They tapped until the spirits told them to go to bed late Christmas Eve. Making his
way home to Laurier House, King felt ... “I wonder if he's dreaming of the Irish
terrier on the Christmas card that Mrs. Wriedt sent?” King stretched out
Author: lian goodall
Mackenzie King (1874-1950) was Canadas tenth and longest serving prime minister and an important figure on the international scene, especially during the Second World War. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of Mackenzie King.
... King remained in contact with her for the next five decades, almost until the day
he died, exchanging Christmas cards ... in early May 1940, he wrote to her fondly
about their past, enclosing a photograph of him with his beloved Irish terrier, ...
Author: Allan Levine
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
The first biography in a generation of Canada's most eccentric and most important prime minister -- Mackenzie King -- and his defining influence on our 20th century. Most Canadian historians consider William Lyon Mackenzie King to be not only the country's greatest prime minister but also its most peculiar. From 1919 to 1948 he occasionally lorded over the Liberal Party, also serving as prime minister for much of that time. Mackenzie King was a brilliant tactician, was passionately committed to Canadian unity, and was a protector of the underdog, introducing such cornerstones of Canada's social safety net as unemployment insurance, family allowances and old-age pensions. At the same time, he was insecure, craved flattery, became upset at minor criticism, and was prone to fantasy -- especially about the Tory conspiracy against him. King loosened the Imperial connection with Britain and was wary of American military and economic power. Yet he loved all things British and acted like a praised schoolboy when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill or U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt treated him as an equal. King comes at a time when the Canadian people have resoundingly rebuffed the Liberal party under Michael Ignatieff; while the party's future remains uncertain, this definitive biography sheds light on its history under its greatest leader. This first major biography of Mackenzie King in 30 years mines the pages of his remarkable diary. At 30,000 pages, King is one of the most significant and revealing political documents in Canada's history and a guide to the deep and often moving inner conflicts that haunted Mackenzie King. With animated prose and a subtle wit, Allan Levine draws a multidimensional portrait of this most compelling of politicians.
He was a clever Irish terrier and would know the time Tony was getting out from
school and be there to meet him. At Christmas time mother insisted on having a
red Christmas candle lighting in our window, and decorated with bright berry
holly. ... cakes, jams, fruit and other goodies with a note or card from the grocer
wishing a happy Christmas and a good New Year and hoping for ones custom in
Author: M. F. Kenny
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
The true life story of James and Ellen Kenny (McEntyre) who were married in January 1915, raised five children and survived together in marriage until January 1987 - truly a marathon marriage. BookView Ireland Marathon Marriage By M.F. Kenny Michael Kenny's book about his parents, James and Ellen Kenny, is a ramble through Ireland in the 20th century, a story centred on Banagher in Co. Offaly but also encompassing Limerick, Tipperary, Cavan and Galway. James and Ellen were married for an incredible seventy-two years and appeared on Gay Byrne's Late Late Show in the mid-1980s after having won the prize of being the oldest couple with an account with the Bank of Ireland. It is indicative of James Kenny's patriarchal and dictatorial way that it was only then that his family discovered that the pair had been married in secret and lived apart for the first year of their married life. Kenny has a conversational style of writing about his family, interspersed with historical details which take him off at a tangent at various points in the narrative. What comes over the most strongly, however, is the way in which his father treated himself and his three brothers, giving them neither responsibility nor salaries though all four were involved in the various family businesses. James was an entrepreneur without the astuteness necessary for business and often made wrong decisions, but would never admit to them. Michael Kenny claims that the only person for whom James had any feelings was his wife Ellen, for he barely tolerated his children. The author describes how his father totally ruled the household, where his word was law. Some of his actions are inexplicable; he refused medical aid to his son Shem who had fallen from the top of scaffolding, and went to the pub while the rest of his family attended the funeral of his grandchild. For all his harshness, when his father died Michael reports that he "had a good cry for a great father whose likes I will never see again". This is a story of one family, packed with detail and neatly fitted into the context of both time and place which makes it a fascinating account. The title I had assumed referred simply to the length of the marriage but I believe that, despite the obvious love between the pair, it truly was a marathon for James' long-suffering wife Ellen. Reviewed by Pauline Ferrie ISBN: 141201446-8 Price: ¥28.49 Pages: 506 Publisher: Trafford Date reviewed: 2004/02
always got a lot of Christmas cards, but this year he'd only had a few. ... I heard
the click of Ann's heels as she walked a little quicker than normal on her way to
the café, then Irish Tom waved, walking briskly to the café because of the rain, ...
Author: Nadine Hanwell
Join Nadine and her Doberman, Shoe, to savour a slice of life in West London.