Scott Hutchison

May 13, 2018 at 9:44 pm (Uncategorized)

Frightened Rabbit were a band for ten years. I saw them five times. They were one of the few bands that I saw live more than I owned their records. Oh, I liked the records too, btu live they seemed in their element. The perfect blend of exciting rock ‘n’ roll, a sombre lyrical content, and a band that seemed to be having a great time.

I saw them last a few months back at the Mod Club, the place I first saw them in 2012. They were in fine form.

The passing last week of front-man Scott Hutchison brings back all those happy memories, and fills me with a deep sadness over the loss of this brilliant singer-songwriter with a barbed wit and the soul of a poet.

Sometimes words just won’t do it.


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The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair

May 13, 2018 at 9:35 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s mid-May, and that means it’s only a couple of weeks until the annual Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. The bookfair has been around since 2000, and is the biggest of its kind in Canada. The past few years have felt a bit smaller, but there’s still loads of things to do, see, and buy their (loads of free stuff too!)

I’ve tabled at the bookfair every year, but unfortunately this year I won’t be there. Personal commitments and a heavier than usual work load, have made it impossible for me to attend, but maybe next time…

The bookfair takes place May 26 and 27 from 10:00 until 5:00 both days.

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Marxist Prediction Power

May 5, 2018 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized)

June 7, 2018 is election day in Ontario.

Using deep seated reasoning and magical Marxist prediction powers, here’s what’s going to happen.

The Progressive Conservative Party will win the election. Despite the unpopularity of leader Doug Ford, who unlike his brother cannot blame the fact he’s an arsehole on a drug problem, the Liberal are even more unpopular. My powers cannot see whether Kathleen Wynn will keep her seat, but she will fall on her sword after the decimation of her party, and Michael Coteau will emerge as the new leader.

Of course, my powers also predicted the Liberals would see a reduced minority in the last election and lose the one before that  (in the last election, they won with majoirty and won the one before that with a minority- 0 for 2 Mr. Fischer) I also predicted that Rob Ford would lose his race for Mayor. He won handsomely. Lastly, I told everyone who asked that Trump could not possibly win, and believed it right up to the minute that I realized he would win.

So Ontario? Pretty much anyone’s guess.



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Marx 200

May 5, 2018 at 9:49 pm (Uncategorized)

200 years ago today.

May 5, 1818

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