judifilksign: (Lego Judi)
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I wanted to re-read the Lord Peter Wimsey book The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, set on today's holiday.  My library system no longer has a copy.

I have had difficulty in finding in-print versions of my beloved novels.  I shall just have to be patient.  I shall read the short story collection Lord Peter instead, and allow myself to be charmed for the nonce.  But, both books are totally on my search-and-buy list, because these are books I like to re-read all of the time.

I also had gone to three florists yesterday, looking for poppies to wear today.  British and Canadian traditions are apparently unknown in Columbus flower shops.  None of the florist ladies had any idea why I should want a poppy for today.

Date: 2011-11-11 10:17 pm (UTC)
vik_thor: (Modern Whig)
From: [personal profile] vik_thor
I remember several years ago, veterans selling (artificial) poppies around Veteran's Day... Hmmm... Southern Illinois, so more years than I was thinking, ~20...

Don' remember seeing any recently...

Date: 2011-11-12 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morvab.livejournal.com
Interesting difference. Here in Canada the vets of the Canadian Legion are selling poppy pins all over for the last few weeks. It is also a statutory holiday today, so people can observe the remembrance, and if a business wants to be open they have to pay employees time and a half. Services at the cenotaphs in all major cities this morning too.

Date: 2011-11-12 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] needlewomyn.livejournal.com
I remember the veterans coming to the schools to distribute poppies (southeastern Idaho). Though, yah, long time ago.

Date: 2011-11-12 12:52 am (UTC)
poltr1: (ohiverse)
From: [personal profile] poltr1
I forget which veterans' group did this, but they sold plastic poppies around Memorial Day. This is the day they should be selling them.

Date: 2011-11-12 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymondegreen.livejournal.com
My sister used to have a box full of plastic poppies (the sort with the velveteen top that are common in Canada). If we come across them I'll send you a few.

Date: 2011-11-12 04:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-12 02:52 am (UTC)
chryssalys: (dragon at sunset by jpren678)
From: [personal profile] chryssalys
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club is available at amazon for as little as $3.47, if that helps any.

Re not knowing about the poppies - oh, that's sad.

Date: 2011-11-12 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maiac.livejournal.com
If I lived 240 miles closer, I'd loan you my Peter Wimsey novels. I have 'em all.

It's a shame the library doesn't have them. They're classics, and should not be forgotten.

I remember American Legion members selling poppies here, but not in recent years. I have a paper poppy, but get puzzled looks when I wear it. The tradition is still observed in Canada. I was in Toronto around Remembrance Day a couple of years ago, and the war memorial near City Hall was wreathed in poppies.

Date: 2011-11-12 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
My library USED to have them, for that is where I read them. But since the copy was from the forties, it is likely it got culled in favor of shinier covers and newer books checked out more often.

Date: 2011-11-12 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladysoapmaker.livejournal.com
I rememebr as a kid in Columbus some of the veteran's groups would pass out paper poppies. But it was one or two groups...
and SEVERAL years ago.

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