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The Best Laid Plans

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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The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 4

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.

34mins

11 Feb 2007

Rank #1

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The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 3

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.

27mins

4 Feb 2007

Rank #2

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The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 2

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.

34mins

28 Jan 2007

Rank #3

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The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 18

This week, Chapter 18 including: Environment Canada and the media pay avisit to Ottawa River Aggregate Inc.; Reaction to the mini-budget rollsin; Debate rages in the House; Angus and Daniel confront UFDs(unidentified flying doughnuts); Daniel and Linsday tour the NationalGallery and then are snowed in at the Chateau Laurier; Angus writes inhis 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 Deyprovides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of theblog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. RonBoisvert.

34mins

10 May 2007

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The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 17

This week, Chapter 17 including: The government takes an unexpected hardright turn; Angus tangles with the Speaker and the Sergeant at Arms; atroubling look inside Ottawa River Aggregate Inc.; Angus and Danielmeet with the workers; Angus writes in his diary.Comments are invitedright 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 Deyprovides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of theblog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. RonBoisvert.

35mins

4 May 2007

Rank #5

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The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 16

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); Danieland Angus have fun with a slick American branch plant executive; Anguswrites 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 Deyprovides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of theblog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. RonBoisvert.

33mins

2 May 2007

Rank #6

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The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 15

This week, Chapter 15 including: Daniel drives Lindsay home the morningafter the night before; Angus and Daniel spend a quiet day inCumberland; Angus is feted at an Engineering Society dinner; theeconomy drops like a stone and the government's hand is forced; Angusand Daniel test Baddeck 1 on the frozen Ottawa River; Angus writes inhis 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 Deyprovides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of theblog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. RonBoisvert.

36mins

27 Apr 2007

Rank #7

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The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 14

This week, Chapter 14, including: Daniel is late for an important meetingleaving Angus to go it alone; Angus defies the Leader and caucus; Anguscloses the Sanderson Shoe deal; the House votes on the Throne Speech; Daniel dineswith Lindsay and then some; Angus writes in his diary.Comments are invited right hereon 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 Deyprovides the voice that opens the podcast. The photo at the top of theblog page was taken by, and is used with permission from, Mr. RonBoisvert.

34mins

20 Apr 2007

Rank #8

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The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 13

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.

38mins

13 Apr 2007

Rank #9

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The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 12

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

36mins

6 Apr 2007

Rank #10