Something is rotten in the state of America

After watching my usual Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO last Friday night, I went to bed with a pain in my stomach that hasn't gone away. His guests included Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Ana Marie Cox, Ian Bremmer, Jack Kingston and America Ferrera. Lt. General Flynn has served in the Middle East; he's educated; he seems like an intelligent person. But he's a Trump supporter and one of his advisors. So is Jack Kingston who was the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 1st congressional district in Southeast Georgia,…

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Caitlin Moran celebrates feminism

Ya' gotta love a woman who is so self-possessed, during an interview in front of hundreds of people in a packed auditorium, whips up her shirt and grabs her loose belly fat to make a smiley face, complete with eyes drawn on her bra. In the course of reading her book Moranthology (written five years ago) I viewed a couple of interviews on YouTube and Caitlin Moran did just that. One interview I watched was at our own Bluma Appel Theatre here in Toronto and the other was in Denmark.…

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Eddie and Patsy are still Absolutely Fabulous

If I have one complaint about Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie it's relatively minor. British comedy tends to be rather formulaic and this is definitely evident in Jennifer Saunders's new movie about the latest adventures of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone. The Globe and Mail was accurate in their rating of three stars out of four and even as a fanatical fan of AbFab humour, I'd be hard pressed to give it any more. The best part of the movie and what I enjoyed the most were the visual elements, not…

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Start the car sweetie dahlings, start the car!

Eddy and Patsy are in town—or more accurately, now in a movie theatre near you, if you're lucky. The long-awaited Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has finally been released and I can't wait to see it. As a long-time fan of British humour and in particular the BBC series starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanne Lumley on which the movie is based, I'm beside myself with excitement. It's one of the few television series for which I own the entire boxed set of shows dating from 1992. Absolutely Fabulous chronicles the lives…

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Music no longer rocks my world

During the sixties and early seventies, my entire life unfolded to the sounds of 1050 CHUM radio playing in the background. Jungle Jay and Bob McAdorey were my musical gurus. I woke up to Down in the Boondocks on the clock radio, made dinner to Donovan chanting Jennifer, Juniper or Tom Jones' Delila and danced on the weekends to every sixties song charting that week. Music was the energy powering my life. I can still remember the first 45 rpm record I purchased with an entire week's allowance of one…

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