Saturday, May 12, 2007

Not going to graduate

Blue Jay Season Over Already


After finishing ahead of the Red Sox last season, a $90 million payroll, and the signing of free agent, Frank Thomas and a contract extension for Vernon Wells, there was some reason to be optimistic about the Jays. With almost 1/3 the roster on the Disabled List, they will be fortunate to avoid losing 100 games. For the record they are missing:

#1 starter - Roy Halladay
#3 starter - Gustavo Chacin
#5 starter- Victor Zambrano
closer - B.J. Ryan
setup for closer - Brandon League
leadoff hitter- Reed Johnson
all star 3rd baseman - Tory Glaus
starting catcher - Greg Zuan

And its only 5 weeks into the season.

How does the jury view Daniel Sylvester?

Much of the first week of the trial of Daniel Sylvester who is being tried for the 2005 murder of neighbour Alicia Ross, was taken up by testimony by Sean Hine, Ross' boyfriend at the time and the taped confession of Sylvester.

A little ironic since Hine was the first suspect and still shows bitterness - not for the loss of his girlfriend but because of the strain he was put under by the police and media. Although Sylvester has not taken the stand, the police videotape certainly will have a powerful impact on the jury. He appears cooperative with police and remorseful.

Still it is shocking to realize that he was capable of viciously attacking Ross because she called him a "lose". And was she to know that she had hit a raw nerve in this obviously disturbed mind. Sylvester said he had been dubbed a loser "many times throughout high school" and even in grade school. He portrayed himself as a reclusive and nervous social misfit. He said he had attention deficit disorder and was prone to depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. He hadn't worked in 12 years and watch TV all day at home.

Much will depend on the instruction given to the jury but will they actually convict this pathetic man of murder? Nothing so far points to a planned killing. Based on his description, he lost it and attacked Ross that night. As she struggled and fought back, he became more violent until she was dead. He panicked and quickly came up with a plan to hide the body. Finally guilt and the fact that police were perhaps beginning to focus on him caused him to confess.

This is why I don't trust Mapquest

It would be hard to confuse Tish and Lyle Ashley's three-bedroom ranch-style home with a 150-acre vacation resort on the edge of Table Rock Lake.

But for the past two years, a lot of visitors have done just that. They've pulled their travel trailers and boats up the Ashleys' one-way street — and gotten stuck — thanks to wayward directions from the computer search engine MapQuest.

For reasons no one can yet explain, a MapQuest search for Ozark Mountain Resorts shows the popular Kimberling City condo resort next to the Ashley's home — on a one-way residential street on the opposite side of Table Rock Lake.

"It's been going on for two or three years," Ashley said. "Some of them are pretty unhappy when they end up on our one-way street. We tell them we've tried to do something about it, but you can't even get ahold of anyone from MapQuest to get it solved." Travis Tucker, Kimberling City's public works director, said the city put a "dead end" sign on the Ashleys' street to warn lost travelers.

Friday, May 11, 2007

University of Toronto has a Porn Library

It's called the Sexual Representation Research Collection and its maintained by U of T's new Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. But it sure sounds like a porn collection to me.

In fact, the collection consist of more than 1,000 skin flicks, hundreds of well-read magazines, and hundreds of computer disks packed with images collected from the Internet. To be considered for entry, scholars must submit a formal request letter.

The collection came courtesy of three donations. Nobody is responsible for running down to the 7-Eleven every month to keep the magazine collection updated. Instead, administrators hope that as the Centre gains international exposure, people will begin donating material that's been tucked away in their attics and basements.

So anyone out there have some porn they want to donate to an academic institution?

I need to try this out at home


Paris Hilton Has New Wheels


Looks like a new PR stunt. In other words, Paris is taking the driving ban seriously and riding a bike. I guess taking a cab wouldn't get the same attention.

The $8648.64 Burger King Bill

A Burger King restaurant made a king-size mistake that has caused a royal headache for a South Carolina woman. A restaurant worker accidentally charged her more than $8,000 for a meal.

Now the restaurant is trying to correct the error.

Guadalupe Pequino bought $8.64 worth of food at the drive-in window and paid with her Visa check card, issued by Bank of America. Because the total was entered twice, Pequino's receipt showed she was charged $8,648.64.

The restaurant general manager, Jimmy Gadagno, said workers immediately took steps to credit the account but it took 5 days for the money to find its way back into Guadalupe's account.
I guess the lesson to be learned is check the amount on debt card purchases before hitting the OK button.


Not Just Another Drunk Driver


This has got to be one of the strangest traffic offences you well ever run into.

Last week drivers on the motorway in Ferrol, Spain were surprised to see a disabled man travelling along the road in his motorised bed. The 42 year old Antonio Navarro, who is 95% disabled, and who drives and controls his motorised bed with his mouth, had got drunk and was intending to visit ‘Jade’ a local whorehouse, but took a wrong turning off a local roundabout. Police finally stopped him at 9pm after he had travelled some 10 kilometres along the motorway. Once he had taken the wrong exit he decided to continue along the road so as not to put other drivers in danger.

Antonio complained that signs should be improved on the roundabout and across the town.

Now this is what I would call IRONY

A group of girls at Framingham State College were photographed at a lacrosse game with bare bellies. Apparently two of them didn't like the photo because they thought it made them look fat, so they allegedly stole some of the campus newspapers, hoping no one would see the picture.

It backfired.

Now that photo is on the front page of the MetroWest Daily News and it's circulating the internet.


The photo ran in the April 27 edition of The Gatepost. The seven girls had written "I (heart symbol) N-O-O-N-A-N on their bare bellies as they stood at the top of the bleachers to show their support for a player on the woman's lacrosse team during a recent game.

Would you let this clown near your kids?


Toronto Gas Prices

Torontonians are being gouged at the gas pumps. We're now being overcharged by about $0.15/L and it's been going on since hurricane Katrina in 2005. These are the findings of a think tank study that were released to the public yesterday and the results are stunning: "every penny per litre generates an additional $1 million for the oil and gas industry every day from gasoline sales alone.

So how did the oil and gas industry react? Well this morning I noticed gas prices were up $.04/L and the pump price for regular across the city was $1.06.8/L. Hmm, that's another $4 million just for today.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Bra to Boost Voter Turnout?


A Japanese company has unveiled a new concept bra called the “Voter Turnout Lift-UP! Bra.” Unless there is something about Japanese culture I don't understand, then this is one lame idea.

The silver, bustier-type bra is modeled after an aluminum ballot box, complete with lots of rivets and a pocket for holding ballots that have been cast.

The bottom consists of a wrap-around mini-skirt fashioned from paper ballots, which are made of a special type of plastic-coated paper resistant to the elements. A small pencil case also attaches to the waist.

Jury Hears Daniel Sylvester's Confession

The jury in the Alicia Ross murder trial watched a videotape of Daniel Sylvester's confession to police today. The question must people would like answered is why did he kill her. Well, based on the statement he gave police after turning himself in - it's because she told him to fuck off and called him a loser.

It seems they encountered each other between their homes that evening and following a brief exchange of words including the "loser" comment, he totally lost it. He jumped on top of her and slammed her head on the ground until she was dead. It's really scary that there are people walking around who are literally human time bombs. Although these two people lived next door, they barely knew each other and hardly ever spoke. So it's not like there was some type of animosity that have been developing. At least not one that Alicia Ross would have been aware of.

So why did he turn himself in? Well appears Sylvester had been interviewed early on by police. But two days before he turned himself in, the police had asked if he would agree to a lie detector test. They never did receive an answer.

If Sylvester's account holds up and it's true that he snapped that night, the crown will have some difficulty proving he intended to kill her. At least nothing presented so far by the crown points to murder other than a theory that Sylvester had switched off a sensor light between the two houses that night.

Plane Spotting

Found an online article about geeks who hang out at airport runways to watch planes take off and land. These particular pics are from Pearson Airport in Toronto. I had thought followers get off on the power of these huge jets in the air. But I understand they like to photograph different types of planes and keep track of what models they've spotted. Like I said real geeks.


Now plane spotters show up with more than just cameras. They come with plane schedules from off the Internet and radio devices purchased at Radio Shack. They get hold of a list of radio frequencies that can be used to tap into communications between pilots and controllers. I'm not so sure I would want to be hanging out at the airport listening to air traffic controllers and photographing planes in a post-9/11 world.


Eeeeeek!


Melanie Griffith is super scary looking. She has more wrinkles than my 94-year old dad.

How does the legislative process work in other countries?

REUTERS/Stringer

For the political scientists out there. If you think the decorum in your legislature is deplorable, take a look at the parliament in Taiwan.

Taiwan legislators sprayed water, threw stacks of paper and exchanged punches in parliament Tuesday due to disagreements over a bill, again delaying passage of the long-overdue 2007 annual budget.

Earlier this year, dozens of legislators threw shoes and pulled ties over a similar bill, and in the past they have also hurled lunchboxes and microphones at each other.

Bob Barker is Retiring

It's been decades since I watched "The Price is Right" so the sight of Bob Barker at 83 is quite startling in some respects. His hair is pure white now since he appears to have abandoned dying it for some time now. Meanwhile the makeup he wears on air sharply contrasts with his white hair.

Well the TV icon is calling it quits.

In the first week of June, Barker will tape his last episode of "The Price Is Right," turning over the hosting job, which has been his for 35 seasons since the show's relaunch in 1972, to an as-yet-unchosen successor. There are some names being whispered such as George Hamilton and Rosie O'Donnell. Barker is said to have real issues with Rosie taking over.

Some people don't like this ad

Chicago city workers have removed the avertisement after a week of complaints from neighbors and from other attorneys who said it reflected poorly on their profession. Well i'm not so sure you degrade the reputation of the legal profession any further. That sign pretty much says it all to me.

A city alderman Burton Natarus, who lives near the sign, said he called the building inspector, and that the law firm's ad was taken down because the firm didn't have a permit, and not because of what it said -- or because of the scantily clad man and woman on it.

The two lawyers who had the sign put up said they're upset that it was removed. They also said the calls to their law firm have gone up dramatically since the billboard went up last week. Hey its all about trolling for clients - right?

Conservative Have Civil Servant Arrested

This is bound to send a shiver through the federal bureaucracy in Ottawa. A government official was arrested yesterday in handcuffs by the RCMP for supposedly leaking federal environmental policy.

He was then questioned by police and released without charge.

The leaked document, a draft version of the government's regulatory framework to crack down on pollution from large industries, wound up in the hands of the media and environmentalists 10 days before John Baird officially unveiled the details.

Leaks by way of the 'plain brown envelope' are a common occurrence in Canada and governments usually accept them and any resulting embarrassment as part of the cost of open government. Unless the environment plan's leak conferred some unfair advantage on the person receiving the information, it is difficult to see what real benefit the government would achieve by prosecuting a leak. But I bet bureaucrats got the message.

Charges Laid in Attack of Cyclist

Well they caught the "bike rage" guy.

A 21-year veteran of Toronto police has been charged with assault after a cyclist was attacked in downtown Toronto – an incident dramatically captured on videotape by a group of students working on a project about surveillance cameras.

The 45-year-old cyclist, Andrzej Sokol, was riding on Queen St. W. when he stopped at a yellow light on Bay St. just before 10 a.m. Tuesday.

A visibly upset driver in the car behind Sokol yelled profanities and honked his horn.
The driver then got out of the car and kicked the victim's bicycle.

When Sokol picked up his bike and moved toward the sidewalk, he was punched in the face at least three times. The driver returned to his car and drove away.

The altercation – and the driver's licence plate number – was captured on video by a group of Grade 12 students from Ursula Franklin Academy and was broadcast on CP24 and other television stations.

Militant 'Mickey Mouse' used by Hamas


Hamas militants have enlisted a Mickey Mouse-style character to broadcast their message of 'resistance' to children.

A giant black-and-white rodent - named Farfour or butterfly, but unmistakably a Mickey ripoff - does his high-pitched preaching against the US and Israel on a children's show run each Friday on Al-Aqsa TV, a station run by Hamas.

An Israeli organization that monitors Palestinian media, Palestinian Media Watch, said the Mickey Mouse lookalike takes every opportunity to indoctrinate young viewers with teachings of Islamic supremacy, hatred of Israel and the US, and resistance (terrorism).

The program really shows how the culture of glorifying violence had penetrated Palestinian society.

Alicia Ross Trial - Update

Sean Hine repeatedly denied he "planted" evidence to bolster his own theory of how his former girlfriend died when his cross-examination by defence attorney David Hobson continued for a second day. Hobson insisted Hine deliberately placed a glass, two sandals, and a cigarette butt in the backyard of Ross's home — outside the sliding doors of her basement bedroom — in a bid to show that her killer deliberately attacked her, thereby helping police build a deliberate murder case instead of an accidental killing.

The theory being planted in the jury's head by Hobson is absurd. He wants people to believe that Hine planted these items the night of the murder because....he anticipated the next door neighbour would be charged with murder and try to plead manslaughter.

At one point and obviously exasperated, Hine suggested that Hobson's line of questioning "was a joke" as he steadfastly denied placing the items in the backyard.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Road Rage: Car vs. Bike

A group of Grade 12 students in the middle of a field trip in downtown Toronto noticed a driver wailing on a nearby cyclist. The driver was apparently enraged that the cyclist had failed to proceed through a yellow light, and proceeded to beat on the cyclist hard enough to dislodge teeth.




The kids turned their tape over to Toronto Police to be used as evidence in court. I suspect an "A" is headed their way, as well.

More from Paris

I can't stop posting this stuff. It is hilarious. Here is a statement from Paris which was not read by Paris but by her lawyer and no doubt written by her lawyer. I think it falls under fiction considering what she posted on her MySpace page.

"After reading the media's coverage of my court hearing, I feel the need to correct what I believe are misperceptions about me. I absolutely realize how serious driving under the influence is. I could not live with myself if anyone was injured or killed while I was driving while impaired. Clearly, no one should -- no matter how slightly.

I am ready to face the consequences of violating probation.

No one is above the law. I surely am not. I do not expect to be treated better than anyone else who violated probation. However, my hope is that I will not be treated worse."



Yesterday's high was a record but the smog is back

Source

Didn't realize it but we set a record yesterday when the thermometer hit 27.7C (82F) breaking a record set back in 1939. So obviously Spring has come to Toronto. Unfortunately so has the smog. Today is our first Smog Advisory of the season. cough cough


In an effort to better understand the physical repercussions of smog days, the province has unveiled a new index, measuring air quality and its affects on our health. It's called the AQHI (Air Quality Health Index). It's a one-to-ten scale on how smog affects your health and takes into account the three worst pollutants. Last year, the city experienced a record 32 smog days.

-3 Low health risk
4-6 Moderate health risk
7-10 High health risk
10+ Very high health risk

Vernon Wells knows how to handle hecklers

Toronto Blue Jays centerfielder Vernon Wells was getting heckled by some unruly fans in Cleveland. So he tossed them a baseball.


Dear Mr. Dork,Here is your ball! Can you please tell me what gas station you work at, so when you are pumping my gas, I can yell at you!!! Now sit down, shut up and enjoy the game.- Your favorite centrefielder"

Bush and the Queen hit it off....NOT



George Bush mangled his greeting to the Queen on her state visit to the U.S. Stumbling over his words (for a change), he came perilously close to suggesting that the monarch had toured the States in 1776.

And although the President's following wink was initially rewarded with a regal glare, the Queen did at least seem to see the funny side of the blunder.

I see jail time in her future


Paris Hilton was photographed yesterday behind the wheel of her car, just days after being handed a jail sentence for violating a driving ban. So will this support her argument that a 45-day jail sentence is too harsh?

Britney may need to attend clothing rehab




...the girl is dressing like a strung out hooker.

Alicia Ross Trial - Update

It appears the trial of Daniel Sylvester for second degree murder of Alicia Ross is about a single issue. Did he commit manslaughter or murder? Was Alicia Ross' death planned or did events that evening spiral out of control? Sylvester pleaded guilty to manslaughter before his trial began, but his plea was reject by Crown prosecutor Kelly Wright.

Yesterday, defence attorney David Hobson accused Ross' boyfriend at the time, Sean Hine of fabricating evidence to help build a murder case against her neighbour in exchange for a deal on an impaired driving charge. Hine testified that a sensor light always went on when they walked between Ross' home and the Sylvester home. However, the night that Ross died, the sensor was not on. The crown is suggesting that Sylvester had intentionally turned off the sensor light so that his confrontation that he had planned with Ross would not be visible.

Hine was charged with impaired driving three days after Ross disappeared. Hobson sparred insisting Hines tried to make a deal with police by concocting the sensor story on Oct. 27, 2005, in return for making his charge disappear.

Hine did admit that he was afraid police were going to arrest him for murder and was under intense pressure before Sylvester turned himself into police because the media had painted him as the prime suspect.

An interesting item was revealed yesterday regarding how careless Sylvester had been. A forensic investigator testified that Sylvester had dumped a bag of bloody clothing and towels at a location outside the city including his own blood-stained cut-off jeans. In the pocket of the jeans was Sylvester's wallet with his ID.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

More Paris Petitions

In addition to Paris' eloquent petition plea, a number of online petitions have sprung asking that California throw her in the slammer.

Petition One
Petition Two
Petition Three
Petition Four

If Arnold doesn't pardon the poor girl...


Best Bacon Ever


People who buy their food from big box stores, find it to be sub-par at times. One consumer was displeased with his bacon, purchased at Kmart and manufactured by the Smithfield corporation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, because it contains too much fat.


Yummmmmm! Zero carbs and only $1.79! This would be perfect for any Atkins Diet!

"Cocaine" Energy Drink Withdrawn

The company that made an energy drink called "Cocaine" took its product off the streets amidst haters getting all up in its grill over its "edgy" name.

Mr. Ivey, the owner of Redux, the drink's manufacturer, sparked controversy with the drink's blatant drug name and coy references on the labelling and website like, "Speed in a Can," "Liquid Cocaine", "Cocaine -- Instant Rush.", and "The legal alternative."

Duct Tape Apparel


Cassandra Openshaw and Nick Martin of Maine spent nearly a month putting together the colorful gown and tuxedo made from duct tape they wore to the Narraguagus High School senior prom.

The couple used 45 rolls of the sticky, cloth-reinforced tape to make their outfits and accessories.

Openshaw and Martin decided to compete in a nationwide contest sponsored by Henkel Consumer Adhesives Inc., marketer of the Duck Tape brand of duct tape. The couple with the winning outfit receives scholarships. The contest runs through June 8, with winners chosen on the basis of online voting at the company's website, stuckatprom.com, where entrants' prom photos are posted.

Paris sends out an SOS

Edit: This brought me close to tears. It's a message posted by Paris Hilton on her MySpace page. Someone get this girl a "Get out of Jail" card. Please note how carefully the note is typed.

My friend Joshua started this petition, please help and sihn it. i LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!

NLINE PETITION CREATED TO SUPPORT PARIS HILTON

To sign the FREE PARIS HILTON petition to Governor Schwarzenegger that I have created...

please go here:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/PH21781

I urge all fans and supporters and all that are outraged by injustice to sign this petition

Ottawa survives the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs


Bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Alabama Justice

In a move right out of "The Scarlett Letter", an Alabama judge ordered two shoplifters to wear "I am a thief" signs outside of a Wal-Mart store where they were caught stealing. They are to wear the signs for four hours each during two successive Saturdays. See story here.

The Power of 64K of Memory

I remember this "portable" personal computer weighed about 23 lbs.


Alicia Ross Trial

The trial of Daniel Sylvester for the murder of Alicia Ross got underway today. Today was opening arguments and the crown informed the jury that forensic evidence will show the 25-year-old woman's body had more than 30 fractures when her skeletal remains were discovered more than a month after she vanished from her home.

Crown prosecutor Kelly Wright told jurors they would hear evidence from Sylvester's videotaped confession that he fought with Ross in the pathway between their homes after an "exchange of words" moments after she said goodnight to her boyfriend, Sean Hine. So this is not a trial about who killed Ross. He had tried to plead guilty to manslaughter last week but it was rejected. So he has admitted to causing her death.

On tape Sylvester say he "slapped her in the face" and then "pushed her to the ground" and "pinned her down." He then "drove his knees into her solar plexes" and " banged her head" on the ground.

Wright said Sylvester then took her "lifeless body" to his garage, cleaned up the blood, took a shower and changed his clothes, then dumped her body into the trunk of his car. He then drove her out of town and dumped her body in the Kawartha Lakes area. He then returned three weeks later and moved her remains to another area near his family cottage.

He gave himself up 5 weeks later and admitting to the killing.

I should go to fashion design school

Okay, so this is your final exam at your fashion design school. You must design an outfit using:

1. A basketball hoop with black netting
2. The bottom half of a Batman costume
3. Three biodegradable trash bags
4. Four inches of bare midriff


Thousands Strip for Photo Shoot



A record 18,000 people took off their clothes to pose for U.S. photographic artist Spencer Tunick Sunday in Mexico City's Zocalo square, the heart of the ancient Aztec empire.

Directing with a megaphone, Tunick shot a series of pictures with his Mexican models simultaneously raising their arms, then lying on their backs in the square as well as another scene on a side street with volunteers arranged in the shape of an arrow.

Hundreds of police kept nosy onlookers away during the nippy early-morning shoot, and a no-fly zone was declared above the plaza.

Maybe no election for sometime now

How quickly things can turn around in politics. Fewer than 8 weeks ago it was almost certain that we were heading towards a federal election sometime later in the spring. The Conservatives were just putting the finishing touches on the last campaign commitments and poll numbers were rising.

But shortly after that period the poll numbers stalled just short of majority territory so Prime Minister held off waiting for the numbers to resume their climb. But instead their polling numbers have fallen down to about equal to the Liberal numbers. And we know that the drop reflects public concern about the environment and the war in Afghanistan.

But the dilemma for the Conservatives is that they may have difficulty bringing the numbers back up. Their foreign policy is a mess. No one is really buying their green plan. In addition, in a short 16 months they have delivered on all the commitments made during the last election campaign. In fact, some would say they have been campaigning since they took office. So the difficulty for the government is how to give the appearance that they are fact governing and not campaigning. They will need to use the summer recess to come up with a new agenda to win over Canadians. And at best, a majority of Canadians continue to be skeptical about the government.

3M's Animals VERY Happy to See You








3M is selling these cute self-adhesive hooks in Asia. Hmm... but those hooks are positioned rather, er... prominently, aren't they? That bear definitely has a reason to grin, you could say they are umm... bursting to meet you

In Awe of Mother Nature






U.S. Feared Canadian Coin

An unusual Canadian coin with a bright red flower was the culprit behind the U.S. Defence Department's false espionage warning earlier this year, the Associated Press has learned.

Originally, it was thought that the concern was over the Canadian $2 coin but it obviously was not the case.

The odd-looking – but harmless – "poppy coin" was so unfamiliar to suspicious U.S. Army contractors traveling in Canada that they filed confidential espionage accounts about them. The worried contractors described the coins as "anomalous" and "filled with something man-made that looked like nano-technology," according to once-classified U.S. government reports and e-mails obtained by the AP.

The supposed nano-technology actually was a conventional protective coating the Royal Canadian Mint applied to prevent the poppy's red color from rubbing off. The mint produced nearly 30 million such quarters in 2004 commemorating Canada's 117,000 war dead.

Paranoia reins free in America.

I'm getting bored with Britney Spears


I'm getting tired of Britney's bad outfits, wigs and hats. It's like she is intentionally trying to bust a few paparazzi cameras. All she does now is go shopping. No more falling down drunk and dirty dancing with chicks in her underwear. It's as if rehab worked.

Well Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton salvaged the weekend, otherwise there would be no skank report. Lets see...Paris is going to jail for 45 days for violating parole, claims she didn't know her licence was suspended, claims the cops who pulled her over were hitting on her, and then goes shopping the next day and gives the world another upskirt flash!! What a moron! Meanwhile, Lindsay was photographed during a cocaine binge crammed in a washroom stall with 2 friends and blabbed about boning James Blunt, Jude Law, Calum Best, Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Jared Leto and James Franco. Just to name a few.

I love these skanks.

Terminal cancer diagnosis incorrect, now patient faces bankruptcy

When doctors diagnosed cancer of the pancreas and told John Brandrick that he had less than a year to live, he resolved to make the most of the time he had left. The 62-year-old quit his job, sold his car, stopped paying his mortgage and dug into his life savings so he could treat himself and relatives to expensive restaurant meals. He even sold all his clothes but for the black suit in which he expected to be buried.

A year later, however, with no sign of the Grim Reaper coming to call, he went for tests - which gave him a clean bill of health. The "tumour" had disappeared and he had only been suffering from pancreatitis -a non life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. He had never had cancer at all. A spokesman for the hospital insisted its staff had done everything they could to identify Mr Brandrick's condition correctly.

I think I see a lawsuit coming here.

Goodman and Carr Shutting Down

Wow! I was quite surprised when I read this article. Goodman and Carr LLP, which once reigned as one of Canada's top tax and real estate law firms, is closing its doors after suffering a steady exodus of partners.

The Toronto firm's partners voted to disband the mid-sized practice of about 90 lawyers at a meeting in its downtown head office Tuesday night, marking what is believed to be Canada's largest law firm closing. I happen to know a number of lawyers at the firm.

It seems that after merger talks with Chicago-based Baker & McKenzie failed last month, some senior partners began to explore moves to other firms. This triggered some panic and a vote to disband. The firm reached a high of 140 lawyers in 2004.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

There is no gender equality

Ahmadinejad Accused of Indecency

Iran's president has come under fire from a conservative newspaper after he publicly kissed the hand of a woman who used to be his school teacher.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a conservative by the standards of Iranian politics, was attacked by a newspaper for acting "contrary to Sharia law". It accused him of "indecency and violating religious values".

The elderly woman at the centre of the controversy was wearing thick gloves, a headscarf, and a long black coat.

Some how I doubt he's going to prison. But if he keeps this up, the knives will be out (we hope).

Spider-Man 3


S0 I understand that Spider-Man 3 opened with the biggest opening in movie history. It brought in $148 million in one weekend. It also beat records with the highest opening day ever with $59 on its first day. Internationally the flick made $227 million. Basically, it made a boat load.

I was away for the weekend so I may have been the only person in North America not to have seen the flick.

Was away for the weekend, lot of blogging to catch up on

...and the sunny weather this weekend really made my garden come alive finally.