Category Archives: historical

Waiting In Ambush

WW2 German paratrooper waiting in ambush ready to gun down any enemy soldiers.

WW2 German paratrooper armed with MP-40 machine pistol waiting in ambush ready to gun down any
 enemy soldiers coming into view.

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Waiting in ambush armed with his MP-40 machine pistol WW2 German paratrooper is ready to gun down any enemy soldiers that come into view.

The scene is probably somewhere in Italy perhaps, near Monte Cassino,  where the Allies had fierce battles with all branches of the Hitler’s Nazi armed forces in the famous monastery
ruins.

Another more likely scene would be Otto Skorzeny, commando extraordinary, and his handpicked special paratroopers raiding Italy’s Gran Sasso’s Hotel Campo Imperatore to extract dictator Benito Mussolini from his captors.

This daring raid by crack German paratroopers on the country’s highest peak using gliders remains the best original “mission impossible” based on the extreme difficulty such a operation had to master to save Il Duce from the hands of the Allies.

Our realistic depiction is from an exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”WAITING”.

Recreate Nostalgia

Old Ford three ton truck exhibited near vintage aircraft from same years helps recreate nostalgia of WWI era.

Old red and black Ford three-ton truck exhibit there to recreate nostalgia when placed near vintage aircraft from same
era, both can be seen at Ottawa’s Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

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Old red and black Ford three-ton truck exhibit is there to recreate nostalgia when placed near ancient aircraft at Ottawa’s Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

This remarkably well-preserved truck is an attractive enough exhibit in its own right because although not very common very early in the last century scant few exist today in this condition.

Then again, it may be a replica model however, it seems more an original genuine old Ford that perhaps grandpa drove around provided he could afford one.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”RECREATE”.

Red Hats Anticipate Trouble

Red hats seem to anticipate trouble while walking and observing crowd gathered near tire changing competition stage.

Red hats seem to anticipate trouble while walking and observing crowd gathered in front of Grand Prix weekend
tire changing competition stage.

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Red hats seem to anticipate trouble as they walk by carefully observing the crowd gathered in front of the popular tire change competition stage on Crescent street during Montreal Grand Prix weekend.

Montreal Police dressed in combat boots, camouflage pants, dark blue standard issue jackets covered by bright neon-color vests with Montreal police logo, and topped with blood-red baseball caps patrolled the street for any obvious signs of unrest or disturbance.

These automatic pistol armed constables were wearing the aforementioned outfits as protest against Quebec government protracted inaction resolving their labor contract with police union.

Despite their labor dispute, the Montreal Police did an excellent job in protecting the area during these troubled times of global international terrorism threats.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ANTICIPATE”.

Elevate Work Scaffold

Rooftop motorized winch is used to elevate work scaffold with two workers to do their job.

Rooftop motorized winch used to elevate work scaffold containing these two workers riding it flat against the skyscraper side to their job

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Rooftop motorized winch used to elevate work scaffold containing these two workers riding it flat against this Montreal skyscraper side to do their job.

Montreal is booming with many tall office and condominium structures being erected all over the place downtown funded by mostly overseas investors money.

After Vancouver and Toronto, Montreal seems to be attracting a substantial amount of this money perhaps, because land is still cheap compared to the other two cities coupled with a growing population of thousands of new arrivals including the recent immigration cue jumpers from the USA.

Few know the reasons why foreigners invest in any particular area however, Canada is probably one of the best places on the globe to do so because it is big, relatively secure, and still inexpensive with a mostly civilized, growing, middle-class, high-percentage literate, population.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ELEVATE”.

Homage To Sovereign

Granite monument in Montreal's Dorchester Square park pays homage to former sovereign British Queen Victoria.

Granite monument in Montreal’s Dorchester Square park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign,
her majesty Queen Victoria, who once ruled the British Empire for 60 years.

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A granite monument in a Montreal park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign, her majesty Queen Victoria, who ruled the British Empire for 60 years.

A male African lion symbolizing British royalty tops this monument situated across Metcalfe street from the stately, huge, old Sun Life building in Dorchester Square park.

The location and size of this monument seems to have obscured it from the general public view because of several other monuments that populate this park.

After researching it I found this historical monument which as mentioned earlier consists of a huge lion statue, contains a water fountain pedestal at its base, is a replica of Frédéric Bartholdi’s Lion of Belfort. It was installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee because she was Canada’s sovereign then.

Furthermore, the park originally once was a Catholic cemetery and most buried were moved to nearby Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery on Mount Royal however, some were left and are remembered by tiny crosses embedded in the walkways through this park.

When I last visited this park I noticed these small crosses and wondered what they were about considering that the province of Quebec has transmogrified into a secular state therefore, they seemed out-of-place, now it makes sense.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HOMAGE”

Dignify The Unwanted

Mother Teresa helped dignify all the unwanted, unloved, uncared for, burden to Indian society and shunned by it.

Mother Teresa helped dignify all the unwanted, unloved, uncared for, burden to Indian society and shunned by it such as the naked, poor, destitute, homeless, crippled, blind,  lepers, and the sick in Calcutta.

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Mother Teresa’s lifetime work helped dignify all unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout Calcutta such as the naked, poor, hungry, destitute, homeless, sick, crippled, blind, the lepers, all those people considered a burden to Indian society and shunned by it.

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu born Albanian ended up a citizen of India after spending most of her natural life as a missionary working the worst slums in Calcutta helping the poorest of the poor.

She left home at 18 joined the Institute of Blessed Virgin Mary, or Sisters of Loreto, in Rathfarnham, Ireland, where she assumed her new name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Therese of Lisieux.

After getting her “nom de guerre” Agnes learned some English and transferred to a convent in Darjeeling, India.

While teaching wealthy Calcutta children at St. Mary’s high school she experienced seeing and became distressed by the abject poverty in the area, which made a lasting impression on her.

In 1946 while on a journey God called her to give up everything to follow and serve Jesus Christ into the Calcutta slums amongst the world’s most desperately poor.

Mother Teresa faithfully kept her covenant with the Almighty, despite many doubts about it and hardships, until her death on Sept. 5, 1997, age 87, from a heart attack.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DIGNIFY”.

Glaring Creature

Glaring gargoyle creature stares down on passersby from facade of Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal.

Glaring creature is member of army of malicious looking gargoyles, guardians of Montreal’s downtown
Christ Church Cathedral,  allegedly supposed to ward off evil spirits.

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Glaring gargoyle creature seems to exhibit extreme evil intent as seen on its distorted face looking down at passersby on Saint Catherine Street.

It along with plenty of other unique, malicious looking gargoyles carved into the Gothic Revival facade of Christ Church Cathedral are its guardians against real evil that allegedly stalks the downtown street in Montreal.

This member of a gargoyles army adorning the facade is supposed to scare of evil spirits that may want to enter this Anglican church intent on messing around with its parishioners.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”GLARING”.

 

Tea Time On Hill

One of Famous Five, Henrietta Muir Edwards, raises cup during tea time on Parliament Hill welcoming everyone to drop by.

Tea time on Parliament Hill is time-honored tradition almost two centuries old and you are welcome by ladies, when
in Ottawa, to drop by.

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Tea time on Parliament Hill is a time-honored tradition almost two centuries old and you are welcome by the ladies when in Ottawa, so please drop by.

Depicted is bronze statue of one of the ladies (Henrietta Muir Edwards), who through intelligent hard work, perseverance, persistence, and peaceful, subtle feminist methods of coercion finally ensured women equal rights in 20th century white, urban, male dominated Canada.

Henrietta Muir Edwards, one of the leaders, was also an advocate for working women, author and a founder of the Victorian Order of Nurses.

It was only in 1929 that Canadian women were finally recognized as “Persons” the result of Supreme Court decision awarding the Famous Five – Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Louise Crummy McKinney, who challenged the previous law their win.

Raise your cup and honor these  brave women activists commonly known as Suffragists, let’s drink to their memory!

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TEA”.

Disastrous 2017 Montreal Flood

Disastrous 2017 Montreal West Island Spring flood remains news because many still await compensation closure.

Disastrous 2017 Montreal West Island Spring flood remains news affecting many who await compensation
help from Quebec government on their claims.

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Disastrous 2017 Montreal West Island flood last Spring continues to be news because many residents that it affected still await Quebec government compensation settlement on their claims.

Depicted is the corner of Saint Jean boulevard where it meets and intersects Pierrefonds boulevard (far left, past Pizza Hut) submerged under polluted water of Rivière-des-Prairies.

This once-in-century calamity couldn’t have happened at more appropriate time in Montreal’s history just when famed, incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre embarked on his multi-million dollar wanton spending spree to mark city’s 375 years.

It also coincides with Canada’s 150th birthday when PM Justin Trudeau embarked on his own wanton spending of taxpayers’ hard-earned money however, regardless of this or any other natural or man-made disasters the giant federal Liberal money-burning party continues as planned damn the consequences.

Come to think of it this flood is nothing compared to what is about to happen to Canada  before Trudeau Liberals are kicked out because the financial damage being done now by “Selfie” Justin and his rich international parasite friends is staggering.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DISASTROUS”.