Night Music: Bowie & Queen Under Pressure

May 4, 2016

America Eating Its Young

May 4, 2016

Today is the 46th anniversary of Ohio National Guardsman shooting dead four unarmed students at Kent State. Eleven other kids were injured.

Although the President’s Commission on Campus Violence equivocated and blamed both Guardsmen and students, it did finally conclude that “the indiscriminate firing of rifles into a crowd of students and the deaths that followed were unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable.”

It was murder, pure and simple, though the US justice system refused to press charges against the Guardsmen.  After all, as Nixon himself said just a few days before the massacre, student protesters were just bums.

Lest we forget.

Image: Spring Canopy

May 3, 2016

spring canopy small

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Busy Weekend Ahead

May 3, 2016

This weekend looks like being a busy one in the neighbourhood.

On Saturday 7th, the 21st  annual Stone Soup Festival takes place in the Napier Greenway, in and around Britannia.


It is always worth the visit to see what our local artisans have been up to.

On Sunday 8th May, the East Van Bazaar is happening at the Wise Hall.



Also on Sunday, starting at 1:00pm at Bump n’Grind coffee at Commercial & Venables, there will be a Jane’s Walk along Commercial Drive.  Yours truly will be giving the occasional history/heritage tid-bit to go along with the urbanism.

I hope everyone comes out to support these worthy local events.

Night Music: Take Five (A Very Different Version)

May 2, 2016

Poem: Fanatic

May 2, 2016


Sitting bolt


in the chair

the psycho


questioned me

in a game of


word association





why did you

say that?

why not?


            tend:er is the night


            shoes:Michael Jordan


did you watch

the game?

no, I was crazy

to have missed it


            air:Michael Jordan




they make me



Like I’m

Michael Jordan

or something



Today in Salsbury Park

May 1, 2016

I usually write about activities I see in my favourite little park, but today there was a mystery.

When I crossed the park this afternoon, there was — unusually — no-one else there; no kids, no adults, no dogs. However, two of the four benches had large numbers of stuffed toys sitting on them.

salsbury toys

I have no idea why they were there.  I hope that some benefactor simply left them for kids to find and play with. It will be interesting to see if they are still there in the morning when I pass through.


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