mercredi 29 février 2012

1000 days for the planet with the SEDNA IV and Jean Lemire

The scientific explorer, Jean Lemire, invites us to join SEDNA IV to sea for 1000 Days as an expedition member ... in a virtual way on the website of the trip.
According to Jean Lemire, this expedition will be exceptional:
"Imagine a journey, a very long trip ... Three years of adventure, tales of wonder and reflection on the state of our planet. 1,000 days to sail the seas and lands of this vast globe to find the extraordinary diversity of life and demonstrating its delicate balance. " wishes "bon voyage" to Jean Lemire and the crew of the SEDNA IV for this spectacular odyssey!
Photo : Sedna IV in the Old Port of Montréal;
See official website of the trip ;
See Facebook page of the trip ;

See Facebook page of Jean Lemire ;

The Quebec singer Lara Brown

Jacques Racine, a former executive at Hydro-Quebec, is now communications consultant and he is convinced to have discovered the next Adele...
The artist is named Lara Brown, a singer redhead, and she will launch her second album in early March. The singer presents a show this Friday, March 2, 2012 at Place des Arts in Montreal.
You can watch a song from Lara, ZANZIBAR, on her website and learn more about the status of this young Quebec singer-songwriter.
We do not know if Lara Brown's career will be as phenomenal as the one of Adele but says Rene Angelil on Star Academy:
"Efforts, talent and perseverance are three elements responsible for the success an artist ... "
Good luck to Lara Brown!

Photo 1: Lara Brown ;
Photo 2: Jacques Racine et Lara Brown ;
See website Lara Brown ;

mardi 28 février 2012

TV audience down for TOUT LE MONDE EN PARLE...

The tv show TOUT LE MONDE EN PARLE (FRENCH CBC) is plummeting since recent weeks and the Oscars have come to give another shot in the back...
The tv audience for last Sunday fell to only 820.000 spectators...
Julie Snyder held up against the Academy Awards with 1,993,000 viewers (TVA).
To be continued...

Photo 1: Logo Everybody talks about it;
Photo 2: Guy A. Lepage and Danny Turcotte;
See story LA PRESSE ;
View audience during the Grammy and Superbowl ;

lundi 27 février 2012

The Vatican is stronger than Anonymous...

The website of the Vatican is stronger than the group Anonymous...
Indeed the group of hackers has failed in its efforts to bring down the website of the Catholic organization...
Photo 1: The Vatican ;
Photo 2: The Anonymous group ;

Chantal Joly (1949-2012)

The radio and TV host Chantal Joly died in the Magdalen Islands (February 26, 2012).
Chantal Joly had many friends.
Bernard Bujold ( retains a treasured memory of the tv and radio host:
"I had known (briefly) Chantal Jolis. It was in 2002, during a supper. She had just bought a riding horse to his then life partner and she asked my advice. I found the eyes of Chantal beautiful and I told her so. She told me that I was a charmer but, she was pleased by the compliment. It was our only encounter ... "

Photo 1: Chantal Joly;
View Obituaries ;

dimanche 26 février 2012

The Academy Awards 2012

The Oscars of the 2012 Academy Awards are announced ...
Congratulations to the Montrealer Christopher Plummer and the French actor Jean Dujardin!
Photo 1: 2012 Academy Awards;
Photo 2: Billy Crystal
SEE CTV (Canada) ;
See Site 2012 Academy Awards ;

The last days of Winter 2012

Let's enjoy the last days of winter 2012!
Photo 1 and 2: Ski Mont Tremblant ;

vendredi 24 février 2012

Snowy night in Montreal (February 2012)

Snowy night in Montreal - February 24, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Photo 1 and 2: Place d'Youville - Montreal (Bernard Bujold)
SEE full Photo Album ;

Changes in the French CBC Montreal; Louis Lalande force the departure of Alain Saulnier and replaces him by Michel Cormier

There is a death spirit at Radio-Canada (Montreal) as the news director Alain Saulnier said that he had been forced to resign on 16 March. It seems he did not get along with the big boss Louis Lalande ...
This is the Acadian journalist Michel Cormier who will replace Saulnier. Cormier had wreaked havoc on his recent arrival in the general direction of the CBC Moncton moving star host Abbé Lanteigne from the regional newscast.
Now some Acadians are suggesting that the new director of Radio-Canada Moncton should be Abbé Lanteigne!
Many observers also said that the departure of the host star Christiane Charette one year ago was also motivated by the arrival of Lalande at the top radio job.
One could say that a storm is blowing through the CBC ... Stay tuned!

Photo 1: Louis Lalande, Alain Saulnier, Michel Cormier, Abbé Lanteigne et
Christiane Charette ;
Photo 2: Édifice Radio-Canada Montréal ;

jeudi 23 février 2012

The new thriller from author Louise Penny -DÉFENSE DE TUER

With the approach of the March Break 2012, many parents will find themselves on vacation at the cottage or elsewhere in the country.
An excellent book to pack is the latest thriller by Louise Penny: DÉFENSE DE TUER (translation of the original - The Murder Stone). The action of the book takes place in the Eastern Townships at the Manoir Bellechasse (fictitious name inspired by the Manoir Hovey in North Hartley).
The author Penny has been very successful in describing the atmosphere of a country house hotel and we appreciate her descriptive narrative as much as the murder mystery discovered by the detective Armand Gamache ...
An excellent book to accompany the March break.

Photo 1: Louise Pennys and her book cover ;

mercredi 22 février 2012

Two war reporters die in Syria: Marie Colvin et Rémi Ochlik

Two war reporters have been killed in Syria, including the famous Marie Colvin well known on the TV network CNN.
Photo 1: Marie Colvin;
See CNN report ;
See story The Telegraph ;
See The New York Times story ;
See The Wall Street Journal story ;

The problem of the homeless in Montreal

The problem of homelessness looks like a zombie horror film genre.
The police say to the homeless out of the subway and once in the street to move! But to where? Back on the subway?
In the horror film, the zombies end up being more numerous than the people around them and they invade the city! What will happen when the homeless (already more than 30.000 in Montreal) will outnumber the police? Will they call the army?

Photo: Police officer in Montreal ;

mardi 21 février 2012

Bill Clinton is on PBS Television

Bill Clinton is the subject of two evenings on PBS American Experience. Monday February 20 and Tuesday February 21th at 9 pm.
Photo 1: Bill Clinton ;

Quebec Minister Raymond Bachand and the "Party in Paris"

What will be the reaction by the Quebec Minister Raymond Bachand regarding the revelation by Jean Barbe about the "Party in Paris"?
Finally, the minister said that he do not consider the comment as serious...
Photo 1: Notre-Dame-de-Paris ;
Photo 2: Minister Raymond Bachand ;

lundi 20 février 2012

Robert Bourassa and his biographers

Former Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa (1933-1996) is presently the subject of intense media debate surrounding the publication of a biographical portrait by the author Georges Hébert Germain.
There are in reality many serious biographies of Robert Bourassa, three recent: the books written by journalist Julien Brault in 2010, the reissue of the two books of Jean Francois Lisée (first published in 1994) and the newest version by the Germain.
If there is a conclusion to all those biographies, it's that this former Quebec prime minister is like Bill Clinton. Indeed, Bourassa has been criticized throughout his career but he is always landed on his feet. His greatest achievement, yet highly controversial at the time of its creation in 1971 is the famous hydroelectric project in James Bay. He had lost his 1976 election, but he returned for a second term as prime minister in 1985 after being exiled to the United States and Europe as a teacher. But despite the obstacles, Robert Bourassa has always survived. This is the true definition of this politician: A surviver!
Photo 1: Robert Bourassa ;
Photo 2: James Bay ;

dimanche 19 février 2012

Television programming of Sunday, February 19 will again be very competitive for the Quebec program TOUT LE MONDE EN PARLE..

TV programming this Sunday, February 19 2012 will again be the most competitive and the biggest looser might be TOUT LE MONDE EN PARLE....
The FOX network will broadcast at 8 pm the 500th issue of the cartoon The Simpsons and many stars will be personified and amongst them Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who will host his own character.
The CBS show The Good Wife will return at 9 pm, a very popular program that perfectly represents life in a prestigious law firm.
In Quebec, Julie Snyder will host in French from 7:30 p.m. Star Academy Gala and the featured guest is Patricia Kaas.
The biggest loser may be the show TOUT LE MONDE EN PARLE with Guy A Lepage and Dany Turcotte. Since the Sunday's Super Bowl, their viewing figures have fallen below the million listeners and that will become tragic if the situation gets worse!
Have a good Sunday TV ...
Photo 1: The Simpsons and Assange,
Photo 2: The Good Wife;
Photo 3: Star Academie and Julie Snyder;
Photo 4: TOUT LE MONDE EN PARLE - Guy A Lepage and Dany Turcotte;

samedi 18 février 2012

The funeral of Whitney Houston

The funeral in tribute to Whitney Houston was celebrated Saturday, February 18th in New York.
The event was available online and many media. (see link below)
Photo 1: Whitney Houston ;

jeudi 16 février 2012

A new Mac operating system

The company APPLE will unveil a new operating system for its Macs by the end of summer 2012.
The NEW system will be known as MAC OSX Mountain Lion.


The outgoing French president Nicolas Sarkozy will be candidate...

Outgoing French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be a candidate at the next election. He made ​​the announcement of his candidacy on Facebook and Twitter. L'élection présidentielle se tiendra les 22 avril et 6 mai 2012.
Photo 1: Nicolas Sarkozy ;

mercredi 15 février 2012

Star Wars: Quebecor against CBC and Power Corporation - La Presse

The business and the media world are like a Star Wars where the objective is to conquer as much space as possible...
Quebecor and its leader, Pierre-Karl Peladeau won the war against CBC and they ruthlessly eliminated (figuratively...) their opponent Sylvain Lafrance from Radio-Canada. Star Wars is now in a second episode and Quebecor's enemy is Power Corporation - La Presse. It is clear that the war of the planets is more active than ever...
To be continued and may the best man win!

Photo 1: CBC building ;
Photo 2: Pierre-Karl Péladeau with his wife and Sylvain Lafrance ;
Photo 3: Public Clock at La Presse ;
Photo 4: Quebecor ;

The love of a woman... or with a woman!

Google and his definition of love...

lundi 13 février 2012

Adele wins 6 Grammy Awards and she sings for the audience at the TV Gala

The British singer Adele won six Grammy Awards including the 2012 album of the Year with his recording 21.
Adele also sang at the Grammy's Gala on TV and she showed that her absence from the scene was only temporary...
The singer is more seductive than ever!
Anderson Cooper met Adele in an exclusive interview and he presented his discussion of CBS 60 Minutes.

Photo 1,2 and 3: Adele ;
Photo 4: Anderson Cooper CBS ;

dimanche 12 février 2012

Whitney Houston is dead...

Singer Whitney Houston (48 years) died in her room at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She had drug problems since several years but the cause of death was not disclosed and the result of the autopsy will only be released in several weeks.
Photo 1: Whitney Houston
See The New York Times story ;
See The Wall Street Journal story ;

The car of 2012: Porsche 911

According to The Wall Street Journal the car of the year in 2012: the new edition Porsche 911...
Photo 1: Porsche 911 -2012
See report and road test :

Bob Rae and the future of Canada

Very interesting article in today National Post (Saturday February 11, 2012).
Conrad Black wrote that a fusion between the Liberal and NPD is the only way to defeat Stephen Harper. Black also suggest that Bob Rae become leader for the Liberal and Thomas Mulcair for the NPD.

Photo 1; Bob Rae ;
See story The National Post ;

vendredi 10 février 2012

The Iliad and the Arab Spring

The new book The Iliad (Homer) translated by Stephen Mitchell and currently in library is an excellent book that shows beyond doubt that the Arab Spring was inspired by this poem dating back over 2,700 years.
All European cultures have also been influenced by the Iliad and the Odyssey and the recent wars in North Africa are no exception.
The Iliad is a book to read or reread...
Photo 1 and 2: The Iliad ;
Photo 3: The Arab Spring ;