October 7th – Ancestors Day!

I see it’s Poetry Day today, but I’ll spare you my efforts in that field.

However, continuing with my frivolous focus on ‘Days,’ I see it’s also Ancestors Day, ‘a time for Cambodians to pay their respects to their ancestors of up to seven generations.’

And quite right too!

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Wise Cambodians.

I know my ancestors included humble folk who, in the early 17th century, played a part in the Ulster Plantation.



I don’t know their specific Christian names, not the ones who crossed the narrow sea from the mainland, but judging from the phone books, there are many distant cousins there still.

Whatever, that was a giant leap forward for Ulster.

Their achievement, turning a wilderness into a prosperous British country, commands my respect.

Indeed, it should be honoured by everyone who honours the Union Jack!



The furthest back whose full name I have was a Huguenot, driven from France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, in 1685 led to harsh persecution of Protestants.

Old Charles’ legacy, a commitment to religious liberty, once taken for granted, where I grew up, has taken on more meaning here, as I have oft written…

Victim of Islamist Murder Mob Gets Six Months in the Slammer 


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Savage bigots in Lombok  destroy Ahmadi homes –
Head-Scarfed Harpies Hurl Dung and Urine at Christians  
Bekasi’s Islamist Regime – ‘We Won’t Allow Religious Liberty If Bigot Thugs Object!’

….observing evil at work where I now live, in a country where most of the people, of all creeds, are good, normal folks.



Then there’s old Joe, who lived ‘six miles from the Bann shore,’ got married in the mid-1830s and promptly set sail for the New World.


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He, and many others like him, transformed another wilderness…



…but today their achievement is disrespected and denigrated by too many of those who do very well out of the prosperous land those pioneers built.

Victoria, BC – Pinko Mayor Scorns Democracy! 

So those guys would maybe have approved of my own adventure, moving a considerable distance to find a fresh challenge in a very different environment.

Nothing as tough as theirs.

Maybe just as well.

They were a better breed.