The World’s Only Interesting Canadian

I was reading the Racing Post yesterday as I know all blog visitors do, and there was this piece by Alastair Down, who I like* despite his florid over-description of everything (‘…she has the heart of an angel, the patience of all the saints and the endurance of the pyramids…’**) and, as an aside, almost, to his piece, about going racing in Galway, he mentioned that himself and toff trainer John Gosden had been to see Leonard Cohen, of whom Gosden is (amazingly) a fan. Alastair Down has seen Cohen three times in recent years, and what I learned was this: Cohen is permanently on the road, (this is how it is that Alastair Down could repeatedly catch his gigs), he is permanently on the road because he has lost his life savings, and pension, of $5 million to the worldwide financial crisis etc. What a fucking liberty; but on the other hand, isn’t this really how it should be? It’s almost a gift from the gods to orchestrate a set of circumstances whereby fans get to see Leonard Cohen perform out his last days, like it or not. Leonard Cohen is over seventy year’s old, and there are not many Canadians for whom you would say Hurrah to that. I used lyrics from this song below in the first story I ever wrote (Swimming, from It Cracks Like Breaking Skin); I remember standing up to read it out in front of class at Art School, and I remember his lines, which were probably the best bit of it, getting the first laugh. Todo El Mundo, baby.

* always smoking B&H, looks knackered, but happy, excellent presenter of C4 Racing, adores horses, most likely not long for this world.

** for the info of makemeadiva: verbatim [smiley here].

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9 Responses to The World’s Only Interesting Canadian

  1. Chiffs says:

    What about Deanna Durbin and Joni Mitchell? And why do I feel a sense of deja vu after just visiting Musings from Bag End’s Blog? Is that where the light gets in?

  2. calvininjax says:

    Cohen lost his money well before the financial crisis swamped the world. He discovered in 2004 that his retirement fund of $5million had been reduced to $150,000 due to mismanagement by his personal manager, Kelley Lynch. Subsequent legal proceedings awarded him $9.5million but he has yet to collect any of that money.

    He now has a new manager.

  3. makemeadiva says:

    Nice theme. Imagine Alistair’s purple prose to Leonard’s music.

    “the endurance of the pyramids”

    *head in hands*

  4. OS says:

    Love the new pic at the top, and I’m glad to get away from that creepy car park.

    M. le etc…

  5. mum says:

    Love the new pic too , as for the song WOW . Will now go and read ” swimming ” !!

  6. Stephen Foster says:

    Thanks for supplying the actual facts here Calvin: I wouldn’t last five minutes on your newsdesk would I with my wild assertions and allegations ; )

    I wonder what Kelley actually did with $4.85 million, it’s quite a lot of dough to lose in my world.

  7. Stephen Foster says:

    T thinks I’m morbidly obsessed with that carpark now.

  8. Stephen Foster says:

    I’ll bring the Best of Leonard over for you at the Spurs game; it’s full of stuff like that.

  9. callieo says:

    Now to find racing in Galway, Leonard Cohen and salukis in one blog….


    PS I think Tareefa is one of the most exceptional salukis I have seen.

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