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    Entries in heritage (5)

    Wednesday
    Nov112009

    Heritage: In Flanders Fields

    John McCrae is portrayed quite nicely by Colm Feore (who I once saw at the Film Festival), citing the poem all Canadian's know from an early age.  Don't forget what they did so long ago, and don't forget what they are still doing for all of us.

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 - 1918)

    You can see the heritage moment below or at this link.

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    Paul

    Sunday
    Nov012009

    Heritage: Standard Time

    On this Daylight Saving Time weekend, I'll leave you to this wiki entry and this heritage moment about Standard Time.  Yes, they aren't the same thing, but when communicating around the world, knowing about both helps to make things easier.

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    Paul

    Thursday
    Oct082009

    Heritage: Winnie-the-Pooh

    One the heritage moments I remember quite well is one featuring beloved children's character, Winnie-the-Pooh.  In it, we see soldier naming a bear, "Winnie", after his hometown of Winnipeg.  Later, a father chats with his son about creating a story based on the bear, and the boy names the character, "Winnie-the-Pooh."

    "Why pooh, son?" asks the man.

    "I don't know, just Winnie... the... Pooh," responds the boy.

    In reality, the characters were inspired by the boy's toys.  A stuffed bear was named after the bear Winnie, but the name Pooh came from the name of a swan they had met on holiday, not "just Winnie... the... Pooh".  I'm guessing when you only have a minute to produce a Heritage moment, you have to cut details somewhere.

    The bear (pictured top left with Harry Colebourn, the Canadian Soldier who adopted and named the bear), was a black bear cub who's mother had been killed by a hunter, and Colebourn purchased the cub for $20.  The bear traveled with Colebourn to Europe, and eventually ended up in the London Zoo, where Christopher and A. A. Milne would eventually see him.

    It's a fun Canadian Heritage moment.  If you can't see the video below, you can see it on YouTube at this link.

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    Paul

    Monday
    Sep212009

    Heritage: Kanata

    Lunch conversation today at some point hit the topic of which came first: The name "Turkey" for a country, or the naming of the bird.  Yes, a strange conversation, but it reminded me of the classic Canadian Heritage Moment where we basically learned that Canada is named for a Native word for "Village".

    As the Heritage Moment describes, in 1535, some Iroquoi tribe members directed Jacques Cartier to the village of Stadacona. He referred to the area as Canada, and soon enough maps and other documents started referring to it as Canada, and the country had been named.

    YouTube Link

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    Paul

    Wednesday
    Sep092009

    Heritage: Superman

    Inspired by some recent postings on other blogs, and some comments on Facebook, I'm going to post some of those classic Canadian Heritage moments, starting with one that I've always found very special.

    The 1930s had seen their share of comic strips and pulp magazines, but they hadn't seen the super-powered, brightly coloured hero that was Superman.  He was faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound (flight, x-ray vision, freeze breath, heat vision, and other powers were introduced as needed later).  He pursued his love interest at the Daily Star (later the Daily Planet), Lois Lane, as mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent.

    Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Canadian Joe Shuster, as reminded by the heritage moment below.  This was how I was first informed about the Canadian connection to the iconic character.

    It's no secret that I read my share of comic books, and that I get a great deal of entertainment from following the weekly adventures of my favourite comic book heroes.  It's safe to say that without Superman, I wouldn't be reading the comics I read today, as it's possible that they wouldn't even exist.  Some would say that comics might have survived in the form of the popular Crime and Mystery comics of the 50s, but with all the political issues surrounding those particular comics (something I might write about later), it's possible that without Superman and the Superhero comic, the modern comic book would not be the same.

    Thanks Jerry and Joe for years of entertainment!

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    Paul