Back when I was a starving student and didn't own a tv, I counted on CBC radio to be my television set. I used to listen to Ideas a lot in the evening, which was hosted by the venerable Lister Sinclair, with his posh accent and dulcet tones. He and Peter Gzowsky were largely responsible for fostering my lifelong devotion to CBC radio.
Lister Sinclair passed away this morning, at the age of 85. There will never be another like him.
I was highly entertained today to read on Tod Maffin's blog that throughout Sinclair's years of hosting Ideas, many listeners were under the assumption that he introduced the show with "I'm Mister Sinclair and this is Ideas". Oddly, I had a friend in grad school who thought the same thing, and she couldn't stand him on account of that misunderstanding. She thought he was putting on airs. I had no idea there were others who heard the same thing, although I don't know if they hated him or not.
*One of the best bits of good news I have heard this week has been the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus, the economics professor who is the founder of the Grameen Bank. The mandate of the Grameen Bank, which Yunus founded 30 years ago, is to provide very small loans to the world's poorest people, without collateral. This concept of microcredit has been heralded as a sustainable method for providing large population groups with the means to break out of the poverty cycle, and has developed into a multi-million dollar microcredit industry, in which the impoverished people it supports become the bank's shareholders. World leaders are now attempting to replicate the success of the Grameen Bank.
Heartfelt congratulations to you, Professor Yunus.
I'm pretty pumped that I am going to see the play Trainspotting at the Sage
Theatre tomorrow night.
There have been rumours that people have fainted and vomited at productions of this play and I, for one, could not be more excited. Sounds like going to a reading of a Chuck Palahniuk novel, although I don't imagine there will be plastic human limbs tossed out into the audience.
I still think that the film Trainspotting was Ewan MacGregor's finest effort, and I can't wait to see what the Sage Theatre production makes of Irvine Welsh's novel. They did after all produce Drinking in America a couple of seasons ago.