Archive for the ‘Random and pointless’ Category

A case for coercive interrogation

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Over the last few weeks I have been reading only as much as my stomach can handle about the Oliphant inquiry investigating the dealings of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney with German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber.

Not a lot of honest answers about the envelopes stuffed with cash.

If polite questions patiently asked by lawyers can’t get at the truth, perhaps waterboarding should be considered for both Mulroney and Schreiber.

(Just kidding – I’ve read Michael Ignatieff)

Saskatchewan seafood dinner

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

It’s choosing the perfect wine pairing for this dinner that’s difficult.



Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Useless trivia of the day … If one’s right hand is positioned slightly to the left on a standard QWERTY keyboard, attempting to spell Phil results in Oguk.


Monday, September 29th, 2008

Spotted in the neighbourhood.

The Intruder

I thought this behemoth was appropriately named.

I Got You Babe

Monday, June 16th, 2008

For the best version of “I Got You Babe”, hands down, click here.

(it rates right up there with Tiptoe Through the Tulips)

WARNING – Clicking on the above links will expose the viewer to Tiny Tim, which may result in severe trauma.

Thanks to Victoria

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Queen Victoria (Wikipedia)Not only is the city of Prince Albert’s only hospital named after Queen Victoria, but our fair city is named after her husband, he of whom a young Victoria stated, “ …dear Albert… He is so sensible, so kind, and so good, and so amiable too. He has besides, the most pleasing and delightful exterior and appearance you can possibly see.” (ref)

And last but not least, I have today off work because of her. Happy Victoria Day.

Long live the queen.

Unburied treasure

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Spring 1973 was well-advanced, and I had taken advantage of the warm weather and relatively ice-fee streets to ride my 10-speed across Saskatoon. I was crossing the Market Mall parking lot when I saw them – not just one but two of them – $20 bills, still partly buried in snow!

I have long ago forgotten how I spent that windfall, but every spring for the last 35 years the sight of melting snow has brought back the wonder of that moment.

Unfortunately in those 35 years I haven’t found more than a handful of loose change scattered among the discarded Tim Hortons “rrroll-up-the-rim-to-win” cups and used syringes.

But who knows, maybe it’ll happen again on a walk this weekend. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled.