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and they keep us
April 16, 2014 05:44PM
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Those of you who have read my (mercifully infrequent) ramblings know that I have done remarkably stupid things on two wheels and four.
That I survived was a combination of good fortune and a semi-demented skill.
Sometimes, those things were done in a state of altered consciousness; I won't… Read full post »
It's late winter, a few months before I am to retire, and we're about to go for a walk along the still-frozen shoreline of Lake Erie. The pack ice has retreated, but there are overlapping thin plates, perhaps a quarter of an inch thick and a couple of feet… Read full post »
There are strange things done 'neath the wint'ring sun
By those who moil with words
Meandering roads have their secret codes
That sometimes seem absurd
The big city lights have seen strange sights
But the strangest they ever once knew
Was that night on the marge of utter farkage
When they… Read full post »
I'm so angry I could spit.
As some of you know, I'm something of a military history maven, particularly Canadian military history, and a supporter of the good works of the Royal Canadian Legion and our service men and women, especially th… Read full post »
Today is the 92nd anniversary of
the end of the Great War. Normally, I'd try to write something
meaningful about it, like I did last year here.
But Nov. 11, Armistice Day, is also our anniversary -- and yes, the date was chosen deliberately.
&nbs… Read full post »
He's 87 today, and I know there are times he's surprised he made it to 20.
We had our rows when I was young (and stupid), but I grew up with the knowledge that he, like most of the men in the neighbourhood -- and like most of… Read full post »
I was chagrined to learn that some of my friends on Open Salon
seem to think I'm a veteran.
Yes, I have an abiding interest in and have written extensively about things military, whether it's the lore and traditions of various branches of the service or the impact of certain battles… Read full post »
It's amazing how the past can come back
to unsettle you, even if in a good way.
This week, I got an e-mail from the editor of a classic motorcycle magazine who's been contacted by someone writing a book. That person had seen a feature I'd written two y… Read full post »
Kathy Riordan has put up an open call
about who you would be if you were a member of the opposite
And I'm having trouble with that.
See, I'd most like to be The Redhead, but none of you knows her, and I could spend an eon t… Read full post »
OK, since everyone else is getting in on the act, herewith my
Top 15 that I'd like to be marooned with, if I had to be
Harry Chapin: Just about anything, but especially the albums Greatest Stories Live and Legends of the Lost and Found. Chapin was a great humanitarian and… Read full post »
"All rise," the bailiff said
as the magistrate swept in, black robe billowing behind him.
Obediently, we got to our feet, Crown attorney to the right, defence counsel to the left, court regulars murmuring behind, me thinking how the hell… Read full post »
Ever hear of Ross Macdonald? How about Richard Stark? Richard
Bachmann? Penelope Ashe?
Yes? No? They all share one thing: They're pseudonyms -- alter egos, if you prefer.
Ross Macdonald's name was actually Kenneth Millar. According to various websites, he used a pseudonym to avoid confusion with his w… Read full post »
Blazing Bloody Battle Of France Is Described
Sees Canadian Army Fight Hun
"No Essex officer returned. ... Out of 30 officers who lived together at Aldershot and previously, I am the only original. Others…
Come with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear as the Lone Derangers ride again....
It was March 1972, and the university's student-run weekly
newspaper had just printed its annual parody edition of the local
Called "The Freak Press", the satire was declared so obscene, s… Read full post »
...there were Telex machines, mad reporters and tyrannical bosses. And George. A repost of one of my earliest OS submissions....
So it's 1 a.m., and nearly the end of another long day of Adventures in Bureau Journalism. Couple of accidents caused by the snow in the morning, court case… Read full post »
The Third Canadian Infantry Division landed at the hotly contested Juno Beach on D-Day, punching through stiff defences and battling farther inland than either the British or American forces on the other three beaches.
After months of fierce combat in France and Belgium, the Second, Third and Fourth… Read full post »
It was just gone closing time on a hot August night in 1980,
and I was leaving a roadhouse known as "The Zit" -- not
inappropriate, but it actually came from a corruption of the former
name, La Visite.
Dialing up the throttle, I twitched the Bonneville's tail across the… Read full post »
As some of you have noticed, I haven't been around OS much lately, but I thought I'd repost this in honour of Memorial Day. I wrote this last year at the suggestion of Open Salon's Sgt. Mom, who helps administer an interesting website called The Deepening.
Sixty-five years ago, a 21-year-old in the Royal Canadian Corps
of Signals, armed with a bolt-action Lee-Enfield rifle and a
flashlight, was one of the guards around a Waffen SS laager deep in
He had enlisted at 17 in 1941 and was overseas by the time he… Read full post »
I came (through an unlatched door)
I saw (all I needed to see)
I left (the way I came in)
I posted a slightly different version of this in 2009 to commemorate perhaps the single most pivotal moment in Canadian history: The battle for Vimy Ridge in April 1917.
This year, for the first time since Nov. 11, 1918,… Read full post »
read in The Telegraph, one of the UK's respectable, if
rightwing, newspapers, that the first ever Victoria Cross --
Britain's highest award for bravery -- was going up for auction and
was expected to fetch about $185,000 Cdn.
How do you put… Read full post »
"...and that's how we got him.
Putting the handcuffs on him...."
The lanky detective across the desk, who'd been staring over my shoulder into the empty squadroom while he told me how he and his partner had finally caught th… Read full post »
(Library and Archives Canada)
Canada's final link to the men who paved the way to full nationhood is dead at 109 in Spokane, Wash.
John Henry Foster Babcock, born on a farm in Frontenac County, Ont., enlisted in… Read full post »
To do the right deed for the wrong reason."
It happened something like this.
About 15 years ago, The Redhead and I were heading out to our favour…