Hubris, hyperbole, hope and hockey

Illustration by Malcolm Jones As summer wanes and autumn beckons, millions of Canadians of a particular persuasion get ready to board the annual nine-month, 82-game roller coaster. That is the lot of the hometown hockey fan, especially if you carry the torch for a certain Toronto franchise decked out in blue and white. Every year it’s the same. When the...
  • Humour Hunt

    February 23, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Janet Wilcox of Gander, Nfld., says her granddaughter, Allison, had just started school and was asked why she had a holiday on Nov.11. She replied: “It’s for all poppies and grandpoppies who helped to fight the...
  • Humour Hunt

    January 26, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    A Christmas-leave story from Danny Arntsen of Delisle, Sask.: I was orderly sergeant at Debert, N.S., when the regimental sergeant major asked my advice about a telegram he had just received from my friend Blacky. The telegram said: “Please grant three-day extension of leave. Sister...
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    January 21, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Cane of St.Catharines, Ont., says he has proof that old soldiers not only don’t die, they don’t even fade away. His 94-year-old uncle, Jim, a First World War veteran, wrote a cheque to pay his city taxes but died before the cheque was cashed. He...
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    January 4, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    Lloyd Allaby of Bloomfield, N.B., says before he sailed for England in 1942 he eavesdropped on older companions for tips on how to get along with Englishwomen. The main advice seemed to be to keep nylons handy. He surreptitiously bought three pairs. His first encounter...
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    December 22, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Stan Knight of Bobcaygeon, Ont., writes: During the Second World War, our escort group ran a convoy with HMS Revenge. The mighty Revenge sat steady as a rock in the water while the Canadian corvettes bobbed around her like corks. I was duty signaller on...
  • Humour Hunt

    December 3, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Padre C.F. Waite of Oakwood, Ont., says there was an ambitious lieutenant who wanted to impress everybody around him with how busy and efficient he was. He had his name painted on the door to his new office and spread papers on his desk. Hearing...
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