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Here we go; another week of filling space with words made up of letters inherited from the Romans. It’s a strange task, but apparently somebody has to do it.


Photography by drone seems to be quite the thing these days.
Various people are trying to make a living doing it, possibly including the guy who sent us an email last week offering his services. “I am dirt cheap,” he said.
That’s good to know. Something might come up. You never know.
In 1996, The Leader hired an airplane to take a photographer along the south side of the lake to take pictures of the flooding.
There must be a lot of drone photography in movies these days – at a fraction of what it once cost to do the same thing from a helicopter. And yet you don’t see the saving reflected in ticket prices at the movie theatres.


‘Best of’ lists are pretty useless and always annoying, but also irresistible.
Whether it’s songs or movies, it comes down to personal taste, which has a lot to do with how you felt about something when you were 17 years old, give or take.
Local radio has a ‘Seventies, eighties, nineties’ format, which provides some perspective on those three decades. Whichever one you came of age in, that will be the one with ‘best’ music. But we’ll just put this out there: the 70s decade is hard to top.
Let’s say (for purposes of argument) it started with the Beatles’ ‘Let it Be’ – which for sheer loveliness has maybe never been topped, and ended with Dire Straits’ ‘Sultans of Swing.’ With those as your bookends, it’s going to be strong case for ‘best ever.’
Let’s see, what should we put in between those two. How about ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Dylan’s ‘Hurricane,’ The Who’s ‘Baba O’Reilly’ (or really any song from Who’s Next – take your pick,) ‘Wild Horses’ by the Stones and ‘Go Your Own Way’ by Fleetwood Mac. While we’re at it, let’s throw ‘Sweet Baby James’ in there, and Billy Joel’s ‘She’s Always a Woman.’ And we haven’t even mentioned ‘Imagine,’ the John Lennon classic. ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.
What do the 80s have to offer against all that? Phil Collins? Bon Jovi?


Okay, how does a story about the Fox Creek Ice Kings end up in the Toronto Star? Google Alerts found it for us, due to the presence of the name ‘Slave Lake’ in the story. The truth is out there, but we sure can’t figure it out.


The provinces on either side of us had elections last week. How did they pull that off with nobody noticing? Victories for the incumbents, in both cases, we hear. Good luck to ‘em.


Mandatory face covering in Westlock, we hear. Wow. Didn’t see that coming. So does that mean when you stop for gas at the Husky and don’t cover up you might get busted? Asking for a friend.


Calls to the fire department last week included several fender benders, plus an accident involving an ambulance, near Flatbush. As for details, we weren’t able to get any.


Here’s something you don’t hear much about: the benefits of coughing. It burns a lot of calories! Just saying.


Save the date: Alberta Health Service is holding mammograms, cervical and colorectal screenings in Slave Lake the first week of December. Screeningforlife.ca has the details.

A purple ribbon for Family Violence Prevention Month.

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