Gastown poster – 1960s or 1970s style

July 4th, 2015 by LB

Because of my research on a 1976 event, people keep bringing me things from that general era. Thanks to my friend Resi for finding this in her mother’s house and bringing it to me yesterday. Not only is this Vancouver neighbourhood nearby to me (and now gentrified many times over), the map shows the Gastown Wax Museum where I worked many a summer in Vancouver, though its sign seems to …read more

Oxi to austerity

July 3rd, 2015 by LB

UPDATE July 5: Yes, it’s a no! Nai, it’s Oxi!! <3 See Paul Mason’s assessment. Transcription of Alexis Tsipras’ speech tonight, July 3, 2105 in Syntagma Square in Athens. Tsipras is appealing to the Greek people to vote no—oxi—in the referendum on Sunday and thereby refuse more austerity in return for a bailout and yet more unpayable debt. The past five years of austerity imposed by Europe have reduced the country …read more

Compulsive restaurant decor commentary

June 27th, 2015 by LB

The receipt says October 21, 2013. I was at a local restaurant (which shall remain nameless) with two architect girlfriends. As I looked over the restaurant’s faux-Victorian, Yukon gold rush brothel decor (readers of this blog know is something that has been irking me for a while) I asked for their opinions. When they started to get pointed and hilarious I turned the recording app on my phone on. After …read more

Fellow Greeks… historic speech by Alexis Tsipras calling for referendum

June 26th, 2015 by LB

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras‘ speech to the Greek people: Fellow Greeks, For six months now the Greek government has been waging a battle in conditions of unprecedented economic suffocation to implement the mandate you gave us on January 25. The mandate we were negotiating with our partners was to end the austerity and to allow prosperity and social justice to return to our country. It was a mandate for …read more

More colonial craft

June 25th, 2015 by LB

Once you start seeing something, it’s suddenly everywhere  (and it doesn’t help that people keep sending me examples). After noticing that we seem culturally obsessed with our colonial settlement of this city/province/country/continent right now, and that this pioneer DIY craft style has spread as far afield as Brisbane and Berlin, based on what people have written me, I feel compelled to keep collecting it. But I promise this will all …read more

National Aboriginal Day – Wab Kinew’s “500 years in 2 minutes”

June 21st, 2015 by LB

Happy National Aboriginal Day everyone! Wab Kinew, always concise, does 500 years of ‘Canadian’ history in 2 minutes. “So what went wrong? It wasn’t always like this when we started down the path. When the settlers first arrived the natives welcomed them, and helped them out. It wasn’t like they showed up and the natives said “uh oh, there goes the neighbourhood.” And the relationship grew stronger—fashionable even. “Remember these? …read more