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NTL’s Frankenstein

I just heard a CBC “As It Happens” interview with a woman who dated Jian briefly. When they were first alone, she says, he pulled her hair back roughly. But when on a later occasion

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National Theatre Live: Skylight

Yesterday I walked into my U of T class and told them this was probably the best day of their lives. “Did you notice as you came here, how beautiful it is? The colours of

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moving right along on all fronts

We awake to a new city. In the words of the inimitable Rosie DiManno, “Crazy Town has finally received its discharge papers.” Onward. A writer called Steff, plain-spoken to the point of rudeness, has written

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Toronto has a new mayor. Praise be.

Only one thing to say: Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. In my class at Ryerson tonight, students checked on the election at the break – it was declared pretty quickly. Even so,

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today’s laugh out loud

And they say young people can’t spell. And – the most cheerful thing I’ve read about the Jian debacle is: “At least Canada isn’t boring any more!” What worries me is that Harper will use

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And on another exciting front, I just voted. LET’S GET THE BASTARDS OUT! A friend I talked to last night – left-wing, gay, extremely social conscious – said he is very disappointed in Olivia, not

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the unicorn report

In other news … if there is, on any Canadian’s mind, any other news: Friend Pam, whom I’ve never met but who’s been a faithful blog reader for years, just wrote about my Zoomer experience,

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from Jian Ghomeshi’s former neighbour

Lots to tell you, but first – people have been contacting me because they know Jian Ghomeshi lived next door for years, and I’d met him a bunch of times. And now – for those

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About Beth

I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

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