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Deja-vu all over, again….

Dateline, July 24, 1967….

Charles de Gaulle, then France’s President, gives a barely disguised pro-Quebec liberation speech and shouts “Vive le Québec libre!” (Long live Free Québec!) to a crowd in Montreal, setting off a media frenzy, outrage from most Canadians, frenzied delight from supporters of Quebec Separatism, and a major diplomatic incident.

“It is a great emotion that fills my heart to see before me the French city of Montréal!

In the name of the old country, in the name of France, I salute you! I salute you with all my heart!

I would tell you a secret that you cannot repeat. Here this evening, and all the length of my trip, I found myself in the same sense of atmosphere as the Liberation! And all the length of my trip, in addition, I have noticed what immense efforts of progress, of development, and consequently of empowerment that you have accomplished here, and that it is to Montréal that I must give this statement, because, if there is a city in the world exemplary of modern success, it is yours! I say it is yours, and I permit myself to say, it is ours!

If you knew what confidence France, waking up after immense troubles, now carries for you, if you knew what affection she has started to feel again for the Frenchmen of Canada, and if you knew to what point she feels obliged to further your march that is before you, to your progress.

It’s why she has finalised with the Government of Quebec, with my friend Johnson here, the agreements for which the French on this side and the other of the Atlantic can work together towards the same French undertaking. And, of course, the aid that France brings here, each day a little more, she knows well that you will reciprocate because you are building the best factories, enterprises, laboratories, which will be an astonishment for all, and which, one day, I know you will allow to aid France.

This is what I have come this evening to say, and that I will bring back from this unforgettable Montréal reunion, an unforgettable souvenir! The entirety of France knows, sees, hears that which is happening here, and I would tell you, she is better for it!

Long live Montreal!
Long live Quebec!
Long live free Quebec!

Long live, long live… long live French Canada!
And long live France!”

Dateline October 18, 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy gives a speech at the Francophonie Summit in Quebec City which has Canadian officials singing his praises and many in the Sovereignty movement screaming bloody murder.

Sarkozy stressed that France has a special relationship with Quebec based on 400 years of history. “I first want to extend a fraternal greeting to all Quebecois,” he said. “I say fraternal because history has made us, French and Quebecois, brothers, because you, Quebecois hold a special place in the hearts of the French.” He ended his speech with a distant echo of General de Gaulle: “Long live the friendship between Canada and France, and long live the fraternity between the French people and the Quebecois people.”

However, he spent much of his speech dealing with the international financial crisis and called for Quebec to join in an overhaul of the capitalist system. “We have to reintroduce into the economy ethics, principles of justice and a social and moral responsibility,” he said.

Later, speaking at a press conference, Sarkozy said:

“I have always been a friend of Canada,” he said.

“That has been a constant in my political life, because Canada has always been an ally of France, it is a member of the G8, and frankly, if there is someone who wants to say that the world today needs more division, it means we do not have the same reading of the world,”

Sarkozy also said that he doesn’t see how love for Quebec “has to feed proof of defiance toward Canada.”

What apparently has some Federalists (pro-Quebec sovereignty) upset was that, unlike de Gaulle, Sarkozy didn’t intimate that if Quebec left Canada tomorrow France would be supporting them all the way. In fact, he downright supported a united Canada!

Sovereignists are divided on both the meaning and the import of what Sarkozy said.

Some, like former Parti Québécois leader Lucien Bouchard said it was “inspiring and beautiful”, in the other hand, former PQ leader Jacques Parizeau described Sarkozy’s remarks as an attack on the movement, a “very anti-sovereignist judgment of Quebec. It means, ‘We don’t agree with the sovereignty of Quebec.'”

While the night before, after Sarkozy’s speech at the Legislature, she declared Sarkozy’s words “music to my ears”, PQ leader Pauline Marois was tight-lipped about Sarkozy’s statement at the press conference. However, she is now telling reporters that “Mr. Sarkozy has perhaps misunderstood our project.” “Did he want to talk about division owing to the financial crisis?” she asked. “Maybe he does not understand the Quebec people’s sovereignty project, which, on the contrary, is a very inclusive project, open to the world and modern.

“People for decades around the world have given themselves countries, and I think Mr. Sarkozy rejoiced.” Marois said that what was important during Sarkozy’s visit was his speech in the National Assembly, where, she said, the president made a “solemn declaration” that he wants a privileged – one-on-one and equal – relationship with Quebec.

“In this sense, I think it is a very positive declaration that recognizes us”.

Jacques Parizeau called Sarkozy’s remarks at the Citadelle “astounding.” “It is a very ancient judgment on the sovereignty of Quebec. This is to say, ‘We do not agree with the sovereignty of Quebec. We accept other divisions around the world, but not this one.’…. I don’t recall ever having seen a state leader say this during all the big debates on Quebec sovereignty, during the entire referendum campaign.”

Former PQ [Parti Quebecois] leader Bernard Landry demanded a clarification of Sarkozy’s remarks (not that he is likely to get one)….

“I hope the president of the republic expressed himself poorly and that it is not the way he actually thinks,” Landry said. “If the president of the French republic came and interfered in our affairs and took a position against the independence of Quebec, well, then it is extremely serious.

“I hope this is not it. This same president of the French republic greeted – and enthusiastically is the least you can say – the independence of Kosovo and he recognized that of Montenegro. If he loves us, let us go toward our destiny.

“It is not up to France to decide – it’s Quebec.” Landry said he hopes Sarkozy didn’t violate the traditional French policy of non-interference toward Quebec, and said “the burden of proof” rests on his shoulders.”

Dear me……

Deja-vu all over, again….

Dateline, July 24, 1967….

Charles de Gaulle, then France’s President, gives a barely disguised pro-Quebec liberation speech and shouts “Vive le Québec libre!” (Long live Free Québec!) to a crowd in Montreal, setting off a media frenzy, outrage from most Canadians, frenzied delight from supporters of Quebec Separatism, and a major diplomatic incident.

“It is a great emotion that fills my heart to see before me the French city of Montréal!

In the name of the old country, in the name of France, I salute you! I salute you with all my heart!

I would tell you a secret that you cannot repeat. Here this evening, and all the length of my trip, I found myself in the same sense of atmosphere as the Liberation! And all the length of my trip, in addition, I have noticed what immense efforts of progress, of development, and consequently of empowerment that you have accomplished here, and that it is to Montréal that I must give this statement, because, if there is a city in the world exemplary of modern success, it is yours! I say it is yours, and I permit myself to say, it is ours!

If you knew what confidence France, waking up after immense troubles, now carries for you, if you knew what affection she has started to feel again for the Frenchmen of Canada, and if you knew to what point she feels obliged to further your march that is before you, to your progress.

It’s why she has finalised with the Government of Quebec, with my friend Johnson here, the agreements for which the French on this side and the other of the Atlantic can work together towards the same French undertaking. And, of course, the aid that France brings here, each day a little more, she knows well that you will reciprocate because you are building the best factories, enterprises, laboratories, which will be an astonishment for all, and which, one day, I know you will allow to aid France.

This is what I have come this evening to say, and that I will bring back from this unforgettable Montréal reunion, an unforgettable souvenir! The entirety of France knows, sees, hears that which is happening here, and I would tell you, she is better for it!

Long live Montreal!
Long live Quebec!
Long live free Quebec!

Long live, long live… long live French Canada!
And long live France!”

Dateline October 18, 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy gives a speech at the Francophonie Summit in Quebec City which has Canadian officials singing his praises and many in the Sovereignty movement screaming bloody murder.

Sarkozy stressed that France has a special relationship with Quebec based on 400 years of history. “I first want to extend a fraternal greeting to all Quebecois,” he said. “I say fraternal because history has made us, French and Quebecois, brothers, because you, Quebecois hold a special place in the hearts of the French.” He ended his speech with a distant echo of General de Gaulle: “Long live the friendship between Canada and France, and long live the fraternity between the French people and the Quebecois people.”

However, he spent much of his speech dealing with the international financial crisis and called for Quebec to join in an overhaul of the capitalist system. “We have to reintroduce into the economy ethics, principles of justice and a social and moral responsibility,” he said.

Later, speaking at a press conference, Sarkozy said:

“I have always been a friend of Canada,” he said.

“That has been a constant in my political life, because Canada has always been an ally of France, it is a member of the G8, and frankly, if there is someone who wants to say that the world today needs more division, it means we do not have the same reading of the world,”

Sarkozy also said that he doesn’t see how love for Quebec “has to feed proof of defiance toward Canada.”

What apparently has some Federalists (pro-Quebec sovereignty) upset was that, unlike de Gaulle, Sarkozy didn’t intimate that if Quebec left Canada tomorrow France would be supporting them all the way. In fact, he downright supported a united Canada!

Sovereignists are divided on both the meaning and the import of what Sarkozy said.

Some, like former Parti Québécois leader Lucien Bouchard said it was “inspiring and beautiful”, in the other hand, former PQ leader Jacques Parizeau described Sarkozy’s remarks as an attack on the movement, a “very anti-sovereignist judgment of Quebec. It means, ‘We don’t agree with the sovereignty of Quebec.'”

While the night before, after Sarkozy’s speech at the Legislature, she declared Sarkozy’s words “music to my ears”, PQ leader Pauline Marois was tight-lipped about Sarkozy’s statement at the press conference. However, she is now telling reporters that “Mr. Sarkozy has perhaps misunderstood our project.” “Did he want to talk about division owing to the financial crisis?” she asked. “Maybe he does not understand the Quebec people’s sovereignty project, which, on the contrary, is a very inclusive project, open to the world and modern.

“People for decades around the world have given themselves countries, and I think Mr. Sarkozy rejoiced.” Marois said that what was important during Sarkozy’s visit was his speech in the National Assembly, where, she said, the president made a “solemn declaration” that he wants a privileged – one-on-one and equal – relationship with Quebec.

“In this sense, I think it is a very positive declaration that recognizes us”.

Jacques Parizeau called Sarkozy’s remarks at the Citadelle “astounding.” “It is a very ancient judgment on the sovereignty of Quebec. This is to say, ‘We do not agree with the sovereignty of Quebec. We accept other divisions around the world, but not this one.’…. I don’t recall ever having seen a state leader say this during all the big debates on Quebec sovereignty, during the entire referendum campaign.”

Former PQ [Parti Quebecois] leader Bernard Landry demanded a clarification of Sarkozy’s remarks (not that he is likely to get one)….

“I hope the president of the republic expressed himself poorly and that it is not the way he actually thinks,” Landry said. “If the president of the French republic came and interfered in our affairs and took a position against the independence of Quebec, well, then it is extremely serious.

“I hope this is not it. This same president of the French republic greeted – and enthusiastically is the least you can say – the independence of Kosovo and he recognized that of Montenegro. If he loves us, let us go toward our destiny.

“It is not up to France to decide – it’s Quebec.” Landry said he hopes Sarkozy didn’t violate the traditional French policy of non-interference toward Quebec, and said “the burden of proof” rests on his shoulders.”

Dear me……

Rebranding for charity

Last night, I heard an interview on the CBC with Richard Humphrey, charity co-ordinator for “His Church”, a Bedfordshire-based charitable organisation.

In co-operation with local Trading Standards authorities, legitimate brand-holders (such as Disney and the Manchester United football organizaton) and police, His Church “recycles” goods (everything from t-shirts to cds to toys to computers), which would have once been destined for the dump, into items redistributed to the needy in Europe and Africa.


Richard Humphrey of “His Church” with a Worcestershire
County Council official and seized goods

Counterfeit fabric labels on clothing are covered over with the His Church label, boots and shoes are literally branded using a branding iron, and larger printed logos on t-shirts covered with printed His Church logos. DVDs and videos are blanked and recorded with His Church promotional videos. Even items which cannot be rebranded have their use! CDs are granulated to be recreated into the plastic coating for pencils and clothing that cannot be rebranded is shredded to make labels for those that can be.


Richard Humphrey with a fake and rebranded shirts


Every step of the process from the moment His Church receives the material to its redistribution is carefully documented to ensure that no prodect ends up back in the market as “legitimate goods” and an audit is made available to the Trading Standards authorities.

The value in this sort of project should be fairly evident. Counterfeit and pirated material is confiscated and would normally be destroyed. Prior to destruction, it would need to be stored. Every seized product costs the authorities money. As well, they appreciate the fact that while products are off their hands, it is going to benefit charity.

[Trading Standards] Team leader Gina Green said: “We have a real win/win relationship with the charity. Not only do they solve a storage problem for us, but it’s great to know that counterfeit goods will be used to help homeless and underprivileged people, rather than being destroyed.”

In some cases, certain items may, working with the legitimate brand-holder, be distributed directly to recipients without rebranding. A shipment of Disney toys were given to children in an orphanage in Africa, with the permission of Disney. As well, Robbie Williams okayed the distribution of shirts with his name on them to orphans in Liberia, and Manchester United likewise permitted branded clothing to be given to orphans in Eastern Europe.

His Church’s production centre is located in a former aircraft hangar and in the last six months (as of January 2008) processed 200,000 kg of food and thousands and thousands of kgs of clothing that would otherwise have ended up burned or in a landfill site.

Not all the product they handle is actually counterfeit. Producers who have overstocks of food items which would otherwise be destroyed are more than willing to have them taken off their hands. Items such as 20 pallets of margarine which had been ordered for a promotion that fell through ended up being given to the charity. Pasta which had been produced in the wrong shape and canned goods mislabelled have passed through the doors of His Church before being redistributed to the needy.

Although His Church is a Christian charity, it does not restrict who benefits from its giving.

His Church are fully accredited by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) to undertake the de-branding and re-badging process and will provide full disposal schedules, ensuring that the goods supplied to them are not fed back into the counterfeit supply chain.

A number of other organizations are finding benefit in the apprehension of pirated and counterfeit products.

An article in the BBC News profiles St. David’s Foundation in Wales, which is involved with palliative care, has a program which involves prisoners in Usk Prison rebranding of goods seized by the Welsh Trading Standards authorities and selling the items in their 12 charity shops. Some items are rebranded — clothing labels changed, while others are otherwise made saleable, such as CDs with are blanked and sold on a blank disks

Charity worker Alan Devonald said it was an excellent way of recycling goods which had been confiscated from the black market.

“It is the first scheme of its kind in Wales and is a great way of utilising products that would otherwise have to be destroyed,” he said.

“Not only are we recycling goods but we are able to make money for the charity.”

The Children’s Society, a UK-based childrens charity also worked with local Trading Standards groups to rebrand illegal items with their own logo “Subterfuge” for sale in its charity shops. “The project’s been running for about 5 years and it’s safe to say we have raised £120,000 for The Children’s Society,”

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/Illegal-goods-shipped-to-Africa.3620301.jp

http://www.lutontoday.co.uk/todays-choice/VIDEO-Pirate-goods-are-the.3727092.jp

http://archive.lancashireeveningtelegraph.co.uk/2005/1/15/449762.html

Rebranding for charity

Last night, I heard an interview on the CBC with Richard Humphrey, charity co-ordinator for “His Church”, a Bedfordshire-based charitable organisation.

In co-operation with local Trading Standards authorities, legitimate brand-holders (such as Disney and the Manchester United football organizaton) and police, His Church “recycles” goods (everything from t-shirts to cds to toys to computers), which would have once been destined for the dump, into items redistributed to the needy in Europe and Africa.


Richard Humphrey of “His Church” with a Worcestershire
County Council official and seized goods

Counterfeit fabric labels on clothing are covered over with the His Church label, boots and shoes are literally branded using a branding iron, and larger printed logos on t-shirts covered with printed His Church logos. DVDs and videos are blanked and recorded with His Church promotional videos. Even items which cannot be rebranded have their use! CDs are granulated to be recreated into the plastic coating for pencils and clothing that cannot be rebranded is shredded to make labels for those that can be.


Richard Humphrey with a fake and rebranded shirts


Every step of the process from the moment His Church receives the material to its redistribution is carefully documented to ensure that no prodect ends up back in the market as “legitimate goods” and an audit is made available to the Trading Standards authorities.

The value in this sort of project should be fairly evident. Counterfeit and pirated material is confiscated and would normally be destroyed. Prior to destruction, it would need to be stored. Every seized product costs the authorities money. As well, they appreciate the fact that while products are off their hands, it is going to benefit charity.

[Trading Standards] Team leader Gina Green said: “We have a real win/win relationship with the charity. Not only do they solve a storage problem for us, but it’s great to know that counterfeit goods will be used to help homeless and underprivileged people, rather than being destroyed.”

In some cases, certain items may, working with the legitimate brand-holder, be distributed directly to recipients without rebranding. A shipment of Disney toys were given to children in an orphanage in Africa, with the permission of Disney. As well, Robbie Williams okayed the distribution of shirts with his name on them to orphans in Liberia, and Manchester United likewise permitted branded clothing to be given to orphans in Eastern Europe.

His Church’s production centre is located in a former aircraft hangar and in the last six months (as of January 2008) processed 200,000 kg of food and thousands and thousands of kgs of clothing that would otherwise have ended up burned or in a landfill site.

Not all the product they handle is actually counterfeit. Producers who have overstocks of food items which would otherwise be destroyed are more than willing to have them taken off their hands. Items such as 20 pallets of margarine which had been ordered for a promotion that fell through ended up being given to the charity. Pasta which had been produced in the wrong shape and canned goods mislabelled have passed through the doors of His Church before being redistributed to the needy.

Although His Church is a Christian charity, it does not restrict who benefits from its giving.

His Church are fully accredited by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) to undertake the de-branding and re-badging process and will provide full disposal schedules, ensuring that the goods supplied to them are not fed back into the counterfeit supply chain.

A number of other organizations are finding benefit in the apprehension of pirated and counterfeit products.

An article in the BBC News profiles St. David’s Foundation in Wales, which is involved with palliative care, has a program which involves prisoners in Usk Prison rebranding of goods seized by the Welsh Trading Standards authorities and selling the items in their 12 charity shops. Some items are rebranded — clothing labels changed, while others are otherwise made saleable, such as CDs with are blanked and sold on a blank disks

Charity worker Alan Devonald said it was an excellent way of recycling goods which had been confiscated from the black market.

“It is the first scheme of its kind in Wales and is a great way of utilising products that would otherwise have to be destroyed,” he said.

“Not only are we recycling goods but we are able to make money for the charity.”

The Children’s Society, a UK-based childrens charity also worked with local Trading Standards groups to rebrand illegal items with their own logo “Subterfuge” for sale in its charity shops. “The project’s been running for about 5 years and it’s safe to say we have raised £120,000 for The Children’s Society,”

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/Illegal-goods-shipped-to-Africa.3620301.jp

http://www.lutontoday.co.uk/todays-choice/VIDEO-Pirate-goods-are-the.3727092.jp

http://archive.lancashireeveningtelegraph.co.uk/2005/1/15/449762.html

Sure, they TASTE good…. but REALLY!

My dear friend az in a posting on her blog, alerted me to a blog which features truly horrific knitted “creations, called “Why Would You Knit That?”.”Why Would You Knit That?” is dedicated to…. ermmmm… “unusual” and/or downright horrific knitted creations.

Being as I am a firm believer in following links, I found my way from “Why Would You Knit That?”to “Cake Wrecks“.

“A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate – you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it’s simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I’m not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.”

Yowsah!

Now, not all the cakes are actual “wrecks” and the blogista sometimes features cakes which are actually kind of cool –the Super Mario wedding cake, ferinstance ( The one she originally intended to feature is shown at the bottom of the post and is… well… somewhat Wreck-ish) — However, there are quite enough awesomely awful cakes to horrify and delight you. From the blog description, these are not “home made” cakes. These are “professionally” made cakes. That makes them all the more horrifying.

from “Cake Wrecks”

from “Cake Wrecks”

I am thinking that someone scraped all the icing off the “Rose” cake and created the “Ojai” cake. Just a guess….

from “Cake Wrecks”

Yeah… I held a party when I got out of jail and no one ordered me a cake….

The piece de resistance… so far, anyway… the wedding cake which was requested to look like this (but “all white with minor green accents”):

from “Cake Wrecks”

I won’t spoil the story which is even worse than the resulting cake. Suffice to say that had I been Vicky the bride, the caterer would be sleeping with the fishes before the reception was over.

Click on the photo to go to the posting about this cake. You will be horrified you did.

Sure, they TASTE good…. but REALLY!

My dear friend az in a posting on her blog, alerted me to a blog which features truly horrific knitted “creations, called “Why Would You Knit That?”.”Why Would You Knit That?” is dedicated to…. ermmmm… “unusual” and/or downright horrific knitted creations.

Being as I am a firm believer in following links, I found my way from “Why Would You Knit That?”to “Cake Wrecks“.

“A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate – you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it’s simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I’m not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.”

Yowsah!

Now, not all the cakes are actual “wrecks” and the blogista sometimes features cakes which are actually kind of cool –the Super Mario wedding cake, ferinstance ( The one she originally intended to feature is shown at the bottom of the post and is… well… somewhat Wreck-ish) — However, there are quite enough awesomely awful cakes to horrify and delight you. From the blog description, these are not “home made” cakes. These are “professionally” made cakes. That makes them all the more horrifying.

from “Cake Wrecks”

from “Cake Wrecks”

I am thinking that someone scraped all the icing off the “Rose” cake and created the “Ojai” cake. Just a guess….

from “Cake Wrecks”

Yeah… I held a party when I got out of jail and no one ordered me a cake….

The piece de resistance… so far, anyway… the wedding cake which was requested to look like this (but “all white with minor green accents”):

from “Cake Wrecks”

I won’t spoil the story which is even worse than the resulting cake. Suffice to say that had I been Vicky the bride, the caterer would be sleeping with the fishes before the reception was over.

Click on the photo to go to the posting about this cake. You will be horrified you did.

Widgety thing from Fotki….

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Widgety thing from Fotki….

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