A Touch of Humour!

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A group of chaps, all aged 40, discussed where they should meet for a reunion lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Norton because the waitress had big breasts and wore a mini-skirt.
Ten years later, at age 50, the friends once again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Norton because the food and service was good and the beer selection was excellent.

Ten years later, at age 60, the friends again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Norton because there was plenty of parking, they could dine in peace and quiet, and it was good value for money.

Ten years later, at age 70, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Norton because the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and had a toilet for the disabled.

Ten years later, at age 80, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Wetherspoons in Norton because they had never been there before.

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Attack Ads by Conservatives?? (He is just not ready)

trudeauI’m not sure why the Conservative Party of Canada feel the need to continue publishing attack ads about Justin Trudeau. Justin is managing to damage his leadership all by himself. He seems unable to say the right thing at the right time, indeed he seems to say the wrong thing all the time!. When he first became leader of the Liberal Party things were looking up, his fathers legacy, his youthful good looks and of course his nice hair. The latter has been played up time and again by the conservatives. However, lately he has made some baffling statements that have plunged the party standings to a lowly third place in the polls. He backed the conservative bill C-51 when the whole nation was against Harper and this invasive bill. More recently, Tom Mulcair stated he would not rule out forming a coalition with the Liberals in order to defeat Harper. Trudeau, instead of saying it could be a possibility that his party might consider, he gave a definite no to the proposal saying his party would never form a coalition with the NDP. This is burning bridges and makes little sense, a politician should always keep doors open to compromise. Trudeau has done the exact opposite and I’m sure the Harper Government are delighted with his inept statements.  His earlier remarks about budgets taking care of themselves and of legalizing Marijuana were somewhat flippant but not nearly as damaging as these latest blunders. Unfortunately, I have to admit ,the conservative attack ads have got it right, Justin is just not ready!!!!That is a worry, Harper could win a very slim minority in the next election, Trudeau has paved the way for him, and by emphatically stating no coalition with the NDP has probably given Harper another four years. God forbid that would happen, surely cooler heads in the Liberal party will see the danger and make the necessary changes.  As it is Sunday I guess I will go to church now and pray that the NDP win the election!!!!!! In Politics there always seems to be something to worry about.

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Wearing of Late Veterans medals

Silver Cross MotherI asked people who agreed with me to share yesterdays blog as wide as possible. I’m please to see it has garnered some very interesting responses. I will post them along with this blog for your viewing. I see one person who seems very opposed to changing the law regarding the wearing of medals. I think the point Greg Gibson is missing here, is this does not affect him or others who think wearing a deceased veterans is wrong. No one is going to make him do something he doesn’t want to do. Changing the law merely gives people the freedom of choice. Those who wished to wear their late father/sons medals may do so without breaking the law. On the point of, if you didn’t earn them don’t wear them, one might ask a mother who lost her only son or a wife who lost her husband if they feel no ownership of those medals?After the 1st WW it was all that many mothers and widows had left to remember the great sacrifice with. I realise I will never convince everyone and that was never my intention, I would just like to see this ineffective law revised.

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Greg Gibson
Darryl Gauthier 10:32pm Jul 24
Respectively ,you have WW2, Korea , vets, spouses of vets in the UK/ Commonwealth parading wearing their parents/ loved ones medals on the right side and it was no problem. It was only recently in Canada when we had a wanna military dress up in a uniform with medals he did not earn or no history behind it get caught that made it negative in Canada. My friend Ben served in wartime tours in the Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy , and like his counter parts in the UK, and elsewhere in the Commonwealth wants to wear his Dad’s WW1 medals on the right side and thinks the law should be just for all families of those who served in Canada . Considering his extensive military background and experience he does have a valid argument for debate…
Greg Gibson
Greg Gibson 10:34pm Jul 24
I see your point. My families medals are framed. I guess it doesn’t matter either way.
Greg Gibson
Daniel Blacquiere 12:18am Jul 25
Greg Gibson
James Moase 12:33am Jul 25
Hello. I’m a serving member and I agree with Darryl. The totally unacceptable actions of one individual should not negate the right of others to honour their cherished dead. Cheers.
Greg Gibson
Greg Gibson 12:33am Jul 25
Argument could be made to carry them?
Greg Gibson
James Moase 12:36am Jul 25
Sure….but medals are meant to be worn over the heart of those that earned them…carrying them in one’s hand seems a little…. ashamed ?
Greg Gibson
Greg Gibson 12:37am Jul 25
Well if you didn’t earn them then ?? Kind of equates to carrying a flag or an earn. There’s a deep respect but it wasn’t yours
Greg Gibson
Greg Gibson 12:40am Jul 25
Devils advocate. I just imagine some conservative politician who had systematically destroyed the Canadian armed forces and veterans affairs marching in some parade with his great grandfathers medals From a man he couldn’t even carry water for. But parading them almost like his own. It can go both ways. What’s next, you can wear their uniforms?
Greg Gibson
James Moase 12:41am Jul 25
I’m just one guy talking…..if something happened to me I’d rather my NOK wear my medals at Remembrance Day as o
Opposed to shoving them in their pockets or carrying them in their hands
Greg Gibson
Greg Gibson 12:42am Jul 25
Same hear. Just one guy. I’d be happy if my son was there on his day off in the crowd watching the caf members and vets March by
I just don’t see the need.
Greg Gibson
Greg Gibson 12:45am Jul 25
The saying has always gone, “earn your medal” in any labour or endeavour. That’s the whole point to wearing medals is that you earned them in my mind. But it m just a troll who likes to disagree lol.
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Wearing a Late Veterans Medals

Silver Cross MotherThis is a very moving and poignant picture of the first National Silver Cross mother the late”Mrs Charlotte Susan Wood. In the photo she is saluting whilst wearing on her right side, her late sons medals. She wears them in memory, and with pride and respect for the bravery and ultimate sacrifice of her fallen sons. It became a common practice shortly after the First World War for mothers and widows to wear their late sons/husband medals on the right breast. They did so at ceremonies all cross the nation as cenotaphs were raised in cities towns and villages to the memories of the fallen in the Great War.  Today this practice continues throughout most Commonwealth Countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. However if the late Mrs Charlotte Susan Wood were alive today and wore her sons medals here in Canada, she would be subject to arrest and prosecution. She would be breaking the law of the land!   A law that the Royal Canadian Legion maintains is necessary to protect the veterans medals.  Hard to understand how this serves to protect medals. It is equally difficult to find a legion member who can explain why they feel this law is necessary. I have received many terse and sometimes rude responses from those who cling to the need for this law. A particularly popular reason I have been offered several times is because of the imposter Army Sergeant who appeared at last years Ottawa Remembrance Day Ceremony.  Hardly a reasonable or even a good excuse for the law. Indeed the imposter would have been charged under an entirely different law. Besides which, this is an unfortunate part of human nature and will no doubt continue to occur regardless of any law.ww2medalslegion

This is a response to a question posed to the Dept of Justice.

Question— Can I wear my relative’s medals?

Medals may only be worn by the veteran. This is considered of such high importance that it is a criminal offense to wear military medals that someone else has earned.


‘The official rules for wearing medals The medals awarded to a deceased Service/ex-Service person may be worn on the right breast by a near relative (mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband, daughter and son). Not more than one group should be worn by any individual’. No action will be taken officially if anyone wears a relations medals.

I would really appreciate if someone in authority within the Royal Canadian Legion could give me a clear and concise reason why the Legion supports and feels this Canadian Law is necessary. If a good and sensible reason is not forthcoming then surely the Legion should move to have the law changed.

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A True Story —— Apparently?

number7A true story, or so I have been lead to believe. Whatever the truth is, this could never happen if a sailor was telling this story.

True Story

A World War II fighter pilot is reminiscing before school children about

his war experiences. “In 1942,” he says, “the situation was really tough.
The Germans had a very strong air force. I remember,” he continues, “one
day I was protecting the bombers and suddenly, out of the clouds, these
fokkers appeared.”

Several of the children begin to giggle.
“I looked up, and realized that two of the fokkers were directly above me.
I aimed at the first one and shot him down. By then, though, the other
fokker was right on my tail.”
At this point, the girls in the auditorium are now all giggling and the boys
are laughing out loud. The children’s teacher stands up and says, “I think
I should point out that ‘Fokker’ was the name of a German-Dutch aircraft
company, one which made many of the fighter planes used by the Axis powers during the war.”
“Yes, that’s true,” says the pilot, “but these fokkers were flying
The End!!!!
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Albanian Muslims

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Sometimes we are like sheep and easily led, often the media is to blame, but we can and we should think for ourselves. make up our own minds and not accept what the media feeds us. I’m thinking of groups like ”Britain First” who constantly preached hatred against Muslims. Or Isis who go out of their way to shock civilized peoples with unbelievable cruelty and savagery. The World was outraged and shocked by Hitler and the Nazis persecution of the Jews. Yet here we are to day apparently happy doing a similar injustice  to Muslims. Of course there are bad Muslims, there are bad Christians and bad Jews too.

I’m certainly one of the guilty when it comes to condemning the Muslim race as a whole. It is easy to do considering the terrorism many fanatical Muslims have carried out against innocent people. The Twin Towers, the London Underground,Paris, Spain and not forgetting the current rampage, beheading and savagery of Isis. It is always easy to blame a whole society when a few commit horrible atrocities. Would it be fair to say because of the Nazis all Germans were bad. Of course not, so it is equally unfair to blame all Muslims on the fanatics. I was quite surprised to learn about the Albanian Muslims during the 2nd World war. Of all the nations occupied by the Nazis only Albania had more Jews at the end of the war than at the start. That is quite a remarkable feat and an amazing credit the citizens of Albania. Read the explanation below regarding the meaning of Besa.

Besa also means taking care of those in need and being hospitable. During World War II, Albanians saved over 2000 Jews from Nazi persecution. Rather than hiding the Jews in attics or the woods, Albanians gave them clothes, gave them Albanian names, and treated them as part of the family. The concept of besa is incorporated into their culture. Before World War II only about 200 Albanians were Jewish. At the end of the war about 2000 Jews were living in Albania. An award-winning feature film documentary BESA: The Promise (2012) is about American photographer Norman H. Gershman’s quest to tell the story of Besa and the Albanians who saved Jews during World War II. This story was featured on CBS News Sunday Morning on November 8, 2009 for the 71st anniversary of Kristallnacht, which occurred on November 9, 1938.

Food for thought before we move to condemn others.

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Farming on Prince Edward Island

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There is a good reason farming is also referred to as agri-culture. The ‘culture’ part speaks to the extremely diversified and inter-locking bodies of information, skills and methodologies that were developed over 1000s of years. Every farmer on the Island – and there were more than 10,000 of them when I was a boy – was the repository of a rich heritage of skill-sets that are in danger of being lost. It was surely the height of folly for an agricultural province to cast away such a legacy, yet that is what we have done, and are continuing to do.

Farming was always organized on a community and family level. That day is pretty much over. Increasingly, the forces driving agriculture care little or nothing about families or communities. Farming is now conceptualized within the national and international corporate mind-set, with notorious disregard for everything except the bottom line. I am speaking here not of the individual farmers who still live on the land, but of the larger corporate system within which they operate, and by which they are controlled in many ways.

It is a system that is presently lobbying hard for global trading agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership that could flood this country with agricultural products from much larger factory farms than we have here, and further erode our farming communities.

Factory farming also has little regard for the soil. Instead of soil stewardship being achieved by acquiring knowledge of things like crop-rotation, manuring and fallowing, corporate agriculture dumps industrial fertilizer on the ground. Land that was once a complex ecology of micro-organisms is reduced to a sterile and lifeless growth medium.

Respected Island biologist Ian MacQuarrie claims, indeed, that the degradation of the land is so extreme in some places that he is at a loss to know what to call the substance he once called soil.

The current direction in agriculture actually entails a tragic ‘double whammy’. Not only are we systematically destroying the soil, but we have also reduced drastically the number of Islanders who own the land, which has enormous political implications. When ownership of the land, and of the distribution and marketing of food, passes into the hands of the few, the dependency and vulnerability of the many increase exponentially. Fortunately we have legislation that protects us from the massive buy-up of land that has happened in other places, but there is enormous pressure on that legislation which will increase as ageing farmers attempt to sell their operations.

I recall years ago speaking to a large grower from the North River area who had fields leased for potatoes in a number of different communities within a ten mile radius. Out of curiosity I asked him which area had the best soil for growing spuds, and was shocked by his very candid response. “David,” he said, “with all the stuff we put on the land these days it doesn’t really matter very much what the soil is like.”

It sounded to me like an epitaph for the Island landscape.

Clearly the era of industrial farming is on the way out. It has had it’s successes, but at very great cost to farming communities and families, and to the soil itself. Further, based as it is on huge inputs of non-renewable inputs it simply is not sustainable over the long term. Our

challenge as a farming community is to see to it that the damage is contained, and to lend our support as voting citizens, and as consumers, to the practitioners of agri-culture.

David Weale

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Shopping Wisely!!!or going to a lot of extra work.

tentOur plans to camp and tour are coming together. The tent that attaches to the vehicle ( shown photo) is ordered and on its way, should arrive this week. Yesterday (Saturday) we went to town on a mission to buy a hard top roof cargo box. They are expensive, the Thule (pronounced toolie) is apparently the best and the most expensive. However, as this camping is a bit of an experiment we do not want to invest in a lot of costly equipment we might never use.  So bypass the Thule and on to Canadian Tire, they had a cargo box on sale for $169 but we also had to purchase the clamping attachments,. another $50 , add on the tax and it was over$300. Anyway we bought it and with a flat cart managed to get it out to the car. Guess what! it was to big for the tail gate and had to be removed from the box. Once out of the box it fitted nicely in the back, we took the cardboard box apart and folded it flat and put it in the back too. Off we went to continue our shopping. We had our eyes open for a camper stove and one more sleeping bag. Where is the best place to find such articles, why, flea markets or yard sales of course. Can you imagine what happened next, at the very first yard sale we pulled into they had, guess what!!!! A like new hard top cargo box, it was complete with clamping attachments and keys all for $85. We paid a deposit (no room to take it with us) and returned to CTC where we had to first re-assemble the flattened box and re-stow the cargo carrier inside. Managed to borrow some tape to close the box up so we could bring it back into the store for our refund. Before returning for our yard sale cargo box we had to go to an ATM for some cash, yard sales seldom take debit! So a long story short, we are home now with our nearly new $85 cargo box but its raining so will have to wait for later to install it. I just hope to God it fits, don`t think I can go through another trip like today. It was a very tough shopping day but hopefully worth it, maybe I will find camping easier and more fun!!!! just maybe???

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Have you read a Good Book Lately?

irishroversbooks-300x242BookCoverImage004Why not try Lily & Me. Please read the three reviews below.


Art is the expression of emotion that elicits emotion! You certainly achieved that end. I laughed and I cried. I read an enormous number of books a year. It’s my hobby, my relaxation and I love to learn. You met all of these goals in this book, Thank You. I’m looking forward to the next installment, you have a delightful talent.
Libby Goucher, Nova Scotia.

Review from another reader
After seeing you at the yard sale I returned to my apartment and spent the rest of the day, the evening, the night and the early morning with you and Lily. Your story was interesting and I like your style. Sometimes as I read in the night I would forget the fact that this was a true story and find myself wondering when little Frederick, Eric, Ben Cook Rodgers would morph into a MI5 spy or a serial killer. Instead I remember the dapper Irishman from my yard sale wandering. Lily And Me is a testament to the resilience of the spirit of the child. I don’t think all children are blessed with your resilience but you were and we your readers are thankful. Ivan Gallant;

Review from Newfoundland – Craig Churchill

Well it’s 2:30 am here in Gander and I just finished reading Lily004
and Me.

I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it! I can visualize (no doubt
incorrectly, but clearly) the places you describe and the adventures,
mishaps you encountered. I absolutely love your writing style! It feels
like sitting around your kitchen table over a few drinks as you tell
your tale. I particularly like how you interject stories to illustrate
certain points that you make, even if they are far removed timewise(such
as your later encounter with Shirley). This is what really makes it feel
like listening to you tell it in person.

I will have to wait until morning to start the sequel, because I004
have to work, and I am afraid that if I start it, the dawn will find me
on board a submarine with you in some far flung port of call.

Bravo! Author, Author!

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Dog Must be related.

dog001These dogs must either be related or they both have crazy owners?? A dogs life indeed!! more like the life of Reilly!!!

One lives in Abram Village PEI the other lives in Killinchy Northern Ireland. An ocean apart but they have blanket coverage.

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