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Sons of Liberty – American History TV mini-series… and rethinking the Royals

Join, or Die by Benjamin Franklin was recycled to encourage the former colonies to unite against British rule – Wikipedia

I don’t know much about American history. Probably because Canadians are so saturated with American culture that it’s just too close. Not exotic like ancient Greece or Rome.

This mini-series, however, really caught my eye. Beautiful sets. Good FX. Excellent acting.

Apparently it’s not too historically accurate. But I don’t mind that if the show captures the essence of an era. I always check on Wikipedia after, anyhow. That’s what I did with Vikings – similarly critiqued for not being historical enough.

One critic said Sons of Liberty was good except that the dialog sounded too 21st century. Well yes, that’s true. But I like shows that connect. Old, stodgy English dialects probably wouldn’t have done that for me.

The British in this show were made to look like real prigs. Back then they probably were. Not all, of course. But the general ruling elite.

Nunavut currently has a suicide crisis (click image for more) – Wikipedia

The person I watched this with kept saying… “Why don’t we get rid of the British like the US did?”

It’s true that each Canadian pays about $1.53 a year to support their royal habits. Multiply 1.53 x 36 million and you have $55 million per year.

Could that money be better spent on the impoverished north? How about on inner city street people? Or should we keep supporting the royals’ extravagant lifestyle?

I’m mixed on this point. My Masters was funded by a Commonwealth scholarship. True, the monies came from Indian and Canadian governments. But it wouldn’t have happened at all if Canada were not a member of the Commonwealth countries. And had I not made it to India, life probably would have taken a really unpleasant turn.

Royal Family – Wikipedia

Homeless man in Vancouver – Wikipedia

Instead of doing an Indian Masters in Comparative Religion I was scheduled to do a M.A. in sociology at Queens University, Ontario. Something tells me I would have disliked that. I dropped Queens (and lost a rent deposit) the moment news came that I had won the Commonwealth Scholarship.

So it’s always good to remember our past before becoming too critical of the present.

Still, that doesn’t mean things can’t change.

Myself, I’d like to keep my yearly $1.53 dollars instead of giving it to the royals. I think they are an anachronism fit for history books but not for today.

Just my two cents – nay $84.15 – on the matter.¹

1954 Series (banknotes) – Some of these were still around when I was a kid = memories! – Wikipedia

¹ $1.53 x 55 yrs (my age) = $84.15. The yearly amount likely changed over the years. But when I was a kid money was of more value. So $84.15 is probably the rough equivalent, taking into account inflation.

 

 

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Red barn

Red Barn via Flickr

Here’s one I took last summer, near Port Hope Ontario. This was a second attempt. The first time around a stunning sunset was hitting the barn, surrounding fields and water tower.

Much to my chagrin on returning home, I found that my SD card had munched it. I think the problem was that I either switched the card among cameras without reformatting. Or maybe I did a Windows format instead of an in-camera format.

In any case, I lost the first photo. So this one was a retry, taken several weeks later. Instead of stunning sunset we have haze and mist.

Oh well. It’s still okay.


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Triple Sunrise

Here’a a pic i took a few summers ago. No photo editing re the three suns, btw. It just happened that way. I woke early in the morning and there it was.

Triple Sunrise © Michael Clark 2017.


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On the beach

Image via Tumblr

Still photo taken around the same time as movie, below.


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Go with the flow

Some kid left their beach ball on the beach. Video zooms in after a few secs…

Last night about 100 miles East of Toronto, Lake Ontario. I might go into YouTube and rename this Go With the Flow. After all, wind isn’t really caused by gravity but by atmospheric pressure. 🙂


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Christmas in April

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Funny story behind this one. I take my Mom up to Richmond Hill to get her hair done. It’s a small, quaint old town just north of Toronto—almost part of Toronto, with the incredible urban sprawl that’s going on.

Anyhow, as she was getting her hair done, I walked across Yonge Street (a busy street) to a Tim Horton’s. But the service was pretty slow at Tim’s, and I only had about 10 minutes before I had to pick her up. So I waltzed into a nearby variety store, feeling expansive and relaxed, having gotten out of the city core for a while. Deciding I needed a Coke, I grabbed this one. I laughed. Nice and fresh.

This can was sitting on the store shelf last Saturday. But I bought it anyway. Just had to. Love the Xmas design.!


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Jesus of the wires