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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
That tradition is long gone, of course, along with a… Read full post »
Well, who'd a thunk -- six years on
Open Salon. Amazing, considering I almost didn't make it past six
weeks, and after all the problems, that OS would still be here.
Anyway, today's the anniversary of my first comment. I'm not sure exactly when I joine… Read full post »
The Grey Cup (Wikicommons)
And so it's down to this.
Today, after an 18-game regular season and two playoff games, the Beast-in-the-East Hamilton Tiger-Cats will face the Best-in-the-West Calgary Stampeders for the 102nd Grey Cup mat/… Read full post »
They called it The Great War, and they were
right about that. They also called it The War to End All Wars, and
about that ... well, they were wrong.
Laurence Stallings, a U.S. Marine captain who lost a leg in the Belleau Wood fighting in 1918,… Read full post »
"The lamps are going out all over Europe;
we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."
There is a call in Great Britain for people to turn off… Read full post »
Since I first started riding more than
50 years ago, I have been aware of the fellowship that exists among
There have been times when I've stopped to help others who had broken down, and a couple of occasions when I was in need, someone&… 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 o… Read full post »
“All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night
in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find
that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act out their dreams with open eyes,/… Read full post »
I have a guilty secret.
No, nothing like that -- get your minds out of the gutter. It's this: I'd rather deal with cold weather than hot.
Like everyone else affected by the "polar vortex", I did my fair share of complaining this… Read full post »
April 25 is pretty much like any other day in
most of the world, but not in Australia and New Zealand.
There it's known as ANZAC Day, a national day of remembrance in both countries that commemorates their nearly 11,000 men killed in the… Read full post »
"It was Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific on parade. I thought then ... that in those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation."
… Read full post »
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.
&nb… Read full post »
William Samuel Clouston Stanger
… Read full post »
(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.
&/… Read full post »
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.
&nbs/… Read full post »
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.
… Read full post »
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.