lundi 15 janvier 2018

AND NOW...


AND NOW - 
By Bernard Bujold - 
Léa Clermont Dion and Aurélie Lanctôt launched on Sunday, January 14, 2018, during the program Tout le monde en parle at Radio Canada, the movement #EtMaintenant (And Now). 
The project was already a success on Monday morning because the website posted 4 times out of 5 the message: "429 Too Many requests" ... 
The title of the project obviously comes from a love song sung in several languages ​​and recognized worldwide since 1961: "ET MAINTENANT" by Gilbert Bécaud and written by Pierre Delanoë. This is the story of an actress, Elga Andersen, who meets Bécaud on the Paris-Nice flight. The actress goes to her fiancé but the next day, Bécaud finds Elga back at the airport while the two return by the same flight. She is very sad. Her love story ended the night before. Bécaud offers her to have breakfast at his house, in his wooden cabin of Chesnay (Yvelines). At one point, she leaned on the piano, muttering, "And now, what am I going to do? Gilbert Bécaud will immortalize this sentence! The song will quickly become a global standard. 
Léa Clermont's movement is likely to succeed in Quebec, but it will have to be seen if it happen elsewhere in the world. 
The movement can be reached at: https://etmaintenant.net/ but better wait until tomorrow when the site will be repaired... 
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dimanche 14 janvier 2018

MONTREAL IN 2018


MONTREAL IN 2018 - 
By Bernard Bujold - 
I love walking around the city and visiting my favorite stores. 
However, I had a big surprise when I wanted to stop last Saturday (January 13th) to have a coffee in the basement at Ogilvy on Ste-Catherine Street! Indeed, the basement is completely closed for the renovations and the redevelopment of the various shops. Fortunately, Louis Vuitton is holding the fort, or what's left of it! 
But my surprise was far from over... 
I wanted to continue to the galleries of Place Ville Marie and there, THE real surprise, all shops, except two or three like the pharmacy, are covered with white plywood! Even Renaud Bray disappeared behind the walls... 
Conclusion: Montreal has become a ghost town, or invaded by extraterrestrials. 
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jeudi 11 janvier 2018

VALÉRIE PLANTE AND THE END OF THE SMILE


VALÉRIE PLANTE AND THE END OF THE SMILE -
By Bernard Bujold - 
The new mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, is still smiling, but the citizens of Montreal are less so, while the new mayor has just broken her main election promise not to raise taxes beyond inflation. 
The increases for the next year exceed 3.3%, and even more, depending on the boroughs! 
No politician is perfect and if Denis Coderre was a great "spendthrift", Valerie Plante is a great "tightfisted"... 
In the last municipal election, one of the many slogans, including mine, was: "ABC- Anybody but Coderre! " We got rid of Coderre but we did not really have a choice on who would take the place because there was only one offer! 
Personally, I had grasped the direction of the vote but by default because, a deep admirer of Donald Trump like me would never have supported a candidate of left as Plante. But I and the other voters, we did not want Coderre. It was Anybody but Coderre. 
We must live with the result. We had what we asked for, the departure of Coderre, but may be it would have been better not to have our wish realized. 
Fortunately, for me, I can rejoice every day with the presence of Donald as US President but for Montreal, with Plante we "planted"ourselves,  that's for sure! 
See report Budget Valérie Plante 2018

POPE FRANCIS AND DONALD TRUMP


POPE FRANCIS AND DONALD TRUMP 
By Bernard Bujold -
I have been reading the new book by Pope Francis: « Happiness in this life » and I was surprised to discover that Pope Francis view of life is very similar to the one of Donald Trump... 
Indeed, both suggest that to succeed in life one must think big, be risk taker in front of daily life, have passion, etc. The only difference is that Pope Francis see Jesus spirit as the source of power to succeed in life; while Donald Trump see the source of the power to succeed inside the spirit of each individual. But a side by side comparaison of the advices from both books give a very similar guide to succeed in life. 
CONCLUSION: Donald and Francis are from the same mold...
SEE POPE FRANCIS - HAPPINESS IN THIS WORLD 
SEE DONALD TRUMP - THE ART OF THE DEAL

lundi 8 janvier 2018

LONG LIVE THE WINTER OF 2018



WINTER 2018 
By Bernard Bujold 
The winter season 2018 will have started in force in January with cold temperatures at -40C and snowfall of more than 40 cm (in Gaspésie). 
Meteorologists predict a very "robust" winter ... 
Have a good winter! 
See weather forecast

samedi 6 janvier 2018

WOMEN'S LOVE FOR YOUNGER MEN ...


WOMEN IN LOVE WITH YOUNGER MEN ... 
By Bernard Bujold - 
Radio-Canada presented this Friday, January 5, 2017 a documentary about women qualified as "cougars" because they are in love with men much younger than them. 
Among the well-known personalities participating in the show were Minou Petrowski and Patricia Tulasne, the actress who is suing Gilbert Rozon for sexual abuse. 
Minou Petrowski has lost nothing of her media presence despite her 86 years and the author-journalist was the one that impressed me the most during this documentary that can be reviewed on ALL TV. 
Conclusion: "Love knows no age ..." 
SEE link TOUT TV

mercredi 3 janvier 2018

THE STANLEY CUP IN 2018...


THE STANLEY CUP 2018 ... 
By Bernard Bujold -
I am not a hockey fan, but I was offered free tickets and went to see the hockey exhibition at the Pointe à Callière Museum in Old Montreal. For hockey fans it's really an exhibition to be seen with a magnificent history of hockey in Canada since its debut, well before the National Hockey League. 
By pure chance, during my visit, it was also a special day where the real Stanley Cup was on the spot, but for the day of January 3rd only! We can say that the visitors during this day could see and touch the Stanley Cup more closely than all players of the Canadiens did for decades ... 
The exhibition ends next March. 
Link of the hockey exhibition

lundi 1 janvier 2018

LIVE FROM THE NORTH POLE ... DAY OF THE NEW YEAR 2018



LIVE FROM THE NORTHERN POLE ... DAY OF THE NEW YEAR 2018 
By Bernard Bujold -
I spent the New Year's day live at the North Pole at the invitation of Santa Claus to spend the last week of 2017 at his home. 
The weather was relatively mild compared to Quebec during the same time ... 
To end the week in style, Santa kindly brought me back to Quebec in his magnificent vehicle, a true marvel of technology! 
Happy New Year 2018 to all! 
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THE NEW YEAR 2018




THE NEW YEAR 2018
by Bernard Bujold
The year 2017 ends and at each New Year's party, I like to make a "report" before embarking on the future and "predict" what will be the new year!
From the last year, I retain the following elements, which will influence 2018:

PHOTOGRAPHY-

Smartphone photography has definitely replaced traditional photography. Just compare photos taken with IPhone X with those of a conventional camera to understand;

INTERNET-
The arrival of "Google Home" in our living rooms is in a very primary stage but the future of the internet will develop from this kind of machine and artificial intelligence;

BOOKS-
I read hundreds of books in 2017, of which I put the following three at the top of my readings:

1. "ORIGINS" by Dan Brown, certainly a prophetic look at the future of our humanity.

2. "LET TRUMP BE TRUMP", a look at the most notorious politician of our entire planet,

3. "TWO NIGHTS" by Kathy Reichs, her new character Sunnie is so captivating that one almost gets to forget the very famous BONES;

THE MEDIA -

There was a period when I was a daily fan of CNN and Anderson Cooper. In 2017, I may have listened to Cooper a dozen times at the beginning of the year, but since June, I have completely abandoned CNN and I am a regular at FOX News;

INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPERS-
There was a time when I read dozens of paper newspapers every day. During the last year, I read only one: the WSJ and I sometimes flipped through a few others, from time to time;

QUEBEC NEWSPAPERS-
It will be necessary to see how the market of Quebec newspapers will stabilize in 2018. Le Devoir, despite its limited means, hopes to occupy the space left free by La Presse in paper format. All observers will also monitor the progress of LA PRESSE + that some call it a stroke of genius while others consider this project the failure of the decade. Let's mention that LA PRESSE + is not yet financially profitable ;

MODERN INQUISITION -
If there is a social momentum to be monitored in 2018, it will be the direction in which go the wave that began in 2017 in terms of the denunciations and accusations for abuse by the leaders of our society.
During the past year, many leaders have been eliminated from society and, unfortunately, their creations have also been swept away by the fall of the creators.
It is unacceptable that humans dominate and benefit from other humans but what happens if in their elimination, their empire is also eliminated? Thousands of employees are penalized by the fall of deplorable leaders.
The answer is not as simple as saying that we need exemplary leaders because this situation is utopian, a leader usually having qualities equal to his faults!

I wish you all a Happy New Year 2018.
Remember that the important thing in life is to adapt and survive as to continue your journey.
Have a nice trip!

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