Kate and Wills’ Tweets help out with Weekly Writing Challenge

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge posed the following: We’re challenging you to explore how different narrative modes affect your writing.  As someone who writes almost entirely in the first person, and rarely writes fiction, I thought I’d take a shot at weaving two sets of first person narratives  into a modern day epistolary – thus below aContinue reading “Kate and Wills’ Tweets help out with Weekly Writing Challenge”

Cluster munitions filled with bomblets; sounds too much like candy. Call them what they are,mutilators

On May 30, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland the Convention on Cluster Munitions was adopted. It currently has been ratified by 76 states and signed, but not yet ratified, by another 35. Countries that ratify the convention will be obliged never under any circumstances to: (a) Use cluster munitions; (b) Develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile, retainContinue reading “Cluster munitions filled with bomblets; sounds too much like candy. Call them what they are,mutilators”

Nothing that can fly should get run over by a car

Evidently those birds with whom we share our urban areas, I refer, of course, to the pigeon, are possessors of significant intelligence. They are smart cookies regardless of their somewhat daft look – the oil ring around the neck doesn’t help. Elegant? I don’t think so. Refined? Not so much. Graceful? Not really. But smart,Continue reading “Nothing that can fly should get run over by a car”

Montreal’s foliage fades to grey, but an exhibit of Impressionism ensures not all color is lost

In the description of this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash of Color reference is made to the stunning colors of the foliage here in north-eastern North America. In Montreal, perhaps due to our being a little farther north those vibrant reds and yellows have pretty much reached their peak and are quickly fading toContinue reading “Montreal’s foliage fades to grey, but an exhibit of Impressionism ensures not all color is lost”

The Butler did it – no, really…

It was the butler, in the library with the… Paolo Gabriele has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for stealing and distributing private documents. It was going to be three years, but was reduced. The butler claims he acted out of frustration with a number of dramas that are playing out in the HolyContinue reading “The Butler did it – no, really…”

Bond, James Bond and his music, theme music

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Dr. No in cinemas marking the start of big screen adaptations, 22 in all, of the spy novels of Ian Fleming’s featuring his suave character James Bond. During that time there have been some great adventure films that have attracted a cult-like following. But, these moviesContinue reading “Bond, James Bond and his music, theme music”

Combined Canadian and British embassies and the bacon shortage … very suspicious!

So Canada and Britain announce one day that they will share some embassies that will be called Commonwealth Embassies. The next day the National Pig Associationin the UK announced that a worldwide bacon and pork shortage is unavoidable. Maybe I’m being rash(er) but I think the Brits have their eyes on our bacon. Call meContinue reading “Combined Canadian and British embassies and the bacon shortage … very suspicious!”

Ein prosit! Welcome to Oktoberfest

Welcome to autumn and, perhaps more importantly Oktoberfest . The world’s biggest and best known Beer Bash.If you’re thinking of dropping in for a cold one, bring your wallet!! Last year’s visitors consumed almost 8 million two-pint (one-litre) mugs of beer. This year a mug, called “Mass” in German, of the malty pale beer madeContinue reading “Ein prosit! Welcome to Oktoberfest”