Paul Martin: Encourages tiresome trend of celebrities posing as policy-makers by chilling with Bono at finance meeting in Prague. He should have run ideas by Stompin’ Tom first.
Roy Romanow: Longest-serving preem bows out with a stir as he suggests Liberal-NDP merger. Upside: a party with the commitment to principle of the NDP and the electoral track record of the Liberals. Downside: the reverse.
with Shanda Deziel
Over and Under Achievers
A musical extravaganza! Paul: ‘Yoo-hoo,
U2V Roy: ‘Coin to the chapel[ darlin... ’
Steve: ‘This land is my land!' And Bill:
‘Breakjn up is (unnecessary) to do!’
♦ Steve Nash: Our Olympic basketball hero is a gold-medal guy in character. Who loves ya, baby? We do!
♦ Cold medication: No, it still doesn’t cure what ails you. But widespread use gives new meaning to Olympics motto of faster, higher and stronger.
♦ The CBC: Trounces NBC with live coverage versus their tape-delay. Memo
to NBC execs: not all the world works on your time clock. Get used to it.
♦ Microsoft: Bill Gates can rest easy as company has its breakup put on hold—maybe forever— by U.S. Supreme Court. Or as tabs would say: Eeeek! Court speaks: piqued geek has peak week!
‘On lead vocal, Paul Martin’
Paul Martin’s top aide, Ruth Thorkelson, has a reputation as a no-nonsense political operative, given to blunt assessments of policy issues and opponents.
But another side of Thorkelson, 36, was revealed last week when she was left starry-eyed after a stairwell serenade from Bono, U2’s lead singer.
Bono, the public face of Jubilee 2000, a group pushing for debt relief for the developing world, met with Martin in Prague last week to support Canada’s call for a moratorium on collecting from poor nations. (Martin was there for meetings of the International Monetary Lund and World Bank.) En route to a meeting, Thorkelson and Bono decided to take the stairs, where Bono sang her several bars of a single, Beautiful Day, he has released to raise money for the cause. Thorkelson was still gushing about the incident on the flight home to Ottawa—where she then plunged into planning for a possible mini-budget to clear the way for a late-November election. Reality bites—hard.
Over the Trees
Don’t try this on your own, kids
It was the shot seen round the world.
And now everyone wants to duplicate it. On Sept. 10, at the Bell Canadian Open in Oakville, Ont., Tiger Woods found himself in a fairway bunker, 218 yards from the pin on the last hole, with only a one-shot lead over Grant Waite. Woods used a six iron to fade the ball around some trees and over a pond, landing it a short chip shot from the hole. After one putting, he carded a birdie and won the tournament. Now the 18th hole at Glen Abbey Golf Club is constandy backed up as average players give the “Tiger shot” a go. “They have no chance,” says Richard Stackhouse, an assistant pro at the Abbey. “A guy that shoots 120 is trying this shot, he can’t even hit it 200 yards, and he is trying to hit it out of a bunker 200 yards.” Stackhouse says that hardly anyone who tries the shot even makes it to the green, and
most players lose their balls in the water. At first, the staff found it amusing, but now it is beginning to slow down play. “We had two guys walk over from the driving range with four range balls each and give it a go,” says Stackhouse. “That’s the kind of thing we are really discouraging.” Not everyone, after all, has the eye of the Tiger.
“There aren’t that many Canadians left. There’s only 25 million . . . We were once 30 million, but most people fled the country because they tired of listening to Celine Dion music.”
-Canadian actor-director Jason Priestley talks about his homeland on the TV show Fox News Live
“We spoke to her people about her going to China.
It wasn’t possible. Celine is really popular in China.”
-A spokesman for Heritage Minister Sheila Copps confirms that China made an unprecedented ministerial-level request asking for Copps’s help in getting Dion to tour the country.
Dion temporarily retired shortly afterward.
King of the half-dollars
For once, there is serious American interest in Canadian currency—but it’s not going to improve our exchange rate. A pair of 79-year-old silver half-dollars—known as the “kings of Canadian coins”—will be auctioned on Oct. 5 at the Long Beach, Calif., Coin & Collectibles Expo. They are expected to fetch between $25,000 and $75,000 (U.S.) each. The coins are rare—only about 75 to 100 are known to exist—because very few of the 206,398 pieces minted in 1921 were circulated. There was little demand for them, so most were melted to make half-dollars in 1929.
The two coins are designated as Specimen 61 on a grading scale of 1 to 70. “It could be another 20 years before another one of these coins comes on the market,” says Bob Korver of Fieri tage Numismatic Auctions, the designated auctioneer at the Expo. The coins are from the collection of a deceased Kansas businessman. If only the loonie could drum up this much cross-border interest.
With the Thanksgiving weekend approaching, turkey emergencies are on the rise. The American Butterball Turkey Talk-Line reports the following favourite questions-and the number of times they have been asked:
“We forgot to thaw the turkey, how can we cook it?”: 4,000 TIMES
“The family pet stole the bird, can we still eat what’s left?”:
Some favourite gobblers
“Our baby arrived unexpectedly-how can we save our cooked turkey?”: 380 TIMES
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