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Monday, July 07, 2003
Brighton Rock tour for Mina
posted by peter 8:36 PM
"To most people in Bush-voting states, Vermont is a province of Canada, and they don't mean that in a good way. "
posted by peter 9:54 AM : The Note characteristically brilliant on Dean today
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Sunday, July 06, 2003
Battle of Kursk
posted by peter 12:50 PM
The next remarkable object was a large edifice, constructed of moss grown stone, but in a modern and airy style of architecture. The engine came to a pause in its vicinity with the usual tremendous shriek.

"This was formerly the castle of the redoubted giant Despair," observed Mr. Smooth-it-away; "but, since his death, Mr. Flimsy-faith has repaired it, and now keeps an excellent house of entertainment here. It is one of our stopping- places."

"It seems but slightly put together," remarked I, looking at the frail, yet ponderous walls. "I do not envy Mr. Flimsy-faith his habitation. Some day it will thunder down upon the heads of the occupants."

"We shall escape, at all events," said Mr. Smooth-it-away; "for Apollyon is putting on the steam again."

posted by peter 10:52 AM
Hawthorne and His Mosses
posted by peter 10:46 AM
"when the neighbours laughed at the hoary-headed man for planting trees from which he could have no prospect of gathering fruit... But the old minister, before reaching his patriarchal age of 90, ate the apples from this orchard during many years, and added silver and gold to his annual stipend, by disposing of the superfluity. It is pleasant to think of him walking among the trees in the quiet afternoons of early autumn, and picking up here and there a windfall; while he observes how heavily the branches are weighed down, and computes the number of empty flour-barrels that will be filled by their burden. He loved each tree, doubtless as if it had been his own child. An orchard has a relation to mankind, and readily connects itself with matters of the heart."
posted by peter 10:40 AM
Belated Birthday Greetings to the esteemed titler of this Blog
posted by peter 10:36 AM
cat attack
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Saturday, July 05, 2003
posted by peter 11:59 PM
Harry Reser-- banjo extraordinaire
posted by peter 8:57 PM
(10) Aneurin Bevan, speech at a Labour Party meeting (July, 1945)

There is no absence of knowledge, there is no lack of wisdom, as to what to do in Great Britain. What is lacking is that the power lies in the wrong hands and the will to do it is not there. We want to tell our friends on the other side that the men in the Services are not going to allow a repetition of what happened between the wars. We are not going to allow our financial resources to be sent all over the world, and idleness and starvation to exist in Great Britain. And we warn them we are entering this fight with this in our hearts. We were brought up between the two wars in the distressed areas of this country, and we have such biting and bitter memories we will never be erased until the Tories are destroyed on every political platform in the country. We have been the dreamers, we have been the sufferers, now we are the builders. We enter this campaign at this general election, not merely to get rid of the Tory majority. We want the complete political extinction of the Tory Party.

posted by peter 8:43 AM
National Insurance Act introduced today 1948 conceived by Aneurin Bevan
posted by peter 8:40 AM
Friday, July 04, 2003
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies.

posted by peter 2:35 PM
Common Sense
posted by peter 2:25 PM
Habeas Corpus Act 1679
posted by peter 2:08 PM
Petition of Right
posted by peter 10:29 AM
The Avalon Project : Magna Carta
posted by peter 10:27 AM
The Secret History of the Magna Carta
posted by peter 10:26 AM
Thursday, July 03, 2003
Paul Smith's Typewriter Art
posted by peter 8:11 PM
Canada: Hippie Nation?
posted by peter 7:38 PM
Happy Birthday Fontella Bass
posted by peter 12:15 PM
Brian Kim Stefans on Silliman on Lowell
posted by peter 11:24 AM
Wednesday, July 02, 2003
amazing Jacques Tati site
posted by peter 11:05 AM
O seal of Gowanus!
posted by peter 11:00 AM
Big Bear Surrenders
posted by peter 8:11 AM
The Battle of Marston Moor
posted by peter 8:08 AM
Tuesday, July 01, 2003
21. Haida Gwaii
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20. Rabid
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19. Wilf Carter
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18. Maureen Forrester
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17. mavis gallant

posted by peter 10:34 PM
An American's Guide to Canada
posted by peter 6:30 PM


The name of a country in N. America.

1. Used attrib. in the names of various commercial products, animals, and plants, as Canada agaric, goose, stag, etc.; esp. C. balsam, a pale balsam or resin derived from Abies balsamea, and A. canadensis, used in medicine, and as a transparent gum for mounting microscopic objects; C. rice, an aquatic grass (Hydropyrum esculentum), whose seeds feed great flocks of water-fowl, and are also used as food by the natives; C. tea, the leaves of Gaultheria procumbens, used to flavour tea, or as a substitute for it; Mountain Tea; C. turpentine = Canada balsam.

[1624 Capt. Smith Virginia vi. 205, I had+called it New England, yet so long he [Thomas Hunt] and his Consorts drowned that name with the Eccho of Cannaday.] 1840 Gosse Canadian Nat., The bark of the fir or balsam is covered with bladders full of a fluid resin+this is the *Canada-balsam of the apothecaries.

1861 Miss Pratt Flower. Pl. III. 284 *Canada Flea-bane+a dull-looking plant, with small heads of dingy flowers.
1772 Forster Hudson's Bay Birds in Phil. Trans. LXII. 414 The *Canada geese are very plentiful at Hudson's Bay. 1838 Penny Cycl. XI. 308/1 The Canada Goose generally builds its nest on the ground.
1842 Ibid. XXIII. 120/1 This [Surnia funerea] is the+*Canada Owl of Latham.
1869 T. Burroughs in Galaxy Mag. Aug., The tree or *Canada-sparrow.
1837 Penny Cycl. VIII. 359/1 The French in America call this beast [Cervus Wapiti] the *Canada Stag.

[1624] 1772

2. ellipt. for Canada goose. Chiefly N. Amer.

1871 W. N. Lewis Poultry Bk. 90 The America Wild Goose is identical with the Canada. 1922 H. Bigelow Scatter-gun Sk. 109 The old Canada came down in a heap. 1955 W. G. Hardy Alberta Golden Jubilee Anthol. 378 Then it was mostly drakes you saw, or Canadas that had lost their mates. 1965 Water Prey & Game Birds N. Amer. (Nat. Geogr. Soc.) 138 Our local geese are Canadas — large honkers, brown with black necks and white cheeks. 1980 Outdoor Life (Northeast ed.) Oct. 84/2 Our huge population of Canadas is due to several factors.

1871 1922

posted by peter 12:11 PM
more from My Cold War
posted by peter 9:49 AM
Happy Canada Day pt 1. La Regione Centrale
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pt 2. Angela Hewitt
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pt 3. Stan Rogers
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pt 4. Tommy Douglas
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pt. 5. Margaret Avison
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pt. 6. Gerry Gilbert
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pt. 7. Poutine
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pt. 8. SCTV
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pt. 9 Kraft Dinner
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pt. 10 Hank Snow
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pt. 12 Anton Kuerti
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pt. 11 bp Nichol
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pt. 13 Lenny Breau
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pt. 14 Ferguson Jenkins
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pt. 15 Stompin' Tom Connors
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pt. 16 Dare Maple Cookies
posted by peter 8:28 AM
why didn't the Romans invent photography?
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