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Honouring Canadian Heroes

22 Oct

Canadians are justly proud of our Armed Forces – their Heroism, Valour, Honour and Service – in the 2 World Wars – and elsewhere on this planet over many decades.

Today I honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo – a Canadian Reservist soldier – who was slain by lone gunman while standing guard on Parliament Hill in the Canadian Capital of Ottawa at the War Memorial.

Cpl. Nathan Frank 1

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo / Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Cpl. Nathan Frank

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo guarding the War Memorial – minutes before he was slain

Cpl. Nathan Frank 2

First responders attempting to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

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Ambulance Services on the scene

I also honour House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers who slew the demented assailant who cowardly murdered Cpl. Cirillo.

Kevin Vickers, parliament's sergeant-at-arms

Kevin Vickers – House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms


Security: Parliament Hill Style - Members of Parliament barricade the doors

Security: Parliament Hill Style – Members of Parliament barricade the doors

My Comment:

Appalling Canadian Security

After 9/11 – and everything that has come after it, I am appalled – APPALLED !!!! – that anyone could get within a thousand yards of our esteemed government buildings on Parliament Hill with even a pen knife.

I watched in amazement as a TV analyst spoke about upgrading security at “The Hill”.

WHAT SECURITY ??????

Anybody – you, I, or anyone – could have loaded ourselves up with bombs and guns and entered that building and blown the whole place up.

When a guy can just drive up with a gun – shoot a guard – then enter the Parliament Buildings … That means there is NO SECURITY. Never was.

THEN many armed soldiers, Tac Team, Army personnel, Police officers, and Security are running around the grounds for hours – after the fact - to see if there was anyone else involved. NO CAMERAS – NO SURVEILLANCE – of any kind – that would have easily and instantly shown them if there was anyone else.

APPALLING !!!!

That’s Canadian Security.

We STILL don’t get it.

CCR revisited and Yellow River

27 Sep

1970

1971


“… shining down like water … “

jcalberta

Where we come from.

Rose …

14 Sep

Happy Birthday Rose 2014

Rose's Birthday 2014

HO HO Hooooo …

9 Sep

Thot we’d skip Fall this year and go directly to Winter.

This way we don’t have to deal with those messy leaves.

Photos from the internet …

Yesterday I was barbequing … today my garden is dead.

 

Billy Miner … Part 3

5 Sep

Railroad Bill by Alan Lomax 

Billy Miner … still popular 

Seen Billy

Billy Minor Legacy

The Grey Fox train bar

Seen Billy 2

Billy Minor Legacy 2

 

Billy Minor pub

Seen Billy 3

Billy's gun bar

Billy Tombstone

The Grey Fox (1982)

31 Aug

Billy Miner – Sang by Garry Fjellgaard

The Grey Fox train bar

“In 1901, after 33 years in San Quentin, Bill Miner
“The Gentleman Bandit,”

was released into the Twentieth Century”

The Grey Fox Poster 2

The Grey Fox Posters

Notice anything funny about the posters above?
The image on the right is reversed.
Why? I have no idea.

The Grey Fox Poster 3

The Grey Fox

The Grey Fox 2

the grey fox stage bar

I saw the Grey Fox when it came out in 1982. At the time I recall being underwhelmed. I was hoping for a Western action film, but the Grey Fox didn’t answer my bloodlust. It was more a docu-drama – a Bio Pic on the famous “Gentleman Bandit”, outlaw Billy Miner.

the grey fox stage bar

But upon watching it again, my initial feelings were dismissed. It’s a good movie. Probably a movie that should be more appreciated.

No, it’s not a ‘shoot up’, but it is well shot. Nicely directed by Phillip Borsos and written by John Hunter,

Farnsworth has more than enough Star Power to get away with the loot and he seems to have been born for the role of Billy Miner. That’s great casting.

Director Phillip Borsos and Richard Farnsworth / 1982 Canadian movie The Grey Fox.

Director Phillip Borsos and Richard Farnsworth / 1982 Canadian movie The Grey Fox.

The movie pulls us in quickly and though we know Miner is a crook, Farnsworth’s charm wins us over easily and we’re along for the ride - whatever our fates may be.

When the action picks up, Farnsworth’s soft spoken like-ability is played ‘against type’ where the violent contrast against his usually quiet nature provides dramatic punch.

MFW The Grey Fox RT Review

Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes)

Francis Ford Coppola protégé Phillip Borsos directs this elegiac, low-key tale about real-life bandit Bill Miner that has become a classic of Canadian cinema. Having been released from jail in 1901 following a 33-year prison sentence for robbing stagecoaches, Bill Miner (Richard Farnsworth) finds himself living in a society that has completely changed from the one of his youth. He tries to put his life of crime behind him and settle down in Washington state with his sister, but the quiet life does not suit him. He feels restless but uncertain as to how to proceed next. The answer comes to him when he sees Edward S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery. Soon, Miner has slipped over the border into Canada and, along with his new partner, Shorty (Wayne Robson), robs the Canadian Pacific Railway Transcontinental Express. Later, while laying low after the crime in a remote corner of British Columbia, he meets the beautiful, strong-willed photographer Kate Flynn (Jackie Burroughs). In writing this script, Borsos reportedly made heavy use of contemporary court documents and testimonies. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival in honor of its 20th anniversary. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

PG, 1 hr. 30 min. / Directed By: Phillip Borsos / United Artists

MFW The Grey Fox IMDB Review

Storyline (IMDB)
Old West highwayman Bill Miner, known to Pinkertons as “The Gentleman Bandit,” is released in 1901 after 33 years in prison, a genial and charming old man. He goes to Washington to live and work with his sister’s family. But the world has changed much while he has been away, and he just can’t adjust. So he goes to Canada and returns to the only thing familiar to him — robbery (with stagecoaches changed to trains). - Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

The Grey Fox train bar

Opening Screenshots

Opening Screenshots 2

The Grey Fox quote 2

the grey fox stage bar

Closing Screenshots

The End of the line

The Grey Fox exits with a bit of a fairy tale ending with Bill riding (or rowing) off into the sunset, but sadly (historically) Miner died in in a Georgia, US prison in 1912.

The Grey Fox - Farnsworth

The Grey Fox train bar

The Real Grey Fox

Upcoming on My Favorite Westerns …

27 Aug

Celebrating The Lone Ranger and Tonto – Continued

The Lone Ranger and Tonto

Celebrating Steeds of Renown – Continued 

The Cisco Kid

The Grey Fox and Richard Farnsworth

The Grey Fox Poster

The Wild Bunch – A Celebrating a Favorite

The Wild Bunch - The Walk

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