- September 09
- Nothing exceeds my passion for the Tiny Perfect Redhead
MY RECENT POSTS
- Feck, I Hate Humans
February 15, 2014 05:01PM
- 'Nothing Deceives Like A
January 29, 2014 05:27PM
- Diary of a Demented Snow
January 02, 2014 02:50PM
- 'Royal Mercy': A Pardon for
December 29, 2013 03:47PM
- Christmas in the Trenches
December 21, 2013 05:32PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “You've lost so many and
so much, my friend. But you
gained from knowing
- “To hell with therapy.
Man, I'd take all the
drugs I could
just to NO…”
- “Sorry about the loss of
your cat, Con. But I bet he
fighting, as a
- “WHAT? You're claiming
they're NOT all witches? Your
Mum just HAPPENS to
- “I meant a region ... um
... farther south of the
don't cogito much,
March 07, 2014 04:29PM
- MY LINKS
We could hear it from half a block
away, a tiny kitten sitting on someone's front porch bawling its
"What kind of jerk would leave a cat outside on a day like this?" I asked The Redhead, as we interrupted our daily walk.
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William Samuel Clouston Stanger
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(I didn't write this, but I wish I had because IT'S JUST STOPPED BLOODY SNOWING after two solid days. But fear not, another front is on the way. And the *$#%&# snowplow just went by. Again. Sun Parlour of Canada my arse. Haven't seen… Read full post »
Well, they finally did it.
Only 59 years too late, the Queen, at the request of Britain's justice minister, used the Royal Prerogative of Mercy to pardon computer genius and Second War codebreaking hero Alan Turing fo… Read full post »
(Note: My annual Christmas post, made more sombre by the
that 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War.)
A soldier of the Great War. This one came home; 10 million didn't.
It was 99 years ago tonight, Christma… Read full post »
It was obvious the man was tired. Small wonder -- he was 71, his day had begun in the rain in…
Collage of images from some of my posts.
I really hadn't planned to write
anything to mark my fifth anniversary here.
In fact, I didn't think in December 2012 that either I or Open Salon would be around by now.
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She stands there, a woman made smaller by her years; erect, but holding a multi-coloured cane. A jaunty hat sits on her head, and the black coat with its red poppy over her heart would later be open on this bright November day to reveal a plaid dress… Read full post »
And a wave broke over the railing.
And ev'ry man knew, as the captain did too,
'Twas the Witch of November come stealin'.
There are those who say that "Witch of November" is misspelled. I'm one of them.
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I am, as they say Over the Pond,
The UK-based Kawasaki Owners Club I joined has decided to put out a 2014 calendar, and on the basis of a photo I sent of my much-loved 30-year-old 440LTD, thought they might like to… Read full post »
It's no secret that family farms are
dying, and have been for decades.
More than 30 years ago, I wrote about increasing offshore ownership of farmland, and how attractive $3,500 an acre for tiled land seemed to -- especially -- European investors.
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Came from wooden boxes strung with silver wire
And as we sang the words, it would set our minds on fire,
For we believed in things, and so we'd sing.
Do you remember Harry Chapin's music?…
of computer science."
-- Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, government whip
It's a subject that crosses boundaries, uniting even such polar opposites as The Guardian and The Telegraph, ideological foes in… Read full post »
Banks and their rules are easy to understand. Really. I'll prove it with two examples of a complex monetary conundrum, followed by a banker's response.
Any writer leaves stuff out. Well, you
have to, for a variety of reasons -- length, relevance, good
I mean, when I was commissioned a few years ago to describe a 1981 tour of the old Triumph motorcycle plant in Meriden, England, I worked in a re… Read full post »
When James Chaney Palms showed up at
the Essex Scottish Regiment's recruiting office to volunteer for
the Second World War, he was wearing his riding boots.
It might have been expected from an irrepressible young man who was the offspring of a promi… Read full post »
We meet 'neath the sounding rafter,
And the walls all around are bare;
As they shout back our peals of laughter
It seems that the dead are there.
They're gone now. All of them. Fred, Geoff, Cec, Gladys, Don, Blair, Marcella and the rest. All… Read full post »
It was 98 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… Read full post »
Jason Giecek -- Tinkerertink69 -- was
one of the earliest people on my Open Salon friends list.
I consider him a littermate, since we joined OS about the same time, and his demented overnight posts from the bowels of gambling casino IT hell made me how… Read full post »
Today is the fourth anniversary of my first comment on Open Salon (on a hysterical post by Tequila and Donuts).
I strongly doubt there'll be a fifth.
That has much to do with the long-term technical issues, of course, and the r
The Grey Cup (Wikicommons)
And so it's down to this.
Sunday, after an 18-game regular season and two playoff games, the Beast-in-the-East Toronto Argonauts will face the Best-in-the-West Calgary Stampeders for… Read full post »
The message here? Don't mess with The Redhead,
in this case, by taking her picture.
"For Lake Ontario and Niagara regions, Toronto and Hamilton cities: Rain tonight. Cloudy, with occasional showers Saturday. Little change in temperature. Winds north 40 to 50 mph (64 to 80 km/h) this evening, decreasing overnight to northwest 30 mph on Saturday."
There are damned few of them left, and
not many of those who are will be fit enough to make it to
Washington this week for the award of a long-overdue honour: the
Congressional Gold Medal.
They're/… Read full post »
Michael Connelly, novelist and former crime reporter, makes occasional reference in his books to an Edward Hopper print called "Nighthawks", which shows three customers and a cook in an all-night diner. The street outside is deserted.
It capture… Read full post »