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The Ubyssey Nov 25, 1977

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Array 'UBC on fiscal banana peel'
UBC administration president
Doug Kenny renewed attacks on
the provincial government
Thursday for its education cutbacks policy.
"I do not think for one moment
that any of the cutbacks were
justified," saidKenny. "They were
forced upon us."
The cuts had to be made quickly
and without full regard for the
future needs of the university,
Kenny told 150 students at a cutbacks debate in SUB.
"This university has reached the
bottom line, academically and
fiscally," he said.
"Our nation and all the people in
this province will be the biggest
losers if our university continues to
slip on the fiscal banana peel,"
said Kenny. "We could become a
mediocre university for we are on
a slippery peel."
Student board of governors representative and debate panelist
Moe   Sihota   also   attacked   the
government and called for a united
anti-cutbacks effort from the UBC
"The government is the source of
the trouble," said Sihota. "No
institution in this country should
have to put up with the cutbacks."
But Sihota said that while Kenny
is ready to speak about education
cutbacks, he has not done anything
else about them.
Sihota said the fact that Kenny
has prepared a report which deals
with operating the university
under a long period of education
cutbacks means that he is not
ready to actively  oppose  the
provincial government's funding
Sihota called for a concentrated
university effort to combat the
"The students need the solid
support of the administration and
the faculty," he said. "The entire
university community has to come
Both Kenny and Sihota said it is
time the cutbacks issue was
brought to the attention of the
"We must alert the sympathetic
and sceptical public to the real
dangers   facing     UBC,"   said
Kenny. "Our cutbacks are not a
mirage. They are real. They do
threaten the entire academic
Kenny invited the university
community to join in an effort to
convince the public that UBC's
academic standing is not slipping.
"Somebody has to be the
academic alarm clock that will
wake up the public to what is
happening at the university," he
Sihota called for strong
university action.
"We've got to start to address
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the source of our problems," he
"We'vegot to let the public know
about the minister of education,
Pat McGeer. He is scared to talk to
the press and he would not meet
with the board. The minister has
the heart of a chicken.
"It (the cutbacks debate) will
have to be taken to the public,"
said Sihota.
Of the $3.1 million UBC has had
to cut from its budget in the last
two years, only $64,684 was
removed from non-salary items,
Kenny said.
The budget for salaried positions
was decreased by about $3 million,
because 85 per cent of the total
operating expenditures of the
university are tied up in salaries
and wages.
Kenny said the five faculties
hardest hit by cutbacks were:
applied science ($464,297), arts
($557,988), education ($338,548),
and science ($331,312). The faculty
See page 3: KENNY
Student gets
ticket to ride
A Gage towers student committee
has evicted a Gage resident on 48-
hours' notice for his involvement in
a beer bottle-throwing incident, a
housing coordinator said Thursday.
Gage area coordinator John
Mate said the residence standards
committee evicted the student
after four of his off-campus guests
were seen throwing beer bottles
out of middle-floor windows in
Gage Nov. 5
The standards committee, made
up of five Gage residents appointed
by the Gage student council,
deliberated for three hours Nov. 7
before deciding to evict the student
on 48 hours' notice, pending an
appeal, Mate said.
The decision was reached after
the committee spoke to members
of the quad where the incident
occurred. One member of the
standards committee . had also
witnessed the event, Mate said.
Mate would not identify the
student involved or the tower or
fbors where the incident took
"No one likes to see a human
being leave in 48 hours, but it's for
the protection of the (residence)
community," he said.
Mate said the committee set the
48-hour time limit and that they
could have ordered his immediate
eviction, because residences do not
fall under Landlord and Tenant Act
regulations restricting evictions to
a 30-day notice.
The standards committee found
that the student did not take
"adequate provisions for his
guests' behavior," Mate said. No
one was injured in the incident and
no charges were laid.
After receiving his ticket to ride,
the evie ted resident took his case to
an appeal board composed of the
Vanier and Totem residence park
area coordinators and standards
committee chairpersons.
Their Nov. 16 decision was in
agreement with the standards
committee, who felt no responsible
preventive action was taken by the
residence student.
The student left Gage voluntarily
and is living off campus, Mate
This incident is an isolated case,
said Mate.
"These incidents are so few
compared to any other town with
1,200 people living together," he
Gage president Sharon Taylor
refused to comment on the incident, referring to it as "confidential material."
"It's something I'd rather not
discuss," she said.
Two years ago a similar incident
occurred at Gage in which four
residents from one quad were
evicted from residence when
guests were caught throwing beer
bottles out of tower windows at a
The evicted students appealed
to a residence appeal committee,
which upheld the original housing
administration decision.
—geof wheelwright photo
MAKING COMEBACK as reunified group are Beatles (from left to right) Paul, George, Ringo and John,
perched atop Empire Pool diving board for tea with the Queen. Beatles made surprise appearance at UBC
Thursday when they heard Page Friday was planning cover story and quiz in today's issue (see PF 2 and 3).
I'm a loser,' says SUB bank manager
The manager of the Bank of
Montreal SUB branch said
Thursday he is disappointed at the
decision of the Alma Mater Society
to withdraw its money from the
"I'm very disappointed that they
wouldconsider that action," Stuart
Clark said.
"The Bank of Montreal on this
campus has been the students'
bank for many years. Our relation
ship with the AMS has been very
good over the years."
At its regular meeting Wednesday, the student representative
assembly voted almost
unanimously to transfer "as much
of its liquid assets and its liabilities
as possible to financial institutions
which do not loan money to South
The assembly made the decision
as a r esult of campaigns by several
campus groups urging students to
withdraw their money from banks
which have economic ties with
South Africa because of that
country's racist policies.
But Clark defended the bank,
saying it has to take a consistent
stand. He said it would be
hypocritical to denounce South
Africa without also criticizing
other regimes such as the dictatorship in Chile.
And, he said, the bank obeys all
laws   regarding   international
'You can't do that,' students told
Professors in a UBC geophysics and
astronomy course are telling their students to
sign a form swearing they have not
plagiarized their essays.
Professor William Slawson said Thursday
plagiarism has been a problem in the course
— geophysics-astronomy 310 — in previous
years and this year it was decided something
should be done about it.
"This is something that has happened
before and this paper will draw the awareness
of the student that there is a concern about the
problem," Slawson said.
Geophysics-astronomy 310 is offered by the
faculty of science to students outside science.
It can be taken as a science requirement for
other faculties.
Slawson would not reveal the names of the
students who had committed plagiarism in
previous years and would not say what actions had been taken when they were
"These students were not from the faculty
of science and their cases were reported back
to their home faculty," he said.
The form the students are required to sign
states that UBC, because of the amount of
plagiarism discovered in past years, is
reiterating its stand on plagiarism, found in
the UBC calendar, Slawson said.
"Plagiarism is a form of academic
dishonesty in which an individual submits or
presents the work of another person as his or
her own," the calendar says.
When students are caught plagiarizing
there is no set method of discipline and each
case is handled according to the discretion of
the dean of the faculty the student is
registered in, associate arts dean Peter
Remnant said Thursday.
"Every case is different," he said. "The
student can be expelled but we don't cut off
fingers or hands."
banking set out by Canada and the
countries the bank deals with.
Clarke said the bank does not
deal with Rhodesia because the
federal government asked it not to.
If the government asked the
bank to also stop dealing with
South Africa the bank would
Clark said the bank follows the
wishes of the Canadian people
through their elected representatives.
"We obey the law," he said.
AMS president John DeMarco
said Thursday the society has not
decided where to move its money.
He said the student administrative
commission will discuss this
decision at its regular meeting
DeMarco said the AMS might
only close its medium- and long-
term accounts, remaining with the
bank for day-to-day dealings and
current account business.
He said the AMS has only one
outstanding loan at the bank —
involving about $375,000 for the
Aquatic Centre. It was earlier
reported that the loan was for the
reconstruction of SUB, but
See page 3: WILL Page 2
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Page 3
Layoffs by INCO linked to Chile
The layoff of workers at the
International Nickel Co.'s Sudbury
plant is directly related to the
political situation in Chile, the
former minister of the economy in
the Allende government said
Recently, multinational corporations such as Noranda Mines Ltd.
and INCO have increased their
investments in third world countries, Pedro Vuskovic told 100
people in SUB 207.
Last month INCO announced it
was laying off 3,500 workers in
Kenny rings
alarm clock
From page 1
of  medicine   was   cut   back   by
$186,097   despite   a   government
request for increased student
The two debaters also responded
to a number of questions posed by
students regarding faculty
salaries, the university's apolitical
stance, and McGeer's campus
beautification plans.
"Some of UBC's buildings do
resemble slums, but the university's backlog of academic needs
has to be dealt with first," said
Kenny in reference to the
beautification plan.
McGeer sent Kenny a letter last
week accompanied with
photographs outlining areas which
the education minister believed
needed beautification.
"If we had the money, the slums
would be cleaned up," Kenny said.
"McGeer can determine which
monies are to be allocated for
specific buildings. He has a
powerful impact on priorities,
which is unfortunate."
Sihota said McGeer's proposals
were frustrating, since he was
more willing to fix buildings than
prevent cutbacks.
In response to a question
regarding the university's
apolitical stance, Kenny said a
university would lose its independence if it ever identified
with a political party.
"I'm not going to be opposing a
specific government or party, I'm
opposing a public policy decision
made by a government," he said.
Kenny and Sihota agreed that
faculty salaries were not affecting
the cutbacks related to academic
"If faculty salaries are not
competitive, then we will lose a
number of our professors," Kenny
said. "The administration
bargains hard with the faculty. The
university must retain and recruit
faculty, and competitive salaries,
determined by collective
bargaining, will achieve this."
Kenny's salary of $64,000 is set
by the board of governors and is
not based on collective bargaining.
Sihota said the faculty are underpaid.
"They deserve a little more than
they get," he said. "However,
there should be a review of the
tenure system and an examination
of teaching toads."
UBC researcher
collapses, dies
Funeral services will be held in
California Monday for Dixon
Jones, a research associate in
animal resource ecology at UBC,
who died Tuesday.
A friend of the family said Jones,
34, was running when he collapsed
at the comer of 16th and East Mall.
Jones came to UBC from the
University of California as a postdoctoral fellow in 1971. He worked
with UBC professor C. S. "Buzz"
Sudbury, while increasing investment in Guatemala, because of
high wage costs in Canada.
Noranda operates large copper
mines in Chile.
Vuskovic said large companies
seek out countries with cheap
labor, and often bring in industries
that cause pollution, such as
automobile, chemical,
metallurgical and other heavy
industries. He said this has both
economic and political consequences.
TTie multinational corporations
want guarantees that their investments are safe, Vuskovic said.
"Decisions are made by a general
command group made up of
leaders of the transnationals. For
this reason they need the
(Augusto) Pinochets of Chile."
Vuskovic said runaway inflation
has continued in Chile, at rates of
up to 500 per cent, under the
military government of Pinochet,
and that real wages have fallen 50
per cent in four years.
And he said the leaders of the
multinationals coordinate a huge
police network throughout Latin
"The values of democracy are no
longer synonymous with the
system of capitalism."
Because of the international
forces controlling the government,
it will be difficult to change the
military governments, he said.
The number of people who have
been forced to flee their countries
illustrates the magnitude of the
problem. He said that 800,000 out of
a population of less than 4 million
have been expelled from Uruguay.
Vuskovic said the INCO decision
exhibits how Canadians are harmed by the policies of the multinationals. And he said Canada is
becoming a leading investor in
"I don't see the possibility of a
significant change until popular
forces overthrow the (Chilean)
regime," he said.
"I don't think the (human rights)
policies of President Carter will
bring about any significant
" It will not be an easy struggle or
He said the Latin American
political situation may not be
getting better and could become
another Vietnam.
"But.if there is another Vietnam
it will involve us all, not just Latin
America, but Canada and even the
United States."
FRIENDLY RECEPTIONIST, glares at passers-by in Place Vanier
concourse, wishing he worked in Totem Park where students, and
maybe res clerks, have more fun. Carr applied for immediate transfer
when    he    heard   about
supervision," he snorted.
Totem   tuck-in
—geof wheelwright photo
craze.   "These    kids   need
BCTCU takes over village credit union
The University Community
Credit Union in the UBC village
has been taken over by the B.C.
Teachers Credit Union.
Former UCCU manager David
Knight said pressures on the credit
union caused by rapid growth
forced them to sell out to the BCTCU.
"The University Community
Credit Union was growing faster
than resources would allow so in
September the board of directors
entered into a purchase and sell
agreement with BCTCU," said
The union's finances increased
from $100,000 to $1 million between
January 1976 and October 1977.
The credit union was in a Catch-
22 situation, Knight said. To get
more staff we needed more
deposits so we could lend more
money, he said, but then we would
need more staff to handle the
Knight said a further problem
was lack of participation by the
credit union's members.
"Members did not want to
volunteer for the board of directors. We didn't have sufficient
The new manager of the credit
union, Marv Neufeld, said students
will still be allowed to do business
in spite of the takeover.
Normally members of a credit
union must have a "common
bond." For example, they must all
be in the same profession, com
munity or have some other common affiliation.
The inspector of credit unions
made an exception in this case as
part of the takeover agreement.
But students will not be able to
negotiate student loans with the
credit union.
Neufeld said credit unions
cannot administer any government
loan because they fall under
provincial jurisdiction and do not
have a federal charter.
"We don't want, one either
(federal charter) because we
would then fall under the Bank Act
and we would have to maintain
deposits with the Bank of Canada,"
he said.
"BCTCU didn't actually take
over   UCCU.   One   credit   union
The word is nukes — Shrum
No country can get along without nuclear power,
the former chairman of B.C. Hydro said Thursday.
"This is the only commodity (nuclear power) that
can assure us of maintaining our present standard of
living," said Gordon Shrum.
The possibility of terrorist groups making nuclear
weapons is not a significant danger, Shrum told 75
students in a noon speech in Law 101.
"While it may be possible for certain groups to
make nuclear weapons, it is not much more terrifying
than placing a (non-nuclear) bomb on a plane with
400 or 500 people," said Shrum.
"Disposing of nuclear wastes is not a very big
problem because there is not much of it. We could
store it in solid glass blocks inside salt mines or in
mausoleums in the deserts.
Any technology that can put a man on the moon
should be able to solve any problems of nuclear
power, he said.
"Geologists used to think we had an unlimited
supply of oil, but now we know we have only 25 years
of oil left, if we are to keep our present standard of
living. Fortunately, Providence locked all the power
we'll ever need in the nucleus of the atom."
Shrum said society must keep developing
"There are people who say we ought to get back to
muscular power. That would have a disastrous effect
on our standard of living.
"There is no argument, the issue is already settled.
There are 58 countries with 469 reactors operative.
There has not been a single fatality so far," claimed
Solar power cannot be considered as an alternative
energy source because it produces an insignificant
amount of energy, he said.
cannot take over another because
all members have rights over their
shares. UCCU needed the
resources of a larger credit union,"
he said.
UCCU members voted over 90
per cent in favor of the takeover.
Will AMS money
be transferred
to credit union?
From page 1
DeMarco said the AMS has repaid
the money it owed the bank.
The Aquatic Centre loan is being
repaid by the students at the rate of
$5 per-student per year. It could
take three or four years before the
ban is repaid.
Clark said that if there is a
principle involved in the society'^
decision he does not understand
why the society is withdrawing
only part of the money.
"If it's principle at stake and
principle only then you'd think
they'd (the AMS) adhere to it," he
But DeMarco said the AMS has
not entirely ruled out the
possibility of total withdrawal
from the bank.
If the credit union located in the
UBC village has no dealings,
directly or indirectly, with South
Africa the AMS might move all its
financial dealings there.
Q-edit unions are restricted from
investing outside the province. Page 4
Friday, November 25, 1977
Getting better
The student representative assembly's decision Wednesday
to remove its money from the Bank of Montreal because of
its investments in South Africa is without a doubt one of the
most important and most praiseworthy decisions to come out
of that body in years.
Now the fun begins. The Alma Mater Society can yank
$200,000 from its various B of M accounts. But that stupid
deal the AMS made with the UBC administration which will
see SUB falling into the hands of the admin about 40 years
hence has come to haunt us prematurely.
The AMS has a loan deal with the B of M and the UBC
administration through which students pay the cost of SUB.
With this unfortunate deal, the bank can make implementation of the SRA motion very difficult.
Tomorrow never knows what the bank will do. If the B of
M treats the AMS the way they do businessmen who cross
one of its board members (most of whom hold interlocking
directorships) life for the AMS could become very difficult.
The SRA's decision has great symbolic significance. But
banks don't care about symbolism, they care about money.
The determination with which the AMS bureaucrats carries
out the SRA's wish will be a gauge of the importance placed
on the decision. The SRA should make sure its vote is
converted into action.
The decision of the SRA and its counterparts at the
Universities of Toronto and Manitoba will cost banks
investing in South Africa hundreds of thousands of dollars. If
other student groups and students join in, the cost will rocket
into the millions.
The major members of the United Nations who belong to
its Security Council voted recently to impose an arms
embargo on the South African racists, but refused to impose
an economic boycott because of potential damage to their
In other words, they were pressured by multinational
corporations not to threaten their lucrative investments in
South Africa. They are lucrative because of the cheap labor
of oppressed blacks. Banks such as the B of M, Royal Bank,
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Toronto Dominion hover nearby like vultures, nourishing these obscene
investments in racism.
Thus it is up to us to launch our own economic boycott.
The SRA's action, we hope, is just the beginning of many
similar decisions.
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NOVEMBER 25,* 1977
Published eight days a week throughout the university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University
of B.C. The things we said today are the opinions of the staff and not the AMS or the university
administration. Member, Canadian University Press. The Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a weekly
commentary and review. The Ubyssey's paperback writers are in Room 241K of the Student Union
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Editor: Chris Gainor
"How can you laugh," said Chris Gainor, "when you know I'm down?" "Ask me why," chortled Bill Tieleman. "Do you
want to know a secret?", Heather Conn winked. "I should have known better," said Marcus Gee to Geof Wheelwright.
"It's getting better, though," sighed Will Wheeler and Marta Marton. Kathy Ford started to say, "If I needed
someone. . . " when David Morton Interrupted with an enthusiastic "Anytime at all!" Reynald MIchaud had to get back
east, and Lloyanne Hurd handed Verne McDonald a ticket to ride. Fool on the' hill Mike Bocking wondered If there's a
place where he can go. Maureen Curtis suggested Penny Lane. Nicholas Read was worried about some yellow matter
custard, but Maureen Curtis told him to let It be. Larry Green got lost In Blue Jay Way while following Chris Bocking
back to the USSR. Daytrlpper Tom Hawthorne went in a glass onion. "All you need Is love," said Paisley Woodward to
Bruce Baugh, as they went on a magical mystery tour to Strawberry Fields. Staff meeting noon today, not yesterday.
A day in the life
of Vanier tribe
When Plato wrote The Republic or Marx
began Das Kapital or even when Mao
painted his little book red, none of them
could ever have imagined the society that
was to spring up on a western part of a well-
known North American university.
The society inhabiting the area known as
Place Vanier is a strange mixture of
ideologies and cultures. General attitudes
are complex and require a great deal of
study to begin to understand. Attitudes on
food and sex are quite different, inhabitants
vary and constantly change their sleeping
habits, while their eating habits remain
quite static (unless interfered with by their
sleeping habits).
As you can see, Vanier life is a complicated study, so to understand it, we must
begin at the beginning; sex. Like healthy
young adults in most societies, residents
enjoy sex as often as possible.
The difference between Vanier and other
societies is the way in which the Vanier
populace demonstrate their intial sexual
urges. One ritual observed by patient anthropologist Maggie Brew, is the Vanier
food ritual.
The ritual begins in the eating area, as the
male members of the society begin to
salivate as they eat their dinner. Sexual
urges are aroused quickly in the males, who,
realizing they cannot perform perverse
sexual acts in the dining area, begin to
fondle their plates, then becoming very
excited, the males hurl their food in the
direction of the females in an almost
orgasmic release of sexual tension and
The females respond with the obligatory
An anthropological look at residence life
by Ubyssey Vanier bureau chief, Geof
Wheelwright. The Ubyssey welcomes letters
from shocked anthropologists.
"yechh!" This is called the Vanier food
This ritual displays the residents' almost
diametrically opposed attitudes toward sex
and food. While residents want to get as
much as possible of both sex and food, they
savor sex and throw away their food.
Like other societies, Vanier has other
rituals than the mating rituals. There is the
water ritual, the birthday ritual and the de-
rooming ceremony. The most interesting of
these is the de-rooming ceremony, because
the victim of the ceremony is not there when
it occurs.
The motivation for the ceremony is either
a case of severe boredom, a follow-up to the
water ritual, or in some cases a way of
sublimating deep emotional hostilities.
The ceremony begins when someone
obtains entry to the cubicle of its victim,
while the victim is absent. The participants
in the ceremony then begin to cleanse the
victim's cubicle of all the tensions it has built
up from leading an organized life. The
cubicle is left in a new free and creative
state of disorder, so the victim may come
home and begin a new, creative and disordered life.
This is a ceremony to bring in the new and
throw out the old; a life-renewing ritual;
this is called a room job, to use a colloquial
Vanier term.
Anthropologist Maggie Brew notes in her
latest book, Place Vanier, Camel Dung and
the Evolution of Slugs, that Vanier residents
form themselves into tribes every year, who
go off and live in their tribe's area. This kind
of tribe formation exhibits a territorial
instinct in the Vanier people.
lliis territoriality changes year by year
and with each year an individual is a
member of the society he/she becomes less
territorial to the point that by their fourth or
fifth year of membership he/she leaves the
Despite the interesting ceremonies and
—geof wheelwright photo
VANIER CAFETERIA . . . Your mother should know what they serve.
■ rituals practised by Vanier people, their life
is generally quite regimented. Feeding
times are controlled by the wardens of the
society. They are one and one-half to two-
hour periods placed at strategic points
throughout the day. These times are fixed
and are never changed, therefore this part
of the residents' life is very uniform.
Residents are quite isolated from other
societies than their own. They eat in
separate places, their doors are locked at 11
p.m. and their parties tend to be exclusive
and incestuous. This is becoming increasingly more true as the wardens of the
society have introduced a new concept in
residence living: the co-ed tribe.
This concept may be varied in the coming
year. As it stands, the co-ed tribe is a house
with floors of alternating sexual
inhabitance. The new proposal is that now
the rooms would be of alternating sexual
inhabitance, with both sexes sharing the
lavatorial facilities.
If this introversion continues, then the
culture of Vanier will become a pure anthropological fact and residents will soon
want to stay more than their allotted time.
With any luck this amazing culture will
burgeon and grow to a state of permanence.
Living in residence is just a matter of
getting by with a little help from your
friends. Friday, November 25, 1977
Page 5
Hello goodbye   drivers foul   up   UEL   environment
I wish to comment on the letter
entitled Traffic office hurts prof
and on the article by Robert Staley,
both of which appeared in The
Ubyssey of Nov. 1. The main point
that the 'junior prof made was
that "the traffic office is very
effectively cutting down on the
amount of work that I can do for
my students."
Robert Staley's article was
written with tongue in cheek but
nonetheless gave the impression
that automobile drivers should
have access to any part of campus
they may wish to travel. Also,
Staley's article was based on
blatant overgeneralization and
nasty snipings at campus police.
I sincerely hope that the
anonymous junior professor is not
suggesting that because he or she
experiences some difficulty in
travelling by automobile on parts
of the UBC campus that all the
campus should be opened up. As I
indicate below, automobile traffic
is already heavy on campus and
pedestrian traffic (particularly
that in areas which are supposedly
restricted to pedestrians and
emergency and university delivery
traffic) is being adversely affected.
The majority of motorists park
their cars in the parking lots or in
areas surrounding the campus and
then walk to work or to classes. A
minority, however, insist on the
right to drive through areas which
are officially designated as ones of
restricted access.
A favorite route for illegal traffic
is by the MacMillan building on to
the Main Mall and from there ot
other areas of restricted access,
for example behind the Astronomy
and Space Science Institute and the
education building.
This traffic could be stopped or
at least drastically reduced if the
Campus Patrol tried harder to
enforce the regulations. The
automobile traffic on the Main
Mall is at times very heavy.
There is at least one motorcyclist
Reviewer needs some help
It is difficult for me to remain silent after having read Merriiee Rob-
son's critique of Much Ado About Nothing in the Nov. 10 Ubyssey. Her
comment seems riddled with inconsistencies and small ignorances about
the natures of theatre and its criticism.
I don't profess to be an authority, nor do I mean to assert that her article did not contain a few valid points regarding the production in
question. However, I think she has fallen into the trap that too many so-
called critics have in the past — that of believing that criticism must
indeed be critical (i.e. negative) and that it is more interesting to the
reader if one exaggerates the bad elements,- sensationalizing the
weaknesses rather than provide an honest and realistic analysis of the
production for what it is.
It seems presumptuous indeed to label therset "idealized, improbable,"
when it was fashioned, according to the style of the time and location of
the play, by a designer who no doubt researched the period in order to
provide an accurate, practical and esthetically pleasing set that worked
for the play.
To state that this set, coupled with the elaborate costumes (also faithful
representatives of their time) is a "visual assault," merely "acceptable"
is a gross understatement.
On more than one evening the audience has found this so "acceptable"
that they have been moved to applause as the curtain rises. Obviously the
visual effects should never be allowed to upstage the play itself but I
maintain that there was, in general, a high-quality level of acting in this
performance that was enhanced by the set, not overshadowed by it.
Robson recognizes at least the accomplishments of leads Allan Gray
and Lally Cadeau (although their known reputations and the program's
mention of their professional standing may have influenced her small
praise) but the two of them hardly have to "drag the rest of the production along behind them" as I'm sure they would be the first to admit.
Matt Walker and Alan Hannam turn in solid supportive performances
as well. And I wonder at the critic's observation that Stephen Wood-
house's Claudio was "uninspired" and "wooden," because she later
mentions his "voice chokes with tears" — hardly an indication of the
coldness she suggests.
To label Dogberry's scene "tedious" is to value her own sense of humor
at such a price as to completely disregard the theatre full of chuckled
enjoyments around her and causes me to wonder if she wasn't confronted
by the word "tedious" as Dogberry was himself!
In criticism of the "slapstick aspects of this scene" which "are not in
the script" Robson is perhaps forgetting t h a t in Shakespeare's plays
very little is "in the script" except the words themselves. Therefore any
reasonable interpretation that accurately follows the text is as valid as
the next one.
To say that Michael Puttonen, as Dogberry, "drew a lot of laughter and
applause from the audience" and in the next breath criticize him for
"badly overacting" is to reduce the audience to a pack of fools and as
much as claim thatout of the entire group, she, Robson, was the only
one with an intelligent sense of comedy.
This rather patronizing attitude of hers is also evident when she claims
that Frederic Wood Theatre's "captive audience" is made up of theatre
students (who should maybe know something about the art?) and gullible
Ihe article's critical comments about the way the theatre itself is
operated I can, in part, understand and agree with. However, I feel
Robson goes too far in asserting that "they haven't put on a theatrically
interesting production (for) . . . two years."
If this was so, how would the theatre manage to sell out just about all its
shows andhold over many of them due to popular demand? Obviously the
shows are interesting to someone. And, having seen last year's series
myself I must object.
When You Coming Back, Red Ryder? was definitely an entertaining as
well as dramatically valuable show, to theatre students and non-theatre
persons alike.
The implications Robson makes that productions such as A Collier's
Friday Night showed no thought about acting, or consideration of
technique is a blatant display of ignorance.
I have to believe that every rehearsed presentation of an artistically-
recognized play (and I feel safe assuming that Shakespeare's works fall
into this category) is a learning experience for both actors and audience
if they alio w themselves to be at all receptive.
Therefore, the fact that Robson wonders "what valuable information
theatre students gained from Much Ado About Nothing causes me to
wonder what background she has, if any, in theatre to write such a
Sharon Westley,
theatre 2
who regularly travels down this
Mall at high speeds. The unfortunate point is that such people
care little for the rights of others,
particularly the regular
pedestrians. The former will
continue to take shortcuts unless
the so-called restricted access
areas are better patrolled.
Some of the persons who drive
through restricted areas
(sometimes, as noted above at high
speeds — the speed limit on
campus is supposedly 30 km/h or
20 mph, unless otherwise posted)
apparently do so to make
deliveries of small articles to
various buildings.
Again, they often insist on the
right to park next to the building in
which they want to deposit their
article(s). To achieve this, they
regularly travel through restricted
areas by nudging through the
Perhaps, it is not surprising that
many people are reluctant to park
their vehicles in the nearest
parking lot and walk (or bicycle,
perhaps the junior prof before he
or she gets much older or stiffens
up too much could consider using a
bicycle on some occasions).
However, traffic to and from the
UBC campus regularly affects
people living in the communities
through which it passes. The social
and environmental effects of this
traffic are borne by people living in
communities such as the one in the
University Endowment Lands.
Quite apart from the high
probability of increased lead levels
(from automobile exhausts) occurring within at least 40 metres of
roadways with heavy automobile
traffic, a more direct hazard is
posed to children at play and as
they go to and from school. In the
past several years, several
children have been knocked down
on or near Toronto Road.
Other costs to this community
include high noise levels at certain
times of the day and night. This, I
think, is relevant in any discussion
of traffic on the UEL and on
Unfortunately, the above
problems are likely to increase.
The traffic will probably increase
because of the present and planned
developments on campus: for
example, the Extended and Acute
Care units, the Woodward Extension etc. Thus, it is critical that
action be taken now and that
(contrary to the sentiments expressed in the Nov. 1 issue of The
Ubyssey) traffic on campus,
particularly in restricted areas, be
Alan Carter
soil science dept.
Fixing a hole
I would like to correct an impression left in the article entitled
AMS passes budget after three
months in Thursday's Ubyssey. I
was quoted assaying that the Alma
Mater Society is spending several
thousand dollars per year on administration. Such could not be
further from the case.
What I did say was that the AMS
is spending several hundred
thousand dollars per year on administration. The importance of
the distinction is obvious.
Sheila Lidwill
SRA arts rep
British Columbia has a flavour
you won'f find anywhere else. Page 6
Nishga arfisf
carves pole
You can see totem poles here,
there and everywhere at UBC but
have you ever actually seen one
being carved?
Nishga Indian Norman Tait is
carving a 16-foot cedar pole into a
house post at UBC's Museum of
Anthropology. His regular carving
hours are 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays
and Thursdays and 1 to 3 p.m. on
Saturdays and Sundays.
Picasso buffs
Every little thing that Pablo
Picasso ever did in his lifetime is
now     worth     a    fortune.     On
Hot flashes
Saturday night Robert Rosenblum
from New York will speak about
the artist and his work in a talk,
Picasso — and the Guernica of
1937, in IRC 2 at 8:15 p.m.
The talk is sponsored by the
Vancouver Institute and
admittance is free.
Artisis speak
Indians in B.C. have begun to
get back to their cultural roots
during the past decade, after a
long period that saw their rich
culture decline and almost
UBC's Museum of
Anthropology exhibits both new
and    old    Indian    art    and    this
Sunday two Indian artists, Jerry
Smith and Beau Dick, will be
there to discuss their art with the
public. The discussion will take
place at 3 p.m. at the museum at
6393 Marine Drive.
If those last-minute essays have
left you bleary-eyed and
numb-brained perhaps a little
classical music would help.
Hans-Karl Piltz and John
Sawyer will direct The Music of
the Rennaisance in a collegium
musicum Sunday at 8 p.m. The
performance will take place in the
recital hall of the Music Building.
Tween classes
diner  en   com-
Malson     Inter-
Information sur le
mune, noon. La
Informal discussion in the Baha'I
faith, noon, SUB 113.
General meeting, noon, SUB 212.
Broomball game and party, 6:30 to
10:15 p.m., Winter Sports Centre
curling club lounge.
General meeting, prospective members welcome, noon, SUB 215.
Films on population and urban
planning and self-help housing,
noon, International House upper
Film    on    nuclear   power,   entitled
Lovejoy, noon, Scarfe 210.
Mandarin   night,   7  p.m.,  SUB  207.
Chinese    chess    tournament,     1:30
p.m., SUB 207.
Ice    skating    party,    7:15   to    9:30
p.m.,    Winter   Sports   Centre   main
Gay drop-in, noon, SUB 212.
General meeting, 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Campus Centre lounge.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Band practice, noon, Penny Lane.
General meeting, noon, SUB 224.
The movie Boycott and discussion
of Noranda and UBC Involvement,
noon, SUB 207.
General      meeting,      7:30     p.m.,
Lutheran Campus Centre lounge.
TD Bank
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You'll be well trained. We're
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(TD's innovatjve training programs
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You'll have ample room for
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Lecture Hall No. 2 of the Woodward
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A   NEW  WAY   OF   THINKING  ...  Dr.
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Think for yourself! Every little thing
Reprinted from the bach cover of Twist the Beatle
and Shout. Kramer.
Paul Mc
John Lennon. Born Oct. 9, 1940 in Liver- June 18, 19
pool, is 5'11" tall, has brown eyes and hair. darkbrowr
He likes the color black, steak and chips, Institute. H
and jelly beans. Admires the work of singer chips and f
CarlPerkins, ChuckBerry, Ben E. King, the Chuck Ber
Shirelles,   Larry   Williams   and   Little clothes are
Richard. He likes clothes which are dark in necked swe
color and suede and leather. also plays'
John Lennon plays harmonica, maracas andheenjo
and a bit of piano and banjo. Much of his drums, telt
spare time is spent writing, playing records George ri
and composing.  He  likes  music,  books, in L iverpo
curry, painting, television and some modern and dark
jazz.   And   dislikes   thickheads,    and Liverpool I
traditional jazz. With Paul he has written all black, enjo
Beatles come
The History of the Beatles film
which plays Vancouver next week
at the Hollywood theatre is yet
another indication of the durability
of Beatlemania.
It was seven years ago that the
band stopped playing, But the Fab
Four from Liverpool remain at the
apex of the pop culture. There has
not been a group with comparable
social and musical impact since
the Beatles' demise.
Which is why it's not all that
surprising that the group still
commands such interest from
critics and public alike. In 1976, 25
Beatles singles were released in
Britain, and all made the top 100.
Yesterday, a single originally
released in 1966, went all the way to
number one. It is remarkable for
any group to occupy 25 per cent of
the music surveys, but for a group
to do so long after they have split
up is only a little short of
Interest in the Beatles is strong
in North America as well. Rock
and Roll, a double album compilation of Beatles songs released
in 1976, was a number one album.
Live at the Hollywood Bowl, a
recording of Beatles performances
in 1964 and 1965, was one of the
albums of the summer of 1977.
latest issue of the National L
poon satirizes the Beatles (w!
may not seem like a complim
but the fact that seven years a
the group broke up they're
worth taking a poke at, ;
something about the Beat
Beatles books continue to ]
forth, and  critics  looking
controversy and a reputation
their   own   assessments   of
Beatles' work. Despite the fact
the group is no longer toget
The Beatles  are  the  most
portant and prestigious pop gr<
they are the standard by w
others are judged.
The film that is coming
Vancouver is 100 minutes of <
from films, videotapes and I
scopes, spliced together
chronological order, but wit
narration. The film is no
documentary: no analysis is
Most of the film is of the Be*
performing or rehearsing in
studio, while the remaining 10
cent is of interviews. The sc
quality of some of the e
material is  poor,   but  the  <
Page Friday. 2
Friday, November 25, 1977 • \fl$
Hints in Beatles magical mystery quiz.
For the past few weeks, the
Ubyssey office has been the scene
of a vicious battle. Groups of
pathetic diehard Beatle fans have
been assaulting each other with the
most irrelevant, miniscule Beatle
trivia questions imaginable.
The following is the result of this
battle. If the quiz seems hard, it's
only because you're poorly read.
&it if you can answer any of
these you could win passes to see
the new film, A History of the
Beatles: From Liverpool to Bangla
Desh, at the HolWwood theatre
next week. Bring your answers to
the Ubyssey office, Room 241K of
SUB. They must be in by Monday
at the latest.
1.) Which famous Beatle just
visited Vancouver?
2.) Which British city did the
Beatles hail from?
3.) What year did the Beatles
first arrive in North America?
4.) What was the name of the
first manager of the Beatles?
5.) Which Beatle has landed
immigrant status in the United
6.) Who is Doctor Robert?
7.) What two British politicians
are referred to in the song, Taxman?
8.) What famous German city
did the Beatles perform in during
the early parts of the career?
9.) In what key was Strawberry
Fields recorded?
us songs for Billy J.
Born in Liverpool on
' tall, has brown eyes,
attended the Liverpool
; color black, steak and
: work of Ray Charles,
'eggy Lee. As far as
d, he favors black polo
, leather and suede. He
ano, guitar and banjo,"
reading, writing songs,
d cars.
Jorn February 25, 1943
' tall, has brown eyes
lir and attended the
Ie likes the colors blue,
id chips, Carl Perkins
and Eartha Kitt. He wants nothing more
than to retire with lots of money. He likes
casual clothes, Alfred Hitchcock, and goes
for the girl who is blonde and smallish. In his
spare time, you will find George around
either records, the guitar, or girls. He plays
one-finger piano, likes driving and
television, and dislikes having his hair cut
and travelling on buses.
Ringo Starr. Born July 7, 1940 in Liverpool, is 5'8" tall has blue eyes and brown
hair, he likes the color black, steak and
chips, Ray Charles and Dinah Washington,
sleek suits and ties. He lists girls and cars as
his hobbies. He dislikes onions, tomatoes,
Chinese food, motorbikes and Donald Duck,
and likes fast cars. His ambition is to own a
string of hairdressing salons.
gether in flic
ana in interesting for their con-
Highlights include a 1962 per-
>rmance at the Cavern club in
iverpool, the 1964 Ed Sullivan
ppearance, the Shea Stadium
srformance of 1965, their farewell
jncert in Tokyo in 1966, the
lusical numbers from Magical
Iystery Tour and the films of the
srformance of Hey Jude and
evolution on the David Frost
how in 1968.
Phil Alexander, Ronnie James
nd Gary Stern put the film
)gether over a three-year period,
sleeting from over seven hours of
Phil Alexander, in town to
romote the film, said that the idea
riginated when he found there
'as good response to the Beatle
lms he showed in between art
lms in Santa Barbara. He and his
ohorts then gathered together
laterial bit by bit, by writing to
.pple Corps in New York and
,ondon, to EMI records, the BBC,
'athe Newsreels, and to Beatle
ins and organizations from Paris
> Tokyo.
Alexander feels that the film is
3e of the best as an illustration of
ie Beatles' musical talents.
"Ringo is a phenomenal drum
player. He has his own style. To
look at the band as musicians, the
film is ahighpoint in rock movies,"
Alexander said. "There are a lot of
good film-makers, but when it
comes to filming rock musicians
they show head shots and the
guitars, but you can't see the
fingers. The people who filmed
this, their heads are together
pretty well."
Besides the performances, there
are many other interesting
moments. For example, there is
the weird and surrealistic film
John directed as a promotion for
Strawberry Fields Forever. The
film was shown on American
Bandstand, and when Dick Clark
askedthe kids on the show for their
reaction, one of them commented,
"I think they went out with the
Also included in the film is the
production of All You Need is Love
which was broadcast worldwide
via satellite, and which was
written by Lennon especially for
the broadcast.
For Beatle fans old and new, the
promoters of the film promise, "a
splendid time is guaranteed for
10.) What does the chorus chant
in the background of Girl?
11.) What song is on the flip side
of the single version of Let It Be?
On the flip side of Lady Madonna?
12.) What is the first song George
Harrison wrote for the Beatles?
13.) Which group did Ringo leave
to join the Beatles?
14.) The   Beatles   appeared   on
playedat the end of All You Need is
21.) John, in the Royal Command
performance, told the people in the
cheap seats to clap their hands,
and the rest to do what?
22.) How did John come to write
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite?
23.) Who is the oldest Beatle?
24.) What is the river that flows
through Liverpool that came to be
stage with two other British rock
bands in Hamburg. Name them.
15.) John Lennon was sued for
plagiarism for two lines in what
16.) When did the Beatles first try
17.) To whom does the song Hello,
Goodbye refer?
18.) John Lennon appeared in
what movie by himself?
19.) What was the first movie
Ringo appeared in without the
other Beatles?
20.) Which  Big   Band   song   is
Friday, November 25, 1977
identified with the British sound in
the early sixties?
25.) What American label did
the Beatles records appear on?
26.) Who was the Beatles
producer for many years?
27.) Name five Beatles movies.
28.) What American television
show virtually introduced the
Beatles to the continent?
29.) What is the name of the last
Beatles album ever to appear?
30.) Name 10 Beatles songs with
women's names in them.
31.) Who was the original bass
player for the Beatles?
32.) Name two of the nightclubs
the Beatles played in Hamburg?
33.) How many songs did Ringo
write for the Beatles and what
were they?
34.) Who is Angelo Mysterioso?
35.) Who was the Walrus?
36.) How did Paul meet Linda?
37.) Which of the Beatles put
together Revolution #9?
38.) Where did George Harrison
write Here Comes the Sun?
39.) What is Strawberry Fields?
40.) What was the original title of
Sexy Sadie?
41.) What does Lucy in the Sky
with Diamonds refer to?
42.) At the end of Strawberry
Fields it is claimed that Lennon
says, "I bury Paul." Lennon says
differently. What did he really
43.) At the end of I am the
Walrus, voices speak lines from
which Shakespeare play?
44.) Which two Beatles songs
does Paul introduce with "One,
two, three, four!" or "One, two,
three, fuck!" (depending on who
you believe)?
45.) Name 10 clues of Paul's
46.) When you hold the cover of
Magical Mystery Tour to a mirror
what phone number appears and
what is its purpose?
47.) Who plays lefthanded guitar?
48.) Which Lennon song did the
Beatles refuse to record?
49.) Who plays lead guitar on
While my Guitar Gently Weeps?
50.) The Cast Iron Shore is a
Liverpool landmark referred to in
which John Lennon song?
51.) Name two connections to
Edgar Allen Poe in the works of the
52.) Pete Best was sacked
a) He wouldn't change his
hair      style.
b) He was the most popular
member of the group. c) He
was too dependent on his mother.
d) He was a surly
egomaniacal asshole.
e) All of the above.
53.) Which Olympic swimmer
appears on the cover of Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club
54.) In I am the Walrus, the line,
"Waitingforthevantocome," was
originally what?
Answers will be published
next week.
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jfr poetry
Lalonde fixing a hole in our ideas
Speak white
it is so lovely to listen to you
speaking of Paradise Lost
or the anonymous, graceful profile trembling in the
sonnets of Shakespeare
We are a rude and stammering people
but we are not deaf to the genius of a language
speak with the accent of Milton and Byron and Shelley and Keats
speak white
and please excuse us if in return
we've only our rough ancestral songs
and the chagrin of Nelligan
speak white
speak of places, this and that
speak to us of the Magna Carta
of the Lincoln Monument
of the cloudy charm of the Thames
or blossom-time on the Potomac
speak to us of your traditions
We are a people who are none too bright
but we are quick to sense
the great significance of crumpets
or the Boston Tea Party
But when you really speak white
when you get down to brass tacks
to speak of Better Homes and Gardens
and the high standard of living
and the Great Society
a little louder than speak white
raise your foremen's voices
we are a little hard of hearing
we live too close to the machines
and only hear our heavy breathing over the tools
speak white and loud
so we can hear you clearly
from Saint Henri to Santo Domingo
yes, what a marvellous language
for hiring and firing
for giving the orders
for fixing the hour to be worked to death
and that pause that refreshes
and bucks up the dollar
speak white
tell us that God is a great big shot
and that we're paid to trust him
speak white
speak to us of production, profits and percentages
speak white
it's a rich language
for buying
but for selling oneself
but for selling one's soul
but for selling oneself
speak white
big deal
but for telling about
the eternity of a day on strike
for telling the whole
life-story of a nation of caretakers
for coming back home in the evening
at the hour when the sun's gone bust in the alleys
for telling you yes the sun does set yes
every day of our lives to the east of your empires
Nothing's as good as a language of oaths
our mode of expression none too clean
dirtied with oil and with axle grease
speak white
feel at home with your words
we are a bitter people
but we'd never reproach a soul
for having a monopoly
on how to improve one's speech
Michele Lalonde was born in Montreal in
1937. Her published works include poetry:
Geoles (Prisons) and Songe de La fiancee
detruite, Terre des Hommes, a narration of
a symphonic fresco written in collaboration
with composer Andre Prevost and performed at the Place des Arts in 1967 and
Speak White, a poem-announcement.
When Michele Lalonde presented Speak
White at La Nuit de la Poesie, in Montreal,
on March 29, 1970, she received a delirious
ovation like none of the Canadien hockey
players ever had.
Never before had a poet expressed so well
the ideology which supports the
revolutionary actions of the Quebecois. That
ideology, so evident for them and so difficult
to understand for the English speakers can
be summed up this way: under certain
circumstances, the simple and everyday use
of specific language can be oppressive.
Invited to set out her life story, she replied
thus: "I was born in Montreal and grew up
there. Of modest origin, my parents escaped
the misfortunes of the Great Depression
which hit the majority of Quebecois so hard
during the Thirties.
"I believe in Quebec literature with a
small 1, integrated into the day-to-day
struggle for national liberation and rendered more widely accessible by way of the
spoken word. I also believe in the necessity
of inventing in our province new genre of
literature adapted to the Quebecois culture
and to the struggle for identity.
In the sweet tongue of Shakespeare
with the accent of Longfellow
speak a French purely and atrociously white
as in Viet Nam, in the Congo
speak impeccable German
a yellow star between your teeth
speak Russian speak of the right to rule speak of repression
speak white
it's a universal language
we were born to understand it
with its tear-gas phrases
with its billy-club words
Speak white
tell us again about freedom and democracy
We know that liberty is a Black word
as misery is Black
as blood is muddied with the dust of Algiers or of Little Rock
Speak white
from Westminster to Washington take turns
speak white as on Wall Street
white as in Watts
Be civilized
and understand our conventional answer
when you ask us politely
how do you do
and we mean to reply
we're doing all right
we're doing fine
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Friday, November 25, 1977 creative arts
Angel Hair
Glorya McShane is a UBC student who wants to be a
paperback writer. Page Friday publishes works in the
areas of graphic arts, fiction, drama, poetry and
photolraphy. If you have submissions, take them down to
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Christmas Eve is always a special time and no one ten
that more than Georgia. Every Christmas Eve for the last
five years she had rescued a lost and lonely stranger from
the streets and spent the whole day with him, bearing gifts,
champagne and all the sugar-coated love he could desire. It
was a ritual, a ceremony, the most magical time of the
It was also the only time that she could briefly forget her
convulsive hatred and fear of men, unchanged since that
night ten years ago.
Two of her father's golf buddies had stopped by the high
school that night to drive her home from the drama club's
dress rehearsal. But first they had taken her to an abandoned farmhouse outside town where they both had raped
her. Georgia told her father but his friends called her a liar.
Her father believed them and he called her "a hot little
tramp with a filthy mind". Georgia had never been able to
care for any man since.
She was twenty-five now, and she had a late-model car, a
closet full of fashionable clothes and a highrise apartment
with a view of English Bay. For three years now she had
been the manager of the graveyard shift at the downtown
branch of the Good Morning Pancake House chain; she
liked the isolation of an all-night job. And she never wanted
a man to so much as touch her. Except on Christmas Eve.
At seven o'clock on the morning of Christmas Eve
Georgia handed the restaurant over to the day manager.
Before she left the place, though, she took a little extra time
to carefully adjust the angle of her emerald green fedora,
apply extra mascara, and, decadent as it wes at dawn, a
splash of "Midnight Lady" cologne. Not that she needed to
worry. Georgia was tall, slim and elegant, her thick dark
hair coaxed into a smooth back roll, her soft brown eyes
made up to look positively velvety. Even when the men that
she so constantly rejected called her a "beautiful i c y
bitch," the accent was on beautiful. Yet Georgia usually
didn't enhance or even value her looks at all. Who needed
beauty if it only made you a likely victim? She could never
stop wondering if the men would have acted the same way
that night had she only been plain, pudgy and charmless.
Christmas carols oozed out of the canned music system as
Georgia walked past the long row of booths to the door of the
restaurant, ready to brave the icy street. Martino, the
handsome night cook, sat in a booth near the front. He was
sipping tea and fingering his little black mustache. When
she smiled at him he winked.
"Merry Christmas,  Miss  Graham.  You'll   have  the
boyfriend in the new year, promise?"
"I promise."
"Promise it's me?"
Georgia laughed absently and let the door swing shut
behind her. Martino was young, recently arrived from
Europe and terribly lonely. But she really needed a
stranger. Last year she had found Oliver, a mournful mid-
thirties alcoholic near the emergency social services in
Gastown. His wife had finally left him and he was looking
for help. Georgia had introduced him to her innovative
therapy, and really, he had been quite a pleasant conversationalist, with an interest in opera.
She unlocked her car door and slipped in behind the
wheel, starting the engine. Then she threw it in first,
squaring her shoulders and raising her chin. The old
tingling sensation rushed through her once again — the
thrill of cruising.
She headed down into Gastown just as the light from the
old street lamps faded, leaving only the dullness of the grey
morning light. The windows of the import shops and the
bars were dark and there was nothing and noone around.
The first sign of life that Georgia saw was a little variety
store, its door open, on the shabby fringes of the chic neighbourhood. A teenage boy lounged on the steps outside, eyes
closed, a bag of potato chips in his hand.
Although the air was sharp and cold he wore only a pale
blue sweater, jeans and tennis shoes and he was very thin.
Georgia circled around the block and cruised by again,
slowing down. He suddenly raised his head and she notced
that his hair was pale blonde and almost too fluffy, framing
his delicate features like a halo.
She stopped the car and hurried over to him. He watched
her passively and his eyes looked tired and sad in his young
"Hi!", she said brightly. "Do you want eggs benedict or
croissants for breakfast? Or what about both?"
He just stared at her. Georgia saw traces of tears on his
cheeks. She knelt on the steps beside him.
"You're cold and pretty hungry, aren't you?"
He shrugged. "Nah, not really. I had two bags of chips
this morning."
"What's your name?", she asked him gently.
"Gerry. Till I can think up a good stage name." He threw
his head back proudly. "I'm a singer. I'm a professional
singer. Just between jobs right now."
Georgia resisted the powerful urge to take him in her
"I've never met a professional singer," she told him,
without adding "starving on the street." She jumped up
again. "Come on, let's go. We'll have eggs benedict and
croissants. And anything else your heart desires."
"Raspberry jam?" he asked.
Georgia winced. Well, he was just a kid.
"Sure," she replied. "Raspberry jam."
"I haven't had raspberry jam since I left home," he
explained. "My mum makes jars and jars of it."
They both got into the car and Georgia drove back to the
city centre. They had breakfast in one of the shiny new
hotels, seated beside an endless window ten storeys above
the street. Georgia was too excited and nervous to have
anything but coffee, but Gerry ate constantly, frequently
talking with his mouth mil. He had eggs benedict and
croissants with raspberry jam, and he went through two
little silver pots of the jam. He had smoked salmon and
honeydew melon filled with sugar-frosted grapes. He even
had a good-sized wedge of black forest cake, although the
astonished waiter had to phone all over the hotel to locate
some at such an early hour.
He scraped smoked salmon off his plate. "This sure beats
hell out of porridge and chips", he commented. "That's all
I've had for days. Hey why are you doing this, anyway, did
you win the lottery? I mean — you don't even know me."
Georgia smiled and placed her hand on his. "It's
Christmas, isn't it? A time for love." She traced designs on
his palm and he laughed in confusion.
"You know, I coulda been a diesel mechanic if I'd stayed
home, they accepted me for a training course. But I want
more than that, I'm going straight up, the top or nothing!
Just like RodStewart, that's what I want to be."
Gerry's blue eyes burned like a gospel preacher's and he
jabbed the table with his index finger as he spoke. He was
seventeen-and-a-half, he informed her, and he'd left home,
a little town on the CPR line near Thunder Bay, ten months
before. After the group that he fronted won first prize in a
local battle-of-the-bands contest he had boarded a
Greyhound for Vancouver, planning to make a stopover
there before taking Los Angeles by storm: He had already
sung with two Vancouver bands, but both had folded for
lack of playing dates, so he was writing songs during the
layoff, trying to come up with a hit.
"I've gotta have a hit song by next Christmas," he told
Georgia breathlessly. "See, all you have to do is write one,
onesong, that's all! Ican'tlose! I've written over a hundred
son^ already, just keep it going and soon or later one of
them breaks through!"
Georgia paid the cheque and they walked out to the
elevator. A tall Christmas tree ablaze with light and frosted
with silver tinsel, stood in the middle of the hall and Gerry
stopped a moment to admire it. Then he grinned at Georgia.
"When I'm a star I'm gonna have one of those trees in
every room of my house. And I'll have a private recording
studio and a plane for skydiving and a sweet beautiful lady,
all mine."
Georgia slipped her arm through his. "Can I audition for
the part?" she asked.
He laughed and touched her hair. "Only if you'll love me
anywhere, anytime."
"Today I can. I finished work this morning."
He shook his head. "You're crazy. But real nice. Here."
He Mssedher and his lips were soft and cushiony. "That's to
say thanks for breakfast. If you wanta be real nice, they
why don't you rent us one of those fancy bedrooms upstairs?"
"My name's Georgia and I've already rented one."
His jaw dropped. "You rented me one of those big places
with a colour TV and free postcards?"
"I did."
Gerry wrapped his arms around her. "Well, babe," he
said, "let's try you out." The words were rough but his hug
was cuddly and warm.
Ihey entered the elevator and Georgia pressed the up
button with one slim coral-polished finger. The doors
opened at the twentieth floor and Georgia led him down the
hall by memory. She had always rented the same room.
When she opened the door she pulled a cord almost
simultaneously and the drapes parted, revealing a
panoramic view of the harbour and the mountain. Gerry
just stood in the middle of the room, silent, breathing in the
newborn mixture of freshly-cleaned shag carpet, pine-
scented room spray and crisp new notepaper. Georgia had
brought some supplies to the hotel the day before, and now
she turned on the portable cassette player. "Hark the
Herald Angels Sing" poured forth, rich and resonant music
with strings, brass and a full chorale.
"Why don't we lie down?" Gerry suggested and his tone
was elaborately nonchalant.
Georgia lay down. He was so young and suddenly so
serious. She knew that he was trying to disguise a trembling
of the hands when he began to unfasten her silky green
shirt. She almost despised herself for what she was going to
do. But the script for the ritual had been set five years ago.
There was no possibility of revision.
"I've got to have you," she heard herself saying. "I
wanted you from the minute I saw you."
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Joy to the World. Silent
Night. The carols played majestically on, and his feathery
golden angel-curls brushed against her face, her shoulders,
her hipbones. Georgia guessed that his experience had been
slight, but naivete only served to double his will to please,
his desire for discovery. Christmas traditions have their
limits — Gerry knew this instinctively. He didn't treat her
wrists and the soles of her feet as mere landscape on the
way to the main highlights. He had a golden mouth and he
made her skin shine everywhere.
"Gerry Goldenmouth," she whispered. She had turned
the music off and the perfect stillness of the room was
almost religious.
She felt his tears on her breasts. He was crying, crying
out a grief that seemed to come from deep within him,
because he clutched her so tightly that his nails dug into the
flesh of her back.
"It's never been like this," he sobbed. "I might have died
this Christmas if you hadn't found me, I was gonna kill
Georgia watched a few snowflakes whirling against the
glass. He does have lovely hair, she reflected, even if he's
been around. A virgin might have been interesting, though.
She ruffled his curls.
"Baby-child, I love you, did you know that?" She hoped
her voice didn't sound too mechanical.
He cupped her chin in his hands, covering her face with
kisses. "Sweet lady. Sweet lady. You don't know how much
I love you."
Georgia stretched lazily on the bed. The words were like a
church litany, she knew the man's responses so well. She
rang the bell for room service, bribed a waiter to bring up
champagne before noon, and at half-past ten in the morning
she and Gerry clinked sparkling glasses high over Vancouver.
"Just like home," Gerry remarked. "Only we have
eggnog, Mum's homemade stuff, but we start on it early,
' 'What else do you do back home?'' Georgia asked, as she
rubbed his back with coconut oil.
"Oh, I don't know — string together cranberries and
popcorn for the tree. Make paper chains, it's for kids, but
it's      fun.'',
The speed with which Georgia produced paper, cranberries and fully-popped popcorn unnerved even Gerry. She
explained smoothly that, in a way she lived at the hotel,
since she was a call girl who entertained customers there.
Friday, November 25, 1977
Page Friday, 5 entertainment
* t
Dolls message: it's all too much
The main problem with Broken
Dolls is that it never stops getting
started. Its subject is topical and
serious, and the ideas behind its
presentation are original and inventive, but despite these attributes, Broken Dolls doesn't
seem to get anywhere. Instead, all
its promises for developing its
themes are drowned in needless
repetition  and  over-clarification.
By  How
ie   Cooper
Broken Dolls is about the causes
and after-effects of rape. It is an
original  group   creation   of   the
Touchstone Theatre Company,
who researched their material by
consulting various women's
organizations and documented
rape cases. Their efforts to be
accurate are evident as Broken
Dolls strongly debunks the popular
myths about the reasons for rape
and the rapist himself. But the
importance of what it is trying to
say is largely lost in what amounts
to soapbox preaching on the part of
playwright Cooper.
The production depicts several
highly realistic incidents that
effectively expose many of the
untruths associated with rape. But
it is marred by affectatious
monologues and obvious symbolism that only serve to beat the
play's themes into the ground.
Broken Dolls tells the story of
four couples: a nightclub singer
and a woman researching material
for an article by posing as a
stripper, an art student and his art
dealer, a man and an woman who
meet in a seedy discotheque, and a
narrow-minded red-neck who lives
his fantasies through an inflatable
doll. It is through the actions of
these couples that Cooper attempts
to convey his messages.
And he is successful in this
respect — in fact, too successful.
He belabors his themes to the point
of being intellectually condescending and, as a result, much
of the play's impact is lost.
Much of Ian Fenwick's direction
is imaginative and visually interesting, andheand the rest of the
play's technical staff are to be
applauded for doing so much with a
skeleton budget. But Fenwick, too,
is guilty of over-doing.
A particular case in point is his
handling of the mock trial of and
accused rapist. The victim of the
assault, wearing a chaste-white
smock, stands in the witness box
while being questioned by an attorney with overtly libidinous
intentions. As is expected, his
examination turns the tables on the
crime and she is charged with
provoking her assailant. But
Fenwick goes too far in making his
point as the attorney, acting in a
kind of lustful frenzy, tears off his
victim's white gown to reveal one
of firey red.
Following a brief bout with stage
fright, Broken Dolls' cast offers
several  fine   performances   with
special mention due Hilmi
Mohamed as the mentally underdeveloped red-neck, and
Wyckham Porteous as the troubled
nightclub entertainer. Porteus also
demonstrates a considerable talent
for writing songs as he contributes
five original compositions to the
production. But his songs, like
Cooper's words, are culpable for
overstating the play's messages.
It is unfortunate that a play of
Broken Dolls' potential has to fall
prey to such wordiness and
overstatement. But Touchstone is
welcoming any suggestions for
revising and improving the play. I
hope they heed such suggestions
and rework Broken Dolls into the
powerful piece of drama it is
worthy of becoming.
Mann plays this kind of hot kind of music
Herbie Mann and the Family of
Mann provided an evening of
mellow music in varied styles at
the concert at the Commodore on
Nov. 16. They combined elements
of rock, pop, and jazz im-
provization, as well as Afro-Cuban
and Brazilian rythms, to create an
interesting though disjointed
The last minute shift from the
Guitar gently weeps
So often one goes to an instrumental performance anticipating great things only to be
disappointed. It seems that many
excellent musicians get sick of the
old standbys (translation —
'favourites') and turn to the more
obscure works of even more obscure composers. The result — a
self-satisfied performer and a
bored audience.
This, however, was not the case
with Alan Rinehart's performance
on the Guitar and Lute, Friday
evening at Presentation House
The lute is the grandaddy of the
guitar, but the connection ends
there. The instrument has a unique
shape, and the music that is played
on it is very old. The five dances of
the French Revolution by Adrian
LeRoy try hard to be finicky and
monotonous, but thanks to
Rinehart's skill, never succeed.
Some of the Elizabethan pieces,
like Lady Hudson's puffe and Mrs.
Winter's jump are rousing in a
mild way. I was hypnotized by the
intricate design on Rinehart's lute,
and was happily drawn into the
culture of another time.
The second half of the performance was taken up with guitar
pieces, Bach, and Federico
Moreno-Torroba. But the most
enjoyable music came from Latin
American composers like Heitor
Villa-Lobos and Augustin Barrios.
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Orpheum to the Commodore was
due to slow ticket sales. This
change may have set back the
mood of the group who appeared to
be warming up throughout the first
Herbie Mann exploits the
properties of thef lute to the fullest.
He created a wide range of effects
extending from low slow sounds to
high pitched staccato notes.
The opening piece was a jazz
improvization. It was marred by
sound problems which occasionally distorted the smooth
tones of the flute into jarring, high-
pitched sounds. The poor acoustics
of the Commodore also detracted
from the quality of sound.
The warm-up included a piano
improvization by Tom Coppola.
Coppola merged jazz and classical
forms   to  create  delicate,   fluid
flute in extended improvization.
He used reverb and echo to
produce a haunting mood.
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
offered a soft soothing contrast to
the preceding number. The flute
and keyboards were dominant in
this melodious tune.
This piece was followed by solo
performances as each musician
entered and exited in a loosely
arranged manner. Percussionist.
Raphael Cruz, created a wide
assortment of sounds through the
use of numerous odd looking instruments. Bird calls, rattles, and
chimes provided a few of the
unusual effects. Coppola used the
piano to evoke flowing melodies,
but as he switched to electric
keyboards his music became
faster and louder.
formances of such popular tunes as
My Girl and Comin' Home. These
tunes allowed the inherent rich
qualities of the flute to be heard.
Mann's flute was particularly
enjoyable in the solo sections with
a soft back-up. But in the heavy
rhythms numbers, the clear
qualities of the flute were lost.
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Friday, November 25, 1977 King's direction is helter skelter
Whatever happened to substance
and structure in the movies?
Directors, particularly Canadian
directors, seem to think they can
manage without them. Films like
Why Rock the Boat? and Lies My
Father Told Me paint a nice picture but don't go anywhere or say
much beyond the pat and obvious.
So few Canadian films appear that
anything is passable is considered
an achievement.
Who Has Seen the Wind     *
Directed By Allan King
At the Vancouver Centre
Who Has Seen the Wind is a
perfect example. It has some
pleasant touches, and, while it
doesn't approach the standard of
Mon Oncle Antoine, it tries to
portray a Canadian way of life. Yet
it's not a work of any genuine
talent or originality, so Wind, like
the flawed, engrossing The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz,
emerges more as a might-have-
been than as a success.
The basic structure is theme and
variation. Depression-era Areola,
Saskatchewan appears as Gentile
Lies My Father Told Me territory,
with many ideas similar to
Margaret Lawrence's A Bird in the
House. TTie people propel the action as they go about their business
and form relationships. But Allan
King, not being a director of any
style, manages to make the scenes
look either totally preconceived or
unimaginative. Some are cut off
before they should be, or are
scissored into two with another
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King's idea of tension is to put
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hope that we pick up the "atmosphere". There is atmosphere,
so often missing from dry, unpleasant American films these
days, but there is neither building
nor expression. The little things the
characters go through — the school
principal in love with the new
teacher, the bootlegger's beautiful
caged owl, the Carry Nation
busybody — are cliches. King
obviously feels he is developing
slice-of-life vignettes, but the
problems are petty and transparent. The structure that could
have balanced the film is nonexistent.
King's wife, Patricia Watson,
wrote the screenplay from the
novel by W. 0. Mitchell, who has
disowned the film. She shows as
much lack of depth as her husband
does. Much of the dialogue is
stilted, particularly when adults
talk to, or at, the boy (Brian
Painchaud). When Brian's mother
goes to talk to the pinched and
severe schoolteacher who punished
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Brian, she tells her she should have
a child and become human. The
mother has a role through her
husband and sons (ie., what have
you got?). She leaves the teacher
in tears, yet the mother is made to
be the victor, because the teacher
moves away from Areola.
It's indicative of Watson and
King's shallowness that they make
a nasty schoolteacher in to a Nurse
Ratched-like figure whose influence is over stressed.
This motherhood business rises
again as the new teacher talks with
her lover, the town doctor. Consciousness-raising may not have
been around in the 1930s, but in the
1970s the two scenes appear
horrendously nit-witted.
It follows, then, that the climax
of the film is so worthwhile
because there is little dialogue or
music to get in the way. At the
funeral of the boy's father, warmly
played by Gordon Pinsent, the boy
searches for feelings on the blank
faces of his family. It's the only
time something is communicated
with quiet feeling. In the storm that
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Fine as the effects in Bound For
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Wizard of Oz. For a while the
movie appears to be about
something. Unfortunately, the
rapport released in these
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The boys, one in town (Painchaud) and the one in the country
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children, though one-dimensional,
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Pinsent is more natural than
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audience profits from his early
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also natural and expressive as the
bootlegger father of the delinquent
Yet one always hopes that a
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Page Friday, 7 art
Nova show the latest and the greatest of them all
How is it possible to remain
straight-faced while trying to write
about polaroid snapshots of penises
arranged symmetrically to form a
Union Jack?
A Toronto-based art group called
General Idea makes this an impossible feat with their Sex and
Responsability show at the Nova
Sure enough, the little peckers
fashion out the crosses of St.
George, St. Andrew and St. Patrick
with all the royal array and pomp
that is the British Empire. The
very idea of such a thing could only
have come from the mind of some
shit-kicking Punk Rocker. But is it
General Idea, which consists of
A. A. Bronson, Felix Partz and
Jorge Zontal, is perhaps the best
known of the Dada influenced
groups in Canada. Their counterparts in Vancouver are the
Western Front and Pumps. The
Vancouver groups have become
known here for such exploits as the
Mr. Peanut mayoralty campaign
of 1974, and the outlines of dead
bodies on the city's streets.
By parodying art and society's
attitudes to art, Dada could be said
to have stopped art from falling
over the edge into irrelevance.
The Sex and Responsability show
at the Nova Gallery is one of their
interim projects. It consists of
polaroid snapshots showing different themes and attitudes
towards sex today. Each work is a
group of three, six or nine snapshots arranged symmetrically on
cardboard frames.
The best way to approach the
show is with a smile. There are
bound to be a few thick heads who
will search the show for profound
statements on sex. Well, General
Idea is also trying to force a re-
evaluation of art criticism. Thus
to all pedanucs, Bronson, Partz
and Zontal reply, Dadadadadada.
Aside from the Union Jack of
penises are works depicting the
cliches of sex. One show series of
shots of a muscle-man lifting
barbells with a self-indulgent look
on his face. In the centre of this
square of photographs is a naked
woman looking confusedly at the
viewer as she, too, tries to lift a
barbell. She does not belong in that
Another   couple   poses   nude
behind a rubber plant with
exaggerated pictures of lascivious
desire painted on their faces. In
two snapshots on either side of this
one, is a set of curtains ready to
close over the scene.
In several more works, men and
women are seen in fisticuffs. The
men wear boxing gloves, the
women oven mitts.
But describing the pictures is
like explaining a joke that no one
understands. Go to the show and
hear it from the horse's mouth. It
continues until Dec. 3, at the Nova
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Friday, November 25, 1977 creative arts
Angel Hair
From PF 5
"I've given myself to so many,"
she murmured, gazing with what
she hoped was a searching look
into his worshipful eyes. "I was so
lonely and bitter, I just didn't care.
But now . . . I've met you . . ."
Gerry set down his needle and
cranberries to enfold her in his
arms. "I know it ain't easy, babe,"
he comforted her. "I mean, I'm not
perfect myself, back home I did it
once with a girl who wanted to
become a nun."
Against Georgia's will his voice
soothed her. She had to remind
herself that it was the ritual, and
the ritual only, and that nothing
would ever change.
They played unorthodox games
with the cranberry-and-popcorn
strings, and Gerry expressed
delight at "this real kinky stuff".
They slept, they woke, then slept
again — whatever Gerry wanted.
After the champagne there was
brandy, and after the brandy
Georgia found herself curling her
body so that she would fit comfortably against Gerry.
"Angel," she purred, resting her
head in the hollow of his shoulder.
"I know you flew down from
heaven today." Then she slept. She
deservedsleepthat day. Unlike the
men in previous years, Gerry kept
waking her up. Georgia marvelled
at his need of her; thai she realized
that she has been waking up too,
each time, within minutes, ready
for him again.
Gerry was hungry late in the
afternoon, so Georgia ordered up
two Cornish game hens stuffed
with wild rice, and two bottles of
wine. She could eat very little
though, so Gerry enjoyed another
feast, while she lay back against
the pillows, watching the winter
sunset splash vivid colour across
the cold and darkening sky. Time
was running out. Christmas Eve
would soon be over. Shivering, she
left the bed to draw the curtains
and move around lighting the five
candles that she had already
placed around the room.
There was a sixth, a pale blue
taper in an heirloom silver candlestick, beside the bed. Georgia lit
it and turned, ready for the
moment that was the highlight of
the year, the moment when she
revealed the ritual to the poor
stranger. Every year she would
tell the truth, around the time of
the sunset. She would tell him how
he meant nothing to her, how
pitiful and contemptible he was,
how she had only wished to reduce
him to the kind of helpless victim
that she had been on that night ten
years ago. She would savour her
power as she watched his face
crumple, his romantic kingdom
fall. And then she would caU the
two husky bellhops, who were in
her pay, and the stranger would be
evicted from the beautiful hotel by
the back exit.
It had to happen now. Georgia
opened her mourn to speak. But he
was first. "Back home we always
go to mass on Christinas Eve," he
said, smiling. "The candles . . .
darling . . . they remind me, you
know, kinda touch my soul."
Georgia struck a match and held
it up, illuminating his young face,
watchinghow his wonderful golden
angel hair captured every last ray
of light in the room, realizing that
she couldn't do it this time. The
burnt-down match scorched her
fingers, and she dropped it, crying
in pain, reaching out for Gerry,
telling him over and over, as he
kissed her and stroked her hair,
how very dear he was and how
much she loved him.
She lay quietly against him for
several minutes. But she knew that
he had become the strong one. He
was comforting her. She trembled.
Then,  she gathered her forces,
wrenched herself free of his arms,
and ran to the door, calling for the
bellhops to take Gerry away.
Christmas Eve is always a lonely
time for some, and no one felt that
more than Georgia. Without the
ritual the day seemed to stretch
before her, blank as a carpet of
snow. As soon as night shift was
over she sat down in a booth near
the door, with coffee, toast and
raspberry jam, spreading the
newspaper in front of her.
A photograph on the entertainment page caught her eye,
and she looked more closely at it. It
showed a rock band in performance, led by a pair of
dramatically-posed lead singers,
one male, one female, in sequined
leotards. The caption read:
"Vocalists who sway together
apparently stay together. 17-year-
old   Marie   Severin   has   joined
Vancouver's sensational new band,
Angel, sharing the singing
spotlight with her young husband,
Gerry St. John."
Georgia was still staring at the
photograph when Martino came
over to sit with her. He had certainly changed in the coarse of a
year, improving his English,
developing a taste for discos on his
days off, and buying a leather
jacket and high suede boots. He too
saw the picture.
"Hey, Angel! That new song's
really fantastic! They're playing
downtown for the next two weeks,
you know."
"Martino, why don't we go to see
them?" Georgia asked suddenly.
His eyes widened in surppise. "I
am delighted to escort you." She
laughed and draped her arm
around his neck. "No, no, I'll pay
for the tickets. I want to show my
support for Gerry St. John. He was
once a dear friend of mine."
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