Turns out Muppets and décolletage don’t mix

Just Saying by Paul Sullivan, published in Metro Canada

Katy Perry, the extravagantly endowed pop tart who became a star with the hit I Kissed A Girl, and more recently, California Gurls, is not a hit with some parents of the tykes who watch Sesame Street.

Her, um, duet with Elmo (he’s the little red guy who likes to get tickled) was yanked from the program after numerous parental complaints about her outfit, or lack of it.  …read full story

A colourful cult of characters

Urban Compass by Paul Sullivan, published in Metro Vancouver

It’s often said there is a touch of madness inherent in B.C. politics.

It goes all the way back to Amor de Cosmos, who was elected the second premier of British Columbia 138 years ago, and was eventually declared mad.

It’s not every jurisdiction that has a wing nut for a founding father, but by all accounts de Cosmos qualified. He was given to public outbursts of tears, feared electricity and, in 1895, was declared insane.  … read full story

We have bigger problems than the census and gun registries

Just Saying by Paul Sullivan, published in Metro News

The House of Commons is back in session and it’s very exciting.

Not.

MPs are debating whether or not to keep the long-census form and the long-gun registry.
There’s a theme at work here. If it’s long, it’s on the agenda. At least I can’t see any other reason for the petty preoccupations of this government.  … read full story

Brutality meets technology in Pitt Meadows

Urban Compass by Paul Sullivan, published in Metro News

It’s the question of the hour: Is technology-enhanced brutality worse than plain old-fashioned brutality?  …read full story

Brutality meets technology in Pitt Meadows

Urban Compass by Paul Sullivan, published in Metro News

It’s the question of the hour: Is technology-enhanced brutality worse than plain old-fashioned brutality?  … read full story

Looking up to Chris Hadfield…way up

Just Saying by Paul Sullivan, published in Metro Canada

Chris Hadfield is living my dream.

He’s gearing up to become the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station for a six-month mission starting in 2012.

It’s not exactly Star Trek, since he’s hardly going where no man has gone before. Actually, he will just circle the Earth every 90 minutes for six months, but I’ll bet you never get tired of the view. From one window, you can see Africa. From the other: Infinity and beyond.  …read full story

The thrill of the hills and much more: Vancouver’s first GranFondo is finished

Urban Compass by Paul Sullivan published in Metro Canada

And Metro’s cycling MAMIL (middle-aged man in Lycra) is pretty much done, too. Can’t sit down because of these saddle sores I got from spending six hours humping the 10,000 hills along the Sea to Sky Highway.  … read full story

MAMILs conquer the Sea To Sky highway

Just Saying by Paul Sullivan, published in Metro Canada

According to biologists, I’m a mammal, a warm-blooded creature with fur.

According to some wags, I’m also a MAMIL, or middle-aged man in lycra, one of a species seen waddling out from our dens on weekends and mounting expensive road bikes in a picturesque attempt to capture some of the reflected glory that goes with the Tour de France and other sexy, manly European road races.    … read full story

Government cash, the secret to willpower

Just Saying by Paul Sullivan, published in Metro Canada

The Canadian Medical Association, which has all our best interests at, um, heart, wants government to start paying people to quit smoking.

At first glance, you’re probably thinking, ‘Good idea!’ People who quit smoking gain an average of four years back on their lives, and CMA Journal authors calculate we could save 1.9 million life years or $220 for every “life year” gained, a total of nearly half a billion dollars.  … read full story