Masons love Hornblower

Hornblower is the umbrella title of a series of British television films based on three of C. S. Forester’s 10 novels about the fictional character Horatio Hornblower, a Royal Navy officer during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars.

The series ran from 1998 to 2003, with Ioan Gruffudd in the title role.  …

We watched the 1st of the movies – The Even Chance (US title: The Duel).

Horatio is only 17yrs-old. The year is 1793.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Rebus – Standing in Another Man’s Grave

Exit Music was the 17th and last crime novel in the bestselling Inspector Rebus series, written by Ian Rankin. It was published on 6 September 2007.

I was sad to see him retire. :-(

Happily, Rebus returned 2012 in Standing in Another Man’s Grave:

Having been retired from the police for five years, Rebus continues to investigate as part of the cold cases unit. The mother of a missing girl enlists his help in finding out what happened to her daughter, leading Rebus to uncover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances stretching back to the millennium …


I’m next on to #19 – Saints of the Shadow Bible 2014.

I mostly READ audio books these days. My average cost, taking advantage of specials as they come along, is about $11 / book from

I’ve yet to get Kindled.

Obama – ISIS Campaign unending, expensive ordeal

… White House aides confirmed that President Obama will reassure Americans that the impending military campaign against ISIS will be the exact same type of open-ended, drawn-out conflict that they are used to. …

… speech to comfort the American public by reminding them that they have been through armed engagements without clear end dates or even concrete objectives plenty of times before, and that this case is no different,” …

… the president will assuage viewers’ concerns by laying out precisely how the U.S. will mire itself in the same old quagmire that citizens have grown accustomed to over the years. “The president’s message is clear: This will be just another one of our routine intractable engagements in the region—it’s going to be unending, it’s going to be expensive, and it’s going to affect our credibility within the international community. …

The Onion

Worst two Presidents ever, I’d say. And for much the same reasons. :-(

Barack Obama, George W. Bush

Calgary’s new $245m library

Calgary must have the crappiest library in Canada for a city this size.

By crappy, I mean there are hardly any functioning toilets left in the old building. :-(

But the new library, hopefully opening 2018, does look sweet. It will include a public train line for access.


related – Free library cards a ‘key tactic’ of Calgary Public Library rebranding set for 2015

Eliminating card fees will have a relatively minor impact on the library’s roughly $54-million annual operating budget. Membership brought in $1.4 million — slightly less than Calgary branches raised in fines.