Tell Me The World Isn’t Going To Hell In A Handcart … Please

One hundred years ago the world was slipping into a vortex that has been called The Great War and the War to end all wars. Some thirty years later it would come to be called by its more common name, the First World War, or WWI. Seemingly relatively small events in eastern Europe – primarilyContinue reading “Tell Me The World Isn’t Going To Hell In A Handcart … Please”

Writing Styles: Less is More

Writing styles tend to be very personal; like fingerprints, no two are exactly the same. Tomes have been compiled about the finer details and nuances of various writing styles. For me the concept that best sums up my own style is: “less is more”. There was an old university freshman exercise where the professor assignedContinue reading “Writing Styles: Less is More”

Montreal Jazz Festival 2014

A hot Saturday afternoon at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean andContinue reading “Montreal Jazz Festival 2014”

Montreal’s First Heat Wave Arrives

From a few months ago, here’s my heat wave potion! Montrealers are gearing-up for the first serious heat wave of the summer. Over the next few days temperatures will hit the upper thirties Celsius and the humidity will kick-in to make it feel like 40°C or about 105°F.  Cicadas will be singing, swimming pools willContinue reading “Montreal’s First Heat Wave Arrives”

Runner’s Nipple Solution

I’ve been running daily for the better part of twenty years. Certainly not competitively but as a means of exercise. During that time I’ve suffered from the various minor afflictions common to the amateur runner, including shin splints, Plantar fasciitis and of course blisters. I have, fortunately, said while touching wood, avoided the more seriousContinue reading “Runner’s Nipple Solution”

Pigeon Deplores Deterrent Spikes

Here we go again I thought as yet another  member of the local urban wildlife made an appearance on my windowsill. This time, while taking a break and watching some of the World Cup from Brazil, I clearly saw the pigeon land and peer in my window. Thinking the bird was, like most of theContinue reading “Pigeon Deplores Deterrent Spikes”

Sports Oddities: World Cup Solo Announcers, Wimbledon Pronunciation

Here in Canada the World Cup is being broadcast on the national network, CBC. During this first round fans are treated to three live matches every day starting at noon, followed by one at three o’clock and another at six o’clock. The day ends with a rebroadcast of one of the games at eight o’clock.Continue reading “Sports Oddities: World Cup Solo Announcers, Wimbledon Pronunciation”

FIFA World Cup: Gillette Missed This Sponsorship Opportunity

To deter players from encroaching on the designated distance between a free kick and the defenders wall, during the World Cup in Brazil FIFA referees are using a product that puts a temporary line on the field.  No more cheating and claiming ignorance, the line is clear and highly visible. After a minute or soContinue reading “FIFA World Cup: Gillette Missed This Sponsorship Opportunity”

Gerry Goffin, Songwriter With Carole King, Dies at 75

The world is a less lyrical place today … According to the New York Times: Gerry Goffin, who collaborated with Carole King to write some of the biggest hits of the 1960s, songs that endured through generations and became classics, including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?,” “Up on the Roof,” “One Fine Day” and “TheContinue reading “Gerry Goffin, Songwriter With Carole King, Dies at 75”

The Big 5 – When was your last Duh moment?

There I was sitting behind the wheel of our new 2012 Hyundai Elantra, a fine car by any standard. I think one’s initial reaction when they first get into their new automobile is to take a look at all those dials and twiddly-bits, buttons and sliders that you’ll be using when driving.  It’s always aContinue reading “The Big 5 – When was your last Duh moment?”