Monthly Archives: September 2005

Flagrant abuses of the culinary arts

DAY 47 It was a quiet day on the inside. The air conditioning was a little colder than usual. But I like it like that. Keeps me alert. Helps me remember. That we are going to win. Win. Without a doubt. You see, they think they can outlast all of us. In here. But they […]

5%, 30%, 90, and/or 225%

First there was the 5%, which was kind of right by definition, but still dishonest. It is really more like 30% in practice. Or is it? It depends. 30% or 5% of what? No one knows how many people work here on any given day. That’s a fact. It’s impossible to know. Some people are […]

Guylaine’s redesign

As a few of you noticed, this site web got a redesign yesterday. I didn’t do it. Guylaine Saucier, one of my anonymous recruits, did it. I told her I wished the letters were bigger; I found the old one hard to read. I thought it would be cool if she could work in Graham […]

Just blow it

I’m hearing a lot about whistles these days. Talk of whistles being blown. Or soon to be blown. Pictures of whistles. Talk of other people’s whistles. They want me to blow the whistle. They want me to support them in their whistle blowing. Everyone is drawing a breath, getting ready to blow! Hear that? We […]

“Here I come to save the day!”

I think everyone knows that the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors are patronage appointments. By that I mean someone owed these guys a favour so they got on the BoD. I mean, Rai Sahi is on it. He’s the CBC’s landlord in Ottawa and Paul Martin’s close friend. This is kind of embarrassing. What could he […]

(a note from the editor and publisher of The Tea Makers)

My attempt to build an army of Dead CBC Presidents has obviously failed. Many signed up, but never wrote, and there are even more names in the blogger system which are not displayed in the “Contributors” list (I have no idea why). “cbcinside” seems to have spoken his/her piece and is pretty much done. My […]

Where’s Bobby? (part III)

I said before that the president was creatively bankrupt. Talk of “flexibility” and the “changng media environment” is more than just heehaw to be mailed out on glossy paper – there is a lot of truth to it. So why has our business model remained essentially unchanged for 75 years? Oh sure, there have been […]

Dude, you’ve been bumped!

Some managers in here are awful. Quite frankly, they should be fired. They have no idea what they are talking about, and are easily bamboozled. Sometimes they get caught up in stupid schemes that are a waste of money, just like the picket signs say. Besides that, there are just too bloody many of them. […]


why we all love cbc – even those of us inside

because we woke up with it every morningbecause in our wildest dreams we never thought we would one day have the chance to get a job herebecause even when we were hired, then cut, than rehired, than recut, we always prefered working here that anywhere elsebecause even when we are a so-called evil manager, we […]

The belly of the bear

This has gotta be quick. Sorry. There were some ‘bear-pit’ meetings in the TBC this week. They opened with Cathy Sprague putting her hand into a beehive and retrieving honey for our danishes. They were well attended and like the last ones they were, refreshingly, all straight talk. Again, I was impressed at how great […]

(a note from the editor and publisher of The Tea Makers)

Today I conducted an “email interview” with Tod Maffin, mostly because I thought it would be fun. I have since received many emails about it. Just 2 things I want to clarify: 1) Robin may be off the rails, but that doesn’t mean he is wrong. His posts are complex and confusing, even for me, […]

WANTED: More tea makers

I am not sure how much I’ll be writing in the upcoming weeks. It’s not what you’re thinking. It’s a long, strange story and kind of hard to explain. But rather than shut the site down or let it rot, I’m going to open it up. There are a lot of people posting comments heer […]

Small Dead Animals

I get a lot of hits from something called “Small Dead Animals.” As far as I can tell, it’s some kind of right-wing web site. Whatever it is, they all read my site, and there are a lot of them. Here’s what they have to say: “I bet Ms. Pink the tea maker blames the […]

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