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I’m fully vaccinated

😀 Send me ALL the vaccine passports.

I got dose #1 of “Covishield”, the Indian version of Oxford–AstraZeneca, March 18th. NO — I’m not worried about blood clots.

I was in the first 7.76% of Canadians to get jabbed.

When Alberta started allowing the second dose of AstraZeneca after only 4 weeks, I signed up. Got jab #2 on April 16th.

Sounds like Vaccine Passports are a terrible idea.

But it’s inevitable that something like this will become required for international travel for many months. Or years.

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human rights, TV

Good Girls Revolt – season 1

Good Girls Revolt is an American period drama streaming television series.

It only lasted 1 season. Too bad. I found it far more entertaining than Mad Men.

The series follows a group of young female researchers at News of the Week magazine in the revolutionary times of 1969. Women in the newsroom are relegated to low-level positions. Many researchers are more talented and better educated …

Based on true stories, News of the Week is Newsweek. In 1970, 46 women researchers, reporters and the magazine’s one woman writer staged a revolt. They complained to the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Finally, in 1972, Newsweek promised that by the end of 1974, one-third of the magazine’s writers would be women.

I like Chris Diamantopoulos as Finn. And Erin Darke as Cindy Reston.

Actually, all the cast is good.

Jim Belushi is cast against his usual character as pro-Vietnam war, Wick.

Grace Gummer (daughter of Meryl Streep) as Nora Ephron is a glimpse into the future. She went on to write Silkwood (1983), When Harry Met Sally… (1989), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

Here are just 6 reasons why Amazon’s “Good Girls Revolt” should not be cancelled

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books, movies, TV

The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell

The second book of the Kurt Wallander series.

Wallander continues as the most troubled and unlucky hero in any detective series.

For example, at the critical moment of the book — Wallander has to take a dump in a waste paper basket.

I actually liked the book. But the plot is totally unbelievable.

It was made into a Swedish film. And was adapted for season 3 of the of the British production of Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


The Pyramid by Henning Mankell

There are 8 books in the Inspector Kurt Wallander series, starting with Faceless Killers.

I enjoyed that one, so downloaded The Pyramid, a collection of short stories about Wallander EARLIER than Faceless. Something like a prequel.

The short stories are not as good as the novel for me, but I’m still happy I read them.

I MIGHT end up reading the entire series.

Spanning two decades between 1969 and 1989, the five stories chart Wallander’s “unknown” early years as he progresses from keen police academy graduate to disillusioned senior investigator …

Guardian review
books, TV

Dickinson – seasons 1 & 2

Dickinson is an American historical comedy-drama streaming television series about Emily Dickinson … produced for Apple TV+.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld as Dickinson, the first season was released on November 1, 2019, when Apple TV+ debuted.

Two more seasons are in the works.

Dickinson takes place “during Emily Dickinson‘s era with a modern sensibility and tone.

It takes viewers into the world of Emily, audaciously exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time …

It’s weird and somehow compelling. Modern dialogue. Modern music.

All the characters are great. My favourite is Darlene Hunt as Maggie, their hilarious maid.

74% on Rotten Tomatoes.

A bit gimmicky, I thought the novelty might wear off. BUT season 2 was even better. 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

I hadn’t known that Emily Dickinson’s legendary poetry was not acclaimed until after her death in 1886. Her sister discovered the cache of  1,800 poems and finally had them published. That’s not what’s happening in the TV series.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.


Cold Mourning by Brenda Chapman

A very good whodunnit set in Ottawa.

It would make an excellent Canadian TV series.

I’d watch.

Lead character is police investigator Kala Stonechild, who has left her northern Ontario detachment for the big city.

It’s a week before Christmas when wealthy businessman Tom Underwood disappears into thin air — with more than enough people wanting him dead. …

Old betrayals and complicated family relationships brutally collide when love turns to hate and murder stalks a family. …
books, TV

Young Wallander – season 1

Quite good.

Young Wallander is a young, edgy, and modern series that sees Henning Mankell’s iconic detective Kurt Wallander investigate his gripping first case. The story focuses on the formative experiences – professional and personal – faced by Kurt as a recently graduated police officer in his early twenties.

It’s set in Sweden but the cast is mostly British.

I was impressed with Adam PĂ„lsson as Young Wallander.

Most of the criticism I’ve read comes from fans of earlier adaptations of an older Kurt Wallander played by actors Rolf LassgĂ„rdKrister Henriksson, and Sir Kenneth Branagh.

I’d never seen any of those, so Young Wallander worked for me.

In fact, I’ve started reading the Wallander books. Very good.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

books, movies

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This excellent 2015 book sold over 4.5 million copies worldwide before I read it.

Kristin Hannah has become one of my favourite writers.

… the story of two sisters in France during World War II and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France.

It was inspired by the story of a Belgian woman, AndrĂ©e de Jongh, who helped downed Allied pilots to escape Nazi territory. …


Dakota and Elle Fanning will star in the planned movie as the sisters — which would be excellent casting, IF they were French. They were born in Georgia.

This book reminded me of Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan, the story of a young Italian man helping Jews escape over the Alps.