Wednesday, December 31, 2008

ABC Wednesday-X

Instead of seeing a typical client, veterinarian Hal Blumenthal was confronted with a very different patient -- an apparently rare teddy bear urgently in need of an X-ray.

Specialists suspected the bear was an original Steiff bear, but needed to know if the roughly 100-year-old toy was made with special rods in order to confirm its authenticity.

All of the testing proved worthwhile. X-ray images confirmed the bear was built with the three rods that mark it as a Steiff. Only Steiff bears have metal rods inside, which act as "joints."
Steiff, which draws its roots back to the late 1800s, is credited with inventing the teddy bear in 1902. The jointed bear was created one year later, according to Steiff's official Web site.

For his part, Blumenthal said he was pleased to be part of the bear's history.
"It's nice trying something new, and proving the bear's origin was interesting," Blumenthal said.



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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

$1.00 and $2.00 Coins?

Here in Canada, we have the Loonie $1.00 coin and the Toonie $2.00 coin.
They have replaced the $1.00 and $2.00 paper bills that were in circulation.


In the USA, $1.00 coins are minted and circulated but because the paper bills are still printed, the coins are not popularly accepted in circulation.

My question to my American blogger friends is; if your government asked you to decide if the $1.00 and $2.00 paper bills should be eliminated and replaced with coins, what would be your answer?


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Monday, December 29, 2008

Workout

Monsieur Bear and I did something yesterday that we haven't done for ages.
We went ice skating!

What a workout!
I have muscles sore that have not been used for ages.
Has anyone else out there done anything like this?


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Sunday, December 28, 2008

AGAIN--Rest In Peace


Warrant Officer Gaetan Roberge, left, and Sgt. Gregory John Kruse , right.
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THE CANADIAN PRESS
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan
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"Another roadside bomb attack in southern Afghanistan killed two more Canadian soldiers Saturday, along with an Afghan police officer and a local interpreter.
Warrant Officer Gaetan Roberge and Sgt. Gregory John Kruse were killed during a security patrol in the Panjway district, in the western part of Kandahar province.
The explosion wounded three other Canadian soldiers and another Afghan interpreter.
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Roberge was a member of the Royal 22nd Regiment who was serving with the Irish Regiment of Canada in Sudbury, Ont. He was part of the Canadian team mentoring Afghanistan's fledgling national police force.
Kruse was from 24 Field Squadron, 2 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Petawawa, Ont. He was serving as a member of 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment battle group."
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The latest deaths bring to 106 the number of Canadian soldiers killed in the Afghan mission since 2001.
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Again, with tears, I say Rest In Peace our brave heroes.



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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Rest In Peace


from CTV news:

"Private Michael Bruce Freeman, 28, was killed and three others were wounded after an improvised explosive device went off in the Zhari District of Kandahar Province.
Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson, the head of Canadian and NATO forces in Kandahar, said the incident occurred Friday at about 12:45 p.m. local time, about 24 kilometres west of Kandahar City.
Private Freeman was serving with N Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment from CFB Petawawa, Ontario.
"This was Private Freeman's first tour in Afghanistan. He had tremendous enthusiasm and was dedicated to the mission and to his fellow section mates," Thompson said.
"It's terrible to lose a soldier at anytime but certainly during the holidays for the family it's unbelievably difficult," military analyst Mercedes Stephenson told CTV Newsnet.
In December alone, seven Canadian soldiers have been killed by roadside bomb attacks -- making it the most deadly month of 2008.
Stephenson said IEDs are the "number one killer" of Canadians in Afghanistan.
The latest death brings the number of Canadian soldiers killed in the mission in Afghanistan to 104 since 2001.
One diplomat and two aid workers have also been killed."
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Rest in peace, our brave hero.

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Saturday Funnies

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Joyous Kwanzaa


From Wikipedia:

"Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday celebrated throughout the world, honouring African heritage, marked by participants lighting a kinara (candle holder).
It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year.

It was created by Ron Karenga and was first celebrated from December 26, 1966, to January 1, 1967."


Joyous Kwanzaa to all who celebrate this holiday.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Luke 2:1-21

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Jud├Ža, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

ABC Wednesday-W





We WISH you a Merry Christmas;
We WISH you a Merry Christmas;
We WISH you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer.
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We won't go until we get some;
We won't go until we get some;
We won't go until we get some, so bring some out here.
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We WISH you a Merry Christmas;
We WISH you a Merry Christmas;
We WISH you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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The author and composer of "We WISH You a Merry Christmas" cannot be traced however it is believed to date back to England in the sixteenth century.
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The tradition of carollers being given Christmas treats for singing to wealthy members of the community is reflected in this Christmas song " We WISH You a Merry Christmas!"
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Over the years the fashion for figgy puddings mentioned in "We WISH You a Merry Christmas" has faded.
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But for the curious, the recipe consisted of the most important ingredient which was of course figs together with butter, sugar, eggs ,milk, rum, apple, lemon and orange peel, nuts, cinnamon, cloves and ginger!
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Busy







Busy Busy Busy!!!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Chanukah





Thank you to everyone for all your get well wishes.

Boy did this bout of the flu ever hit me hard.

The good news is that I lost three pounds which I will probably put right back on though now that I am eating again.

Now I have to get ready for the up-coming holiday season.


Happy Chanukah to all the bloggers who celebrate this holiday.


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Friday, December 19, 2008

BLEGH!!

We interrupt this blog to introduce--- Influenza
When I can remove my head out of the toilet bowl, I will be back.
Until then, BLEGH!!!


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

ABC Wednesday-V


From Wikipedia:

VELCRO is a brand name of fabric hook-and-loop fasteners.

VELCRO consists of two layers: a "hook" side, which is a piece of fabric covered with tiny hooks, and a "loop" side, which is covered with even smaller and "hairier" loops.

When the two sides of VELCRO are pressed together, the hooks catch in the loops and hold the pieces together.

When the VELCRO layers are separated, the strips make a characteristic "ripping" sound.

George de Mestral named his invention "VELCRO", which is a portmanteau of the two French words velours, meaning 'velvet', and crochet, or 'hook'.

The term VELCRO is a registered trademark in most countries.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Honey: To-Do-List

At this time of the year, there are so many things on Monsieur Bears'
"Honey: To-Do-List" that even I feel a little bit guilty.

Emphasis on a *little bit.*


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Monday, December 15, 2008

Shoe Throwing

From: The Associated Press

"Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad on Dec. 14. 2008, while yelling in Arabic.


Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets today to demand the release of Muntadar al-Zeidi, as Arabs across many parts of the Middle East hailed the journalist as a hero and praised his insult as a proper send-off to the unpopular U.S. president.


The journalist is being held by Iraqi security Monday and interrogated about whether anybody paid him to throw his shoes at Bush said an Iraqi official.


He was also being tested for alcohol and drugs, and his shoes were being held as evidence, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.


Showing the sole of your shoe to someone in the Arab world is a sign of extreme disrespect, and throwing your shoes is even worse."


I think some Canadian politicians had better start practising their ducking techniques.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rest In Peace


Cpl. Thomas James Hamilton, left, Pvt. John Michael Roy Curwin, centre, and Pvt. Justin Peter Jones, right.



THE CANADIAN PRESS
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan–
Three more Canadian soldiers were killed yesterday after an improvised explosive device detonated on a road just west of Kandahar city, pushing Canada's death toll from the Afghan mission to 103.
It's believed the three men were responding to a report that an IED was being planted on Highway 1, which runs from Kandahar city to the border of Helmand province, when it exploded. A fourth soldier was injured and was listed in fair condition.
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Killed in action were Cpl. Thomas James Hamilton, Pte. John Michael Roy Curwin and Pte. Justin Peter Jones. All three were with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, RCR based in Gagetown, New Brunswick.
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The deaths come just eight days after three other soldiers were killed when their armoured vehicle struck an IED on the same stretch of highway.
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The latest incident yesterday occurred about 9 a.m. local time on the border between the Arghandab and Zhari districts close to the village of Senjaray.


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