Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
"It will look so good between my two Indy 500 trophies," Castroneves said. Later he admitted he was "shocked" by the victory: "I was not expecting it. Mel, she's an incredible dancer."
Indeed, Brown was by far the more polished performer, consistently wowing the judges with her versatility and flair. She and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, entered the finals in first place, one point ahead of Castroneves and Julianne Hough.
Both couples received perfect scores of 30 from the judges in their final dances Tuesday. But the Brazilian racecar driver's personality and enthusiasm, plus an effortless quickstep on his final performance, earned enough viewer votes to win.
Losing "was a horrible feeling," Brown admitted. "I'm not going to deny it."
courtesy of http://www.cnn.com
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
It doesn't matter if you're a stock car racing fan, a drag racing fan, a road-race fan or an open-wheel fan, it's imperative that we all come together as motorsport fans on Monday night and vote for one of ours, Helio Castroneves, who's in the finals of ABC's Dancing with the Stars program, seen in Canada on CTV. It's come down to a popularity contest and fan voting is going to determine the winner. So on Monday night at 8, tune into the program and go online to vote for Castroneves. Online polls remain open until Tuesday at noon (eastern time).
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
A system approaching from the Ohio Valley could drop as much as one to five centimetres of wet snow on the city, with 10-15 possible in cottage country and in places like Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton.
Add in some strong northwesterly winds that could gust as high as 50 kilometres an hour at times and freezing rain in spots and you have the making for major headaches and the kind of day where you wish you could just pull the covers back up over your head.
But experts are advising you to get up early instead. The first real snow of the year almost always creates havoc on the roads, as drivers get used to navigating in slippery conditions. But it's not yet clear just how much of this first fall will actually stay on the pavement. The ground is still relatively warm and it's hoped some of the frigid flakes will melt once they hit. Environment Canada believes grassy areas and places in higher elevations will see the longest lasting and biggest accumulations.
info courtesy of http://www.citynews.ca
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
http://www.nhlcyberfamily.org/special/happydance.htm (if you have speakers turn them up!)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Since we brought this bundle of joy home, he has destroyed:
2 sets of MP3 headphones
2 power supply cords for the laptop computer
3 kitchen carpets
1 Persian rug
2 pillows from the couch
-eaten a hole in our linoleum floor in the kitchen (3 times!)
-destroyed every toy we have ever given him (we have to hide Hobbes' teddy bears)
-eaten a hole in the screen door at the cottage
-chewed the plastic cover right off the seat belt in the back of the Golf
Theres got to be a good dog in there somewhere right?!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Doornbos posted the second-quickest time of final qualifying at 1:24.152 (118.671 mph) and will start third in the Minardi Team USA machine.
Just as the passage of time inevitably took the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who served in World War I from us, so it is now rapidly diminishing the once great numbers of those who served in World War II.
And so, each year on this day, on Remembrance Day, it becomes more and more important for those of us born after the two great wars of the last century, to pass down to our children and our children's children, exactly what it is we remember today.
The two minutes' silence that will be observed at ceremonies across Canada this morning at 11 a.m., marks the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month 89 years ago when peace was formally declared ending World War I.
At the time, they called it "the war to end all wars." Sadly, it was not.
Today, we remember not only the 60,000 Canadians killed in World War I from 1914 to 1918, but the more than 40,000 who died serving in World War II from 1939 to 1945, the 516 who died in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, the more than 70 who have died serving in Afghanistan since 2002 and the 114 who have died on UN peacekeeping missions since 1956.
We remember that each of them, in addition to making the ultimate sacrifice for Canada, was also a beloved grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, cousin, friend.
And we remember not only them, but the loved ones they left behind and all those who have been maimed and wounded by war and all those who loved them and continue to love them today.
Remembrance Day is not about glorifying war and indeed, if you talk to them, you will find that war veterans are our greatest living ambassadors for peace.
For unlike the rest of us lucky enough to have lived our lives without knowing war, our veterans know what a brutal and horrible thing it is and that war must always be the last resort in the pursuit of a just peace.
Finally, by remembering their fallen comrades on this day, we honour all those who fought in Canada's wars in the past, and who continue to fight for her in our name today.
And each year on this day, we thank them in the only way we can and in the only way that really counts.
By promising we will remember them and we will teach our children and our children's children about the enormous sacrifices they made for us.
And finally, that the reason we are a strong and free nation today, is that they paid the price freedom demands, and that sometimes, the price freedom demands, is blood.
courtesy of http://www.torontosun.com/Comment/Commentary/2007/11/10/4646770.html
Saturday, November 10, 2007
His name is Robert Metcalfe and he died last month at the age of 90. That he managed to live to that age is rather remarkable, given what happened in the Second World War.
Born in England, he was one of the 400,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force sent to the mainland where they found themselves facing the new German warfare technique - the Blitzkrieg.
* He was treating a wounded comrade when he was hit in the legs by shrapnel. Enroute to hospital, his ambulance came under fire from a German tank, which then miraculously ceased fire.
* Evacuated from Dunkirk on HMS Grenade, two of the sister ships with them were sunk.
* Recovered, he was sent to allied campaigns in north Africa and Italy.
* Enroute his ship was chased by the German battleship Bismarck.
* In North Africa he served under General Montgomery against the Desert Fox, Rommel.
* Sent into the Italian campaign, he met his future wife, a lieutenant and physiotherapist in a Canadian hospital.
* They were married in the morning by the mayor of the Italian town, and again in the afternoon by a British padre.
* After the war they settled in Chatham where he went into politics and became the warden (chairman) of the county.
At the age of 80 he wrote a book about his experiences and on his retirement he and his wife moved to Ottawa. One day out of the blue he received a call from a government official asking him to go downtown for a photo op. He wasn't told what the photo was for or why they chose him.
"He had no idea he would be on the bill," his daughter said.
courtesy of http://www.freddiep.ca/