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Roughin' it in Kanata, eh!: Fresh Memories & Other Journeys

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Welcome to Volume 2 of a personal memoir by Michael J. Walsh, which takes the reader from his early years in London, England after WWII to his departure in 1956 for a new life in Canada as a young teenager. Roughin' in in Kanata, eh! is the down to earth story of a life lived in two countries and the challenges that all outsiders experience. Filled with self-deprecating humour the English schoolboy learns to adapt in the new land. It is an honest description of the "new boy" in town trying desperately to be accepted in Windsor London, ON. Follow his teenage journey first at an all-boys school where the mantra, Teach Me Goodness Discipline Knowledge frequently becomes a lesson at the end of a strap. Then the liberating experience of a new school surrounded by girls for the first time providing comic relief. A new challenge filled with humorous anecdotes. But always wondering whether he is still an outsider trying too hard at times to be accepted. It is the truthful, down to earth story of an English schoolboy, who learns that roughing it is its own reward when the outsider lives in the present but never forgets the people, places and experiences that brought him here in 1956.

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