Posts Tagged ‘memories

How We Lived: Panther VL620

Harold Harrison

I’m told that the man in this picture is Harold Harrison. He was the Great Uncle to my Grandfather on my mothers side. He taught my Grandfather how to play the violin when he was 5 years ol. This picture was taken in England around 1922.

What I like most about this picture is the perspective on his face and the vehicle itself. His face radiates self-confidence and I think the vehicle is fantastic.

I scanned this picture from a collection my mother has. I don’t know much about the man but it is by far one of my favourites.

I saw this video on Youtube that somewhat close to what Harold Harrison is on in this picture (Panther Motorcycle 1939 Vintage). It would be interesting to know if this bike survived in my family.

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Written by Ian Peers

May 28, 2017 at 11:07 pm

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Heath Ledger’s Inspiration for Joker

I recently watched an episode of Too Young To Die on Heath Ledger. This documentary series touches on several actors and I dropped everything to watch the one about Ledger.

What fascinated me the most was when the father was going through a diary of Heath Ledger’s that were in storage. This journal was what Heath Ledger used to prepare for and process the character of The Joker in the movie The Dark Night (2008)


I was thankful to hear that some of the items that Heath Ledger kept from his own personal art work and what he did for movies will be placed in a museum to see. I think he was an exceptional artist.

When the father opened up the pages of the diary I was surprised to see the following image:


When I first saw the image at the top right hand corner I immediately recognized it from the movie A Clockwork Orange (1971). When I saw this picture it was like an important puzzle piece got put into place. I thought in my mind “Yea, Ledger’s portrait of the Joker does remind me of that character from A Clockwork Orange!”

A Clockwork Orange movie is a gritty film that is futuristic and post-apocalyptic. The depiction of sex and violence and at times those infusion of those two things in the movie are not for the faint of heart. I believe that the film was made from the perspective of a philosophy and to make a point rather than to merely entertain. The main character is Alex played by Malcolm McDowell. The movie is largely about the question of nature verses nurture or DNA verses environment.

In a lot of ways the movie A Clockwork Orange is a bit like asking “What would happen if we tried to put The Joker through rehabilitation?” 

I think it was a sign of imagination and genius for Heath Ledger to draw inspiration from this character. It comes out in the Batman movie for sure.

I was sad when Heath Ledger died. He was an incredible actor who had an amazing way to process and portray a character. His portrait of The Joker is no exception.




Written by Ian Peers

November 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm

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Taste Testing Spices With My Son

Quin was having a hard day for some reason. Hard days bring some of the best ideas for me so it hit me “Why Not Do A Taste Test With Raw Spices With Quin?” And yes the question came to me exactly like that with the caps lock on for the beginning of each word.

So we came down stairs and got to work.

I got a plate and Renee has a spice rack the twirls around and we sat at the kitchen table.

I got a cup of water for the both of us just in case. He had several cups between tastings.

We tried 13 raw spices.

Didn’t Like: marjorum, bay leaves, oregano, red chili, paprika, rosemary, sage, corriander and basil

Did Like: onion, parsley, cinnamon, tyme

What We Liked the Most: Onion.

We Didn’t Like the Most: Paprika

I like exposing Quin to new things. Sometimes I forget that his little life hasn’t seen or tasted certain things. It’s fun to watch his reactions.

This is also a great idea to do with any child.

Written by Ian Peers

November 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm

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A Small Tribute to Leonard Cohen

I recently met with a friend for coffee and he told me that Leonard Cohen had died September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016). I couldn’t believe it! Obviously I had my head buried into my work because he shared that it was all over the Internet


I was truly sad to hear the news.

My first introduction to Leonard Cohen’s music was through the classic 1990 movie “Pump Up The Volume” Directed & Written by Allan Moyle and the Stars were Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis and Annie Ross. Cohen’s song “Everybody Knows” rang out through this movie like the anthem of Teenage Rebellion. The song is 5:36 seconds of both angst and hope that reflects the turmoil of the story.

I saw this movie probably around 1993 when I was 15 years old. I would later be drawn to buy a Leonard Cohen album that compiled some of his greatest songs. “First We Take Manhattan,” “Take This Waltz” and “Tower of Song.” Powerful songs. Powerful lyrics.

I loved his fedora. His suits. His poetry and unusual voice. His music impacted the minds and hearts of several generations. Not a lot of musicians can make that claim

I don’t know much about the life of the man who became this poet-musician but his songs shaped my sense of self, spirituality and helped me put words to feelings when I couldn’t as a teenager.

I suppose that is what music is meant to do.


Written by Ian Peers

November 15, 2016 at 10:12 pm

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“I Will Stand”

I took these pictures in September of 2016. They are of the cenotaph in Preston, Cambridge Ontario. I was there today for the November 11th Remembrance Day Service for Veterans. These images I took inspired my poem “I Will Stand: A Remembrance Day Poem”

I will stand
Always here
For all time.

Arms spread out
Firmly planted
Eyes fixed.

I will stand
Against evil.
I will stand.

I will fight
For the freedom
Of our way.

Come dark coldness
Torrential rain
The beating Sun
Or slow decay
I will never leave.

I will stand watch
I will be vigilant
I will protect.

My stone body
Will break whatever comes

Written by Ian Peers

November 11, 2016 at 6:47 pm

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Skipping Stones

Balanced stones

Balanced Stones - Nesjerry @ Dreamstime Stock Photos

On June 4th, 2016 Renee and I took Quin and one of his buddies to Goderich beach. We had a blast. I saw this picture of the stones and it reminded me of this trip. I’ve never been at a beach with so many stones in my life but that is what they at the Goderich beach. It made it difficult to get to the water but once you made it you were really happy! I noticed almost right away that the stones were perfect for skipping. I found several stones that were round, thin and big enough to skip on the water. I did it a few times and my son wanted to learn. It was a delight to teach him. I’m not sure that his actually skipped but we had a blast as we fired out several stones. Lesson: Look around you long enough and you’ll see the blessings around you. 



Written by Ian Peers

July 15, 2016 at 11:36 am