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    Re: Newsletter 1st July 2016 - Brexit

    Special thanks are due this week Alastair, both for so clearly helping us sort through the Brexit media and for sticking up for what's right with the Knights Templar. Take care of yourself too, 'eh!!
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    Re: Brexit

    Thanks Alastair for your perspective and help sorting though all this. I particularly appreciate your pointing to the Commonwealth, which has barely been mentioned in the media circus. My pension...
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    Re: Newsletter 24th June 2016

    On this eve of this 100th anniversary of the Somme, I'm not sure many Canadians will share the Lord Rector's high opinion of Field Marshall Haig, but an interesting read nonetheless. Thanks Alastair!
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    Re: MIDGES VERSUS MOSQUITOES....

    Thanks Sandy, I was afraid it was too good to be true!
  5. Re: Scot Genealogy, i.e. Two Martyrs who died for their civil & religious beliefs.

    Yes, the back story is the most interesting aspect of genealogy: how did they live, how did they work, what did they eat, what did they know, why did they leave? And don't worry Joan - the young...
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    Re: MIDGES VERSUS MOSQUITOES....

    Yes indeed on the biting black flies. Mosquitoes merely sting, suck and scratch. Black flies eat you alive, one tiny bite at a time. If midges don't bite, bring them on!
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    Re: Fort McMurray fire

    I fought forest fires for many years and would suggest everyone needs to be a bit cautious about jumping to conclusions about the Martin Mars and other air support. Logistics is everything in fire...
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    Re: MIDGES VERSUS MOSQUITOES....

    I think midges are more like black flies, Culicomorpha spp. Wretched, evil, relentless, tiny little bloodsuckers that buzz through the smallest screen and attack without mercy. They make summer hell...
  9. Thread: Ranald McIntyre

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    Re: Ranald McIntyre

    Very sorry to hear that Ranald had passed away. We never met in person but after a few years of sharing the Enigma Machine challenge and the odd e-mail on other topics, it's still a form of...
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    Re: Anyone else remember Kelly

    Recalling her posts on ES, I am not a bit surprised!
  11. Thread: Brexit

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    Brexit

    We're starting to hear more and more about Britain's upcoming referendum on the EU and I well recall Alastair's reasoned concerns during the Scottish independence referendum. This recent speech by...
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    Re: Newsletter 19th February 2016

    Thanks Alastair, the 1921 "Dry Farming in Western Canada" book is very interesting, inasmuch as some of the soil fallowing practices promoted there actually resulted in catastrophic soil degradation...
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    Re: Canadian Economy

    There's a very good summary of the pros and cons of building refinery capacity in this article: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05/23/canada-oil-refineries_n_1539701.html. It's actually quite...
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    Re: Canadian Economy

    Good points Alastair. The so-called Trudeau II "honeymoon" is starting to frazzle and Canadians are about to get a lesson in governance by Facebook. The people who influence Trudeau's policies are...
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    Re: Newsletter 1st January 2016

    Thanks Alastair, and have a very Happy New Year. If those "down east" trees give you any more trouble come on out to the prairies where we don't let them get too numerous!
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    Re: Newsletter 25th December 2015

    Thanks Alastair and a Merry Christmas to you and all members of the community, wherever in the world they may be tonight!
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    Re: Newsletter 4th December 2015

    Hi Alastair, it looks like you're getting plenty of a advice on pensions and other benefits so I'll just wish you and the community a belated St. Andrew's Day and say thanks again for all you do!
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    Re: "geysers"

    I have a friend in Glasgaw area who spells it "guisers" too. However it's spelled, it sounds like fun!
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    Re: Enigma Machine 115

    Greetings all, and am glad I finally checked in. Like Joan, I've been on the move - partially retired, sold out in British Columbia and am just now getting settled permanently in Saskatchewan, and...
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    Re: Newsletter 10th July 2015

    Hi Alastair, it's special to have Robert Service and the Menin Gate ceremony featured in the same edition. Although almost everyone knows Service for his northern gold rush poetry, and a few enjoy...
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    Re: Newsletter 8th May 2015

    Thanks Alastair, I also appreciated the article on the Battle of the Atlantic. Canada's floating memorial to this naval history is the corvette HMCS Sackville, K181 berthed in Halifax and managed by...
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    Re: Living with Trident by Nigel Biggar

    Thanks Alastair, a very lucid analysis. I read it previously in the Scottish Review and am glad to see it being circulated.
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    Re: Wild Canada

    Thanks Alastair, I worked for the Saskatchewan natural resources department in northern Saskatchewan during the 1970s and '80s, so there were many familiar places and species in the Buchanan account....
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    Re: Enigma Machine 8

    Good day all, glad to see you Ranald! I'll add #2 - One Side Up, the Other Down; #4 - Amazing Grace; #6 - Training on the Job. Cheers!
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    Re: Enigma Machine #7

    Good afternoon everyone, I'll chip in with #1 - Ambiguous; #3 - Jack and the Beanstalk; #6 - Backup; #7 - A Bird in the Hand Equals Two in the Bush; #11 - Just in Case and #12 - Nip It In the Bud....
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