An Introduction from your Humble Blog Host... Today I’m going to be doing something a bit different. I’ve been doing this blog for a little more than a year, and while the number of readers I’ve had has fluctuated, the overwhelming majority of the comments here have been by a gentleman named Bill. Bill is … Continue reading Guest Post – The King Byng Affair
I've been meaning to do this for a bit. In Douglas Bland's Uprising, General Andrew Bishop is named after (and in story he's the descendent of) the real life William Avery "Billy" Bishop, who was a Canada's top Ace pilot during the First World War, and was a General training new pilots within the British … Continue reading Billy Bishop – Let’s have a proper introduction…
I got some mixed feelings about the classic war movies like 'The Longest Day' or 'A Bridge Too Far.' Sometimes they capture the spirit of the age in a way we don't always manage in modern films, but other times they get uncomfortably sentimental or melodramatic (and in the case of wars featuring the Japanese, more … Continue reading Leadership(?) – NTM/NMB/NLT and why timing is everything
General Bishop can see events unfolding before him and, although the picture is still unclear, it's clear that danger is immanent, and that he must act. So, of course, he calls a meeting. General Bishop was in a stern mood. He’d called this operations meeting of the Armed Forces Council - to which no civil … Continue reading 48-Can we hear from Mr G-G, please?
Andrew B. Godefroy's history 'In Peace Prepared: Innovation and Adaption in Canada's Cold War Army' traces the history of Canada's post-Second World War military. This was a remarkable decade, where Canada emerged from the War with a huge army and a wealth of experience, demobilized to almost nothing, then rebuilt within the span of a decade. All the … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – In Peace, Prepared
I've already made the observation that half of good writing is the editing process. If Bland had taken this concept seriously, then this next section, where Molly Grace and Bill Whitefish give another briefing in the Complex at Akwesasne, would probably have been merged with her confrontation with the Council, or else cut out altogether. Most … Continue reading 47-Molly’s greatest hits…
A Note Before We Begin: ***I realized a little while back that I was going to have to set down some of the basics about the Residential School System in Canada, and I'm kind of freaked out by the prospect. The issue here is - like I've said many times before - I'm not Indigenous. … Continue reading Residential Schools & the Sixties Scoop – Some Basic History