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phantom of the paradise

Phantom of the Paradise

September 14, 2014

In 1974, a destined-for-cult-status campy rock musical written and directed by Brian De Palma was released to a great flood of inattention: Phantom of the Paradise was a bit of a flop. De Palma’s eighth film was successful in only one North American market, which just happened to be my market at the time – Winnipeg.

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The Teachers’ Strike: An Immodest Proposal

September 11, 2014

An alternative, if unconventional, tactic for dealing with BC Premier Christy Clark’s apparent anti-teacher vendetta (and other problems).

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b.b. gabor

B.B. Gabor

April 5, 2014

BB Gabor was the stage name of Gabor Hegedus, whose family had fled Hungary during the ill-fated 1956 revolution.

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Frantic City

Phonographica: Frantic City

March 19, 2014

Wandering through early music, one record at a time.

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In defence of the Smart Meter

January 28, 2012

The recent hubbub being stirred up by those who have set their own hair on fire over the introduction of smart meters is refreshing in one respect: it’s a nice change from reports of suspicious chem-trails and inside jobs on 9/11. British Columbians are probably right to be apprehensive about BC Hydro’s motivations and future…

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Woodward’s: then and now

November 1, 2011

It’s impossible to experience my immediate physical location in precisely the same way in which I experienced it as a barely pubescent youth so many years ago. Nevertheless, as I sit at an upper-level table in the W2 Media Café I sense many ghosts unrelated to the Halloween enthusiasts who occasionally wander through in costume.…

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