Corrie Street 30 July 2017

Poor Kev

Anna dolls herself up, and apologizes to Kevin on Wednesday. Poor anna happy kevin is homeKev. He’s not been getting any. He was on his way to do so – with Erica at a hotel – when Anna called and asked him to come home. She wanted to talk, now, please Kev. Her words were conciliatory, not accusatory. She sounded devastated. So after a debate with himself and a longing look at the hotel upper windows, he left the parking lot and drove home.

What a hero. He even remembered to stop at the garage to pull coveralls over his dress clothes. He had told Anna he was on a call-out for a breakdown. Finished sooner than expected, he said. She bought it.

Kevin listens to AnnaShe asked him to sit beside her, clearly nervous. But she launched right in, saying she understood she had been difficult, distant, it had been hard for her. Physically and emotionally, referring implicitly to the damage done to her legs by the fire and the forever scars she has. It’s been hard for me too, he said. Yes, of course it has and I’m so sorry, she consoles him. Aaagghh!

Look at their body language. She is turning toward him, opening herself to him. He keeps turned slightly away from her. Can’t take constant rejection, he tells her. Pout firmly on face. It’s so anna pleads with kevinhard for me. Oh, I know it is, and you’ve been such a rock, so good to me, I couldn’t have got through this without you. And on and on as if he’d nailed himself on a cross for her. And still he sits, a rock with a pout.

Finally, after her grovelling about how wonderful he has been and how horrible she has been, he turns to her and says I want to move on. Oh, that’s a good choice of words, Kev! He amends it quickly to I want us to move on, but still. If Anna weren’t so busy grovelling, she poor kev puts head down as anna pleadsmight wonder what exactly he means even by that. Us move on together or separately?

He then confesses that he was about to find comfort elsewhere when she called. Was it true confession time or an ultimatum under the guise of honesty? Telling her cough up with your part or else. If you don’t meet my needs, someone else will.

Anna has a lot on her plate already. The physical and psychological damage and pain of being burned. Restaurant work that is very hard on even the healthiest legs. A teenage daughter who has been putting her through maternal hell. Kevin’s financial problems as well as constant household money worries.

anna wonders what kev is going to sayBut now, for him and for her, it’s all about poor Kev and his “needs”. Three years ago, Anna was sexually blackmailed by Pat Phelan. Now she is again, by Kevin. But this time she doesn’t even see it as that. She sees it as her fault, all her fault.

John Perkins

John fixing bridle on Jamie August 2016On Saturday, July 22nd, John Perkins, of Butternut Stables in Hampton NB, died. He was my riding teacher. For many others, he was that and more. First, he was a family man and horseman. He and his wife Wendy have kids and grandkids and a stable full of Quarter Horses. They also have a large extended family. And an even bigger surrogate family of horse people.

The loss for everyone is devastating. In emotional ways and practical. So many posts on Facebook attest to that. I’ve been reading them, and crying, astounded by their eloquence and depth of feeling. A huge community of people in New Brunswick, and throughout the Maritimes, eastern USA and Florida are all feeling the same great big hole in their hearts.Watching horses wait to enter ring

John touched a lot of lives, and kept a lot of lives – human and horse – on track. He taught riding to beginners and coached experienced riders. He trained and showed horses. John was an executive member of Quarter Horse associations and a founder of the Princess Louise Park Show Centre in Sussex.

He also shod horses, doctored horses and acted as a midwife and nursemaid for new-born foals. John fixed vehicles, fences and stalls. And he drove a truck and trailer loaded with kids and horses to shows all across the eastern provinces and states.

He took horse-crazy kids (and adults) and turned them into good horsemen and -women. If all you wanted to do was ride for fun, he taught you. If you wanted to go to the next step and start showing, he was there to coach you, get you and your (or his) horse to the show ring and calm you both. When you wanted to buy or lease a horse, he made sure you got a good match.

The Butternut Barn

Butternut Stables signI met him four years ago when I wanted to resume riding lessons. Thanks to him, Wendy and everyone else both two-footed and four-footed, it was easy to start feeling like I belonged at Butternut . It is a family, a very large one. It is not uncommon to see three generations at the barn. People who brought their kids for lessons are now there with those grown-up kids and their kids.

When we started building a barn, John was our resource for where it should be, the layout and what we needed in it. It’s not finished yet, and I still have a million questions for him.

saddleOne thing I’m very happy about – I have his first show saddle. He bought it in the 1980s, he said. I liked riding in it, and I liked its history – the stories he told about it and the horses he had then.

John’s saddle to fill – I’ll never do it but I will forever treasure my time with him. Here’s my favourite horseman song, for you, my friend.

Corrie Street 23 July 2017

Dead Man Walking

Eva asks Leanne why are you hereHe’s a dead man walking. So said Leanne about Aiden on Thursday after seeing him with Maria outside the spa. Ok, let’s see the Battersby girls take him down.

I know, technically, Eva is not a Battersby but I think she is one in spirit. We need Toyah to reappear so she can get in on this too. He doesn’t stand a chance, and neither does Maria. I am looking forward to it.

Eva shakes her head in confusionEva made a brilliant move in the guise of girlie friends and bridal chat. Aiden gave her a day at a spa for herself and a friend. He wanted to get her out of the way so he could spend time with Maria and, by the way, tell her that Eva was pregnant. So Eva goes to the salon and asks her bestie to join her. Maria had no choice. So off they drove for a day of pampering.

Aiden came out on the street just in time to see Maria’s VW bug pulling away, with Eva in the passenger seat. David was happy to fill him in: “Your mistress is about to tell your girlfriend how you can’t leanne looks out window at where aiden had been with mariakeep it in your pants.”

And, indeed, over a glass of wine at the spa restaurant, Maria was just about to do that. But when she told Eva she needed to tell her something, Eva said she also had news. And then both of them were preempted by Aiden coming in with some lame story about thinking she’d brought Sean for her girlie day.

Eva recovered faster than Maria did, so got out her “news” first: that she was pregnant. If Eva hadn’t known about Maria and Aiden make him wish he had not been born - dead man walkingalready, their faces would have told her. Aiden looked like he wanted the floor to swallow him up, and Maria looked horrified and angry. Neither are the reaction you’d expect. Eva didn’t miss a beat; happy happy ‘we’re thrilled, aren’t we babe’.

So out the door goes Maria. And Aiden after her. That’s when Leanne arrived, just in time to see a very emotionally-fraught eva looks resolute in plandiscussion between the two of them. She had come there to stop Eva playing her game of deception and revenge. But, after seeing Maria and Aiden, she’s in. “The two of us are gonna make him wish he’d never been born.”

Frederick Anger, Welland or Wisconsin

The History of the County of Welland, Ontario: Its past and present 1887

county of welland title pageJames E. Anger, publisher and proprietor of the Niagara Falls Review, and Rev. William H. Anger, principal and originator the St. Catherines Business College, are members of one of the oldest families in the county of Welland.

Two brothers named Anger, (or Ahinger) came from Germany at an early date and settled at a place called Clobrock, N.Y. Both fought for the British Crown during the revolutionary war, and when General Washington finally triumphed, they, with the Nears, (German, Neher) Hoffmans and other Loyalists, came to Canada, bringing with them what they could with ox teams.

Augustus Anger settled near Dunnville; John Charles Anger in Bertie, and had three sons, Augustus, John Charles and Frederick. The last named died a bachelor. Augustus married and has many descendants now living in the county. John Charles married Abigail Near in Bertie in 1787 – just one hundred years ago.

In 1812, both John Charles and his eldest son took up arms in support of the British Government, and participated in the battle of Chippawa. The son, named Frederick, who had located in Wisconsin, came to Canada to battle for the land and flag of his fathers, returning after the war to Wisconsin.

The old homestead was the farm now owned by John Miller, Bertie, on the Ridge road. Of the sons of J. C. Anger, all went west except William C. and Henry C. The former resided near Ridgeway, the latter, who was born in 1801, remained on the old homestead, willed him by his father, until his death in 1877. Of H. C. Anger’s descendants, two sons and two daughters yet survive, James E. and William H., whose names head this sketch, and Mrs. E. Augustine, of Humberstone, and Mrs. W. J. Brown, of Port Robinson.

James E. Anger started the Niagara Falls Review in 1879, and has succeeded in establishing a permanent and paying business. His wife is Martha, daughter of Thomas Spedding of Bertie.

William H. Anger, after being associated with his brother in the publishing business at Niagara Falls for some years, started the Niagara Falls Business College, removing it to St. Catherines in 1885, and changing the name to suit the new location. The institution is rapidly winning a wide reputation for success and efficiency in fitting the young for the practical business of life. It is fitted with telegraphic, banking and other facilities. Mr. Anger is well qualified for the work he has undertaken, being a B. A. of Albert College. His wife is Hattie A., daughter of James S. Dell, Esq., of Willoughby.

excerpt Biographical Sketches, Niagara Falls Town, 506-507
history of welland county pp 506-507
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So, according to this writer in 1887, John Charles Anger’s son Frederick never married and had no children. He moved to the USA, returned to fight on Canada’s side in the War of 1812, then went back to Wisconsin.

But other sources say John Charles Anger’s son Frederick (1791-1857) married Elizabeth Thompson (1820-1850). They had maybe six children: Phoebe, Robert, Margaret, Silby, Catherine and Elizabeth. Parents and children were born in Ontario. All children but one died in Ontario. No mention of Wisconsin.

This source is 130 years closer to the people and events than we are. So I believe the author. However, grave information and land records suggest that Frederick Anger, son of John Charles Anger and Abigail Near, lived his life in Ontario with wife and children.

Two different Fredericks? Confusion of generations of John Charles Angers? If anyone can explain this, please do! Thanks, Jim Flock, for pointing out this inconsistency.

(The Biographical Sketches of History of Welland County is in ‘Biographies 1887’ below.)

Corrie Street 16 July 2017

Pregnancy Test

Eva goes into her bathroom on Wednesday to take a pregnancy test. We go in with her. It was one of the most intimate moments I can ever remember on Coronation Street.

eva sits on tub edge with pregnancy testAs Eva sat on the edge of the bathtub waiting for the results, we could have a look around. Lots of shampoos, conditioners and body wash bottles in the shower caddy and tub edge. What you’d expect for Eva and Aiden. Crowded, but all neatly arranged. Also what you’d expect for Eva and Aiden.

Dev renovated the apartment fairly recently. The bathroom looks right for its history: a flat above a shop redone to rent out. Nicely done but not fancy. I recognize the sink, and know where to buy it in Canada. It’s not expensive, but looks good and doesn’t take up a lot of room.

The set design and prop people turned around what I feared would be a horribly cheesy soap “twist”. An unexpected pregnancy at the exact moment that somebody is going to dump somebody. I had figured that either Eva or Maria (or both) would get pregnant. Then I read “as we all know…” that Eva was. Knowing beforehand, I dreaded the big revelation even more.

But being inside the bathroom with Eva changed my feeling about the story. I liked nosying around the room as she sat waiting. I like the little touch of Eva-glam she added to an ordinary room. The black and white photo in its sparkly frame.

aiden-and-eva-glam-photoThen a twist that hadn’t been shared happened. That made it more interesting. She isn’t pregnant, at least according to the test, but is pretending to be. Just to make Aiden squirm.

Eva’s decision to play Aiden turns a predictable plot into one of revenge. If it’s how it continues to play out, it will be fun to watch. Both Aiden and Maria deserve everything that Eva can throw at them.

Props and sets provide a context for the characters and action. Tony Warren told a story about Coronation Street at its beginning. Two stagehands arguing while dressing the corner shop set. ‘You don’t put salt next to bacon in Salford shop windows,’ one said emphatically.

eva-in-bathroomSuch attention to detail, thankfully, is still alive and well. We learned about characters with this bathroom scene, getting a glimpse from a different perspective into personalities and housing.

Corrie Street 9 July 2017

I need help

Bethany says I need your help“Please, I need your help . My name’s Bethany Platt and I need you to call the police.” A gasp of relief could be heard across the nation, I’m sure, on Wednesday when Bethany uttered these words. She is at a roadway service centre, away from Nathan for a moment .

What would happen? The woman she asked looked shocked. Would she gather in her kids like a mother hen pulling her chicks under her feathers and say ‘get away you freak’? Would Nathan see and pull Bethany back to the car? Or would Bethany chicken out and pretend, haha, just a joke.

woman and kids look at BethanyBut no, next episode, Bethany was sitting in the little family circle. Nathan did see and did come rushing in to get her. But police rushed in right behind him. It was so good to see them hauling him out. He showed his true nature too, by threatening Bethany and the woman who helped her.

The story is far from over. Neil the nasty cop is still involved and is even more threatening than Nathan is. Because, as a “respected” police officer, he has the power and the authority. Bethany wants Nathan and all the men nailed. Neil doesn’t care if Nathan goes down for it, but he threatened Bethany and her family, especially baby Harry, if she implicates him in any way at all. Hard balancing act for Bethany to do.

Bethany asks them to call policeEarlier, driving on the motorway to escape to Belgium, Nathan lost it when Bethany told him she didn’t have her passport. He frightened and confused her when he said he was not coming with her. But his explanation – he was breaking bail by being with her – would have worked before. Especially his assurances that he loved her and would join her as soon as he could.

Mary’s words earlier made the difference, I think. Mary told Bethany what had happened to her, and how she had tried to rationalize it. How she had tried to turn rape into romance, but then saw there was nothing romantic about it. That what Nathan did to Bethany woman shockedwas also rape. Maybe saying that straight out was even more effective than telling Bethany her own story.

Bethany rationalized her situation at the time – it’s different with me and Nathan, etc. And she grabbed her suitcase and left. Mary was disconsolate. She hadn’t been able to save Bethany, due to Bethany’s own choice and to Nathan’s not-so-veiled threats. But, as Norris told Mary, she heard you and she will remember what you said.

bethany pleadsNorris was right. Nathan’s anger and his sketchy plan made Mary’s words resonate. And memories of what had already happened to her in the name of Nathan’s love, maybe. Put that all together and, first chance she had, Bethany sought help.

Salisbury Horses

“Outside this lovely home, drive down the circular driveway covered by mature trees and be greeted by an old barn and about 3 acres cleared ideal for horses.”

3063 main street salisbury mikedoiron.caThus reads the real estate listing I found online for a 5.6 acre property in Salisbury NB. It is now owned by the Dangremond family. They bought it so they could keep their horses Misty and Reiner at home instead of having to board them. A barn and cleared pastureland – ideal for horses!

Then, while putting up fencing last year, they were told that the property is zoned RU, Residential Use. They appealed for rezoning, a variance, or even a temporary permit to keep the horses there for even just a year. Denied.

Following the story on CBC NB news, I’ve hoped, even believed, that the town council would wind its neck in and allow the horses to stay. But the news report yesterday was that the horses must move.

Reiner and Misty beside barn
Beside their barn, from “Help Misty and Reiner the horses” gofundme page

A neighbour has offered to board the horses – yes, a neighbour. A distance of 150 metres, CBC says. Not a big distance for the Dangremond daughter to walk to see her pets. Also not a big distance for the town council to make whatever variance is needed so those pets can stay in their own barn.

I realize municipal planners must do what is best for their region now and in the future. Evidently, the town foresees residential expansion in the area where the Dangremonds live. But, if houses are not going to be built in the immediate future, why not make an exception for the Dangremond horses with as many caveats as the council deems necessary?

location of propeerty google maps
Location of property in Salisbury area – click for larger view

Zoning Labyrinth

This sad story reminds me of when we were still in Ontario, hunting for a small farm in Elgin County. John Blake of Elgin Realty warned me that what looked like a farm might not be zoned one. So I started phoning municipal, township and county offices to get an overview of the zoning basics. No generalities, only a labyrinth.

One side of a road might be agricultural, the other – just as distant from a street light or a Tim Horton’s – is not. A township line at the edge of a property means another set of rules. Animals and farming may be “grandfathered” in after a zoning change, meaning they can stay only as long as those owners stay. Other times you can bring in new animals as long as the presence of farm animals is continuous. So, if the existing animals move off before the sale closing date, you can’t move new ones in. The planners told me to ask about each and every property.

Salisbury horses Reiner and Misty, photo Joseph Tunney CBC
Salisbury horses Reiner and Misty, photo Joseph Tunney CBC

That said, Salisbury has the chance to make a statement that matches its lovely rural-looking appearance. Let the Salisbury horses stay at home.

Misty and Reiner have a GoGetFunding page (updated July 7/17). You can also check the Facebook page Power in Numbers for Misty and Reiner.

Corrie Street 2 July 2017

Dancing to disaster

eva dancing to disasterThe last moments of two episodes: two characters dancing to disaster. Both visually just wonderful. I didn’t think anything could top Eva’s dress and mariachi band on Tuesday. But, wow, Daniel at least matched it on Friday! Cocaine with vodka chasers. Both wildly partying, for wildly different reasons. Both headed for disaster.

Eva’s mariachi band

Eva decided to take the bit in her teeth and propose to Aiden. mariachi parade outside bistroJohnny innocently suggested it. But, oh, I wish she’d thought a moment about it. About Aiden’s very very obvious reluctance to marry her. It’s not like she’s been exactly subtle about wanting a ring on it.

Aiden didn’t turn up for dinner with her at the Bistro. That’s because he was busy with Maria in the men’s toilets at the Rovers. Oh, icky beyond belief.

eva and band in roversBut Eva didn’t know that. She learned only that he was at the Rovers, so she moved the party there. In a flamboyant red dress, dancing down the street, leading the mariachi band and dancing supporters. Oh, she is just too wonderful. Even knowing she was dancing to disaster, the little parade was fabulous to watch.

Daniel’s ‘stuff’

daniel snortingFriday, while Daniel was waiting tables at the Bistro, Tracy managed to completely wind him up. After he told her that she was a vile cow, Robert told him to go home. But before that, he’d overheard a customer talking to Robert. An old friend, reminiscing about their good old druggy days and suggesting they resume them.

Later, and well in the bag, Daniel sees the guy on the street. Robert sent him to daniel with buzz onget some ‘stuff,’ he says. He’ll pay you later, he says. Ok, guy says.

Scene switch to Daniel’s flat. Self-loathing, drugs and rock and roll. Daniel partying all by himself. Scary, and fabulous. Finally he flops on the sofa, gets the shakes and passes out.

Down below, Ches and Kirk come out of Dev’s shop. Someone’s having a good time, Kirk says, due to the music blasting out of the daniel dancingflat. End of episode.

Googling, trying to find the song playing, I saw that Coronation Street received complaints about this scene when it aired in the UK. Too bad! It was a jarring look at self-medication by a person in pain.  It sends a message while staying consistent with the character and story. And that’s the most effective way to do it.