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  • (wheel) change directions as if revolving on a pivot; "They wheeled their horses around and left"

  • A circular object that revolves on an axle and is fixed below a vehicle or other object to enable it to move easily over the ground

  • (wheel) a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)

  • A circular object that revolves on an axle and forms part of a machine

  • Used in reference to the cycle of a specified condition or set of events

  • steering wheel: a handwheel that is used for steering

  • a nation in northern North America; the French were the first Europeans to settle in mainland Canada; "the border between the United States and Canada is the longest unguarded border in the world"

  • The CANADA! Party was an official political party in the province of Quebec from 1994 to 1998. It was founded on Canada Day 1994 by federalist Tony Kondaks, former top-aide to Equality Party leader Robert Libman Its name was initially called the Canada Party of Quebec/Parti Canada du Quebec but

  • #"Canada" (Barb Jungr, Michael Parker) – 3:37 #"Nothing Through the Letterbox Today" (Jungr, Parker) – 2:43 #"One Step Away from My Heart" (Jungr, Parker) – 4:09 #"Nights in a Suitcase" (Jungr, Parker) – 4:04 #"21 Years" (Jungr, Parker) – 3:37 #"The Chosen One" (Jungr, Parker) – 3:48 #"Walking

  • A country in northern North America, the second largest country in the world; pop. 32,507,900; capital, Ottawa; official languages, English and French

  • Abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink, esp. as a religious observance

  • abstaining from food

  • abstain from certain foods, as for religious or medical reasons; "Catholics sometimes fast during Lent"

  • acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly; "fast film"; "on the fast track in school"; "set a fast pace"; "a fast car"

Steampunk Beholder Miniature robot sculpture - Daniel Proulx - Canada . : Steampunk Exhibition at The Museum of the History of Science, The University of Oxford, U.K.

Steampunk Beholder Miniature robot sculpture - Daniel Proulx - Canada . : Steampunk Exhibition at The Museum of the History of Science, The University of Oxford, U.K.

The sculpture is only 4 cm large .

right upper arm : You can imagine that arm shooting a disintegrating
Newtonian beam .

Left upper Arm : Triple saw made from vintage brass clock gear .

Top Arm : Made from Mysterious yellow amber .

bottom arm : a single magnetic wheel for an alternative transport and stability .

Beholder's floats/hover above the ground . They are known to be obsessively Tyrannic .

Made by Daniel Proulx A.K.A : CatherinetteRings , Steampunk jewelry designer and sculptor

This sculpture is currently on display for the Oxford Steampunk Exhibition .



A Light in the Darkness

by Will Steed

Hastings looked down the tunnel into the darkness. He looked down at his feet. The pools of filth lay stagnant on the ground at the edges, while a stream of foulness trickled down the middle. His shoes would have make do on their own. Some yards further into the tunnel, he found a twisted piece of iron left off to the side. He knew he was in the right place. The maker's mark on the iron matched the ones taken from the smith's yard near the docks.

Still further down the tunnel, there was a branch. One would lead to the lower reaches, the other further south, towards the houses on Merchant's Row. The criminal element of the lower reaches were prime candidates for the theft of scrap iron, but something tickled at the back of Hastings' brain. His intuition told him there was a connection between the theft of the scrap iron and rumors of an alliance between technologists and the guild of merchants, but there was nothing to prove it, or even to suggest that it was more than the hunch of a detective on probation.

Hastings listened carefully. Over the rumble of the train passing above, he could hear a deep rhythmic sound coming from the tunnel that lead towards Merchant's Row. He walked cautiously down the tunnel, avoiding the splashing of walking in puddles of Ada-knew-what.

As he progressed, the rhythm grew louder and resolved itself to human voices, chanting, and the flicker of torches bounced off the wall. A cult? he thought to himself. That would be the third one this year. He reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a metal flask, holding it firmly in his hand. As he approached the source of the chanting and flickering, he unlatched a metal cylinder from the beltloop that held his coat.

Before he made his presence known, he stopped to listen. The chanting was in Latin - Laudamus te, deo omnifacente, adjuta nobis, dea technologistorum. Of course it was in Latin, he thought. Latin is the language of the Roman church, why not of other gods? This cult originator had apparently done his research on cultistry. The chanters had dark robes, chalk designs on the floor, and a brass altar. Upon the altar, the mystic theme was broken by a pile of scrap metal. Among the lead and iron piping lay a large vicegrip, a dangerously oversized blunderbuss and a rotary sawblade.

Hastings drew attention to himself by flicking the lever on the side of the metal cylinder. The snapping of a spring and the sliding of metal against metal drew the attention of two cultists, who broke from the circle of robed enchanters and advanced on him. With his truncheon extended, he let the robed chanters reach him. The chanting from the other cultists changed, growing louder as he faced the fighters: venite, surmitte nobis monstrum mechanicum. The swinging truncheon caught one cultist on the knee, his scream loud enough to be heard over the chant, which grew louder with each repetition. A blow from the second cultist knocked him to the floor, his truncheon rolling out of reach, lying halfway into the chalk circle on the floor.

The lead cultist, with a thick gold chain hanging around his neck, drew forth a glass orb and placed it on the altar as the chanting stopped, leaving a ringing in Hastings' ears, and only the screaming of the injured cultist rang through the tunnel. The cultist who had punched Hastings pulled him up by his coat-front. Hastings shook the flask in his left hand and flicked the lid off it. A smell even fouler than the stench of the effluent in the tunnels rose into the cultist's nose. The grip on his coat slackened as the cultist collapsed to the floor in a stupor.

Covering the flask once more, Hastings returned his focus to the other cultists. The torches had blown out while his attention was distracted, and the tunnel was lit by the golden glow of the orb on the altar. The light was growing fast, and Hastings and the cultists were forced to cover their eyes.

When the light cleared the pile of scrap on the altar had gone. Instead, a metal creature was suspended in mid air above the altar. A large eye in the middle surveyed the room suspiciously while metallic tentacles moved around it. The sight of metal moving like flesh made Hastings' own flesh crawl. Most of the cultists looked as shocked and sickened as Hastings, backing away towards the wa

The Way We Were ::: 1941 ::: CANADA

The Way We Were ::: 1941 ::: CANADA

Nearly forgotten now…

…but in 1940…the AVRO ANSON was all the rage!

Acquired by the RCAF in 1940 after serving with the RAF Coastal Command, the Avro Anson MK I was to become the standard twin-engined trainer for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

And the trainees came to Canada from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and even the USA.

Suddenly, Canada needed more Ansons to train future bomber (Lancaster and Halifax) pilots for the war effort, and the British who were being bombed daily by the Luftwaffe…just couldn’t produce enough.

FEDERAL AIRCRAFT was thus born in Montreal and the Anson Mark II was put into production on Canadian soil. By August 1941, the first CANADIEN-BUILT Anson flew in Montreal then complete with its' substituted North American engines…and proportionately large quantities of plywood in order to to save steel for other purposes.

Like tanks.

PLYWOOD Sherman tanks just didn’t fly as a concept. Or on the battlefield.

ALMOST 3,000 Canadian Ansons (Mark II and V) were eventually built in Montreal and Winnipeg. The USAAF even acquired 50 of them under the designation AT-20.

AVRO ANSONS were reliable, easy to fly and quite forgiving to novice pilots who were prone to making operational mistakes.

More than one airman fell in love with his Anson, and one even penned a poem of his appreciation:


Oh, the Crane may fly much faster,
Inside she may be neat,
But to me the draughty Anson
Is very hard to beat.

Her plywood may be warping,
Her window glass may crack,
But when you start out in an Anson
You know that you'll come back.

She may be a flying greenhouse,
With her windows all around,
But in that draughty Anson
You're as safe as on the ground.

She may creak and she may shudder,
As she comes out of a dive,
But if her pilot knows his stuff
She'll bring him back alive.

Her landing gear is sturdy,
It will stand for quite a drop,
If you doubt it, watch your students
Bring her in, and let her flop.

Fifteen, twenty, twenty-five,
She doesn't care a jot,
All in all, our Anson
Will stand for quite a lot.

The wind may make her weather-cock-
That's nothing to these craft,
For when you fly an Anson
You never mind a draft.

You can keep your Moth and Battle,
Your Harvard and your Crane,
Give me the good old Anson
In which our pilots train.

When she comes in with a panel,
All split from front to rear,
And the rigger starts to fix it-
They don't need a lot of gear.

A chisel and some plywood,
Some brads and a pot of glue,
Quite a bit of elbow grease
And very soon they're through.

They wheel her back out to the line,
Her Cheetahs start to cough-
Our Anson knows they're lads to train
And she's eager to be off.

-Andy, No. 7 SFTS (Fort Macleod) 1943

Ansons, while primarily functioning as trainers for aircrews, they also served as coastal patrol aircraft, search and rescue aircraft, and had the honour of starting out WW II as light bombers. They were also the first aircraft in the RAF to have retractable landing gear, albeit by hand-cranking, which took the pilot a mere 140 cranks to complete the process!

All RCAF Ansons were retired by 1954, but the RAF flew them until 1968.

The airworthy ANSON Mk V-P pictured above is undergoing maintenance at Hamilton's Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. It was a long-range, photographic reconnaissance version, all-wooden aircraft, made in 1944 by MacDonald Brothers Aircraft of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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