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We enjoyed the pilot of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel a great deal — in fact, enough to write our own review. But we knew someone who could write a better one: multi-talented actress, comedienne, screenwriter/playwright, podcast host, comedy scholar and Gracie Allen expert Lauren Milberger.  Her Gracie Allen guest post here five years ago is in our all-time top 25! I just knew she’d have great things to say about the new show, and she did. I turn you now over to her:

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel: A Woman in Redux

Many people would consider the modern Golden Age of Comedy to be the 1950s and 60s, when what we know today as stand-up became all the rage and television was in its infancy. When the comedy from vaudeville finally had its eyes back again (after years of being in the dark with radio) and was able to…

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Huzzahs resounded here at Travlanche when we heard the news that The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselhad been picked up for a full season by Amazon a few months ago. For Women’s History Month we asked guest correspondent Lauren Milberger, who wrote here so enthusiastically about the pilot, to give us her take on the full series. She had much to say! This is the first installment. There will be more to come anon. And keep an eye (ear) peeled for Milberger’s new Murphy Brown podcast. It’s available here.  Now’s here’s Lauren —

She’s Marvelous… And More

Many of you may have watched last month’s Golden Globe Awards and cheered with delight as the Amazon Prime series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won not just one, but two—yes TWO—statues (or statuettes): Best Actress (Rachel Brosnahan) and Best Comedy Series. While some may have seen that and wondered…

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By Steve Newton

I graduated from high school in 1975, and, holy crap, was that ever a great year for rock music!

Lizzy‘s Fighting, Floyd‘s Wish You Were Here, Zep’s Physical Graffiti, Neil‘s Zuma, Beck‘s Blow By Blow, Seger‘s Beautiful Loser–the list of killer albums went on and on.

But none of them thrilled me more than Ian Hunter’s self-titled solo debut, with the one-and-only Mick Ronson on guitar.

And the opening track, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, was four minutes and forty-four seconds of pure rockin’ bliss, featuring what is probably the greatest guitar solo of all time.

I was fortune enough to have interviewed Mick Ronson a couple of times, in 1988 and ’89, when he had reunited with Hunter to record and tour behind the awesome YUI Orta album.

Four months before I did my second…

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By Steve Newton

On December 19, 1989, Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson played the 86 Street Music Hall in Vancouver.

For me, it didn’t get any better than that. I’d been a huge fan of Hunter ever since I first heard his old band, Mott the Hoople, and Ronson…well, if you liked David Bowie in the ’70s you liked him.

Hunter and Ronson had been collaborating for years, starting with Hunter’s self-titled 1975 solo album, the one with that awesome version of “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” (not to be confused with Great White‘s version, referred to below).

When they came to Van they were touring behind the YUI Orta album, which I really loved, especially the track “Women’s Intuition”.

I was fortunate enough to score a phone interview with Ronson. Here’s the ensuing story, which was published in the Georgia Straight‘s Dec. 15-22 issue under the unwieldy headline:…

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Monika Carless Author *Intuitive Coach

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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ~ W.B. Yeats

It’s no secret that faeries are part of our lives here in Middle Earth.

I’ve been working with elemental beings in my garden for years. My first encounter with faeries (collectively called “the Fey”) came as a child, in, of course, books. I believed in them wholeheartedly, as children are wont to do, because they are fresh from the Other Side and still remember those dimensions that cannot be readily seen with our limited human perception.

I am a student of quantum physics and alchemy, and as such have read that we are aware of a very small bit of our surroundings. I mean, an infinitesimal bit.  We think that what is real is seen by the eye, whereas many magical realms co-exist with us here on earth, unseen and underestimated.

From angels and…

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Marie Friddle

“MY OH MY….. we are living in crazy times.” Said pretty much everyone who’s lived in any time ever.  Yep, perhaps it was the very first complete sentence Lucy, our most ancient ancestor, managed to coherently grunt out just before she took her very last upright step.

For almost a year, I’ve debated taking this blog in a new direction. Everyday, while I work, I listen to a lot of political pod casts and news radio. Like, ALL DAY LONG. It’s actually unhealthy. With so much going on in our country (our world),  I think I’d be coming off as completely uncaring and out of touch if I didn’t take time to address the issues. This is why my absences have been getting longer. Each time I log in to post I think, “How can I go on writing about creating silly, trivial, meaningless crap when there are so many…

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