BANISHING BOREDOMBloggery on music, books, films, travel, wildlife and dark matters.
For what would have been Melanie’s 60th birthday this year, commemorated by an event in Toronto, I wrote this appreciation of her and our four decades of friendship. In the early 1980s, I was hosting a music-comedy show on the University of Alberta campus...read more
Upon the passing of the noteworthy author, Martin Amis, Jim Algie recalls his favourite novel by him, Time’s Arrow, which unfolds in reverse and leads back to the Nazi death camps. That period also inspired a more recent novel called “The Zone of...read more
Jim Algie salutes Gordon Lightfoot, a true Canadian titan, who wrote some of the only good songs on AM radio when I was getting into music. In the early and mid-70s, Gordon Lightfoot was this lighthouse whose vision and voice were so powerful that they illuminated...read more
Jim Algie looks back on some of his family history that dates back to Italy, where his distant ancestor worked as a scribe for the Vatican. Words and pics by Jim Algie. Many towns and villages in Mexico are named after Catholic saints. Our patron is Saint Catherine...read more
To get a glimpse of Thailand’s dark side and its Third World injustice system, no daytrip is more illuminating than a Bangkok prison visit, writes Jim Algie. Opening the back door of a pink taxi, I told the driver in Thai that I wanted to go to Klong Prem Prison. I...read more
The Thai New Year, or Songkran, has become watered down in many urban centers, writes author and photographer Jim Algie, as you can see from all the malls where Buddha images are set up to be rinsed by patrons who go through the blessing motions with little heart and...read more