Dance number from Adavi Donga that makes Lidsville look less drug-induced

June 17th, 2016 by LB

The 1985 film Adavi Donga, with Chiranjeevi, Radha, Sharada, Rao Gopal Rao. And various animals. Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao.

Possibly my favourite Indian film number of all time, and I have many.

And if you don’t know what Lidsville is…

…read more

Decorative stripes on a parking lot pillar: urban design

June 8th, 2016 by LB

I was parking in a tiny parking spot today and suddenly noticed these stripes at side view mirror-height on the pillar I was squeezing next to. Multicoloured scrapes, on a paint covering over previous stripes. While it’s true that some people don’t know where their cars are in space (I want to start looking at people’s side view mirrors now before I get into their cars), I think it’s also fair to say that when parking spots are much too small, you’re inevitably going to get cars decorating concrete.

…read more

C’mere Go Away

June 8th, 2016 by LB
Barbed wire and compassion

…read more

Exhilarating watching a journalist nail a PM to the wall

May 18th, 2016 by LB


We know that the Saudi regime is a serious human rights abuser, so why is Canada selling it armoured vehicles, the very ones used to intimidate its populace? At times like this I wish we had TV interviewers in Canada with as much mettle as Jon Snow backing David Cameron into a corner on why the UK supported Saudi Arabia’s bid to be on the UN’s Human Rights Council .

…read more

Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel

May 18th, 2016 by LB

As a white person in Canada, especially one writing about a topic that intersects with Indigenous issues, I have found Métis writer Chelsea Vowel’s blog âpihtawikosisân invaluable. Vowel is a legal researcher who somehow explains complex issues with total clarity without ever being anything less than gripping or undercutting her politics.

…read more

Prince

April 24th, 2016 by LB


Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Purple is associated with mourning as well as all the better known things—royalty, magic and spirituality etc. Somehow I’d forgotten this until Prince died.

I am so gutted by this news, I don’t even know what to write. I’m just going to think of every comma as a paisley from now on, in his honour.

…read more