Archive for October, 2012

The Sisters Brothers

I’ve only just begun reading this book and am totally into it!  Winner of numerous awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award.  Patrick deWitt has a marvelous way of capturing mood with his phrases and his style, at least in this novel, transports you immediately into the wild west.  It’s a story about two brothers, hired killers, who wind their way through various scenarios.  Here’s a sentence surely destined for history.

“The creak of bed springs suffering under the weight of a restless man is as lonely a sound as I know.”

Is that cool or what!  Get a copy, you don’t have to be a Zane Grey fan to enjoy this one.

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I heard that Toronto schools will be having a minute of silence at 11:00am today to honor victims of bullying and get people thinking about this serious issue.  It seems to me that choosing the hour of 11:00am is an insult to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Great War.  As much as I am sympathetic to this cause, especially in light of the suicide this insidious bullying drives some kids to, surely the Toronto school board could have picked another hour to address this issue.  We honor our war dead at this hour and that hour should be reserved for the brave men and women who  gave their lives for our freedom.  By piggy backing on the decades old tradition of  a moment of silence at 11:00am the bureaucrats in the school system are showing just how out of touch they are about history.

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Here’s another hilarious story received from a guy supposedly in England.  This one even suggested I scan my passport and send him a copy to get the transaction rolling!  Might make for a great book to collect these internet scam ideas and publish them!  Read on and split your gut!


Thank you for your kind response. I want to confirm to you that my interest is strong, as I hope to invest my share from the below project in the real estate sector. With trust, I faithfully contact you, I know this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take time to go through it carefully, as the decision you make will go a long way to determine my future and business prospect. Without wasting much time, all I need is your honest cooperation on this transaction. I am a retired Staff of a very well-known bank. I have access to procure the sum of 9.6million British pounds. This amount belongs to a deceased client of the bank. You may ask why you are to stand as the deceased next of kin the answer to such question is simply that my late client Mr.David Amolins has no existing relative to claim his balance from the bank.  All effort to locate his relatives, through their consulate has seemed abortive. Mr.David Amolins was a dealer on precious stones (Gold, Silver and diamonds) until his death.


Inoperative account can no longer exist more than Four years in African banks, after two years the account will be placed under dormant vault, then after some six years the account must be closed as unclaimed bill if the owner(s) or relatives of the account beneficiary fail to claim the fund left in the account. I will need your assistance since your name and that of the deceased are similar.


This is a risk free deal, I will give you all information to enable us have a smooth and swift transaction with the bank. Every legal document to back this claim will be procured to protect our claim.


Kindly confirm that we can work together and get back to me with the below information of you, so that I can begin the process.


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Here’s a hilarious unsolicited internet contact (translation scam) promising to make me a multi millionaire.  Do people actually fall for this drivel?  Read on and have a good laugh!


Thanks for the mail concerning your offer. It seems you are a sincere person.  I would have called you on phone but I’m afraid calls might be monitored here.

I am Lt-Gen Edward Gruszka, of Polish brigade-level Task Force (White Eagle) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) base in Kabul,Afghanistan, of the NATO Marine Force on  Monitoring and Peace keeping mission in Afghanistan against Taliban. with a very desperate need for assistance. I have summed up courage to contact you.I am seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of $11,900,000,00(Eleven million Nine Hundred Thousand US dollars) to you as far as I can be assured that my money will be safe in your care until I complete my service here come next month. This is no stolen money, and there is no danger involved.

Some money in various currencies was discovered in barrels at a farmhouse near Kabul during a rescue operation, and it was agreed by parties involved that this money be shared among us. This was quite an illegal thing to do, but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risk we have taken with our lives in this hellhole, and I have been shot,wounded and survived two suicide bomb attacks by the special grace of God. This and other reasons has prompted me to reach out for help. The above figure I took as my share, and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a British contact working here and his office enjoy some immunity, I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package, and believes that it belongs to a British medical doctor who died in a raid here in Afghanistan, and before giving up, trusted me to hand over the package to his family.

I want to promise you 30% of this money for the assistance you will give to me but one passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody. Should you have reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us soldier’s here in Afghanistan. In less than 4 days the box should be in your possession and as I said earlier, I will give you 30% of the total amount and 70% for me. I hope I have been fair to this deal. Get back to me with your full information bellow and I will proceed with the registration of the fund to be sent to you.

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