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Frank Remembrance

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I took these photos of Frank Baddeley almost 10 years ago and I often think of him today, as I do so many others.  He could always be found at the corner of  Peel and rue Ste-Catherine on the days leading up to Remembrance Day pinning poppies on the lapels of passersby who would stop to chat, purchase a poppy or just make a donation.  I haven’t seen him for some time but I always remember how charming he was and how even on the coldest days in November he always had a smile and a hello for everyone walking by. 

From an old  Montreal Gazette article: “Frank Baddeley, 73, has long been a fixture in the downtown core, selling poppies for Remembrance Day annually for 35 years. Poppy sales to benefit Canadian war veterans begin the last Friday in October and run until Nov. 10. On Nov. 11, Royal Canadian Legion members who sell the lapel decorations are busy at the parade and the wreath ceremony, so very few poppies are sold.

Baddeley gets up at 5 a.m. to pick up his fellow poppy vendors and drive them downtown. He is at the corner of Peel and Ste. Catherine Sts. every day at 7 a.m., knocks off for breakfast at 9:30 and is back at his post from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I’ve pinned poppies on midgets, on dogs with little scarves and on baseball caps for kids,” Baddeley said.

He has a special trick to get the poppies to stay put: He bends the end of the pin, dangerous work with the sharp end.

“On cold days when I can’t feel my fingers, I donate a lot of blood,” he said with a laugh.“

The @revelandriot crew has a booth at @fiertemontreal at the corner of Ste Catherine and St-André! Go down and say hi! Happy Pride, Montreal!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈

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The Tick Tock of his Hearts

Summary: Set before Turn Left, the dimension canon sends Rose to 1990’s Montreal. She meets the Eleventh Doctor for the first time, but he’s not himself— literally— he’s had to use the chameleon arch. Neither Rose nor the Doctor recognizes the other. That doesn’t stop trouble from finding them (or is it the other way around?) (Not a Human Nature AU) 

Prompt: running, jealousy or kisses

Rating: All ages

Words: ~4k

A/N: Written for arethestarsouttonight my Secret Santa recipient. Happy Holidays! I hope you like your gift :D

Thanks to the lovely lixabiz for the beta.     Ao3

Rose managed to stop running before hitting the brick wall. Jake had got to fix the kinetic energy stabilizer on the dimension canon. It wouldn’t do to break her nose in a parallel universe. She braced herself against the wall and took several deep breaths, until her head had stopped spinning and her heart had slowed down.

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