Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Brazilian fans are …

Pretty damned fun- and soccer-loving! I watched the Brazil game at Cervejaria Bar and Grill (Ossington and College). Brazilian fans come with a sense of manifest destiny (Oilers fans in the 1980s or NY Yankees fans at pretty much any any point in history know what I mean), so it caught them offguard when Japan […]

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Thu, June 22 2006 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off

All T.O. World Cup tourism all the time …

At World Cup of Toronto. Here's some other stuff: Leap in the Dark: Viva Azzurri — A look back at World Cup '82: How Italy's win galvanized the Italian-Canadian population in Toronto and made the quadrennial celebration of the world's game an integral part of Toronto's culture. The Globe and Mail's World Cup blog Victory […]

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Thu, June 22 2006 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off

The Royal might yet live

The Royal Theatre on College St. was put up for sale recently. Someone I know with connections to the place say it was purchased by the folks who used to run the Mount Pleasant theatre in mid-town Toronto. These folks may have a plan to develop some of the massive office space upstairs into office […]

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Thu, June 22 2006 » Film, Main Page » Comments Off

Karzai criticizes 'war on terror' tactics in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai wants the coalition nations in his country to refocus how their conducting the war on terror, and while he didn't say the name out loud he also pointed a finger at Pakistan. From the Beeb: Speaking in Kabul, President Karzai said improving local government and strengthening the police and army was the way in which […]

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Thu, June 22 2006 » Main Page » Comments Off

Pose for the camera!

The Italy-Czech Republic match just ended. Newspaper deadlines aren't until sometime late tonight. So why do some news shooters feel compelled to ask goofs to pose — even giving them instructions – at the corner of College and Clinton in Little Italy? Wait five minutes, there'll be lots of chances for real news photos. Incidentally, lots more police […]

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Thu, June 22 2006 » Main Page, Media, Minutiae » Comments Off

Senate reports on the state of the media

A new Senate report on the state of Canada's media calls for an ad-free CBC and limits on market share for giant media companies. Here's the links to Vol. I and Vol. II. Here's an excerpt from The Globe and Mail story: “In general, the Committee has found that Canadians remain well served by their […]

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Thu, June 22 2006 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off