Thursday, October 04, 2007

Black Adder.

Some bits and bobs:

- Conrad Black's celebrity tip segment on The Mercer Report was quite funny. I had forgotten the joys of waxing leaves... Is it just me or do Canadians like Conrad better now that he's been knocked down a peg or twelve?

- To wit: they're exhibiting pictures of him in Winnipeg. Who knew Andy Warhol did a silk-screen portrait of Conrad Black!?! Surely the Canadian National Portrait Gallery should own this. That is, if such a thing existed. In which case, they should buy this Black painting, too.

- What's this? More weird Conrad Black news? He's using Margaret Atwood's bizarre LongPen device to sign copies of his Nixon book at a Toronto event. Is this what Atwood had in mind when she invented the LongPen? Kind of a niche market - authors who are unable to attend books signings because of their bail conditions.

- I had a piece in the National Post - which for thematic continuity I will remind you was started by Conrad Black - yesterday about how most museums and galleries in the UK are entrance-fee free. Giving me an excellent excuse to head down to the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern this weekend, the article is part of the Post's campaign to abolish admission charges to museums across Canada. It started with Robert Fulford impassioned plea on Tuesday and continued today with Adam McDowell.

- Have a mentioned that Bob Saget is going to be the new Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway? Of course not, because it has nothing to do with Lord Black of Crossharbour.

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