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Pro Amor Patriae

Posted by Dirck on 30 June, 2017

Oh, I’ll bet I’ve spelled that wrong; I’ll be writing ROMANI ITE DOMUM all over the forum for the rest of the day, now.

In any event, tomorrow is the sesquicentennial of Canada as an independent country (as recognized by European nations).  We do this on the first of the July not to sneak in before the US’s national celebration, but because having a summer celebration is much better than one in winter, and because it one is free to choose, why not the first of the month?  It makes for a tidy calendar.

Today’s films, therefore, are little bits of national history programming which we occasionally get to enjoy rather than adverts on TV.  There’s plenty of them, and I’ve chosen ones that I think give a pretty good sense of the sort of interior mixture of pride and regret that a lot of Canadians are steeping in currently.

Today’s pen: Pelikan M600
Today’s ink: Chelpark Black
(Not Canadian?  Oh, dear, me– we’re a mosaic of many cultures here.  They’re in Canada, so they’re as Canadian as I am)

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What I did on my vacation, Part 1

Posted by Dirck on 2 July, 2010

Well, here I am, halfway through, and I can’t say I’ve been idle. A Parker 25 set right for a client (blue trim rather than green, and I actually forgot to snap it for my album!), a Parker “51” pulled apart to replace the breather tube in the Aerometric filler, and a little something cobbled together for my son’s birthday.
A wooden play structure.
That’s a thirteen man-hour job, allowing for backtracking when lack of clarity in the instructions left a part in upside down or mirror-wise. Seen enjoying it are my son on the platform and his older cousin on the slide. You may detect a hint of myself lurking in the background, although like a sasquatch, I decline to come out and wave.

The picture was taken at the lad’s birthday party, held the day after his actual birthday. This allows the whole family to attend, as the nation’s birthday is the one after his, and everyone gets the day off to pursue patriotic sunburns. For extra feelings of good citizenship, I highly recommend this explanatory poem (which was performed at the opening of the last Olympics, which the video is not actually of).

That’s it for the moment. I hear some Vacumatics calling out for diaphragms, and even on vacation, time moves with a grim inexorability.

Today’s pen: Rotring Core Lysium
Today’s ink: Herbin’s Bleu Pervenche

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Mon pays/fil is having a birthday

Posted by Dirck on 1 July, 2009

The title above sadly displays the ultimate extension of my ability in the other Official Language- je suis desolee, je ne parle pas Francais (in a slightly nasal, unintentionally offensive accent, and let us not even consider the spelling).

My son was actually born on 30 June, but we congratulated him on the wisdom of choosing a day on which, so long as he lives in Canada, he can celebrate his birthday recklessly and have a guaranteed day off to recover immediately afterwards. We’ve chosen to hold the observation of his first birthday on that holiday, so more well-wishers are free to come, shout ‘Happy Birthday’ at him, and generally confuse and agitate him.

…which means I have a back yard to prepare.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Valiant touchdown (in truth, I may not carry a pen at all, but this is a Canadian-made pen, so allow me a little patriotic fiction)
Today’s ink: Herbin’s Lierre Sauvage (see previous parenthesis– the leaf on the bottle looks vaguely maple-ish, even if it’s meant to be ivy)

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