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by Kayle Perry What does Northern flavour? As great cuisines of the world go, Northern Irish is not exactly up there with the likes of French, say, or Italian. Or Thai, Chinese and Mongolian for that matter. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Northern Irish cuisine is nothing more than a dour blend of lamb and potatoes with a broad accent. So what on earth is a cookery school doing here? More to the point, what am I doing at it?  Well, I’ve experienced a rather difficult beginning to this year. My aunt, Lisa, who passed away recently suggested…OK, told me to do it or else….’if I feel down, get busy and do something’. So, 55 minutes by Ducati, along some of the most picturesque countryside, I arrived at my destination. The painting on the right by my

granddad, William, really gives one a sense of the whimsy of the area.

I’m greeted by a neat little kitchen with homely Aga, multicoloured tiles and a floorto-ceiling view of a lough, two fields and the Florencecourt mountains in County Fermanagh. The old truism goes that people congregate in the kitchen. Not in my grandmother’s kitchen, they don’t. But I can see the appeal of this one. Belle Isle - http://www.irishcookeryschool. com, Northern Ireland’s first cookery school, opened just before Christmas 2003, has room for up to 16 students and is based in Continued on Next Page

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cakes for when friends pop round for lunch (perhaps that’s why they don’t) and I don’t have time to worry about knocking up some crudités or preparing amuse bouches. I tend to eat whatever I can pick up between play and home. But the school sold me on their ability to ‘stir the imagination, to replace fear with flair, and to inspire confidence’. And after the start of my year, I could use much of that. Saturday mornings are the only time I go into quasi chef-mode when I rigorously construct a bacon sandwich to eat in bed while I gorge myself on BBC2’s Saturday Kitchen. It reminds me of how, as a child, I’d sit slackjawed in front of Keith Floyd and Jamie Oliver, trying to figure out how it was done and simply give up to just enjoy the showmanship and bad gags. Still….

The school was voted as the best culinary school in Northern Ireland in 2012, as it goes above and beyond to deliver a first class cookery school experience. The school, beside the restive Upper Lough Erne, aims not to transform you into a foodie bursting with adjectives or a kitchen goddess, all flowing locks and chocolate-covered fingers (thank God). In fact, it doesn’t seem to be trying to turn you into anything in particular apart from a slightly better, more competent and confident cook. There is no test at the end of a course - just a hearty meal, plenty of wine and perhaps a certificate, if you’re good. I wouldn’t describe myself as a dedicated cook, certainly not a chef, although I have a very defined commitment to eating. As a cook, I don’t plan ahead, I don’t prepare bread and

There’s something of the magician in these TV chefs too. They talk you through roasts, apple pies, elaborate chocolate cakes, then hey presto! - out of the oven comes one they made earlier. It does work up an appetite though, and as the credits roll I’m invariably ready to head out to the nearest gastro-pub. So, to find myself standing in this beautifully appointed kitchen with views of sun-dusted mountains at 10am on a Saturday, coffee in hand, a neat white apron wrapped about me and nothing but cookery ahead, is quite a shock. But they do break you in gently. There is a variety of courses available, from simple breadmaking to elaborate puddings, ranging from one day to four weeks’ duration, but I was trying out a basic introductory day and eating the results - which seemed more of a threat than a promise. Much of the early work on most courses is

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breadmaking, which initially struck me as a waste of time - bread being available sliced and all. But I’ve now discovered the joy of making my own walnut, tomato and olive loaves or just plain white bread. It really is the greatest thing since - well, you know what I mean. Yum! It also helped work out the latent aggression that months of feeling down on myself can create. Kneading bread may not be the most strenuous thing I could have been doing with Continued on Next Page


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The grounds of Belle Isle Castle, which has been around in one stony configuration or another since around 1680, are littered with vantage points from which unexpected views of the lough and mountains can be enjoyed.

Bread-making helps them relax and find their inner homemaker (no stereotype intended). Although, thankfully, the competitive spirit remains intact. After an hour or so of slaving away over a hot stove we stopped for elevenses - coffee and hot freshly baked bread and cake. It all seemed so idyllic, and I began to wonder why I didn’t live like this all the time.

Next up was tarte au citron, and a perfect opportunity to brush up on my theoretical pastry-making skills (apparently clingfilm is the answer to really, really thin pastry, although I find Sainsbury’s is another solution). Tarte in the oven, soup on the stove and washing up being done by someone else, we were ready for that all-important chef’s ritual: a glass of wine.

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place to do it.

my Saturday morning, but it sure felt good. Apparently this is par for the course. Most students, says Corrie, arrive as tense, wound-up balls of competitive spirit.

Then I remembered that, unlike Belle Isle, I didn’t have a team of weighers and measurers and washer-uppers to run about after me, keeping the kitchen pristine and handing me spatulas.

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Or if the bread, coffee or massive Irish breakfast have got the better of you, the castle rooms have vast four-posters and antique furniture and are all created by internationally renowned designer David Hicks.

Well, we’d had a hard morning. What makes Belle Isle such a perfect place for a cookery course is not simply the great kitchen, stocked with gadgets you didn’t even know there were jobs for, or the kitchen garden brimming with herbs and vegetables. It’s the location. If you spend your weekend eating a great deal (as I do), it figures that you’re going to need to walk it off at some stage and this is the perfect

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After lunch and a ‘rest’ (I could have used a nap), we regrouped in the kitchen to mount the main culinary offensive of the day: boning venison, preparing monkfish, cooking up a cheesy cauliflower purée and making tuile baskets for our home-made ice cream. The morning’s breadmaking activities looked like child’s play when the carcasses were wheeled in and knives dished out. We proceeded to butcher and generally hack the preposterously fine meat from the bones of some local game. Forget singing for your supper. This is what Irish cuisine can excel at Continued on Next Page


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Table of Contents

1 — Delectable Ulster 2 — Delectable Ulster 3 — Delectable Ulster 4 — Delectable Ulster 5 — B.C.C.O.M. News 6 — B.C.C.O.M. News 7 — B.C.C.O.M. News 8 — Rock & Ride & BC Events 9 — Wyz Wmn’s Words to the Wise 10 — BC Events 11 — BC Events 12 — BC Events 13 — Ride Like a Pro - Mastering the U-Turn 14 — Thunder Lizard Lips Off - Helmets 15 — Thunder Lizard Lips Off - Helmets 16 — AB News & Events 17 — AB News & Events 18 — M.O.D.E.L. News 19 — M.O.D.E.L. News 20 — AB Events 21 — AB Events 22 — AB Events 23 — Sports 24 — Sports - Corner Grass Race Team News 25 — New Product News 26 — Pair-A-Dice Trikes 27 — New Product News 28 — Cyclemania - SK Events 29 — bad Uncle Monkey - SK Events 30 — SK News - R.A.G.E. 31 — Lifestyles - Grieving & SK Events 32 — Lifestyles - Grieving & SK Events 33 — Lifestyles - Grieving & SK Events 34 — SK Events- Wordsearch 35 — Best Roadside Service - Member Benefits 36 — Road Trip Rewards - Member Benefits 37 — Road Trip Rewards - Member Benefits 38 — From the Depths of File 13

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beautiful, fresh organic produce - and Belle Isle uses only the finest, grown (or reared and shot) nearby. This is what Northern Ireland tastes of. This is the country’s flavour. Sculpting the tuile baskets brought out the competitive natures of some of the cooks (well, mine) as we battled to produce the most perfectly formed baskets of even complexion. Then when all that was through there was just enough time for more tea and cakes and a gentle stroll back to the castle to dress for dinner. What the cookery school, and Corrie - so easy and calm in the kitchen, the kind of woman you’d want on hand when a pan boils over or your potatoes won’t roast. Now I’d happily tackle bread rolls or lemon tart at home, and while the fridge still isn’t particularly well stocked, tonight’s dinner may just be a bit more interesting. Add the motorcycle ride, it appears that Lisa’s advice (order) was just what this girl needed to feel better, if not a little more hopeful. For readers in BC, if you are not planning a

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trip to Ireland, I would recommend trying any of the local cooking workshops, and if you are feeling confident, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts: Culinary Arts in Vancouver  http://www.picachef.com Kayle 


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BCCOM UPDATE – MARCH 25TH, 2013

Rider Down Memorial Service:   The B.C. Coalition of Motorcyclists along with the Canadian Army Vetrans (CAV) will be hosting this service to honor our friends, family and loved ones who have been lost while riding. The Padre from the CAV will be performing the service.   It is also a salute to and a perfect way to bring in May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and the proclamation from government will be read.

B.C.C.O.M. News Please do your best to attend and let’s make this an event to rival the Toy Run! It will NOT be a parade but a destination with Jubilee Ave. being closed for motorcycle parking Last chance - Questions for political candidates:   With the upcoming election BCCOM needs your input. We will put together a maximum of 8 questions that will go to every candidate in BC with their answers to be posted on the website. Please keep the questions short, focused and motorcycle specific. Upcoming Events:   Are we missing something? If you want to list an event you’re hosting or know about, please go to www.bccom-bc.com under “Events” and you can list your own. If you have a pdf of a poster please send to office@bccom-bc.com   

April 7th: Coombs Swap Meet For more info please call: 604-580-0111   April 14th: 7th Annual GVMC Spring Fun Road Ride For more info please call: 604-534-7560   April 28th: 28th Annual Classic & Vintage M/C Swap Meet For more info please call: 604-299-0020   May 5th: Rider Down Memorial Service For more info please call: 604-580-0111   May 5th: 4th Annual Hells Gate Candy Run 7am meet time @ Barnes Harley Davidson Parking
8859 201 St. Langley, BC V2Y0C8, Canada.   May 5th: Motorcycle Memorial Ride Riders in Victoria will meet at Sands Funeral Chapel on Goldstream at 8:00 for Stands up at 9:00. Coffee will be on.   May 11th: Back Alley Customs – Show n Shine Merritt, BC For more info please call: 250-280-0634   May 12th: 21st Annual GVMC Ride For The Kids For more info please call: 604 535-4860

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May 25th: “6th Annual Ride and Rock” Tickets available early March.- For more info please call: 250-862-2424 May 26th: 4th Annual Westcoast Motorcycle RIDE TO LIVE ride- For more info please call: 604-291-2453   June 1st: 4th Annual Motorcycle Awareness Ride Event by Baggers and Hawgs Ride To Live June 2nd: Freedom Biker Church – MC Swap Meet and Show n Shine-For more info please call: 604-209-1949   June 9th: 65th Annual GVMC Piston Run Hare Scrambles For more info please call: (604) 594-5918 June 16th: Father’s Day Family Fun Ride - Nicola Valley DRA For more info please call: (250) 378-3502   June 21st to June 22nd: HOG 6th Annual Summer Sizzle Ride- For more info please call: 604-534-6044   June 23rd: Marq’s Mystery Tour For more info please call 604-534-2770   June 23rd: 20th Annual Campbell River Poker Run For more info please call: 604-580-0111   July 5th to July 6th: The Hollister Rally – California For more info please call: (561) 214 1137

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Vernon Motorsports: offers a 10% discount to all BCCOM members with proof of active membership. 6381 HWY 97 N Vernon, BC V1B 3R4 250-545-5381   Palymor Power Products: 10% off parts -20% off Motorcycle Tires for BCCOM members with an active membership card. BOX 11 - 1043 Playmor Road Crescent Valley V0G 1H0 (250) 359-7111   Original Leather Factory: 10 % discount to active BCCOM members. #123 – 2323 Boundary Rd, Vancouver – 604-298-3770   Eyecandy Custom Cycles: Travelling members of BCCOM may stay in our motor home or camp for free in Smithers at our place on the Bulkley River. We’ll also knock 10 bucks per hour off of any work done for fellow members. Box 4500 3350 Hwy 16 – Smithers, BC - 1-877-547-4044   Bike Barn: 10% all active BCCOM members (must have membership card) 300 Westminster Ave W, Penticton, BC V2A 1K2 ( 250)-492-4140   Belt Drive Betty: A free subscription to me newspaper when you sign up with BCCOM. http://www.beltdrivebetty.com/not-a-member-join-us/registers Please enter promo code: BCCOM13 Shop Discounts     Destination Highways: we’ll offer $10 more off for your Over the years many shops and related motorcycles members who order directly from us at http://www. businesses have come and gone and I am afraid that destinationhighways.com/Buy.htm All you have to do we seem to have lost track of the discounts offered by is put in the discount code: BCCOM at the appropriate them for current BCCOM members. We have sent out during the ordering. emails asking for specifics and here is who has replied   so far. If you have a business or frequent a business Keep Ridin’ Motorsports: 10% all active BCCOM you think may want to get involved please have them members (must have membership card) 1175 Gordon contact the office at 1877 580-0111 or office@bccomDr. Kelowna, BC (250) 862-9164 bc.com with the details.     Edmonds Batteries Ltd: offers 15% off to all BCCOM   members (must have membership card) Three Denco Cycle: Offers 10% off to BCCOM members, not locations: 20131 Industrial Ave, Langley, BC – including labor or net priced items. 5834 176 St Surrey, (604-534-7995) 6468 King George Hwy, Surrey, BC BC V3S 4E2 604-574-3610 (604-596-8774) 7471 Edmonds Street, Burnaby, BC   604.525.8144

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July 7th: 8th Annual Sasquatch Inn’s M/C Show n’ Shine For more info please call: 604-796-2730   July 11th: “Rocky Mountain Road Trip” For more info: www.hawgsden.com   July 18th- 21st: Summer Stomp & Burnout – Sicamous, BC For more info please call: [250] 517-8090   July 26th to July 28th: Ride into History – MC Rally / Show n Shine - For more info please call: 604-514-7375   August 2nd to August 4th: Boogie Bash – A.I.M Interior Chapter - For more info please call: 250-765-4517   August 10th to August 11th: 5th Annual Cumberland Motorcycle Roundup For more info please call: 250-336-8746   August 18th: 2nd Annual Vintage In The Valley Motorcycle Show- For more info please call: 778-908-1941 September 7th: Vancouver Firefighters – Bikers for Burns Ride - For more info please call: 604-291-2453   September 15th: 2nd Annual Salmon Run Motorcycle Rally For more info please e-mail: bcsalmonrun@gmail.com   October 6th: 35th Annual Vancouver Motorcycle Toy Run For more info please call (604) 580-0111  

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Big Thanks to Gary Richardson for submitting this! And thanks to Canadian Biker for printing it. For old and bad eyes this article copy will be tough to read - but if you can get ahold of a copy of Canadian Biker because it’s an important article. BDB (Page on Rt from recent Canadian Biker and links to their Facebook Page)

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Rock & Ride & BC Events

Well, the 6th annual Ride and Rock is just around the corner. Check out the Poster.on your right! We are excited to have the band 54-40 headlining this year. Mark your calendar, Saturday May 25, 2013. This is the Saturday after the long weekend in May. Tickets are on sale now at Kreater Motorcycles and will also be  available at Memphis Blues downtown, and Andre’s Electronic Experts Westside on Wednesday. After last years sellout and turning away almost 250 people be sure to get your tickets for this Party of the Summer early... Thank you for all your support in making 2012 our most successful year yet, and, for the strongest winter season we’ve ever seen. THE STAFF AT KREATER. If you’re killed by a wild pig, does that mean you were boared to death? Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often.

4th annual Williams Lake Toy Run Aug. 17th Follow us on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ williamslaketoyrun2012/

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Never pack a rain suit AND sunblock. Murphy will get confused and make it snow. – Amazon Tee on the White Rhino Lithuanian Violinist Wisdom No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other. – Jascha Heifetzurphy British Author Wisdom Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon – Susan Ertz Chinese Philosopher Wisdom There is no calamity greater than lavish desires. There is no greater guilt than discontentment. And there is no greater disaster than greed. Lao-tzu Spanish Wisdom “The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Shakespearian Wisdom Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind – William Shakespeare Comedic Wisdom Reputation is character minus what you’ve been caught doing. – Michael Iapoce

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FREEDOM BIKER CHURCH MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET + SHOW ‘n SHINE

SUNDAY JUNE 2ND NOON to 5:00 Tables / Stalls are $20.

No admission fee.

LOCATION: FBC CHURCH @ KENNEDY COMMUNITY HALL 8870 – 120 STREET / SCOTT ROAD, SURREY

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THIS IS A FUND RAISER FOR FREEDOM BIKER CHURCH OUTREACH EVENTS THIS SUMMER

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POKER RUN JUNE 21 & 22 2013

OPEN INVITATION – THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL MAKES OF MOTORCYCLES Calling all motorcycle enthusiasts! The Langley Chapter of H.O.G.® invites you to come ride with us through the scenic roads of Langley and the Fraser Valley. After the Poker Run, enjoy a first class dinner and all the dancing you can handle. FRIDAY JUNE 21 4:00pm - 8:00pm 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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A child saying grace. A 4-year-old boy was asked to say grace before Christmas dinner. The family members bowed their heads in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for all his friends, naming them one by one.

and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food. 
       
       He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, even the Cool Whip. Then he paused, and everyone waited--and waited.

After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, “If I thank God for the broccoli, won’t he know that I’m lying?” Then he thanked God for Mommy, Daddy, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa,


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Cumberland Motorcycle Roundup Vancouver Island

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August 10th & 11th, 2013 SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE August 10, 8 pm CRI Hall. Live music with Remedy. Tickets $10. Cameron’s - 2730 Dunsmuir Ave

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Saturday, August 10 Registration $10, 11am-1pm Dunsmuir Avenue TATTOO CONTEST Awards, Draws, Great Prizes Bike Games to follow TOM CARPENTER

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Sunday, August 11 Registration $10, 8am - 10am Village Square

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Ride Like a Pro - Mastering the U-Turn

Mastering the U-Turn Recently some friends and myself took a Sunday afternoon ride to Ybor City. Ybor, for those of you who don’t know means, NO PARKING in Spanish. Once there, as usual, we had a tough time finding a parking space. In order to actually park, we had to make several quick U-turns on the narrow streets. Since I was leading, I could see in my mirrors the dirty looks my friends gave me as I led them on several U-turns in an effort to find the elusive parking spot. Their grumblings over the quick turns inspired me to write these tips.

As I have stated before, just about all production motorcycles are capable of making a U-turn in well under 20 feet. That means that you can U-turn on just about any two lane road including the narrow streets in Ybor City.

 Here’s the technique you need to apply. If you are about to make a left hand U-turn, keep your foot firmly on the rear brake, keep the clutch in the friction zone and roll on the throttle. Dip the bike towards the right curb, then quickly and smoothly turn your head completely around to the direction you want to go. At the same time you are turning your head, you should be pushing on the right grip turning your handle bars as far as possible and leaning the bike to the left. The same technique applies if you are making a

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making the U-turn in both directions.  



right hand U-turn.

To practice this maneuver find a parking lot with back to back parking lines. You will find the white lines of the parking spaces are placed 10 feet apart.

The real key to this maneuver is to look where you want the bike to go. Remember, if you look at the curb or the end of the pavement on that narrow street, that’s where you will go.

At first, use three parking spaces. Start with your motorcycle towards the left side of the first parking space, then ride forward towards the right of the opposing parking space, turn your head completely around as you turn the handle bars and make a 30 foot U-turn.



So, at all costs, avoid that temptation. With about 3 hours practice, you should be able to turn on any street whenever you feel like it with total confidence. Good Luck!

Keep practicing this making your turn tighter each time till you can eventually turn using only two of the parking spots. That will give you a 20 foot U-turn and enable you to make a U-turn on just about any street.

Practice this maneuver equally to the right and to the left. You may find that making a right hand U-turn seems to be more difficult if you are right-handed. That means you practice the U-turn to the right more than to the left and you will get comfortable

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Keep your head on straight Many of us are getting ready to ride again, and some of us have been out already. Ok… some of YOU have... my neighbourhood doesn’t get out from under the ice for a bit longer, it seems. Regardless of that, it’s a dangerous time of year to be on the road... the cagers have forgotten we exist, and the roads aren’t at all clean. Not just gravel is waiting to take us out... spilled oil and other fluids that have been trapped in ice and snow are set loose on the roadways, as well, so keep an eye out for stains if you don’t want to be adding to them! Naturally, it’s also a time where we look at the old skid lid, and wonder if maybe it’s time to replace it, or if there’s one more season in it. Last year, I decided that my 5-year-old full face had seen enough use, (besides the fact it was leaking at the top of the visor) and grabbed a new one. I haven’t thrown the old one out yet, but I will after I destroy it completely so it can’t be “salvaged”.

Thunder Lizard Lips Off - Helmets Oh, I don’t have a problem with handing it down... but it took a tumble, that’s why I ditched it. I had it hanging from the bars as I got ready to put it on, and it fell off, bounced off the bike, and bounced a few times on the roadway. At least once on the back, the top, and on the chin guard... and it left some marks that I could readily see. If it had been newer, I’d have been tempted to say “nahhhh, it’s ok”, a simple drop isn’t necessarily fatal for a helmet, but I’m slightly less carefree than I once was, and I decided to replace it. I felt that if that drop had fractured or cracked the shell under the finish, it was the same as bashing it with a hammer and using it... I’d be begging for trouble. And of course, even if it wasn’t a catastrophic drop, the helmet was five years old, so it was time for a new one, both for the age of the helmet, and because I had a good excuse... it was five years old! That’s not just an old rule of thumb, though... this replacement interval is recommended by the Snell organization as well (they do the fancy European testing standards for such things). Who are they? Well, their website says “William “Pete” Snell was an amateur auto racer.

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number of his friends, colleagues and fellow racers including Dr. George Snively, formed the Snell Memorial Foundation to try to improve helmet design and capabilities, and to encourage the development and use of truly protective helmets.” According to Snell, “Glues, resins and other materials used in helmet production can affect liner materials. Hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics, as well as normal “wear and tear” all contribute to helmet degradation. Petroleum based products present in cleaners, paints, fuels and other commonly encountered materials may also degrade materials used in many helmets possibly degrading performance.” They’re saying that being used, being exposed to weather, fuel fumes and even hair products makes a helmet less reliable over time. I can live with that, it makes sense, right? So I live by that... five years, new gear... not a problem for this reporter, I like my head in one piece, and most would say it’s as damaged as it can get without being useless, anyhow!

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He died needlessly in a racing event in 1956 when his then state-of- the-art helmet utterly failed to protect him. In memory of Pete, a

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles And since we’re making sense, let’s talk helmet modifications too. Stickers are generally fairly safe; however some manufacturers to warn against them because you never know what’s in the glue... solvents can be destructive to the finish, and the shell, so although I myself choose to use them (lots of them) you might choose not to. Anything that involves drilling or screwing into the shell should be considered a no-no, because the shell is designed to work exactly as it is in the box... any extra holes are “damage”, and that’s pretty much it. Custom paint can be ok, even if some folks might shake their heads at me... a quality shop or craftsman knows what paints and materials aren’t damaging to the helmet or it’s finish, and will be able to create a thing of beauty that still keeps your bean safe, but that brings up another point... resins, epoxies, glues and other solvents. Never glue anything on to your helmet, and never glue anything BACK on to your helmet! Most high quality adhesives that would be capable of this are also capable of compromising the helmet’s strength invisibly. And if anything has fallen off of your helmet, well... it’s BROKEN. Sure, you can replace a damaged visor, and you should... yearly, or when it’s scratched and obscuring your vision. Southern Alberta riders will know that sometimes in our neck of the woods the Southern Alberta Sandblaster can off a visor in a single gust of dust-devil... and once that happens, ditch it! So when you’re getting the gear ready for riding season, don’t just shine the helmet up with some high solvent cleaner and assume it’s ready. Clean it with soap and water, give it a really good looking over, make sure it’s 100% ready to go... and don’t lose your head if it’s damaged... just replace the lid.

Thunder Lizard Lips Off - Helmets See you out there, safely! As we say at work... “Safely home. Everyone, Every day”. R. Jeff LeGrand Calgary/Southern Alberta Correspondent The Busted Knuckle Chronicles.

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We will be putting together another 700 kms ride that will travel through Lloydminster, Cold Lake, Vermillion, Wainwright, Chauvin, Edgerton, Frog Lake, La Corey, Elk Point, Bonnyville, Marwayne, and Paradise Hill. Last year we raised over $35000.00 to send to the Canadian Angelman Syndrome Society to help families with AS and to raise awareness. http://www.rideforangels.blogspot.ca/ Contact Kent Fleming to register at www.rideforangels.blogspot.com, or call at 780-808-3274. Itinerary: Parking lot of Edge Harley-Davidson / Lloydminster Honda

7:30 Set up at Lloydminster location 8:00 Registration Starts and silent auction items placed 10:00 Chase vehicles depart 11:00 BBQ’s at all locations start registrations end 3:00 pm BBQ’s start to shut down to be closed by 4 5:00 pm, shut down at locations of silent auctions and take down all items 7:00 pm, set up starts for taking prizes and food to multiplex for After Party 8:00 pm, After Party starts 10:00 pm, Goodnight and thanks for coming out!!


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www.playpenrec.com 11485-97 Ave • Grande Prairie, AB T8V 5R8 East end of GP Truck Wash 780-830-2453 • playpenrecreation@gmail.com

Grande Prairie Motorcycle Trade Show & Swap Meet This is an “All Brands” event including all makes & models and gives an opportunity for Peace Country vendors, riders & collectors to get together to buy, sell, trade, show off, and talk about new, used, and vintage parts and accessories. From professional shops and manufacturers liquidating excess inventory to the hobbyist selling off leftovers from his latest project, you can find smokin’ deals on hard to find parts and accessories. For owners who would like to showcase their motorcycle, there will be an area to display your ride.

The Mckenzie Ride - Ride Route CANINE SECOND CHANCE BEING A DOG’S BEST FRIEND Founder Sandra Tyacke  (587) 988-4813 Finning - Ride for United Way Edmonton Motorcycle Riders Group

Saturday, April 27, 2013 Evergreen TEC Centre General Admission: $5 doors open 10AM- 4PM Under 16 free Reserving your Vendor space is easy! You may contact us anytime @ gptoysfortots@hotmail.com or Monday thru Friday 9 A.M. till 5 P.M. by calling (780) 832-4417

Like us on Facebook Grande Prairie Toys for Tots Association

Support Paws Fur Thoughts The Long Walk to Sanity 50 dogs, for 50 veterans in 50 days www.pawsfurthought1.com

Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 7:45 AM Petro Canada - 26230 Township Road 431A (Yellowhead hwy & Hi way 60 ) Acheson, AB 5th Annual Finning Motorcycle Ride for the United Way. A nice Saturday morning group ride from Spruce Grove. Route to be determined. We will meet at Acheson Petrocan and depart together to the Grove at 7:45am . Registration is 7:45 - 8:30am. Ride... Join the Edmonton Motorcycle Riders Meet Up Group to learn more!

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www.caninesecondchance.com CALGARY RIDE FOR DAD Update EXECUTIVE ROYAL INN and HOTEL is now the official Ride for Dad Hotel in Calgary. Book your stay for June 14th and/or 15th and receive a rate of $99 per night. Call the hotel directly at 1-877-769-2562 and let them know you are part of the “MOTORCYCLE RIDE FOR DAD” Calgary Airport Hotels | Calgary Hotels Near YYC | Executive Hotels www.executivehotels.net Steve Adair


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AB News & Events The Bellevue M/C and Ride for Sight Awareness Day event will be June 8th this year. An awesome poker run is planned for the afternoon so come prepared to ride through some beautiful country and support us. Miles Hesselgrave

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles M.O.D.E.L News by Liane Langlois The results are in! 

first survey.  

First and foremost, thank you to all the respondents from both the riding and non-riding community who took the time to complete our

Thank you again to Marty Forbes for speaking to the subject in his page 6 column of the Edmonton Sun on March 11, 2013 and giving specific mention to our survey.  Thank you to all who posted the links on their Twitter and Facebook accounts.  There will likely be more surveys in the future and we hope to have all the help spreading the word as we did this time around.

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There is no surprise that the majority of the people who responded are owners.  But does this not speak to how little the 8 people who complained to get the bylaw enacted care now?   2. Do you support this bylaw? Overall, the results were as follows: No - it represents discrimination - 44% No - it should target all vehicles equally - 46% No - the Provincial Laws were efficiently used 8% Yes - as is - 2% I don’t know - 1% If we break this it down to just the Edmonton & Area: 

It should be noted that we accepted responses to our survey regardless of location but we were able to break out the following areas; Edmonton & Area, Alberta, Canada and Other.   So there will be an overall that includes everyone followed by a narrowed down result of the Edmonton & Area.    So let’s get started on the results. 1. Do you own a motorcycle? Overall, the results were as follows: Yes - 91% No - 2% I know people who do - 6% If we break it down to just the Edmonton & Area:

The results from everyone as compared to just the Edmonton & Area are quite close but it speaks volumes on the thoughts of this bylaw.  It is crystal clear that the community feels this law represents discrimination and should target all

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles vehicles equally.  We do thank the one person who answered they accept this bylaw as is.  If you look at the percentage differences though, that one person is a clear minority which shows a huge issue with this bylaw. 3. Have you taken business outside of Edmonton as a result of this bylaw? Overall, the results were as follows: Yes - 64% No - 31% I am not a motorcycle owner - 6% If we break this it down to just the Edmonton & Area: 

M.O.D.E.L. News 4. Is this an effective use of tax dollars? (choose all that apply) Overall, the results were as follows: No - too many cases being thrown out - 39% No - EPS traffic officers should be focused on real traffic issues - 64% No - it was not necessary in the first place - 61% Yes - 2% If we break this it down to just the Edmonton & Area: 

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interest for future ventures of M.O.D.E.L.  For those of you who expressed interest, please complete the contact us form here.  If there is enough interest, we will be collecting in advance to help with the order. We are not naive to think that this is a 100% accurate view of the general public but it certainly is an accurate view of those who seem to continue to care about equality in laws.  We hope that someday City Hall will actually listen to our very valid concerns and do the right thing.  If not, there is an election coming up this fall and aside from this issue, it is evident we are in need of a serious vote for change. As always feedback is welcome through comments right here or by using our contact us form. Liane

Again, we see a clear majority who have decided to take their business outside of Edmonton to make a statement as a result of this bylaw.  This bylaw then has spilled over to hurt local businesses.  An easy solution to bring business back would be to expand the bylaw to be applied equally or repeal the bylaw and allow the already existing Provincial Traffic Safety Act to do its job.

Within the Edmonton & Area results, we see all three of the No responses were equal.  The community has clearly stated this is a waste of tax dollars and resources as well as not being necessary in the first place.  It should again be noted, there is a pre-existing Provincial Traffic Safety Act which has been shown to be just as effective but also applies to all vehicles.  To see those statistics, please click here. The final question was regarding interest in M.O.D.E.L. apparel and was simply to gauge

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AB Events

Legal Hotel & The Erin Doyle Poker Run We hold Friday night steak nights, have ample parking, great entertainment and a very bike friendly Pub and hotel with Cafe. We also hold an annual Poker Run in memory of Erin Doyle, killed in Afghanistan 11 Aug 08. All proceeds from fundraising go to the Military Family Resource Center Christmas Hamper Fund at the request of his wife. This years run will be on 31 August 2013. Steve Thiedemann

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Redwater Ride for Hunger Anyone interested in being a vendor at this year’s Redwater Ride for Hunger on Sunday June 2nd...email me at: lisadanielle71@hotmail.com or call at 780-993-3532. Thanks and see y’all June 2nd!! :)


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Sly’s 24th Annual Pig Roast

Near Onoway, less than 1 hr from Edmonton – Take Highway 16X West to RR 20 turn North (right) Lake Eden turn off, follow signs to site (approx. 15 mins). Rain, Snow or Shine - Proceeds to Santa’s Anonymous - Live Music All Weekend Camping No Dogs/Attitudes -

Pre-ticket sales Information to be announced.

Call Sly for Tickets and Info 780-487-7629

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PRAIRIE THUNDER, RIDERS FOR CHARITY

SECOND ANNUAL IRRICANA FIRE DEPT RUN

COME JOIN US JUNE 15, 2013 FOR OUR SECOND ANNUAL RIDE IN SUPPORT OF THE IRRICANA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. THIS IS A GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN PROUDLY DEDICATED TO SERVING OUR COMMUNITY SO THAT WE CAN ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULLEST. REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN AT 10:00AM AT THE IRRICANA FIRE HALL AND THE RIDE LEAVES AT 11:00AM HEADING TO OUR FIRST DESTINATION. WE WILL BE RETURNING TO THE PRAIRIE THUNDER CAMPGROUND LOCATED JUST NORTH OF IRRICANA ON HIGHWAY 9, TO ENJOY A GREAT EVENING WITH FAMILY, AS WELL AS OLD AND NEW FRIENDS. THERE WILL BE A BBQ DINNER BEGINNING AT 5:30PM (BYOB) WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT TAKING THE STAGE AT 7:30 PM. CAMPING WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE SITE AND GUESTS ARE ABLE TO COME EARLY AND SET-UP THURSDAY OR FRIDAY PRIOR TO THE RUN. A TAXI SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO GET RIDERS HOME SAFELY.

TICKETS ARE $30.00 PER PERSON AND $10.00 PER POKER HAND RAINOUT DAY WILL BE JUNE 22, 2013

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Just for Busted Knuckle Subscribers & members of Belt Drive Betty dot Com Fashioned after the Never Work Alone programs this great program means you always have someone looking out for you while you are on the road! Ride Alone - but your never Alone. This FREE service is provided by a certified 911 dispatch center - Intercon Messaging IT’S Another PERK of being our member! Visit: www.beltdrivebetty.com/never-ride-alone-program for the details!

Register for the ride or support a registered rider online. Sunday, August 4, 2013 9:00am - 3:00pm

Riders assemble at Westlock Rotary Spirit Centre parking lot Sunday Morning, Highway 18 and 96 Ave, Westlock, AB • Pancake Breakfast 9 A.M. • Motorcycle Assembly 9 A.M., Registration and turn in Pledge Sheets • Poker Run 10 A.M. • Silent Auction, Door Prizes, and more. Motorcycle riders will assemble from all over Alberta to support STARS. Funds will be raised by a Poker Run and pledge sheets. The Ride will conclude back in Westlock at the WestlockRotary Spirit Centre. Note: Businesses who wish to participate can set up displays, no charge ... in exchange for any support, whether donations, vounteers, or promotional items for riders. For more info re: support, donations, participation or general questions; Contact Ted Brooks 780-349-1093 TedBrooks@hotmail.com


The Busted Knuckle Chronicles BCMA Schedule Change Due to the recent release of the Future West racing schedule, Ashcroft has decided to change their race date from April 20 and 21, to April 13 & 14.  April 14 will be an ANQ.  BCMA apologizes for any inconvenience this causes our rider base.  We look forward to seeing you in April.

Sports

Alberta Vintage Flat Track Association 2013 Event Schedule

2013 Eastern Canadian Amateur National
Motocross Deschambault – Deschambault, Quebec
July 26 – 27, 2013 Click here for more info 2013 Trans Can Grand National Championships
Walton Raceway – Walton, Ontario
August 14-17, 2013 Click here for more info

CMA NAMES TEAM FOR TRIAL DES NATIONS

March 22, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorcycle Association has announced the nominations for the Trial Des Nations, FIM World Championship for national teams. The event will take place in La Chatre, France on September 8th. We are pleased and proud that the following riders will represent the CMA and Canada at this important event.

AM MX Nationals 2013 Western Canadian Amateur National
Temple Hill Motorcycle Park – Raymond, Alberta
June 26 – 29, 2013 Click here for more info

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Jonathan English Foxboro, ON

Dan Johnson Markdale, ON

Derek Thomas Moose Jaw, SK

and will be headed up by

June 8,9: Tim Horner Memorial, First Race Of The Season: Thorhild   June 15,16 Exhibition Race: Lloydminister, Alberta July 2: Rodeo Exhibition Race: Thorhild Alberta July 13, 14 Summer Series Race, Thorhild, Alberta August 24,25: Hot August Days Race: Thorhild Alberta September 14,15: Fall Classic, Last Race Of The Season: Thorhild Alberta  The track is in Thorhild, 90 km or so outside Edmonton. http://www.avfta.ca

Jordan Szoke Brantford, ON Current CMA #1 Plate holder Team Manager, as mentioned in an earlier release is Jen Johnson.

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Sports - Corner Grass Race Team News

Corner Grass Racing Team is pleased to announce the continued support from Husaberg Canada for its efforts in 2013. “It seems like yesterday that Shane and I started CGRT, and today we are announcing our sixth year of racing Husaberg’s! We’ve got an incredible year planned, and we are super excited to finalize the rest of our program and make the announcements” stated team manager, Lee Fryberger.

Victoria Hett

CGRT is proud to announce that Victoria Hett of Vernon, BC has joined the team for 2013 to compete in the PNWMA events in BC and the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championships (CXCC ).

Following her successful bid to earn her second medal at the ISDE, last September in Germany, Victoria carries a tremendous amount of confidence into 2013 and will ride a Valley Motosports, Husaberg TE250.

Riding his third year on the team, Kitimatt BC’s, Ben ‘The Giant Killer’ Rego, will once again ride a A&E Racing and Marine, Husaberg TE 300. “I’m excited to ride once again for CGRT” claims the 2012 Canadian Enduro 3 Champion. Ben’s also plans to compete in the Royal Distributing CXCC.

Ben Rego

Shane

Finally, the team’s anchorman, Shane Cuthbertson of Airdrie AB, returns to competition in Alberta on his A&E Racing and Marine, Husaberg TE300. Shane will ride regional events in Alberta and challenge the best racers in Canada at the Alberta rounds of the CXCC.

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General Trials Information Calendar & trials bikes

“We have a great program coming together, and it would not happen without the hard work and dedicated support from Andy White at Husaberg Canada, and long time supporter, David French at A&E Racing and Marine in Brooks, Alberta. A special thanks to Jeremy Wipp of Valley Motosports in Kelowna BC for supporting us at the dealer level” – Lee Fryberger If you were born in September, it’s pretty safe to assume that your parents started their new year with a bang. - Anonymous A little girl is serving her father tea while her mother is out shopping. The mother comes home and the father says, “Watch this!” The little girl goes and serves the mother tea. The mother responds, “Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?”

www.psra.ca The preliminary track schedule for 2013 is posted on our Google calendar. Please go to www.psra.ca to check it out and for the calendar address so you can add it to whatever calendar application you use (that supports iCal). Our new website is still in progress but we are down to the final edits and tweeking so it works on mobile devices. Shouldn’t be much longer now!

on the market 2013 Observed Trials Schedule Apr.14   Fry’s Trial, Wardlow (near Brooks) Apr.21   Blackfoot Trial, Calgary May 12  Bearspaw Trial, Airdrie Jun.23   MRSI Challenge Trial, Fallen Timber Jul.21    Wildhorse Trial, YaHa Tinda Rd, (Mountainaire/Sundre) Aug.4    Moose Mountain Trial, Fallen Timber Aug.25   Muskeg Trial, Cremona Aug.31  Crowsnest Trial, Race Creek Sep.15  Whispering Pines, Waiparous Creek Oct.20   location TBD 2013 OMTI Trials and Endurocross SCHOOL Schedule Apr.20   Blackfoot Trial School, Calgary May?     Blackfoot Endurocross/Trial School TBC Jun.1-2  Blackfoot Endurocross/Trial School TBC Contact email: info@secondgearclub.com


The Busted Knuckle Chronicles MGS Custom Bikes Announces New Stage 1 Performance Package at an Incredible Price Lancaster, CA- MGS Custom Bikes is proud to announce that for a limited time, you can buy their new Stage 1 Performance Package at a special intro price for only $1,089.00! Most exhaust systems cost that much, but at MGS Custom Bikes, you’ll get a set of their True Dual high performance exhausts as well as a programmable tuner and high velocity air intake. MGS True Duals exhaust systems come complete with head pipe, heat shield, muffler, baffles, all mounting hardware, choice of tips (chrome extra) and two threaded o2 sensor ports with plugs for complete universal fitment of ALL 1995 to 2013 Harley-Davidson FL Touring models.

New Product News download Power Commander V maps, and it will store ten maps which can be switched right on the Tuner unit. Other Benefits of the MGS Micro Tuner include: • Comes preloaded with maps for 88”, 96”, 103” and 110” Harley engines making it a true “plug and run” package • Very small and easy to mount (1/2 the size of a Dyno Jet PC-V) • The software allows you to easily pinpoint the specific area you want to adjust. • Features easy to use software and Dynojet Power Commander V maps •Includes USB Cable, CD ROM Software, O2 sensor optimizers, and detailed instructions • This product is for off road use only and is not emissions compliant

This Stage I kit also includes a Dyno Jet Fuel Tuner to help ensure optimum engine efficiency. This Tuner features a powerful range of fuel adjustments, it allows for individual cylinder tuning, the ability to

at 661-951-9878, call Chris Stafford directly at 661-750-2424, email them at sales@ MGSCustomBikes.com or check them out online at www.MGSCustomBikes.com Contact: Rick Raus Phone: 714-280-8537 Email: Rick@vtwinmarketing.com

 

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Made of 16-gauge steel, stepped head pipes, full-coverage heat shields and massive 4-inch mufflers with a billet tip that produces a deep, rich rumble, this exhaust has been Dyno-developed by MGS to produce more horsepower and torque than the competition. In most cases a 15% gain at the rear wheel and an average increase of 12+ foot pounds of torque were enjoyed on a stock FL model Harley-Davidson. Better results have been achieved, but are not ordinary. These new True Duals are available in black ceramic or chrome with your choice of three different style tips.

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Raising Awareness and Funds for the fight against all Women’s Cancers!

1995-2013 True Duals in Satin Black Lastly, the Stage I performance kit includes The Big Sucker, a high velocity air intake manufactured by Arlen Ness. For more than a decade Arlen Ness has led the air cleaner market with their patented Big Sucker™. Put all three products on your ride and you have one fire breathing horsepower building engine due to your new bolt on modifications. For those interested in obtaining more information on MGS Custom Bikes, you can reach them

Help us cross the nation to reach our goal of raising funds and awareness for all Women’s Cancers Research! We encourage and welcome your support!

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Champion Trikes Roadsmith Trikes Sales, Service, Parts, Accessories, Storage & Financing Located just 55 KM’s from the Edmonton International Airport!

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Our 365 Package: outfitted with a complimentary Battery Tender plug in and are No room to keep your bike/trike? kept charged for you. Includes: 12 months of storage Your choice of 1 hour detailing or 1 oil change $50.00 per month based on 12 month contract - Total - $600.00 + GST Out of Towner’s Package: Live in Fort McMurray? Want to spend more time riding? Includes: 12 months of heated storage 4 round trips to/from the Edmonton Airport Your choice of 1 hour detailing or 1 oil change $75 per month based on a 12 month contract-Total -$900.00 + GST *We proudly use Amsoil products for our oil changes

Phone: 780-789-1933 After the Ride - we can detail your motorcycle for you using your Fax: 1-888-813-3495 choice of FW1 or Bike Magic Products More indepth cleaning service is available Email: richard@pairadicetrikes.com $80 -1 hour cleaning

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles Corbin Adds Dual Touring Saddle for Victory Vision Hollister, CA - Corbin’s Dual Tour saddle for the Victory Vision is designed to look right and fit perfect while providing exceptional comfort and enhancements for your touring cruiser. For the Vision, Corbin put the emphasis on “Touring” and fully maximized the seating platforms for best possible weight distribution. Its ergonomically designed shape gives you support and comfort that last alls day. On the inside, Corbin’s exclusive Comfort Cell® foam material gives firm body support that conforms to your body. A host of options like backrests and seat heaters make this saddle extremely versatile too.

New Product News Corbin backrests are shaped to fit the curve of your body for a better fit and greater comfort. Corbin’s Dual Tour saddle will also work with the Victory trunk &/or passenger backrest system. A coordinated 2-piece trunk pad is also

Corbin’s Dual Tour saddle is available with or without electric seat heaters built in. This option provides a very nice bit of luxury especially on those chilly morning rides. If you’ve never ridden on a heated seat, you’ll be amazed at how well this raises riding comfort. On the Corbin saddle, they’ve separated the switches and placed each one conveniently along the left side of the seating platform. This makes them very easy to locate while riding and with gloved hands. Simple installation with the Corbin saddle plugging right into your Victory seat heater wiring. Low and High settings are maintained automatically withintegrated heater. (Dual Tour Saddle w/ Heat-$799.00, Saddle w/ No Heat$599.00, Trunk Pad-$282.00 and Ovalbac Leather Backrest-$229.00) Corbin only uses genuine leather seating panels for a luxurious ride that breathes with your body. Leather is extremely durable and will break in along with the foam shape to conform to your body. Over time, your leather saddle will develop its own unique character just like your leather jacket does.

Dual Touring Saddle accepts two optional removable rider’s backrests for added back support. Our backrests are fully adjustable to provide a tailored fit to individual’s posture. In the front, we’ve engineered a second adjustment that allows the position of the rest to be adjusted fore/aft. This special hardware also allows the backrest to fold down to ease mounting the bike. Saddle works with a variety of backrest styles. You can use a single backrest that transfers front to back as needed or get two backrests for full available.

time use. Installation is easy enough to make this possible at a moment’s notice. Like the saddle,

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The ergonomic design of the Dual Touring saddle also gives a nice flowing shape on the bike for a clean look. Inside the saddle, Corbin’s Comfort Cell® foam provides a nice firm perch that supports your body indefinitely and doesn’t cave in like softer materials. Comfort Cell Cell® feels firm when you first ride on it, but it is this support that gives you daylong comfort. Notice also, the amount of vertical support offered by the bucket design of the Corbin saddle... over 5.5” of vertical support or 16” with a backrest installed!

For those interested in obtaining more information on Corbin, you can reach them at 800-538-7035 or online at www.corbin.com. Visit Corbin Headquarters at 2360 Technology Parkway, Hollister, CA. 95023 or Corbin Florida at 1433 US Highway 1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Don’t forget about Corbin’s 4th Annual Rider Appreciation day on July 5th-6th in Hollister! Contact: Rick Raus Phone: 714-280-8537 Email: Rick@vtwinmarketing.com

 

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles TIRE KICKIN’ How much is that little doggie in the window? I’m always kicking tires looking for something new and exciting. Even if I don’t end up pulling the trigger I get a good feel for what the market price is for things. I’m loosely looking for a bagger as a next project something I can haul Mrs. Monkey around on the back of - Snow White is a one person kind of gal. Since I don’t ride stock I need something that is priced well enough that I won’t break the bank customizing it.

was way too damaged to be anything more then a paper weight but if a bike had all the sheet metal and plastic damaged and need to be replaced and it was priced right I wouldn’t feel bad about having to buy new. The next up the list is finding a bike with a blown motor. Often we push our bikes harder then we should throwing rods, dropping valves. Facing an expensive repair bill, some choose to simply finance a new bike. If I can find a cheap bike I can always drop in another Evo 113” and start building. The last option is to buy a complete running bike. Recently a nice Evo RoadKing came up that would be a nice platform to build from. The year was right; the mileage was high enough that the bike needs a complete rebuild. The problem is the price.

My usual M.O. is to buy a salvage bike. A few have come up. One was a late TwinCam that only needed a saddlebag and fresh paint. The price was right but my bank account funds were too low. They want the same price as hundreds of two and three year old RoadKings with a third of the miles. A second twin came up but it needed everything I would like to buy local, I encourage people to including frame, engine mounts and cases. buy local, support local but when the price is that Ironically it sold for more then the first. far out of whack I have to move and continue The first bike would have been a good bike to kicking tires. pick up because I could recoup some of the cost of extended bags, trick fairings and trunk by -bad Uncle Monkey selling off the good stock parts. The second bike NAME:

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Canadian Legion of Riders Charity Raffle Draw: July 14, 2013 Rockin’ the Rink, Meota, SK at Midnight

1st Prize: Johnny Pag Motorcycle valued at $6000.00

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Who’s Your Daddy – Cabaret Date: May 10th Time: 8 pm – till midnight Band: Slow Motion Walter Location: German Club Contact: tickets available from a Prairie Gopher or contact, Craig Romanyk (Fatbob) (306) 537–1788 email cromanyk@rawlco.com Who’s Your Daddy- Ride for Prostate Cancer Date: June 8th Registration: 9 am till noon – ride will leave between 11 am and noon Location: Prairie Harley BBQ to follow at the German Club Contact: Craig Romanyk (Fatbob) (306) 537–1788 email cromanyk@rawlco.com

We are having a charity run on August 4, 2013 in STURGIS, SASKATCHEWAN. We have had this charity run for the last 3 yrs. we let the charity run the show as the breakfast and the supper and we organize the run. We do a 400kms run and get back to Sturgis for the supper. This year it is for the cadets. The first year we raised money for the wheel chair accessible playground in Preeceville and last year we raised money for the daycare in Sturgis. The run is $20.00 per motorcycle. Contact person is Ron @ 1 306-547-7544 or rnrwreckers@hotmail.com


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Talking Points 1) When it comes to communication with Premier Wall R.A.G.E. members MUST be, polite, professional and complimentary to Premier Wall for listening to us....then electorate! It is a pleasant change to have a Premier that listens and is not afraid to come out and publicly say when they, the government may have made a mistake!! The Premier stands by his word!! This is important to us as a goforward position!!! Encourage people to acknowledge HIM!!!!!

R.A.G.E. Communication Strategy March 19 We have the Attention of Premier Wall it is up to us to keep it!! Do not let inept statements in the media distract you from writting, calling, and mail their MLA, Minister Harpauer and Premier Wall. Do Not Stop!!! Action Continued communication with the government, Premier Wall’s office, your MLAs, the Minister for SGI and Crown Investments Corp. Read the talking points below. Read this whole post! …and then write, email, call… All communications to be sent to: feedback@saskratereview.ca motorcycles@sgi.sk.ca Minister Harpauer at minister.cc@gov.sk.ca Premier Wall at bradwallmla@sasktel.net

2) Comments on SGI embarrassing Premier Wall, and SGIs poor handling of this issue is appropriate!! It is surprising there hasn’t been a dismissal at SGI for the inept handling of the 2013 Rate Proposal and the embarrassment the government has had to endure over it. 3) We certainly expect more progressive solutions to issues such as this one from the SaskParty ......rather than the “Same Old Same Old” Crown treatment with respect to issues management and Policy Development......that we have seen from past governments!!! 4) Our Organization has a Rate Policy Rebuttal in development that addresses not only this present day issue but also addresses fiscal management into the future, that places cost recovery directly on the shoulders of those responsible!!

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What YOU Can Do Contact your local MLA:

http://www.legassembly.sk.ca/mlas/ http://www.elections.sk.ca/voters/findmy-constituency

Contact the Rate Review Panel: Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel PO Box 1301 Saskatoon, SK S7K 3N1 E-mail: input@saskratereview.ca Toll Free: 1-877-368-7075 Saskatoon: (306) 934-1948 Join the Movement on Facebook and let your friends know: http://www.facebook.com/ groups/203829343093351/

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles The Mourning Period Kathryn (Kat) Perry No one is born with a biological blueprint of how to mourn or grieve. We learn how to do this from our families, who are usually following cultural teachings. Most religious belief systems have long-held traditions on how to memorialize the dead, including rituals, songs, dances, special tools, works of art, articles of clothing and periods of mourning. Many families find great comfort and meaning in following their own faith or cultural traditions. Others may feel stifled or stymied by them, and may benefit from coming up with their own unique ways of remembering. Nonetheless, each of us will be influenced by our cultural background as we move through the grieving process.  I’ve done a summary of some of the major cultural traditions surrounding death and mourning. Buddhist · Buddhism is practiced in many Asian communities in the world and there are many different sects of schools of thought within this religion. · Many practicing Buddhists are seeking increase awareness in their lives, with the ultimate goal of reaching true enlightenment, or Nirvana. · Tibetan Buddhists in particular emphasize rebirth. · There are special meditations that Buddhists often use at the time of death. They may ask to limit sedation of their dying loved one so that he or she can maintain consciousness for the meditation. · The memorial ritual is usually officiated by a family member. · Cremation is typical. Christian · Mourners take comfort in the idea that their loved one has ascended to the Kingdom of Heaven, to be reunited with other deceased loves ones and to be with God. · Living Christians aspire to reach the afterlife through their good faith.

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There is typically a period between the death and the funeral service in which mourners pay their respects to the deceased and show support for the family. Often the body is viewed during this time (just as we Irish Catholics often do). Burial is typical, and mourners often accompany the family to the burial site. The casket is typically lowered after the mourners leave. Dark clothing is traditionally worn at the funeral service.

Protestant · There is a wide variety of Protestantism, and each denomination has its own funeral traditions. · Confession and prayer at the time of death is usually made directly to God. · There is a strong belief in eternal life, and people will faith will have life after death. · Funerals and memorials often stress that the deceased is in a “better place”. Hindu · Hinduism today is comprised of many sects that have their own traditions surrounding death. Hindus typically believe in eternal life through reincarnation, and that their fate in the next life depends on their virtue in the present life. · Cremation typically takes place on the day of death. The family washes the body in a special ritual to prepare it for cremation. · A Hindu priest officiates at the funeral ritual. White is traditionally worn. · There are 13 days of official mourning, in which friends and family visit to offer support and condolences. Humanist · This is an ethical belief system that stresses decency in relationships with others. · Memorial services typically celebrate life and acknowledge loss without religious ritual, according to the specific wishes of the loved one’s family. · Services may be held in any location that feels appropriate. Jewish · Jewish funerals and burials typically take place within a day or two of death. Cremation is usually not practiced among Conservative or Orthodox Jews.

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A rabbi or cantor officiates at the burial service. Families shovel symbolic soil onto the casket as it is lowered. A seven-day period of mourning calling “sitting Shiva” is often practiced in which prayers are offered and the family talks about the deceased. Friends and family visit and bring meals during this period. Sympathy cards and charitable donations are typically offered in lieu of flowers. Though the Jewish faith does teach the existence of life after death, it is not usually the focus of mourning rituals. Forgiveness is an important part of the grieving process.

First Nations · There are many different nations that all have their own death traditions. · Some nations do not have contact with the dying or advocate a very positive outlook in the presence of the dying. Grieving is done privately. The first nations communities I grew up in (compliments of a few of Dad’s RCMP postings), grieving was shared openly.

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Death is a journey to another world, but Canadian First Nations’ beliefs do not include dualities like heaven and hell and supernatural and earthling. The Creator is in the Earth. Certain spots in nature are important for sacred ceremonies, including burial. Personal items are often placed into the casket. Some groups incorporate Christian beliefs into their practices.

Lifestyles - Grieving & SK Events Catholic with a Muslim wife, Melek, and thanks to Rome, there is much common ground with Islam, and with that, acceptance. For decades, as evidenced by the 1994 Vatican publication, Recognize the Spiritual Bonds Which Unite Us: 16 Years of Christian-Muslim Dialogue, it has made it safe for Catholics and Muslims to love, live and die together. Pope John Paul II addressed a Catholic community in Turkey (where Melek’s family are from) with these words: “I wonder if it is now urgent, precisely today when Christians and Muslims have entered a new period of history, to recognize and develop the spiritual bonds that unite us.”  My dad and Melek, like so many others, especially here in forward-looking Ireland, explored these bonds to the point of marriage. Melek has a son, Matt, a practicing Muslim. My dad came with my six sisters, all Catholic. We have found a way to blend the two faiths, in a way that represents a new face for family. The absolute winners, beyond my dad and step-mom, Melek, are me, my brother and sisters, who love and respect each other, the faiths we practice, leaving us all that much richer for the opportunity. Yes…opportunity.

· Muslim · In the Muslim faith, death is seen as the return to the Creator, Allah, who will judge the soul based on how the life was lived. · Burial is the custom. Cremation is forbidden. Muslims believe that the body is returned to the Earth, where it originated. · · In order to prepare the body for burial, family and friends engage in ritual washing. Women wash other women’s bodies, and men wash other men’s bodies, with the exception of spouses, who may wash one another’s bodies. The body is then wrapped in a clean white cloth. · The burial ritual takes place within 24 hours of death or as soon as possible. Only men participate in the burial. Young children are typically not present. · An Imam or Holy Man officiates at both the funeral and burial service. · The mourning period lasts for three days for most While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there and 40 days for a surviving spouse. are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, Roman Catholic can renew you and permit you to move. · It is very important for many Catholics, including Grieving is a personal and highly individual myself, to have the last rites administered by a experience. How you grieve depends on priest to a loved one who is dying. This provides many factors, including your personality and the dying person with an opportunity to make coping style, your life experience, and your a confession to the priest and also serves as a faith. The grieving process takes time. Healing comfort to the family. happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried · A priest officiates at the funeral and burial. – and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. · In traditional cultures, the year following the death Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. is considered an extended period of mourning, For others, the grieving process is measured in and in some cases, older grievers may choose to years. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important wear black clothing. to be patient with yourself and allow the process · As a wife and my step-mom, Melek, who is to naturally unfold. The love and support of family Muslim, must observe a mourning period has been key for me: processing both my father (‘iddah) for her deceased husband, my dad, in and sister Lisa’s death; having the opportunity to be loyalty to the sacred ties of marriage. there for them, and them for me. I truly feel blessed · What I have found about mourning, as I relate it for my family - Catholic and Muslim. to my dad’s death earlier this year, is that as a

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BLOOD SISTERS - Grieving for mine... ‘Velcome to Transylvania. I vant to drink your blood,’ the hotel receptionist said as my sister Lisa and I checked in. Actually, she didn’t, but this was surprising, as the entire population of northern Romania seems to be working for Dracula plc. Every town boasts an impossibly sinister Gothic castle high on a hill, all claiming Vlad Tepes lived here, or carried out a spot of impaling here, or once bought his tobacco here, with the attendant souvenir businesses selling mugs and T-shirts (though, disappointingly, no glow-in-the-dark false fangs). In Bran, there’s Dracula’s Castle, though he never went there. Then, in Sighisoara, there’s, erm, Dracula’s Castle, though, fair enough, he does seem to have been born there (in a house quite close by that’s now the Casa Dracula themed restaurant, naturally). Then, in Snagov, there’s Vlad’s tomb, though in 1931 it was opened up and found to be empty. Bear in mind Bram Stoker never visited Romania and the whole thing starts to look like a farrago on the same scale as Charles Dickens’s London, where, if every blue plaque on a pub is to be believed, Dickens’s greatest expectations revolved around necking as much ale as possible. Still, Draculand apart, Romania has left perhaps the greatest impression on us of the entire journey. It has also caused me to feel an intense personal sense of shame. For, of all the countries on our route, it was always Romania where I felt I would get robbed or beaten up, where dark forces operated (and not just at full moon) and the civilized world would come to an end. I’ve no idea where

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles those prejudices came from, but how lamentable, how ignorant, they seem now. For, from cities such as Cluj-Napoca, full of pavement cafes and impossibly glamorous people, to the aforementioned fairytale castles, to Sibiu (busy tarting itself up for its role as European Culture Capital) with its magnificent baroque palaces, to the villages we rode through with their traffic jams of horse and carts, where almost everybody would wave and in some cases offer us, two Canadian girls, a bed in their homes for the night, it is possibly the most beautiful and civilized country we’ve ever been to. As I said….deeply ashamed. From Transylvania, we headed south on the legendary Transfagarasan Road, a ribbon of tarmac across the Fagaras mountains, laid across the landscape as if by a giant hand drizzling black syrup from a giant spoon. After ten days and 1,200 miles of motorcycling under our tires, it’s the kind of road a biker dreams of: 40 miles of hairpins galore, vertiginous descents and climbs into the clouds, tunnels, lakes and forests. And we know it’s a cliché, but our BMWs have really begun to feel like an extension of us; the experience akin to dancing with a sublimely gifted partner. It’s hard for us to imagine that it was less than two weeks ago we set off from London, me utterly petrified, Lisa brave as usual, and here we are speeding, free, without a care, through the Romanian mountains... ‘The fine will be five million lei,’ the police officer says.

Lifestyles - Grieving & SK Events ‘OK, for you, for cash, there is 50 per cent discount,’ he says. And he is smiling and removing pictures of his family from his wallet to show me. ‘This is my sister, she lives in Toronto.’ And I remember reading in our travel guide about the last vestiges of the once endemic corruption among the Romanian police and how it is being clamped down on and how, if stopped, you should always insist on going to the police station and getting a receipt, which we do. A melancholy fills the policeman’s eyes, as if recalling a lost, glorious age, and we drive off, slowly, to pay the £30 fine. Vampirism. Terms that are deeply rooted in ancient mythology and legend seen in modern times on big screens and in novels. But could vampires be real? Are there people that believe they are truly vampires? The answer to both questions is an astounding - Yes! The fact that vampires exist, however, should not be confused with the Hollywood image of a vampire - a being of the un-dead who can shape shift into a bat and also seduces unwilling victims in order to suck their blood. This glorified, storybook image of the vampire is incorrect and does not explain or represent real vampirism in the least. In fact, there are different types of vampires in the world and more and more people are coming to the realization that they could be turning...or perhaps awakening into the life of a real vampire.

Do I believe that I am awakening as a Vampire? No. This is merely to share that there are people out ‘But that’s ... that’s ... about £130,’ I reply, which is there that believe they have a real energy deficiency roughly the average Romanian wage for a month. or life force deficiency and that vampirism could And my bottom lip is going, just a bit. seriously be a real thing. These people are not to be feared, as they are not enemies or criminals. Nor ‘Well, you shouldn’t have been going so fast. Now, are they violent in any way. Most of the Vampires, you get in my car and we go to bank to pay,’ he says, all of the TRUE ones, believe in asking and taking and I feel like a victim of a cash point mugging. from a willing source for their feedings. They are merely a different type of person, so we should not But now the officer is pulling over in a secluded criticize or judge them. As weird or “out-there” as layby and, unless there’s an ATM in one of the this may seem to you or even to me, as my sister is adjacent oak trees, which there is not, this is not the gone, I wish she was not, and her energy, in part, end of the journey. will live forever, just like those others.

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Blood made us sisters Hearts made us friendsTwo people together, a beautiful blend of memories and laughter, and wiped away tears, of caring and kindness, and love throughout the years. Kat Pondarosa MH & RV Park

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Garage Party

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Big Bikers Buffet For Cystic Fibrosis

Tumblers Restaurant - 6:30-9:00 pm 2108 Grant Road, Regina, SK

Getem Out – Showem Off BBQ Times: TBA Estevan, SK

29th Annual Cystic Fibrosis

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Spring Bust Out

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Rich (306)934-2750

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Ralph (306)525-5739

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Keith (306)634-9754

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Gordo 543-8936

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RMAI Greg (306)596-0660

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Karen (306)783-1999

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CMA Arlene

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Yorkton HOG Kelly (306)783-1999

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Caledonian Curling Club 2225 Sandra Schmirler Way Regina, SK

3rd Annual Spring Gear-Up Harley-Davidson of Yorkton 86 – 7th Ave. S. Yorkton, SK

CMA Biker Blessing Place & time - TBA Regina, SK

BAD Rodeo

1st Annual Poker Run

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Harley-Davidson of Yorkton 86 – 7th Ave. S., Yorkton, SK

Who’s Your Daddy ?

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Test Our Metal

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Rich (306)934-2750

Reg: 7am-9:45am Living Sky Casino Swift Current, SK

Scott (306)741-3380

Start time: 9:00 am Prairie Harley Davidson 1355 McIntyre St., Regina, SK

Zena (306)522-1747

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34th Annual St. Victor Boogie Sylvan Valley Park St. Victor, SK www.stvictorboogie.com

Saskatchewan Ride For Sight *Volunteers are still required Elbow Fairgrounds, Elbow, SK Email Al at: newfie@sasktel.net

Ride For The Breath Of Life Kinette’s Club Poker Run Assiniboia, SK

Boogie Fest

SIR Larry (306)355-2248 CMC Al (306)527-4278 Jesse (306)354-2835 Trevor (306)577-1460

Times: TBA Carlyle, SK

2nd Annual Show & Shine Noon – 4 pm Riders Gear Shop 1455 Rose St., Regina, SK

Keith (306)545-4327

Teddy Bear & Poker Run Reg: 9am at Gibby’s Pub Estevan, SK

Jackie (306)421-9006

Tanna’s Valley Memorial

73rd Annual Sturgis Rally Sturgis, SD

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Findlater Poker Run

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From the Depths of File 13 AKA... My Two Bits Worth

I have that dreaded affliction - PMS, so bad I could scream.

My bike parts are out being painted so I don’t even have the luxury of sitting on my scoot, or seeing her every morning when I walk into my office. I never realized how centered have my bike in my office kept me until now. It’s been an interesting time re learning the skills to layout the paper again - there’s a learning curve that puts you on your head! When Daryl took over for me almost two years ago, I was working in Adobe Illustrator 3 and am now in 5.5 - I can’t believe the improvements and the increased functionality! I have been enjoying doing the paper again and hope that you are enjoying the new tools and the interactivity of the paper. I am teaching my new part time assistant the ropes and she is a natural so by the time I am ready to hit the road for the Conga, she should be fully trained and be able to keep me on the straight and narrow! The plans for the Conga are coming together albeit slowly - waiting on logo approvals and design approvals - proof reading everything - it’s

From the Depths of File 13 the part of the job I love the most. The more effort I put into it now the better the TV show and the fundraising should be. I go into the studio this coming week to start learning techiques for filming and interviewing people. Then in a couple of weeks we start shooting the commercials and doing voice overs for introductions etc. It’s another learning curve. With my impending trip to Ireland, I was happy to see the article from Kayle - the Moto Babe, on the cusine in Ireland and wowed by William’s column on Ireland’s pubs. Jeff Legrand and I head over in October and I know that we are going to be putting William’s pub list to the test. So far there are two confirmed and potentially a third group joining us so it should be a blast. I finally got the answers to the questions I had posed to SGI’s Don Thompson. I am pretty disappointed with the answers and once I have gone over them with a fine tooth comb I will be sending in some more. I will share the one’s I have with you next week after I have absorbed it all. I sent another request to talk to Chief Haggarty in Lindsay Ontario over his treatment of riders at the Remembrance Day Ceremonies there - they have declined to respond. I will not let the man off the hook - I will keep poking at him until he agrees to speak to me. I am persistent that way. I am getting myself organized for the

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Cyclemania Show in Saskatoon in Mid April and finishing the layout of the phone book so I have two more really busy weeks and then things will mellow out for about 4 before I am in full swing packing and getting things ready to go for the Conga. I can not wait to hit the highway and see all of you, meet you, hug you, laugh with you and swap stories with you. I also look forward to raising a ton of cash and awareness of our military charities. I’ll have a whole report for you on all of the changes and updates in the next couple of weeks... Until next week, I am your editor, Belt Drive Betty Hi my name is Doug Klan I have been asked over the last several years to do Bike Blessings for Bike clubs. If you are wondering who I am, I am a bike rider, President of Chariots of Light for Alberta plus a pastor of a church. It is always an honor and privilege to pray a blessing over bikes and riders because my desire is to see riders have a safe riding season. IF you want me to come and pray a blessing over your club this spring 2013, please contact me at pastor@ewoff.org I do not charge anything for this but want all riders to have a safe journey for 2013. Doug


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Moncton Saint John Fredericton

Saturday, June 1st Saturday, June 1st Saturday, June 1st

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Saturday, June 15th

Annapolis Valley Halifax

Saturday, June 1st Saturday, June 1st

Avalon (St. John’s)

Saturday, June 15th

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Table of Contents 39 — Ride for Dad 40 — Travel Feature - Drinking in Ireland 41 — Travel Feature - Drinking in Ireland 42 — Travel Feature - Drinking in Ireland 43 — Travel Feature - Drinking in Ireland 44 — Travel Feature - Drinking in Ireland 45 — Travel Feature - Drinking in Ireland 46 — Travel Feature - Drinking in Ireland 47 — Support Our Troops 48 — Support Our Troops 49 — Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride 50 — Paws Fur Thought - Support Our Troops 51 — Paws Fur Thought - Support Our Troops 52 — Tribute Poem - Support Our Troops 53 — Motorcycle Musings - ON Events 54 — LiUNA Motorcycle Charity Run - ON Events 55 — ON Events 56 —  Culture in Alabama? - ON Events 57 —  Culture in Alabama? - ON Events 58 —  Culture in Alabama? - ON Events 59 —  Culture in Alabama? - ON Events 60 —  ON Events 61 — Young Police Officer’s Perspective - ON Events 62 — Young Police Officer’s Perspective - ON Events 63 — Young Police Officer’s Perspective - ON Events 64 — Young Police Officer’s Perspective - ON Events 65 —  Young Police Officer’s Perspective - ON Events 66 — QC Events 67 — NB/NS Events 68 — Thoughts to Ponder 69 — NS Events 70 — NS Events 71 — NS Events 72 — Faith & Motorcycles

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The Lost Motorcycle Diary: Drinking in Ireland - A Road Trip by William Perry 1943-2013 Is there no end to the lengths this Columnist will go to in the name of research? Last week, leaving Adelle and Matt with Moira on the farm, Melek and I took the Ducati and hit the backroads of Ireland, a trip we make every chance we can especially when the grim tug of life starts to feel like a pit we can’t crawl out of. Ya know what I mean. Instead, we crawl into pubs, saloons, and distilleries…work, work work!, taking in cultural epochs in a glance, where the grass is green and every wall stone face bears the promise of art in an ancient land. Needless to say, there wasn’t a cocktail to be found. I’m sure there are taverns in other parts of the world and environs, but I have yet to see anything that resembles a pub in the southern half of the Irish state, where roots run deep. Here the pubs are sanctuaries that seem designed to make you feel guilty just for asking. It goes without saying that I brought my own -- more on this in a moment, but suffice to say that the Boy Scout motto “Be Prepared” applies to drinking, too.

not already here. Saves a longer flight option with Virgin listen to Richard Branson go on, and on about things! So do yourself a favour and don’t almost kill yourself trying to fit in a full tour of Ireland and get back to Canada in just a week. Crazy! With such limited time available, because I’m thinking of you, so I decided to focus this article on pubs and all things whiskey related, unfortunately giving our iconic castles and fabled racetracks a miss - for now. We got caught up in so many great pubs that our schedule ended up in havoc (a dodgy kebab that made me miss the Midleton Distillery didn’t help either). But hopefully my list of Ireland’s weird and wonderful drinking hot spots will help make your journey a little less hectic. J. McNeill Pub & Music Shop Capel Street, Dublin

There are a few, but very good selection of home-grown drink. Actually, better than very good: fresh, well-crafted marvels that made us look forward to the end of each day’s hike along Bridge Street and Wellington Quay. Perhaps the worst kept secret is - We Irish like to drink. The more than 1000 watering holes are proof of that. Meanwhile, to stave off the damp and chill of the evening, as we walked from pub to pub, we packed a flask of a new whiskey product from Bushmills distillery -- yes, you read that correctly. It’s a bloody long way to get to Ireland, if you are

As with so many places a quick question to your local cabbie on ‘non-touristy’ drinking holes will often lead you to some local gems. This was the case with J. McNeill’s, which hadn’t popped up with my previous research (drinking underage) and thankfully it was also recommended. This narrow

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles little bar with its cosy backroom and fireplace is the perfect location for me to experience my first pint of Guinness in Ireland. Thankfully, it wasn’t St Patrick’s Day when every pub is literally overflowing; we managed to find great seats at the bar. The bartenders were fantastic. To watch the speed with which they ran the bar while keeping up numerous conversations of politics, rugby and women with the local punters was amazing. The second floor is the music shop that sells folk instruments and does repairs but is closed weekends. O’Shea’s Merchant Hotel 12 Bridge Street Lower, Dublin

The only downside is that like most bars in the Temple Bar district is they are very popular with tourists (no offence). Personally I want to be surrounded with fellow Irish and a Turkish girl on me arm, not American or English folk. O’Shea’s Merchant is worth popping in to especially for a meal as its right opposite the Brazen Head pub. This one is extremely touristy, but it is a must visit as it lays claim to being Ireland’s oldest pub. I know you’re asking: What is Irish whiskey? • • • •

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O’Shea’s Merchant Hotel is located just off the river in the Temple Bar district and is renowned for its live folk music. It even does free folk dancing classes during the week that is very popular. The venue itself is broken up into three main parts with the restaurant serving up good value traditional Irish fair and next door is their very rowdy main bar. Upstairs they have a handful of accommodation rooms that you can get for less than fifty pounds a night, which is a good deal in Dublin, and very handy too if you don’t want to venture out into the cold Dublin nights. Remember to take that flask of Bushmills.

Irish Whiskey must be made (distilled & aged) in either the Republic of Ireland (south) or Northern Ireland to be called an Irish whiskey. The spirit must be aged for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks. The spirit must not be sold at less than 40% ABV. The Irish spell whiskey with an (ey) as do the Americans (except Makers Mark) while the Scottish drop the (e). The word means “water of life”. Must be made from grain (notably barley) must be made from a yeast fermented mash. Most Irish whiskey uses unpeated malt to create a smoother, lighter spirit. The Scots are renowned for a more full flavoured and peaty whisky. Most Irish whiskey is distilled three times to reduce unwanted elements like fusel oils and congeners that also help create a more smooth spirit. The Scots tend to distil twice creating a more complex flavour profile.

• O’Donoghue’s Merrion Row, Dublin The story goes that in 1789 this place was a grocery store and in 1934 it was opened as a bar. Popular with tourists and locals alike this place is packed with character and charm times 100. If you can get a seat at the bar or even just in the

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bar you will be in for a treat, as most days you will find traditional Irish musicians jamming away in the corner window table. This place will undoubtedly fulfill any authentic Irish pub craving you might have. The Dawson Lounge Dawson Street, Dublin Now this place proclaims on its signage to be ‘probably the smallest pub in the world’ and any such claim is something you must see! After you walk down their steep set of stairs you come across a cosy dark little bar and it is in fact very small. Frankly, I have seen much smaller bars in Tokyo but I wouldn’t call them pubs. Either way this basement bar is fine place to kill an hour and enjoy a few Irish whiskeys. The Brazen Head 20 Lower Bridge St, Dublin

Now The Brazen Head has a huge claim to fame, that of being the oldest pub in Ireland. I am sure this claim also helps make it possibly the busiest pub in Ireland. The Brazen Head is touted as dating back a whopping 814 years to 1198 when it was originally a coach house. Even though it’s wall to wall with tourists it really is a beautiful place to visit

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles and you get a feel for how things were done many centuries ago. The place is made of up several small rooms with basic furniture and low ceilings (very small people back on the day you know) each having a bar and leading out to the main courtyard that also gives punters a chance to drink and smoke. Upstairs they have some basic rooms that keep the old coach house connection alive and well. Try if you can for a mid week visit as weekends, like my trip, are crazy busy. The Stag’s Head 1 Dame Court, Dublin

A tavern has been on this site as far back as the 1780’s but it wasn’t until the 1890s that it was transformed into Dublin’s premier Victorian style pub both then and now. This place, like so many Irish pubs, is truly majestic and seeing somewhere that looks the same as it did for drinkers over a century ago is a treat. We love their little parlour lounge hidden just behind the main bar that was once a popular smoking room. Great place to make out. Just saying. Give their Powers Irish Whiskey a go. They have it available like the old days, straight out of the barrels that sit behind the bar. The extra mellowing

Travel Feature - Drinking in Ireland time in the sweet sherry oak cask is quite noticeable. Even finding this landmark watering hole down a narrow little back street just adds to the charm and beauty of this place and without question a must visit if your ever in this great town. In his day, it was a favourite of Jimi Hendrix. John Kehoe’s Lounge 9 Anne St, Temple Bar

This is another authentic Victorian style pub that first opened its doors over 200 years ago in 1803. There’s nothing pretentious about this place and on his visit it was filled with young and old folk enjoying a few drinks. What you have to take a look at in the front room are the original draws behind the bar. They were once used to store popular foodstuffs like rice, coffee and tobacco. This main room in the pub (aptly coined the Grocer bar) worked as a grocery for many years and the beautiful mahogany partitions along the bar were designed to give customers some privacy while they ordered their items and while waiting they could enjoy a fine tipple. It is fascinating how many

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roles pubs used to play back in the day and how important they must have been in every day life. So, What is ‘The Craic’? If you ever go to Ireland you will hear people saying this place or that has the Craic and that last night they had the Craic. First up it’s pronounced like saying “the Crack” and no it’s not drugs, however is very addictive. In its simplest description it is the term given to having a good time with friends. Just like the way we say we are having a ‘cracking time’, which is a contemporary term that derives from the traditional Irish word & metaphor. The Long Hall 51 South Great George’s St Get in early if you want a seat at the bar as this place fills up with regulars and the bartender informed us that they tend to spend the whole night! As the name suggests this place is designed as a long room and not like most pubs with a corner location to stand out. It’s filled with old school Victorian chandeliers, a long beautiful mahogany bar and make sure you look up and see the magnificent plasterwork ceilings. As the saying goes this place has great craic and well worth a visit! The Temple Bar 47/48 Temple Bar, Dublin Firstly let me explain why a city area has the same name as pub. The Temple name comes from the Sir William Temple a renowned teacher and politician back in the early 17th century. His family acquired land in this area along the Liffey

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River and set about building a sea wall. Known as a ‘barr’, it was used for land protection and walking on. This later got shortened to bar and pretty soon became referred to as the Temple Bar area.

It is however owned by Bono and The Edge from U2 and they’re said to pop in a fair bit, so as any self respecting life-long fan you just gotta book it! Of course some of us refuse to call these young fellows by their stage names. Some of us knew their families and them as wee brats going by the names David and Paul. Here they’re nothing special….well maybe to some, ok, to a great many. :-) Located in the heart of Dublin on the River Liffey this boutique hotel is close to everything. The rooms look good with the beautiful oak furnishings and leather chairs, plus the all important hangover friendly velvet window drapes. I was lucky enough to get an upgrade to a room with ensuite and reading room and it was honestly bigger than the whole room I had in Tokyo a few years ago. The hotel also has a very popular cocktail bar called the Octagon Bar and if you believe their website it is the reason the U2 lads bought the whole hotel (so it would they would stop getting thrown out - truly). Ok, very unlikely but either way it looks like a good investment and a great place to stay. For the record we never saw Bono or The Edge but a fellow drinker told me Bono was in two nights before we arrived

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Nicely hidden down a bunch of back streets; this once powerhouse of a distillery is today a tourist hot spot. Maybe it’s got to do with the fact that worldwide Jameson is the fast growing whiskey and visitors are just eager to find out more about this iconic Irish spirit. Most reviews on this place give a glowing review for being interesting and educational and not too long (takes about 30 minutes).

The actual pub was established in 1840 and is one of the most popular and renowned pub in Dublin especially with the tourists. Another selling point is their huge whiskey selection. They say is the biggest in Ireland and stock over 400 bottles from all around the world. Also give their Carrig Larger a try. It is produced by the pub owner and goes extremely well with some famous Irish oysters. The Clarence Hotel 6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin This place will set you back about $350+ a night for a room so it’s on the more expensive end of accommodation options in Dublin. As tempting as it is, we opted for a B&B I’ve stayed at before.

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and was chatting to guests… bugger! Also keep in mind if you’re from the North, know the families, it’s nice to know that you can order a fresh pint of Guinness from room service at any time, free of feckin’ Bono and Edge. Enough said. Categories of Irish whiskey Blended: If the spirit is made up of two or more distillates, the product is considered a ‘blended’ Irish whiskey. Pure Pot Still: Combination of malted & unmalted barley distilled in a pot still. Single Malt: made from malted barley from a single distillery. Grain Whiskey: made from at least some grains (e.g. corn or maize) other than malted barley. The Old Jameson Distillery Bow Street, Dublin

The tour set up is that you follow the path of how Jameson is produced from the malting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and barrel maturing. It also focuses on the man behind the brand Mr John Jameson, a Scottish lawyer who immigrated to Ireland with his wife Margaret Haig of the famous Scottish Haig Distillery. They acquired the Bow Street Distillery in 1780 and it was a working distillery until 1975 when production was moved to a bigger plant in Midleton. At the end of the tour each visitor gets a Jameson drink and before you leave you can visit their merchandise shop or buy a few hard to find bottles of whiskey from the current working distillery down south in Midleton. The Redbreast 15 year old and elusive Green Spot would be two pot still whiskies well worth smuggling

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles home. Jameson and the handful of other brands owned by Pernod Ricard are made down at the New Midleton Distillery. It’s not open to visitors but they have a second tour and museum for Jameson nextdoor called the ‘Jameson Experience’. This is housed in the building that was used between opening the New Midleton Distillery and closing the Bow St Dublin Distillery. Unfortunately I didn’t get down south to see the second museum. Tour Verdict: Great for a non working distillery and very interactive Cost: 12 Euro (30 minutes) Tip: make sure you pre-book online as it’s a huge tourist attraction! New Midleton Distillery Key Brands: Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Green Spot, Redbreast & *Tullamore Dew (*owned by William Grants & Sons).

Travel Feature - Drinking in Ireland you must absolutely reciprocate this by getting the next round. This you will find leads to many a long drinking sessions especially as most Irish likely have a relative from where you are from and are keen to talk and find out, “if you know “paddy?”. I’m serious. You will Not meet an Irish person you won’t like. We are some of the world’s most hospitable and friendly folk you will ever meet so say hello to as many as you can, as it’s sure to create a few highlights you didn’t plan. Guinness Storehouse St James Gate, Dublin

queue for a drink then their rooftop Gravity bar might be worth giving a miss and simply head down the road to one of the many amazing 1000 Dublin pubs for a pint of the black stuff as it has been done for over 250 years. We mostly refer to it as a “Pint of the Priest”…bet ya can’t guess why?

Will’s Social Tips for Ireland If someone asks if you have ‘the craic’ relax as they are not asking you if you sell drugs or have some weird sexual disease. Rather it’s a term given to having a good time. Try and remember that one. Tipping is not embedded in Irish society like many European countries. In saying, that it’s welcomed and worthwhile so a 10% tip for taxis, drinks and restaurants is a good idea. If not, I don’t fancy your chances of getting out alive. Just kidding! Maybe. No one will say “top of the morning to you” as so many Irish actors seem to say in movies. So give that a miss if you don’t want to look like a tourist tosser. Avoid discussions of politics and religion with locals if you value your health and safety, especially if visiting Northern Ireland. Nuff said. Most taxis just take cash so make sure you have enough euros in your pocket. If someone offers to buy you a drink you would be wise to accept as to not offend. Most importantly

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Tour Cost: 15 Euros (1hr+ self guided) Verdict: Fantastic tourist attraction but I wish you could actually see inside this real life Willy Wonker’s factory in action. Geeky Irish Guinness Trivia Like the Old Jameson Distillery the Guinness Storehouses are themed tourist attractions and unfortunately you won’t be seeing any actual brewing of this national drink when you do the self-guided tour. What you will see is an amazing Guinness show that can accommodate thousands of people each day and help tell the story of Arthur Guinness and that of his unbelievably successful Irish dry stout that dates back to this James Gate Brewery established in 1759. The whole setup is presented in a super slick and interactive way that even someone who doesn’t like beer would enjoy. The highlights are seeing the ‘advertising’ exhibit that displayed all their old bottles and cans, plus the many successful campaigns that have made it a worldwide mega-brand that’s synonymous with all things Irish. If you don’t want to wait in a long

In 1759 Arthur Guinness struck the best real estate deal of all time when he leased the 4-hectare site that was to become the home of Guinness for 45 pounds per year for 9,000 years. Before 1939 if a Guinness brewer wanted to get hitched with a Catholic then his resignation would be expected. There is 198 calories in a pint. It takes 119.5 seconds (yes I’m told the 0.5 is very important) seconds to pour a perfect pint.

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Hops are the only imported ingredient for Guinness. 2/3 of all the Barley grown in Ireland goes to St James Gate.

This place goes by a few names, the other being the Kilbeggan Distillery. The latter is used as it’s the more popular whiskey and it makes sense to advertise that brand. That being said the real history of this place has its origins with the Locke family who took over the distillery in 1840. It is said that distilling was done on the site as early as 1757 and so the company claims this site as ‘the worlds oldest continually licensed distillery’.

Tour Verdict: breathtakingly beautiful and extremely useful in understanding how it was done back in the day as well as today with their small batches of spirit they still produce. Cost: 8 Euro (40 minutes -1 hour) Cooley Distillery/Locke’s Distillery Museum Key Brands: Kilbeggan, Lockes, Inishowen, Tyrconnell, Connemaram & Cooley Poitin maturing started again on site but the rest was produced at the bigger Cooley Distillery in Louth County that is also not open to the public or tours. Now the actual tour of this site is breath taking and being able to walk around and touch everything and see the real thing rather than replicas are a treat. The only replicas we saw were the pot stills that had been previously sold off for scrap metal. we were lucky enough to get an extensive look behind the scene and try their new 4yr Grain Whiskey (corn just like the yanks) straight out of the barrel. You also wont find a nice bunch of local workers who seem to go out of their way to help make your visit enjoyable. We were even encourages to try and

There is no question that the most memorable parts of our trip were each other… oh, yes and the other Irish people and the 1000+ pubs. I honestly don’t think you will find a friendlier, more easy going and more helpful bunch of locals anywhere in the world. Driving around my country and seeing all the working farms and all the little towns is a pleasant way to travel and you will never have any issues in the big cities of Dublin or Belfast. Trust me. My only gripe with would be with the whiskey distilleries and that they develop a more open and hands on approach for visitors, if not a discount for an Irishman. That especially goes for Guinness as it’s disappointing for someone like meself, who wants to see less museums or themed attractions. Don’t get me wrong they were all good to see but if you ask me it’s not complete unless you see some actual product getting made in some way.

Even though during tough times this place changed owners and roles (doing such things as a pig farm) all previous owners thankfully continued to pay a small fee to keep the distillery’s registration up to date and active. As the distillery was producing very labour intensive whiskey mostly with pots stills, also hit with higher taxes and a major economic depression it forced the shareholders to close the distillery in 1957. Its worth noting that this is a similar story for many of Irelands once thriving whiskey industry which saw 26 distilleries in 1924 get reduced to only 2 by the 1970’s. It wasn’t until the 1980s with the launch of the Cooley’s distillery that Locke’s brands got revived and some small-scale production and barrel

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make a barrel with their in house cooper. Good times…put this place at the top of your list above all the silly castles. Lets hope new owners Jim Beam looks after the place and especially the fine people.

In 1951 the then head honcho at Guinness saw a need for a book to publish important records and weird historical facts that could help settle many debates and arguments that ragged in pubs around Ireland. At first their Guinness Book of Records was just a small marketing giveaway. It quickly grew into the worldwide brand it is today. Locke’s Distillery Museum

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Only at Bushmills can you see whiskey being made, so ask yourself a question would you want to go to a local winery or a brewery and not see the real product actually being made in some way?

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Bushmills Malt 12 Distillery Reserve This single malt is only available if you visit the distillery in Antrim Northern Ireland and matured mostly in Sherry casks aged from whiskey barrels of at least 12 years old. Every cocktail bar should have their famous Black Bush blended whiskey! Bushmills Distillery/Diageo Connemara Cask Strength Peated Single Malt

I understand the brands don’t hide from the fact that their tours are ‘experiences’ but how much better would it be if people could get more connected with the actual product. Simply put I’d say, less about the image of the brand and more actual substance please!

This is an Irish whiskey that would leave a Scot speechless. It’s one of Irelands few peated malts and it is a full flavoured beast of a whiskey at a whopping 58.8% abv! Cooley’s Distillery/Beam Global Green Spot A rare Pure Pot Still whiskey aged between 7-12 years. Owned by famous Dublin whiskey bonders, Mitchell & Son, whose firm dates back to 1887. New Middleton Distillery/Pernod Ricard Cooley Poitin PCFF_NtlPostHalfPage_HR.pdf

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From the innovative team at the Locke Distillery comes this un-aged single pot still spirit that is triple distilled and bottled at a powerful 65% abv. “

SLAINTE! Some Tasty Irish Tipples to Consider Powers 12 Old Reserve A very popular brand at home but hard to find internationally Powers is an exceptional blended whiskey aged from 12 to 24 years from the New Midleton Distillery Pernod Ricard

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The Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride The Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride (MPNMRR) is a charity event that spans the entire nation.

charity cause and we need you to believe in our event to help us make the difference in the lives of these children. We are asking you to please help us.

It is the largest annual motorcycle relay in the world with our National Riders covering in excess of 10,000 kilometers during the event.

We are proud to present our Sponsorship Program of Recognition where we can provide you with the acknowledgment and appreciation for your support:

It consists of a motorcycle ride which will start in St. John’s, NL and end in Victoria, BC and will visit all of the major military establishments across Canada.

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Volunteers, supporters and motorcycle enthusiasts will, for this fifth annual event, unite to raise funds for charity.

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In the past four years, we have raised over $170,000 in support of the following charities: · Military Families Fund · Wounded Warrior · Children’s Wish · Military Police Fund for Blind Children For the past two years, we have focused our fundraising on children and the two charities that are dedicated to their betterment; Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and the Military Police Fund for Blind Children.

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We are asking for your support due to your demonstrated willingness to assist Canadian communities and recognizing the importance of the children, our future. The riders aim to make a difference; however; unless we have your support, we will fall short of our goal to provide these children with the opportunity to enjoy their lives to the fullest extent possible. It is you, the communities, businesses, and social organizations who are the true champions of any

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National Sponsor Support/Donations Canada wide Provincial Sponsor Support/Donations Province wide Gold Level Sponsor Support/Donation over $1000 Silver Level Sponsor Support/Donation $501 to $1000 Bronze Level Sponsor Support/Donation up to $500 Special Partner Professional partnership Donor Goods and services for local fundraising event

All supporters will be identified and credited with being part of our team on our website at www.MPNMRR.ca Your corporate logo will be provided prominent exposure on the website to acknowledge your support. In addition, we will maintain a significant profile on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Media events and promotions will be attract the attention of the Canadian public and, based on the level of support, logo placement on our travelling national banner can be arranged. Letters and/or tax receipts will be provided upon request. I would like to thank you in advance for taking this time to learn about the Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride.

Should your require further information or clarification with regards to this adventure, please feel free to contact me, Lamont French, the National Chair at: lamontfrench@shaw.ca or speak to any of our Provincial Ride Captain’s or their respective representatives. Their contact information can be found on our website (www.mpnmrr.ca) We realize that our charity event may not be the only one you are asked to support this year, so if you should decide not to assist us, then I have only one request to ask of you, please volunteer or donate to another charity event and help them make a difference in the charity they represent. In closing, please take with you this quote which I was blessed with being associated with sometime ago, and it still rings true to this day: “A person never stands so tall an when they kneel to help a child” Lamont French National Chair/National Ride Captain Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride U-ROCK = United Riders Offering Children Kindness

I know a guy who can’t hold his liquor during the winter months. It’s probably the mittens. Whoever said nothing is impossible never tried to slam a revolving door. What do Eskimos get from sitting on the ice too long? Polaroids. If the pen is mightier than the sword, and a picture is worth a thousand words, how dangerous is a fax?


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Ladies and Gents... doubts need only consider this... most of you who read this are either miltary or a biker, “Testimony in the Manuge Sisip Clawback seta supporter of one or both tlement hearings was still being heard, while the of those groups... government signalled its intentions to continue the SAME Fight, SAME points of law with our disaGood on you... two very bled RCMP veterans.... reallly? similar groups indeed. I know there are some who This is a complete waste of taxpayers money. do not quite get why so BUT that is not, NOT by a long shot the biggest many ex-military men and problem. The government by its actions has once women and their families again displayed that it actually thinks that some are bikers.   misguided monetary metric is worth traumatizing and victimizing over 500 disabled RCMP The anwser is actually Veterans and their families. quite simple. Both groups function on respect, both Folks that is WRONG on so many levels. The groups desire one thing government chooses to pursue this course of acmore than all others... tion after they got their asses handed to them in FREEDOM. Federal Court. The government fought Manuge and the members of the Class, hammer and tong, We fight for it, we guard it, thru the Supreme Court, and beyond. we protect it, we ride for it. It drives us.... freedom. Now 7,500 plus disabled veterans are going to pay approximately 66 MILLION Dollars in legal Our pursuit of freedom fees to recapture what was rightfully theirs, their has defined our country, disability income for injuries received in the line it’s people and its actions of service to this country. Kind of makes one feel in the global arena since real good about ourselves doesn’t it? before our birth as a nation. We as a country will Who in God’s name, for one half of one second, keep producing veterans thinks that using our veterans as some pawn in because we will need a a political budgetary process in a system so rife military. with financial abuses is a good idea? Canada will always need a military. We need to be able to protect our sovereignty... and well the troops get old or broken, they become veterans. Veterans who believe in a country that respects those rights and freedoms, but a country that they beleives will care for them and their families should they be hurt or killed. The brutal reality is that Veterans Affairs in Canada is in a complete shambles... anyone who

John Larlee, the head of Veterans Review and Appeal Board , has twice billed Canada for trips to the UK for conferences that had nothing to do with veterans affairs. Did I fail to mention his wife was a speaker at the conference on someone elses dime? You have got to be kidding me! This is the man who heads up the single largest

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Support Paws Fur Thoughts The Long Walk to Sanity 50 dogs, for 50 veterans in 50 days www.pawsfurthought1.com miscarriage of justice to veterans who have to fight appeals for injuries received in the line of service. You will hear about their mandate in coming articles. You can be the judge....   Heads up... bring some mouthwash, it leaves a really bad taste..... You are hearing more and more in the news these days about PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We will address in coming articles why I beleive it is so devastating in our modern society and how we can help those so injured re-integrate into society. To help you help me help you understand the horrible realities of this devastating injury, I need you to understand one thing. PTSD is a serious mental injury that has a ton of serious side effects, debilatatiing ones, and it comes with stigma. SERIOUS STIGMA. Hands up all those self identifying with big time mental health issues? Hmmmmm.... see what I mean.   Recently I had a conversation that involved some people who have some very large political aspirations and I was discussing Paws Fur Thought with them. As we were doing a SWOT (Strengths,

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles Weaknesses, Oppourtunities and Threats) Analysis my comment that our greatest Strength was our Great weakness... the guy out in front of this initiative has serious mental health issues.... It made them whince. The look in their eyes told the truth. It is hard. It is hard to deal with serious mental health issues. It is even worse if you are the one who has them. Serious mental health issues bring huge STIGMA issues.  For us the sufferers, we desperately need to shatter that stigma... it has to become acceptable to identify as such, and to have accomodations for the disabilty.   Each of us, unique and individual suffer many complex

Paws Fur Thought - Support Our Troops interelated symptoms and behaviours that a generalization is instantly wrong. How ever there are a couple of undeniables. One... those so injured do not deal with stress well, any stress, since it triggers devastating neuro-biological chemical response in our bodies that we can neither turn off nor control. Not pretty. Two... We do not trust. We do not trust you, or anyone else. Hell we do not even trust ourselves.  Three... the stigma, the shame, will destroy us if we do not get away from it.  So how do we address these problems. We can’t get to One and two if three is still in play. Stigma... Shame....   Easiest way to release the power of that

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horrible hold is to crush a label, shatter the stigma... PTSD: Put the Stimgma down!   If I had stabbed you, physically, you would bleed and have scars... why is it so hard to come to terms when it is done to your mind? So, till my next one, I will be the guy with the dog, out humping his ass back into shape, so that Me and Me Dog, can help others regain some Trust and help to learn to mitigate the downstream of those neuro-biological chemical meltdowns.  As the Dalai Lama says “Help others, and if unable, at least do no harm”.... Medric “Cous” Cousineau, the SeaDawg


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Her Son He was young and he was bold He never dreamed of growing old He had no medals on his chest He had no need of medals, he was the best He was too young and so he lied He volunteered with so much pride He had a mother her head held high He held her close and felt her sigh He never saw her sadness or her tears He shared with her a few short years He travelled oh so far away He promised to return another day

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He knew of her love and her fear He was her little boy she loved so dear He was her source of constant joy also her greatest loss He now lies in a foreign land beneath a wooden cross William H. Lyons For more Tribute Poetry Visit: www.veterans.gc.ca

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Annual Run to the North Wall June 30th 2013 The purpose is to honor the Canadians that served with the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War. In 1995 the dream of three men realized fruition. Those men were Ed Johnson, Ric Gidner and Chris Reynolds and their dream was a memorial honoring the Canadians that paid the ultimate price, volunteering to serve with American troops in Vietnam. The dream originated in the imagination of Johnson and Gidner with their heartfelt admiration for the Canadians that sacrificed their lives and became the driving force to honor them. Ed was also a Vietnam Veteran and served in the US Army with the 2nd 47th Mechanized Infantry 9th Division. Ric served with the United States Marine Corps. The memorial rests in Windsor, ON called the Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but is affectionately referred to as “The North Wall. More ride details to follow. Ride For the Mission – August 25th 2013 George Winney and Frenchy Aligard, organizers of the event make for a fun day with family and friends doing something beneficial while raising funds to care for our neighbors in need—struggling from poverty, mental illness, substance abuse and despair. Registration starts around 9:00AM, Kickstands up at 11:00AM, followed by a meal after the ride. Complete details to follow, when they become available. Join us for the 1st Annual Show & Shine Motorcycle Show at the McGregor Knights of Columbus (St. Clement Council 2844) on 9560 Walker Road in McGregor. Will be held in the back parking lot on Saturday July 13, 2013, weather permitting. (RAIN DATE - Sunday July 14, 2013). Any STYLE, Any MAKE, Any MODEL EVERYONE WELCOME!


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Motorcycle Musings - ON Events There is an intersection near my house; it has a 2-way stop. Why is it a 2-way stop? So that the unsuspecting motorist, be they on 2, 3 or 4 wheels, can experience the adrenaline rush as people completely, consistently, blatantly, carelessly, thoughtlessly & Stupidly, disregard the word “Stop”, for reasons known only to themselves.

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if “something happens” to either someone who rides, or a rider close to someone. Maybe I’m pissed because not stopping at my corner, is Consistent. And that means it’s just a matter of time before someone isn’t “simply” hurt, but dies. Since others don’t look for themselves, I guess we have to look for them... literally. Be safe there & back, riders...Later :) Kate B

I’m sure it isn’t the Only intersection in my area, that should be listed far & wide as “Dangerous” or “Hazardous”. I’d settle for “Unsafe” even!

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Nothing gets your heart pumping faster than that near crash that came out of nowhere, simply because the sign said “Stop” not “Merge”

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In my big, strong vehicle, I was lucky~ I lived. Nothing will ever be as it was, but I lived. On my beautiful sleek bike…I wouldn’t stand a chance.

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quick stop to refresh both the bikes and riders, we continue south to the infamous Forks of the Credit for a little taste of twists and turns reminiscent of US 129. From here, the ride takes us back into Hamilton for a hearty end of day meal at LiUNA Station. Pre ride continental breakfast provided.

All rides depart from LiUNA Station 360 James N Hamilton at 9am. Registration available on morning of ride July 11 - Northern Region Ride Get set for some of the most beautiful city and rural sights Ontario has to offer. The “Northern Ride” departs from Liuna Station in Hamilton at 9am, and takes Riders on a journey along the picturesque shorelines of Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay. Experience over 400 km (200 miles) of big city and big country fun. Special features along this route include a trip through Toronto’s downtown core, passing iconic sites such as the CN Tower and Rogers Centre. Travelling north, we stop in beautiful Barrie on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay for a BBQ lunch before heading onto the shores of Georgian Bay and the longest freshwater beach in the world at Wasaga Beach. After a

July 12 - Niagara Region Ride Heading south from our 9am morning start at LiUNA Station in Hamilton, this route takes us along the southern shores of Lake Ontario, up, down and alongside the beautiful Niagara escarpment. Touring through some of the best wine regions in the country, this route winds its way through the enchantment of Niagara-on-theLake and onto one of the seven wonders of the world - Niagara Falls. After taking some time to experience the power, mist and magic of this natural spectacle, both the Riders and bikes will fuel up for the final leg of the route along the top of the escarpment and into wine country. End of the road is again at LiUNA Station in Hamilton for fantastic food and fellowship. July 13 - Port Dover “Friday the 13th” Perhaps one of the most anticipated dates for Ontario riders is Friday the 13th! For over 25 years, riders from far and wide converge on this tiny community on the shores of lake Erie for a one day bike rally like no other. No matter what month of the calendar year a Friday the 13th falls on...rain, snow, sleet or sun....

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estimates range anywhere from 25,000 to 100,000 riders...for a one day event! This is the largest bike rally in Canada and this year will mark the first official LiUNA visit of the Lending a Hand crew, with many more to come in the years ahead. Departure times to be confirmed, pre ride continental breakfast provided.

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Hello all, well where did that year go? Last time I checked, I just moved in and was sorting a 20 year collection of boxes full of used parts. Now the shop has been pretty well setup, and it is time to relax? and have some fun. Please join us for the First Year Anniversary BBQ to benefit my local riding clubs, GWRRA, GWTA, CMC and their favorite charities. From 11 to 3 door prizes, music and fun. Come one come all, everyone welcome. Look forward to seeing you all there, Best - Bruno G

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Critter Conservation and Culture in Alabama? My Dad loved Alabama, so did my mum. Last year, this month, he wrote a piece - Motorcycle Diary: Sweet Home Alabama http://www.abbotsfordtoday. ca/motorcycle-diary-sweethome-alabama/

Lisa Perry (RIP March 16,2013) There is much to love: family,

friends, a home, a collection of old pickups and Harleys (and no, some of them actual work), food, family history, music and music festivals. Festivals are pure pleasure. For three days, or longer if we’re lucky, all we have to worry about is which field or stage or bar to wander to next. For three days, we can drink, take drugs (not me), lie around, stare at the sky, talk, listen to music, sing, dance, eat or do whatever we like without worrying about the consequences or what people will think - my person goal in this life.  Everyone knows that festivals are not really about the bands. What they are about is a suspension of everyday realities: no work, no worries, no rushing. For three days, we are no longer bourgeois wage-slaves, we are freewheeling bohemian dreamers. All the rules that govern our normal world evaporate. Festivals mean freedom. At the festival, something strange happens to time. We no longer respect the difference between day and night; they blend into one. The great thing about festivals, like the music festival in Glastonbury (my dad also wrote about), you hear some awesome. And like those festivals like Glastonbury, you can see the big and small. This year, I will see Robert Plant in that UK festival and also on stage in the Deep South. 

In particular is that it’s at midnight, when the bands have all stopped, that the real fun begins. That’s when you wander round in the darkness, looking for campfires, looking for kicks (my dad would look for his kids); that’s when things become otherworldly, when strange and wonderful figures appear out of the shadows. It’s the time of the chance encounter, of watching the sunrise, of sitting on a standing stone.

responsibilities of being in a solid building. You can forget about mortgages and bank accounts and cars and hire purchase agreements. It’s just you.

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Whereas in the so-called real world we rush and strut, there is a noticeable slowing down in our walking speed at the festival. We float and amble, we wander aimlessly, we dawdle, and we stop and stare. I suppose this is because at festivals we savor the moment, we are enjoying being in the here and now. What is amazing is how harmonious festivals are: tens of thousands of people live together in a relatively small space and there is very little trouble. To me, they are anarchy in action: selfregulated groups of people enjoying themselves in a way that they have chosen. Festivals, you will notice, are never organized by governments, always by the people. At festivals we are all gypsies together, outlaws. Two things some of us have in our blood. The camping life contributes to the fun and the sense of freedom because when camping, you are closer to nature and you don’t have the material

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles It’s clear that there is a deep-seated human need for festivals. All cultures have them. In fact, we used to have a lot more of them in this country - Canada. In medieval times, the calendar was dotted with three-day bacchanals, which were sanctioned by the Catholic Church. Christmas and May Day survive but there used to be a lot more. Unfortunately, the Protestant work ethic came in and took all the fun out of fun. Festivals represent a memory of pre-Reformation, and that’s what I love about them - their chaotic, medieval nature. They remind you of how life could be. Last year, my cousin, Logan, and his wife, Ella, took me out on the water one visit. I’ll tell you, there is little like sitting on a converted shrimping boat that is going to catch shrimp before a shrimp-and-salad supper. It gives you a chance to reflect on several things. Like how much people on the Gulf Coast like their shrimp, for one.

Culture in Alabama? - ON Events Or how tame enjoying wilderness can feel, if that’s the way you want it.  I mean, people, it’s very civilized. And yes, it’s Alabama. Picture this: Dolphins rise and fall in the wake of the boat while you sip your iced tea - and, Mmmm…. it’s got about 900 sugars in it. Welcome to the Deep South Baby! Logan gives coastal wildlife tours. I know what you are thinking - ‘Wasn’t what I imagined when I thought of Alabama’ - but in a quiet, wooded and sometimes wet corner of the US, the state (mainly landlocked) cautiously extends its toe out to touch the sea. I like that. Poetic,. Right? Most important - Examine that toe more closely and peel back the layers, and you’ll find it teeming with wildlife - offering not only a promising nature-tourism destination, but also a mangled metaphor that makes a very beautiful place sound

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Apart from flying over it, many people zip through lower Alabama on their way between New Orleans and Florida, suggesting there is no good reason to stop. Wrong! Just ask the thousands of migratory birds who do it twice a year. The area presents a last rest before they take off again and head south; to Mexico, central America or further still.  That process is reversed in spring, as all those different species of long-haul flappers head back over the Gulf of Mexico to their summer roosts. If their journey proves too arduous, you might even see what locals call the “fall out” - birds literally

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DON’T MISS THIS 5TH ANNUAL EVENT We welcome your club to Georgian Bay Thunder Weekend 2013! www.communityreach.ca/thunder.html

The event is taking place on July 12, 13 and 14, 2013 in beautiful Little Lake Park in Midland. There will be music, camping and a refreshment tent in the park on Friday night. The 5th annual fundraising ride takes place on Saturday, July 13, 2013 and the day includes Brag & Buff, vendors, free draws and prizes, donated snacks and lunch for the riders and an evening concert with refreshment tent. On the Sunday riders are invited to meet at the band shell and head out for scenic Southern Georgian Bay casual rides.

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Your support fosters volunteerism and community involvement. It ensures that individuals, families and seniors who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and those with no other means of transportation, receive the services they need. Please share our Georgian Bay Thunder event information with your chapter members and consider posting a link to our event on your chapter website. Questions? Contact Jessica at volunteer@communityreach.ca


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But for more than 20 years Bob and Martha Sargant have been leading groups of volunteers in helping to tag the legs of the birds at Fort Morgan banding station. For two weeks, twice a year, they catch birds on their long journey and, after recording details about them and attaching coloured bands to their legs, release them to carry on their way. It’s not just birds, either. There are growing opportunities to get in among the critters all over lower Alabama, in the huge claw-like landform that makes up the Mobile Bay area. Just outside the city of Mobile itself, the 5 Rivers Resource Centre encourages people to engage with the wilderness. Soon, the miles and miles of kayaking trails already established in the upper Delta will be connected to the ones currently under construction in the lower bit, and people will be able to lose themselves in the bayou for days - sleeping at night on outdoor platforms, that are, we hear, 18in (46cm) above the water. That’s important, apparently. At 12in (30cm) the alligators would tuck themselves in next to you

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In support of Warning For - as scary as they look - it’s reasonably rare that one turns bad. Sometimes they lose their natural fear of humans and, if they’re considered a danger to the public, they’re put down. Or they were until there was an alternative in the shape of Alligator Alley, where for the last four years Asbo-gators have been brought to anti-socialize in a safe environment. Now more than 150 float about happily while the public, safely out of range on walkways above, point and

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Ruby- throated Hummingbird Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is better known to American TV viewers as, “The Little Zoo That Could”, after a series that followed its evacuation and rebuilding process after various hurricanes. Indeed, every place you visit has a clause written into the story: “The bark on these trees is black because of the surge from the sea that happens during a...”; “All the animals were evacuated to the house of the zoo owners during a...”; “The planes in this hangar were damaged during a...” Except those in the visitor trade don’t say “hurricane”. Somebody, somewhere, has decided that the

Culture in Alabama? - ON Events word has negative connotations - so instead, you’ll hear people mention the euphemistic “tropical occurrences” several times over before working out that they don’t mean a coconut falling on someone’s head. Luckily, the wildlife comes in quieter forms. In the cultured gardens of Bellingrath, a large house belonging to a venerable Coca-Cola entrepreneur, butterflies wing their way around the flowers, stopping occasionally for a perfect picture opportunity. On the beaches that stretch along the bay, long-legged birds run in and out of the tide, eating whatever it is that long-legged tidal birds eat. Meanwhile, local people walk further up the beaches looking for sea turtles laying their eggs, which they’ll report to the local nature reserve to keep an eye on. While there are of course other things to do - shopping malls, waterparks, all those kind of could-be-anywhere things - once you start looking for wildlife in lower Alabama, you find it easily, everywhere. At the end of the day, of course, not everyone wants to cuddle a creature or snap butterflies or spend holiday hours peering through the business end of a binocular - naturally, there’s more to do. Mobile’s family-friendly Mardi Gras predates that of neighbouring New Orleans, and there’s a fair amount of wild living to be done down on the city’s French-quarter-esque Dolphin Street. And if you fancy a little taste of life in Alabama, remember that southerners love their food - particularly if a) it swims, b) it moos or c) you can fry it. It would take one hell of a tropical occurrence to stop the food coming here, and there’s always a welcoming bar on hand to weather the storm. After the shrimp supper and sunset over the bayou, our boat docked directly outside the Pirate’s Cove, a kind of friendly biker’s bar, (if bikes were boats) overlooking Arnica Bay. Local dogs pant around our salty feet. It’s possibly a little exuberant to think of dogs as charming examples of the local wildlife, but a couple of bushwackers into the evening it was certainly possible: sitting on the veranda of a ramshackle bar, listening to slide guitar as the last edge of the sun dropped into the water like crab claws into a deep fat fryer, it’s possible to feel wild, and natural and quite, quite tamed, all at once. Class distinctions also vanish and everyone is united

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in their pursuit of a good time, all the hippies, junkies, trustafarians, indie kids, students, media men, bongo players, Scousers, Sloanes, flower children, mods, bikers, clubbers, Morrissey fans, goths, roadies, bikers, journalists, pop stars, artists, nudists, eco-warriors, dealers, aristocrats, bankers, skateboarders, new-age travellers, old-age travellers and members of Alabama 3, come together in peace and harmony.

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A Young Cop’s Perspective: Policing: There is a Middle Way

Northern Ireland faced a hopeless it has much in common with Canada, in that the dilemma on policing. Unionists current models must evolve to fit a community’s stood for defence of the policing need and, of course, what is affordable. status quo; nationalists rejected piecemeal reform of the RUC, Like here, there is no simple resolution to the while republicans call for its quandary of police reform in Northern Ireland. disbandment. Government Every option has its opponents and would be measures-the Police Bill difficult to implement. and proposals for enhanced accountability-won support from neither. It this But a recent survey reported by the Belfast sounds slightly familiar, it should. Telegraph suggests there is a common Crudely put, the proposed two-tier policing would’ve sustained a specialized RUC to deal with continuing challenges of terrorism, intercommunal offences and other serious crime. But, alongside, it would’ve introduced a community policing service, unarmed and locally accountable, addressing the quality-of-life concerns at street level using techniques of mediation and problem-solving. While calling for further research and discussion it was stressed that this would not mean handing policing power to paramilitaries, colluding with localistic sectarianism or creating avenues for corruption. On the positive side, the proposal would not only provide an avenue out of a political impasse, it would also offer a sensitive and effective response to the profound desire from disadvantaged communities in Northern Ireland for a means to address the concrete problems that often loom much larger in people’s lives. I’m looking at the Northern Ireland challenges, as

denominator in the plurality of views across the two main religious communities: a two-tiered policing structure could attract broad acceptance. This is, moreover, an inexorable resolution: cosmetic changes, such as in recruitment patterns (the issue the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has addressed) would solve little. The failed attempts to alter the composition of the

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles police in the north of Ireland have a long history. As long ago as 1863, the then Belfast City Police were disbanded by a commission of inquiry, following major disturbances and the sectarian bias displayed by a predominantly Protestant force. One recommended solution was the recruitment of more Catholics. Few saw no point either in attempting to change the Royal Ulster Constabulary to a more effective, ‘crime-fighting’, force or to a ‘community-police’ service. The history, culture and priorities, in training and practice, of the RUC reflected the tradition of centralized, continental, gendarmerie forces, not the model of the London Metropolitan Police or that of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The ancestor of the RUC officer was not the ‘tythingman’ (parish constable) of medieval England but the gendarme of a European Ministry of Police-a model that co-existed with a second tier of local policing.

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the RUC could be abolished, logistical as well as political problems seem insurmountable. The answer was reform - but structural, not cosmetic. So enter The Police Service of Northern Ireland. In 2001, Northern Ireland’s police chief has said policing in the province entered a new era as the Royal Ulster Constabulary changed its name. The RUC became the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) at midnight on a Saturday and the first recruits to the newly renamed service started training the very next day, Sunday.

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The changes to policing come as part of sweeping reforms to the service under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace accord. PSNI Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan admitted making the police service more representative of the whole community would take up to ten years. The new trainees have been recruited on a 50:50 Catholic-Protestant basis and recruitment will continue under this quota system. But speaking on the BBC’s Breakfast with Frost

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles programme, Sir Ronnie said the important issue was not the religious or gender head count. “Much more important is the creation of a culture where equality for all is offered and where respect for cultural diversity and for individual dignity is the order of the day,” he said. The RUC was established in Northern Ireland following partition in 1921. The service lost 302 members to terror attacks during the last 30 years of violence and thousands more were injured. Current members of the RUC automatically transferred into the new service. The service will be overseen by the new Policing Board, which replaced the Police Authority. The RUC lost most of its formal prosecuting role. Northern Ireland (together with the republic and New Zealand) has become anachronistic in lacking an independent prosecuting body, such as the Crown Prosecution Service. This

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had to change. It is a cliché that you cannot change policing without changing political structures. Success in Northern Ireland’s ‘peace process’ is intertwined with changes in policing. Transforming policing is part of the larger mosaicit is neither a prerequisite nor a postscript. What Northern Ireland and Canada have in common is the need for an effective policing organization. This can be ensured in two ways: first, by maintaining a primary tier of ‘high’ policing to deal with major problems of public order and inter-community offences; and, secondly, by providing a second tier to meet their wish for a local, visible, beat-patrol service. For the smaller community, the development of two tiers removes any perceived threat of partisanship within the normality of everyday life and, like the majority community; they support a local, visible, beat-patrol service. For Northern Ireland, the character and composition of the higher tier may not be perfect. But it is not just a political compromise: it potentially furnishes a qualitatively enhanced police service. In Canada, our communities are far more diverse culturally; however our police services are not representative of that. In addition, we have a number of Independents trying to go it alone which, so far, has had fewer successes at a higher cost. Some politicians and figures associated with current policing structures will misrepresent reforms - indeed some already have - as giving power away. It bears repeating that a second-tier

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force would (a) exclude current paramilitary members, (b) exclude those with convictions for violent offences, (c) be recruited by regulated procedures, (d) be organized to represent diverse communities and (e) be unarmed. Many Canadian Police chiefs, like some senior RUC officers did, will contend with an internal audience of juniors who feel their jobs would be threatened. But the former-especially the growing number with experience beyond these shores - will also be aware that the tide is against unitary policing.

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Universal principles are one thing; applying them is another. The devil is in the detail. The broad principles of two-tier policing are easy to establish, but much research and discussion is required on specific procedures and practices. Especially important is ground-level consultation. And looking at models that currently provide police services that meet any size community, which are delivered effectively and economically - such as the RCMP. Some people will oppose the proposal reasonably, on the basis of the problems inherent in any such transitional process. But no resolutions are easy. All change processes involve difficulties and risk.

There is no easy solution to the dilemmas of transition in Northern Ireland, to structures more conducive to the policing of a peaceful society. Minor organizational changes are unlikely to satisfy any major constituency or to improve the

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quality of relevant police work. Experiments such as broadening the recruitment base have been tried (and failed) many times before. The two-tier model of policing which increasingly characterizes other police services seems the obvious way forward. It would resolve the internal problems of providing an economic and effective

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles police service relevant to today. It would also be the most effective mode of police organization for Northern Ireland’s particular problems. The people of Northern Ireland, and dare I suggest Canada, desire an effective police service. More than anything else - rightly or wrongly, in the eyes of police professionals - they want to see the ‘boots on the beat’. Two-tier policing is the only way to achieve that common demand, in an effective, economic, equitable - and locally accountable - manner. It is ironic that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were originally modelled on the RUC,

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however, the RCMP evolved to the changing environment. Now, Northern Ireland is benefiting from the RCMP’s progress. Note: Family has brought me back to our home in Northern Ireland, and has created the opportunity for me to apply to the Police Service of Northern Ireland. I am pleased to say that within the last hour, I have been accepted into their force, and will receive a condensed training, as I am already a trained RCMP Constable. The only regret I have is resigning from the force. But I know that the PSNI is getting an experienced officer that fits the direction they are heading.

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A very religious man fell into the quicksand. Firefighters come by and offer to help, but he says, “No, God will help me.” Next come the police, they offer to help. Again the man says, “No, God will help me.” He then sinks in the quicksand to his death. In heaven, he asks God why he didn’t save him. God says, “What about the firemen and police I sent?”


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Worrying works! 90% of the things I worry about never happen. If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child. There are two rules for success: 1.) Don’t tell all you know. 

 Some days it’s not worth chewing through the straps. I was born to be a pessimist. My blood type is B Negative. If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.


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‘No,’ I said. He looked at me and said,... “Then, why do you even give a shit?” Submitted by Terry Scott, Clairmont AB He’s My Brother - This is Priceless Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter. Lance Armstrong vilified I think it is just disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved in winning 7 Tour de France races on drugs. When I was on drugs, I couldn’t even find my bike! Will I live to see 80? I recently picked a new primary care doctor. After two visits and exhaustive Lab tests, he said I was doing ‘fairly well’ for my age. (I just turned 60.) A little concerned about that comment, I couldn’t resist asking him, ‘Do you think I’ll live to be 80?’ He asked, ‘Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer or wine?’ ‘Oh no,’ I replied.. ‘I’m not doing drugs, either!’ Then he asked, ‘Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs? ‘I said, ‘Not much... My former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!’ ‘Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?’ ‘No, I don’t,’ I said. He asked, ‘Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?’

The man at the counter asked the older boy, “Son, how old are you?” “Eight,” the boy replied. The man continued, “do you know what these are used for?” The boy replied, “not exactly, but they aren’t for me. They’re for him. He’s my brother. He’s four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he can’t do either.” Submitted by Vi Anderson, Thunder Bay ON An elderly married couple was at home watching TV.

  The husband had the remote and was switching back and forth between a fishing channel and the porn channel. The wife became more and more annoyed and finally said:
“For god’s sake! Leave it on the porn channel. You already know how to fish!” Submitted by Rick Young, Kamloops BC Newfie Bedroom Troubles George is passing by Bob’s shed one day when through a gap in the door he sees Bob doing a slow and sensual striptease in front of an old red Massey Ferguson tractor. Buttocks clenched he performs a slow pirouette and gently slides off first the right welly boot, followed by the left.

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He then hunches his shoulders forward and in a classic striptease move lets his braces fall down from his shoulders to dangle by his hips over his corduroy trousers . Grabbing both sides of his checkered shirt he rips it apart to reveal his tea stained vest underneath and with a final flourish he hurls his flat cap onto a pile of hay. ‘What on earth are you doing Bob?’, says George. ‘Lord tunderin’, ye frightened the livin crap out of me’ says an obviously embarrassed Bob, ‘me and the Missus been having some trouble lately in the bedroom department, and the Therapist suggested I do something sexy to a tractor.’ Submitted by Bruno G, Cesarea ON


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 If they start out with, “How are you today?” say, “Why do you want to know?” Alternately, you can tell them, “I’m so glad you asked, because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems; my arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, and my dog just died” when they try to get to the sale, just keep talking about your problems. 



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Last production year for Road Glides No more “Road Glides”!? What’s up with that? I have many friends from the west coast to the east coast that swear up and down their RG is the best ride on two wheels. We’re not talking about your normal every day proud owner of their ride, but with most RG owners, we’re talking about a cultish following that exhorts the amazing benefits and ingenuous engineering that they claim makes it the most sought after and cherished cruising machine ever. Period. No if, buts or maybes. Discussion over. I can’t get a word in edgewise. When I purchased my 2012 Street Glide last spring, my buddies who owned RG’s looked at me like I’d lost my mind. The question always came up and sounded something like this, “Why did you buy a SG and not a RG?” I endured a lot more ribbing and criticism than I’d ever expected, but I must admit the RG is an amazing machine. My hat goes off to the boys at HD who created it. Personally, I just liked the look of the SG and the feel of the instrument panel close up... and just couldn’t get used to the European style of the RG fairing. One little factor was the idea of night riding and the headlights not following the handlebar direction. Not a big deal, but just one thing I preferred on the SG. I asked the local HD dealer why the RG’s were being discontinued and the response was that

they are really popular in Western Canada, but not really anywhere else in North America. They sell, but not like out west here. Hmmm. My guess is that we see a 2015 or 2016 totally updated and remodelled RG that rocks the world and drives sales through the roof. I found this to present an interesting paradox ... a popular motorcycle being discontinued and individuals / personalities who take the world by storm, for a time, before they disappear from sight. Rock stars, political figures, actors and actresses, sport heroes, and the myriad of other people that our world lifts up and puts on pedestals, only to see them fade away in time. Want to know about the one and only exception to this rule? Check out the verse below, that is found in our “Owner’s Manual for Life.” Matthew 24:35 New Living Translation (NLT) Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear. Yes its true. God is the same yesterday, today and he will be tomorrow. The bible never changes, never gets old, and its truths never fade. Approximately 100,000 million bibles are printed worldwide, every year. And the truth stands the test of time for one reason. It is the divinely inspired word of the Lord, and to those who discover its treasures, they inherit eternal life and never have to give a second thought to be recalled, or discontinued. They will live forever in eternity with Christ. Ride safe, ride true. Pastor Chuck Freedom Biker Church, Surrey BC

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