About asta

Still writing and talking for money.


December 21, 2013


Today is the shortest day of the year, but for me it is the longest. I’ve been awake, off and on since midnight riding a wave of memories. Most of mine can be shared with only a handful of people, … Continue reading

December 20, 2013

Panto Bar

Welcome to Panto Bar, secret hangout of underground Panto players. What? You didn’t know? Well it’s a secret innit?


Bar’s Open

I don’t know where the regular staff is– buried in tinsel or stuck in a pudding for all I know, perhaps they were abducted by pirates! That’s right, it’s Pantomime Season. Whether you’re classical commedia dell’art or Berwick Kaler Dame, … Continue reading

December 4, 2013

Christmas Baking

A Canadian Christmas is directly tied to our geography. Come December we are the frozen north of our clichéd reputation.  The ultimate American holiday is Thanksgiving, but for us it Christmas.  We are keenly aware of Solstice and by mid-month … Continue reading

November 8, 2013

Exploding Lyle Libations

Look at this crew. Wrung out, bedraggled, and stumbling up to the end of the bar with nerves frayed by a week of piddling little firecrackers.  You call yourselves English? Not Gordon, I know how he feels about being called … Continue reading