Things come in Threes

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In the photo   Mulcair-Harper-Trudeau. They say things always come in threes, For example Three coins in the fountain, Three Amigos, Three Stooges, One-two three go, Three balls and your out, Third light unlucky,Three for the price of two and so … Continue reading

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Cymbria Car Show & Arsenal

cymbriacymbria 1cymbria2A great turn out for the car show, lovely weather and wonderful selection of cars. No, I didn’t win the “Best Import Trophy” this time, had a lot of competition from such models as an Austin Healey,  a Morgan, and one original Mini Cooper from the 1990’s plus a few VW’s. Had a great time and met up with a lot of old friends, had a visit from Caroline and the grandkids, and later Linda turn up on her bike to spent an hour or so.

Sorry but it seems the car show photos will not enlarge?? still struggling with my Smart phone!!come camera????cymbria3

arsenal pennentfootballBecause I was attending the car show I d recorded the game between Newcastle and Arsenal and I have just finished watching it. Arsenal won the game by a score 1-0. However, it was not an impressive victory, Newcastle were down to ten players in the first 16 minutes on a red card. The game ended at half time scoreless, Arsenal scored in the second half when the ball deflected into the net off a Newcastle defender. Arsenal controlled the game but as for scoring the attempts were few and far between. They really have to ramp up their game and I still believe we need a more dangerous goal scorer. There were times when it looked like Newcastle had eleven men on the field, Arsenal just could not take advantage of the extra man. They have got to do better.

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Sorry

Sorry no time for another daily inspiring blog from the key board of the irishroverconvert mini. Saturday morning is too busy. Foot clinic at 9 am, then pack a lunch and off to the Cymbria Lions Club Car Show. In the meantime I leave you this Blonde joke to brighten your morning.

A young ventriloquist is touring Sweden and, one night he’s doing a show in a small fishing town. With his dummy on  his knee, he starts going through his usual dumb blonde jokes.
Suddenly, a blonde woman in the fourth row stands on her chair and starts shouting, “I’ve heard enough of your stupid  blonde jokes. What makes you think you can stereotype Swedish blond women that way?  What does the colour of  woman’s hair have to do with her worth as a human being?   It’s men like you who keep women like me from being  respected at work and in the community, and from reaching our full potential as people.  Its people like you that make others think that all Blondes are dumb! You and your kind  continue to perpetuate discrimination against not only  blondes, but women in general…..pathetically all in the name of humour!”
The embarrassed ventriloquist begins to apologize, and the blonde yells:top down mini 2
“You stay out of this! I’m talking to that little shit on your lap.”

God Bless and keep reading

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Montague the Beautiful part Two (NIMBY)

boys and girls clubThe residents of Montague opposed to the Boys & Girls Club in their neighbourhood are NIMBY`s. It is okay to be a NIMBY if you have your priorities right.  Nimby is an acronym for “Not in my Backyard“ Some people oppose all things they see as threatening to them personally.  Sane people oppose things that they believe will destroy property values, are dangerous or poisonous such as toxic sprays etc. Here is a list of things I believe most sensible people would oppose.

fracking,  oil wells, chemical plants, industrial parks, military bases, wind turbines, desalination plants, landfills, incinerators, power plants, prisons, pubs, adult entertainment establishments, firearms dealers, mobile telephone network masts, abortion clinics, toxic waste dumps,  motor cycle gangs, sports stadiums, bootleggers, betelnut vendors, strip malls, housing developments, freight railway, highways, airports, seaports, and medical cannabis dispensaries along with recreational cannabis shops.

But a Boys and Girls Club!!!! Come on folks, wise up.

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Montague the Beautiful????

Montague the Beautiful or should it be Montague the intolerant?boys and girls club I cannot believe the fuss being created over the house recently purchased for the Boys and Girls Club.  One would think we were talking about a Hells Angels motor cycle gang moving into the neighbourhood.  The claim or dispute is that this is a residential neighbourhood, it is peaceful and quiet place and some locals wish it to remain so.  Forgive me if I seem a wee bit dense,  I thought it was in residential neighbourhoods where one would expect to find children. Isn’t it where families live and raise their children, have back yard swings, tree houses, pools and trampolines, isn’t where we hear laughter and sometimes crying, the sounds of children. Those who have vowed to sell up and move if the club goes ahead should do exactly that, move! Children are the future, they are what make us families,  make us proud, make us soccer Moms & Dads.  These people whom doth protest so, are surely relics from the past! do they believe children should be seen and not heard, children should be spanked, sent to bed without supper. These were all things I endured growing up in the 1940’s-50’s but I thought today we knew better and had stopped such cruel methods.

Shame on you Monatgue!!!Wake up Montague Council, these children are our future and they deserve to be treated with love and kindness, they need a place to be safe and enjoy their young lives.

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A Bit of Irish History

feathersirish_originalA monument has been erected in Middleton, County Cork, Ireland as a symbol of appreciation and gratitude to the Choctaw Nation for the donations received during the Famine years in the mid 19th century.

The Choctaw people have a history of helping others – one of the best examples is the $170 that was given to the Irish in 1847 during the potato famine. To realize the beauty and generosity of this story, one has to understand what a challenging couple of decades this had been for the Indian people.

In 1831 the Choctaw Indians were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in Mississippi to what is now known as Oklahoma. The Choctaws were the first of several tribes to make the trek along The Trail of Tears. The years during and immediately following this journey were very difficult for the tribal people. The winter of this particular Trail of Tears was the coldest on record – the food and clothing of the people were severely inadequate and transportation needs were not properly met. Many of the Choctaws did not survive the trip, and those that did not perish faced hardships establishing new homes, schools, and churches.

A few years after this long, sad march, the Choctaws learned of people starving to death in Ireland. The Irish were dying because although there were other crops being grown in their country, all but the potato were marked for export by the British rulers. The Irish poor were not allowed any other sustenance than the potato, and from 1845-1849 this vegetable was diseased. Only sixteen years had passed since the Choctaws themselves had faced hunger and death on the first Trail of Tears, and a great empathy was felt when they heard such a similar story coming from across the ocean. Individuals made donations totaling $170 in 1847 to send to assist the Irish people. These noble Choctaw people, who had such meager resources, gave all they could on behalf of others in greater need.

This charitable attitude resonates still today when crisis situations occur across the world. In 2001, tribal people made a huge contribution to the Firefighters Fund after the Twin Towers attack in New York City and have since made major contributions to Save the Children and the Red Cross for the 2004 tsunami relief and 2005 Hurricane Katrina and victims of the Haiti earthquake. Good works are not exclusive to humanitarian organizations and funds. The Choctaw Nation received the 2008 United States Freedom Award for the efforts made for the members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families. There are countless stories of Choctaw individuals and churches who have looked past their own needs to help their neighbors. “It is only right that the tribe share what God has so generously allowed us,” said Choctaw Chief Gregory E. Pyle.

The people of Ireland have never forgotten the kindness shown from the Choctaw Indians. The Irish, realizing that these Native American had delved deep into their own pockets for what little they had to share, have welcomed delegations from the Choctaw Nation and have visited the tribal lands in Oklahoma. In 1992, a plaque was unveiled at the Lord Mayor’s Mansion in Dublin, Ireland that reads, “Their humanity calls us to remember the millions of human beings throughout our world today who die of hunger and hunger-related illness in a world of plenty.”

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I find this a very moving story from our history, how strange that we regarded the Indian nations of North America as savages and the British Empire and European Nations as Christian and civilized??

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A Piece of Cake

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A HUSBAND IS AT HOME WATCHING A
FOOTBALL GAME WHEN HIS WIFE INTERRUPTS,

HONEY,
COULD YOU FIX THE LIGHT IN THE HALLWAY?
IT’S BEEN FLICKERING FOR WEEKS NOW.

HE LOOKS AT HER AND SAYS ANGRILY,
FIX THE LIGHTS NOW?
DOES IT LOOK LIKE I HAVE
electrian WRITTEN ON MY FOREHEAD?
I DON’T THINK SO.

THEN THE WIFE ASKS,
WELL THEN, COULD YOU FIX THE FRIDGE DOOR?
IT WON’T CLOSE RIGHT

TO WHICH HE REPLIED,
FIX THE FRIDGE DOOR?
DOES IT LOOK LIKE I HAVE ELECTROLUX
WRITTEN ON MY FOREHEAD?
I DON’T THINK SO

FINE, SHE SAYS
THEN YOU COULD AT LEAST FIX THE STEPS
TO THE FRONT DOOR?
THEY ARE ABOUT TO BREAK

I’M NOT A CARPENTER AND I DON’T
WANT TO FIX STEPS
HE SAYS, DOES IT LOOK LIKE I HAVE
Home hardware WRITTEN ON MY FOREHEAD?
I DON’T THINK SO
I’VE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU.
I’M GOING TO THE PUB!!!!

SO HE GOES TO THE PUB AND DRINKS FOR A
COUPLE OF HOURS………………………….

HE STARTS TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT HOW
HE TREATED HIS WIFE, AND DECIDES
TO GO HOME

AS HE WALKS INTO THE HOUSE HE NOTICES
THAT THE STEPS ARE ALREADY FIXED.

AS HE ENTERS THE HOUSE , HE SEES THE
HALL LIGHT IS WORKING

AS HE GOES TO GET A BEER, HE NOTICES
THE FRIDGE DOOR IS FIXED.

HONEY, HE ASKS, HOW’D ALL THIS GET FIXED?
SHE SAID, WELL, WHEN YOU LEFT I SAT
OUTSIDE AND CRIED

JUST THEN A NICE YOUNG MAN ASKED ME
WHAT WAS WRONG, AND I TOLD HIM.

HE OFFERED TO DO ALL THE REPAIRS, AND
ALL I HAD TO DO WAS EITHER
GO TO BED WITH HIM OR BAKE A CAKE.

HE SAID,
SO WHAT KIND OF CAKE DID YOU BAKE?

SHE REPLIED,
HELLOOOOO.
DO YOU SEE Sara Lea WRITTEN
ON MY FOREHEAD?
I DON’T THINK SO!

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A Successful Sunday

convert minitrophychristopherA huge crowd had gathered for the awarding of trophies at the Abram Village Car show. When the time came to announce the winner of the Best Import Class the crowd hushed in excited anticipation. Moments passed as the Emcee prepared to make known the winner! The winner is the 2009 Mini Cooper owned by F.Ben Rodgers, the crowd roared and cheered as I proceeded to the podium to receive my trophy!!!! Wow what a special moment. Well, seriously it might have been if there had been any competition but alas my car was the only import at the show!!!!!

Nevertheless, it was a fun day with lots of beautiful cars,trucks, tractors and stationary engines. The day was made even more special when my daughter Caroline and her two children arrived. Our grandson Chris is staying with us for the next week or so, not sure just how long, that will depend on Chris, he may get bored sooner rather than later!. For the moment things are good. Riding with Grammy on the Quad, watching unlimited selection of movies on etflix, and it the rain stops we are off to the go-cart races.

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Read a Good book Lately????

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Although a memoir, it is definitely not stuffy or boring, as one might, at first think.

I often hesitate picking up a book that is a memoir as it’s usually written by some retired politician, claiming if he hadn’t been cheated, would have become a great leader. My story is about real people in the real world and I can guarantee you will find it hard to put down. Below is a short excerpt from the book at age eight.

In Brief
This is a true story of the first sixteen years of my life. Before reaching my first birthday I’d lost my mother and the world was again at war. The book follows my journey through the Belfast blitz, to Scotland. The adoption by my sister and husband. Losing everything but our lives in one of the first V1 rocket attacks. In post war Britain, constantly moving and changing schools takes a toll on my education. Lily’s mental and physical abuse erodes what little confidence and self esteem I had. As I grow older, my resentment feeds a need to return to my father and family in Ireland. This is a very sad and yet sometimes funny story that will keep the reader turning pages.

CHAPTER TEN
IS IT GOING TO RAIN. (Excerpt)
I soon discover a new and strange phenomenon. I became very concerned to find my penis was often erect Apart from anything else it was difficult to pee. I was completely unaware the problem was natural. It didn’t hurt, nevertheless I was sure something was wrong. Rather than asking Lily I approached Ben in the yard one evening and explained my quandary. He readily explained in the usual sexual educational methods of the times. “Erection is normal” he says. “It just means its going to rain”. I accept his answer without question. The next morning I find myself with another erection, but the weather is dry and sunny. I decide to explore the issue further, surely a school chum will know. At the bus stop I see Tony and Agnes two of my classmates already there. I take Tony aside making sure Agnes is out of earshot. Tony who knows everything immediately confirms the question of rain. His mother told him the very same thing months ago. I’m still not convinced and pose the question, what about girls? How do they know? Tony admits he can’t answer that one. Neither of us knew much about the female anatomy, but are pretty sure they didn’t have a penis. Tony says lets ask Agnes, then shouts, hey Agnes Eric wants to ask you a question. Blushing and stuttering I ask “er .how…ur do you know..er when its go go ing to rain. Just like everyone else you stupid boy. Well er.. yes I know that Agnes, but how can you tell?.

This book is on sale as an E Book at http://www.smashwords.com for the incredible price of 99 cents. Get your copy now

God Bless and keep reading

 

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Beautiful Abram Village

barn burningguard 001top down mini 2One of the last things we did before selling our Ebenezer home was to burn down the old barn. It was of course supervised by the New Glasgow Fire Dept. We had found a beautiful little house with 13 acres of woodland and a pond in Abram Village. We quickly made the purchase and moved in. I have to confess I was a little anxious at first, it was in the heart of a French community, and neither Linda or I spoke French. My excuse is that I was educated in Ireland and at that time had no plans to live in France! My regrets today is that I didn’t pay more attention because we did have one lesson a week in French. However, the most painful problem is listening to someone trying to speak French with a broad Belfast accent. Anyway enough of my excuses! Abram Village is a lovely place to live, we have been here two years now and feel completely at home. We have made many friends and have wonderful neighbours.  Yet one very special moment gave me the inspiration to write about this little village we call home. Just a few days ago Linda stopped in at a neighbours house to buy some fresh vegetables, two men were in the garden and speaking French. As soon as they saw Linda approach they stopped and apologized saying they would speak English. I cannot express how polite and how nice a gesture that was, what a beautiful way to make us feel a part of the community.  Since my arrival in Canada in 1964 I have heard many nasty remarks about the French,  mostly from some rather red neckish and obnoxious English Canadians. I have lived in Canad for over 50 years and love Canada and Canadians English or French. This is a great country and Abram Village is a great place to live. Ooops! I should qualify my statement about loving Canadians, I do have one exception!!! don’t think I can honestly say I love Steven Harper!!!!

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