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Alberta Diary: Yes Minister MacKay! Perfesser Dave explains the French role in the War of 1812

One of our heroic French allies, armed with a bassoon, holds off a Russian soldier near Niagara on the Lake some time during the War of 1812 with the Russians and the Taliban. Below: Perfesser Dave; Defence Minister and amateur historian Peter MacKay. Was he overtired? Elmer MacKay, at right, with Karlheinz Schreiber. (Not exactly as illustrated, and not mentioned in the story, but so what? It’s my blog! I can do what I want!)

Some stories happened just too long ago for ordinary bloggers to explain. That’s when we turn to the expert knowledge of the historical record

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Memories of Antietam

child of the corn, a photo by imagecarnival on Flickr. Little Jehoshaphat was born in 1832 to a family of carnival performers and technicians that roamed the Americas. From Georgia up to New England, as far west as the Mississippi … Continue reading →