Converts: coming soon!

Thanks to the lovely Victoria Murdoch for sharing this on her blog. Some friends of ours1 are producing a web series called converts. It’s a show about four evangelical Christian Converts and their adventures. It should be good times.

Just watch the trailer, k?

Footnotes:
  1. Vicki’s & mine[]

English Pronunciation

Katia Millar posted a link to this article on facebook and I just had to try it out but it wouldn’t be any fun if there were no witnesses.

Listen to Reggy reading “English Pronunciation” by G. Nolst Trenité

Just in case you’d rather read the words off my blog, here you are:

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

— written by G. Nolst Trenité

I made a lot of mistakes along the way but this was a lot of fun to record. I’m sure I could’ve cheated and tried again but I already got to cheat twice because people called in the middle of my first two tries.

Also, just in case you’re wondering: I was listening to Graydon James & The Young Novelists and that’s who you can hear in the background. The fan sound is from the kitchen exhaust.

If you happened to do the same and you’ve recorded yourself reading this out loud, please leave a link in the comments so I can follow along!

Cancer Can’t Dance Like This

I had heard about Daniel Stolfi from my good friends over at Riverlife Productions last year but I had not been able to catch his show until this week. Dan is extremely charming, engaging and very easy to watch & listen to. Sadly, some of what he covered in his show were not new to me; my Grandfather died of Prostate Cancer and I have met and continue to meet people who have been affected by this horrible disease every year that I volunteer at the Terry Fox Run1; What was refreshing was his candor.

In the past, when I have spoken to people about their experience with Cancer, they prefer to talk about how the experience changed them. They don’t want to talk about their hardship in detail. But I think that sometimes talking about the negative experiences can help others learn before they have to go through it themselves. And as Dan ran through the parts of himself that he loved and lost2, I couldn’t help but wonder if I would be able to be as strong. But Dan is, strong enough to turn his hardest moments into something entertaining for people to watch yet still deals with some very hard moments. Even as I read the synopsis on his website for the first time last year, despite all my3 experience, I was taken aback at the thought of having to deal with the loss of five4 of my most treasured activities. I’m sure once you see the show, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars too that he made it through to show us all a thing or two about courage.

Hilarious but poignant, I couldn’t help but fall a little bit for this talented Canadian-born, Italian Actor & Comedian who is making sure cancer knows he has not only won the fight, but he’ll continue to win it. I am so glad I was able to catch a performance of ‘Cancer Can’t Dance Like This‘, and if you haven’t already you should go to eventbrite now to buy your tickets! The show has been running and is playing at the Pia Bouman Theatre (6 Noble St) tonight at 8:30pm, Saturday5 at 2:30 pm & at 8:30 pm!

Footnotes:
  1. since 2002[]
  2. and still continue to fight to get back[]
  3. so-called[]
  4. FIVE[]
  5. that’s tomorrow[]

Monday Madness: The Boob Tube Edition

In honour of the season premiere of one of my favourite television shows returning this season, I’m dedicating this week’s Monday Madness to Television. Below are my picks for ‘Must-see TV’ this season:

Heroes: They’re normal people with dysfunctional lives who discovered two seasons ago that they have special abilities; and in true X-Men1 form there are some people who think they’re a threat and those who think they are the future. It’s not quite the X-Men because they don’t run around in superhero-skin-tight-save-the-day outfits but it doesn’t make it any less awesome.
When it Airs: Mondays on Global | Ch 32 at 9pm EST (I think).
Why I watch it: Two words – Milo Ventimiglia3. In all seriousness, I’m a huge comic book and superhero fan so this show was right up my alley from day 14. Some people have complained that it moves quite slow, but I think the show is worth your patience.
My favourite characters: Peter Pettrelli played by Milo Ventimiglia5, Claire played by Hayden Panettiere, and Elle Bishop played by Kristen Bell.

Grey’s Anatomy: Love drama, Friend drama, Interning drama; It’s a drama about starting out a medical career at Seattle Grace Hospital and all the trials and tribulations they have to go through.
Airs: Thursdays on CTV | channel 8 at 9pm EST (I think).
Why I watch it: I love it because it makes me cry; the love story between Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo‘s characters, Derek and Meredith because I’ve always been a sucker for ‘destined lover’ stories. Theirs is my favourite since Friends ended and there was nothing new to watch about Ross and Rachel’s love story. I’ve never been a fan of hospital dramas (don’t shoot me down, I know ER was great but it just isn’t there for me ok?)) but for some reason Grey’s Anatomy just always hits all the right spots for me. I was disappointed when Adison Sheppard, played by Kate Walsh, left the show but they’ve been able to keep my interest so I think I’m going to stick with this one.
My favourite character(s): I guess I made this question redundant by answering my previous question the way I did but let’s say it again for good measure: Dr. Derek Sheppard and Meredith Grey6.

Flashpoint: It follows the Strategic Response Unit as they try and do their job and diffuse high-risk situations7. The team are made to seem like heroes capable of doing things we wouldn’t but of course they are, so it adds that extra bit of drama to every situation.
Airs: Sundays on CTV | channel 8 at 10pm EST8
Why I watch it: It’s set in Toronto! Really, that’s it. Hehe ok, no. I can’t pinpoint what I like about it but so far it’s been really exciting and entertaining to watch.
My favourite character(s): Sgt. Gregory Parker played by Enrico Colantoni, Julianna ‘Jules’ Callaghan played by Amy Jo Johnson, and Ed Lane played by Hugh Dillon.

Desperate housewives: The women of Wysteria Lane are scandalous, imperfect9, sexy and they care about each other the way you hope a friend would care for you.
Airs: Sundays on CTV | channel 8 at 9pm EST
Why I watch it: Because it’s funny, it makes you cry and because the women are hot!
My favourite character(s): Bree Hodge played by Marcia Cross, and Mike Delfino played by James Denton. I actually like everyone but they would have to be my absolute favourites.

Honourable mentions:
CSI, How I met your mother, Big Bang Theory, Dexter, Two and a half men, and One tree Hill

You will notice I haven’t listed any reality TV shows – that would be because I can’t stand them. Sometimes, I’ll watch Extreme makeover: home edition, Are you smarter than a Canadian 5th grader10, and I survived a Japanese game show.

I think I’d like to go ahead and make this a full-blown meme, so I’m tagging Monique, trench, mspennylane, Rudy, and anyone else who’d like to play along.

Rules:
1. List your ‘Must-see TV shows’ for this season (no minimum, no maximum).
2. Tag as many people as shows you list11.

What’s on your ‘Must-see TV’ list this season?

Update12: I’m also excited to check out the Women’s Murder Club. I’m a fan of James Patterson‘s Dr. Alex Cross and Lindsay Boxer novels so I’m curious to see how well it does.

Footnotes:
  1. i.e. Mutant[]
  2. in Toronto[]
  3. I’m drooling right now[]
  4. All though, because I was in Ireland when it premiered I hadn’t heard about it until Episode 5 or so[]
  5. der[]
  6. hence Grey’s Anatomy[]
  7. I think the Strategic Response Unit is the Canadian version of the SWAT team[]
  8. except for yesterday, thanks to the Emmys[]
  9. but perfect at the same time[]
  10. if I could watch Are you smarter than a 5 year old, I’d prefer that[]
  11. as you can I’ve already broken my own rule[]
  12. because I don’t have time to properly put this in somewhere[]