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Nile Rodgers and the Spoons

Didn’t know until I just read it, but after (or before?) Nile Rodgers worked with David Bowie on Let’s Dance, and changed his sound, Rodgers passed up an opportunity to produce an album for the Culture Club to work with Burlington’s own The Spoons on Talkback. Rodgers then produced The Spoons’ singles “Tell No Lies” and “Romantic Traffic.” I never thought about the connection between the sound in Let’s Dance and in Talkback. Now I can’t help but hear it.

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The Grey Cup and Other Things

Exhibition Stadium in 1959 [CNE Archives, Public Domain]

In the wake of yesterday’s Grey Cup, a few things came to my mind:

  • gridiron football in the snow is amazing
  • all future Grey Cups should be played in the snow
  • the last two times the Grey Cup has been played in the snow were both won by the Toronto Argonauts
  • the Maritimes deserve a CFL team or two
  • the CFL is the last North American major league that has resisted merging with its US counterpart
  • Canadian interest in NFL has steadily increased over the years while American interest in the NFL has declined
  • CTE remains is a huge issue that must be resolved
  • the CFL should see a viewership increase after this game, but
  • the CFL has seen its audience shrunk tremendously over the past few decades
  • the Argos used to have bigger digs than BMO Field

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Fmr. FBI Director James Comey’s Testimony to the US Senate Intelligence Committee

I read James Comey’s prepared statement last night, after it was released to and analyzed by mainstream US news outlets. But seeing is far different from reading.

Also, has it been less than a year since millions hated this man for interfering with the US presidential election by digging up the case-closed Hillary Clinton email server investigation prior to voting?

Ah, what strange-bedfellows politics makes.

1972 Summit Series Souvenir


A little something that I found while researching the 1972 Summit Series back in December 2016, a complaint letter from the Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau about the exclusion of Bobby Hull, who then played in the WHA.

Source: National Archives of Canada/ Hockey Canada Fonds/ MG28-I263/ e001217383

1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, Bill Blass Designer Edition

A 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, Bill Blass edition with vinyl top and opera windows (Future Classics)

The last of the mammoth, gas-guzzling American cars, the Lincoln Continental Mark V represented a peak of American opulence and excess. From the concealed headlights to the huge 7.5 litre V8 engine, from its 19.5 foot frame to its 2.2 tonne weight, from its CB radio option to styling by four major fashion houses, the Mark V established records that still stand today, e.g. 7 MPG on average! One did not simply drive a Continental Mark V… one steered it.

I’ve been particularly drawn to the anachronistic but über-handsome nautical-themed 1979 Bill Blass edition and I’ve tried to track one down as my weekend driver.