsity Reds on their victory! Either way, New Brunswick came out winners with both teams in the final!

Canada wins world women's curling championship!

Congrats to Kelly Scott's team from Kelowna, British Columbia, who captured the world women's curling championship today in Japan! We're #1! We're #1!

Prince Harry can't hold his liquor

Good Lord... Prince Harry really needs to learn how to hold his liquor if he knows the media are following him around. He got drunk out of his mind on Friday night / Saturday morning and was falling all over the place. Looks like Dad is going to have to have another chat with His Royal Highness. Click here for more on Harry's weekend hijinks. Contrary to his brother, Harry is a mean drunk, while future king William is apparently quite affable when sauced.

Nancy Walker died 15 years ago today

The great comic actress Nancy Walker died 15 years ago today. I remember being really surprised because I hadn't heard that she was ill. Here she is in a clip from Rhoda. See the actress in blue? That's Julie Kavner, who's voiced Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier and Selma Bouvier (and others) on The Simpsons.

Buck Owens died one year ago today

One of the records we had at home when I was a kid contained Act Naturally by Buck Owens. Good times... good times... I'm not a big fan of modern country music, but I can listen to the 60s twang-y stuff all day.

Happy 60th birthday, Elton John

Ah, Elton John... Who doesn't like Elton John? One of the great pop-rock performers of all time. One of my favourite songs ever is Crocodile Rock... and here he is singing it on The Muppet Show 30 years ago (!!! OH MY GOD !!!) in 1977. (Lordy, I feel old now!).



And who can forget his heart-stopping performance of Candle in the Wind at Diana, The Princess of Wales' funeral in 1997?

Happy 65th birthday, Aretha Franklin...

Aretha Franklin turns 65 today. She was mentioned on Rogers Radio yesterday and the announcer (who shall remain nameless) mispronounced her name as "Urethra" Franklin. Quite a different thing. Here she is with George Michael singing "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me" from 1987.

Remember Boney M? I love this song... "Rasputin"

Université de Moncton meets University of New Brunswick in today's national university men's hockey championship game

Well well well... So it's the battle of New Brunswick in today's final game of the CIS national university men's hockey championship, eh? They must be feedin' those boys something! That's great for New Brunswick! The game will be broadcast live on TSN (English) and RDS (French) this afternoon. Go Moncton Go!

Failed building explosion... D'oh!

Not sure where this was. They who built it, built it well.

Speaking of spring...

I drove to Halifax and back yesterday. I think I can count on one hand all the dead deer I've seen in my life on the side of the road. Well, yesterday, I saw three just on the drive back! Crazy. Poor little things. They were all on the stretch of toll highway in Nova Scotia.

Only nine months to go!

Isn't that just what you want to see as spring is arriving?