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Doing the wave

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 23, 2017 in Middle Age

The home version of the microwave oven turned fifty this year. Although the industrial microwave oven has been around since 1947, we did not get the chance to add it to the list of standard kitchen appliances until 1967. The delay in ‘retailization’ was of course due to getting the price down to consumer budgets, [...]

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All the colours in the world

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 2, 2017 in Middle Age

I swear this is not related to April Fools. Indeed, if it was a joke it is far too cruel a one to be played on April 1. In case you missed the news, Crayola is retiring the ‘dandelion’ crayon from the box of 24. Apparently, this is only the third instance of booting a [...]

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There’s gold in them hills

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 30, 2016 in Middle Age

It may have escaped your notice that we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the invention of the Yukon Gold potato this year, so I feel it is my duty to bring it to your attention. You might think the Yukon Gold is just another piece of produce that finds its way into your kitchen [...]

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Blowin’ in the wind

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 16, 2016 in Middle Age

Dyson, the vacuum cleaner purveyors that will sell you a cyclonic bag-less thing of beauty as long as you can qualify for a mortgage to pay for one, is now flogging a cyclonic hair dryer for only $500. Now that Mr. Dyson has solved the problem of picking up pet hair he has chosen to [...]

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Pet sounds

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 19, 2016 in Middle Age

I think more than any season, summer comes with many sounds. Maybe that’s because we are outside more and have more opportunity to hear what’s going on. And of course, we can finally open the windows day and night and can hear both day and night sounds. Friday night at the cottage was one of [...]

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The last goal he ever scored

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 11, 2016 in Middle Age

I know almost as much about Gordie Howe as I do about Muhammad Ali. Which is to say, not very much about either of them. Or maybe what I really mean is I care about as little about Gordie Howe as I do about Muhammad Ali except that Gordie Howe was more of a presence [...]

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But wait – there’s more!

Posted by Marlinee on May 1, 2016 in Middle Age

The least well known thing about Phil Kives was his name. Not a bad thing really, since back in the day it was only proper to have your name in the paper twice: once when you’re born and once when you die. This week it was Phil’s turn to punch his second ticket. Before establishing [...]

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Is this a real life? Is this a fantasy?

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 6, 2016 in Middle Age

We should all know the difference between what happens online or on screen and what actually happens In Real Life (IRL) but somehow it is sometimes very hard to distinguish between these two things. Isn’t IRL where we spend all of our minutes, hours and days, and isn’t NRL (Not Real Life, a term I [...]

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Love will keep us alive

Posted by Marlinee on Jan 24, 2016 in Middle Age

Blogs didn’t exist when Elvis and John Lennon died. There was no Instagram to fill up with selfies of chance encounters with newly dead music celebrities. And there was no Facebook on which to repost eulogies and elegies and bootleg YouTube clips of long lost performances of dubious provenance. Despite the handicap of no internet [...]

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We’re going to party like it’s 1999

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 31, 2015 in Middle Age

I’m sure I’m not the only person who thinks that New Year’s Eve is a very strange construct. In fact I know I’m not because there was an article about this very thing in the paper today and there is probably a similar one published every December 31st. With apologies for bandwagoning, here are my [...]

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