Saturday, January 23, 2010

Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy
Governor General of Canada from 1921 to 1926

He was commander of the Canadian Corps at the time of Vimy Ridge in the First World War. A High School was named after him in what was, then, a fairly deprived neighbourhood in Montreal. A long list of notable graduates of of Baron Byng High School included writers such as A.M. Klein and Irving Layton, Supreme Court Judges, Nobel Prize winning chemists and even the actor William Shatner. With reference to Byng's own academic performance at Eton as a boy:

"...his time at the college was undistinguished, and he received poor reports; indicative of his attitude towards academics, he once traded his Latin grammar book and his brother Lionel's best trousers to a hawker for a pair of ferrets and a pineapple."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Winter Leaving Us

The car park at St James Penicuik is still a sheet of ice and the light is still winter light but the first hints of Spring are in the air.