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About rossmurray1

I'm Canadian so I pronounce it "Aboot." No, I don't! I don't know any Canadian who says "aboot." Damnable lies! But I do know this Canadian is all about humour (with a U) and satire. Come by. I don't bite, or as we Canadians say, "beet."

But Ironically Not The Beatles

It’s a lousy time, in the middle of winter and a global pandemic, but we discovered this week that our house is infested with rock stars. These things happen in older homes. When we first moved in 25 years ago, … Continue reading

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Haruki Murakami’s Fairy Tales

Goldilocks and the Three Bears One day, a salaryman named Tatsuhiro receives a phone call from a stranger who calls herself Goldilocks. Her voice reminds him of a young woman named Sakura who was found murdered in a field when … Continue reading

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It’s Not Over Until I Say It’s Not Over

I won that game of Monopoly on Boxing Day. I won. It’s as clear as anything I won. I had Park Place, I had Boardwalk, I had so many railroads you wouldn’t believe. I had many, many other very successful … Continue reading

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The Year of the Cat: An Oral History

In January, columnist, writer and candle-wax aficionado Ross Murray announced to the world and his therapist that every one of his 2020 columns would reference a cat or cat-adjacent subject. The world scoffed. His therapist relocated offices. And yet, 52 … Continue reading

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Things I Liked 2020

It wasn’t all bad… Books I read fewer novels than average in 2020, and I suspect I’m not alone. It was not a great year for concentration, although I did manage to glide through a re-read of Jane Austen’s Emma, … Continue reading

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