Laughing at life in the military

–Illustration by Malcolm Jones– Military humour, much like military everything, is an acquired taste. As with all comedy, it depends on the audience. A great comedian once said something like, “Tragedy is me slipping on a banana peel. Comedy is you slipping on a banana peel.” Most military jokes would make unlikely material for...
  • Centurions of Christmas

    December 14, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    – Illustration by Malcolm Jones – There’s a photo that hangs in our church taken in the early 1940s. It’s a big church in Toronto—it seats about 800 or so—with one of the largest United Church congregations in Canada. The photo was taken from up...
  • Hubris, hyperbole, hope and hockey

    October 3, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    Illustration by Malcolm Jones As summer wanes and autumn beckons, millions of Canadians of a particular persuasion get ready to board the annual nine-month, 82-game roller coaster. That is the lot of the hometown hockey fan, especially if you carry the torch for a certain Toronto franchise decked out in blue...
  • Blustering on air

    August 15, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    Illustration by Malcolm Jones In direct competition with the most popular afternoon soaps, it debuted in October 1977 to modest reviews and small audiences. Yet somehow, nearly 40 years later, “Question Period,” live from the House of Commons, is still on the air. The cast...
  • Discovering Bartholomew Bandy

    June 16, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    Illustration by Malcolm Jones   Have you ever picked up a book that claims on its cover that “you’ll laugh uproariously on every page” and upon reading it, discover it’s about as funny as a root canal? Over the years, this has happened to me...
  • Liberating the Ritz

    March 20, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    Illustration by Malcolm Jones I know that Ernest Hemingway, the Nobel Prize-winning literary titan, is revered the world over as a truly revolutionary writer of the 20th century. He stripped his prose right down to the bone and influenced generations of writers to follow his...
  • 57 is the new 40

    February 27, 2017 by Terry Fallis
    One night a week, from early April until late October, about 90 great guys from all walks of life sneer at Old Man Time and play ball hockey on an outdoor pad in a quiet Toronto neighbourhood. Tuesday nights, residents in the area can hear the familiar sounds of...
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