John’s Believe It Or Not … May 6th

It’s Super Saturday! Did you know…

* 1814 – Gen Gordon Drummond’s 1,100 troops capture US naval base of Fort Ontario. (Lt. General Gordon Drummond’s 1,100 troops, ferried by Commodore Sir James Yeo, capture the American naval base of Fort Ontario, with its valuable supplies and schooners; Colonel Fisher and Captain Mulcaster hold the fort against counterattack; the base will be destroyed, and British gain control of Lake Ontario until the close of the War of 1812. Oswego, New York) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not … May 6th”


Afternoon video – What ever our differences – friendship is always possible.

This video is beyond adorable! Thanks to Sally Cronin for sharing. It begs the question: if animals can do this and humans cannot, what makes humans superior? Just askin…

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

A lovely reminder that whatever our difference true friendship is always possible.

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John’s Believe It Or Not … May 5th

It’s Cinco de Mayo! Did you know…

* 1862 The Battle of Puebla. (It is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. In the United States and Canada, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. Elsewhere in North America the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American and Mexican-Canadian culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not … May 5th”

John’s Believe It Or Not … May 4th

It’s Thursday Already! Did you know…

* 1994 Rabin and Arafat sign accord for Palestinian self-rule. (On May 4, 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat reached agreement in Cairo on the first stage of Palestinian self-rule. The agreement was made in accordance with the Oslo Accords, signed in Washington, D.C.on September 13, 1993. This was the first direct, face-to-face agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and it acknowledged Israel’s right to exist. It was also designed as a framework for future relations between the two parties. The Israeli Defense Forces withdrew from Jericho on May 13 and from most of the Gaza Strip on May 18-19, 1994. Palestinian Authority police and officials immediately took control. During the first few days, there was a spate of attacks on Israeli troops and civilians in and near the Strip. Arafat himself arrived in Gaza to a tumultuous, chaotic welcome on July 1. As time went on, timetables stipulated in the deal were not met, Israel’s re-deployments were slowed and new agreements were negotiated. Israeli critics of the deal claimed “Land for Peace” was in reality “Land for Nothing.” The momentum toward peaceful relations between Israel and the Palestinians was seriously jolted by the outbreak of the 2000 Palestinian uprising, known as “Second Intifada.” Further strain was put on the process after Hamas came to power in the 2006 Palestinian elections.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not … May 4th”

John’s Believe It Or Not … May 3rd

It’s Hump Day Again! Did you know…

* 1915 Lt.-Col. John McCrae composes “In Flanders Fields”. (“In Flanders Fields” is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of a friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. According to legend, fellow soldiers retrieved the poem after McCrae, initially dissatisfied with his work, discarded it. “In Flanders Fields” was first published on December 8 of that year in the London-based magazine Punch. It is one of the most popular and most quoted poems from the war. As a result of its immediate popularity, parts of the poem were used in propaganda efforts and appeals to recruit soldiers and raise money selling war bonds. Its references to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in the remembrance poppy becoming one of the world’s most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict. The poem and poppy are prominent Remembrance Day symbols throughout the Commonwealth of Nations, particularly in Canada, where “In Flanders Fields” is one of the nation’s best-known literary works. The poem also has wide exposure in the United States, where it is associated with Memorial Day.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not … May 3rd”

Book Of The Month – What’s in a Name – by Sally Cronin @sgc58

Author/Blogger Hugh Roberts is promoting author Sally Cronin’s new book “What’s In A Name” and a delightful interview with Sally. Please, read on…

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This month, I’m extending a very warm welcome to Sally Cronin. If you’re an author, writer and blogger, and have never visited Sally’s blog, then pay her a visit today. She’s an ambassador when it comes to promoting those of us who love to write.

Over to you Sally…

Thank you so much for this tremendous honour, Hugh. I am thrilled to be featured on your blog for the whole month, in the company of some wonderful authors.

What’s the name of the Book?

The name of my latest short story collection is ‘What’s in a Name’. A statement more than a question. Or both.

Book Cover for What's in a Name by Sally Cronin The cover of Sally’s latest book.

What Inspired you to write it?

Over the years, I have met so many people after I have heard their names and I admit to very often having preconceived ideas about what they might be like. We get our names…

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John’s Believe It Or Not … May 2nd

It’s Tremendous Tuesday! Did you know…

* 1670 – Charles II grants Royal Charter to Prince Rupert and the Hudson’s Bay Company. (King Charles II grants a Royal Charter to his cousin Prince Rupert and a group of investors called The Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson’s Bay: today’s Hudson’s Bay Company. Two French explorers and traders, Pierre-Esprit Radisson and Médard des Groseilliers, proposed the fur-trading company to the group and mounted a successful season of trade a year earlier. The charter gives the company the exclusive monopoly of commerce in lands flowing into Hudson Bay and requires them to search for mines and a route to the South Seas. In exchange, the Company had to pay ‘two Elkes and two Black beavers’ to the King whenever he or his successors visit the territory (a payment that has been made only four times in the Company’s history). In 1859, the HBC’s exclusive trade license expires, and in 1869, the Company agrees to surrender its Rupert’s Land rights to the Crown. In 1870, Manitoba and later the Northwest Territories become part of the new country of Canada. Can anyone tell me the translation of the HBC motto?) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not … May 2nd”