Word on the Street

Ben Bull crawls through the filth and emerges with a fistfull of gems.

By Ben Bull
Published May 31, 2005

Word On The Street

Okay, so RTH is going bi-weekly. Great! That means we now have to do a Word on The Street every two weeks! That's fantastic! Thanks, Ryan! As you know, I have absolutely nothing better to do than summarize all of Jason's stream of consciousness "email updates," Trevor's cryptic commentaries and your "deep" musings on the changing course of our urban decline...

I don't know what the hell you're all talking about half the time, so I might as well just make this stuff up. Now there's an idea...How about we play a little 'Fact or Fiction'? Try and spot the deliberate mistake in this issues entry of WOTS!

Please send all responses to Ryan McGreal and mark your envelopes "Ryan, please leave Ben alone (or pay him some money soon)." On second thought, I'll settle for not being stuck with the bill next time we hook up for coffee, but that's another story... [Sorry, Ben, but the statute of limitations on references to my lamentable "dine and dash" has officially run out - Ed.]

Welcome to WOTS for this, our first ever bi-weekly edition for June, 2005. Here's what's (mostly) NOT been making the news in the past fortnight:

Strange sightings. Several readers have contacted us to tell us of a strange partially bearded man strolling around the downtown annoying the local business owners. On an entirely unrelated note, here's what RTHs Jason Leach found out for us recently:

Other goings on around town:

Finally, we could not end this edition of WOTS without a shout-out to all the fine folks at the AGH for a hugely successful re-opening. RTH's downtown chief has already toured the place and declared it "simply brilliant".

Downtown revitalization is as much about talking the talk as it is walking the walk. The buzz created by this wonderful facility is worth its weight in gold for what it can do for our embattled egos and still smarting downtown.

RTH - on behalf of all Hamiltonians - would like to say a big "Thank you" to AGH President Louise Dompeirre and all her staff, for a job well done. Be sure to check out the gallery today and make yourself utterly and unashamedly proud to be a part of this wonderful city.

P.S. In case you had to pinch yourself while reading this, and wonder if you really are still in Hamilton, let me assure you that all these updates are all TRUE! Hamilton really is buzzing these days. Here's hoping the good news just keeps on rolling on...

Ben Bull lives in downtown Toronto. He's been working on a book of short stories for about 10 years now and hopes to be finished tomorrow. He also has a movie blog.


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