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Writers Tom and Gail Douglas live in Oakville, Ontario, Canada
A husband-and-wife team of writers specializing in Canadian history
Interests: Travel, history, politics, music, classic movies
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Thanks Ian. I understand your rationale for singing the Johnny Paycheck song to an employer. I have also done so on a couple of occasions, including the same newspaper! I think we have been in touch more recently than 50 years ago. I recall several email exchanges over the years. And I'll just add that it's the support of people like you, especially friends, that makes it all worthwhile.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2022 on A Writer's Notebook at Tom Douglas
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My brothers and I grew up in a small northern mining town our father was posted to after he returned from a three-year nightmare in Europe. He was part of the invasion force that landed on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day - June 6, 1944. He had already spent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Scrummagrudge
Last year when Porter Airlines announced it would like to fly the new, quieter Bombardier CS-100 Series jet into Toronto's Island Airport, various groups jumped into the battle attempting to stop the move. But not Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. He said: "I don't have a problem with it. If these... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at diottetakeseven.com
Come the end of April and Sault Ste. Marie will have another Tim Hortons at the corner of Bruce and Pim Streets. According to Dick Brownlee, a long-time owner of the Tims on Highway 17 East, you won't see a big, splashy opening. "One day it will just be open,"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at diottetakeseven.com
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Photo of Lake Geneva paddle steamer from balcony of Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic The Venice of the North… The Paris of the Middle East… It’s amusing at times to Google a particular place you’re thinking of visiting and find that its promoters can think of no better way to describe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Travel Press International
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Further information available at www.myswitzerland.com When it comes to tourist promotion, Switzerland's theme song could be borrowed from Carly Simon's collection of greatest hits: Nobody Does It Better! Of course, it would be hard NOT to come up with a great promotional package, given the grandeur and beauty of that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Travel Press International
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The ghost of macho American writer Ernest Hemingway would no doubt slop his margarita all over the bar at that big Sloppy Joe’s saloon-in-the-sky if the clouds parted and he glanced down at the alpine village of Aproz in the Swiss canton of Valais. Papa, as he was known to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Travel Press International
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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, KBE, the world-famous comic, composer, director, songwriter and humanitarian, died at his home - the Manoir de Ban in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland in the hills north of Montreux - on Christmas Day 1977. Forty years later, the estate is now called Chaplin's World, and after less than... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Travel Press International
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Photos by Tom Douglas CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, SWITZERLAND – Canadians touring the new Chaplin’s World museum a few kilometers north of Montreux on the Swiss Riviera can thank at least five of their fellow countrymen for having had a hand in making it all happen. Three of those Canadians – Mack Sennett,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Travel Press International
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Photos by Tom Douglas Charlie and Freddie were poles apart in terms of birthplace and showbiz talent but they stand just seven kilometers from one another now and for eternity. Charlie Chaplin, known to and loved by millions for his portrayal of The Little Tramp in scores of silent movies,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Travel Press International
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At the 'Top of Europe' in the Swiss Alps ~ Photo by Sandrine Vogt - Jungfraujoch Guide I got bitten by the travel bug at five years of age! That’s when our family moved from the big city to a little mining town in Northern Ontario. As soon as I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at Travel Press International
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Editor's Note: Readers be advised that this initial column by Bob Diotte to be posted on this site is ironic and a bit sad. He was fighting a battle with cancer and had recovered sufficiently to find the strength to resume the Sault This Week column he loved writing. He... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at diottetakeseven.com
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Bob Diotte met many dignitaries in his multi-faceted career, including American Ambassador to Canada David H. Wilkins (2005 to 2009) By Jeffrey Ougler, Sault Star Monday, December 19, 2016 10:06:08 EST PM SAULT STE. MARIE - Once a journalist, always a journalist. Bob Diotte wore may hats throughout his life,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at diottetakeseven.com
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'He was a journalist to his death. He loved doing Take Seven. Even when he was deathly ill he'd try to file.' Dec 20, 2016 7:00 AM by: David Helwig Alba Marrato and Bob Diotte at one of the many Soo functions he attended That wooshing sound you're hearing this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at diottetakeseven.com
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Robert Anthony (Bob) Diotte Died Dec. 18 at the Ottawa General Hospital at the age of 77 after a long battle with cancer. After serving in the RCAF in 1958 and 1959, Bob attended Michigan Tech University (now Lake Superior State University). He was a journalist at the Sault Star... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at diottetakeseven.com
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DIOTTE, Robert Anthony (Bob) Died December 18, 2016 at the Ottawa General Hospital at the age of 77 after a long battle with cancer. After serving in the RCAF in 1958 and 1959, Bob attended Michigan Tech University (now Lake Superior State University). He was a journalist at the Sault... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at diottetakeseven.com
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AN APPEAL TO READERS TO SEND US COPIES OF BOB'S COLUMNS EDITOR'S NOTE: To honour Bob's memory, it had been intended that a cross-section of his best columns spanning a 40-year period of writing Take Seven would be published in some form. However, through unfortunate circumstances, the file he kept... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at diottetakeseven.com
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Not every hero, in my opinion, has to be larger than life, bravest of the brave and in possession of a marksman's sharp eye and a cool demeanor. War is an abomination. It almost inevitably results from the greed of arms manufacturers and the power-hungry plans of addle-brained rulers who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at World War One
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Photos by Tom Douglas There were a number of individuals and organizations that helped make this World War One blog possible. Many of them might prove a valuable resource for anyone planning to head to Northern France and Belgium to visit World War One battle sites, museums and other places... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at World War One
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"C'est impossible! Quoi? Ah! Les Canadiens! C'est possible!" - Comment attributed to a French officer upon hearing that Vimy Ridge had fallen to the Allies in four days Governor-General David Johnston deliveres the keynote address at 95th anniversary ceremonies marking the victory of Canadian troops at Vimy Ridge (Tom Douglas... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at World War One
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"We can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old..." - From the song Solidarity Forever by Ralph Chaplin 1915 First Glimpse of Ypres by Lieut. Cyril Henry Barraud - Canadian War Museum's Beaverbrook Collection of War Art The Belgian flag unfurls from one of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at World War One
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"All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal" - John Steinbeck Photos in this post were taken by Tom Douglas at the Musee de la Grande Guerre in Meaux, France and at the Historial de la Grande Guerre in Peronne, France Whoever coined the expression: “War... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at World War One
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"Retreat? Hell, we just got here!" - Attributed to Marine Captain Lloyd S. Williams at Belleau Wood American troops arriving in France - On view at the Historial de la Grande Guerre Peronne, France One of the most popular themes of American Western movies has the U.S. Cavalry come riding... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at World War One
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“Far, far from Wipers I long to be. Where German snipers can't get at me. Dark is my dugout, cold are my feet. Waiting for Whizzbangs to send me to sleep.” - World War One Song Yesterday and today: Photo of Ypres Cloth Hall and Saint Martin's Cathedral in ruins... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at World War One
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"My center is yielding. My right is retreating. Situation excellent. I am attacking." – Attributed to Ferdinand Foch, First Battle of the Marne The American Monument in Meaux, France commemorates the 1914 Battle of the Marne (Tom Douglas photo) On the morning of August 26 the British troops prepared for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at World War One