Posts Tagged ‘military’
Boer War Poem
Boer War Poem

My great-grandfather served in the Second Boer War (Crosby).  That is pretty much all I know. I found a letter when clearing my Aunt’s apartment (she recently passed at 99).    I also found a recruitment pamphlet that was sent to my great-grandfather in Manchester, dated November 1900. The letter doesn’t have a date, it doesn’t […]

Obama and Nuclear Deterrence
Obama and Nuclear Deterrence

Everyone has one or two obscure interests.  I think I have about ten…or maybe eleven?  Just wait to you get a load of this amateur fringe interest… …nuclear deterrence theory. I’m sure you are all dying to be my friend now, huh?.  Plutonic, perhaps? Sometimes one forgets their interests, and deterrence theory vanished into my […]

Brig. General Jonathan Vance @ Queen’s U
Brig. General Jonathan Vance @ Queen’s U

I had a great opportunity to hear Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance speak yesterday via the School of Policy Studies (the folks who inhabit the bottom four floors of Robert Sutherland).  Given the nature of campus activism among under-graduates and media flamers in regards to the often touchy topic of Afghanistan and Canada, the talk was advertised […]

Urban Air Bases
Urban Air Bases

Every third or fourth day, military aircraft will rip back and forth over the skies of Fudan University, on manoeuvres, playing war games, training or perhaps just flying the flag to the students below. I can hear them right now and rationally, I am quite interested where they are basing from.  Airports and airfields are […]

Boom Times
Boom Times

The placement of munitions factories popped up in a lecture today regarding an old Second World War arms factory in Ajax, Ontario.  For obvious reason, war-time munition factories required a clear 5km buffer radius around the site.  A five kilometer radius is a considerable amount of idle land surrounding an industrial land-use and I was […]

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