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Thursday, 7 April 2016

F - Robert Fraser & The Flying Dutchman - Fictional Phantoms #AtoZChallenge 2016


Day 6 already - the AtoZChallenge is going fast this year. Hope you have all had a good one so far. Welcome to my blog and my theme of Fictional Phantoms. Today I have two very different ghosts for you, one will follow a criminal to the ends of the earth, the other has to sail all its days to the ends of the earth and back again.

Robert "Bob" Fraser (Due South)

Bob Fraser (Gordon Pinsent) was a sergeant in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the father of Benton Fraser (Paul Gross) in the highly successful 1990s drama, Due South.

Bob is murdered in the very first episode and we are introduced to his son Benton as he tries to solve his father's case.

After death Bob returned to help his son as a ghost, giving sage advice and later appearing to others as well. In life he was the embodiment of the RCMP; honest, brave, loyal and could track anyone, especially through the wilderness. All these qualities he then passed on to his son.

In death he maintained these values and refused to move on while his son needed him. Sometimes this led to very amusing situations.

The Flying Dutchman (Pirates of the Caribbean)

The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that is cursed to sail the seas forever and never make port again. It is believed that the legend originated in the 17th century, but it has been used many times in fiction. According to nautical law, sightings of the ship mean certain doom.

In Pirates of the Caribbean the ship is mostly known just at The Dutchman and she is captained by Davy Jones. Calypso was Jones' lover and gave him The Dutchman to ferry nautical lost souls to the afterlife.

When she failed to make their appointed meeting after 10 years he took The Dutchman and began to wander the seas, bringing down a curse on him, his ship and his crew. All who sail her have become monsters and she is doom to all who meet her on the seas.

What would you do if a dead relative suddenly popped up to give you advice?

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60 comments:

  1. Depended on the advice.:)
    I've never heard of Due South, the the pirate movies, oh yeah! Great stories!

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  2. I'd like to think I'd listen if a dead relative showed up to offer me advice, but really, I'd just think I was asleep. It would be like that scene in A Christmas Carol, "You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!"

    @mirymom1 from
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    1. Yep, you can't really blame Scrooge for that conclusion, can you? :)

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  3. I would hope it was good advice the ghost gave me (or winning numbers for the lottery::)

    I do like the friendly ghost in Robert Fraser :)

    betty

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    1. Now the winning numbers would be most useful!

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  4. If a suddenly dead relative popped up to give me advice, I'd listen.

    I think you're going to appreciate my post today...or maybe not. :)

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  5. Lol depends on the relative! (and the advice I guess)

    Mars xx
    @TrollbeadBlog from
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    1. Good point - if it was one of the grumpy just whines about everything relatives, I suppose it would have less impact ;)

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  6. I enjoyed Due South mainly I think because it was so innocent - an easy watch - you have a great collection of ghosts here will pop back again to keep up

    as to what I would do if a dead relative came back with advice I would also think i was asleep - there is no way I would believe it I'm afraid - they are fiction only - but if I did believe in them I might listen and carry on doing what I had decided!!:)

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    1. Yep, that's one of the things that made Due South so much fun.

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  7. If a dead relative came back to offer advice, I would listen to them if they didn't do it in a creepy, scary way and if their advice seemed well thought out.

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/f-is-for-flares-nancy-drew-investigates.html

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  8. I'd probably think I was losing my mind.
    Never got a chance to watch Due South.

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  9. I remover bits and pieces of due south, but it's been a long time. I don't remember the dad.

    If a relative popped in to say howdy from the next plane, I would probably widdle myself

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    1. He's one of the bits I really do remember - other than the two Rays :)
      LOL

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  10. Oh, I want to watch Due South. Sounds like a good series to share with my mother on our quilting days.

    I'm pretty open to listening, so I guess that wouldn't change with a trusted ghost's advice.

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    1. It's a perfect series for that I should think.

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  11. Oh, I want to watch Due South. Sounds like a good series to share with my mother on our quilting days.

    I'm pretty open to listening, so I guess that wouldn't change with a trusted ghost's advice.

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  12. If a dead relative showed up to give me advice, I would only hope to listen before I passed out cold.

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    1. LOL - that might make their mission a little harder :)

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  13. If a dead relative showed up to give me advice, I would only hope to listen before I passed out cold.

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  14. depends on the relative. I love the Flying Dutchman in Pirates movies

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    1. Yeah, I have a few relatives I'd rather not meet again, I agree :)

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  15. The high school football team in my home town was called The Flying Dutchmen, consequently I've always loved those stories.

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    1. I'm assuming it's something to do with the town's heritage rather than a reference to ghostly ships? :)

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  16. I admit that I wouldn't take any advice from most of my dead relatives. I like stories like those of the Flying Dutchman.

    Susan Says

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    1. I suppose it all depends if one trusts ones relatives in the first place :)

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  17. Oh, my Gosh! My best friend is a HUGE Due South fan! I have to send her this blog post!

    Piper Presley
    Fiction: Blogging From A to Z

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    1. Due South was wonderful - it's one of those shows I've been meaning to collect on DVD, but never got round to.

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  18. I remember watching Due South when I was younger. Maybe Netflix will get it one day and I can see if it if lives up to my memories.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. I have several of the 90s shows that were its peers on DVD and they seem to hold up. :)

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  19. I saw quite a few episodes of Due South but never one with the ghostly father.
    Fran
    @FranClarkAuthor
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    1. I honestly don't know how many eps he was in, I just remember him :)

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  20. I know this ghost! Bob is a friendly one and I loved watching the episode of Due South!

    ClaoWue
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    1. Yay! He was indeed most friendly. Was he only in the one ep? I forget these things - he just stuck in my mind.

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    2. I'm not sure either. It was too long ago.

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  21. This is a cool topic. Well done! Thank you for visiting me.
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    Happy blogging! And be well.

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  22. Oh I can just imagine some of the things my relatives would tell me. They'd just be trying to get me in trouble.

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  23. Answering the question: I would listen very carefully. :D And then ask a bunch of questions.
    I do love the Flying Dutchman :) And I think Pirates of the Caribbean did it a fair amount of justice too :)

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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    1. You're gonna pick the relative's brains then :) You just want every old story they know, don't you ;)

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  24. Oh, I love Due South. It's a very weird (in a good way) show, and I very much like that kind of weirdness :-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

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    1. It was such a nice show too - all about how a nice person can win.

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    1. Ghost ships always seem to be so tragic or harbingers of doom :)

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  26. Ghost ships make great stories! I don't know if this if this is a spoiler, but are you familiar with the story (which may or may not be true) of the Ourang Medan? (If this is your "O" post, feel free to delete this comment.)

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    1. No, I don't know that one. I shall go look it up, thanks. :)

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  27. Of my mother popped up I'd ignore just like I did in real life. My dad I might listen to - he'd probably tell me to ignore my mother, lol.

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    1. LOL - I'm guessing your mother did not give good advice then :)

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  28. I'd love if my dead relatives came to visit! I liked and loved all my relatives so I'm lucky that way. I welcome them anytime! :)

    Great post with fun phantoms. The doomed ship is kinda scary for sure...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  29. Due South was a great show, and I had to watch it if I got the chance.

    To me The Flying Dutchman is the legend behind Wagner's opera of the same name.


    If a dead relative wants to give me some clearer hints on life than they do in my dreams, I'd welcome them in...after being a little freaked out, of course.

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  30. Nope, not here for that, dead relative. Go away. lol

    In Spongebob (lol), The Flying Dutchman is the pirate instead of the ship.

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  31. I love Due South. Such a pity they don't show it on TV any longer.

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  32. Even though I'm Canadian I've never watched Due South. I did know Gordon Pinsent was in it, but wasn't aware he played a ghost. Interesting! I would question my sanity if a dead relative popped up, as I don't believe in ghosts.

    Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favourite movie franchises, so I know all about The Flying Dutchman and Davy Jones. Bill Nighy was amazing in that role!

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  33. It gives me shivers just to think about ghosts - I don't know what I would do if I really saw one!

    I remember watching a few episodes of Due South, but it never really caught my interest much. My husband and I have recently watched a show called River where one of the characters is murdered in the first episode and the rest of the season is solving her murder (and a few other crimes, but mostly hers). He knows that she is dead though, so it brings him comfort to have her there. I guess if I knew that the person was dead, maybe it wouldn't be so scary?

    Tracy (Black Boots, Long Legs)

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