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I've worked for a big multi-national, lived abroad for several years, travelled a lot, now in politics. Married once but separated; no kids. Generally utilitarian except for minority rights.


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FEBRUARY 26, 2015 8:37AM

My Avatar Died – R.I.P. Alan Howard

            I don’t suppose many of you hear are familiar with Alan Howard’s career.  But from the late 60s through the early 80s he was the greatest star of the British stage.

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            In Part 1 I nominated four performances for the ages:

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind
Katherine Hepburn as Tracy Lords in The Philadelphia Story
Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund (Laszlo ) in Casablanca
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            In some ways it was tougher to pick favorite performances for men.  I went back and forth on several – elevated some and demoted others.  Not so surprising really given that there are lots more and better roles for menRead full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2015 8:55AM

Favorite Acting Performances - Men

            I’ve been meaning to do this for the past few years as the lead-up to the Oscars reminds me of performances I’ve enjoyed.  I’m sure everyone can put together a list but in doing so, it made me wonder what exactlRead full post »

JANUARY 5, 2015 8:35AM

My Not-So-Happy New Year's

            As often as not I’ve spent New Year’s with an old friend who I’ll call Ron and his wife Amy.  Ron and I have been good friend since we were eight and I’ve always enjoyed visiting him.

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            First off, if you plan on seeing this (it’s the one about Alan Turing), be forewarned there are plenty of spoilers.  Or perhaps that’s not the right word as I think you’d enjoy it regardless of how many plot poiRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 8:33AM

Scottish Independence?

            Have you been following the independence referendum in Scotland?  It’s coming on September 18 and the latest polls are showing it’s too close to call.

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AUGUST 17, 2014 11:54AM

Woodstock Vicariously

            If much of what one reads of the famous festival is true, my memories of it as a non-attendee are not far off the diminished versions of those lucky and smart enough to have been there.  I actually had the chance but blew it.

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            OK, Israel invaded Gaza, someone blew a Malaysian jet out of the sky and Elaine Stritch just died.  But I didn’t want to let the moment pass without bidding a fond farewell to one of the classic guitar gods – Johnny WRead full post »

          It seems that OS isn’t the only place where this game is played.  Thanks to the usual sources I’ve obtained a copy of President Obama’s version.


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JUNE 8, 2014 11:37AM

Rio Memories

            The coming onset of the World Cup in Brasil (I got used to the local spelling and find it hard to abandon) brought back memories of the happy times I spent in Rio de Janeiro.  Totted up, it was about a year from the early 80s toRead full post »

            The similarity between The Beatles and Gilbert and Sullivan didn’t strike me until I was into my 30s, a decade or so after the demise of the Fab Four.  At that time I was reading some of the growing mountain of Beatles recoRead full post »

            I’ve never been one for the “snip” type of post where most of it is quotes from other sources.  But I’m making an exception this time as I believe that global warming caused by human activity is about theRead full post »

MARCH 26, 2014 8:32AM

Lament For a Good Boss

            They’re underrated treasures.  Less so for their virtues, more so for their lack of, well, there’s no one word that encapsulates it.  I think I’d better explain.


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FEBRUARY 14, 2014 8:23AM

Happy VD Blogiversary

            First off I’d like to give a big thanks to the many OSers who’ve made this place the delight, diminished as it may be, it is.  When I first posted four years ago I thought that checking in a couple of times a week wasRead full post »

JANUARY 28, 2014 9:15PM

Pete Seeger - The Musician

          I’m gratified that here on OS Pete Seeger’s passing didn’t escape notice.  There are some fine posts already up by Luminous Muse, Pam Malone and Mark Kaufman.  They’re all worth a read.  But none of them incRead full post »

          Over the holidays I saw a few movies, one them being Nebraska.  The story arc is a road picture with Bruce Dern playing a geezer being driven by his son from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska.  On their way the son decides to stopRead full post »

          It seemed like such a good idea at the time.  I was to visit my old friend Hayley (jmac used a different name in his post here but I’ve referred to her as Hayley in other posts and will follow the precedent) over Thanksgiving and havinRead full post »

          A recent post from old new lefty touched on the topic of lives lived and how what one wound up doing was often quite far from what one expected.  Nothing so new there though it was nicely written.  And in fairness to onl, that wasn&rsquRead full post »

                Science was dealt another setback today when leading researchers announced that they’ve abandoned their efforts to disprove the existence of God.  Dr.  Bertrand Voltaire of France’s esteem… Read full post »

          Conspicuous consumption is taught in most introductory economics classes.  As Mr. Wiki explains:


Conspicuous consumption is the spending of money on and the acquiring of luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power &… Read full post »

          The recent article in Big Salon titled “Everyone Hates Environmentalists and Feminists” caught my eye.  According to some studies, a message promoting better environmental practices will be better received and embraced if it&rsquRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 1:22PM

My 9/11 - REPOST

            At the time I was working for an elected official.  I didn’t know any who lost their life in the towers, the Pentagon or on the planes.  And as I still have dealings with some of the folks from that office, I’m nRead full post »

JUNE 20, 2013 8:27AM

Pride Through Music

          In many parts of the world it’s the season for Pride Parades and related festivities.  There’s an extensive history of them in Wiki here.  Briefly, the first parade was sparked by the 1969 Stonewall police raid and took placRead full post »

MAY 19, 2013 1:08PM

Two Kinds of People

          There are two kinds of people….Really?  Of the planet’s 7 billion people, can they really be divided into just two groups?  Apparently so according to some.  Here’s a short list I put together with help from Mr.Read full post »