Month: June 2018

Of contemptible pirates and desert isles: The saga of Captain Barnabas Lincoln
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Of contemptible pirates and desert isles: The saga of Captain Barnabas Lincoln

On Nov. 13, 1821, Captain Barnabas Lincoln and his crew, including a Newfoundlander, set sail from Boston aboard the schooner Exertion. They were bound for the Cuban town of Trinidad loaded with foodstuffs and furniture. They had no idea what they were in for, but the tome-like title of the skipper’s 40-page account, completed in April 1822, pretty much sums it up: Narrative of the Capture, Sufferings and Escape of Capt. Barnabas Lincoln And His Crew, Who Were Taken By a Piratical Schooner, December, 1821, Off Key Largo; Together With Facts Illustrating the Character of Those Piratical Cruisers. Lincoln wrote his account, he said, largely because pirates had “infested” the southern coasts of the United States. “If this narrative should effect any good, or urge our...
Blood in the Mud | 360 VR-Experience
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Blood in the Mud | 360 VR-Experience

This video is best viewed on a mobile device or VR headset. Use headphones for a fully immersive environment. Experience the First World War Battle of Beaumont-Hamel from a perspective never before portrayed. Brought to you by Legion Magazine, this 360/VR experience is an artist’s representation of the past and present landscape during and following the battle that took place on July 1, 1916. A new bilingual, interactive 360° VR-EXPERIENCE from Legion Magazine—“Blood in the Mud 360°”—examines the role of the Newfoundland Regiment and the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the monumental First World War battle that took place more than 100 years ago on both sides of the Somme River in France, from July 1 to Nov. 18, 1916. The assault at Beaumont-Hamel on July 1 saw the Newfoundlander...
Reading at the Legion
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Reading at the Legion

– Illustration by Malcolm Jones –   Many people labour under the misconception that when a publisher releases a novel, the writer’s job is done. Ha! Oh, were it only true. You see, to eke out a living as a novelist in this big but still small country, writers have to get out there and promote their works at every opportunity and venue, including book clubs, public libraries, community service organizations, literary festivals, restaurant openings, and children’s birthday parties. Okay, I exaggerate. I’ve only done three kids’ parties over the years. However, talking about your book, making copies available for sale, and endearing yourself to audiences across the country are important parts of earning the opportunity to write and publish another book. Without simplifying it too mu...
Linden MacIntyre narrates Military Moments | Battle of the Somme
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Linden MacIntyre narrates Military Moments | Battle of the Somme

Legion Magazine and Canada’s Ultimate Story present Military Moments | Battle of the Somme. Written by Don Gillmor and narrated by journalist, broadcaster, and novelist Linden MacIntyre, the video explores the devastation of the bloodiest battle of the First World War. It depicts the sacrifice from the British, French, and Canadian Expeditionary Force in the monumental battle that took place over a century ago on both sides of the Somme River in France, from July 1 to Nov. 18, 1916. The Battle of the Somme continued for more than four months, and more than 1.3 million soldiers on both sides were killed or wounded. #LestWeForget Narrated by Linden MacIntyre Directed & Edited by Adam Tindal Written by Don Gillmor Graphics & Animation by Julia Paddick Produced by Jason Dupr...
Performance enhancers and war go hand in hand
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Performance enhancers and war go hand in hand

The use of performance-enhancing drugs has a long history in war, both as a product of state-sanctioned programs and illicit use by participants. Aggression, energy and alertness have always been critical to any warfighter, but artificial means of achieving and maintaining a state of combat readiness have evolved—or devolved, as the case may be—and possibly spread in recent decades: Child soldiers fighting for Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front consumed a mixture of marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogenic drugs, including “brown-brown,” a snorted blend of cocaine and gunpowder. Some ISIS fighters reportedly use a methamphetamine-like psychostimulant in their brutal quest to create a global caliphate; steroids were found at an ISIS training centre in Mosul in 201...
Performance enhancers and the military: The new arms race
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Performance enhancers and the military: The new arms race

A global arms race is simmering, only this one does not involve robots, nuclear weapons, laser beams or other futuristic gadgets. Rather, these rivals are trying to outdo one another in an age-old quest to extend the limits of the human body. Militaries around the world, Canada’s included, are testing supplements, stimulants and other performance-enhancing substances. Some—not Canada—are even considering using steroids and hormones to create so-called super-soldiers. In an age when technology is replacing manpower at virtually every turn, militaries are still looking to make their soldiers go faster, stronger and farther while minimizing side effects that could compromise health and safety, especially on the battlefield. Like pro sports teams, the military has training regimen...

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