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

    June 9, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Ruth E. Dunnett of Thunder Bay, Ont., says that for women joining the services, one of the most difficult things to learn during basic training was tying a tie. After tying and untying my tie umpteen times, and in complete frustration, she threatened to go...
  • Humour Hunt

    June 4, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Jack Wilson of Exeter, Ont., tells us of an incident aboard a Canadian frigate outward bound from Halifax in 1944: An able seaman (AB) had joined us the previous night from HMCS Scotian, a shore base for experienced men who could be drafted at short...
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    May 28, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    The expression, a piece of cake, meaning anything easy to handle, originated in the Royal Air Force about 1938. We like an entertaining explanation of the expression’s origin sent in by Sidney Allinson of Scarborough, Ont. It seems that an instructor at a fighter training...
  • Humour Hunt

    May 26, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    A contributor who wishes to remain anonymous has sent us a sequel to Hugo Saudino’s earlier story about somebody dressing up in the mess polar-bear skin at Fort Churchill to provide a sudden outdoors photo opportunity for visitors from the south. During a Halloween party...
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    May 21, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Harry Lennox of Vancouver, who says at 86, he’s “still picking them up and putting them down,” has been a Legion padre for 57 years and is honorary chaplain of the British Columbia Regt. in whose 2nd Bn. he served in the Second World War....
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    May 19, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    Stan Knight of Bobcaygeon, Ont., sends us this story. The convoy had broken up and the merchant ships, considered out of the danger zone, were proceeding independently to their ports of destination. The first mate of an old tramp steamer, happy to be completing a...
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