Bangers and Mash

This is a short story of a visit to my doctor seeking treatment for a case of shingles on the right side of my head (very painful). I’d had shingles in the same place many years ago. You may however, wonder how a sausage was involved.

My sausage story at least amused the doctor and his nurse. When I arrived at the doctors office the nurse first came in to check on me and ask general questions etc. I told about my first encounter with shingles, it was during the war, when I was five years old. She asked me what I remembered about the symptoms whilst I was in hospital. I told her the only thing I remembered was I was very sore and the sausage! What do you mean the sausage she asked. It was a fair question and I realized I needed to explain further. During the war in England we were short of everything but most notably food. Our potato’s were powdered, our milk was powdered, and our eggs were powdered. Meat can’t be powdered so we saw very little meat on our plates, mostly spam. Whilst I was in hospital the nurses were very kind and probably pampered me more than the other adult patients. One dinner time I was served a real sausage with mash potato’s and peas. This was the first sausage I ever member seeing, certainly the first ever sausage that was all mine to eat. It’s hard to describe that incredible meal, nectar of the Gods might be close. The sausage tasted so good that I tried to make it last longer, but tasting so good it was gone in a flash. I realize this might seem a silly story, but when you are hungry and food is scarce it’s all a person can think of. I ate that sausage 74 years ago, but still imagine I can see, smell and taste it after all this years. If you were to ask my wife Linda what my favourite food was,(I’m sure you can guess) she’d say sausages.

God Bless and keep readingl

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Only the Silence of the Legion?

Well folks a week has passed and still no response from Dominion Command. Not so much as an acknowledgement of my email, and certainly not a responsive reply. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, it has happened all to often in the past. However, I really thought this time someone who cared about the future of the legion might have contacted me. Sadly it hasn’t happened and looks unlikely too happen any time soon. I think this is really the major issue with Dominion Command, ignore and they will go away. Of course we are angry but that is surely all the more reason to talk with us. Do they really not want to know why we are upset, do they not want to at least attempt to listen, to discuss, to hear our grievances. Apparently not! it seems it is their way or the highway. As their membership continues to fall it will be them going down that dead end highway.

To Dominion Command
Posted on September 21, 2018
by irishroverpei
After several attempts I finally managed to send the attached email, at least three Dominion email addresses failed? Now its just a matter of waiting to see if anyone responses?
Fw: Legion Medals?
Yesterday, 3:44 PM
asiew@legion.ca
I’m sure this is not the correct destination for this email so hoping you will forward.
From: Frederick Ben Rodgers
Sent: September 20, 2018 3:34 PM
To: Royal Canadian Legion
Subject: Fw: Legion Medals?
Trying again with another address. not easy to communicate with Dominion Command
The Fake Legion Medals
Posted on September 20, 2018 by irishroverpei
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In the last few years I have attempted several times to communicate with those who run the RCL. In almost every case I have been ignored. sometimes have received an occasionally response that is offensive and rude. However, here I’m trying once more, not sure why, perhaps this time as we actually have a veteran as the National President. The Legion (Dominion Command) are constantly claiming to be working on the issue of membership, claiming they are here for veterans. Strangely a great many veterans would disagree with this claim, and a great many veterans have left and or not joining. To date nothing Dominion Command has tried has stemmed the serious falling membership. Such things as free one year memberships for serving members, inviting civilians with no military connections, in fact inviting almost anyone to join. I don’t know what you think? but to me this seems like desperation. Don’t you think its time you tried something many veterans have been asking for, for sometime. If you take the time to read my letter below, perhaps you give a thought to actually doing something that might just make a difference. Try to imagine a veteran wearing only his CD standing next to Tom Eagles wearing approximately 13 mostly legion (fake) medals. Why do you continue to support section 419 of the criminal code disallowing blood relatives, but permitting associate members to wear their right breast many legion medals. Surely its time to act in a positive way and listen to veterans, not the civilian associates. If you truly want to save what’s left of this once proud organization you need to act now. Do something that will resonate with us many dissatisfied veterans.
The Legion and Medals
Posted on February 15, 2017
by irishroverpei
This is the email I sent to the Governor General’s office on February 15th 2017. I received a phone call from a very nice lady (staff secretary) acknowledging my email. Below is a copy of the email I sent and her response.
Real Medals & pretend medals
I’m greatly concerned with the present Royal Canadian Legion policy regarding medals. While it is quite acceptable for non veteran legion members to wear an array of legion service medals on their right breast in legion uniform. It is against the law for an eighty year old widow to wear her late husbands war medals of her right breast on suitable occasions. (see section 419 of Criminal Code) The important issue I have with this policy is that most civilians would mistake an associate member wearing six or seven legion medals as a veteran. Indeed most associate members wear more medals than actual veterans. These are service awards for chairing such things as the Dart Competition, BBQ etc. I find it offensive that non veterans parade with all the pomp and ceremony that was and should be attributed to our real veterans. The issue is wide spread and clearly part of the reason why our younger veterans are not joining the Royal Canadian Legion. Please give this your immediate attention while we still have a RCL. If for no other reason we are responsible for the care and respect of the Poppy. Other legions (Royal British-Scottish etc wear lapel pins). The Canadian Legion membership continues to plummet, it is estimated approx 35.000 are actual veterans, the remaining approx 200.000 are made up of associate and non voting members. In other words just about anyone can join today`s legion branches. Please note the attachments are two legion medals that may be purchased for $25 ea plus P&P. Also photo of Tom Eagles wearing eleven medals but has never served a day in the Military or other services, example Coast Guard, RCMP etc.
While this lady agreed with my concerns she explained there is no immediate concern within the Justice Dept to amend the law (section 419). They apparently feel the law protects against imposters from wearing medals they are not entitled to. She did add that it would be unlikely that an elderly widow wearing her late husbands medals would be arrested. That attitude , which I agree with, surely runs contrary to the need for this law?
As for people wearing medals they are not entitled to, that will happen regardless of any law, it occurs in the UK and in many other nations. However, the UK do not act with a heavy hand as we do in Canada. Blood relatives may wear their late loved ones medals on suitable occasions. The Royal Canadian Legion are absolutely opposed to changing this law or of asking for an amendment. One might ask why? it doesn’t make a lot sense to deny an elderly widow from wearing her late husbands medals. Well, I think maybe it does to today’s legion members, whom are a large civilian majority. Associate members have become comfortable in legion uniform wearing an array of pretend medals on their right breast. While these many legion medals are quite legal they are far from appropriate in an organization dedicated to military veterans. They should be ashamed to be seen parading with real veterans often wearing twice the number of medals of the most decorated veteran. To sum up, perhaps as this law is so wrong it should be broken. Blood relatives should begin wearing loved ones medals all across this nation. How many do you think would be arrested and charged? Should this young girl be thrown in jail for daring to wear her Great Grandfathers WW1 medals????
How about this joker! he is quite legal with his array of some eleven tin medals, but is surely a mockery to the memory of our fallen. I can’t predict if anything will come of this, however, the way the legion is going failure cannot be to far into the future
Its rather ironic, the legion motto ”Preparing for the 21st Century”
Frederick Rodgers CD A legion member for 27 years, (cancelled membership 2016)
God Bless and keep reading

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First Past the Post eh!!!!!

Hey!!!! I win because more people voted for my party

 

 

No!!! I win because I was first past the post

If it wasn’t so serious, it would be funny. I’m referring to the recent NB election and the liberal leader. Here we have the usual libs/PCs all calling to maintain the First Passed The Post system. They are so quick to deny the system of Proportional Representation, it causes unstable governments etc. We have heard it all before! Yet here is Brian Gallant claiming that even though the PCs won more seats in this FPTP race, he should remain as the government because his party won a larger portion of the popular vote. Hmm! Now that sound awfully close to what many people would understand as Proportional Representation. Typical old party politics, it only counts if we win eh????

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Bedtime for my Baby

Over the last few days I had trouble raising and securing my convertible top, its not power.. It is vinyl and as the temperature drops it becomes very stiff and difficult to stretch to its full size. I ended up placing an electric heater inside the car with the windows and the top in the up position. After an hour was able to snap it into place and secure the clamp. I decided it was time to put my baby to bed, don’t like driving with the top up and do not want to risk taking it down again, considering the trouble I just went through. So as sad as it may be, this is the last time my little Firefly will see the sunshine until 2019. She is tucked away in the back of the garage covered and ready for a long winter nap. I do have a few small things I want to do through the winter but nothing too major. I know she will reappear smiling in time for the Antique Car Club show in late May 2019. Merry Christmas God Bless and keep reading

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Dangers of Fishing

Should we change the law considering the recent loss of life off Tignish when a fishing boat capsized and two fishermen drowned. One really has to wonder why wearing some form of flotation device is not mandatory in this industry? A few weeks ago Summerside passed a law that people fishing off the wharf must wear life jackets.  This was decided because there existed the possibility of a person falling off the wharf, with nothing to cling too. Every summer hundreds of visitors go deep sea fishing, fathers, mothers and children, no one is required to wear a personal flotation device. I realize the fishing boats must be fitted with an approved inflatable raft, but that alone is no guarantee for the passengers or crew. The fishing industry is, if not the most dangerous, it is certainly one of the most dangerous. Surely common sense tells us that wearing a PFD is a sensible thing to do. However, I realize this is a difficult issue to address. Fishermen will complain they can’t work wearing a bulky PFD’, its an old and well used excuse.  My own daughter and husband have a boat but only their dog wears a life jacket. I guess its that carefree attitude, I can swim and anyway it will never happen to me. That is sadly only true, until it happens!!!!

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A Little Sunday Humour

A Woman takes a lover home during the day while her husband is at work.
Her 9 year old son comes home unexpectedly, sees them, and hides in the bedroom cupboard to watch.
Just after getting into bed the woman’s husband also comes home unexpectedly, she tells her lover to hide in the cupboard, not realising that the little boy is in there.
After a while the little boy says, ‘Dark in here’.
The man, who obviously got a real fright not expecting to hear anything, let alone from a little boy says, ‘Yes, it is.’
Boy – ‘I have a football.’
Man – ‘That’s nice.’
Boy – ‘Want to buy it?’
Man – ‘No, thanks.’
Boy – ‘My dad’s outside.’
Man – ‘OK, how much?’
Boy – £125
In the next few weeks, it happens again that the boy and the lover are in the cupboard together.
Boy – ‘Dark in here.’
Man – ‘Yes, it is.’
Boy – ‘I have football boots.’
The lover, remembering the last time, asks the boy, ‘OK How much this time?’
Boy – £375
Man – ‘Sold.’
A few days later, the boy’s father says to the boy, ‘Grab your boots and football, let’s go outside and have a game of footy’.
The boy says, ‘I can’t, I sold my ball and boots.’
The father asks, ‘How much did you sell them for and to who?’
The boy says, ‘To a friend of mine for a £500
The father says, ‘That’s a terrible thing to do, overcharging your friend like that. That’s four times what they cost when they were new, I’m going to take you to church and make you confess your terrible sins.’
They go to the church and the father makes the little boy sit in the confession booth and he closes the door.
The boy says, ‘Dark in here’…….
The priest says, ‘Don’t start that again you little *****, you’re in my cupboard now!!’
God Bless and keep reading

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To Dominion Command

After several attempts I finally managed to send the attached email, at least three Dominion email addresses failed? Now its just a matter of waiting to see if anyone responses?

Fw: Legion Medals?

Yesterday, 3:44 PM
asiew@legion.ca

I’m sure this is not the correct destination for this email so hoping you will forward.

From: Frederick Ben Rodgers
Sent: September 20, 2018 3:34 PM
To: Royal Canadian Legion
Subject: Fw: Legion Medals?

Trying again with another address. not easy to communicate with Dominion Command

The Fake Legion Medals
Posted on September 20, 2018 by irishroverpei

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In the last few years I have attempted several times to communicate with those who run the RCL. In almost every case I have been ignored. sometimes have received an occasionally response that is offensive and rude. However, here I’m trying once more, not sure why, perhaps this time as we actually have a veteran as the National President. The Legion (Dominion Command) are constantly claiming to be working on the issue of membership, claiming they are here for veterans. Strangely a great many veterans would disagree with this claim, and a great many veterans have left and or not joining. To date nothing Dominion Command has tried has stemmed the serious falling membership. Such things as free one year memberships for serving members, inviting civilians with no military connections, in fact inviting almost anyone to join. I don’t know what you think? but to me this seems like desperation. Don’t you think its time you tried something many veterans have been asking for, for sometime. If you take the time to read my letter below, perhaps you give a thought to actually doing something that might just make a difference. Try to imagine a veteran wearing only his CD standing next to Tom Eagles wearing approximately 13 mostly legion (fake) medals. Why do you continue to support section 419 of the criminal code disallowing blood relatives, but permitting associate members to wear their right breast many legion medals. Surely its time to act in a positive way and listen to veterans, not the civilian associates. If you truly want to save what’s left of this once proud organization you need to act now. Do something that will resonate with us many dissatisfied veterans.

The Legion and Medals
Posted on February 15, 2017
by irishroverpei
This is the email I sent to the Governor General’s office on February 15th 2017. I received a phone call from a very nice lady (staff secretary) acknowledging my email. Below is a copy of the email I sent and her response.
Real Medals & pretend medals
I’m greatly concerned with the present Royal Canadian Legion policy regarding medals. While it is quite acceptable for non veteran legion members to wear an array of legion service medals on their right breast in legion uniform. It is against the law for an eighty year old widow to wear her late husbands war medals of her right breast on suitable occasions. (see section 419 of Criminal Code) The important issue I have with this policy is that most civilians would mistake an associate member wearing six or seven legion medals as a veteran. Indeed most associate members wear more medals than actual veterans. These are service awards for chairing such things as the Dart Competition, BBQ etc. I find it offensive that non veterans parade with all the pomp and ceremony that was and should be attributed to our real veterans. The issue is wide spread and clearly part of the reason why our younger veterans are not joining the Royal Canadian Legion. Please give this your immediate attention while we still have a RCL. If for no other reason we are responsible for the care and respect of the Poppy. Other legions (Royal British-Scottish etc wear lapel pins). The Canadian Legion membership continues to plummet, it is estimated approx 35.000 are actual veterans, the remaining approx 200.000 are made up of associate and non voting members. In other words just about anyone can join today`s legion branches. Please note the attachments are two legion medals that may be purchased for $25 ea plus P&P. Also photo of Tom Eagles wearing eleven medals but has never served a day in the Military or other services, example Coast Guard, RCMP etc.
While this lady agreed with my concerns she explained there is no immediate concern within the Justice Dept to amend the law (section 419). They apparently feel the law protects against imposters from wearing medals they are not entitled to. She did add that it would be unlikely that an elderly widow wearing her late husbands medals would be arrested. That attitude , which I agree with, surely runs contrary to the need for this law?
As for people wearing medals they are not entitled to, that will happen regardless of any law, it occurs in the UK and in many other nations. However, the UK do not act with a heavy hand as we do in Canada. Blood relatives may wear their late loved ones medals on suitable occasions. The Royal Canadian Legion are absolutely opposed to changing this law or of asking for an amendment. One might ask why? it doesn’t make a lot sense to deny an elderly widow from wearing her late husbands medals. Well, I think maybe it does to today’s legion members, whom are a large civilian majority. Associate members have become comfortable in legion uniform wearing an array of pretend medals on their right breast. While these many legion medals are quite legal they are far from appropriate in an organization dedicated to military veterans. They should be ashamed to be seen parading with real veterans often wearing twice the number of medals of the most decorated veteran. To sum up, perhaps as this law is so wrong it should be broken. Blood relatives should begin wearing loved ones medals all across this nation. How many do you think would be arrested and charged? Should this young girl be thrown in jail for daring to wear her Great Grandfathers WW1 medals????
How about this joker! he is quite legal with his array of some eleven tin medals, but is surely a mockery to the memory of our fallen. I can’t predict if anything will come of this, however, the way the legion is going failure cannot be to far into the future
Its rather ironic, the legion motto ”Preparing for the 21st Century”
Frederick Rodgers CD A legion member for 27 years, (cancelled membership 2016)

God Bless and keep reading

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The Fake Legion Medals

The Legion and Medals
Posted on February 15, 2017
by irishroverpei

This is the email I sent to the Governor General’s office on February 15th 2017. I received a phone call from a very nice lady (staff secretary) acknowledging my email. Below is a copy of the email I sent.
Real Medals & pretend medals

I’m greatly concerned with the present Royal Canadian Legion policy regarding medals. While it is quite acceptable for non veteran legion members to wear an array of legion service medals on their right breast in legion uniform. It is against the law for an eighty year old widow to wear her late husbands war medals of her right breast on suitable occasions. (see section 419 of Criminal Code) The important issue I have with this policy is that most civilians would mistake an associate member wearing six or seven legion medals as a veteran. Indeed most associate members wear more medals than actual veterans. These are service awards for chairing such things as the Dart Competition, BBQ etc. I find it offensive that non veterans parade with all the pomp and ceremony that was and should be attributed to our real veterans. The issue is wide spread and clearly part of the reason why our younger veterans are not joining the Royal Canadian Legion. Please give this your immediate attention while we still have a RCL. If for no other reason we are responsible for the care and respect of the Poppy. Other legions (Royal British-Scottish etc wear lapel pins). The Canadian Legion membership continues to plummet, it is estimated approx 35.000 are actual veterans, the remaining approx 200.000 are made up of associate and non voting members. In other words just about anyone can join today`s legion branches. Please note the attachments are two legion medals that may be purchased for $25 ea plus P&P. Also photo of Tom Eagles wearing eleven medals but has never served a day in the Military or other services, example RCMP etc.
While this lady agreed with my concerns she explained there is no immediate concern within the Justice Dept to amend the law (section 419). They apparently feel the law protects against imposters from wearing medals they are not entitled to. She did add that it would be unlikely that an elderly widow wearing her late husbands medals would be arrested. That attitude , which I agree with, surely runs contrary to the need for this law?
As for people wearing medals they are not entitled to, that will happen regardless of any law, it occurs in the UK and in many other nations. However, the UK do not act with a heavy hand as we do in Canada. Blood relatives may wear their late loved ones medals on suitable occasions. The Royal Canadian Legion are absolutely opposed to changing this law or of asking for an amendment. One might ask why? it doesn’t make a lot sense to deny an elderly widow from wearing her late husbands medals. Well, I think maybe it does to today’s legion members, whom are a large civilian majority. Associate members have become comfortable in legion uniform wearing an array of pretend medals on their right breast. While these many legion medals are quite legal they are far from appropriate in an organization dedicated to military veterans. They should be ashamed to be seen parading with real veterans often wearing twice the number of medals of the most decorated veteran. To sum up, perhaps as this law is so wrong it should be broken. Blood relatives should begin wearing loved ones medals all across this nation. How many do you think would be arrested and charged? Should this young girl be thrown in jail for daring to wear her Great Grandfathers WW1 medals????
How about this joker! he is quite legal with his array of some twelve tin medals, but this is surely a mockery to the memory of our fallen. I can’t predict if anything will come of this, however, the way the legion is going failure cannot be to far into the future
Its rather ironic, the legion motto ”Preparing for the 21st Century”
God Bless and keep reading

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No Smoking!

The 1950’s, When Smoking was Fashionable
Posted on Sept 19th 2018
by irishroverpei

The photo is of a Woodbine Cigarette package in the 1950s, there was no health warnings on packages. today most brands must display a large warning printed on the front ” Smoking is Lethal”. Back in the 1950’s my father often sent me out to buy him a packet of cigarettes. I usually ended up in trouble because I always brought back the Turf brand of cigarettes. I used the same excuse each time, the shop was out of Woodbine. I did this because the Turf packets had football player cards inside.

Smoking was popular and fashionable. Just about everyone smoked, it was acceptable in restaurants, cinemas, cars, public transport and even in hospitals. I think the only place were people didn’t smoke was in church, but they lit up as soon as they got outside. Was it any wonder at aged fourteen I could hardly wait to be considered old enough to smoke. Smoking was to be accepted as an adult, it was cool, it was in vogue. Everyone in my family smoked, they had nicotine stains on their fingers and I thought that was cool too. By the time I joined the Royal Navy at age 15 I was smoking. It was probably the time when I could least afford to smoke, but smoke I did!!
In basic training boys often walked around the camp looking for cigarette butts, when they collected enough they salvaged the remaining tobacco and rolled it into a cigarette. When I went to sea cigarettes were duty free. Ashore I enjoying flashing a tin of fifty Navy issue cigarettes around civvies, the duty free 50 cans were not available on civvy street. At one point I was so carried away with the image of smoking, I had every accessory available, cigarette case, lighter, and cigarette holder. This was probably caused through the movies, all the leading stars, male or female smoked on the silver screen. They did it with great flourish, blowing rings, cleverly lighting a match off their shoe, wall or what ever else was available. flicking ash, or crushing out the butt with flare. Was it any wonder we thought smoking was cool. Thankfully we have learned and smoking today is considered disgusting, smelly, dirty and most important very unhealthy. For those remaining smokers it must be very difficult to find places to smoke. In winter we see smokers huddled outside their workplaces puffing and shivering, hardly a pleasure anymore. However the major tobacco companies are still pushing their products and targeting the young. Labels are not enough, hiding the products on store shelves is not enough. High prices are not enough. So what is the solution???? Do we ban them? outlaw them? I do not have the answers but clearly it is a nasty and anti-social addiction. Perhaps one day it will disappear from society, we can only hope. I quit smoking when I was 19, just after I had returned from the Far East. However I still suffered the effects of second hand smoke aboard ship. The worse possible second hand smoke came whilst in submarines. Smoking was restricted in submarines, but often the Captain would authorize one all round, everyone would light up and the boat would fill with smoke Ugh!!!  Today I do not tolerate anyone smoking in my space.
God Bless and keep reading.

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As another Remembrance Day draws near

Soldiers Pride!!!!!Is this another private company attempting to profit from the Poppy, if so, its clear they got the idea from our phoney medal bedecked associate Legion members

Below are some of the reasons why the RCL is in such a mess

To Dominion-Provincial Commands?
Posted on November 13, 2017
by irishroverpei

 

The photo of this very smart little boy should speak volumes to the leadership of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Please tell me which photo you think portrays “Pride-Honour-Remembrance and Respect for our Veterans???????

If you think its Tom Eagles, then you should issue arrest orders for the little boy (except you can’t, he is in the UK). However, like all my previous posts you will just ignore me once again. Of course you might try to excuse this unnecessary law by saying you don’t make the law you just uphold it??? yeah right.
Finally, not to forget our very own PEI Provincial Command associate member, “Unanimous Brodersen”. Who would have thought your special unanimous committee might have been wrong???? Choose which photo of these two you find the more moving and respectful of our veterans? I fear it might be a unanimous decision in favour of the little boy
Oh Boy!!! just had to add this little gem. did you happen to notice the interview at the Ottawa service, with the first Canadian female to join the CF’s in the 1970’s?. She was a nurse and is clearly seen in the CBC TV interview wearing on her left breast her own CD medal. But on her right breast several second world war medals, (I assume they were her late fathers). Egads she is breaking the law!!! where was Dave Flannigan Dominion Command Legion President, Arrest that law breaker at once and throw her in jail!!!! This is the reason we have this law against blood relatives wearing late loved ones medals. Its just so criminal!!! Now, if that makes sense to those at Dominion Command???? If it all seems reasonable to the legion leadership with their right breast fake medals, then what more can I say????? I rest my case.
God Bless and keep reading

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