... to learn of the death of the Honourable John Crosbie. He was a fiery, funny, feisty and firmly committed Tory politician of a school that, sadly no longer seems to exist: He was a great and proud Newfoundlander and an ever greater Canadian. We shall not see his like again, I fear.
In a paper published by the Brooking Institution, Kharis Templeman of Stanford University says that "Taiwan will hold its presidential and legislative elections on January 11, 2020 ... [that's just hours from now] ... The incumbent president, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), appears increasingly likely to prevail over her main challenger, Han Kuo-yu … Continue reading Taiwan election
I wish all my readers, all around the world, peace and prosperity in 2020, and beyond.
So, my stellar blog host, Word Press, tells me that, as 2019 draws to a close in just a few moments or hours, depending upon where you live, its statistics say that about 25,000 people visited this site in 2019 and about 75,000 articles were read ~ or, at least, just glanced at, briefly. Thank … Continue reading Thank you
Last year, I explained, for readers who do not live in the "old Commonwealth," our custom of Boxing Day ~ it has nothing to do with Joe Louis, Rockey Marciano or any of the more recent and infamous pugilists. It's origins go way back to a Yuletide custom of giving gifts to servants and the … Continue reading A three day holiday
... to all my followers and occasional readers and friends and family all around the world.
It's Christmas eve and this picture, painted by noted Canadian artist Silvia Pecota during the Afghanistan War ~ she went to the combat zone as part of the war artist programme, should remind us all that there are men and women at sea, in bunkers, overseas, and waiting in flight-line ready-rooms, prepared to defend us: … Continue reading Christmas Eve