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• His work with Artists for Peace and Justice
• UN Ambassadorship for The World Food Programme
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
We all miss The Hour.
I don't think the show will engage my brain much more than that because, it's not The Hour. I miss The Hour more now because of this US detour George has taken. I go to the website and remind myself of what I am missing and what I have to look forward to this fall. It's the Claire Martin banter and the Jian Ghomeshi reports and the mile a minute pace of a live TV news show hosted by George with a solid Canadian foundation. There is no substitute. Sure I like the Strombo show, and I will be watching The One, but that ain't no cure for the summertime blues.
Much as I love The Hour and count upon it every evening during the tv watching months to stay informed, and much as I lament it going on hiatus every spring, there is something a little liberating about not being held captive to the tv during the summer months. Sure I may have to read the newspapers a little more thoroughly than I have been and sure I need to make certain that I catch Radio One at the top of the clock to hear the newscasts, but now I can go outside and enjoy the evening without watching the clock.
One of the great things about Canada is the change of seasons, not only because of the variety it adds to our lives, but because suffering through the nasty weather makes us appreciate the fine days. We all need a little sour to fully taste the sweet, we need the dark to appreciate light, we need the winter blasts to fully bask in the summer's glories.
Think of how great it will be to come back to The Hour in the fall, when the days are shortening and we want to come back into the house. It's the yin and the yang.
As one of the Stroumboulopouli, I was sure I would be suffering from some emotional loss right about now, but as of yet that feeling hasn't come. Yes, I do miss my standard evening learning session, I miss that set time to sit back, relax with a nice cup of tea and soak up the day's news in The Hour's uniquely informative way. I miss being able to watch George's calm yet aggressive interviews and seeing us "everyday folk" in the Panel Van and everything else that we've all grown to love about the show, but like Barbara B, I appreciate being able to take the time to go outside and enjoy the summer, and not be preoccupied with wanting to be in front of the tv set. Also, knowing that George is out there doing his own thing and enjoying HIS summer is an important factor, I think. He can soak up the sun, and so can we.
Come October, I think we'll all be refreshed and rejuvenated, tanned and sun kissed and ready to settle back into our big comfy chairs for our winter hibernation to lose our tans together and get settled back into routine. For now, I'm able to break routine and do as I please, George can do the same, and The Hour will be that much more enjoyable when it returns.
My suggestion for Hour Summer Heartbreak? Get some fresh air, maybe pick up a new book or two, check out all your local art venues, try a new restaraunt, discover some new bands or new jokes or new friends, and prepare yourself for Season 3 as it's bound to be stellar!!