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Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 1, 2012 - 03:02pm PT
Firstly, I have come across several climbing-related photos, so I will, for the first time (at some point), actually start a climbing thread, but in the meantime...

Britain and Canada to have joint diplomatic missions overseas

(and the Anzac pair may will team up with mother England)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19697052


Britain is to establish joint diplomatic missions abroad with Canada, the Foreign Secretary William Hague will announce.

Mr Hague is to reveal details of this planned new co-operation when he meets his Canadian counterpart John Baird in Ottawa on Monday.

The agreement for joint diplomatic missions overseas could eventually involve Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Hague says it will give Britain "a bigger reach abroad for less cost".

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said it was no more than an "administrative" arrangement, but some former diplomats criticised the plan.

"[Britain] happens to be our old colonial master," retired Canadian envoy Chris Westdaltold the Canadian Press. "In that situation, we have to be hypersensitive to the notion that people will see we're not really quite free, are we?"

The aim is to expand the countries' diplomatic presence in places where either London or Ottawa does not already have an embassy.

Mr Hague has issued a statement ahead of his announcement on Monday, which said: "As David Cameron said when addressing the Canadian parliament last year: 'We are two nations, but under one Queen and united by one set of values'."

"We have stood shoulder to shoulder from the great wars of the last century to fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and supporting Arab Spring Nations like Libya and Syria. We are first cousins.

"So it is natural that we look to link up our embassies with Canada's in places where that suits both countries. It will give us a bigger reach abroad for our businesses and people for less cost."

The BBC's diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says that, while money is one factor driving co-operation, this diplomatic link-up will also play well in euro-sceptic circles within the Conservative Party, where there is a good deal of unease at the expansion of the European Union's own diplomatic corps - the External Action Service.



EDIT sort of makes sense though


Anders, Jim and other northern Supertopian neighbours, darn, I mean neighbors, just taking the Mickey.


And... if I ever win the lottery (EuroMillions would be nice) the Bugaboos and Cirque of the Unclimbables are definitely on my tick list, and Squamish. And...
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 1, 2012 - 03:44pm PT
Well Patrick, Wednesday night is pub night at the Canadian embassies all over the world. (Even in those countries)...
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2012 - 05:00pm PT
Jim, I admit that this thread is a bit of a troll, but I am just having fun. I think you and other Taco Standers know me by now, that I am not a troll as such. I just couldn't resist. If you have a mistress, she can spank me (kinky or what).

No, I'll have Jennie spank me, hah hah.

Okay the pix I have found in a box are not much. One of Claude Fiddler and one of myself bouldering at Columbia College. Several of the Mexican volcanoes with Rob Grandfield and others, and some of Mt Diablo. Never did take many pix of climbing.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 1, 2012 - 06:26pm PT
I found he story funny as well. Canada already shares consular space with Australia in some countries so adding the Brits isn't such a stretch.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Oct 1, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
darn, I mean neighbors


Paddy? Make that neighbours.













:-)




Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Oct 1, 2012 - 07:12pm PT
Nay,Boors.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 1, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
I was going to defect to Saskatchewan, UoS Veterinary School, back in 1974, last year of the draft, but decided against it. My 'lottery' number came up 'short'. I went to the local USMC recruiting centre, long hair, anti-war, but figured it is better to enlist and have some sort of say in my field of specialization. The recruitment sergeant said that the Marines do not have medics, they use Navy corpsmen.

So... I stayed a civilian and a Yank.

And I did not run to Canada. Great country. When are you going to be independent? Heh heh.

Bring on the Bugaboos.

Tami, 'neighbours', but I don't think Jen would like you spanking me over the 'u'. Happy climbing.


EDIT

Jim, I like that, Nay Boors
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 2, 2012 - 08:24am PT
Are there still rattlers at Skaha? I'd imagine so. I have had my run in with these critters, as I would guess a lot of Supertopians have.

rattler at Skaha, photo not mine
rattler at Skaha, photo not mine
Credit: Matthew Buckle

To reiterate, it is not my photo, I got if off the web, credit should go to Matthew Buckle, it was his website I 'nicked' the photo from (thanks Matt, I don't know you, but maybe we can rope up someday). I've never been to Skaha, would like to someday.

But the Bugaboos and then Squamish would be more important on my tick list. (PS, any rattlers in either of those places?)

Face to face (with Jim Keating) with a buzzworm on the approach to Snake Dike (how ironic), mantling up some of the little headwalls to the first pitch. But Hetch Hetchy seems to be teeming with the little fellas.

And if I recall correctly (from previous ST posters), the 'long path' into Angel's Wings and Castle Rock Spire in Sequoia National Park also has a lot of the little 'buzzers'. Another place I'd like to climb, albeit it, with big boots and leather pants.

And anti-venom.


EDIT

BTW
No rattlers in Ireland, unless unscrupulous business people and politicians are included.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Oct 2, 2012 - 03:28pm PT
No snakes in the Bugs but the porkypines will eat yer hoses if yer not usin' chickenwire.

A few garter snakes (Thamnophis spp .... I think at any rate - doing that from memory ) at Squamish; nothing that is poisonous.

Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 4, 2012 - 09:09am PT
Thanks Tami. I saw that on another ST thread a couple of years ago, about car hoses being chewed on. What's the attraction, I wonder?
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Oct 4, 2012 - 12:29pm PT
I've had porcupines chew right through pack straps. Woke up once to find one gnawing on my boots. They love salt, so I presume that'w what they're after.

They also love rolls of toilet paper. TP doesn't have salt in it, does it?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Oct 4, 2012 - 01:21pm PT
TP doesn't have salt in it, does it?

Before, or after?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Oct 4, 2012 - 01:44pm PT
^^^^^^^GUFFAW^^^^^^^^^^^
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Oct 6, 2012 - 12:44am PT
The Scandinavian countries often share consular services and offices, to economize where appropriate. It's very common for a country that has an embassy in a country to represent (to a defined extent) the interests of another country that doesn't have an embassy or consulate there - for example, Switzerland represents, in a limited way, the interests of the USA in Iran, where it hasn't had a working embassy since 1979.
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