It’s that time again when we review some of the more interesting – to us- items in that notorious rag, Frank Magazine.
First of note is a newish offering “Tweets of the Week, which features some of Franks twitter messages. We follow Frank on twitter but frankly:) we have missed most of their tweets. Things move fast on twitter and we are not always at our desk. The trick is to retweet [RT], with a slight update if possible but we suppose Frankland grunts haven’t a lot of time on their hands. However, here’s one we did catch, not in the print copy:
When are the Fountains going to get that cherry picker out of their Young Ave yard?
There’s a sad piece on the loss of the Violet Clark building in Halifax.You can almost hear the violins playing. The photo of the demolished building somehow reminded us of the mess at Wolfville’s Town Centre. [Now with environmentally friendly tree stumps!]
The Secret History of Howard Hyde [taser victim #xxx] was really more a secret history of his grandfather, uncle and other family. Fascinating though.
Frank speculates about Jim Nunn’s political future, suggesting his ambitions were reinforced by Frank McKenna at Romeo LeBlanc’s funeral [ the same funeral where Liberal hacks made up stories about the PM- that funeral]
There’s a disappointing, not very informative, story on Anne Calder’s misfortunes. There is more to this story than meets the eye and we thought Frank would sniff it out.
After a cute baby photo of the newest McDonough there is a list of office equipment being auctioned off by outgoing cabinet Minister Len Goucher.
“He buys cheap stuff” says one unimpressed computer geek looking at Lenny’s sale list. “Everybody does.”
Skipping past houses being flogged we find Frankland Kijiji. The small print’s hard to read but it’s fun. Sample ad:
Woodworking – Halifax man, politically aware, socially active, environmentally conscious, loves cabinets. Would love to be in one. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
And last but not least, in our favorite section [Letters] this:
More Billboard Blight
Dear Frank: So they finally take down that offensive Fred MacGillvray mental illness billboard near Seaview Park (Frank 559) only to deface the corner of Barrington and Rector with this Acadia U atrocity featuring Wolfville’s non PhD holding president Ray Ivany. “Where Ray invites you along for the ride.” Huh What lame-ass marketing team came up with this? Some dipstick from Ray’s days at the N.S. Community College? More like “Come to Acadia and let our nerdy president take you for a ride.” There’s an equally stupid one further up Barrington where alumni president Bruce Phinney’s painted up like Braveheart! The only passable ad in the series I’ve seen to date can be found on the Bedford Highway. That one, which includes a picture of Biology prof. Dr. Anna Redden, say: “Where Anna’s research meets the rising tide.” Make no mistake – it’s still lame, but it’s far less likely to test the limits of my gag reflex. [signed] Linda Lovelace, Beaver Bank
A little hard on Ray don’t you think? The ad will probably work for their target audience if not the rather elitist and feminist billboard reviewer. Ivany has a hard row to hoe. We’re willing to cut him some slack.
There’s also a letter questioning why no one is talking about Peter Kelly’s split from his wife [Fair question] and one on “doublespeak” at the Capital District Health Authority which resonates with us.
‘CDHA ceo Chris Power and her high powered inner circle are now collectively referred to as the “Leadership Enabling Team”. Honestly, what does this mean… Is this even English?. …But at the CDHA bureaucratic mindlessness runs rampant. Here you have senior v-p Lea Bryden overseeing “citizen engagement and accountability” while veeps Barbara Hall and Ken Baird are in charge of “person-centred health”. As opposed to what, budgie-centered health? Giraffe-centred health? Feline-Centred health? …. Person- Centred death? I swear the inmates started running the asylum a long time ago. [signed] E. Rational Hammonds Plains.
We know how E. Rational feels.