Next Music from Tokyo Vol 13 – UlulU

UlulU is an all-female 3-pc band with a retro or garage-rock revival sound akin to The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys.  They’re a fun band who keep the music simple but with enough jazz in the drum fills and blues in the guitars to keep things interesting.  The highlight of UlulU’s music is definitely guitarist Kayo’s beautiful, soulful and charismatic vocals.

UlulU will charm the audience with their timeless melodies, unpretentious style and occasional bursts of rock’n’roll power.

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The Road to Success

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You are responsible for your success and failure. The sooner you accept and integrate that into your work ethic, the sooner you will start being successful. If you blame others for your failures, you will never be successful.

 

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Ryus Noodle Bar – Toronto – October 5, 2018

Relaxed Japanese eatery with bright, simple decor specializing in noodle soups in a signature broth.

Address: 786 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2P7

Website: http://www.ryusnoodlebar.com/

When I went to this place on Friday there was a line of customers which went right out the front door. Which always a positive sign that it’s a decent place.

Shoyu with seasoned egg – pork slice, chicken slice, bamboo shoot, arugula, nori, white fungus, chilli pepper and sesame in a rich chicken broth

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Comic Book Review – Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 2 (2017)

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I’ve been reading comics for over thirty years and I like them as much now as I did when I was kid. But as my knowledge of art, drama, history, geography, cinema and psychology has grown, my expectations for mainstream entertainment and superhero comics have soared.

Some of my favorite books have been about the unilateral grasp for power by the world’s most powerful and the capes that arise in opposition. A quick list: Squadron Supreme (86), Watchmen, Kingdom Come, Civil War (06 – I understand I am loose in putting it on this list), and the dazzling Rising Stars (especially the first two volumes). The Jupiter series (Circle and Legacy) honors and possible surpasses all of those (a few of you might think Garth Ennis’s “The Boys” should go on this list, but that is mostly a dark and violent satire of the genre).

The work that Mr. Millar and Mr. Quitely have performed in this book is astonishing. Frank Quitely’s art is truly spectacular and dynamic – from facial expressions to movements to backgrounds to splash pages. His skills have only improved with the years.

Mark Millar’s plotting and dialogue are superb in this volume, and he builds the anticipation for the conflict deftly. The so-called heroes are the villains and vice-versa: the world seems upside down, which is a scathingly blatant critique of the current social, economic and political climates of the Western world (particularly the USA), though if you blink you’ll miss them. The arrogance, stupidity and knee-jerk actions of the leadership is both eerie and funny at the same time. The motivations of the rebels (villains/heroes that have been in hiding) are both personal and globally altruistic – and they are consistent and logical. This is truly a wonderful feat of writing. There were many moments where I paused as I caught myself smiling and shaking my head at both the content and the style.

The action in issues 5 and 6 in this volume could have been spread out a little more, but I’m only whinging about it because I liked this story so much. The other irritant is that it took Millar and Quitely 2 1/2 years to offer this up after the glorious first volume. If the last page is to be believed, then we won’t see “Jupiter’s Requiem” until 2019. Brutal.

 

5 out of 5 stars

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The International Auto Show 2018 – Toronto – Part 5

This event has been held in Toronto, Ontario since 1974 and is staged annually in February at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It draws an average of 300,000 visitors throughout its showing from Ontario and Western New York.

The International AutoShow in partnership with AutoTrader exhibits over 1,000 cars, trucks, and SUVs as well as, concept cars, exotics, classics, motorcycles and alternative energy vehicles.

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Comic Book Review – Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 1 (2015)

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This book doesn’t break any new ground or offer the angst filled edgy drama which can come to be expected of comic books since the 90s. Instead the topics covered here are familiar but Jupiter’s Legacy is to the point, fulfilling and provoking in it’s simplicity. The uncomplicated but characterful artwork is appealing and quickly weaves a tale like dominoes falling before the reader’s eyes. Frank Quitely’s artwork and subdued colors set a tone which stands apart while remaining effortless and lasting.

Millar doesn’t waste time with his pacing. Each scene has a point which quickly established its purpose. If you are sick of the soap operas often found in Western comics and entire issues of “powering up” in Eastern comics, you will find this story very refreshing. The characters get right to business and often find original ways to assert their goals which confound the conventional comic book moaning and groaning on morality. When the villains kill someone, they do it quickly, efficiently and ruthlessly, and it’s displayed in almost sickening detail. The book leaves no chance of a moment growing stale or character becoming tedious, leaving the reader hungry for more time with each of the actors on these pages.

My one criticism is that this work comes across with some possibly unintentional conservative propaganda. Chloe and Brandon are Millennials who drink, party, have unwed sex and their actions are the fall of their family line. If only everyone had listened to their father Sheldon’s warnings about staying the path and keeping traditional American values then none of this tragedy would have unfolded. Only when Chloe embraces a conventional relationship does her life start to come together. Was this Millar’s intention? I can’t say but while this theme is the one major failing of these books it does not detract from what is otherwise a very rich and interesting story.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with comic book themes but fairly new to reading them. Even those who have read many graphic novels will appreciate this reflection of the comic world.

 

5 out of 5 stars

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The International Auto Show 2018 – Toronto – Part 4

This event has been held in Toronto, Ontario since 1974 and is staged annually in February at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It draws an average of 300,000 visitors throughout its showing from Ontario and Western New York.

The International AutoShow in partnership with AutoTrader exhibits over 1,000 cars, trucks, and SUVs as well as, concept cars, exotics, classics, motorcycles and alternative energy vehicles.

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