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Welcome to the podcast version of The Best Laid Plans, the winner of the 2008 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. It's a satirical novel of Canadian politics, written and podcast by Terry Fallis. It recounts the unlikely and eventful alliance between a 30-something burnt out, jaded political staffer, and an older, cantankerous, engineering professor. Driven by a federal election and the life of the resulting minority conservative government, the novel moves between Ottawa, the national capital, and the small town of Cumberland, Ontario on the shores of the Ottawa River. While the characters and their exploits are often comical, serious ideas on politics and democracy underlie the fun. Listener comments are welcome via the blog (www.terryfallis.com) or e-mail (tfallis@gmail.com).

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Welcome to the podcast version of The Best Laid Plans, the winner of the 2008 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. It's a satirical novel of Canadian politics, written and podcast by Terry Fallis. It recounts the unlikely and eventful alliance between a 30-something burnt out, jaded political staffer, and an older, cantankerous, engineering professor. Driven by a federal election and the life of the resulting minority conservative government, the novel moves between Ottawa, the national capital, and the small town of Cumberland, Ontario on the shores of the Ottawa River. While the characters and their exploits are often comical, serious ideas on politics and democracy underlie the fun. Listener comments are welcome via the blog (www.terryfallis.com) or e-mail (tfallis@gmail.com).

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Brilliant and Witty

By Abbiecw - Dec 16 2015
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This podcast novel was truly great and motivated me to listen carefully and attentively to every interesting and witty sentence. The writing shows a brilliant intelligence and deep thought. The author’s voice is a pleasure to listen to. Terry Fallis has a great talent with using descriptive and lively language. I was moved deeply by the journal entries of Angus addressed to his deceased wife at the end of each chapter. The sentiments are very touching and communicate deep love, tenderness, and profound grief. Thank you for this great book, which I downloaded through Podiobooks. I am really looking forward to listening to other iTune podcasts by Terry Fallis.

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By nosenabook - Nov 20 2008
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I was reluctant to listen to a novel about politics until I heard another fan saying the same thing, and finishing up with how much he'd enjoyed it. "Give it a try," he said, "you won't be sorry," and that's what I'm telling you. This is not politics as told on TV, it is living, breathing characters, some of them you will wish were your friends and neighbors, some of them you will wish you *had* seen on the news! All of them are entertaining and colorful. Another thing you should know is that you will often have to explain why you are laughing so hard. "The Best Laid Plans" is a great book, very well read by the author. Do yourself a favor and listen to it.

iTunes Ratings

3 Ratings
Average Ratings
3
0
0
0
0

Brilliant and Witty

By Abbiecw - Dec 16 2015
Read more
This podcast novel was truly great and motivated me to listen carefully and attentively to every interesting and witty sentence. The writing shows a brilliant intelligence and deep thought. The author’s voice is a pleasure to listen to. Terry Fallis has a great talent with using descriptive and lively language. I was moved deeply by the journal entries of Angus addressed to his deceased wife at the end of each chapter. The sentiments are very touching and communicate deep love, tenderness, and profound grief. Thank you for this great book, which I downloaded through Podiobooks. I am really looking forward to listening to other iTune podcasts by Terry Fallis.

Not the Evening News

By nosenabook - Nov 20 2008
Read more
I was reluctant to listen to a novel about politics until I heard another fan saying the same thing, and finishing up with how much he'd enjoyed it. "Give it a try," he said, "you won't be sorry," and that's what I'm telling you. This is not politics as told on TV, it is living, breathing characters, some of them you will wish were your friends and neighbors, some of them you will wish you *had* seen on the news! All of them are entertaining and colorful. Another thing you should know is that you will often have to explain why you are laughing so hard. "The Best Laid Plans" is a great book, very well read by the author. Do yourself a favor and listen to it.

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Rank #1: The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 4

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This week, Chapter 4 including: Daniel's debut teaching English for Engineers; the first meeting of the Cumberland-Prescott Liberal Campaign in the new headquarters; Angus and Daniel hammer out positions on the local issues; and Angus writes in his diary.

Feel free to leave a comment right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening.  Next week, Chapter 5.

The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network.  My friend Roger Dey provides the voice that opens the podcast.  The photo at the top of the blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron Boisvert.

Feb 11 2007

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Rank #2: The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 3

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This week, Chapter 3, including:

-  Angus and Daniel pay a visit to the Dean of Engineering;

-  Daniel visits Muriel and is introduced to Lindsay, her granddaughter;

-  Angus schools Daniel on English for Engineers, and chess;

-  Angus writes in his diary.

Feel free to leave a comment right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening.  Next week, Chapter 4.

The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. Itâ??s available from the Podsafe Music Network.  My friend Roger Dey provides the voice that opens the podcast.  The photo at the top of the blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron Boisvert.

Feb 04 2007

27mins

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Rank #3: The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 2

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Welcome back and thanks for listening to The Best Laid Plans.  In this episode, Chapter 2, including:

- Daniel gets to know his landlord, Angus McLintock;

- Daniel and Angus tangle on the chess board;

- a mutually beneficial deal is struck;

- Daniel endures his first hovercraft lecture;

- Angus writes in his diary.

Feel free to leave a comment right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening.  Next week, Chapter 3.

The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It's available from the Podsafe Music Network. The photo at the top of the blog page and at the top of this first post was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron Boisvert.

Jan 28 2007

34mins

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Rank #4: The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 18

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This week, Chapter 18 including: Environment Canada and the media pay a
visit to Ottawa River Aggregate Inc.; Reaction to the mini-budget rolls
in; Debate rages in the House; Angus and Daniel confront UFDs
(unidentified flying doughnuts); Daniel and Linsday tour the National
Gallery and then are snowed in at the Chateau Laurier; Angus writes in
his diary.

Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Stay tuned for the final episode, Chapter 19.

The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey
provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the
blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron
Boisvert.

May 10 2007

34mins

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Rank #5: The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 17

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This week, Chapter 17 including: The government takes an unexpected hard
right turn; Angus tangles with the Speaker and the Sergeant at Arms; a
troubling look inside Ottawa River Aggregate Inc.; Angus and Daniel
meet with the workers; Angus writes in his diary.Comments are invited
right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Stay tuned for Chapter 18.
The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey
provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the
blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron
Boisvert.

May 04 2007

35mins

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Rank #6: The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 16

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This week, Chapter 16 including: Daniel dines with Lindsay and Muriel
(and closes a chapter in his life); Muriel visits the House of Commons;
Angus attends his first hostile sod-turning (and returns fire); Daniel
and Angus have fun with a slick American branch plant executive; Angus
writes in his diary.

Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Stay tuned for Chapter 17.

The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey
provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the
blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron
Boisvert.

May 02 2007

33mins

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Rank #7: The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 15

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This week, Chapter 15 including: Daniel drives Lindsay home the morning
after the night before; Angus and Daniel spend a quiet day in
Cumberland; Angus is feted at an Engineering Society dinner; the
economy drops like a stone and the government's hand is forced; Angus
and Daniel test Baddeck 1 on the frozen Ottawa River; Angus writes in
his diary.

Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Next week, Chapter 16.

The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey
provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the
blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron
Boisvert.

Apr 27 2007

36mins

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Rank #8: The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 14

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This week, Chapter 14, including: Daniel is late for an important meeting
leaving Angus to go it alone; Angus defies the Leader and caucus; Angus
closes the Sanderson Shoe deal; the House votes on the Throne Speech; Daniel dines
with Lindsay and then some; Angus writes in his diary.Comments are invited right here
on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Next week, Chapter 15.
The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey
provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the
blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron
Boisvert.

Apr 20 2007

34mins

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Rank #9: The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 13

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This week, Chapter 13, including: Daniel takes the heat for Maverick Angus; Angus
makes his debut performance in Question Period; A day in the constituency
office; Angus outlines a plan to save the Sanderson Shoe factory; Norman
Sanderson doesn't know what hit him; Daniel and Lindsay make a date; Angus
writes in his diary.

Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Next week,
Chapter 14.

The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It
is available from the Podsafe Music
Network
. My friend Roger Dey provides the voice that opens
the podcast. The photo at the top of the blog page was taken by, and is used
with permission from, Mr. Ron Boisvert.

Apr 13 2007

38mins

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Rank #10: The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 12

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This week, Chapter 12 including: Angus attends his first Caucus meeting; Angus takes his place in the House before listening to the Throne Speech in the Senate; Daniel and Bradley Stanton square off over excessive media coverage of Angus; Daniel and Angus clash over what to say in the Throne Speech debate; Angus gives his debut performance in the House, to mixed reviews; Angus writes in his diary.

Comments are invited right here on the blog or send me an e-mail to tfallis@gmail.com. Thanks for listening. Next week, Chapter 13.

The great music featured in the podcast is by Jon Schmidt and is called Winter Serenade. It is available from the Podsafe Music Network. My friend Roger Dey provides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of the blog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. Ron Boisvert

Apr 06 2007

36mins

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