No more year in review posts

I’ve been thinking of late and I’ve decided to stop making year in review posts. This isn’t a spontaneous decision, it’s just that I’ve been spending too much time on this and not on myself and anything else important in my life.

Rather than looking into the past, I should be looking into the future.

So that’s it. No more year in review posts. My apologies to those who were anticipating them.

Sports, TevyTown’sTwoThounsandsTranscripts

2000’s Favourites – Sports: Team Canada, Leafs, Raptors, Maccabi Tel Aviv, London Knights, Mike Weir

When I think about the past decade in regards to sports, I have to think about things in two separate categories.

The good and the bad.

Toronto and non-Toronto.

https://i0.wp.com/slam.canoe.ca/2002GamesGallery0224Images/mh_can7-cp.jpgBut before we do that, there’s one moment that shines above the rest. Without question, it’s the gold medal winning 2002 Canadian Olympic Hockey Teams.

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2001: When I first heard about 9/11


Instalment #2 of TevyTown’sTwoThounsandsTranscripts features the year that was 2001.

9/11 was undoubtedly the event of the decade. When those of us younger folk grow up and have grandkids, we’ll be telling them where we were when we heard about 9/11.

I don’t have grandchildren now, but that’s not stopping me from telling you my story.

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Loser List #10- Matthew Veersasammy

Here is an example of entering a lion’s den with a gazelle’s carcass. Or parachuting into an Islamic ruled country (or York University) with an Israeli flag draped around your body.

This case however, happens to take place not too far from your local kosher Sobeys…

Matthew Veersasammy won’t be trying to do anything stupid for the next six months because he’ll be in jail.

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2000’s Favourites- Music: the best album of the decade

Besides winning two Grammy awards, the fourth album from the White Stripes was sheer awesomeness

For the first instalment of Tevy’s 2000’s favourites, I’m focusing on music. It’s separate from the entertainment category because unlike TV and movies, music has this completely different realm to it where it’s not just acting and putting on a show. And I will probably always appreciate a good song instead of a good show. I don’t play any instruments, which is something I regret not learning to do, but I still have my ears, so they’ll do.

In the 2000s, I was exposed to something beyond the mainstream noise of Much Music and their Dance Mix CDs. It was beyond anything I’d ever heard on Kiss 92.5. Better than Eminem’s “lovely lyrics.” It was a kind of music I myself said wasn’t that good. But then I came to my senses.

Rock music.

Classic rock, modern rock, punk rock, alternative, punk… you name the sub-genre, I found rock appealing and different and it would be my choice of music for the decade.

I made a list of 16 bands that I adore, which was back in 2005 when I was enamoured in Classic rock icons such as Hendrix, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Van Halen, Rolling Stones, Beatles, AC/DC and Queen and Grunge music legends such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

The solo was my favourite. Whether it was guitar, drum, bass, keyboard, I loved and imitated it anyway I could (Airplaying!!)

But as I look back throughout the decade and try to think what band/album or song really captured my imagination, one album stands out.

My favourite album of the decade is The White Stripes’ Elephant, released back in 2003.

It includes my favourite song of the decade – Seven Nation Army and set the path for my favourite music video – The Hardest Button to Button.

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2000: Y2K, Elections, Vince Carter Dunks, and a great time to have a Bar Mitzvah (and to start following politics)

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Top from Left: Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, George Bush. Bottom from left: Vince Carter’s best slam, N’ Sync, Corey Mandell (DJ and founder of Mandell Entertainment)

Here is the first instalment of TevyTown’sTwoThounsandsTranscripts with my take on the year 2000.

In the year 2000…. In the year 2000!!! (So they would say on Late Nite with Conan O’Brien)

We all know about Y2K, George Bush and Al Gore, Elian Gonzalez, the Rams winning the Super Bowl etc. Personally, I recall the hullabaloo made when Pope John Paul apologized Continue reading “2000: Y2K, Elections, Vince Carter Dunks, and a great time to have a Bar Mitzvah (and to start following politics)”


Hopping on the Decade in Review bandwagon

A lot can change in ten years. And like a bottle of scotch, we hope it's for the better.

I like reviews and top ## lists so why not join the fun? I have the time now that school is done with until Jan 4.

Therefore for the next 10 (the last 10 of the decade), I’ll be bringing you my look at the 200o’s in what I like to call: TevyTown’sTwoThounsandsTranscripts!

Here’s how we’re going to do this: Two posts everyday starting today. One post will talk about only one year (chronologically of course) and the second will focus at my favourite things based on the category of choice. Here’s the breakdown:

Dec 22: 2ooo + Music

Dec 23: 2001 + Sports

Dec 24: 2002 + Politics

Dec 25: 2003 + Newsmakers (News stories- aka hurricanes, terror attacks + autistic basketball players from Rochester)

Dec 26: 2004 + Technology

Dec 27: 2005 + Entertainment: TV, Movies & Video Games

Dec 28: 2006 + Human/Social Interest (aka Causes)

Dec 29: 2007 + Things that made me Laugh, Cringe & Cheer

Dec 30: 2008 + Israel (This may actually be a year-by-year breakdown of what happened, but we’ll see what I decide to do…)

Dec 31: 2009 + Conclusion/My thoughts on 2010 and the future

Pretty much the years in review will be a collaboration of various things that mattered and happened that year.

However!! Everything written will be of the perspective and value of yours truly. What that means is even though Britney Spears may have been the biggest thing 2000-2002 cause of her music, I’m not discussing it because I could care no less about fluff. This is the Decade in Review according to Tevy.

I’ll also be inputing some snippets about where my life was at the time (for perspective) and share what was my personal favourite moment(*s) of the year.

* Only necessary if there’s more than one moment…

As for the second post, if not a top 5 of my favourites or what believe to be the most important aspect/story/issue etc.  in each category or just a long rant about why one thing beats out the rest.

No reason for the order of the second posts, besides music and sports being easy to write about so to avoid writer’s block and crazy research.

Nuff’ said, so enjoy the posts!

Loser List, News

Loser List #9- The five morons charged for stealing the Auschwitz entrance sign

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Above: a Polish Police handout provided early Dec. 18, 2009 showing the entrance sign missing after it was stolen. Below: An exact replica stands in place of the original sign, which was quickly put up later that day

Reports say that Polish police have recovered the stolen “Arbeit macht frei” sign from the Auschwitz death camp and arrested five people in connection with the theft.

The alleged thieves, males aged 20-39, were taken into custody early yesterday morning (Dec 20) after police raided a house where they found the sign cut up in three pieces – each piece containing one word of iconic saying.

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Famous people who’ve died in 2009 (this year)- Part 2

This post is a continuation from another I wrote on October 2, where I listed and discussed various famous people who’ve died this year (2009). With the calendar year coming to an end, I’ve decided to finish the list, updating it until the end of the year. Here’s Part 1 from January to September
It actually seems like as I decide to continue writing this list, it seems like famous people are dropping like flies just like they were back in July. Continue reading “Famous people who’ve died in 2009 (this year)- Part 2”

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100th post! And I’m done with the Observer!

That’s right folks. Tevytown has reached a milestone population number today. This is the 100th post I written on the blog, dating back to when it was a smaller, uglier looking wannabe blog on Blogspot.

And what a coincidence too: Yesterday was my 22nd birthday and today is also the last day of my journalism studies at Centennial College. No I’m not out of school just yet, it just means I’ve completed my journalism courses in the program, exclusively taken at Centennial College. That also means I’m done with the East Toronto Observer, the only community newspaper serving the East Scarborough communities of Malvern, Highland Creek and West Hill.

As the calendar year comes to end, I’ll be posting more about my experiences at Centennial, including some of the most recent things I’ve done there (hence why the postings are only @ 100 and not 200 or another big number).

But yeah, this is #100… and it only took a year and few months to get there. Thanks to all the readers. It’s nice to know people take time to read something I’ve worked on. To me, that’s how my work is brought to life – so thanks for being the lungs of the blog!

Here’s a snapshot of the Observer newsroom at Centennial HP. The faces on the wall are a little thing I did when I was bored last year.

(Photo credit– Stephanie Leung)