A Moment of Kindness

February 29, 2016

I was on the #20 bus this morning, traveling south on Commercial. When we got to the stop at First, the driver got off the bus. I assumed he was going to Tim’s for a coffee as other drivers have done. But no.

The driver approached a homeless guy sitting on the sidewalk outside Tim’s and gave him money, then returned to the bus and drove off.

It was a wonderful gesture and a fine moment.

The Boffo Tower(s) Revealed

February 29, 2016

Boffo Properties and the Kettle have finally — after many months of nagging – revealed a rendering of their tower at Commercial and Venables.  And it turns out to be THREE towers, surrounded by what appears to be a barricade!


Their rendering is produced in a soft twilight, presumably to give it a pleasant glow, and yet shows itself to be far worse than anything the No Tower Coalition has ever suggested.  It is particularly interesting that, having accused the Coalition of lying about the tower possibly being up to fifteen storeys, they are now forced to admit that the 12-storey version has been “scaled back” from an original 15 storeys.

Frankly, whether it is 15 storeys or 12 is hardly important.  A tower is a tower (or in this case, three towers), and thousands and thousands of local residents have registered their distaste for a tower of any size on the Drive.  Keep the Drive under five, they say, and that’s the way it should be.

The No Tower Coalition has a couple of interesting posts about this.  Worth the read.

Image: Bands Of Gold

February 29, 2016

bands of gold

Poem: Unwinding The Thread

February 29, 2016


Memory is

the first traitor


It is such a waste

to undo the syntax,

to untie the tender meanings,

to try to catch the logic

that meant little then

and nothing now;

to wonder what

was meant.

Was there a

design back then,

that leaves no traces?


Memory is

the first traitor


Night Music: The Killers

February 28, 2016

Nissan Are The Rogues

February 28, 2016

This winter, the Nissan motor company has been running a series of TV commercials for its Rogue car, and each one appalls me more than the one before.

The conceit of each ad is that some aspect of nature — snow, trees, rocks — rather than being something to celebrate and enjoy is the enemy of mankind and that the Nissan Rogue is required to help people defeat these vicious opponents.

The message, available to impressionable children every day, is nothing but anti-environmentalism, anti-nature, and ultimately anti-human suggesting, as it does, that humanity can only “deal” with the forces of nature through some technological “fix”.

The whole campaign is a disgrace.

Tonight’s Pizza

February 27, 2016



A work of art. But it didn’t last long enough to hang on the wall.