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Joseph Boyle, explorer. Boyle's exploits in eastern Europe make him one of Canada's unheralded adventurers (courtesy Woodstock Museum).

Joseph Boyle, explorer. Boyle’s exploits in eastern Europe make him one of Canada’s unheralded adventurers (courtesy Woodstock Museum).

“A Man With The Heart of a Viking, and the Simple Faith of a Child”

Joe Boyle was one of the Yukon’s most heroic figures

“A very curious, fascinating sort of man, who is frightened of nothing.”

 – Queen Marie of Romania 

Joseph Whiteside Boyle (Honour Roll), whose life story reads like a soap opera, was a flashy, flamboyant, swashbuckling, larger-than-life figure, too fantastic to be real.

He was as impressive for his Herculean physique and strength as he was for the gigantic projects he pushed forward. But his cathedral ego needed fueling with praise and publicity. He never denied a story written about him, regardless of how outrageous. Therefore, it’s often difficult to separate the wheat of the real Joe Boyle from the chaff of the fictional Joe Boyle.

Nevertheless, he was a very complex man, his life divided into two distinct parts: The Klondike Years, dealt with herein, and The War Years.

His flawed personality prevented his emotional closeness to the people he should have loved the most. He probably should never have married once much less twice, for he was unfit as a husband and was negligent as a father to his four children.

Boyle; was one of Canada’s little known yet quite exceptional heroes. Experiencing everything from a millionaire mining company to the love of a Romanian Queen, he lived an extraordinary life which exceeds the imaginations of many Canadians.

Joe Boyle was born in 1867 to the well off couple, Charles and Martha Boyle. He was born in Toronto but later moved with his family to Woodstock, Ontario, sometime during 1872. He was the second youngest of four children, he had two older brothers named Charles and Dave, and a younger sister named Susan. His father was a race horse breeder and bred successful prize race horses. The children grew up on a wonderful farm and Boyle spent much of the free time of his youth riding horses, boating, swimming, and fishing.

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Photo: English Russia. St. Petersburg, Russia: Now you can get a taxi ride on a BRDM vehicle, that can go on the water as easy as it goes on the paved road. No joke – a company has fully certified some of the BRDM’s  be used as city taxis. One of the good sides of this – you not always need a road to make a shortcut to your destination.

Photo: English Russia.
St. Petersburg, Russia: Now you can get a taxi ride on a BRDM vehicle, that can go on the water as easy as it goes on the paved road. No joke – a company has fully certified some of the BRDM’s be used as city taxis. One of the good sides of this – you not always need a road to make a shortcut to your destination.

A Safer Taxi

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Abbott’s government taking the long handle to ratbag green taliban

I’m liking how Abbott’s government are dealing to the green taliban ratbags…like the ones just released from jail in Russia.

It seems that Greenpeace’s PR machinations aren’t washing with the Libs and they are set to bill one of the ratbags for the cost of his representation.

A threat to impose a fee for consular support after Australian activist Colin Russell was detained in Russia has opened the prospect of broader charges for government support of thousands of Australians who find themselves in trouble overseas.

On Friday foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop said the activities of the Australian government on behalf of Mr Russell had cost tens of thousands of dollars, and she would look very closely at recovering the costs.

“Of course cost recovery can be an important part of providing consular support,” she said.

In News Ltd papers on Saturday Ms Bishop was reported to have outlined a review of fees for cost recovery of consular activities for Australians in trouble overseas, and the circumstances in which those fees could be levied.

Green Tailban ratbags now moaning about Russian prison life

I see the Green Tailban eco-terrorists are moaning about their treatment in a Russian prison…predictable.

A Greenpeace campaigner claims he was forced to live on bread and water while being held in a Russian prison because it didn’t offer a vegetarian alternative.

Antony Perrett arrived home yesterday after spending two months in prisons in Murmansk and St Petersburg for trying to hang a climate change banner on an oil rig.

The former town councillor is one a group of environmental activists known as the Arctic 30 who were being held in Russia on hooliganism charges.

Since being released under a new amnesty law, the 33-year-old has revealed he refused to eat some of the food offered to him behind bars.

‘All the prison food had low grade meat of unknown origin in it. I’m a vegetarian and I lost a lot of weight,’ he said from his home in Newport, South Wales.

Perrett said he passed his time in the rodent-infested jails by doing drawings with paper and pencils sent in a Greenpeace parcel, and communicating with other prisoners by whistling.

‘We were not 100 per cent isolated but we were in cells 23 hours a day. We would have one hour to exercise in a four metre square cell with no roof.

‘We would shout over the wall and speak to different people every day, some days they would be Russian and some days they would be crew mates.’

‘We chatted and stuff and whistled the Great Escape, that was kind of a farewell.’   Read more »

Vanna buy a gun Tovarishch?

Cool snaps of some strange  happenings with firearms in St Petersburg, Russia. They are online at the Russian version of Google Maps.

Wanna buy a gun in St Petersburg?

Wanna buy a gun in St Petersburg?

Wanna buy a gun in St Petersburg?

Wanna buy a gun in St Petersburg?

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