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November 11, 2011

Lest We Forget – A Slideshow of Loved Ones

Remembrance Day has always struck a deep chord within me. I look through photos of loved ones who fought for our country and I am struck by how young they are, the smiles for the camera, the hope and promise in their eyes. And I look at other photos of them when we knew them as “Uncle”, “Dad”, “Grandpa” and I look in their eyes trying to imagine what they saw. The stories.

My two grandfathers…Grampa and Grandad …together they won WW1 and then reunited to win WW2. At least that’s what Grandad used to tell us …

My Uncle Roy, merchant seaman, my Granny Gray, war widow, my Uncle Gordon, British Navy, and my Dad, British Army. My Uncle Gordon was only 2 years old when my grandfather, Alexander Gray, was killed in World War Two.

My grandad made it all the way to Russia from England to fight in WW1 before they found out he was under age and sent him back.

I decided this year to make a little slidshow. More stories after the pictures. Enjoy and think, and remember with gratitude. Thanks to all who sent pictures – I love that every single image came with a story from you.

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my granddad. He served in WW I and as a home guard in WW II.

My grandfather was deployed to England two weeks after he married my grandmother, in August 1943.  After months of training he began flying combat missions in early 1944.  His crew flew 35 (the maximum number allowed in Bomber Command) and, against the odds, not one member of the crew was so much as scratched.  They were nicknamed the “Jinx Crew” because anyone who flew a plane they had previously used tended to not come back from the subsequent mission.  They bombed cities, laid mines, bombed the defenses at the beaches of D-Day, the works.

My grandfather Joe Sigouin was a Captain in the Canadian Signal Corps. To this day when someone asks me what he did in the army and i say, “Signal Corps” they reply, “Oh, Signal Corps!” with a tremendous amount of respect.

Dad’s first tour was liberating concentration camps. He was 17, just after WWII ended. He did over 600 jumps, saved a guy whose chute hadn’t opened, diving to catch him before opening his own chute.

Alexander Macallan Gray  2nd Lt. in the Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). Died Aug 27, 1940 from injuries sustained at Dunkirk.

September 26, 2011

Everything Stops for Tea

I will confess I am battling a cold that is straight out of central casting for a cold meds commercial, so I am taking a Benelyn Day or a Nyquil evening or what have you so today is a quick link from Robert Cushman:

On Theatre No One Should Take Opinion as Gospel, Not Even Our Critics

I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that it’s core services review day at City Hall – the Globe and Mail is live tweeting the proceedings, as is the Star and torontoist has a handy cheat sheet of what’s on the table.

And this. Have a smile and a cuppa and a listen. Do you good. I’m off to take my Benelyn Day.

July 22, 2011

sorry guys

it has been too darn hot to post. Mercury hit FIFTY yesterday and I was pretty sure we were all just going to burst into flames and then what was the point of a post, as I’d have no stats to look at or comments to reply to.

I’ll cover all this week’s happenings this weekend, including stuff I thought about but couldn’t input due to my keyboard possibly melting. Stay cool, stay hydrated and keep an eye out for each other. In the meantime by Scott Beale and Quirky Cookery:

June 29, 2011

Right Hand, Meet Left Hand

There’s a lot of conflicting opinions out there about the importance of what we do. I know, there’s ALWAYS conflicting opinions. It’s what the comments section of newspapers feed on. It makes me smile a bitter smile. Those who do not value the arts cannot see its value, and I’m more and more inclined to replace cannot with will not. You fear what you don’t understand. Although you can grasp the numbers, the investment that bears fruit, somehow you cannot put the two together in your head because you do not and will not understand. I sometimes wonder if it is deliberate obtuseness.

So on one hand…
Complaints about Sun News interpretive-dance interview overwhelm watchdog

and on the other hand
Flaherty to cultural institutions: Annual funding? Don’t count on it
which leads to this
Theatre companies worry loss of SummerWorks funding will have big impact

Item: I find it interesting that so many anti-arts comments used phrases like “you doth protest too much” and “start with a blank canvas” and “struck a chord”: – you guys know those are – art terms –  right? From Shakespeare and painting and music? Should you be using them to express yourself if you are that against art?

I don’t understand what’s not to get. Aren’t things like investment and rate of return discussed in economics class? I know they are – I’ve taken economics.  I once had someone tell me that “opinions aren’t formed by facts, they’re formed by experiences.” What do you do when someone refuses the experience, and ignores the facts?

In the meantime I’m headed East again next week to check out 10X10.  And I’ve made my list of Fringe shows to see – it’s opening on July 6th. And if you think Canada Day is nothing but hotdogs and facepainting you need to check out what’s going on at Harbourfront.  And finally – it’s Pride Week.  Nope- clearly no value to be had in art around here.

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