Category Archives: veterans

United Way?the wrong way.

 I cannot think of one single or sensible reason why the Federal Government would believe giving an aid package to the United Way to administer is in seniors best interests. The money has been allotted via United Way to provide … Continue reading

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My first day in the Royal Navy at HMS Ganges!

On this day 15th March 1955, Sixty Five years ago, my first day in the Royal Navy! On arrival in Ipswitch carriage doors flew open to discharge their eager cargo. We had arrived. Several Petty Officer Instructors from Ganges were … Continue reading

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Oil products !!

I find it a bit of a double standard when we complain about First Nation people complaining about gas pipeline going through their lands. We argue that they use the same oil produced products we use. They ride snowmobiles, use … Continue reading

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The Royal Navy and Me

The Royal Navy and Me Posted on January 31st 2020 by irishroverpei This is a story told through the eyes of a young sailor who joined the Royal Navy in 1955 as a Boy Seaman 2nd class, the absolute lowest … Continue reading

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Losing Doctors!!!

It seems to me we are losing doctors at a faster rate than recruiting new ones. There has to be a reason why this continues to happen. According to the few doctors I have spoken with the main problem is … Continue reading

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The Forth Bridge

This morning doing my usual scan of FB I came across a photo that stirred memories of long ago. In 1942 I crossed the Forth Bridge by train heading to Rosythe. I was three years old and had never seen … Continue reading

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A day of Reflection.

It’s funny how I see others as getting old but don’t see it happening to me. But happening it is, and I’m abruptly reminded each morning getting out of bed! I remember as a young sailor never once thinking I’d … Continue reading

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Salty Sailor Tales from the Mess Deck!

The most popular time to hear the most outlandish tales aboard ship happened at Tot time (rum issue). Some were almost believable others less so. There was the story told by an officers steward. On my last ship there was … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2020

I began my life in January 1939, seems so long ago now.  The years of a World at war, of rationing, austerity, poverty, hunger and fear of the atom bomb. Very different times indeed, were they better than today? Who … Continue reading

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Madrien Ferris – Wearing her late husbands medals!

I was sad to read of the passing of Madrien Ferris, on 27th December 2019. I didnt know her well, only met her once in the 1980s when she was a local NDP candidate in Charlottetown. My next encounter came … Continue reading

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