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Seen as a book for children but the historical content and worldliness of the prose make it worth while for anyone.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!
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!
Watch this great video shown below please let me know what you think.
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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
The Editor of this blog knows the parties and the bike in this post rather well.
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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.
Welcome to 2023. We always think back as a New Year starts for some reason, and here is one of the places my head was this weekend,. Please let me know what you think.
Out of the blue in my Inbox lands a picture from 1972. It was from a Cross Country Race in British Columbia on my XL250. I had stripped the lights from it, changed the exhaust and went racing, When the weekend was over I stuck the lights back on and used it as a commuter. I think I raced that bike in a 100 miler and a couple of 200 milers. The poem is a result the feeling looking at the picture caused. Wondering where in my brain (The Grey Matter) these memories were stored.
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Happy New Year everyone this is the last post for 2022. It is a Video that I created for the Honda Centre in British Columbia in Canada
It is highlighted by snippets from Honda Global images that are used with permission and edited using Adobe.
Featuring my of my favorite motorcycles The Honda Africa Twin which I first encountered in 1988 as the XRV650 then the Honda NXR-750, which won the Paris -Dakar Rally four times in the late 1980s. In 2023 Honda will release a brand new bike Honda XL750 Transalp which feature in a future Blog. I am still waiting for permission from Honda. Coming Soon!
The current model the CRF1100L shown in this video is a wonderful piece of technology.
The Video was created for the header to the Company’s Wed Site and featuring video from Honda Marine, Honda Europe, Honda.com and the Honda Centre. The Africa Twin, 250hp Honda Outboard, 2.3 Honda Outboard, Honda CBR, Honda Generators are included
Edited and narrated by Duncan Fraser
All copywrite stays with the original producers this video may be shared when used in it’s entirety
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World Champions in Road Racing, Motocross, Speedway and Enduro all train with trials bikes.
It is the motorcycle sport where control, balance and concentration not speed is paramount. It is the quiet motorcycle Sport. It does not get the coverage of it’s more flashy cousins yet it is probably the most environmentally friendly of our disciplines.
Noraly from itchyboots travels the world on a motorcycle and she has over a million followers and I am one of them! She took the time to learn something about Trials between her episodes.
The Canadian National Trials Championship In IOCO B.C. this month just a few minutes from where I live and Noraly was just here in British Columbia on her Honda CRF300L Rally on the way to Alaska. That is what prompted this post
This young lady is am inspiration. Please let me know what you think
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Motorcyclists from every era have one bike that for them is the best bike of all time.
I asked the late great Czech Speedway Champion Franta Juhan what his favorite bike was and and he told me.
“Sonny” (his nickname for me) I have raced many great bikes including the Gilera Four in Monza, The Vellocette KTT which I rode to a new lap record in Switzerland and rode in the Isle of Man TT. I had a DKW 240 Speedway bike and a 1000cc Covenry Eagle and raced Jawa in the Six Days Trial. I have ridden Jawa, Vincent, Gilera, Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta but my favorite was the Jawa 350 Speedway Bike.” Franta was a big imposing gentleman and is eyes got a far away look when he hung his arm over my shoulder and talked of these bikes.
I was what you could call a child of the sixties and my own personal best was the incredible Honda RC166.
You can see it here an my vlog Duncan Fraser Reads.