Zimmerman trial shines light on words

With CNN providing gavel to gavel coverage of the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida the “N word” has been getting more media attention than it has had since the OJ Simpson trial.  Zimmerman, who is accused of murdering Trayvon Martin two years ago, is alleged to have a racist background that may have beenContinue reading “Zimmerman trial shines light on words”

CNN’s “New Day” hosts look awkward together

They don’t come across as a cohesive team of journalists who want to spend some time in our living rooms each morning, tick-tacking back and forth in an easy manner It’s been a couple of weeks since CNN introduced its much promoted new morning show “New Day”. During the first week there was a smallContinue reading “CNN’s “New Day” hosts look awkward together”

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2013: An unofficial users guide

A few Do’s and Don’ts to help visitors to the festival The 34th edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through July 7th. This huge event attracts music lovers, not just jazz aficionados, from around the world to enjoy a myriad of performances, many of them free of charge. IContinue reading “Montreal International Jazz Festival 2013: An unofficial users guide”

Canada is becoming a nation of educated salespeople

According to the latest National Household Survey on labour and education released this morning, Canadians are a nation of retailers. Nearly 2 million of the 18 million members of the Canadian workforce have positions in retail. The survey found that for both men and women the most common occupation was retail salesperson. The survey found thatContinue reading “Canada is becoming a nation of educated salespeople”

Back When I Was Young: Movie theatres were BYOF

Today’s Daily Prompt: Modern asks whether we are comfortable being citizens of the 21st century. From time to time I post about “Back when I was young”; this isn’t to say that I’m not comfortable in my current time and place, but I think many people (sadly not all) occasionally yearn for the time ofContinue reading “Back When I Was Young: Movie theatres were BYOF”

Edward Snowden: Hero or cad

Here is a recent post that deals with the notion of morality as suggested in today’s Daily Prompt Ethical spying is an oxymoron So it appears Edward Snowden has hopped a flight out of Hong Kong and may be on his way to Moscow. China now Russia; this guy knows how to push all the rightContinue reading “Edward Snowden: Hero or cad”

Calgary floods: Mayor Nenshi shines

As Calgarians  mop up after the recent severe flooding that submerged large areas of their city under mud and water and have an opportunity to assess the damage they should be proud of their mayor. Yes indeed, a Canadian Mayor who has shown courage and poise in a disastrous situation – ain’t that a change!Continue reading “Calgary floods: Mayor Nenshi shines”

Edward Snowden: Hero or cad

Ethical spying is an oxymoron So it appears Edward Snowden has hopped a flight out of Hong Kong and may be on his way to Moscow. China now Russia; this guy knows how to push all the right buttons when it comes to annoying his former country the United States. One thing is certain, he’s aContinue reading “Edward Snowden: Hero or cad”

Daily Prompt: Banning words

The Daily Prompt is about banning a word. I had thought about striking the overused “like” or perhaps “awesome” but went another route instead. We could eliminate the word “no” by using signs like those below. However, any sign that would ban “no” needs to display “no”.  Talk about circular, if “no” were to beContinue reading “Daily Prompt: Banning words”

Twitter: Historical Tweets we’d like to see

The Daily Prompt is about funny stuff this Friday. There can be no doubt about the role Twitter now plays in our society. From frivolous tweets to serious news, from jokes to political statements (yes, those may well overlap sometimes), Twitter is the fastest means of conveying short messages. I have already interviewed the drivingContinue reading “Twitter: Historical Tweets we’d like to see”