The Canuck Connection
GreeTinGS To VeTerAnS on BoTh
SiDeS oF The ATlAnTic
I had the pleasure of attending a NAAFI night organised by
Chris Collins (retired Artillery), head honcho of our Deeside
It was night of Darts, Dominoes and war stories. It never
ceases to amaze me how strikingly similar our Army, Navy
and yes, even the Air force stories and memories are. We
spoke of exercises in Germany, UN Duties in Cyprus and
Egypt. Those were Cold War stories. A couple of much
younger Vets spoke of Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan. All in
all a very good night.
Meanwhile in Canada the fires are still raging and I read
that evacuees from Fort McMurray, staying in other
provinces, aren't able to access wildfire assistance funding
from the Alberta government.
The premier's office said it's working on a plan to get
debit cards to those who are temporarily located in other
provinces, but there's currently no timeline, spokesman John
Archer said on Saturday.
Sadly yet another inept mistake in bureaucracy. Hopefully
this will be rectified by the date this article is published.
i saw this ode on a facebook page and thought it was interesting
and oh so true.
i am sure that most of you have seen the e-
mails and Facebook posts about reforming
an Army of Veterans to fight Al-Qaeda, iSiS
etc. A good idea with lots of merit.
I posed last issues question to a group at the NAAFI night
and no one got the correct answer. So here it is.
the question of the week is……. where did the idea for
the nursery rhyme humpty Dumpty come from? (hint
There are actually 2 supposed theories of Humpty Dumpty
falling. I must admit this was a tricky question first posed to
me by my amazing cousin Alistair. Mythical possibly, like
the Mythical Animal of Scotland “ The Unicorn”.
Two of the most popular theories link Humpty Dumpty to
two separate historical events. The first is the Fall of
Colchester. During the English Civil War in 1648, the town
of Colchester was under siege. Supposedly, a man named
Jack Thompson was stationed on the walls with a cannon
nicknamed “Humpty Dumpty”. Thompson and the cannon
managed to do a lot of damage to the advancing
Parliamentarian troops, until the cannon eventually tumbled
to the ground. Given the size and weight of the cannon, the
dozens of men who attempted to lift it back to its place on
the wall were unable to do so. Eventually, Colchester was
forced to open its gates and surrender. While the siege of
Colchester did happen, it is unlikely that Humpty Dumpty
refers to anything in the siege as it happened over a century
before Humpty Dumpty was recorded, and there is no
documented connection between the two.
The other popular theory is that Humpty Dumpty
represented King Richard III, called the “humpbacked king”.
(He supposedly was a hunchback, though recent evidence
seems to indicate Shakespeare was wildly exaggerating on
this point, with Richard actually apparently having scoliosis
which made his right shoulder higher than the left, but
otherwise no hunch). In 1485, Richard III fought at the
Battle of Bosworth. In this “humpty dumpty” origin story, it
was said that either his horse was named “Wall” or his men,
who abandoned him, were representative of the “wall”.
Either way, the king fell off his horse and was supposedly
hacked to pieces on the field, thus no one could put him
together again. Several problems exist with this theory, the
least of which being that the term “humpbacked” didn’t exist
in King Richard’s day, nor for several centuries after. (The
term “hunchback” also didn’t first pop up until the 18th
century). Much more importantly was that the king’s
remains were recently found largely intact save for a
bludgeon to the head which probably killed him.
Additionally, other than pure speculation, as in the previous
“siege of Colchester” theory, no solid historical evidence has
been found that shows that King Richard III was the
inspiration for Humpty Dumpty. And, indeed, one of the
reasons it’s so often connected, because of the “all the king’s
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