A Day To Remember. Nov 21st 1918


Armistice Day is remembered as the day World War One ended, but for naval historians Britain’s greatest victory came 10 days later. Operation ZZ was the code name for the surrender of Germany’s mighty navy.

For those who witnessed “Der Tag” or “The Day” it was a sight they would never forget – the greatest gathering of warships the world had ever witnessed.

It was still dark in the Firth of Forth when the mighty dreadnoughts of the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet began to raise steam and one by one let slip their moorings.

The huge shapes of more than 40 battleships and battlecruisers began to ease out, course set due east. As the procession of steel headed for the open water of the North Sea, more than 150 cruisers and destroyers joined them. The mightiest fleet ever to sail from Britain’s shores was heading for a final rendezvous with its mortal enemy – the German High Seas Fleet.

Victory would be total. But there was to be no battle. After four years of naval stalemate, this was the day when Germany would deliver her warships into British hands, without a shot being fired.

The date was 21 November 1918. World War One had ended on land 10 days earlier, but this was to be the decisive day of victory at sea.

Bravo Zulu.

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Fifty Bucks is Fifty Bucks

Bill and his wife Blanche go to the state fair every year, and every year Bill would say, “Blanche, I’d like to ride in that helicopter.”

Blanche always replied, “I know Bill, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks!”

One year Bill and Blanche went to the fair, and Bill said, “Blanche, I’m 75 years old.

If I don’t ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.”

To this, Blanche replied, “Bill that helicopter ride is fifty bucks and fifty bucks is fifty bucks.”

The pilot overheard the couple and said, “Folks I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don’t say a word I won’t charge you a penny! But if you say one word its fifty dollars.”

Bill and Blanche agreed and up they went.

The pilot did all kinds of fancy manoeuvres, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word…

When they landed, the pilot turned to Bill and said, “By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn’t. I’m impressed!”

Bill replied, “Well, to tell you the truth I almost said something when Blanche fell out, but you know, Fifty bucks is fifty bucks!”

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Sweet Smelling Bus!!!

gas cars00003cfb_medium_bristol bus79124986_hi024788137A new Bio Bus from Bristol!! it runs on human waste, No S–t! Yes S–t.  Its not a completely new idea, during the war years many cars often ran with a bag of gas on the roof (see photo). However, using human waste is surely an available and renewal source of fuel for the future. Heck, maybe if they had an on board toilet they could keep the bus running indefinitely!!! What is known as perpetual motion!!! Joking aside, if we can use such waste materials from humans, maybe animals this could be a valuable source of energy. It could also be good for the planet, fossil fuels are clearly not the way of the future, we need to change and sooner rather than later. Climate change is not just something batted around by scientists, it is real and not getting better.

The new bus runs with a dome like roof where the gas is carried and fed to a engine similar in design to a diesel engine. The exhaust is odor free and from what I can determine, harmless.

  • A single passenger’s annual food and sewage waste would fuel the Bio-Bus for 37 miles (60km)
  • Its combustion engine is similar in design to diesel equivalents in conventional buses
  • Compressed gas is stored in dome-like tanks on the roof of the Bio-Bus
  • The gas is generated through anaerobic digestion – where oxygen starved bacteria breaks down biodegradable material to produce methane-rich biogas
  • To power a vehicle, the biogas undergoes “upgrading”, where carbon dioxide is removed and propane added
  • Impurities are removed to produce virtually odour free emissions
  • Compared to conventional diesel vehicles, up to 30% less carbon dioxide is emitted

It is time we moved forward with these new ideas, the Indian car that runs on compressed air and now the Bio Bus. I wonder what the planet will look like in the next hundred years. Think back to what it looked like 100 years ago, with the emerging automobile industry. We have an exciting future ahead.

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Who is this Jack Schitt????

For some time many of us have wondered just who is Jack Schitt? number2 And No, he’s not Adolph”s brother
We find ourselves at a loss when someone says, ‘You don’t know Jack Schitt!’
Well, thanks to genealogy efforts, you can now respond in an intellectual way.
Jack Schitt is the only son of Awe Schitt.
Awe Schitt was married to O. Schitt, the Indian fertilizer magnate, and owner of Needeep N. Schitt, Inc.
They had one son, Jack. 

In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt.
The deeply religious couple produced six children: Holie Schitt, Giva Schitt, Fulla  Schitt, Bull Schitt, and the twins Deep Schitt and Dip Schitt.
Against her parents’ objections, Deep Schitt married Dumb Schitt, a high school dropout.
After being married 15 years, Jack and Noe Schitt divorced.
Noe Schitt later married Ted Sherlock, and because her kids were living with them, she wanted to keep her previous name.

She was then known as Noe Schitt-Sherlock.

Meanwhile, Dip Schitt married Loda Schitt, and they produced a son with a rather nervous disposition who was nick-named Chicken Schitt.
Two of the other six children, Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt, were inseparable throughout childhood and subsequently married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony.
The wedding announcement in the newspaper announced the Schitt-Happens nuptials.
The Schitt-Happens children were Dawg, Byrd, and Horse.
Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world.
He recently returned from Italy with his new Italian bride, Pisa Schitt.

Now when someone says, ‘You don’t know Jack Schitt,’ you can correct them.

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Get Your Finger Out to Call me????

telephone100_0573My grand daughter Melissa laughs at my flip phone and tells me it is an antique! I think of it as quite up to date compared to what we once used to communicate with when I was her age.

In this age of cell phones, I phones, Skype calls and whatever other communication devices are out there, I’m often scoffed at because I’m unsure how to use these items.
I was raised in a different era when working class people didn’t have telephones in their homes. We didn’t have a phone in our pocket, purse or attached to a belt. We didn’t need a phone because no one else that we knew had one either. Sometimes I’m teased for my ineptness when attempting to use an I phone. While they think I’m kinda dumb I wonder if they could  explain and operate the telephone in my blog photo. How about the phone box? Would they know to have the correct change?. Would they know what to do when the operator came on the line and told them how much to deposit?. Would they know where to deposit the money?. What if the line didn’t answer? would they know which button to push to get their money back. If the line did answer would they know which button to push to speak? Could they make a phone call the way I did those many years ago? I suspect Melissa and youths from her age group might struggle to make a call on such a complicated piece of equipment. So don’t scoff at us old folks, we were as smart in our day as you think you are today with your fancy Blackberry and I pads. But what about texting??? you ask, can you do that???. Actually the answer is yes, we would text often, but in those days it was called writing! using a fountain pen! Oh!! I almost forgot to mention, in order the call me you will have to get your finger out.

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Royal Canadian Legion

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I might be opening a can of worms here but I sincerely believe its time we took a second look at this law which forbids anyone but the winner of medals to wear them. Its not clear to me why this was considered a necessary law in Canada. It is quite permissible for a next of kin in the UK-Australia-New Zealand to wear deceased veterans medals, as long as they are worn on the right side. I can only imagine the pride of a young child attending a Remembrance Day parade and wearing his/her late fathers/grandfathers medals. What could be wrong with this? are we to believe it is better to keep these medals hidden from view. I feel particularly strong about this subject because World War two veterans are now thin on the ground and with them their medals. There was a time when Second World War medals were the most prominent of medals at any parade. If the law cannot be changed these medals will surely disappear from sight. I realize there are medals displayed at many Legion Branches, but there are many more in shoe boxes, drawers and perhaps in frames over the mantle piece.  The War medals and Campaign Stars are a valuable part of our history and should be displayed whenever possible. On the 10th Nov 2014 I spoke at an Island school Remembrance Day ceremony and afterward mingled with some of the children, they were all very interested in my medals. They wanted to touch them ask questions about them,  ask how I won them. Surely the whole purpose of Remembrance day is to remember? and what better way than allowing the medals of deceased veterans to be worn by proud relatives. The only argument against that I have heard is a rather weak one in this day and age, “They didn’t earn them” that is not much of an argument in my opinion. I realize there will always be the phoney, such as the imposter sergeant with a chest full of medals at the National Memorial Services this year. It has happened before and no doubt will happen again and there is little we can do about it. However, this is not about imposters its about remembering our veterans. I caught the glimpse on the TV of an Ottawa spectator wearing Second World War medals on his right side. It indicates some people are already ignoring this law! Finally I’d like to add this point. When the Rustico Branch #13 closed its doors for the final time, they had a very impressive medal display. I suggested the whole display could be placed in trust at the local school, the idea was turned down. The medals were returned to the families of the former owners and have now probably disappeared for all time. In my own case I’m already 75 and my days are surely numbered, I would be very proud to know that my Grandchildren might continue to wear my medals to future Remembrance Day Ceremonies.

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Commercial Time!!!!

004BookCoverImageIMG_0001Sorry folks for this commercial but a poor writer like me has to survive, plus I still haven’t saved enough to buy my newLexus yet!!!

Its nearing Christmas and you are probably struggling with what to buy for Uncle Joe or Aunt Jane etc etc. I’m here to help with three great books, all featured here in the blog. My very latest book “Chapter XXI Armageddon” is now available as an E Book and can be purchased at http://www.smashwords.com  for the low low price of $1.99 US. It will soon also be available as a paper back, I’m in the final stages of proof reading and should have copies on hand in a week or two. All three books are great gifts, inexpensive and easy to wrap! they look great under the tree!!!!

Chapter XXI Armageddon is my first work of fiction and is a very original plot and exciting story.

Back Cover Bio

Adam opens the Holy Bible to the book of Revelations chapter 21. The year is 4013. You might ask how he came to end up two thousand into the future. This is an exciting story that follows a nuclear submarine across the North Atlantic. A disused Second World War army research base situated in the Highlands of Scotland. An ultra secret meeting held deep in the bowels of the Vatican. It is a fast pace and exciting journey that takes the reader on a long and mysterious journey. Follow the strange events that lead to the disappearance of an empty Johnny Walker whisky bottle and a suspicion of a spy  in the inner circle. Meet Angus the fiery old Scottish preacher who likes a wee dram and is at the centre of this fantastic mission. Hold your breath as a Roman army advance on our two hero’s as they attempt to escape.

I’m afraid that is all I’m going to tell you about this story. However if you decide to read my book allow me me to first recommend you find a comfortable chair and a glass of single malt whisky, then you will be ready!

You can order through this blog or via email – irishrover1@live.com Merry Christmas

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Murphy’s Law????

newfoundland 003Enough to make a dog laugh!!!! Or drive a dog to drink?

Bloke at a horse race whispers to Murphy next to him, “Do you want the winner of the next race?”
Murphy replies “No tanks, I’ve only got a small garden.”

Murphy and Mick found 3 hand grenades and decided to take them to the police station.
Mick, “What if one explodes before we get there?”
Murphy, “We’ll lie and say we only found two!”
A coach load of Paddies on a mystery tour decided to run a sweepstake to guess where they were going. The driver won £52!
‘Murphys racing snail is not winning races anymore. So he decided to take its shell off to reduce its weight and make him more aerodynamic.  It didn’t work; if anything it made him more sluggish.
Murphy finds a sandwich with two wires sticking out of it.  He phones the police and says, “Bejesas, I’ve just found a sandwich dat looks like a bomb.
The operator asks, “Is it tickin?  Paddy says, “No I tink it’s beef
More Murphy.Joe says to ,
Murphy “Close your curtains the next time you’re making love to your wife. The whole street was watching yesterday, and laughing at you.”

Murphy says, “Well the joke’s on them, stupid, because I wasn’t even at home yesterday.”

Mick walks into’s Murphy’s barn and catches him dancing naked in front of a tractor.  Mick says, “Oh, no, murphy, what ya doing?” Murphy  says, “Well me and Mary haven’t been getting on in the bedroom lately (since lying about the toast I won!)  and the therapist recommended I do something sexy to a tractor.”

The Irish have solved their own fuel problems. They imported 50 million tons of sand from the Arabs, and they’re going to drill for their own oil.

Murphy says to Mick, “I’m ready for a holiday, only this year I’m going to do it a bit different.  3 years ago I went to Spain and Mary got pregnant.  2 years ago I went to Italy and Mary got pregnant.  Last year I went to Majorca and Mary got pregnant.  Mick asks, “So what are you going to do this year?”  Murphy replies, “I’ll take her with me!”

Mick  says to Murphy, “Christmas is on a Friday this year.” Murphy says, “Let’s hope it’s not the 13th.”

‘Murphys in the bathroom and Mick shouts to him. “Did you find the shampoo?” Murphy  says, “Yes, but it’s for dry hair and I’ve just wet mine.”

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The Johovah Witness Travel Agent.

Regarding the many comments to JW parent and the Remembrance Day incident of not allowing a public library reader tell a story about remembrance to her 5 year old child. I received only positive comments all condemning the parent. In fact I received just one single reply objecting to my blog subject naming me as a racist.  So folks I want to tell you a story of a particular Jehovah witness travel agent. In the 1980 thru 1990′s I was part of a Island group bringing Irish children to the island for a four week holiday away from the secterian violence of Northern Ireland. My job was to arrange the air travel at the lowest possible cost for 12 children and two adults. We were a volunteer group depending on fund raising to pay for the program, the biggest chunk being the flights. I contacted several travel companies in Charlottetown for quotes. One agent gave me a good price and I decided to go with it and book the flights. That was when the travel agent ran into problems. The flights came out of Belfast to Toronto, then a flight to PEI on a smaller plane. The problem was all the seats on the Charlottetown flight were sold out, note this was booked at least two months before the actual flight dates. The travel agent could not understand why the Charlottetown flight would have all the seats booked so far in advance and only on that particular date. It was very strange. She checked closer and found another agent had intentionally book the seats in order to block her order. If she couldn’t get my seats to Charlottetown I would obviously have to try another agent. No prize for guessing which agent, he had callously tried to stop my plans for the children in order for him to get the business. It was the travel agent that had his business next door to our coffee shop, he was a practicing Jehovah Witness. When I confronted him he at first denied all knowledge, I had so much proof he was eventually shamed into  admitting it. The seats were released and the children arrived safely that summer. He had earlier given me a very low quote that was quite impractical. The group would fly out of Belfast to a secondary Glasgow airport. Nothing was arranged to get the 12 children,two chaperons and all their luggage from this airport to catch the international flight on the other side of the city. This was how he could produce his lower price.When I turned his quote he attempted to force us to buy his package by blocking those seats. Regardless of which faith he belonged to this was less than an act of Christianity. I wondered at the time if his church would have approved? In his case wouldn’t this bring him down to a level comparable with us no so Christian Christians according to Jehovah Witnesses????

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Ghiz Resigns & Plus a Joke!!!!

gHIZ IDIOTIt has been less than 24 hours since the announcement of his resignation and the media and interviewers have spent most of that time praising the Ghiz leadership and record. So much media attention all claiming this sudden resignation came as a great shock. Well not for me, for me it was the best news ever. IMHO Robert Ghiz is without doubt the worse premier this province has ever had. While others lauded praise on him,, Ghiz even praised himself proclaiming the marvelous things he and his government had accomplished during his reign.  However, he makes no mention of hiring Alan Campbell the same night the people of Souris rejected him. No mention of evicting people from their homes to build his plan B road. No mention of unleashing the RCMP to arrest citizens opposed to plan B. No mention of the hated HST, of course I should have expected that, he made no mention of it before the election either. No mention of the ballooning deficit, now 57% higher than when he took office. No mention of the dreadful state of education in the Province. No mention of the huge gap he has created between rural and urban communities. No mention of the condition of our environment, of the fish kills, of passing the buck on pesticide use in communities.   In fact he appears to have forgotten or avoided a great deal about his 7 years as our premier. One also may wonder why this sudden change of direction, has he been promised some special reward in Ottawa? a plum job perhaps, maybe a senate seat???Watch this space because it is almost a certainty that some day when we are all looking the other way, he will slip quietly into some very lucrative appointment.  Oh dear, I really must move on, politics is such a depressing subject .  So how about this.

A large group of Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan are moving down a road when they hear a voice call from behind a sand dune: 
“One New Brunswick soldier is better than ten Taliban”. The Taliban commander quickly orders 10 of his best men over the dune where a gun-battle breaks out and continues for a few minutes, then silence.
The voice once again calls out: “One New Brunswicker is better than one hundred Taliban.”
Furious, the Taliban commander sends his next best 100 troops over the dune and instantly a huge gun fight commences. After 10 minutes of battle, there again is silence.
The New Brunswicker calls out again: “One New Brunswicker is better than one thousand Taliban.”
The enraged Taliban commander musters 1000 fighters and sends them to the other side of the dune. Rifle fire, machine guns, grenades, rockets and Cannon fire ring out as a terrible battle is fought… then silence.
Eventually one badly wounded Taliban fighter crawls back over the dune and with his dying words tells his commander…
“Don’t send any more men… it’s a trap. There’s two of them.”

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