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Nov 19

yesterday icon

Mere mention of the old Beatles classic sets my mental jukebox a-spinnin’:

Yesterday,

All my troubles seemed so far away

But now it seems as though they’re here to stay.

Oh, I believe… in yesterday...

Suddenly,

I'm not half the man I used to be

There's a shadow hanging over me

I keep it confined to my head, of course.  The last time I busted out in unbridled song all the small animals fled my neighbourhood and didn’t come back for weeks.

Yesterday is a meaningless ditty about shattered romance dreamt up whole-cloth by Paul McCartney one night in 1965,

For many, though, it’s an anthem for hard times. Read the rest of this entry »

15
Nov 19

 

Don Cherry

 

“Downtown Toronto, forget it. 

Downtown Toronto, nobody wears the poppy…

You people that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, love our milk and honey.

At least you could pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that.

These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada.

These guys paid the biggest price.”

 

That’s not poetry, but vintage Coach’s Corner stuff on Hockey Night in Canada: another politically incorrect, non-hockey-related rant from 85-year-old Canadian icon Don “Grapes” Cherry.

This time it exploded like a bomb and ended his career. Read the rest of this entry »

3
Nov 19

Canadian bananas

Imagine if Alberta was famous not for its prodigious oil reserves, but for its banana plantations.

It’s a bit difficult to picture banana trees carpeting our northern prairie, but it might have been possible once.  Forty million years ago Alberta was a tropical paradise, rich in ferns and fauna.  Giant sequoia trees stood watch as dinosaurs roamed.

Then the climate changed.

Imagine, for the purposes of this essay, if it had not.  Imagine that modern-day enterprising Albertans took advantage of the fertile environment to grow bananas.  Not just ordinary bananas, but the most succulent and delicious of fruits, and organic to boot. Read the rest of this entry »