The Garret Tree
Monday, October 03, 2005
  CBC 131: Thanks to Tod, a gnome, the rock and everyone
The sun has come up this morning......(yeah it's a bad song). Actually here in Toronto it's overcast.
Went to bed just after 0200 Toronto time, already planning the first post on my much neglected research blog. Neighbor's kids having a good time at breakfast woke me up about 0730. Probably will sleep better tonight.

A new phase begins.....

Thanks to Tod Maffin in Vancouver for all his work and John Gushue, my wake-up reading each morning and all the other bloggers, including Ouimet. It was quite a ride.

Thanks to a sneaky gnome who showed up in unexpected places and made us chuckle.

Thanks to Shelagh and her team for taking us across the country and showing that the CBC's people are one of the ties that does bind us together.

Thanks to all the musicians who entertained us at Simcoe Park, thanks to Gregg and Leslie and everyone else who organized the concerts. Thanks to those that showed a bake-off can be as effective a weapon in a labour dispute as Ottawa's traditional "tighten the line" crew was there.

Thanks to all the sources who fed me legitimate info. The managers, for example, waiting at a red light who knew me and talked a little louder, those from inside the broadcast centre and outside, from the CBC and elsewhere, who sent me e-mails from their own addresses with valuable information or who confirmed what I was trying to find out. My "John Street irregulars"--the picket captains always ready with a tip when I walked by with my camera or who sent me e-mails when I wasn't around the TBC.

Thanks to the Canadian Media Guild negotiating team who were the rock in all this.

Thanks to everyone who didn't fold in three weeks as the consultants expected.

An apology to that still-anonymous blogger Loyalist who has this love-hate relationship with the Corp and its people. He covered this as regularly as Tod or John, albeit from a let's kill the CBC (maybe) point of view. I called him a gutless CBCphobe. I was wrong. He may be anonymous, he may have a slant, but unlike most anonymous bloggers, especially those on his side of the political fence, he has the integrity to acknowledge the views of others, even if it is in a tongue-in-cheek, half-assed way. I still call on him to come out of his closet, use his own name and really be the Canadian Andrew Sullivan he could be. It's a voice Canada needs now that all us Lib-Left (maybe) CBCers are going back to work.

Now I really I have to finish the edits on the book before we go back to work. Light blogging ahead.
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I write in a renovated garret in my house in a part of Toronto, Canada, called "The Pocket." The blog is named for a tree can be seen outside the window of my garret.

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Name: Robin Rowland
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I'm a Toronto-based writer, photographer, web producer, television producer, journalist and teacher. I'm author of five books, the latest A River Kwai Story: The Sonkrai Tribunal. The Garret tree is my blog on the writing life including my progress on my next book (which will be announced here some time in the coming months) My second blog, the Wampo, Nieke and Sonkrai follows the slow progress of my freelanced model railway based on my research on the Burma Thailand Railway (which is why it isn't updated that often) The Creative Guide to Research, based on my book published in 2000 is basically an archive of news, information and hints for both the online and the shoe-leather" researcher. (Google has taken over everything but there are still good hints there)

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