The Past

Happy Christmas To You And Yours - 2018 Tuesday December 25, 2018

For however you celebrate, with large gatherings or quiet private moments, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and all the best in 2019.

Categories: The-Personnal, The-Past,

Happy Christmas To You And Yours - 2017 Sunday December 24, 2017

Sometimes traditions don’t really need an explanation. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York is one of those.

So from my family to yours, have a Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2018. Love and joy to everyone.

Categories: The-Personnal, The-Past,

Lest We Forget Tuesday November 11, 2014

While a million and one articles will be written today – some political, some opinion pieces and some news stories. Many people will argue about the meaning of today or the actions of a few. There will be many proclaiming that there are right ways and wrong ways to remember. There will be arguments and debates. But at the end of the day, whether you are young or old, 4th generation Canadian or first generation, male or female, the biggest thing today is to just Remember.

But to remember in a way that means something to you personally. Think about the sacrifices that others have made for the country we call Canada today. Take time to think about what others in the past have done to ensure the lifestyle we all take for granted. Because at the heart of it all, that is what today is all about.

It’s a reminder to never forget and honour the sacrifices of others before us.

Lest We Forget.

Canadian War Memorial

A photo posted by Connor Turner (@ctoverdrive) on

Categories: The-Canada-Vibe, The-Past,

Following Up on The "Ex-pats" of D.C. Saturday February 1, 2014

When I was a kid I grew up in the Middle east in variety of British ex-pat communes in Kuwait, UAE and Saudi Arabia. One of the things that stuck with me when I grew older, was the interesting bond and friendship that popped up around those ex-pat communities. Basically, when people (white western families) get tossed in to a foreign land, westerners will tend to rally around in a community with a bunch of other westerners that they may not have necessarily associated with if there were at home. During the early 80s, all of the families of roughnecks in the middle east would rally together around the various consulates and British/American clubs in which ever city they were in. Now, one of things my parents were always interested in, was what happened to the people after everyone left. They would always tell me of stories of the things our friends in those communities had done post “ex-pat”.

And as my wife and I round out to the second year since we left D.C., I find it funny that a similar sort of friendship is forming around the friends we made in my wife’s Conflict Analysis and Resolution program. Now obviously, Washington D.C. isn’t Kuwait and our friends there were from all over the world and different backgrounds. But a similar thing is happening around the people who had left home to take part in that program. And because of the interconnectivity of Facebook my wife and I are able to follow what our friends are doing, much more closely than my parents every were.

Now a majority of the people my studied with have dispersed from the D.C. area. Some are headed to Malta, Mozambique, and The DRC and others returned home. Some are starting families. Some are starting businesses. Some are running for office. But because of the web and our increased connectivity due to social networks, once and while we get to see some of the cool stuff that our friends are now doing… and because I felt like it I thought I’d share a couple of the most recent things that have crossed my social screen.

For example one of our friends was involved with a project in the DRC to let children colour the vehicles of War Childe.

While another has expanded his role at Voices of America Armenia.

Anyways, a long rambling story short. With all negativity that people write about social media, I thought I’d show some of the benefits. I know, my parents would have loved to have this level of connectivity across boarders in their day and frankly nothing makes me happier than seeing our friends succeed and do crazy things.

Oh and if you’re curious, of the friends my parents made in the middle east as ex-pats… a good percentage of them ended up in jail in some form or another. And if I recall correctly, one was charged with murder.

okay, well maybe my parents wouldn’t have loved to have this level of connectivity…

Categories: The-Past, the-dc, The Random

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2013 Saturday March 16, 2013

Ah yes, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day.

And while my days of stumbling along the streets in a haze of Irish stout are long past me, it’s still always good to think about Ireland and home. So to celebrate yet another St. Patrick’s Day in the book, I figured I’d post a couple of videos and links to get you in the mood.

As always there is the must read of proper guidelines for celebrating the day, with this fantastic site – Paddy, not Patty. Also while it’s not the most famous clip from the Simpsons, it’s still a gooder.

… and since some horrible euro-rapper butcher the Cranberries’ classic Zombie with a horrible sample here’s the heart wrenching original.

And it wouldn’t be a day to celebrate Ireland without honouring the Emerald Isle’s Charelton Heston … Liam Neeson.

Enjoy kids.

Categories: The-HomeLand, The-Past,

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