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 http://onhealthy.net Military Institute (Manitoba) and The Intrepid Society. He is retired from more than 50 years of journalism.

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  • Yarn 2020 Feb-Mar February 4, 2020
    The Southern Yarn’s February March issue is available as a PDF for download right now! Why wait for the yellow paper version in the post, when you can get it now, in glorious colour, with live links as well! Check it out. And how about all those past issues? Get them on ...
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  • Yarn Dec 2019 – Jan 2020 December 16, 2019
    The December-January edition of The Southern Yarn bridges the start of a new decade as we enter 2020. We’ve got reports on the not-so-formal dinner, the AGM, the Christmas party, and other club events, Give it a read, and we look forward to seeing you all next year.  And here are ...
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  • Southern Yarn August – September 2019 August 14, 2019
    The Southern Yarn for August – September of 2019 is released with a bit of sadness, as it marks the first issue after the passing of Gordon Keatch, the person behind the creation of the Down Under Club of Winnipeg.  Lots of other news in this issue, and mark your calendars ...
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  • Yarn June July June 23, 2019
    Get out your summer calendars, mates, jot down a few dates, and stay tuned on things relating to your club, as well as a few news gems you might not see elsewhere. All in the June/July issue of The Southern Yarn.
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  • Yarn April – May 2019 April 10, 2019
    The spring edition of The Southern Yarn is now available for download, and for those favouring the fine B&W on yellow paper version, it will be in the post en route to your mailbox soon. As usual, you can catch up on back issues by visiting the Southern Yarn section of ...
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  • Yarn February – March 2019 February 13, 2019
    The Southern Yarn’s February – March 2019 issue is ready for your reading enjoyment again. Here’s the editorial to get you started: Thanks to Jenny Gates for typing up the Getting to Know feature for this issue – about “Two-Up” (p.6). Now, I think there needs to be some explanation for ...
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  • Yarn December 2018 – January 2019 December 12, 2018
    The end of the year is upon us, and the final Yarn of 2018 is upon us.  Here is the message from the Editor: The month of November heralded several momentous events: the Melbourne Cup, the US mid-term elections and the DUCW’s Annual Meeting, to name a few. More seriously, of course, ...
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  • Yarn October-November October 9, 2018
    The Autumn (October-November) 2018 version of The Southern Yarn greets us with the arrival of chilly weather and colourful leaves, and some early snowfalls. Read it all here! All our back issues are available at the Yarns page, too, of course. Editorial:  Lots of bits of news for your reading pleasure again this ...
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  • Yarn June 2018 June 8, 2018
    The June issue of the Yarn is available for download. You can download it here, or from the Yarn archives page. And let’s start adding in the editorial on these announcement posts… Apologies for not getting a Yarn together for May, but I was away for half the month, downunder. The primary ...
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  • Yarn April 2018 April 4, 2018
    The April 2018 version of The Southern Yarn is available for your reading now. Download it, and check out the other issues at theYarns page.
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  • Yarn March 2018 March 7, 2018
    The March 2018 edition of The Southern Yarn is ready for your downloading and reading, ahead of the printed version.  You may want to note a couple of events coming up very soon: Commonwealth Day celebration Monday, March 12, 7:00 pm Cathedral Church of Saint John 135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg Casual get-together Saturday 17th March, 2:00 pm High ...
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  • Yarn December 2017 December 12, 2017
    Our final issue of The Southern Yarn for 2017 is available for download now, and will be in the post along with all the other Christmas mail. Check It out!
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  • Yarn November 2017 November 2, 2017
    The November 2017 issue of The Southern Yarn is in the post as you read this, and available to download here as well. Note that the online version features a seventh page containing text that did not fit on the print version full colour convenient links to websites on many of the new ...
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  • October 2017 Yarn October 5, 2017
    The October 2017 issue of the Southern Yarn is ready for you to download.  The most important thing for your calendar is doing an RSVP for this year’s Not -So-Formal-Dinner, toward the end of the month. You’ll also need to include your menu choices, so read up on it all in the Yarn! Here’s the ...
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  • Yarn for September 2017 September 13, 2017
    The September issue of the Southern Yarn is available for you to download now! Get the details on the most recent and the upcoming activities, including our formal dinner, for which you need to make a menu selection as part of your RRSP. Get on it, mates!
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  • Yarn August 2017 August 16, 2017
    The August 2017 version of The Southern Yarn is available for your reading now. Catch up on all the summer activities and pull out your agenda to mark down dates for upcoming events. Direct download link.  
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  • Yarn July 2017 July 13, 2017
    The July 2017 issue of The Southern Yarn is finally here. Check it out! There are seven pages for us, the online readers. Those print subscribers just get six pages, and in B&W! Oh well, I guess they don’t need the handy links, etc.  Just click on the image to the right ...
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  • The Southern Yarn – June 2017 June 14, 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?
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  • Yarn April 2017 April 9, 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 ...
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  • Yarn February 2017 February 13, 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.  
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