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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bread, Circuses and the Ford Brothers

Rob Ford is out of the race for mayor of Toronto; Doug Ford is in. Different names, same circus.

Doug bangs on about carrying on the "Ford Legacy", pretending the family is somehow exceptional. The Ford family labours under the delusion  they are the Kennedy's of Canada and somehow their repackaged Tea Party North politics are original policies.  It's just more of the same - a couple of silver spoon babies with a huge sense of entitlement. They haven't earned anything, let alone the adoration of the Ford Nation drones.

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Advertising fail - Nabob

Dear Nabob,

Your current ad campaign "Respect the Bean" is incredibly arrogant. No, seriously, it is. How about running a commercial titled "Respect the Customer".

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Ah those old fashioned, misogynistic family values

It's staggering how many people think a woman who has sex is somehow "tainted" or a slut.  Somehow women being human offends their paternalistic little brains. We are all supposed to stay cloistered and pure at home until some man deigns to marry us.  This joker is a classic example:

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Who makes TIFF possible

Guess what time it is? Yes indeed folks, it's TIFF TIME. For those who live in a cave, TIFF is the Toronto International Film Festival. Wall to wall films. Anyone so inclined can start watching at 9 in the morning and not come up for air until after the Midnight Madness show ends. My personal record is 5 films in one day. A wee bit too much, I don't think I was coherent by the end of the day. I'll only be seeing 2 this year, sometimes life conspires to put a cramp in fun.

Toronto turns into red carpet land and people hang out star spotting, flitting (or running a marathon, depending on how well thought out your schedule is) from theatre to theatre. On my way home from a film this afternoon I stopped and took a picture of my all time favourite tiff people:

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