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Graham Milne
Graham Milne was born in Toronto but bears no responsibility whatsoever for its current mayor. He is a lover of shaken martinis, elegant turns of phrase, the silken sounds of jazz, thought-provoking movies, the collected works of Aaron Sorkin, the Beatles, The Big Lebowski, Star Trek, Star Wars and the limitless promise of the human spirit. He is a writer, husband, Big Brother, merciless cowbell player and can perform the Monty Python silly walk with 99.4% accuracy.

Entries by Graham Milne

Stirred, Not Shaken: A 'Spectre' of What's to Come

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 5:10 PM

First off, let me apologize for the terrible pun. Let's label it my callback to the risible double entendres of Bonds past. But after sifting through and parsing this morning's official press announcement of Spectre, the twenty-fourth James Bond film scheduled for release November 6, 2015 in North America, it...

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Bono, Don't Apologize

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 10:47 AM

It was perhaps the epitome of the phrase "First World Problems" - U2 uploaded its new album Songs of Innocence into everyone's iTunes library and a small, vocal minority freaked the eff out, prompting frontman Bono to apologize during an online Q&A. In a moment of self-reflection, the often polarizing...

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Songbirds and Superwomen

(5) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Emmie Mears has been searching for superwomen her entire life.

The Texas-born, Maryland-based author, whose debut novel The Masked Songbird debuts July 1st, spent her childhood wondering why the women in the dog-eared genre books she was devouring simply weren't performing the same heroic deeds as the men. Eventually she...

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What Kind of Tweeter Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 2:34 PM

Oh, dear, dear Twitter, how I love thee. Since I never have time for television anymore, movies are too expensive and regular social gatherings terrify me, Twitter has become a combination news/ entertainment/coffee shop packaged conveniently in the smartphone belted to my hip. After having been on it for almost...

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Spelling Out a Message of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 2:08 PM

Six down, twenty to go.

When Ashley Cooper and Filip Cederholm of Peace Love and Photography started their ABC Charity project last year, they had only the vaguest inklings of the adventure that lay ahead. The concept was simple: A human alphabet, formed by hundreds of children gathered...

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Save the Father, Save the World

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 1:59 PM

"Winds in the east, mist coming in, like something is brewin', about to begin... Can't put me finger on what lies in store, but I fear what's to happen, all happened before."

First uttered on screen by Dick Van Dyke in 1964, those words are whispered again by the unlikely...

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Weighing in on Wonder Woman

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 6:03 PM

"Don't let them screw it up," was producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli's advice to his daughter Barbara as he handed her the reins of the James Bond franchise. The same six words tremble on the lips of every comic book fan who dreams of seeing Wonder Woman represented on a...

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Tony Bennett Keeps the Music Playing

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 7:08 PM

I've got the world on a string today, as I can finally tuck a rarefied, finely plumed feather into my cap -- or, if you prefer a more current reference, scratch a prominent item off my bucket list. Because last Friday, I saw Tony Bennett live.

Stop a moment and...

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Peace Love & Photography Goes to Plan 'C'

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:09 AM

When we last checked in with Ashley Cooper and Filip Cederholm of Peace Love & Photography in 2012, they had completed the first two letters of their "ABCharity Project" -- an ambitious endeavor bringing together hundreds of children in 26 different countries to form the alphabet in a...

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Breaking the Silence of Suicide With a Siren Song

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 3:44 PM

Ksenia Anske might not be a familiar name to you just yet; indeed, you might not even be able to figure out how to pronounce it (ke-SEN-ya ON-ska). Born in Soviet Russia, trained as an architect, and having arrived in the States in 1998 knowing only the crumbs of English...

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An Open Letter to the People Posting Spam in My Comments Section

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 7:41 PM

Dear Sirs and/or Mesdames (but most likely Sirs):

I'm not going to take the usual approach. I'm not going to be hateful. I'm not going to hurl a string of foul-mouthed yet literate abuse at you or imply that you should die painfully in a fire while you are mauled...

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Becoming an Adoptive Dad

(10) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Most men find out they're going to be fathers when a little plastic stick turns blue. While the mood swings and crazy demands that often accompany the pregnancies of their partners may give them the vaguest sense of the responsibility and adventure to come, realization often doesn't strike until they...

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Being a Man on International Women's Day

(4) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 10:27 AM

I'm in my local hipster coffee palace this morning, standing in line for a beverage that takes far too many words to order, when I sense that something's different. Can't put my finger on it exactly, but things just seem lighter, and happier. Like everyone rolled out of bed with...

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Life Has No Cheat Codes

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-A-B-start. If you're a gamer of any kind, you've probably entered that or similar combinations of buttons into your controller, seeking to enable invincibility, infinite ammo or endless power-ups. In today's video games, cheat codes are everywhere -- originating as secret back doors for programmers to enable them to jump...

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Challenger's Legacy

(7) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 8:39 AM

"The shuttle blew up."

When my friend Robbie told me that in the afternoon of January 28, 1986, I thought he was kidding. I may have even said "You're kidding," in response. For a ten-year-old who'd been fascinated with space exploration and NASA ever since he first asked his father...

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For Your Consideration: Skyfall's Oscar Chances

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Bad news out of the way first: No Best Picture nomination. No nomination for Javier Bardem for Supporting Actor. No nomination for Judi Dench for Supporting Actress. Many felt they were deserving, Bardem in particular. (Not that anyone should feel too bad for the guy, as he already has an...

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Counting Down to Skyfall: Dr. No

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 7:08 PM

It's been a bit of a dry spell for us fans of James Bond of late, a drought not seen since the dreaded 1989-1995 hiatus when a combination of lawsuits, hostile takeovers and general public ennui made it seem like 007 had had his day. The financial woes of the...

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Happy Birthday, John Lennon

(4) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 12:20 PM

Today is John Lennon's birthday. The founder of the Beatles, one of the most fascinating musicians of all time would have been 72 had his life not been cut short by a deranged fame-seeking loner. Though he has been gone for over three decades, Lennon remains a compelling figure; a...

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7 Tips For Improving Your Next Flight

(509) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 9:00 AM

An uncounted number of stand-up comedians have worked the quirks and foibles of air travel into their routines at least once in their career, for the simple reason that it's a universal experience that no one has less than a strong opinion about. The old saying about how God would...

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The American Politics of Canadian Health Care

(20) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 3:15 PM

She's back. Shona Holmes, the Hamilton, Ontario native who became a poster child for the American right wing in 2009 as the debate over health care reform roared to life, is starring in a new Koch Brothers-funded Super PAC ad warning voters about the pitfalls of socialized medicine...

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