Saturday, August 30, 2008

GNAN-GNAN-GNAN...

to whom it may concern,
i just couldn't let it ride...
always be mindful of what you say in my presence,
or be ready for just about anything...
:D~
HUGZ

video

I WROTE TO HOMOPHOBIC NBC-SPORTS...

stubborn as i am,
& since i'm getting nowhere
with reversing a certain decision,
i wrote directly to nbc-sports,
to give them a piece of my mind.
i don't know
what to expect from this,
but it's always good
to get that kind of stuff
off my chest:
To whom it may concern,
not only did you practice homophobia by not covering [properly] matthew mitcham's victory
on the 10m plateforme, in beijing,
but i also got one of my videos removed from youtube,
on the pretext that nbc sports has copyrights over the content.
a video made by the national canadian television network,
with a canadian reporter,
interviewing an australian diver
in a chinese city.
pray tell me,
what has nbc to do with all of this?????????
there's nothing american about this, obviously,
as this video was not prejudicial to matthew mitcham,
a gay athlete...
i've contested the copyright claim,
but i'm getting no response,
& of course,
youtube won't be of any help in the matter.
you're all pals over there, right?!...
all i can say is,
if in the past,
i've enjoyed some of nbc's programmation,
i will not anymore.
as far as you're concerned,
you're barred for life in my home,
& i will not promote you in any way...
your disrespect toward certain matters disgusts me.

one pissed-off gay canuck!!!
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX>montreal>quebec>canada
my youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ticklebear4U
*******************************
not really feeling any better,
but not putting up with that crap either...
:D~
HUGZ

FUNNY TWIST ABOUT GEISHAS

geishas are part of the japanese cultural traditions
& have always exerted a fascination,
in the east as much as in the west.
here's a funny spin,
brougth to you by linoue...
thanx girl!!!
:D~

video

Friday, August 29, 2008

TGIF: FUCK THEM ALL


things to do!!
many things to do today!!!
& as certain procedures take on forever
to take effect,
i'll just do things MY way...
as mylene so clearly stated:
"fuck them all".
indeed!!!
G-rrrr!!
:)~
HUGZ

video

Thursday, August 28, 2008

YOU'VE GOT EMAIL, DAMN IT !!!!

the day started innocently enough,
but when i came back from work,
i saw i had received an email from youtube...
Dear ticklebear4U,
NBC Universal (Sports) has claimed some or all visual content in your video
This claim was made as part of the YouTube Content Identification programme.
Your video is no longer available
because NBC Universal (Sports) has chosen to block it.
Claim Details:
Copyright owner:
NBC Universal (Sports)
Content claimed:
Some or all of the visual content
Policy:
Block this content.
Applies to these locations:Everywhere
NBC Universal (Sports) claimed this content
as a part of the YouTube Content Identification programme.
YouTube allows partners to review YouTube videos
for content to which they own the rights.
Partners may use our automated video/audio matching system
to identify their content,
or they may manually review videos.
SAY WHAT
?????????????
NBC doesn't own beijing,
as far as i know.
NBC doesn't own matthew mitcham,
australian olympic diver,
as far as i know.
NBC doesn't own RADIO-CANADA/CBC,
& that i know !!!!
so,
pray tell me...
which part of that video
you want to lay claim on
??????????
what arrogance on their part,
to believe that everything belongs to them...
obviously,
i've sent an email right away
to protest against their decision.
i'm still hoping
for my video to be reinstated,
but with those americans,
you never know...
:(~

look NBC !!!
look closely.
does this logo look anything like yours?
let me educate you here:
this is RADIO-CANADA or the CBC,
if you prefer,
the national television of that country upnorth,
C-A-N-A-D-A.
repeat after me:
CA-NA-DA!!
again:
CA-NA-DA!!
it's got absolutely NOTHING to do with you guys
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it is a silly mistake,
but i have no patience for such matters.
since when would an american channel conduct a french interview
with an australian athlete
????????????????
THIS
IS
PREPOSTEROUS
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
& it seems like the
youtube content identification programme
doesn't work "too well"...
in my opinion.
let me summarize this for you:
a canadian reporter,
interviewing an australian athlete,
in a chinese city.
& an american broadcaster wishes
to lay copyright claims on this???
i don't think so!!!!
oy ve !!
:(~
HUGZ
(i'm SO pissed right now!!!)

MORNING SHADES

a lovely day,
a busy day,
my last day,
then i'm off for 4 days.
time enough to settle a few matters,
time enough to maybe have some fun too.
any takers???
have a good labor day weekend folks!!
:D~
HUGZ



video

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

MY TREAT TONIGHT: CELINE SUR LES PLAINES, by TICKLEBEAR



as i've been a good boy lately,
& those who know me
will understand why i say this;
therefore,
i felt i deserved a little something.
so,
after work,
i grabbed some beers,
a cake,
& settle for some leftovers,
nothing wrong with that...
:D~
& my treat tonight?
"celine sur les plaines",
celine dion's performance on the plaines d'abraham,
last friday.
as i wasn't home on friday,
i missed the live broadcast,
so today,
i went to-de-go on illico
& ordered it .
a nice feeling to get celine to show up,
when "i" decide...
(only in my own sick mind...)
:D~
she gave this show
to celebrate quebec city's 400th anniversary,
while she is herself touring the world,
delivering a unique show
for the occasion,
with some guests
& sticking to her french repertoire only...
(this is decidedly a recurring theme
this week,
first a french tv series,
now a french concert.
what's next:?
no-no-no,
not a french movie,
N-O-O-O !!!
but i'd go for a french restaurant,
you know...)
:D~
the production was impeccable,
the crowd was immense & enthousiastic,
(reportedly a quarter million people were there);
the guests were familiar & well received:
garou,
who sang one of my favorites: "seul"
marc dupre,
i didn't know his stuff but i think he did well.
nanette workman,
"lady marmelade" with celine was most fun.
dan bigras,
who went from "tu m'tueras" to "carmina burana" to "les 3 p'tits cochons",
but also reciting a poem he wrote for sarajevo.
a man with convictions.
i like that.
mes aieux.
le clan dion,
whose rendition of "il y a longtemps que je t'aime" was beautiful.
zachary richard.
eric lapointe,
who joined celine for "l'amour existe encore",
than sang "mon ange",
his best song ever,
i think...
claude dubois,
"si dieu existe" with celine
tended to prove maybe god does exist (?)...
jean-pierre ferland
who sang with celine
celine & rene's song,
"une chance qu'on s'a"
& then went on with
"un peu plus haut, un peu plus loin"
only to be joined by
ginette reno.
celine & ginette's duo was spectacular.
why, tell me why,
these two never sang together before
????????????????????????????
i don't wish,
i demand,
NO!!
i command
that these two sing together
not one song,
but a whole album,
N-O-W
!!!!!!!
don't wait 'till someone dies
to think that maybe you should have...
DO IT NOW !!!!!
that's an order,
with luv',
but an order nonetheless.
if certain moments left me nonplussed,
the ending was well worth waiting for it.
oh, wow!!!!!!!!!!
now i pray,
since paul mccartney declined the offer
to have his concert in quebec city turned into a DVD,
that celine & rene on the contrary,
have accepted &
we will soon see it in store,
as it makes for a most memorable moment.
come on
"productions J" & "feeling productions"!!
get your act together.
hey!!
i'm willing to buy a french DVD!!!
better do it soon
before i change my mind!!
(as if ever...
it is celine,
after all,
we're speaking of here...)
bravo celine!!
bravo la gang!!
c'est un maudit beau cadeau
que vous avez fait a la ville de quebec,
mais aussi a tous les quebecois.
UN GROS MERCI
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:)~
HUGZ


BTW
it is still available through illico,
& we could still make pressure
on the powers-that-be
to release a DVD
pretty soon,
before xmas maybe?
it'd make for such a lovely gift...
:D~
********************************
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 11TH 2008
the DVD is now available!!!!!!
:D~
*********************************

Monday, August 25, 2008

SHARWOOD'S MADRAS, A PLEASANT SURPRISE

will give a kick to any dish.
a nice oriental flavor
to an otherwise ordinary dish.
try it!!
& they have SO many other flavors.
YUMMY
!!!!!!!!
:D~
HUGZ

NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE ADAM

adam van koeverden,
a successful athlete,
had a difficult experience in beijing
in the K1 1000m race,
finishing in 8th place.
he felt he needed to apologize to the canadian people
for his defeat...
SAY WHAT???
adam!!!
no need to apologize, boy!!
it's not like you gave up
or did this half-assedly.
you gave it whatever you had to give at that specific moment,
& that's what you got for it.
sure,
you got people used to your successes,
but you're still human.
this was not YOUR moment to shine.
but you sure did spendidly well the day after in the 500m.
what a comeback.
but even if it hadn't happened,
you would still have had my most profound respect.
i'd like to see those naysayers make only
half the sacrifices you make
to get to where you are...
you are a great athlete,
& an admirable man.
& here's a comment
i've most appreciated,
right here.
let's hope adam will get to read this.
:)~
HUGZ

Sunday, August 24, 2008

HELL'S GONNA FREEZE OVER !!!! by TICKLEBEAR



yes, hell's gonna freeze over!!!
ticklebear has acquired (legally...)
the DVD boxset of the first season of
a quebecois comedy
running on radio-canada...
alright people!!
pick up your jaw from your desk
& put back your eyeballs into the sockets...
:D~
written by francois archambault
& directed by ricardo trogi,
it is the collision of two lifestyles
of two men that used to share things together,
both playing in a band
& living on the wildside;
now they both live in two totally different worlds,
& drag everyone into a whirlwind experience
where all are exposed to unexpected sides of themselves.
it's a crazy world out there
when you let it in...
suburbia will never be the same.
i'm halfway through the first season,
& i'll admit...
(awh, shut up!!!)
it is quite good.
some things made me laughed out loud.
if i had watched it on tv on a weekly basis,
i don't know if i would have stuck with it,
but to see it like this,
one chapter after another,
(no commercials...),
it makes for a pleasant time,
where we see the opposition
between freedom & conformity,
between obligations & being carefree.
what do you think happens???
H-mmm???
as the saying goes:
the shit hits the fan...
i don't know
if i'll watch the 2nd season on tv this fall,
but i'm likely to grab it on DVD
when it comes out.
the characters are well-defined,
the storyline is interesting
& it reflects somehow
what our society has been through
& what it's all about now,
with a touch of humor.
yup,
i like it!!
:)~
HUGZ
(is everyone still breathing???...
come on!!!
get over it...)
:D~
HUGZ
****************************
UPDATE: AUGUST 25TH
the main character,
"jacques prefontaine" just lost his mom,
just like me,
not so long ago...
a moving moment.
should i expect one too?????
nevertheless,
an excellent series,
& looking forward even more so,
to the 2nd season.
:)~
*******************************



BEIJING 2008: ONE WORLD, ONE DREAM, ONE NEW FRIEND

china has just gone through the olympic experience
of hosting the games
for the very first time
of its history.
what will be the impact
on its people & its politics
remains yet to be seen,
but what we have seen is
a creative people;
a powerful & determined people;
a beautiful people.
:)~

these were great games
where we've discovered new olympic heroes,
& confirmed some old ones.
they offered vibrant performances
& will be remembered for a very long time.
beijing,
as a cityhost,
was dazzling, innovative
& just plain grandiose.
(can you be "plain" grandiose?)
:D~
china has set new standards
in what constitutes
a proper welcome to all nations,
& a most dignified farewell,
with their opening & closing ceremonies.
both were sheer genius & amazing.
the will of the chinese people
to do well
in front of their guests
is being applauded for its unprecedent magnificence.
even if i am halfway across the planet,
i stood up in my living room
for the chinese anthem...
(i don't often do that...)
:D~
we think we may have a few things to show to china,
but china could teach us a thing or two as well.
i was most impressed,
can't you tell???
:)~
my only hope is
that the chinese people got to enjoy these games
as we did,
& that they'll benefit from these new installations,
& from the exposure they got for the last couple of weeks.
their efforts & sacrifices were enormous,
& should not be in vain.
beijing,
your ways are different from our own,
but you've proven to the world
you can achieve great things.
congratulations to the chinese people
& may we get to know each other better.
thanks & farewell my friend,
for now.
:)~
HUGZ





& here's a reminder of what you may have missed
during the opening ceremonies.
china totally rocks
!!!!!!!!!
:)~

video

BEIJING 2008: THE FINAL RESULTS

congratulation to all nations
which participated in the games.
whether your olympic ambitions
have been fulfilled or not,
you were there,
standing proud
for the whole world to see,
& that in itself has merits.
to the canadian olympic team,
our undying admiration
for your perseverance & your performance.
your dedication is priceless
& should be better rewarded...
(hint to our governments & organisations here...)
you've given us some great moments,
some made fantastic comebacks,
other surprised us.
over all,
you all did us proud,
medal or no medal,
as you gave your very best,
at that specific moment.
:)~

i'm now sad to see this coming to an end
& all i can say is:
please don't go!!
i miss you already,
but i'll see you all in london in 2012.
:D~
HUGZ


video

AN OLYMPIAN DISGRACE

some abhorent behavior
from a cuban tae kwan do fighter,
angel matos...
in protest of the referee's decision.
totally unacceptable!!!
the referee,
chakir chelbat,
will not remember this moment too fondly.
but at least,
the federation took a swift & appropriate decision:
matos & his trainer
are banned from all international competitions
in this federation
F-O-R L-I-F-E
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
for once,
someone had the balls
to do the right thing.
matos,
you shame the olympian spirit.
you better retire from that sport,
& go crawl in some dark corner,
never to be seen again.
if you don't agree with a decision,
there are other ways
than kicking an official in the face...
what a shame!!!
this was SO uncalled for.
:(~
HUGZ

Saturday, August 23, 2008

CONGRATULATION GIRLS!!! (CANADA SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING TEAM)

what a sweet way to wake up in the morning.
when i got up,
i opened the tv,
only in time
to see the canadian synch swimming team,
performing their freestyle choregraphy.
it was all about the chinese horoscope,
representing the 12 signs.
a crowd pleaser,
& a very enthousiastic performance,
which got the approval of the crowd,
& made points with the judges.
overall,
the team ended up in 4th position,
beating the american team.
there's no medal here,
but their performance was noteworthy,
& may be significative
of a comeback in this discipline.
wishing the girls the best of luck,
& congrats for this show.
it was just SO delightful.
(i luv' this sport!!)
:)~
HUGZ





video
an amateur video,
but it'll give you some idea...
:)~

Friday, August 22, 2008

DARE TELL ME MOTHER NATURE IS NOT MENOPAUSAL !!!!

we've had cool mornings,
we've had scary thunderstorms that never ended...
we've had clear skies,
& we're now sweating bullets...
what a week!!!
i think someone is having her menopause...
better hide
& wait until this blows over,
like the 2 next centuries???
OY VE !!!
:D~
HUGZ






TGIF: ON THE MOVE




taking a day off,
the perfect weather,
what else could i ask for????
maybe enjoy the day!!
instead,
i'll be moving HIS things
& fix up his new place...
oh joy!!
(N-O-T)
but it's gotta be done,
so...
here goes.
but it's one more step closer
to ending this whole mess.
gotta appreciate that.
let's just hope there'll be no mishaps...
:)~
HUGZ

video

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A SIMPLE PHONE CALL...

careful what you do
when you pick up the phone...
after a comment from linoue on one of my posts,
i decided to call her,
& we talked for a short while,
when i decided to go visit her.
i hopped in a cab,
& voila!!!
:D~

we decided to go get some wine,
& on our way to the liquorstore,
we came across a little park
with those crazy chairs.
talk about seeing your life going down the drain.
it didn't make for a comfortable sit,
but it did make for some fun pics.
:)~


in another park,
it was edged on one corner
with some metallic sunflowers.
with some enhancement,
it is visually pleasing to me.
:)~
& now some real flowers,
as linoue & i strolled down a few streets,
admiring some local real estate.
:)~


linoue is babysitting some cats,
but i was not overly impressed
with their social skills...
damn cats!!!
cute, though...
:D~
& you can always rely on linoue to put on a show.
fine evening it was,
where we chatted, drank some wine,
& eventually watched
some of the olympic coverage,
during which linoue showed her skills
at zipping through channels
in a flash...
:D~
she'd get a gold medal from me,
that's for sure!!
i thought i'd go see her
for an hour or two.
it turned out
i left her place way after midnight,
& i had to get up around 3:30 am for work.
oy ve!!
what a short night.
what a long day.
but it's finally over,
& it was well worth it!!
but i now realise more than ever
that excesses & late nights are now to be done
when i know i can safely recuperate
on the day after,
not when i have to go to work...
that'll teach me!!
where has my youth gone???
:D~
HUGZ

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

MONTREAL: THE STAR ON MONOPOLY

comes this august 27th,
hasbro will be releasing its newest edition of "monopoly",
where montreal has earned the top spot,
what was previously known
as 'boardwalk".
great news indeed!!!
YIPPIE
!!!!!!!!!!!
:D~
HUGZ

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A GOOD AD (BOMBARDIER)

a good ad for bombardier,
from taxi agency,
depicting various people singing our national anthem.
bombardier,
being an international corporation,
has interests throughout the world,
& i find this most appropriate
that people abroad may find an interest
in what is canadian.
if some are bothered by the concept,
i think they may lack a sense of humor.
i think it was done in good spirit
& should be taken just as such.
it merely reflect canada's visibility throughout this world.
ain't nothing wrong with that!!
:)~
HUGZ

video

THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD, MATTHIAS STEINER, HAS A GARDIAN ANGEL



matthias steiner.
after he lifted 258 Kg,
in the +105Kg category.
recently widowed,
he nonetheless pursued his training
to come to beijing.
the russian evgeny chigishev may have push the enveloppe,
but steiner was up to the challenge,
it would seem.
it was an amazing lift.
you could see him taking his time,
maybe invoking his defunct wife for strenght,
& she answered his prayers
it would seem,
as he raised the charge to his shoulders,
took a few breaths,
& raises it up all the way
& was able to hold it long enough
to the satisfaction of the judges.
R-E-M-A-R-K-A-B-L-E
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GLUCKWUNSCHE MATTHIAS
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you did your countrymen proud,
& your wife would be pleased
to see you achieve your dream.
WOW
!!!!!!!
the emotion was palpable
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:)~
HUGZ

MY NEXT HUSBAND WILL BE....

WOW
!!!!!!!!
i now know
where to shop
for a new husband:
discus throw athletes!!!
these guys are HUGE
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:D~
gerd kanter,
from estonia,
& the gold medalist.
piotr malachowski,
from poland,
& silver medalist.
virgillus alekna,
a latvian & bronze medalist.
robert harting,
a german athlete.
hard to choose,
but give me some time...
i'll find what i like.
:D~
HUGZ
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