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By Peter Unwin

A joyous romp during the again pages of Canadian quirkiness, Canadian folks presents a clean examine the saints, sinners, oddballs, and outright nutbars who've populated the Canadian landscape.

They have been ceaselessly northbound or south; they have been inveterate walkers, or international type runners, millionaires in ill-advised Citroen half-tracks. The stressed characters who spanned these miles and who fill the pages of this ebook have been fuelled by means of the objectives, the doubts, and the certainties in their occasions, a sure bet that now turns out unfathomable to us and regularly maddening. From doomed explorers to celebrated poets of cheese, this assortment offers a desirable examine the eminent and no-so-eminent characters who got here earlier than us and left their vibrant mark on Canada's heritage.

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As the selection process continued, every other day another recruit would disappear. Rumour had it in camp that anyone who failed any of the tests would get his own clothes back and a train ticket to any destination he wanted. They would drive him to the train station, give him some money and he could wave `Adieu' as his career in the Foreign Legion ended. Even if the recruit was wanted by Interpol and/or a police force in any country in the world, he was never handed over to them. If he was considered unfit to serve in the Legion, they would simply let him go free.

It was evening when Paszkowski arrived at Latina refugee camp.

The three young men went downtown with the priest's blessing. Paszkowski, however, wasn't enthusiastic about sightseeing. Having been in jail for two years now, the first thing he wanted was a woman. He'd seen much pornographic material in jail and constantly read about the loose sex life of the Germans in the papers. He wanted a taste of it. In addition to the 100 marks Father Galinski had given him, he had some of his illegally earned money from prison. "Forget about the museums you guys. Take me to a brothel - a good one", he told his companions, who had no problem finding one quickly.

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