Back in the mists of time, after ten years of teaching geography, I was told that I was going to teach an English class. It was grade 12 of all levels, but at least it wasn't an advanced level class for my first gig.
At one point, we had a film appreciation unit. Ahem: I am not sure how much critical appreciation we did, except that we all appreciated the change in pace. I can't remember how many films we showed, but I only seem to remember three, at least more or less by name although I may have a few wisps of others pass through my occluded consciousness every now and then.
There was the story of Dinky Hocker who, as I recall was girl who turned to food for comfort, and the film is about self-esteem amidst the social problems that she had to face. There was another film about a Sikh boy, Ravinder, who had to face some prejudice over his headwear and long hair. I don't have a link for that because there are too many current Ravinders that pop up in searches.
There was also The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar, and ths is me finally getting to the point. I knew very little about this region in Eastern Ontario at that time. I certainly never thought that I would live here, but now I do live here and have since visited both small hamlets. I also never thought that I would take up the fiddle, but I did for about five years in my early sixties.
Here is the video of the film, which, of course, I showed as a 16mm film in 1982. It was filmed in b&w just over a decade earlier in 1968. It's 48 minutes long, so I am not going to re-watch it now, and neither are you, but I am embedding it for future reference.
Two tributes in one with your video - your John Cleese walk to fiddle music - well done & fun.
That tune is near and dear to an east coaster’s heart!
Do you still have your fiddle?!?! I am hoping you do….. you should consider getting it out and starting to play again!!!!
And many generations from now, your descendants will view that silly walk and think that "this is what COVID did to their brains."
Well, a home based Ministry of Silly Walks! Your neighbors are probably wondering what next!
I've been to both villages, but not for several years now.
I can imagine you teaching English and am finding retrograde jealousy about the films. I never was allowed to do that.
As for the fiddle music ...love it. Nice version of the reel, too. Hey, we had not only reels but step dancing at Brien's funeral
. Good stuff, played by grandson and friend. He would have loved it.
Sharp moves there.
What a cute Silly Walk. Of course, any Physical Therapist trying to get their patient to maintain balance and stability with a walker, would freak with your example. Glad you can still do those Silly Walk moves. Linda in Kansas
When I first "met" you, Sue and you were doing fun filters on your faces and they cheered me up every day. I think I was around for the silly walk too. I loved watching a well-chosen French or Canadian film in my classes. My students, many of them fans of action films, needed to see movies that were more meaningful, character driven and beautifully acted.
I love your Silly Walk video to the max! New to me and so much fun! (And the music was great, too!). We used to have a wonderful folk festival here in East Lansing (till a new museum director killed it; Covid probably would have, anyway). And it was loaded with Celtic and other traditional and international folk. I always loved the Cape Breton groups. This just made my day!
St Ann's Reel is one of my favorites.
I taught English, too. Probably mostly the same.
I think teachers who accepted a position outside of their comfort zone learned a few things along the way and did well in the new challenging assignment. I went from math to language arts.
This is a fun one. I enjoyed it.
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