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Remembrance Day in a Small Town



     She stands there, a woman made smaller by her years; erect, but holding a multi-coloured cane. A jaunty hat sits on her head, and the black coat with its red poppy over her heart would later be open on this bright November day to reveal a plaid dress and grey blouse. A pink scarf and sensible black shoes round out the ensemble. A woman with style, I think to myself as I idly snap a picture.

     We're new to this town,…


Added by Boanerges on November 11, 2013 at 3:50pm — 5 Comments

Remember When The Music


 Remember when the music

Came from wooden boxes strung with silver wire

And as we sang the words, it would set our minds on fire,

For we believed in things, and so we'd sing.

-- Harry Chapin "Remember When The Music"

     Do you remember Harry Chapin's music?

     Yeah, you probably do. It's sometimes hard to turn on…


Added by Boanerges on September 6, 2013 at 9:32am — 10 Comments

Alan Turing May Finally Get Justice

Alan Turing: "One of the fathers, if not the father,

of computer science."

-- Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, government whip

     It's a subject that crosses boundaries, uniting even such polar opposites as The Guardian and The Telegraph, ideological foes in the battles among Britain's respectable…


Added by Boanerges on July 28, 2013 at 1:47pm — 7 Comments

Last Call

"And everything looks worse in black and white"

                                                                                                       -- Paul Simon, "Kodachrome"

    Nearly last call on a cold November night.  

    Carol, the barkeep, one eye on the clock, has already dimmed some of the lights and…


Added by Boanerges on March 10, 2013 at 12:51pm — 3 Comments

Stand to Your Glasses

                                                                                     December 31, 1834

                                                                                     Humeerpore, Bengal Province



Added by Boanerges on February 22, 2013 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Christmas in the Trenches



Added by Boanerges on December 24, 2012 at 7:30am — 36 Comments

In Memoriam: Tink's Pamela

     Jason Giecek -- Tinkerertink69 -- was one of the earliest people on my Open Salon friends list.

     I consider him a littermate, since we joined OS about the same time, and his demented overnight posts from the bowels of gambling casino IT hell made me howl with laughter.

     When he was "outsourced" by bean counter jackals, all of us knew what had happened and were appalled. Still, he attacked the issue with his customary wit, irony, humour and sarcasm, and when he recently…


Added by Boanerges on December 19, 2012 at 3:30pm — 33 Comments

Christmas in the Darkroom

  Nikon Fs, Soligor, Nikon and Vivitar lenses, Honeywell strobe, Kodak film.

All as obsolete as the old ways, and perhaps that's just as well. Or perhaps not.

     My God, but we were a disreputable bunch of gibbering, ink-stained, booze- and nicotine-fueled hacks. Well hell, we were expected to…


Added by Boanerges on December 14, 2012 at 4:00am — 9 Comments

Life in Newspaper Hell

     You had to have been part of it to know what it was really like. This story is true. George was real, the equipment was real, the circumstances were real. Don't get me wrong, I loved it all passionately -- but we were the lowest form of life at the paper. Herewith, one of my earliest online posts.


     It's 1 a.m., and nearly the end of another long day in Newspaper Bureau Hell. Couple of accidents caused by the snow in the morning, court case in the…


Added by Boanerges on December 3, 2012 at 3:13pm — 10 Comments

Separating Truth And Lies

     Well, this has been a fun few days, no?

     Looks to me like at least 30 people joined in, and I discovered some new friends ... and how little I knew about some old ones.

     Still, I managed to get a few answers right, as did a fair number of you who took up the challenge here.

     So. On to business.

  • No. 1 is true. My first newspaper job was in a port city on the Great Lakes, and every year a top hat was given to the captain of the first salty…

Added by Boanerges on November 29, 2012 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Two Lies and a Truth -- When to Reveal

Hi folks:

An update to the original plan, which was to give this to the end of the week. That seems a little long, in retrospect, as several people have indicated a preference to 'fess up earlier. (Good for the soul, confession is.)

So go for it whenever you think sufficient time has elapsed. I'd suggest doing it in a new post, but that's only a suggestion.

Also, a list of all those who have contributed is on my original blog…


Added by Boanerges on November 27, 2012 at 11:08am — 4 Comments

To Tell The Truth (Open Call)

     OK, folks, many of us know each other from other venues. But just how well?

     I'm throwing out a challenge, one that provoked a lot of interest and general hilarity when it was run on the lamentably dying Open Salon a few years ago.

     It's called Two Truths and a Lie, and the rules are simple. You state three plausible things about yourself, one of which is a falsehood. Everyone else has to guess which one it is.

     I'll start, which only seems fair.…


Added by Boanerges on November 26, 2012 at 11:00am — 18 Comments

Our Balls Are Bigger


The Grey Cup (WikkiCommons image)

     And so it's down to this.

     Sunday, after an 18-game regular season and two playoff games, the Beast-in-the-East Toronto Argonauts will face the Best-in-the-West Calgary Stampeders for the 100th Grey…


Added by Boanerges on November 21, 2012 at 2:36pm — 10 Comments

Me 'n' Red

A mild-ish version of 'The Look', as explained below.

The message? Don't annoy The Redhead,

in this case by taking her picture.
     It's thirty years today, and I still don't know why she let me hitch my battered wagon to her…

Added by Boanerges on November 11, 2012 at 8:40am — 10 Comments

Oil's Well That Ends Well

(The other day, I was more than a little surprised to find a message from banner-creator extraordinaire RicTresa saying he'd fashioned something new for me, this time featuring my current ride. It's at the top of my blog page. To showcase his generosity and his skills, herewith something I wrote a few years ago about the perils of a) riding classic British motorcycles and b) living with two other biker whackjobs. And, yes, I now ride a Japanese bike. I'm not…


Added by Boanerges on October 14, 2012 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments


Pen for Hire ( Bathos, Pathos)

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Always Out Front.... Anyway

Posted by Robert B. James on June 19, 2019 at 8:34am 1 Comment

One Flew Under Radar

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 18, 2019 at 3:15pm 0 Comments

Tolerance and Bigots

Posted by alsoknownas on June 18, 2019 at 2:20pm 6 Comments

Where Jaws was Filmed

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 18, 2019 at 11:19am 3 Comments

I’m Not A Buddhist

Posted by Robert B. James on June 18, 2019 at 7:42am 5 Comments

2 Questions for Kosh and Jon

Posted by Ron Powell on June 18, 2019 at 2:30am 9 Comments

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