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A brief pause in my crazy fringe schedule for this exciting news… I’m going to see the Barenaked Ladies!!!! Not that I’m at all excited by this fact.

*bounce*

For those of you playing the out of town game, the Barenaked Ladies are a Canadian rock group. Possibly THE Canadian rock group. I love the Barenaked Ladies. They were my happy music while I was living overseas – I would put them on any time I got homesick. They are still a favourite for road trips, too. And just in general. And in Canada, they would sell out the ACC (read: great big stadium) the day the tickets went on sale. In the UK, the tickets have been on sale since April, and I can still get two in the stalls.

*bounce*

ALSO, the only other time I’ve ever seen them live was when I was living in the UK. In Hammersmith, in fact. And they came to perform at the Hammersmith Apollo, two blocks from my house. The other ex-pat Canadian and the two Americans and I were all bouncing off the ceiling while the Brits looked on as though we were nuts. I dragged Steve, a British friend, with me to the concert, and he had this very patient ‘yes, dear’ expression on while I was jumping up and down with excitement.

Today, walking in a neighbourhood I don’t usually spend a lot of time in, I saw a poster for the Barenaked Ladies. They are coming to Edinburgh, but not until the 22nd of September, the day I fly back to Canada. They are, however, also coming to London, where I will be before I fly out. They’re coming back to the Hammersmith Apollo. So I’ve arranged to come to London two days early, and I’ve bought tickets for myself and for Dario, who is kindly putting me up.

It will mean that I travel from Skye to Buxton on the 13th of September, have the 14th to recover, and then hop on a train to travel down to London on the 15th. Lots of travelling in a short time, but worth it.

I’m going to see the Barenaked Ladies!!!

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The last time I watched the Tonys, I had just come back from a trip to New York. The nominations had actually come out while I was there. I had seen half a dozen shows, spent an evening at the Birdland, and was completely immersed in everything that was going on there.

It couldn’t be more opposite this year. I don’t even know what’s on down there, let alone know anything about the nominees. I really need to go back sometime soon. But, having spent the week soaking in theatre at Stratford, I’m in the mood for the Tonys. So this will be a complete ignorant’s view of proceedings. And it will be pretty much stream-of-consciousness. (more…)

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So… I have another must-listen. Nerdist Podcast has done an interview with the Muppets. Kermit, Fozzy, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Beaker, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and a couple of others, sitting around the table, chatting with the host. (more…)

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I just read that Dixie Carter died at age 70, from complications due to endometrial cancer. (more…)

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Out of Town

I’ll be out of town from tomorrow until March 7th, so things will be pretty quiet around here for the next couple of weeks. Regularly scheduled programming will pick up when I return!

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I wasn’t really into the whole Olympics thing until I watched the opening ceremonies. And they seem to have created a monster. I’ve had it on, pretty constantly, ever since. And, being somone who generally has very little interest in watching sport of any kind, I’ve surprised myself with how interested I am in all of this. I have watched a bit of everything, speed skating, moguls, curling, hockey, snow boarding, everything. And I get sucked into it all. (more…)

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I just watched the opening ceremonies for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. It was a beautiful show. I loved the colours and the feel of it. I thought Sarah MacLachlan and kd lang were wonderful. And I really loved the poem by Shane Koyczan, which was beautiful not only in its words but in its performance. (The text of it is here, and I encourage you to go and read it.) It was amazing to feel the reactions of the crowd, to feel those same emotions myself. It felt slightly un-Canadian to toot our own horn that way in public, but oh, it was wonderful to feel that proud of my country and know that the world was watching.

Go Canada!

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