Six In The Morning

1 MORE ON REGINA’S UPCOMING HOT SPOT I’m not sure I agree with the Carillon‘s Jonathan Petrychyn when he says that the Artful Dodger will be “the centre of creativity and life in the city” — we’ve still got a LaserQuest in this city, Petrychyn, and don’t you forget it — but his article on the multi-use space that’s getting put together in the Warehouse District is essential for anyone interested in Regina’s cultural scene.

2 SOCIETY PARODIES ITSELF THESE DAYS Take it away, Globe and Mail: “A casual text message to work colleagues encouraging them to ‘blow away’ the competition at a trade show allegedly plunged a Muslim man into a terrorism probe.” The man in question says he was held for three days and his home was searched, among other indignities. If true, that’s some real black comedy satire material.

3 HOW ARE THOSE JOBS NUMBERS? In Canada, the unemployment rate is crawling up. In the U.S., “the jobless rate is the lowest it’s been since February 2009.”

4 RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS STILL MISTREATED So says the National Residential School Survivors’ Society in this CBC article. They claim mistreatment by some of the lawyers representing them and ask for a judicial review. History is essentially serving them a shepherd’s pie of mistreatment, just layers upon layers.

5 FOR ONCE, ROMNEY GETS A BREAK Things have been tough for the little guy who wants to become the next Republican president. Now, Aaron Blake of the Washington Post is saying that Willard “Mitt” Romney’s Mormon religion will be an advantage in Nevada, after it was a big question mark in more evangelical states. Why does this give him a boost there? Because Mormons make up a big part of the Republican electorate out there and they overwhelming voted for him back in 2008. Now you know.

6 MID-TWENTIES WHITE KID RECOMMENDS YOU LISTEN TO THIS AMERICAN LIFE Some of the more deplorable things going on down in the U.S. are the immigration policies being introduced by states like Arizona and Alabama and, as Anthony Hecht of the Stranger rightfully points out, they are predatory and practically evil. Well, those are my words, not his, but I think we both felt the same way after listening to public radio giant This American Life‘s episode that covers the Alabama situation. It’s one of the more heartbreaking pieces TAL has produced. Listen now.

BONUS This is a little old to make it into my Six in the Morning — over a week already, if you believe it — but I think it’s still of interest. A good friend of mine sent me a link to to a post where writer Matt Glassman deconstructs Newt Gingrich’s idea for a moon statehood process, as he proposed it to the House in an act in the 1980s. Boy is it detailed.

And our Daily Puppy is Bella Bear the Newfoundland. Bella is plenty cute and all but I think the adorableness of a Newfie goes up as they get older. I saw one walking in front of my building the other day and it could’ve been a small bear on a leash. It was the greatest thing.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

13 thoughts on “Six In The Morning”

  1. Paul beat me to it: the Artful Dodger – and I wish the Carillon writer had given Charles Dickens proper credit – is in what used to be called the Core Neighbourhood and is now the Heritage District.

  2. As for Number Two on your Top Six, that sounds like the opening scene on Little Mosque On The Prairie: the imam gets ready to board the plane to Regina to take up his new job, gets a phone call from his mother, who is trying to persuade him to go back to law school instead, and says ‘I’m not throwing my life away,” and freaks out airport security.

  3. Although I missed the chance to be the first to correct James’ geography, I will take the opportunity for some self promotion and note that in the film RIVER, the characters Roz and Stan share a space in the building that will soon be the home of The Artful Dodger (or is it, Artful Dodger?[In a further digression, has anyone seen the documentary about the southern California music scene of the 1970s, in which Steve Martin explains that according to Glen Frey, the name of the band is Eagles, rather than The Eagles?])

    It’s a great building and I’m happy to see it getting a whole new life. (Didn’t Neutral Ground used to be in this building?)

  4. Hey, here’s a remarkable insight: Romney’s religion may just help him win Utah, as well. He may even be the most popular presidential candidate among BYU students.

  5. “The name Artful Dodger comes from the movie Oliver and references the fun spirit of one of the main characters in the movie, a young boy who was nicknamed The Artful Dodger for his creative and skillful talents…we are paying homage to his zest for life and his positive energy and outlook.”

    http://www.facebook.com/crazygreatspace

    just sayin’

  6. The Artful Dodger first appeared as a character in the novel Oliver Twist, published in 1838, which preceded the musical Oliver! by 122 years. The movie adaptation of the musical debuted in 1968. He was a fun loving orphan and pickpocket. His final fate is uncertain, though there’s certainly a chance he was deported to Australia after being convicted of theft.

    Jack Wild, the actor who played the Dodger in the film Oliver!, went on to be the lead in the late 60s/early 70s TV series HR Pufnstuf. The creators of HR Pufnstuf claimed there were no intentional drug references in that children’s series.That’s not the way I saw it as a wee nipper. Sad to see that Mr. Wild passed away in 2006.

    Mark Lester, who played Oliver, in the movie version of Oliver! claimed that he was the biological father of at least one of Michael Jackson’s kids.

  7. Re: the Carillon article,and #9:
    “A little learning is a dangerous thing:/Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:/There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,/And drinking largely sobers us again.”

  8. Other notable London stage performers of the Artful Dodger include Tony (“Blackadder”) Robinson, as well as musicians Davy Jones of the Monkees, Steve Marriott of the Small Faces, and Phil Collins.

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