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Canadian Thanksgiving 2017, Catalonia capers in Spain, and the unbearable lightness of Mélanie Joly

Oct 11th, 2017 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED OCTOBER 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21]. Just when I start to conclude that the younger generation running things these days has lost all interest in the literary graces that disciplined my own heyday, I come across a headline like : “Fall features fail to fully unfurl” — in the free metro news tabloid [...]



August for the people 2017 : two top 10 lists Canada & global village + CelebJihad.com

Aug 23rd, 2017 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

TORONTO. AUGUST 22, 2017. It has been a strange-weather summer in the city this year. Right now we’re waiting for yet more rain. (I spoke too soon. It has just come. And now the question is : when will it come again? Can we go for coffee later, across from the park?) Meanwhile, it is [...]



Trying to escape the spectre (specter) of Donald Trump in southern ontariariario on a [Sunday] afternoon

Jun 26th, 2017 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

One thing I’ve done today (well … yesterday really) is finish reading Jeff Madrick’s review of two recent books on poverty in the USA,  in the June 22, 2017 issue of The New York Review of Books. (The two books are :  The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty, by [...]



In Quebec “drinking sometimes is not an option” : Is there any good in Andrew Potter’s snowstorm malaise?

Mar 28th, 2017 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: Canadian Provinces

[UPDATED APRIL 3 — DORIS DAY’S BIRTHDAY]. Someone has sent this issue to me for comment. I’m not quite sure why. I have never lived in Quebec myself. (I am, for better or worse, a born and raised Torontonian.) I do have a son who spent four years at McGill University in Montreal. And my [...]



Boris Johnson’s US citizenship renunciation .. and notes on the French presidential election April 23 / May 7

Feb 10th, 2017 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

I woke up yesterday morning to a brief but provocative text statement, at the bottom of the screen on Toronto’s cp24 cable TV channel. It read something like  : “UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, born in New York City, renounces US citizenship.” Like perhaps millions of others around the world, I wondered. Is even the [...]



Splendor at the Hollywood theatre with Natalie Wood .. five years later (when she would be 78 years old)

Nov 29th, 2016 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

I’m told that for a few weeks now the statistics for this site have been showing fresh interest in a post of mine from exactly five years ago, on “Splendor at the Hollywood theatre : remembering the Natalie Wood who would be 73 years old.” The occasion back then was the 30th anniversary of the [...]



Golden State waves goodbye : ‘Calexit’ movement’s a joke that’s become almost serious with Trump election?

Nov 14th, 2016 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

You’ve of course already heard of “Brexit” — Britain leaves (exits) the European Union. (And this is something that’s already happening, in one degree or another. See, eg, the excellent Scottish journalist and writer Neal Ascherson on “England prepares to leave the world.”) If you live north of the “unfortified” northern US border, you may [...]



17 propositions also on California ballot November 8 : a more optimistic cut at democracy in America today?

Oct 20th, 2016 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: In Brief

Letting the sovereign voters decide complex public policy questions has been given something of a bad name lately by the still quite puzzling Brexit experience in the United Kingdom. And in a Canadian city like Toronto (Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, etc) you are still slightly closer to news from the UK (and/or France) than [...]



Hieronymus Bosch back in land of free .. Commonwealth down .. Canada as US backdoor to Europe

Sep 22nd, 2016 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: Key Current Issues

Back in the middle of this past March 2016 my esteemed colleague Citizen X was telling us : “The wisest thing I’ve come across on the American presidential primaries lately urges that 2016 so far is ‘democracy as depicted by Hieronymus Bosch’” (from the Huffington Post’s “Top 12 Reasons This Is The Most Depressing Election [...]



And now for something not completely different : blaming it on Rio for the 2016 Olympics

Aug 3rd, 2016 | By L. Frank Bunting | Category: Countries of the World

[UPDATED AUGUST 4]. Does anyone really think the US presidential campaign of Donald Trump is the only weird thing going on in the global village right now ? Whatever else, the start of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this coming Friday will confirm that this is a bizarre year across the planet. See, [...]