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Melody Makers and Shakers

Not the worst place to hold a party: the Elks Lodge, New Brunswick, right in the heart of town. Last Saturday Posie and I traveled down to New Brunswick, New...
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Hope is still very much alive…

(Since writing this post, I see that the New York Times has put up an excellent “interactive video and transcript of President Obama‘s address, with annotations from New York Times...
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Featured Wine: Tyrrell’s Vat 1, Hunter Semillon “Aged Release” 1994, Hunter Valley, Australia

This is – or, I should say, the bottle now being empty in front of me, was – by any measures, a unique wine. Semillon, to the extent that the...
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And the Oscars go to… the Brits

It was another resounding victory for the mother country last night, with the Anglo-Indian production Slumdog Millionaire picking up eight Oscars, and additional trophies going to Kate Winslett, along with...
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I Witness

Plattekill Mountain, Saturday February 21, 2009, 2:53pm. Click on image above to see full-size (and spot the snowboarder)....
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Catskills Corner: Campfire Hunter

In these days of Blogs, Facebooks, Twitters and the like, it’s rare for anyone to go to the trouble of starting up a print fanzine. Let alone a print fanzine...
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Slumdogs of the World Unite

We finally got to see Slumdog Millionaire last night, courtesy of a friend’s review copy. (We rarely go to first run movies any more, though I had a chance to...
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“Forgive your enemies: it drives them crazy!”

I was able to attend a couple of events at last weekend’s debut Woodstock Memoir Festival (see previous post), both of which were dominated by the larger-than-life figure of Malachy...
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