Friday, January 30, 2009

On Becoming Canadian, Extreme Texting, Octuplets

As I am writing this section, it is Thursday night and I have just heard a report on yet another school, this time in New Brunswick, which has stopped playing the Canadian National Anthem at assembly because of the protest of some parents. I, along with many, many others, am sick and tired of this kowtowing to people from other countries and other religions who have emigrated here and persist in trying to change the beliefs and practices of Canada. Basically, if you don't like it, go back home. If your home is too dangerous, sorry, (isn't that why you came here?) adapt or go somewhere else. Why should Canada change to suit you? Matt and I are immigrants and we did everything we could to behave as Canadians and to follow the practices of Canada, we did NOT try and dictate how people should live. If you want to practice another way of life, you are free (to a lot of immigrants that is a strange word), yes FREE to do so in your own homes, but do not inflict your beliefs and practices on our schools or anywhere else. We are Canadians first, foremost and finally. Let's face it, if any one of us tried to go live in some of the originating countries, we would get short shrift trying to enforce our religions or practices there. Canada is exceptionally tolerant with its immigrants, but take the hint, this is Canada, nowhere else. Today there was a segment on Good Morning America about kids and texting - there are some who are 'extreme' texters and send something like 28,000 texts a month. One kid racked up a $700 phone bill until her parents bought her an unlimited plan - I am surprised the parents paid it. I know what I would have done, farewell allowance. They swear it doesn't affect their school work or get in the way of their lives in general. I don't see how that can be true. If you'd like to read the story click here for the GMA segment. Another item in the news at the moment is the woman who has just given birth to octuplets and has now been discovered to have 6 children at home already. Read here, she is apparently unmarried and lives with her parents. I wonder where all the money is coming from to bring up these children. Another simple recipe this morning from The Best Three and Four Ingredient Cookbook. Beef Cooked in Red Wine Shin of beef is traditionally quite a tough cut that needs long, slow cooking and marinating the beef in red wine gives a tender result. Sprinkle the stew with rosemary and serve with mashed potatoes. Serves four to six. 1 1/2 lbs. boned and cubed shin of beef (any stewing beef) 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 bottle fruity red wine Salt and ground black pepper Put the beef in a casserole dish with the garlic and some black pepper and pour over the red wine. Stir to combine, then cover and chill for at least 12 hours. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F. Cover the casserole with a tight fitting lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 2 hours, or until the beef is very tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve piping hot. Variation: Marinate the beef in a mixture of half port and half beef stock instead of the red wine. Port cooks down to produce a lovely rich sauce, but be sure to dilute it with stock because it can be quite overpowering on its own. A half and half mixture will give the perfect balance of taste. Have a great day.


  1. Jo --

    Did you say a woman had 8 children in one go? Are you sure you don't mean Labrador bitch?

  2. Yes, 8 at one time. The docs were expecting 7 and the 8th was apparently hiding until the last minute. No-one is saying if she took fertility drugs or not.

  3. I completely agree about the immigrants, Jo. While I find it delightful to share the cultural activities of minority groups, such as their music and dance or New Year celebrations or whatever, any society has to have a certain cohesiveness to survive. Loyalty to one's adopted country doesn't mean you forget the land that bred you: it should just mean you get the best of both worlds to cherish and to share.