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CBC with folks, crepes with Sam

In Doings, Eatings on July 16, 2011 at 10:28 PM

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It’s been raining all day. The Folk Fest was full of happy hippy Vancouverites. Like ducks in water. My gig as an Ambassador for our national broadcaster was very easy. Like singing with the choir. No preaching required.

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What better, after a day of sharing griefs about federal budgets and smiles about programming, than to enjoy some crepes with my sister?

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First we started with the savoury: sautéed mushrooms and zucchini with cottage cheese (me) or garlic Harvarti (Sam). Matched with a wee glass of Sleemans and a green salad.

Second round was dessert: caramelized bananas, nectarine and strawberries. What wonders a bit of real butter does! We split the last pancake, dolloped on creme fraiche, and sipped it all away with citrus mint tea from Davids Tea.

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Digest and blog. Happy Saturday!

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Oh What a [cbc] World

In Hearings on August 8, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Recently at work (yay Mac!) and at home (boo, aging netbook) I’ve been putting on CBC Radio’s Canadian Songwriters online channel. Rich Terfry pops in and out about every 30 minutes just say, “Oh hey, it’s Rich. Hope you’re swell. And FYI, this is CBC.” Nothing more, no other interruptions. Just great original tunes by fellow Canadians and a lot of good covers too.

This afternoon I caught a track by Rufus Wainwright. What a fantastic performer that man is. Ha, even better when he’s taking the piss out of himself. And in a witch’s hat too?! Smiles all around.

small talk ain’t cheap (well, kinda)

In Hearings on July 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Complaints have been made once or twice about the cost of having our Queenie visiting her lil ol’ Canada. Apart from her keynote speeches at Canada Days, I wonder what ‘value added’ we Canadians receive from such visits? What about from her ‘small talk’ with all the politicians and random children called upon to curtsey?

Well, according to my sources (today’s episode of DNTO), Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s small talk last November with Queenie’s son led to him spotting Prince Charles $10 for some local sheep’s cheese! Ha! I wonder if that tenner ever got repaid.

my Welsh post

In Hearings on June 18, 2010 at 2:17 PM

There was a fantastic episode of Living Out Loud today on CBC Radio 1. Myfanwy Davies, a Maritime journalist, reflected on her relationship with her father and her pilgrimage to his home country of Wales.

It was wonderful to hear the Welsh accent again. And it’s true what Myfanwy said: “The Welsh are always looking for connections”. Many times during my times in Swansea, I was asked where I was from, what my family name is. And then they’d place my light eyes as Irish or my fair skin and surname as German, and try to claim my dark hair as Welsh.

What I experienced about the Welsh is their modesty and their understated care. The local general store, five terraced houses down from my home, doubled as the post office. I often visited to post my handwritten letters or eBay items, or to pick up milk and eggs. Wendy, one half of the married owners, recognized everyone. She couldn’t quite get a handle on saying my name (she preferred to shush the C, producing a new nickname, Josh) but she always said hello and asked how my families (Canadian and Welsh) were doing. Her tone was often short but polite and our conversations were normally brief (it was a popular post office). But I always left feeling a part of that little Blackpill community.

Do you know anyone Welsh? What are your impressions of these folk?

Plants and Animals

In I like on May 20, 2010 at 10:40 AM

I love the music coming out of CBC these days. Makes me very proud of my Canadian fellows.

A recent track by Plants and Animals really gets me bouncing in my office. “Mama Papa” has a great beat and snappy guitar riffs. The vocals just make me want to break out into a shoulder-shake, finger-snap groove. I guess I can’t help myself; even a shoulder shake in a desk chair is satisfying!

Oh, and the video is pretty fun, avec subtitles en francais.

The Hour

In I like on May 19, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Something magical happens at live broadcasts.

My first experience happened this past February when I worked as a logistics assistant for the Olympic Broadcasting Services here in Vancouver. Though I was in the production truck, the buzz from the crew was just as exciting as the opening ceremonies happening in the stadium. I relished the energy.

Last night I attended, as an audience member, my first live television show taping. The Hour was in town from Toronto and my attentive friend, Christi, scored four tickets!

Vancouver's boyfriend, George Strombolopolous

“Welcome to the show, ever-ee-bod-ee, I’m your boyfriend, George Strombolopolous.”

George (who I will refer to on a first name basis, because I can) is as amiable and receptive to fans as I suspected. He interviewed Betty Fox so respectfully, so delicately, she almost cried talking about Terry. “Do you still speak to him?” asked George. “Everyday,” paused Betty. “He’s my…” choking back tears, “…my guardian angel.”

I found George’s courage to take the piss out of Stephen Harper very encouraging; it makes me (and hopefully others) feel that we do have control of our lives in this country, that our politicians and celebrities are only as big, untouchable and unreachable as we make them to be.

I’ll be honest, I don’t watch The Hour religiously. If I’m up at 11PM, I’ll flip to it but in the past couple years, cable has been a rarity in my life (for the good). But when I do catch The Hour, I am consistently impressed with George’s interview abilities. The crew’s approach to the production, laid back, not giving a care to what the network thinks, had Andrea and I dreaming quietly to ourselves of what paths we will both take to (fingers crossed) reach a point in our lives to have such a group of solid, talented friends we can make a meaningful program for our community.

To watch last night’s episode, live from Vancouver to Halifax: http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.html?id=1498272234