Night Music: Stop The Bus

October 4, 2019


Janis must be smiling.

Garth Mullins: Best In Vancouver

October 4, 2019

The Drive’s own Garth Mullins and his team’s podcast Crackdown has been named the “best radio to come out of the trenches of the DTES” in Georgia Strait‘s Best of Vancouver issue.

They cover the drug crisis in our City:

“For us it’s a war. And it needs to be covered like a war—by war correspondents. That’s us,”

They won a silver award at the prestigious New York Festivals Radio Awards but “we couldn’t go collect it in person at the awards gala because some of us can’t cross the border,” Mullins noted. That situation, too, is part of the war.

Well done to Garth and his folks!

Beep Beep Beep

October 4, 2019

I was just a few weeks away from my 8th birthday when my father sat me on his knee specifically to listen to our old radio spit out some strange sounds — “Beep.  Beep.  Beep.”  Even through the static we knew we had never heard the like of it before.

On October 4th, 1957 — just sixty-two years ago — the space age began with the launch by the Soviet Union of Sputnik, the first man-made satellite.  I’m sure the surprise in the US was far greater than we felt in Europe.  We Europeans were already terrified of the power of the grey beasts just a few hundred miles to the east of our cozy nest in West London.  It seemed to many that Russian tanks could overrun Europe at any moment, and the technological genius of Sputnik simply confirmed our anxiety.

But again, there was always that secret spot inside that reveled in the fact that a European power had beaten the Americans into space.  And for my socialist grandfather and his cadre of friends, it was yet another sign that the Workers’ Paradise was superior in every respect to the Mickey Mouse- and Doris Day-loving capitalists.

In the end, I’m sure this had little to do with the ultimate end of the Cold War.  The costs of the space race were minuscule compared to the economy-shuddering trillions spent on the arms race by both sides.  But without Sputnik and all that followed, we would be a very different and more distanced world today.

Remembering Rembrandt

October 4, 2019

Today is the 300th anniversary of the death of the inimitable Rembrandt van Rijn, one of the greatest of all Old Masters.

Auguste Rodin said,

“Compare me with Rembrandt! What sacrilege! With Rembrandt, the colossus of Art! We should prostrate ourselves before Rembrandt and never compare anyone with him!”

And Van Gogh remarked:

 “Rembrandt goes so deep into the mysterious that he says things for which there are no words in any language. It is with justice that they call Rembrandt—magician—that’s no easy occupation.”

Thanks to Wikipedia for the quotes.