War….what is it good for?

War is savagery—no one is immune. ~Vaq

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Welcome to Scotland Tours

Since 1997, Scotland Tours has been providing the ultimate vacation planning service, dedicated to creating a memorable vacation and holiday package throughout Scotland, Ireland and London – just for you! Scotland Tours will create the vacation of a lifetime using its professionalism, local knowledge and years of expertise.

We will organise for you:

1. Accommodation – in comfortable 3 star hotels, elegant 4 star hotels, world class 5 star resorts or castles

2. Ground transport – either by a rental car, a chauffeur driver vehicle, a small coach or a larger coach for bigger groups.

3. Visitor Attractions, acitivites and special events such as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

4. Any special interests and hobbies you woud like to include in your trip.

5. Dinners and other meals, and give you some of our recommendations for some great restaurants and pubs.

Please click on some of the links and see some sample packages, view some of our favourite hotels, view some of the vehicles we use, see what our client say about us and see how easy it is to plan your next trip.

Please click on some of the links and see some sample packages, view some of our favourite hotels, view some of the vehicles we use, see what our clients say about us and see how easy it is to plan your next trip.


In Flanders Fields

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae (poetry)

The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Lieutenant Colonel John McCraeIn 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

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

On May 2, 1915, John McCrae’s close friend and former student Alexis Helmer was killed by a German shell. That evening, in the absence of a Chaplain, John McCrae recited from memory a few passages from the Church of England’s “Order of the Burial of the Dead”. For security reasons Helmer’s burial in Essex Farm Cemetery was performed in complete darkness.

The next day, May 3, 1915, Sergeant-Major Cyril Allinson was delivering mail. McCrae was sitting at the back of an ambulance parked near the dressing station beside the YserCanal, just a few hundred yards north of Ypres, Belgium.

In Flanders Fields Poem As John McCrae was writing his In Flanders Fields poem, Allinson silently watched and later recalled, “His face was very tired but calm as he wrote. He looked around from time to time, his eyes straying to Helmer’s grave.”Within moments, John McCrae had completed the “In Flanders Fields” poem and when he was done, without a word, McCrae took his mail and handed the poem to Allinson.

Allinson was deeply moved:

“The (Flanders Fields) poem was an exact description of the scene in front of us both. He used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene.”

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The cleanly-shaven face of a young man is shown in black and white

John Henry Foster “Jack” Babcock (July 23, 1900 – February 18, 2010) was, at age 109, the last known surviving veteran of the Canadian military to have served in the First World War, and after the death of Harry Patch was the conflict’s oldest surviving veteran. Babcock first attempted to join the army at the age of fifteen, but was turned down and sent to work in Halifax until he was placed in the Young Soldiers Battalion in August 1917. Babcock was then transferred to the United Kingdom, where he continued his training until the end of the war.

Canada’s oldest World War I vet dies at 109
By Michael Squires.
SpokaneJohn Babcock, Canada’s last World War I veteran, has died at the age of 109. A 16-year-old when he went in search of military glory, Babcock was the last of the 650,000 men and women Canada recruited to serve in the war to end all wars.
The last surviving Canadian soldier from World War I has died at his home in Spokane where he lived for many years. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper saluted Babcock Thursday, paying tribute to “Canada’s last living link to the Great War, which in so many ways marked our coming of age as a nation.” In a statement, Harper also said, “Canada mourns the passing of the generation that asserted our independence on the world stage and established our international reputation as an unwavering champion of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.” Further information on the life of John Babcock is available on his Wikipedia page here.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/287794#ixzz1HkrqxQAF

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Pearl Lutzko was born Feb. 15, 1899, and is now noted as Canada's oldest citizen.

Pearl Lutzko was born Feb. 15, 1899, and is now noted as Canada’s oldest citizen …

A Saskatchewan woman now has the distinction of being the oldest known living Canadian.

 Pearl Lutzko, who turns 112 on Feb. 15, moved into the notable category Sunday, following the death of a Manitoba woman — her elder by one week.

Lutzko, born in what is now Ukraine, lives at the Ituna Pioneer Lodge about 150 kilometres northeast of Regina.

On Tuesday, part of her day was spent playing bingo with fellow residents of the lodge and nodding politely at inquisitive news reporters.

While she wasn’t able to fully engage in a conversation, it was apparent that age was really just a number.

Her son, Nick, who is 94 and still lives in his home just down the street from the lodge told CBC News he visits his mother every day.

He said genetics likely played a role in the family’s longevity.

“It’s great to have your mother live that long,” he told CBC News Tuesday. “You know she was on her own until ’03. In her home. Then she moved here.”

Lutzko’s family spans five generations. Her granddaughter, Verna Adamiak, 68, runs a restaurant in Ituna and says everyone is proud of their matriarch.

“You know, it’s quite exciting really,” Adamiak told CBC News Tuesday. “It hits home. You hear it and after a little bit you know, hey it’s really something.”

Plans are already underway for a notable 112th birthday celebration in February, for a life that spans three centuries.

Eric Schweig’s Inuit Spirit Masks 
~  Stephanie Deplanque

Eric Schweig is mostly known for his work as a talented actor, The Last of the Mohicans’s character Uncas, Sitting Bull in Into the West and many roles in films such as Squanto, The Missing, Skins… But little do we know about his carving gift? Indeed, I was extremely impressed by his work as such. His ‘Spirit Masks’ are utterly amazing and the story behind them is even more touching.

Alaska Native/Native American Bibliography
Compiled by Paul Ongtooguk


This bibliography is for those who are interested in the present day circumstances of Alaska Native societies as a part of the social, historical, and political fabric of the United States. I hope the text is especially useful for teachers and university faculty who are not specialists about Alaska Natives in particular or Native Americans in general yet find their teaching should or does touch on some aspect of Alaska Native life and circumstance.

In teaching in both public schools and at the university I encounter teachers and faculty who wish for an introduction to texts that will help them to avoid stereotypes and represent more accurately Native American societies.

When I began teaching and later as a teacher educator I saw well intentioned teachers ignore or misrepresent Alaska Native societies. Many do so because they are inadequately educated. The cycle of ignorance is then repeated. To be silent about Alaska Native cultures and communities is also a powerful and unfortunate lesson. Alaska Natives have not vanished and are not about to. However, we are too often invisible in what is taught to our students.

~ Vaq

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