Category Archives: PEOPLE

WALTER GLADEN QUARVE

Today is Memorial Day in the US. A day for remembering America’s war dead. After watching the restored version of the “Memphis Belle” I couldn’t help thinking of an old neigbour of my family in Lake City, Minnesota with whom … Continue reading

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TULIPS FROM AMSTERDAM

“When it’s Spring again, I’ll bring again, Tulips from Amsterdam” TULIP FESTIVAL, PARLIAMENT HILL, OTTAWA Once again a flood of Dutch tulips graces the environs of Ottawa and brings forth a wave of personal memories on this the 79th anniversary … Continue reading

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SAINT GEORGE’S DAY 2024

In celebration of England’s patron saint, Saint George. THE MALL, CENTRAL LONDON

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IRANIAN DRONE ATTACKS ON ISRAEL

Last night Iran launched a sustained drone missile attack on Israel. At this hour, reliable information is scarce but it would seem that most of the drones have been neutralised by the Israeli Air Force with the help of RAF … Continue reading

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GRAND NATIONAL 2024

Today is the running of the Grand National Race at Aintree, England. The spectacle will be viewed by 600 million people round the world. The race was introduced to a North American audience by the film National Velvet, starring Mickey … Continue reading

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FRANK STRONACH

I attended a briefing at the Macdonald Laurier Institute by legendary Canadian businessman Frank Stronach. Still going strong at 91, he gave a detailed and passionate plea for an Economic Charter for Canada. Mr. Stronach regrets that the empire he … Continue reading

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KILT SKATE DAY

The Rideau Skateway is suffering another sorry season of poor weather. Skating has only been allowed for a few days and limited to just a short stretch of the old Rideau Canal. Nevertheless, today is the great Kilt Skate day … Continue reading

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THE FEAST OF SAINT STEPHEN

Today on certain religious calendars is St. Stephen’s day, ie. the day Good King Wencelas and page marched through a snow storm to provide a surprise feast for a lowly peasant.  ST. STEPHEN’S GATE, TEMPLE MOUNT, JERUSALEM According to legend, … Continue reading

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IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER

Christmas Eve  2023 A time for counting one’s blessings and thoughtful reverence  for the true spirit of Christmas.   A time for reflecting on Christmas eves past which in my case go from the sublime to the ridiculous. First the sublime. … Continue reading

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TUNNEL WARFARE

With all the talk in the news of potential tunnel warfare in Gaza, I thought it timely to post a picture of myself in the Cu Chi tunnels during a tour of Vietnam a couple of decades back.   These … Continue reading

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