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Lost loves: those consummated and still loved; those loved but never consummated; those consummated for a fleeting moment that lingers in memories of pleasure; those lost never to return;  until maybe the deathbed?  Or a return from travels east?   How many people can one love in a life-time or even at once?  There are at least two from Quebec. (more…)

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In selecting topics to blog about, my first choice is something that struck me today as new and interesting.  Today the most fascinating new thing I learnt resulted from a visit by a young Irishman from Nuna Innovation Inc.  He told me about a geosynthetics that I had not hitherto been aware of. (more…)

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Pluck the fruits of pleasure.  Smoke  a pipe; watch ballet or opera; lay with a lover.  Done all this, this week. (more…)

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We met as usual at the movie house on Schoolhouse Road to watch the MET live broadcast–today it was Borodin’s opera Prince Igor, a tale of a 12th century Russian prince who looses his men and honor in war against the Polovetsians.  “Is it possible that 100 years after the start of the Great War, yet another great European war is beginning?” (more…)

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On a cold winter’s night I watched Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino.  Verdi was agnostic, yet this opera is suffused with Christian themes. (more…)

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Sex.  Love.  Sensuous contact. Opera.  They are all the same.  At least if you get drunk and watch the DVD of the Hunter’s Bride, a movie version of the opera by Carl Maria Von Weber’s opera, namely Der Freischutz. (more…)

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Renée Fleming, left, in the title role and Dolora Zajick as Ježibaba, in Dvorák’s fairy-tale "Rusalka," the first opera

Three of us went today to the movie theater on Schoolhouse Road in Coquitlam, east of Vancouver, to watch the Met Opera broadcast of Rusalka.   Here  is a brief report on the event. (more…)

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From the sublime to the ridiculous:  from a grungy apartment far east on Kingsway to I Vespri Siciliani.   From the way the poor live to the way the privileged luxuriate. (more…)

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Thirty years ago I put a $50 oak toilet seat in the downstairs bathroom.  Earlier this week I sat on it and it bust—just came apart at the seams. Today  I pondered the wisdom of gluing it together or buying a new one.  A new one at the local hardware store was $27.  The decision was easy.  At least until it came time to loosen that last rusted screw.  Why is there always one last screw that won’t come loose? (more…)

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Bought the last of the Christmas presents today.  As always, I spent more on myself than on others. We bought the new Trek 24 inch bicycle yesterday for the grandson.  Today I bought a paint-the-glass kit for the granddaughter.  And the complete TV series of Two Fat women for my daughter.  I have not seen any of the episodes, but she swears the two fat ladies going around England on cooking trips is hilarious.  I bought myself a DVD of Leonard Cohen in concert. Will watch it after posting this piece. (more…)

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