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The North West Passage

Where Thousands Are Sailing

Brendan Myers
Tosach Eolais Imchomharc "The Beginning of Knowledge is Inquiry"

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    Welcome to "The North West Passage" -- my irregularly updated blog.

    "The North West Passage": such a large part of Canada's national mythology, and probably Canada's best contribution to the world body of heroic and tragic literary storytelling. I often think of the events of Franklin's voyage as an excellent metaphor for courage, forthrightness, ambition, determination, perseverance, and noble pride: and also for recklessness, bull-headedness, drugery, calamity, short-sightedness, and abject stupidity. In other words, everything you need to make life go well. :-)

    "Thousands Are Sailing": from the song by The Pogues, which tells the story of the Irish emmigration to New York and other parts of the world. In a way, it's the story of my family and ancestors, who came to Canada from the midlands of Ireland in the 1950's. Their journey was not for adventure and discovery. Theirs was to escape poverty and oppression, and to try and start a new life.

    A third sea journey across the Atlantic is implicit in my name: "Brendan". When I was born, my mother was reading "The Brendan Voyage", a book by the Irish adventurer Tim Severn who built a leather curragh and sailed across the Atlantic. The idea was to show that the voyage of Saint Brendan the Navigator, who sailed to Nova Scotia in the same kind of boat back in the 4th century, could have been possible.

    A mixed mythology, yes? But nevertheless, it is my mythology.

    Here's a more mundane bio. I'm a writer and published author (and all writers have to promote their stuff to make a living), also a lecturer at McMaster University and at the University of Guelph, in the philosophy department. I'm also an amateur musician, an uncle seven times over, and a few other things besides. Cheers!

    By the way, if you want to add me to your LJ friends list, please do. :-) But if I've never met you face to face, or if I can't figure out who you are, then I probably won't "friend" you back. In that case, the best thing to do is email me. Anyway, I spend far too much time on the internet as it is. And social networking sites like this one are no substitute for face-to-face friendships.

    Furthermore: I'm scanning all anonymous comments here now before they get posted, and I'm logging IP addresses, to stop the spam!

    I'm also asking all people who wish to post comments to this blog via the "anonymous" button to identify themselves, at least by name, if not with a web site address as well. I will screen out all anon comments that haven't got a name on them. If you want to say something critical (or even angry, for that matter), don't hide behind the shield of anonymity. Start a real dialogue.