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The Stormy Petrels of B.C. (a scion society of The Bootmakers of Toronto) are turning 30!

Why are we “stormy” and what do we have to do with “boot makers”?  Find out at our all-day event taking place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Billy Bishop Legion (Pub).  Aha! Now I have your attention!

If you are in Vancouver, please come help us celebrate.  If you have not yet planned on being in Vancouver but are looking for a good excuse, now is your chance!  The West Coast is calling!

The day promises to be a fun day filled with food, fellowship and featured special guest speakers. The price for our special day is $30, payable at registration time at the door.  But we would like to know if you are planning on attending, as we need to know how many cups of coffee to put on.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am and we will wind down at 4:00 pm when the pub will be open to the public (it is, after all, a public house).

Please RSVP to Fran before August 1st, 2017 if you plan on attending this milestone.  More details can be made available if you contact Fran at:  franziskah@shaw.ca

Hope to see you all there!

February 2017 Meeting

The disappearance of a young rugby player prior to an important match. Was it a kidnapping? His uncle, the wealthy, but miserly Lord Mount-James is not very co-operative.

As Christopher Redmond states in his book In Bed With Sherlock Holmes:  “On the surface it is a detective story; underneath, when all the secrets are revealed, it is just as much a story of ….passion and romance.”


(fr0m “An Elementary Guide” by Daniel Smith) “The first varsity match between Oxford and Cambridge took place in 1872.  Oxford won in 1896, the year of this story.”

Some might say this case is somewhat auto-biographical.  ACD, a rugby player himself, would suffer a loss.  Had he become “…half-crazed with grief”  and weeping at the bedside of his dying wife.

The Stormy Petrels of B.C. will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 7th to discuss The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter at their usual location in the lounge of The Chatham, Hampton Place, UBC at 7:00.

Please contact Fran for additional information at   franziskah@shaw.ca

missing-three-quarterBonus question for those attending the meeting: What is the name of the dog featured on the cover of this issue of Collier’s?