I am motorcyclist with a smattering of experiences ranging from being a ditch digger to being the CEO of a publicly traded company. I escaped getting addicted to drugs and avoided gang cultures by escaping into books and meeting some individuals who mentored me and showed me a path that kept me sane.
Emily’s Quest is written by one of Canada’s most beloved writers L.M. Montgomery. It is a book with great visual artistry and a look into the manners of the early 19th century
Seen as a book for children but the historical content and worldliness of the prose make it worth while for anyone. I do not remember how it made it into my bookshelf but reading it as an old man I was quite taken by the characters and a bit jealous of those that have read her before me.
A prolific writer best known for Ann of Green Gables she has been awarded the Order of the British Empire and her books have film and television adaptations. Her book Anne of Green Gables has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Lust Google her you will be amazed.
Several novels in the series have been adapted and made into a successful television miniseries. Montgomery museums, plays, and houses on Prince Edward Island draw international visitors.
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This was written while contemplating some of the messes our world is going through. The problems I was contemplating were so dire that COV19, which is killing millions, dropped to fourth on my list. Thinking about is seemed like a slippery Slippery Slope that could cause me to slip into despair. Then I wrote this poem.
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Putin’s unjust war on Ukraine has not just impacted those directly under the guns but has drawn the world into an economic tailspin that severely impacts those most vulnerable in our societies. When you are struggling to put food on the table the plight of others is not often foremost on your mind.
Reconciling with our Native Peoples in Canada
As Canadians are coming to grips with the past injustices colonization forced on our First Nations and our original peoples. This has been accelerated by the finding of unmarked graves at sites of resenental schools which has increased the public conscience in this regard, stipulated debate and forced us to recognize our failings.
Getting those that helped us while we were in Afghanistan to Canada
Canada committed forces to Afghanistan in October 2001 and while we were there thousands of Afghans helped us. The Taliban will kill those people if we do not get them here!
Canada can, and must do more to on this issue. All Canadians should be pressuring all governments to collectively come up with a strategy where all Canadians can with dignify have a roof over their heads. There are enormous challenges to overcome but to not do it is a disgrace to our collective conscience.
Extremism in most forms is destructive to the well being of the majority. The majority must not be silent or they will regret their inaction
Vaccines for the World
The Joint Technical Symposium held on 16 December by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) highlighted that the world can move quickly when driven by a crisis situation, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooperation is a key factor to foster innovation and timely equitable access to health products – for COVID-19 and in preparation for future pandemics.
And putting food on the table.
Food Banks in Country like Canada are a disgrace. For governments to rely on the generosity of its people and the volunteerism of thousands to deliver food to those who need a hand is a failure of our democracy.
Indeed a slippery slope
When you see a child smile, or a ray of sunshine break through a cloudy sky it makes stop for a moment. In that moment the worlds problems are lessened. I hope my wee poem does that for you, it is a simple thing a smile!
My interest in Speedway has been inspired by the great Czechoslovakian Franta Juhan with whom I had the privilege of spending some with. He raced every motorcycle discipline and excelled in them all. Speedway was his thing and he loved it. Watch my blog on Franta Juhan for more.
My copy of the Speedway Annual No2 is the premise for this intro where I show a bit of yesterday and today starting out with some great footage from Wembley in 1933 in front of 55,000 fans and some Modern Speedway featuring recently retired World Champion Greg Hancock.
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In Europe they draw big crowds to these events. What I personally love about it is the feeder system to the national teams.
Speedway is a team sport Towns have that compete against each other. Each race is contested by four riders, and lasts for four laps. Competitions are conducted in a heats format. For each race, riders are awarded points based on their finish position, where 1st place finish carries 3 points, 2nd carries 2, and 3rd place finisher receives 1 point. The rider finishing in 4th place or who does not finish the race does not receive any points. The rider with the most points at the end of the competition is declared the winner.
Wiki says “Motorcycle speedway, usually referred to simply as speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving four and sometimes up to six riders competing over four anti-clockwise laps of an oval circuit. The motorcycles are specialist machines that use only one gear and have no brakes. Racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt, loosely packed shale, or crushed rock (mostly used in Australia and New Zealand). Competitors use this surface to slide their machines sideways, powersliding or broadsiding into the bends. On the straight sections of the track, the motorcycles reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).
There are now both domestic and international competitions in a number of countries, including the Speedway World Cup, whilst the highest overall scoring individual in the Speedway Grand Prix events is pronounced the world champion. Speedway is popular in Central and Northern Europe and to a lesser extent in Australia and North America.
Now retired, one of the best is was Greg Hancock from the USA who was a California kid who dominated the sport for over 25 years and practically unknown in the United States but a hero in Europe,
A variant of track racing, speedway is administered internationally by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). Domestic speedway events are regulated by FIM-affiliated national motor sport federations”.
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Corporate Cultures is a 1982 publication on The Rites and Rituals of Corporate Life by Terrence E. Deal and Allan A. Kennedy.
Much of the subject matter is still relevant. You can be sucked into a whirlpool of ideologies by just using Google and Wikipedia under Corporate Culture. The Corporate Culture created by Steve Jobs at Apple is a great example of how a corporate culture can benefit everyone.
You often do not give culture much thought, but most successful companies will tell you it is worthy of serious consideration. Who and what are you and why should it matter is more than just a catchy byline. It is what binds you to your customers, employees and shareholders.
In a recent PWC report they said ” Now more than ever, senior leaders need to have both a clear and compelling vision and walk the talk. Canadians want to see their companies’ leaders follow through on their commitments to their people. They want to see their leaders setting a clear path towards building trust by giving their people a shared sense of purpose, while also making sure they feel valued, connected and visibly supported.” Countries have cultures that are in a constant state of flux.
In todays Canadian landscape addressing our culture in regards to women, our responsibilities to our aboriginal peoples, our disadvantaged citizens and minorities all need our attention. Being Canadian is an honour, and we can all be part of developing a culture to make us proud. (Duncan Fraser, January, 2023)
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The legendary bicycle designer Paul Brodie is given the challenge to make a much needed fender stay for Frankie Juhan’s Historic Honda CR750 Krause-Yoshimura.
Frankie trusted Paul and gave him artistic license with the design.
The results as shown in this video are that of a master craftsman, an avid motorcyclist, historian and a great storyteller. I love the video and hope you do to!
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Fujio Yoshimura visits the Krauss memorial which states DREAMERS AND VISIONARIES SHARE COMMON THREADS BOTH HAVE EXTRAVEGANT FANTACIES FILLING THEIR HEADS BUT THE DREAMER STOPS WHILE THE VISIONARY ENDURES
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This introduction to Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is short reading in memory of the late Robert Gunn of the Royal Canadian Artillery who was the original owner of my copy of the book.
Mr. Gunn was a with the 16th. Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery from Vancouver.
He passed away at the age of 32 in Sussex England while fighting for our freedom and the right to us to read books like this.
This book It is treasured my myself and has a place of reverence in my home.
With the exception of the Bible and Shakespeare’s collective works, the Rubaiyat must be the most printed book in the world but I had not read any of it until got this copy. I was going through what I call my metaphysical stage in the early sixties and its verses were deeply influential in the restructuring of this street youths mind.
I have referred to it may times since. I hope you do to! There is something for everyone in this wee book. Click on the link below and give me a thumbs up if you like it and subscribe if you care!
My friend Frankie Juhan was invited to write the inserts for Jawa Road Racers by Raymond Ainscoe and Peter Murray
His dad Franta Juhan was a Speedway Champion for Jawa,
The Juhan family, Franta Juhan, Frankie Juhan, and Jaroslav Juhan have collectively won races world wide on two and four wheels.
Franta and Frankie Juhan are an integral part of motorcycling in Canada having supported the sport by assisting riders and events including Road Racing, Motocross, Cross Country, Trials, Flat Track and Ice Racing.
In Jaroslav’s biography written by Jan Kralik and published by Grada “Jaroslav Juhan, Life Without Brakes, the man who brought Porsche to Carrera” there is a great section on Franta Juhan.
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Legendary Honda Engineer Fuyuki Hosokawa introduces the revolutionary new family of Honda Hornet Engines.
When Honda untethers Fuyuki Hosokawa on a project the results speak for themselves, and this new engine will find itself in other models. Please Click on the video and give it a thumbs up if you like it and subscribe if you care.
On the Hornet Objective Hosokawa sama said ” Our aim has always been to match these to the lightest, most agile handling possible, to make every ride – even in town – as engaging and fulfilling as possible.
To get the kind of performance and lightweight handling we wanted, we knew we had to develop an all-new short-stroke twin-cylinder engine with a 270° crankshaft.
This would deliver that top-end rush and the sporty low-down torque, ideal for riding in urban environments and powering out of corners on the open road.
The Hornet has always been the ultimate representation of the streetfighter concept, and this new Hornet proudly carries on this tradition.
The Hornet has always been an exceptional motorcycle for Honda. Exciting, engaging performance has always been matched to lithe, agile handling. “
As we move into 2023 and with the Milan show behind us we can see the production models that Honda will release using this new engine.