Ontario Highways

Around 20 years ago the Ontario Government “down­loaded” provin­cial high­ways to munic­i­pal­i­ties.  This has cre­at­ed no end of con­fu­sion for travelers/tourists not famil­iar with an area, and even for locals them­selves who don’t do a lot of dri­ving in their own region and aren’t famil­iar with the myr­i­ad names and num­bers used for roads/highways.  This is some­thing that needs to be changed, at the provin­cial lev­el, if for no oth­er rea­son than tourism: Which is a very good…

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Why Should GM Oshawa Be Saved

Today while dri­ving around I saw a sign pro­claim­ing “Save GM Oshawa” and, in true mod­ern style, adver­tis­ing the #OshawaMadeGM hash­tag. The signs are cour­tesy and, pre­sum­ably, the house where I saw this par­tic­u­lar sign is the home of a GM work­er. I don’t live in Oshawa, but many peo­ple in my city and this region of Ontario are employed by GM and GM sup­pli­ers (although many few­er than in decades past). I’m going to assume that the inten­tion of…

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Most Annoying Words & Phrases (2018)

It’s that time again when the click­bait that is “top” and “best” and “worst” lists of the year appear. While I don’t think any of these words and phras­es are spe­cif­ic to 2018, they are spe­cif­ic to being used and over-used / abused dur­ing this past year, and a cou­ple of years pri­or. It’s time to give all of these a rest. Sadly, once the sheep hear a new baaa they seem com­pelled to keep repeat­ing it. In no…

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1001 Sandwiches

Well, maybe not that many.  I don’t know.  There’s obvi­ous­ly near infi­nite vari­a­tion on themes, but a cheese sand­wich, a cheese sand­wich with pick­les, and a cheese sand­wich with a real­ly are all cheese sand­wich­es. There’s an entire Wikipedia sec­tion on sand­wich­es … many dif­fer­ent kinds from var­i­ous coun­tries and cul­tures.  I think I shall start mak­ing some.  Perhaps a new sand­wich every week for a year.  No, that’s a bit too much sand­wich com­mit­ment for my lik­ing; but I will endeav­our to try a few,…

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Mrs. Brown’s Boys 2017 Christmas Special

Metro UK pub­lished the fol­low­ing arti­cle (review/opinion) on December 29, 2017: Mrs Brown’s Boys pulls in up to 9 mil­lion view­ers – but who the hell is watch­ing it and why? Who the hell is watch­ing it?  Whether it’s polit­i­cal­ly, social­ly, eco­nom­i­cal­ly, cul­tur­al­ly … the media elites are so out of touch with the soci­eties and com­mu­ni­ties they live in that they sim­ply can­not under­stand how and why any­one could pos­si­bly find Mrs. Brown’s Boys fun­ny, enter­tain­ing or…

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