Category Entertainment

Differing Views

My friend Carolyn, who had a hit a few decades ago (my how time flies) with a song called “Seize The Day,” posted the image above. Apparently it has been floating around the internet for a while and people keep sending it to her. I too have days when I realize it was probably a […]


It seems more civilized somehow, but I can’t see it going over in North America. Our sports system is different. I went to a football (soccer) game in London. I figured while I was in the UK I should take in a Premier League game, arguably the best in the world. Many of the team […]

Never Heard of Her

One of the little delights of travel is learning new things, history that had otherwise escaped me. That happened again Monday. I was walking through the Soho area of London when I came across this sign on a pub. I was intrigued – I had never heard of Jessie Matthews. So I looked her up. […]


When the news came late Monday it was as if it was expected. Gordon Lightfoot, Canada’s preeminent singer-songwriter had died at the age of 84. Just a few weeks ago he had cancelled his concert dates for 2023, and while fans were hoping they would be rescheduled I had a sense that the end was […]

Why Live Music?

Concerts are special. Not being able to experience live music in person was, for me, one of the biggest drawbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that we can gather again, I’m trying to get out more often. Martyn Joseph, the Welsh sing-songwriter, played in Ottawa Friday night. He ends the Canadian leg of his latest […]

I Thought About It

Tickets went on sale today for U2’s Las Vegas residency, with paid members of the fan club having first crack at them. I must admit I was tempted. I’ve never been to Las Vegas. Then I looked at the prices. I don’t want to go to Las Vegas that much, not even to see one […]

An Easter Bonus

Now that the meal is over, I thought I would share one of your favorite Easter posts. First published in 2016, this is still among the most read here each year. It’s Easter, and today I miss Johnny Hart. The creator of two popular late 20th century comic strips died in 2007. Neither the Wizard of […]

More Memories

For a few minutes on Saturday night I was a teenager again and just discovering the power of rock and roll. Chilliwack brought the 1970s and 1980s to Ottawa. Nostalgia is a powerful force, which explains why the thousand seat hall was sold out for a band that hasn’t had a hit in about 40 […]

Rock and Roll Memories

Do rock and roll bands have DNA? And if so, how is the ancestry traced? When does the connection become so remote as to make the band a completely different creature? I went to see Trooper last month. I remember buying their first album, sound unheard back in 1975, because it had been produced by […]

Dinner For One

Some things just don’t make sense. Or perhaps they are just weird  Which which can make them more fun. New Year’s Eve, 2022, found my family together in Cairo. It was the first time in years, a decade or more, since we had all celebrated in the same location. It was there I discovered a […]