Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Northwest Dive News - Published Our Nakwakto Rapids Story in December 2011 Edition.

Dive News Network just published our story, “Life in the Fast Lane - Descent into British Columbia's Nakwakto Rapids” in their December 2011 issue of Northwest Dive News.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Cup Runneth Over!

Winning! Today, I got to fondle Canada’s Grey Cup! The Grey Cup is both the name of the championship of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the name of the trophy awarded to the victorious football team each year since 1909.

Monday, November 21, 2011

UASBC Vancouver Meeting "Sea Explorers": Jett & Kathryn Britnell.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Christmas At Hycroft Mansion.

November 20, 2011: This morning we attended the “Christmas at Hycroft” traditional holiday event (Nov 17 -20). Located in the uber upper class neighbourhood of Vancouver’s Shaughnessy district, the magnificent Edwardian Hycroft Mansion is a 20,000 square foot, 30 room manor that was built for politician and war hero General Alexander Duncan McRae in the early 1900′s. In it’s heyday, the parties held at Hycroft were legendary, especially the New Year's Eve masquerade balls. The guest book at Hycroft read like a Who's Who of the 20's and 30's; it contained names of visiting royalty, well-known business associates, politicians and the social elite of Vancouver. It was said to be an honour and a delight to be invited to Hycroft. 

Today, the mansion is owned by “University Women's Club of Vancouver” of which my lovely wife happens to be a member. The University Women’s Club holds this annual fundraiser to support its many scholarship and bursary programs and a number of charity and advocacy groups locally, nationally and internationally. The Club is also responsible for maintaining the stewardship of the grounds and buildings of Hycroft – a designated Heritage House.

Evening With the Authors & Artists - Dive Industry Association of BC.

Kathryn and I attended the Dive Industry Association of British Columbia’s “Evening With the Authors and Artisans” fundraiser last night. Local diving legend, Neil McDaniel, gave an entertaining presentation on his 2003 Bowie Seamount Expedition. In keeping with the evening’s theme, several authors and artists were signing and selling their crafts. We came away with a few of the silent auction items, so a great evening with friends and local dive industry folks. Congratulations to the event organizers for pulling together this exciting event!

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Civil Wars at The Vogue: Two Voices And One Guitar.

November 13, 2011 - Nashville-based country-folk duo “The Civil Wars” (Joy Williams and John Paul White) owned the stage at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver last night. The fact that it was my birthday didn’t matter, Kathryn and I wanted to see this dynamic duo who are on the rising curve to stardom. Touring in support of their latest release "Barton Hollow", the Vogue Theatre provided an intimate setting for Joy & John Paul’s exceptionally haunting vocals, sweet harmonies and exceptional songwriting.
The opening act, “Milo Greene” was a real surprise too! Delightfully entertaining, there was not a bad song in their set. Anyway, if The Civil Wars are performing on any stage in your town, go see them!  They are quite simply, AMAZING!

"With their playful banter and exquisite harmonies,
they create music that is as haunting as a nocturne,
soothing as a lullaby."
-USA Today- 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"The Civil Wars" - The Best Of What's Next!

WOW, going to see “The Civil Wars” perform on Sunday night! I only discovered their music when they appeared on Letterman two weeks ago. Downloaded their CD and have been listening to it in the car. The buzz is they are “The Best of What’s Next”. Purely by accident while searching for a guitar tab of their mesmerizing hit, “Poison & Wine”, I stumbled across their website. Low & behold, it said they’re playing Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre on November 13th, which coincidentally happens to be my birthday. I said to Katie, ”We’re, going!”
Check them out.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Remembrance Day: In Flanders Fields The Poppies Blow.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie 

In Flanders fields. 

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1872-1918) is remembered for what is probably the single best-known and popular poem from World War I, "In Flanders Fields." On May 3, 1915, Canadian physician, McCrae penned his most famous poem after witnessing the death of his friend, 22-year-old Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, the day before. McCrae was a Canadian physician who fought on the Western Front in 1914, but was then transferred to the medical corps and assigned to a hospital in France. He died of pneumonia while on active duty in 1918. McCrae's rank was Major when he composed “In Flanders Fields.”  He was up for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel when he died in January 1918.
 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae 
As McCrae wrote his poem, Sergeant-Major Cyril Allinson was delivering mail when he noticed McCrae sitting at the back of an ambulance parked near the dressing station beside the Yser Canal, just a few hundred yards north of Ypres, Belgium. Allinson silently watched as McCrae wrote his poem and later recalled, “His face was very tired but calm as he wrote. He looked around from time to time, his eyes straying to Helmer's grave." Within moments, John McCrae had completed his poem to a fallen friend and when he was done, without a word, McCrae took his mail and handed the poem to Allinson.

Allinson was deeply moved. “In Flanders Fields was an exact description of the battle front. McCrae used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene."  A collection of his poetry, “In Flanders Fields and Other Poems), was published after John McCrae’s death in 1918.On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians pause each year in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service. Lest We Forget, that in Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row. 
Canadian soldiers in Flanders fields.