Television Archive

  • For a time, a Ron Hynes gig in downtown St. John’s was as regular an occurrence as crowded street parking.  Take any Friday night – the month, the day or year doesn’t matter – take any Friday night at the Rose and Thistle, the Water Street hole-in-the-wall with holes in […]

    And Ron Hynes Came On

    For a time, a Ron Hynes gig in downtown St. John’s was as regular an occurrence as crowded street parking.  Take any Friday night – the month, the day or year doesn’t matter – take any Friday night at the Rose and Thistle, the Water Street hole-in-the-wall with holes in […]

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  • If the phrase “the man, the myth, the legend” wasn’t already in common use, Geoff Stirling was the sort of individual for whom it would have been coined.  He was an eidolon, as much a phantom as he was a presence.  The sort of person for whom others create grand […]

    End of An Era

    If the phrase “the man, the myth, the legend” wasn’t already in common use, Geoff Stirling was the sort of individual for whom it would have been coined.  He was an eidolon, as much a phantom as he was a presence.  The sort of person for whom others create grand […]

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  • I remember some advice I got about 25 years ago which I attribute to legendary broadcaster, Peter Gzowski (but where he got the advice I couldn’t say). When it games to interviews, his practice was to not sit there with a strict list of questions but it was more to […]

    I Know A Good Salsa Class

    I remember some advice I got about 25 years ago which I attribute to legendary broadcaster, Peter Gzowski (but where he got the advice I couldn’t say). When it games to interviews, his practice was to not sit there with a strict list of questions but it was more to […]

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  • This is not my quote and I’m not at liberty to mention who wrote this. I have adjusted it slightly while retaining the meaning. It’s about art, business, relationships, Canada’s Got Talent – anything you care to make applicable. “There is particular variety of pathos, that you witness frequently in […]

    Assessment

    This is not my quote and I’m not at liberty to mention who wrote this. I have adjusted it slightly while retaining the meaning. It’s about art, business, relationships, Canada’s Got Talent – anything you care to make applicable. “There is particular variety of pathos, that you witness frequently in […]

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  • “Monday wasn’t a blockbuster day for NHL trades,” the TSN website admits, HOWEVER, the site does go on to say that, “it certainly was a blockbuster day for TSN, as hockey fans once again turned to Canada’s Sports Leader in record numbers to experience the country’s most comprehensive coverage of […]

    Nothing for Something

    “Monday wasn’t a blockbuster day for NHL trades,” the TSN website admits, HOWEVER, the site does go on to say that, “it certainly was a blockbuster day for TSN, as hockey fans once again turned to Canada’s Sports Leader in record numbers to experience the country’s most comprehensive coverage of […]

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  • Number 1 Couldn’t keep a straight face when told about her “great personality.” Number 2 Multi-tasking not a strong point with me. Number 3 Balked at Canadian Producers cost-cutting solution. Instead of Roses, they wanted to use Gerber Daisies. Orange ones. Number 4 Wanted to pre-elimate all contestants who weren’t […]

    10 Reasons Why I Am NOT The Bachelor Canada

    Number 1 Couldn’t keep a straight face when told about her “great personality.” Number 2 Multi-tasking not a strong point with me. Number 3 Balked at Canadian Producers cost-cutting solution. Instead of Roses, they wanted to use Gerber Daisies. Orange ones. Number 4 Wanted to pre-elimate all contestants who weren’t […]

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  • THE 7% RESERVATION Carlos Bungee – Hollywood Foreign Press Association LONDON, UK – The 2011 blockbuster, Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows as directed by Guy Ritchie takes many liberties with the fictional detective’s legacy in telling this new storyline, however the Hollywood rumour mill is now in overdrive on […]

    “Sherlock Holmes-Game of Shadows” Script Out-take

    THE 7% RESERVATION Carlos Bungee – Hollywood Foreign Press Association LONDON, UK – The 2011 blockbuster, Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows as directed by Guy Ritchie takes many liberties with the fictional detective’s legacy in telling this new storyline, however the Hollywood rumour mill is now in overdrive on […]

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  • Birthdays in the Durdle household came every two weeks. Or at least they seemed to. Ray Durdle was born on October 10, 1932. His wife, Ettie May, was born on November 5 that same year. November 19, 1969, Ray Jr, came into the world. Eleven and half months earlier, on […]

    The Birthday Parties

    Birthdays in the Durdle household came every two weeks. Or at least they seemed to. Ray Durdle was born on October 10, 1932. His wife, Ettie May, was born on November 5 that same year. November 19, 1969, Ray Jr, came into the world. Eleven and half months earlier, on […]

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  • If you’ve never grown up in the Salvation Army tradition, I suggest you try.  They have a pretty unique worldview as far as religions are concerned. Nobody dies in the Salvation Army; they are all “Promoted to Glory”.  I grew up in the Salvation Army, and I hesitatingly say I […]

    The Six Million Dollar Christmas

    If you’ve never grown up in the Salvation Army tradition, I suggest you try.  They have a pretty unique worldview as far as religions are concerned. Nobody dies in the Salvation Army; they are all “Promoted to Glory”.  I grew up in the Salvation Army, and I hesitatingly say I […]

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  • All in the Family was an American television institution for 146 years and resulted in the most spin-off shows in television history.  If you’re keeping score, they were: Maude, Gloria, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Archie Bunker’s Place, 704 Hauser and Checking In. But in a land of ideas as fertile as […]

    Rejected Spin-offs from “All In The Family”

    All in the Family was an American television institution for 146 years and resulted in the most spin-off shows in television history.  If you’re keeping score, they were: Maude, Gloria, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Archie Bunker’s Place, 704 Hauser and Checking In. But in a land of ideas as fertile as […]

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