INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday – Remembrance Day on Sunday

Every year on November 11th, Canada and every other country in the Commonwealth remember the members of their armed forces who fought and died in World War I. It is on this exact date as in 1918 “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” all hostilities formally ended after four long years. WWI then officially ended on June 28th 1919 with the Treaty of Versailles in Paris, France.

This is of course not supposed to be a history lesson for you, but rather a hint to think about our ancestors who maybe even suffered or took part in a war themselves. My granddad fought in WWII as a German soldier on the French frontier and I will never forget his vivid stories about the war and my grandma’s narrations on how she gave shelter and food to refugees and at the same time didn’t know if her husband and brothers would ever return. We are blessed to be living in a peaceful part of the world right now and not having to worry about our own and our families’ safety. We see war as a phenomenon on television and get only kind of emotionally close to it when we find old pictures or diaries in the attic. Still, others are right there in this very second and “the war”, wherever it is, is part of their lives – I’m talking about soldiers, journalists and all innocent civilians living in operational zones. They deserve our respect too.

Canadians express their respect by wearing red poppy pins, which I think is a lovely gesture. Are you wearing one too? Either way, stop what you’re doing for a minute and develop your own thoughts on the topic. Take a minute and remember.

Lest we forget.


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The A -Team

I went to see the A-team with a couple of people staying in the Staffhouse at the Scotiabank theatre last Tuesday. It was Tuesday so that meant Telus Movie Combo Deal! For only $11.70 we got the ticket, popcorn and a drink!

As I went around the house to ask people if they wanted to come along, I came to the shocking conclusion that several people in the house never even heard of the A-team.  I couldn’t believe what I heard because in the Netherlands they used to show it on TV all the time.

So for those of you that don’t know, the A-team is an American television series about a group of ex-United States Army Special Forces soldiers who work as Soldiers of fortune (soldiers for hire) while being on the run from the military because of a ‘crime they didn’t commit’. Despite the fact that there are running from the law they are always on the good side and help people in need. The show ran from 1983 until 1986.

The A-team has 4 members:

  • The leader Lieutenant-Colonel John ‘ Hannibal’ Smith, know for his excellent plans, sigars and the phrase: ‘ I Love It When A Plan Comes Together’
  • Lieutenant Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck, usually called Face is a smooth talking con-man who uses cons to make sure the team has the supplies they need.
  • Captain H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock, who is the team’s pilot and lives in a mental institution because he is insane.
  • Sergeant First Class Bosco Albert BA ‘Bad Attitude’ Baracus. He is the team’s strong man and mechanic and has a fear of flying. The team usually uses a trick to get him into the plane, such as drugging him, knocking him unconscious etc.

The main cast of The A-Team. Clockwise from top: MurdockB.A. BaracusHannibaland Faceman.

The intro of the TV show combined with the theme song are well know by everyone. If you don’t know it or would like to see it again, here it is

I thought Liam Neeson did an outstanding job portraying Hannibal in this movie, but in my book nobody can top George Peppard’s performance as Hannibal. Hannibal was my favorite character in the series and George was definitely the right man for the job. Same goes for BA, nobody can beat Mr T’s role but Quinton Jackson did a fantastic job with his character BA. And of course there was the ever loving Face, who is still persuading the ladies. In this movie the lady of his choice is Jessica Biel. And let’s not forget Murdock, in this movie it was finally reveled why BA is afraid of flying, and I wouldn’t go in to much details but I has something to do with Murdock being crazy as usual!

I was really looking forward to seeing this movie. I really wanted to know if the movie was as good as the series.  After I have seen the movie, I can honestly say that I really loved the movie. It had a good combination of humor, romance and of course fighting, shooting and blowing things up.  I really recommend everyone to go see this movie! It is so worth it!

– Manouk

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