Commonwealth Corner

Murray Burt writes this Commonwealth column to lift the curtain on our understanding of a third of the population of the world. Enjoy. Burt is president of the Manitoba branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society; past president of the Commonwealth Journalists Association; secretary of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada advisory board; Hon LCol of the 78th Fraser Highlanders; a senator of the 166th Battery RCA (Kenora) and a director of both the Royal Military Institute (Manitoba) and The Intrepid Society. He is retired from more than 50 years of journalism.

Below are the most recent posts in Commonwealth Corner. Select the title for the full post. From there you can navigate back through older postings, or search by any keywords.


  • June 14, 2017The Southern Yarn – June 2017
     Yarn2017_06-June Sorry for the late posting of this month’s newsletter, mates! Inside is lots of read, and don’t forget the seventh page, exclusive to our colour online version! Don’t you feel special now?
  • April 9, 2017Yarn April 2017
    The April 2017 issue of The Southern Yarn is here for your reading. We mark the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, along with the 150th year of Canada. Lots of news items for everyone. Note: Some important location changes for the passports appointments and the alumni event. Read the bottom ...
  • February 13, 2017Yarn February 2017
    Time to read the Yarn again! Check it out online for the colour, the links at the end of many articles, and the extra page of content.  
  • January 17, 2017Jan 2017 Yarn
    Another year is upon us, and the Yarn keeps on delivering! Volunteer driven efforts sometimes result in delays, but we come through eventually. Download it now here, or go to the Yarns page and find the current and back issues of The Yarn.
  • December 12, 2016December Yarn
    The December Yarn was done on time, but posted here a title late. Sorry folks! Catch up on all the news! Yarn page is here. All the best for Christmas and a terrific conclusion to 2016.
  • October 18, 2016Southern Yarn – October 2016
    The October 2016 issue of The Southern Yarn is on its way through the post, and here in glorious colour for you to download. Enjoy, and we hope to see you at the formal dinner later this month. All the Yarns, current and past issues, can always be retrieved at the Yarns page.
  • August 8, 2016Yarn August 2016
    The Southern Yarn is once again ready for you to download, and coursing its way through the arteries of Canada Post. Click on the image at right, click this link, or head to the Yarn page for the whole collection.
  • July 7, 2016July 2016 Yarn
    The July, 2016, issue of The Southern Yarn is available for your reading. Find out about the story behind Vegemite, update your calendar for some summer events and read about some interesting news throughout the commonwealth.  
  • May 10, 2016Southern Yarn May 2016
    The May 2016 issue of The Southern Yarn is ready for you to download, right here!
  • April 8, 2016Southern Yarn April 2016
    The Southern Yarn Yarn2016_04-April for April 2016 is available for your reading. Enjoy!
  • March 14, 2016Commonwealth Day
    The second Monday in March is the annual celebration of Commonwealth Day. And every year, the Province marks the day with an event hosted at Government House. On Tuesday March 15, members of the Down Under Club of Winnipeg (DUCW) and the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) gathered at Government House to celebrate ...
  • March 10, 2016Yarn March 2016
    The March 2016 issue of The Yarn will be in the post soon, but you can download it here, in glorious colour! Remember, too, that the digital edition often has little web links at the end of some stories, where you can go and read more details. Enjoy!
  • February 19, 2016Yarn February
    The February Yarn will be in the post soon, and can be downloaded as well. Sorry for the lateness of this issue. Lots of interesting stuff to read, as usual.
  • November 13, 2015November 2015 Yarn
    Please pardon the late production of the November issue of The Southern Yarn. (Brian H takes full responsibility for its lateness!) For those awaiting it in the post, rest assured that it is probably en route via the postal system as you read this. For those modern and/or impatient folks amongst ...
  • October 6, 2015Yarn October 2015
    The October, 2015 issue of The Southern Yarn is ready for you to view and download. Print it out if you like, even in colour on your own printer! We’ve got details on the annual Formal Dinner and lot more to read. And if you have not renewed your DUCW membership, this is ...
  • September 6, 2015Yarn Sept 2015
    The September 2015 issue of The Southern Yarn is ready for you to download or read online! If you’re receiving it by post, it will be in your mailboxes in a few days. Go to our Southern Yarn page to pick it up, or any of the back issues.
  • May 29, 2015Commonwealth conference
    Winnipeg is hosting a conference of the Royal Commonwealth Society this weekend. The events kicked off last night (Thursday, May 28, 2015) with a reception at Manitoba’s Government House, hosted by the Lt. Governor. Here are some photos from the event last night. (photos by Brian Hydesmith)
  • July 12, 2014July Commonwealth Place
    By Murray Burt NZ’s new spy boss comes to job with good record and high praise from the Prime Minister Former Secretary of the Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council, Rebecca Kitteridge, has taken over the position of Director of Security for the Security Intelligence Service (SIS). Announcing the appointment, Prime Minister John Key ...
  • April 10, 2014April 2014 Yarn is ready for you!
    The April 2014 issue of The Southern Yarn is ready for you to download now. Go to our Yarn page or download it directly here: Yarn2014_04-April-web
  • March 11, 2014Yarn March 2014
    The 2014 issue of The Southern Yarn is now available for you to download. Inside you will find some fascinating stories of early aviation history down under, an interview with The Ashworths as well Murray Burt’s collection of Commonwealth news (anyone want to buy property in Kiribati?) and our regular sections. Go ...

 

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