Doug Speirs

  • A group of real knit-wits

    It was a gloriously sunny and warm afternoon, and I was sweating profusely as I shuffled into McNally Robinson Booksellers with a bulky sweater draped over my shoulder. Even though I am now too fat to wear it, I agreed to bring the iconic Cowichan sweater my parents gave me when I was a teenager to the first Winnipeg stop of the Great Canadian Knitting Tour.
  • Study says attention spans...

    Today's important scientific topic is a new study that states humans have shorter attention spans than... Ooh, look, that dog has a really fluffy tail! Um, OK, sorry, what I was trying to say was this new study from Microsoft claims the proliferation of mobile devices has shortened the human attention span to just... Hmm, there sure are a lot of holes in those ceiling tiles over my office cubicle.
  • Goodness gracious, great Bob of fire

    Remember the dopey 1984 science-fiction thriller movie Firestarter, the one based on a creepy Stephen King novel wherein a young girl portrayed by Drew Barrymore has the terrifying ability to start fires with her mind? It has just occurred to me that if they decide to do a remake, they should consider casting my buddy Bob in the starring role, because he has a supernatural gift for spontaneous combustion.
  • Doug Speirs' top five: Queen Victoria trivia

    Prepare to be extremely excited, kids, because there are only two more sleeps until the big day arrives. As patriotic Prairie folk already know, we’re talking about Victoria Day, the statutory holiday celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday and — most importantly — the unofficial start of summer in the True North.
  • Naked Mom 2 1/2

    I really didn't want to share this story with you today, but I will anyway, because my mother told me I had to do it. I received this royal command recently when I called my 84-year-old mom, who lives alone in a condo by the ocean on Vancouver Island, to wish her a happy Mother's Day.
  • The enduring mystery of scented candles

    Today, as part of an ongoing quest to provide helpful information for inexperienced guys of my gender, we are going to have another sensitive discussion on the differences between men and women. This important topic reared its head over the weekend when my sister-in-law dropped by unexpectedly to give her sister, my wife, a thoughtful gift for Mother's Day.
  • Carey Price and bacon... gotta love it

    It would be difficult to overestimate the vital role Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price has played in shaping Canadian history. That's what I learned this week when, for the fifth or sixth year, I was invited to be a guest judge at the Red River Heritage Fair, Manitoba's biggest history fair, featuring projects from about 225 grades 4 to 11 students.
  • Doug Speirs lists the Top Five Bad Movie Moms for this Mother's Day

    Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and we all know what that means, don’t we? It means you need to stop reading this informative and entertaining article and drive to the store to buy your mom a heart-felt greeting card and a heart-shaped box of chocolates.
  • There's more to this exam than meets the eye

    When I rolled out of bed Wednesday, I assumed it was going to be another awesome spring day. But I was a fool.
  • Winnipeg veterinary surgeon Dr. Murray Moffatt gets dogs back in the game after debilitating injury

    It was a typical Sunday night in our house -- I was lying on the couch watching sports while my son, Liam, worked one of our dogs into a frenzy by chasing it around the dining room table. Suddenly, the tranquility of this idyllic scene was shattered by a series of piercing yelps, which prompted me to clamber off the couch and dart out of the den to investigate.
  • Songs I loved, lyrics I can't remember

    We all have a handful of songs that mark the special moments in our lives. Along with being the soundtrack to your life, these are songs that cause you to crank the radio in your car to a decibel level somewhere above nuclear blast, fling open the windows, clench the steering wheel with a white-knuckled grip and belt out the lyrics at the top of your lungs.
  • Trending that caught Doug's eye: World class women's soccer

    We are wildly passionate about hockey, but the thought of watching world-class soccer this summer is starting to get our fan juices flowing. Winnipeggers are pretty pumped up about watching some of the best soccer players in the world when the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup event arrives in June.
  • Pardon me, are you calling me a snob?

    So you are planning to pour yourself into the convention centre tonight for the final public tasting of this year's Winnipeg Wine Festival in support of Special Olympics Manitoba, are you? Well, let me warn you that, as one of thousands of sophisticated wine lovers going nose-to-nose while sampling more than 500 upscale wines from 135 wineries around the world, you will be entering a veritable minefield, a pressure-packed environment wherein, if you commit a single breach of wine etiquette, your reputation could be blown sky-high.
  • Behold the beauty of Basset in a Box

    I think I speak for Michelangelo, Picasso and the guy who painted Dogs Playing Poker when I say the No. 1 rule for creating a masterpiece is this -- get someone else to do the work for you. That is exactly what I planned to do this week when I was invited to transform an innocent cigar box into a work of art to be auctioned off Sunday at the Funky Junk Cuban Brunch & Art Auction in support of ArtsJunktion.
  • Precious little time for beer's brilliance

    What with Saturday being sunny and warm, my wife and I decided to celebrate by parking ourselves on one of the city's many fine patios. We chose the one outside the Barley Brothers craft-beer pub near Polo Park because, as I helpfully informed my wife, they serve somewhere around 140 different kinds of brew.
  • Beware: Super Crotchety Old Geezer is watching you

    Have you ever spent any time wondering what life would be like if you were a totally awesome superhero? Of course you have. You have probably imagined what amazing super powers — flight, invisibility, super strength — you would possess and what your sexy hero’s costume — stretchy neon-bright Spandex — would look like.
  • Top 5: Famous facts about the Stanley Cup

    It’s almost the only thing patriotic residents of the True North talk about at this time of year. Whether you call it the Stanley Cup, Lord Stanley’s Mug, or just the Cup, it is the Holy Grail of hockey supremacy and fills the dreams of obsessed Canadian fans even before they are old enough to strap on skates.
  • Let's talk trash to keep downtown clean

    There's no better way to spend a cold, windy Winnipeg morning than wandering around grimy downtown streets picking up garbage. That's what I learned Wednesday morning when, shortly after rolling out of bed and before I'd had even a single cup of coffee, I found myself staggering around the city's core stuffing trash into garbage bags.
  • Snoring too loud? Blow a flute

    Get ready to celebrate in a quiet manner, kids, because it's National Stop Snoring Week. I know this because I have just received an alarming email from the local offices of a company called RANA Respiratory Care Group, which conducts sleep studies and helps diagnose and treat people who snore or suffer from sleep apnea, which is when you stop breathing while you sleep due to the collapse of soft tissues in your upper airway.
  • I fenced with a fence and lived to tell about it

    I am sick and tired of being the least handy guy in our neighbourhood. Just once I'd like to be the guy who makes everyone else envious because of his encyclopedic knowledge of home repair and yard maintenance.
  • Tantalizing rash of rasher stories

    I was walking back to my office cubicle the other day, thinking important journalistic thoughts, when I spotted something unusual poking out of my mail slot at the front of the newsroom. When I snatched up the brightly coloured mystery box, I discovered it was a surprise gift, the sort of thing that would brighten any guy's day -- the Perfect Bacon Bowl, a quirky kitchen gadget that resembles an upside-down muffin tin and enables you to turn strips of bacon into a delicious bowl.
  • For those who can't get enough of me

    As a crusading journalist committed to defending the public's right to know, there are two things I really love. For starters, I love doing videos. They are a brilliant and creative way to deliver information to you, a hip and happening consumer with an inquiring mind, in a timely and entertaining fashion.
  • Trending that caught Doug's eye: Fowl play

    We don't wish to create widespread panic, but another major celebrity has been rushed to hospital, and fowl play is suspected. It seems supermodel Christie Brinkley was vacationing in Turks and Caicos over the Easter weekend when she tried to rescue a bird in distress -- and that's when the feathers began to fly.
  • Prehistoric postage

    I think most of us would agree nothing says on-time, state-of-the-art mail delivery like a gigantic prehistoric monster with a brain the size of a walnut. That's what my editors were thinking when they learned Canada Post is about to release a series of five stamps featuring dinosaurs that used to stomp around Western Canada millions of years before the Conservative party was invented.
  • Does this purse make me look sexy?

    Scientifically speaking, there are significant differences between single guys and married guys. For instance, if a single guy is lying on the couch watching a football game and his girlfriend informs him she is going to the mall to shop for clothes, the single guy will glance at her and say... nothing, because he needs to use all his mental energy to determine whether a receiver had both feet in bounds when he caught a pass.

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