Friday, November 27, 2009

Thought For The Day

I can be changed by what happens to me. I refuse to be reduced by it.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Give Thanks Every Day

  • Start each day with the attitude "I am awake and have an opportunity to live a beautiful day"
  • Look at everyday experiences and nature with fresh eyes and innocence
  • Think of life as a gift and find the good in all situations
  • Each night re-count the good things that happened that day

Friday, November 20, 2009

Know or Go

My friend is Canadian. What country is he from?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran on the 10 Dollar Bill

If you have a Canadian $10 bill, look at the back right side of the bill. You will see an old veteran standing at attention near the Ottawa war memorial.

  • His name is Robert Metcalfe and he died last month at the age of 90.
    That he managed to live to that age is rather remarkable, given what happened in the Second World War.
  • Born in England, he one of the 400,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force sent to the mainland where they found themselves facing the new German warfare technique - the Blitzkrieg.
  • He was treating a wounded comrade when he was hit in the legs by shrapnel.
    Enroute to hospital, his ambulance came under fire from a German tank, which then miraculously ceased fire.
  • Evacuated from Dunkirk on HMS Grenade, two of the sister ships with them were sunk. Recovered, he was sent to allied campaigns in north Africa and Italy.
  • Enroute his ship was chased by the German battleship Bismarck.
  • In North Africa he served under General Montgomery against the Desert Fox, Rommel
  • sent into the Italian campaign, he met his future wife, a lieutenant and physiotherapist in a Canadian hospital.
  • They were married in the morning by the mayor of the Italian town, and again In the afternoon by a British padre.

After the war they settled in Chatham where he went into politics and became The warden (chairman) of the county. At the age of 80 he wrote a book about his experiences and on his retirement He and his wife moved to Ottawa. One day out of the blue he received a call from a government official
Asking him to go downtown for a photo op.

He wasn't told what the photo was for or why they chose him. "He had no idea he would be on the bill," his daughter said.
And now you know the rest of the story of the old veteran on the $10 bill.

On the left are Peace doves and the words to the poem In Flanders Fields

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Debunking the Rumours

I deny any wrong doing in the recent acquisition of a second monitor at work !

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My First Webcam Cache

Here I am at the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier - arms outstretched!

GCQN13 I found you!!! Check out the cache description here

Special thanks to MaddieMoof, Daschpeeg and Lisa for all your help!