All Change At the BIA

March 27, 2014

Jane McFadden who has been Executive Director of the Commercial Drive BIA for less than a year is moving on.  She has had what is, presumably, a better offer from another BIA and she’s off and running.

Just three weeks ago she was “elected” to the Board of GWAC (which I thought was a conflict of interest, to be honest), so they too will be looking for another Director.

I always enjoyed my meetings with Jane, and I wish her the best of luck in her new opportunity.

Now This is Cricket!

March 27, 2014

At the T20 World Cup this morning Sri Lanka scored more runs than England have ever scored to win a match. Not only that, but the England fielding was awful, with dropped catches going down one after another. England then lost two wickets without even scoring a run and we looked doomed to a terrible embarrasing defeat.

But on comes Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales and they just started hitting the ball with power and skill.  They put up a partnership of more than 150 runs before Morgan was out, and Hales went on to a glorious never-to-be-forgotten 116 not out.  He closed out the victory with a massive 6 and England won with four balls to spare.


One of the great games, and the sort of game that can only make cricket even more popular than it is already around the world.

Taxes Done!

March 26, 2014

I did my taxes this afternoon.  Took about fifteen minutes.  One of the great advantages of being poor and retired is the lack of complexity in one’s life.


This Is Not A Newspaper

March 26, 2014

This is not a newspaper nor is it the CBC or the BBC.  It is a place for me to express my own views (thus the name of this blog) and to pass on observances that I think are of interest.  I do exactly as much research as I choose when writing these pieces. Nothing more should be expected of me.

When I write history pieces, the research will be as exact and accurate as I can possibly make it.  But when I write political pieces or articles on art, music, food or when I write general observations, what you see is what you get — my view with absolutely no guarantee that anyone else will agree.  Everyone is welcome to do their own research, their own reading, and make up their own minds.

I would have thought this was obvious.

But clearly some with a different point of view expect something else.  The comments that my post on the anal bleaching sign attracted are a fine example.  Obviously the commenter disagreed with my position and claimed I got my facts wrong.  No, I did not: I reported accurately on what I saw (the sign), I reported accurately on what I heard on the street (“I am told that” the PAC had objected), and I gave my own opinion on the issue.   No facts were harmed in the production of that post.

As I wrote to the commenter, the comments and my email are open for anyone to state their differences of opinion, but I expect something other than just “you are wrong.”



Two Cyclists

March 23, 2014

two cyclists

Spring’s First Sunday

March 23, 2014

It was a gorgeous day weatherwise; a slight chill in the air early but bright sunshine and a pleasant warmth if one stayed out of the shadows.

I awoke early to watch the Milano-San Remo cycling classic — pouring with rain much of the race, with a surprise winner beating the favourites on the line after a gruelling 294 kilometers.  Exciting stuff.  It is a part of the world I know or knew quite well, and the run along the coast west from Genoa still reminds me of when we lived in Nice damn near fifty years ago, and when I hiked through the region ten and twenty years later.

Then, talking of hikes, it was time to hit the streets as the Grandview Heritage Group set out on a walk of discovery west and south of Britannia.  About a dozen of us joined in to find houses over one hundred years old that we could celebrate for our 2014 Centenary House Signs project.  We went up and down the streets between McLean and Clark and along Woodland and Odlum, chatting, swapping history stories, and taking lots of pictures.  We found some gems this time, and I look forward to the research work that will be needed to pin down their histories.  It was a tiring but well worthwhile two-hour tramp through the neighbourhood.

Our group was shadowed all morning by an SFU Communications student who is making a class project about me, the neighbourhood, and the changes that may come as a result of the Community Plan.  After the walk, he and I relaxed in Grandview Park with hot chocolates from Renzo’s and chatted for another hour or so on camera.

Then home, a quick lunch, and a well-deserved nap!  Not a bad day at all so far, and there is a whole evening to go.

Sign Of The Times

March 22, 2014


I am told that this sign outside the High Fidelity store, or at least the last line of it, is causing some controversy on the Drive.

Given the level of sexuality that kids are exposed to on the net, in advertizing, and music videos these days, it seems odd that the local PAC would be so exercised by a sign for “anal bleaching”.