How about some more fun with this day in history – Wolfe & Montcalm

How about some more fun with this day in history – Wolfe & Montcalm

I was poking around a few history websites yesterday and discovered it’s the anniversary of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.  Ah hah! I’ve separated the Canadians from the herd, haven’t I? Any one who attended school in Canada will instantly recognise the significance. This battle was one of the seminal points of the Seven Years War which saw New France surrendered to British control.  This watershed moment in history set the stage for the American Revolution and the formation of Canada over 100 years later. 

Mock newspaper about the Battle of Abraham PlainsI’ve had some fun wondering how modern news outlet would cover the wars. Now my take is decidedly low key. I’ve played around with a News of the World style cover, but can’t quite bring myself to actually post it. It ended up a little bit rude.  Funnier than hell, but incredibly offensive. I’ll work on tempering it for later posts. This turned into an amusing little project so I’ll periodically post them when a historical date tweaks me.  

Want to read more about the Seven Years War?  

Canadian War Museum  – Clash of Empires and The Battle of the Plains of Abraham
The Canadian Encyclopedia has an excellent entry – Seven Years’ War 
The Gov of Canada’s Battlefield Commission has a page on the Battle – Battle of the Plains of Abraham 
Quebec City and area site – Battlefield Park 

Check your local library and ask the librarian to recommend a few books for you.  
Start with Northern Armageddon: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham by Dr. Peter MacLeod, an historian with the Canadian War Museum. 

Attributed to Joseph Highmore – Bonhams, Public Domain,
Antoine Louis François Sergent dit Sergent-Marceau [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

About the author

Haven’t decided what to say.  I’ll have to chew on this for a few weeks before I figure out what to drop into this section, but it certainly needs an update.

Bitter Grounds Magazine & Catpaw

Bitter Grounds Magazine is the latest incarnation of a long line of blogs/magazines I’ve kept since the early days of the public Internet. My first magazine, written specifically for Netscape (the first) had a grey background, no formating and a lot energy. The undiscovered frontier! Over the decades, the content has evolved from simple personal ramblings and an incoherent jumble to Bitter Grounds. Less a blog and more a magazine showing various interests that include photography, art and stamps and not so much frenetic energy.

Over time, ideas coalesed about what I wanted to do with the website. I wanted to move away from a generic one size fits all blog. I took a year off writing and redesigned the site and changed it to a magazine format. Gone was the dated name Catpaw’s Blog. New name, better categories. My interests centred around typography, design, art, photography and tech. Also gone was the politics. I’m still a very polticial creature but began to find writing about politics a chore and began dreading it. We’re swamped with politically laced news, Bitter Grounds was to be an oasis of non political content.

YOU WILL FIND TYPOS AND ERRORS! <– I’m doing all the writing and editing. Occassionally I get caught on the fly doing some writing and don’t do a thorough job of catching errors. Occassionally I’ll drop a real clanger, so if you spot one, drop me a line in the comments section.

THERE WILL BE DOWNTIMES – not as often as before. Having specific categories has helped me focus on writing. Until Bitter Grounds starts generating income on a regular basis, I still need to work my other job. If I hit a very busy patch, there isn’t a lot of time to write. If you’d like to support Bitter Grounds you can donate via either Patreon or Paypal (links on the side). All donations are appreciated.

Why Catpaw? My online name dates back to the bulletin board days when everyone used handles, not real names. When I slid over from BBS to the web, I simply kept Catpaw because it was expedient. Now I keep the name out of nostalgia. I played with using a different name (or even my real name) but couldn’t bring myself to do it.