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Season 6 of Offspring - Carol and I really enojoyed all of the episodes of this Australian TV series. Highly recommended by both of us. Asher Keddy is a brilliant comedic actor with a very clever supporting cast. 1

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a fiercely defiant statement on Tuesday, the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, denied that any member of the White House staff has ever worked "in any way, shape, or form" for the benefit of the United States. Angrily addressing the press corps, Spicer said that any allegations that members of the Trump Administration have ever acted in concert or collusion with the United States are "unequivocally false."

"At no time during the transition or afterward did any member of the Trump team have meetings, conversations, or any other contacts that furthered the interests of the United States of America," Spicer said. "In the thousands of communications that took place, the United States never came up even once."

Drawing a stark contrast with the Administration of former President Barack Obama, Spicer said that many members of Obama’s staff were “clearly and flagrantly working for the United States government at all times.”

“President Trump has put an end to that,” he said. In closing, Spicer said that the recent effort to pass the Republican health-care bill should silence “once and for all” those trying to link the Trump Administration to the United States government. "If you look at the interaction between the White House and congressional Republicans, there is absolutely no evidence of coordination,” he said.

Devon Cuddy


Went to see Devon Cuddy last night at the Collingwood Amphitheatre. Very nice show. When Cuddy and the band got out of their van a cloud of dense smoke almost obscured them. Hmmm. Only later did I realize that there was a food wagon preparing wood-fired pizza that was sending up the occasional cloud. Cuddy and his band were troopers - playing in the rain and taking a break when the real rain came, but coming back to finish their show. Good music too.

Our home in Blue Shores has been sold. We have purchased a new build in New Hamburg, Ontario. We will be homeless from October 16 through March 22, 2018. Any volunteers? Here is the sales video for the home in Collingwood. I know that the video is a lattle long, but try to hang in until the end where the drone shows the outside of the home and the community. The technology is great.

After reading about Playing For Change and how they are working with street musicians, and how good they can be, I started looking for good buskers on YouTube. There is quite a variety of talent with uploaded videos. Some are bad, but some are really good. Here is Rachael Croft. At the time that I linked to this video it had been viewed just 1628 times. Have a look at the view counter to see if it is moving (if it has, I am certain it is not because of my link.)

Llewellyn Appleton and Carol Appleton

Tim Buckley was one of my favourite singer/songwriters in the 1960s/early 70s. He was odd but had a very distinctive voice and style. He committed suicide in 1975. Tim had a son - Jeff Buckley. Jeff too was a favourite singer/songwriter. He put out one album before he tragically drown in the Mississippi River in 1997 at the age of 31. The album titled "Grace" was brilliant, but he will always be remembered for his version of the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah". This song is covered over and over again, but none equal his version. He had a sweet, sweet voice.

Morgan James enters this story by covering not just a Jeff Buckley song, but by paying tribute to him by covering the entire album - thoughtfully and with passion. At times Morgan sings as Jeff, and at other times she extends what he was trying to do - perfectly. I am a big fan of Jeff but I really appreciate her spin on his songs. Morgan's husband Jeff Wamble plays guitar throughout this session. He replicates "dead" Jeff's guitar sound very well.

As I work through the pile of newspaper clippings and properly category and file them I occasionally come across a stumper. This morning it is two obituary clippings for a WWII and Korean war RCAF fighter pilot named David Ashleigh who died in a plane crash in 1979 near Oshawa. He was an RCAF Ace. I believe that this meant that he had shot down 5 enemy aircraft. I was pretty certain that a quick Google would bring up lots of facts about David - not so. The internet was bare excepting one entry in a website Fly For Your Life that is dedicated to RCAF history. They have no photograph or other information - just that he was in the RCAF. I am in touch and will supply them with what I have. Hopefully we can track him down and make certain that the clippings find a place to survive.

to "see a man about a dog", and have lunch with Dave and Olwen.

Update: bought the dog.

Next year this photo will be 40 years old. My . . . .

1978 Families Gathering

Back: Susan Campbell, Fred & Carol & dau Bronwen Appleton, unk, unk, Howard Campbell, Nancy & son Mark & Mike Dillon

Front: Ann Donaldson & son Braden, unk, Betty's dau Sarah Campbell, Nancy & Scott & Steve & Michael Sinclair, Betty Campbell