Comedians need not always be on

This year Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival is taking place under very different circumstances due to the COVID19 pandemic. No live audiences, everything online. Regardless, they are pushing ahead with a scaled-down schedule, including live shows from other cities. This festival has become an annual convention for comedy specialists. Anyone who is anyone in theContinue reading “Comedians need not always be on”

Navigating Downtown Montreal’s Pedestrian Maze

Last week I went downtown shopping for a gift for my wife’s birthday. As is my usual practice I had looked online first, found what I was looking for, determined that my local store had the product in stock, and made my way to the store to get it, pay for it, and get theContinue reading “Navigating Downtown Montreal’s Pedestrian Maze”

Replays Not Penalty Kicks

In the interest of clarity , let me point out that the following post is about football. Not the game we call football here in North America, but the Beautiful Game we refer to as soccer. Last weekend Italy won the Euro Cup by defeating England. I can’t say I’m a big football fan, butContinue reading “Replays Not Penalty Kicks”

Small World; Small Bookshop

To say I am a creature of habit would, at least when it comes to places of residence, be an understatement. My wife and I moved into our current apartment almost 18-years ago. Prior to that I had lived in another unit in this building for 18-years. To further illustrate my home-body trait, the buildingContinue reading “Small World; Small Bookshop”

Stay Home – Buy Local

There’s an old saying that when life hands you lemons, make (and sell) lemonade. An appropriate variation on that old adage, during these times of COVID-19 confinements and lockdowns, might be when a pandemic keeps you from greeting friends, make (and sell) greeting cards. And that is just what the folks at Bina’s Greetings did.Continue reading “Stay Home – Buy Local”

Getting Attitude From A Google Mini

A few weeks ago I wrote about the occasional hijacking of my Google Mini by television adverts. We managed to have a lovely Christmas season without any more advertisers’ hijinks. But if ever I had wondered about what some people claim regarding the arepa’s (as she has come to be known, given her shape) abilityContinue reading “Getting Attitude From A Google Mini”

Closed Bars Having An Adverse Effect On My Health

I used to be a runner. Every weekday morning, before work, for about twenty years I could be found jogging around my neighbourhood. I was fanatical about doing it. Not about going longer or faster, but doing it without fail – in all kinds of weather. They’d say things like “If I don’t see youContinue reading “Closed Bars Having An Adverse Effect On My Health”

AWOL Mincemeat

Like my mother, and grandmother before, I have taken on the festive ‘chore’ of baking dozens of tarts and several Tourtière. Over the course of the last couple of weeks of November and first half of December I pick up a few ingredients each week when we do our grocery shopping. Powdered almonds and seedlessContinue reading “AWOL Mincemeat”

C’mon IKEA You Can Do Better

Unlike many people, I’m a fan of IKEA. I like many of their products and particularly enjoy our traditional annual trek to get a Christmas tree. The trees are all about the right size, they only cost $25 and you can get that money back after Christmas if you spend over $100. Not a badContinue reading “C’mon IKEA You Can Do Better”

1-800-RAT-OUTS

The current COVID-19 Code Red situation in Montreal has caused an interesting conundrum, one that has received many hours of radio talk and newspaper ink. The number of people allowed to convene in one’s house is limited. The government radio advertisement states that ‘Indoor gatherings of family and friends are prohibited’. Not ‘not suggested’, notContinue reading “1-800-RAT-OUTS”