…of swag, flight, & blueberries…


…”NHL hockey tickets, maple syrup among gifts for new Canadian citizens”…”The demise of the 747 is a sign of changing flight patterns”…”Move beyond the muffin and try blueberries in new ways”…

I never knew it but in a quest to make citizenship ceremonies “a memorable day” new citizens receive from Citizenship & Immigration Canada, gifts such as hockey tickets, Tim Horton gift cards, Canadian flags, entry cards for free admissions for a year to the nation’s museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions, among others like maple syrup and Canadiana books.

Critics say this is reducing what should be a momentous and solemn occasion into a “sort of photo op, product placement opportunity.
It seems inconsistency of the ‘gift bag’ contents across the country and at different times of year, is at issue also.

Interesting…is all I can say & smile ….O Canada!

Engine manufacturing technology improvements & noise reduction seem to be the two developments that are sending the airline industry demand for the work horse 747 jumbo jet into decline.

Cheers to long range/short range and refraining from being short sighted!…

Salsa, salad dressing & jam! Yes, those are the new ways chefs these days are being innovative with blueberries!

Cheers to out with April & in with May!!

“The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.”

– Philip Larkin, The Trees


Teacher: Mavis, can you tell me which month is the shortest?
Mavis: Its May, Miss.
Teacher: No, it isn’t. The shortest month is February.
Mavis: But, Miss, February has eight letters in it. May has only three!


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