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Have your say on Canadiana

This month By George is in search of the greatest Canadiana symbol.  We have been presiding over head-to-head choices of 64 different symbols of national pride and, currently, we have narrowed the field to “the sweet 16” of Canada.  On our By George Facebook page, we invite our followers to comment on the selections. Certainly, we have had some lively debate; for example, when the Calgary Stampede was selected over the Bluenose. (Should there be a compelling argument or overwhelming outcry about the choice of one of the symbols, or the other, By George will reserve the right to reverse…

Quotes & Quips on Politicians

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. – Plato The problem with political jokes is they get elected. – Henry Cate, VII We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. – Aesop I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. – Charles de Gaulle If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven. – Will Rogers Politicians are…

Our lost politicians

As our politicians are about to escape Ottawa to break for the summer, By George offers this gem:    A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me. Can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.” The woman below said, “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”…

Marcus Aurelius’ 10 Rules for an Exceptional Leader

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled from 161 to 180 A.D. Aurelius is renown for being the ideal wise leader whom Plato called the “philosopher king.” His book, Meditations (from which By George has often quoted), has inspired leaders for centuries because of its timeless wisdom about human behavior. Here are 10 rules, as prescribed by Marcus Aurelius, that every great leader should know and practice. 1. Understand that people exist to help one another. Mankind was meant to live in harmony, “That we came into the world for the sake of one another.” 2. Be mindful of others’ humanity.…

Some of Muhammad Ali’s greatest quotes

Muhammad Ali’s life is to be celebrated this week. By George has compiled some of our favourite quotes from “The Greatest of All-time.”   “I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.”   “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”   “It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”   “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by…

Our search for “The Beloved Symbol of Canada”

Through the month of June, By George will be conducting a Canadiana contest to select the most-Canadian of symbols. It will be a head-to-head choice of 64 different items that are celebrated and treasured by Canucks.   On our By George Facebook page, we will be announcing the individual contests and allowing for our followers to comment on the selections. Should there be a compelling argument or overwhelming outcry about the choice of one of the symbols, or the other, By George will reserve the right to reverse the decision and go with our readership’s favourite. For example, in this…