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I have posted here about my experiences in Spain and France

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Cape Breton Island, raw version
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And those postings have gotten mild interest on a continuing basis from those who surf into this blog.

Now I’m taking a step up. I have completed Part I of the story about myself, my father and my birth family. It can be accessed at

Here are the first few paragraphs of that memoir/story:

The Story of My Daddy- Part I

This story is roughly based on the life of my father, mother and my sibling brothers and sisters. Today (2010) there are only two of us that survive, my brother JP and me.

I have been struggling for the past 10 years+ attempting to tell the story of my Daddy’s life and of his family. Today I feel I have done about as well as I could with this first part of my Daddy’s Story.

Him and me in November 1937 Vernets-l-bains

My Daddy, H-L G was born in 1890 and came into this fractious world in a small obscure part of French Acadia, Ile Madame.  This is an island that has a land link to Cape Breton Island and is part of the Province of Nova Scotia.

So check out the rest of the memoir/story and tell me what you think about it. I may get it published!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/29 at 15:20

Maureen Dowd has a purpose and it’s not to be political

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Stephen Harper, Canadian politician
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Her review essay of GWB‘s memoir is not discursive, it’s more gossipy as I would expect. But she gets a feel of authenticity by including a story of GWB and Stephen Harper, the PM of Canada offsetting her negative view of GWB and his presidency in pungent words as below:

When W. could have acted to try to prevent real disasters — Osama’s attack on 9/11, the fiend’s escape at Tora Bora, the financial meltdown — he was oblivious. When he jumped in pre-emptively, as in Iraq, it was because he and Cheney had conjured up fake disasters out of their own paranoia and obsession with proving their toughness.

Yet if W.’s decision-making leaves something to be desired, his story-telling is good. He writes of a visit to Russia, when Putin showed him his black Labrador, Koni. “Bigger, stronger, and faster than Barney,” Putin bragged.

Later, when W. recounted this to Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, Harper drolly noted, “You’re lucky he only showed you his dog.”

Gosh,  I never realized that Harper actually had even a jaded sense of humour!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/07 at 17:22

Canada is usually years behind the US

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Maxime Bernier, Canada's Minister of Foreign A...
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But we are getting faster off the mark thanks to the political talk of former Minister Bernier:

End federal transfers to provinces: Bernier

‘No constitutional legitimacy’ in health and education

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | 1:22 PM ET

I guess his Conservative Party minder went to sleep on this one. Mr. Bernier who comes from “la Beauce” is considered to be mentally closer to major US trends like Tea Party stuff about returning to the “true meaning” of the US Constitution. So Mr. Bernier who has always shown a reckless streak in public and private is at it again!

Do you agree with this Mr. Harper?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/10/13 at 13:11