The terrifying 22 minute solo voyage of Captain Bean

Don’t miss this totally entertaining voyage by our intrepid Captain Bean along his favourite English canal in his good ship The Cardinal. Please read on…

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The thing about boats is, they want to move. They want mostly to move away. Even your gen-yew-ine boat du boats, the Cardinal, takes off at the first opportunity like a machine on a lonesome mission. In spite of my cabbage-green state of dis-experience even I am aware that it is imperative to at all times be in full and sound possession of a piece of stout, hairy string tied to the boat, to prevent its straying too far and to facilitate recall.

Boats don’t answer to whistles, I’ve tried that, and nor do they answer to tearful entreaties from the towpath expressed in English, Latin, French or Anglo-Saxon. They answer only to stout bits of hairy string.

1P1080934 Snoozing again.

This morning I awoke to discover a very dull, drizzly day but a day with little to no wind. Hithertofore, Hutson has moved in the welcome company of…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… April 1st

It’s April Fools’ Day Saturday! Did you know…

* 1776 – Ships carrying 1,124 United Empire Loyalists arrive at Halifax from Boston. (With America declaring its independence, Great Britain lost 2.5 million subjects in one fell swoop. However, over 100,000 settlers who remained loyal to the Crown — hence the name “Loyalists” — left the Thirteen Colonies that had become the United States, since they were no longer welcome there, to return to England or settle in other British colonies.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 1st”

John’s Believe It Or Not… March 31st

It’s Fabulous Friday! Did you know…

* 1949 – Newfoundland joins Confederation at midnight as Canada’s 10th province. (“I never thought I’d see the day,” Joseph R. Smallwood exclaimed in 1949 when Newfoundland, which proudly styled itself England’s oldest colony, became Canada’s newest province. Smallwood, who had led the campaign for Confederation, became the first premier of the tenth province. The decision to join Canada had not been an easy one for Newfoundlanders. It came after several years of debate on their political future, capped by two referendums in 1948. Since 1934, they had been ruled by a Commission of Government appointed by Britain. During the 15 years of the Commission’s administration, Newfoundland experienced social and economic changes that raised the people’s expectations of a higher standard of living, more public services and greater economic security in international trade. It was hoped that union with Canada would help to meet these expectations.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… March 31st”

Smorgasbord Short Story – The Surprise by Sally Cronin

Another treat from the pen (keyboard?) of author, Sally Cronin! Please, do yourself a favour and read on…

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This short story began life as flash fiction for a challenge. As I was restricted to a certain number of words I decided to expand on the story and share with you.

The Surprise- by Sally Cronin

Lawrence Matthews was a good looking man. Tall, with jet black hair, he could charm the birds out of the trees… or out of a nightclub and into the back of his car which was as flash as he was. The life and soul of any party, he would splash the cash and whilst the fairer sex adored him, males clustered around him on the off chance some of his luck with the girls might rub off.

He had fallen into the estate agency business through sheer luck when he left school. His best friend’s father owned several offices in the surrounding county and he offered Lawrence the opportunity to join along with…

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Smorgasbord Health A – Z of Common Conditions – Dehydration – At 75% water our bodies do need a top up from time to time!

Sally Cronin gives us a no-nonsense prescription for better health by keeping our bodies properly hydrated. Please read on…

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Recently I noticed that there were a few articles by the experts in the field of nutrition on the subject of hydration. What worried me in particular was that they were touting the belief that you don’t need to drink anymore than your usual cups of tea and coffee as you will obtain sufficient from the food that you eat.

It is true that eating fresh vegetables and fruit will provide you with some fluids but it is still not enough to supply your body with life giving fluids.

We can live for around 6 minutes without air, 6 days without fluids and 6 weeks without food. The very young and the elderly however have a much shorter window than 6 days before dehydration begins to cause severe health issues. In my experience of elderly care most are suffering from borderline dehydration resulting in urinary tract infections, increased symptoms of…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Author Inteview – John Fioravanti

I am privileged to be featured on Sally Cronin’s “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Author Interview – John Fioravanti”. Please drop by and say hello!

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Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Please extend a warm welcome to my guest today on the Cafe Book Reading.. author John Fioravanti. I know that having read John’s interview you will have your own questions and please put those in the comments section of the post.

First something about John Fioravanti in his own words.

I taught high school history for thirty-five years in just two schools in the Waterloo, Ontario region. My wife and business partner, Anne, and I have been married for more than 40 years. We have three adult children and three grandchildren. In 2002, I wrote an educational book for high school students about writing skills in the discipline of History. “Getting it Right In History Class” is available in Canadian and International editions at Wintertickle Press.

In 2006, Iceberg Publishing commissioned me to write an inspirational book about my years in the classroom. “A Personal Journey to the…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… March 30th

It’s Therapeutic Thursday! Did you know…

* March 30, 1885 – North West Rebellion – Cree chief Poundmaker (Pitikwahanapiwiyin) attacks and surrounds Battleford, Saskatchewan with Little Pine and 200 other warriors. (Local settlers are forced to seek shelter in NWMP [Northwest Mounted Police] barracks for a month. A formidable soldier, Poundmaker had participated in the signing of Treaty 6, and in 1881 had guided the Marquis of Lorne from Battleford to Calgary. But he was distressed at the treatment given the Cree people and had agitated for the fulfilment of the promises made under Treaty.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… March 30th”