Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
For your viewing pleasure is the very well done documentary, The Thriller in Manilla, streaming at the Passionate Eye website at CBC.ca. Whether or not you are a boxing fan, this documentary will draw you into this battle between two giants of the ring and their three tremendous bouts in the early 1970's
"The Thriller in Manila was the greatest fight of all time. It was the third and final confrontation between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, two men who hated each other. It was a personal hatred born out of the explosive racial politics of 1970's America. Yet, eight years earlier, these two men had been friends."
Well worth your time, this documentary shines a brilliant light on the culture, politics, and dirty underbelly of boxing from what seems like a million years ago. The focus on Frazier in particular is fascinating. Pilloried and forgotten, he seems to live a life of contented bitterness. The man deserves better from sports historians.
Hat tip to Herb for pointing this one out to me.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Housing will eventually recover from its great swoon. But many real estate experts now believe that home ownership will never again yield rewards like those enjoyed in the second half of the 20th century, when houses not only provided shelter but also a plump nest egg.
The wealth generated by housing in those decades, particularly on the coasts, did more than assure the owners a comfortable retirement. It powered the economy, paying for the education of children and grandchildren, keeping the cruise ships and golf courses full and the restaurants humming.
More than likely, that era is gone for good.
Missed the free-love, missed the drugs and disco, got the AIDS scare, missed the endless jobs and easy advancement and now this. Goody. And people wonder why I stay inside and play video games. That was the only era I managed to get in on. You know, the one that doesn't matter.
I know, I hear you. Stop crying you big baby.