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MY RECENT POSTS
- Christmas in the Darkroom
December 11, 2014 11:59AM
- Six Years On Open Saloon's
December 02, 2014 04:01PM
- Our Balls Are Bigger
November 29, 2014 04:06PM
- Armistice Day: Dulce Et
November 05, 2014 02:48PM
- The Guns of August
July 28, 2014 05:17PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “VA, how come I never got
invited to parties like that?
wait. I was ... I
- “The Spring Offensive
included something like 50
divisions released from
December 16, 2014 05:17PM
- “As a matter of interest,
did anyone land more than a
December 16, 2014 04:27PM
- “Liked this very much.
I'm always up for a good
r wasn't the o…”
December 16, 2014 03:09PM
- “Tink, I'll never forget
my introduction to your
yowlings from the
December 14, 2014 08:40AM
- MY LINKS
It was 97 years ago tonight, Christmas Eve, that two armies faced each other in hastily dug trenches in the mud of France and Flanders. The opening salvos of the First World War had been fired, and the race to outflank each other had ended in stalemate.… Read full post »
"... 124, 126, 128 ... The dotted white lines are almost a solid streak a few inches below my left foot. ... A great surge of sheer joy electrifies me, adrenaline a wire in my blood, a 560-pound flesh-and-blood, steel-and-alloy, fire-spitting arrow shafting through… Read full post »
Let's see now. Mickey's big hand is on
the 11 and his little hand on the 5, so it must be ... ahhhhh ...
three years since I joined Open Salon. More or less. I think it was
Someone (it's Scarlett Sumac's fault) cal… Read full post »
Every year, a number of Canadians, most of them ex-service personnel, are awarded a Veterans Affairs Minister's Commendation for their efforts to honour or help or commemorate our veterans.
This year, one of a handful of civilian recipients is my frie… Read full post »
Snowmageddon it wasn't. At least, not for us.
OK, I mean we got maybe eight inches, all told, around here (not counting two-to-three-foot high drifts) – not nearly as much as predicted, and probably a lot less than other parts of the region.
&nb… Read full post »
“It was the
28th of October, 1830, in the
when my feet first touched the Canada shore.
I threw myself on the ground, rolled in the sand,
seized handfuls of it and kissed them...."
– Rev. Josiah Henson
England abolished slavery acros… Read full post »
It's a late fall evening on the depressing field where two semi-pro teams are squaring off. I've had to sign a waiver both to be on the sidelines and in the dangerously decrepit press box on the roof of the rickety stadium. Smoke from a foundry across the road belches… Read full post »
That tradition is long gone, of course, along with a lot of other newspaper eccentri… Read full post »
On or about Dec. 6, 2008, as they say in court, I stumbled across OpenSalon.
I'd been a regular reader of Salon, thanks to links from Fark.com and other aggregators, and it was via the tab at the top of the page that I first encountered this bewilder… Read full post »
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 »