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  • ross1948 21:21 on May 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply
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    Celebrate! It’s 24th May! Empire Day! 

    Sons and daughters of the British Empire, wherever you are today….


    • ..

    • …raise a glass to the greatest force for good…

    …that the world has ever known.

    And gird up your loins for the fight – to root out the woko-weasels, the cultural marxist vermin who have infiltrated the media, and, worse, the education system…

    – and the National Trust!

    ….in order to denigrate the British heritage.

  • ross1948 01:10 on May 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    Happy Empire Day! 24th May! 

    I usually, on this date, write something a little nostalgic for the happy days as a kid in Ontario…


    …when we celebrated Empire Day.

    This year, however, it’s different.

    Ungrateful aliens, aided and abetted by scum of British stock, have decided to bully Brits into disowning the magnificent imperial heritage.

    The British are told not to honour their forebears’ achievements, to forget how hardy pioneers took and tamed and settled vast wilderness territories…


    ….and by sheer toil and grit transformed them into the vibrant, dynamic dominions we see today…


    Moreover, Britain bestowed the blessings of parliamentary democracy on a united India, created out of hundreds of separate principalities.

    It may not have always been a gentle process, in any of the continents where the Union Jack flew proudly, but nor was it ignoble.

    So there is NO WAY any Brit should be shamed of our ancestors…

    …who built the greatest empire the world has ever seen.


    Last month there was a very good article….


    … which I recommend to anyone who needs to refresh memories of a glorious heritage. 

    • Uncle Oz 07:17 on May 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Australia wouldnt exist without the British Empire.
      Thtee cheers for Captain Cook.
      Let’s put up a few more statues to honour him.


    • Arnold 11:26 on May 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      We in Canada inherited democracy thanks to the British Empiire.
      Now we are losing it, thanks to ifirst one Turdo and now another


    • Fiona 14:06 on May 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      We should be celebrating our imperial achievement, praising heroes, like Clive, Wolfe, Rhodes.


    • Pamela 15:32 on May 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, be proud of our heritage and loud in its defence.
      The liberal elites are treasonous and should be swept out of every position of influence they control.


    • Vanessa R 21:28 on May 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      The British Empire did far more good than harm.
      We should all respect those who built it and make sure school-books instil pride in the young generation who get so much misinfornation denigraring their ancestors.


  • ross1948 19:17 on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Empire Day, 24th May – Nothing To Apologise For! 

    Not the first time I’ve noted Empire Day, fondly remembering how we loyalists partied in Perth County, Ontario, fireworks and bonfires.



    I don’t always mark it in the blog, but this year I feel obliged to do so..

    …due to an appeal for national self-abasement in the Guardian.

    As if my ancestors, who left the area of Kilrea, on Ulster’s River Bann, in the 1830s, crossing the Atlantic, a six week voyage in a wooden ship…


    Something like this, perhaps?

    …do not deserve the pride their descendants feel about their role in expanding the British Empire wider still and wider.

    At least I hope all my far-flung kin feel that way.

    I hope no relations, however distant, were involved in the removal of Sir John’s statue in Victoria, BC…

    Victoria, BC – Pinko Mayor Scorns Democracy! 

    ….a crime against Canadian history perpetrated by a council clique determined to deny citizens there a vote on the desecration.

    The same goes for the Cornwallis monument on the other side of the Dominion, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a province once proud of its founders’ heritage….

    Nova Scotia Flags, Flag of Nova Scotia.

    …where, we may read, appeasement of anti-heritage thuggery has had a toxic effect on democratic decision-making..

    ..marred by anti-Cornwallis protests, including threats to forcibly remove the statue and HRM officials’ concerns for public safety.

    This led to council voting on Jan. 30, 2018 to immediately remove the statue (the next day).

    This should be recognised as mere pandering to malcontents among the local Micmac Red Indians –

    Council’s decision followed the Assembly of Mi’kmaq Chiefs passing a resolution several days earlier calling for just that


    But I’m not going to debate all this.

    Lefties can belly-ache if they will, about how our folks transformed a wilderness into a fine advanced country, just as other British pioneers laid the foundations for today’s Australia.

    Or they can blather about things like the slave trade, though if white men were bad to buy slaves in Africa, what about the non-white men who sold those slaves?

    Today, I merely nail my colours to the mast and say, as we did in a happier…



    …more civil and much more free country, all those years ago –

    Happy Empire Day!

    • Billy King 23:38 on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Empire Day!
      I liked reading this, Ross!
      We Brits have such achievements to our credit.
      None more so than we Ulster Brits.


  • ross1948 16:08 on May 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Empire Day! Maybe The Day Britannia Awakes? 


    A curious coincidence, Empire Day coming up just as votes are being counted in an election where chances look good for a party which, despite some questionable candidates, at least is characterised by unambiguous British national pride.



    Empire Day was the day we had bonfires, picnics, fireworks, and flew the Red, White and Blue wherever we could.

    Empire Day has disappeared from British calendars, just as the empire itself is gone from the world map, but not, we feel certain, that British national pride…



    …despite the attempts by EUSSR indoctrination to make patriotism a  thing of the past…

    Bravo, GillesFrench MEP Exposes NEW EUSSRSchool Brainwashing! 


    …not only in the UK but all over Europe, as that proud Frenchman revealed a year or so ago.

    Let’s hope the election results, on both sides of the Channel, prove that the EUSSR’s Operation Brainwash has failed!


    • Mack the Knife 17:36 on May 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Cunning strategy, Ross.
      Get us reading for a little taste of nostalgia for the British Empire, then revert fast to exposing the evils of the Brussels Empire.
      Never mind, time for a celebratory beer after today’s big news.


  • ross1948 19:20 on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Happy Empire Day – 24th May! 

    Just a moment’s nostalgia for a happier Canada, when freedom reigned hand-in-hand with Her Majesty, in a Dominion where the Red Ensign flew proudly…



    ….and our fire-crackers went off as we sang around the Empire Day bonfires in Perth County, Ontario…



    …as our forefathers sang when they created Canada.

    • Tom Butcher 19:46 on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      why do we not celebrate Empire Day??


  • ross1948 00:53 on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Happy Empire Day! It’s 24th May Again! 

    A glorious day, too long not celebrated.

    Those were the words I had prepared for the 24th May, but after the Mother Country was attacked this week, and grievously wounded by an evil Islamist, I suppose it’s inappropriate to sound too cheerful. Nevertheless…

    No matter the British Empire is no more – the French still celebrate Bastille Day, after all, though the Bastille no longer stands!

    They do so for the ideas and ideals it represents.

    So too with the imperial legacy!

    For without the British Empire, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and many other proud countries would not exist.



    Nor indeed would Kenya and Nigeria, which, like many African states today, are recognisable entities only because the tribes that once warred within their modern boundaries were brought together under the Union Jack.

    I’ve no need to repeat the things I’ve said on previous Empire Days.

    No holiday here, though tomorrow is an Indonesian holiday so at least if you raise a glass tonight to the imperial achievement…



    …at least you won’t have to go to work the morning after!

  • ross1948 06:59 on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    24th May, Empire Day, 23rd June, Independence Day! 

    Yes, the 24th May has rolled around again, so what a splendid excuse –  not right now, it’s 8am! –  for a glass of Jim Beam!

    Although the British Empire did not, as Churchill famously hoped, last for a thousand years, its achievements still echo around the world..,



    …and those of us whose forebears were part of the great diaspora that established ‘dominion over palm and pine,’ toiling so hard and travelling so far, should take pride in  their glorious achievements. It’s a great shame that children in many of our schools don’t learn to share that pride.

    The Empire is gone, but Britain, despite the many travails it has suffered through the folly of almost all post-Churchill governments, remains.

    How ironic, then, that ‘Remain’ is currently the watch-word of those who would keep Britannia enchained to the supranational enemy in Brussels.

    june 23


    Wherever you are, if British you are, please redouble your efforts in the cause of deliverance from durance vile. 

    Independence Day falls in just under one month from today.



  • ross1948 10:29 on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Empire Day, 24th May – Let’s Sing ‘The Maple Leaf Forever!’ 



    Another Sunday morning coming down, but no Johnny Cash songs today.

    I had a very restful Saturday, stricken with that flu, but a helpful visitor ameliorated my situation.

    Between LemSip and Johnny Walker, I have fought off the worst of the illness. So today, bacon and eggs, then a bit of a jaunt.

    But mindful of the history of my tribe…


    The popularity of the patriotic song “The Maple Leaf For Ever” has endured for over a century after its composition in 1867, the year of Canada’s Confederation. This is one of the original 1,000 copies of the song that composer Alexander Muir had printed. Legend has it that Muir was inspired by a maple tree in Toronto’s east end Leslieville neighbourhood.

    Alexander Muir, 1830-1906
    Toronto: 1868

    Music score page 1Music score page 2


    We used to belt that song out as we saluted the Red Ensign, in our elementary schools in Perth County, Ontario.

    Have a Happy Empire Day!

    • TONY 15:08 on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Let’s do away with God save the Queen and sing God save our poxed up country with a massive aids epidemic on the way!!!! !


  • ross1948 11:53 on May 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Fifties Ontario Out Of Reach, What To Do On Empire Day? 

    I was so tired when I got home last night, quite out of character.

    The key cause, methinks, was that Busway journey from Juanda Station to Grogol, packed into the bus, all seats taken, of course..

    macet1 I DO love Jakarta, really!


    • … and ENDLESS delays, for reasons not entirely due to the traffic, which, at rush hour, was bad and probably worse than usual due to many people heading out of town for the holiday today, which they’ll extend to include tomorrow and the weekend.

    A lot of them head for Puncak, incomprehensibly to me, because there is nothing to see or do there, except hills and tea plantations, which, once seen, are best consigned to the photo album.

    BTW, it’s now bucketing rain outside, so good luck to them!


    • wine-women-and-song
    • =============
    • And of course my travel-stress was exacerbated a thousand-fold by the fact that a free-flow beer event was my destination. A dashed fine bar was marking its anniversary and since I use it from time to time, ’twas only fair I be part of that rejoicing.

    By the time I reached it, nearly one of the three hours free-flow had elapsed, and the God’s Honest Truth was that I was so exhausted, I could only manage five pints before the call of home began to sound within my weary head.

    A tempora, a mores.


     alittle bit before even my time!


    While en route to West Jakarta, there was plenty of time to contemplate joyful celebrations from boyhood on, and for some reason – probably because it’s coming up soon – Empire Day in Ontario popped into my head, bonfires and red, white and blue bunting all around, our glorious Red Ensign flag fluttering uniquitously, as indeed it did all year round.


     my last such day was in 1956, Dief the Chief was there…


    All my friends, neighbours and kinfolk, old and young alike, delighting in our shared heritage of loyalty.

    I thought- how shall I spend Empire Day this year?

    So today I’ve been scanning for accessible events. .


    Kodim 0507 Bekasi 10 K dan 5 K, 24 Mei 2015


    If you too are wondering what to do to celebrate Empire Day in style this year,  there seem to be few events on Jakarta on 24th May – but then I spotted this, in West Java, just across the city limits – an energetic way to work up a thirst!

    Alas, the conditions of entry forbid non-citizens from participation.

    I also suspect there are few if any people in Bekasi who have even heard of Empire Day, nor would they have any interest whatsoever in celebrating it if they had!

    But I’m sure we can watch, and observing people run ten kliks in this heavenly hot climate engenders thirst almost as much as running the darned thing!

    PS, if readers do know of alternative options for a day or night out, please advise!

    • Gwen 14:17 on May 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh yes, that was such a big day for everyone, and I miss it so much.
      Canada was a happier country then, and with much more freedom than today, when we can’t publicly say what we think’s right and wrong anymore.
      I fully expect in a few years we’ll have a Ramadan holiday declared, especially if Justin Trudeau wins the next election.


    • OchAyeTheNoo 20:14 on May 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What about the Jakarta Highland Gathering on May 23?


      • ross1948 21:05 on May 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Och!
        I have been getting 24th May events notified to me all day since I posted that, so I guess it won’t be a dull day for many!


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