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THE ADVOCATE 953 VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 The avant garde artist Yoko Ono (about whom George Harrison once remarked “avant garde a clue!”) recently took Mr. Lemonade Alternative Drinks Ltd. to court over copyright infringement for marketing a lemonade with the name “John Lemon”. Joris Van Manen of the law firm Hoyng Rokh Monegier, Yoko Ono’s lawyer, stated: “they were abusing and misusing the legacy of John Lennon to sell their soda. I believe they are now going to call the drink On Lemon instead, which is much better.” Why not Ono Lemon, we wonder? The U.S. Transportation Security Agency (“TSA”) is running out of sniffer dogs—that is, dogs that are trained to sniff explosives at airports, railway stations, ferries, cruise ships, shopping malls, concerts and so on. Technological alternatives have so far proved inadequate. Despite years of attempts, researchers have been unable to devise a machine as sensitive as a dog’s nose. The TSA owns 1,000 dogs and now needs 350 new dogs a year to replace those dogs that are retired at about eight to ten years of age. The preferred breads are German short-haired pointers, German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Labradors, Golden Retrievers and Vislas. ZIP codes were created in 1963 by the U.S. Postal Service in order to make mail delivery more efficient. ZIP stands for “Zone Improvement Plan”. P.E.I.’s Circus Animals Regulations provide that dogs, equines and birds may be trained to perform “basic behaviours” such as “dancing” on command. Birds may also be trained to perform vocalizing, retrieval of objects and “balancing acts, which may involve the use of apparatus”. An Anglican church recently apologised for holding a satanic-themed fashion show with models wearing devil horns and inverted crosses. A spokesperson for the Diocese of London issued a statement which claimed: “we took the booking in good faith.” Forgotten word derivation: gala. Defined by the OED as “a social occasion with special entertainments”. The OED says it derives from the French for a rejoicing. In fact it is a corruption of the term “Gallows Day”, from the time when executions were conducted in public and sometimes attended by huge crowds. The last public execution in Canada was in 1869, that of Nicholas Melady in Goderich, Ontario. Wrote Freedman C.J.M. for the majority in R. v. Odeon Morton Theatres Ltd. (1974), 45 D.L.R. (3d) 224 (M.B.C.A.), regarding “Last Tango in Paris”:


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