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Will Queen's honour be protocol chief's crowning glory?

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Dwight MacAulay, who recently received the highest civilian honour that the Queen can bestow in Canada -- Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) -- was asked to take his shiny medal to a Winnipeg Press Club soirée honouring him.

The mischievous Jim Ingebrigtsen wondered if we would soon be referring to MacAulay as "Dwight the Knight." He has worked on 12 royal visits to Manitoba, and is chief of protocol for the Manitoba government. Lionel Ditz, led the traditional irreverent Press Club singing toast. Coming out to the Irish Club bar to congratulate MacAulay were: former Tory cabinet minister Jim Downey, Press Club past president Jane Graham, and current vice-prez Wendy Hart and internal safety consultant Phil Cramer.

Also in the crowd was Barry Tuckett, former provincial ombudsman (MacAulay's friend and golf buddy) intergovernmental adviser Jim Eldridge, plus Jay Branch, Premier Greg Selinger's chief spin doctor, Karen Bryk, the province's deputy chief of protocol and a Member of the Victorian Order, plus world traveller Edith Doyle, the charming Madeleine Bernier, Lee Sage of the Eric & Jack Wells Foundation, and Bill Lesack of CKUW 95.9FM.

MacAulay is the current president of the Winnipeg Press Club, now sharing space with the Irish Club.

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LOOKING FOR LOVE? If you're single, you can sometimes get much more than a snazzy cut at Barb Nziggy's Diplomat Hair Salon -- like matchmaking between her male and female clients. The brilliant stylist, now 40-something, graduated from high school when she was only 15 years old. She became a hair stylist because she was too young to get into university. Nziggy fell in love with the biz, but has a restless brain, so just for fun, she matchmakes single clients (but only people she gets to know and trust).

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SAXY FARMERS MARKET: You can hear the newly opened farmers market at the Red River Ex grounds before you see it as saxaphone players are blowing tunes towards the Trans-Canada Highway. Yours truly found Marcelo Cachos, a former machinist, in the sweltering sun on Saturday under a big umbrella attached to his head, with talented Theta Cachos, age 17, who plays percussion with the St. John's Jazz Band. Look for the big white tent cover with Spirited Manitoba in its signage.

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RESCUE RACE DOGS: At this farmers market, a popular baked doggie-treat stand run by canine baker Deb Kurdydyk attracted elegant greyhounds Elf and Tia. They were checking out the goodies from Earth Natural Doggy Bakery shaped like dog bones, with owners Evelyn and Ron Lemire in tow. "They're rescue dogs" says Evelyn, "We got them from Michaela (Lamoureux) at Hi-Speed Hounds." "I have all my own secret recipes, but dogs love bison-apple-sage flavour most and cheddar peanut second," says Kurdydyk.

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EAR-SCRATCHING TICKETS? A Winnipeg woman, whose name we won't mention, got pulled over by a policeman in the first days of the cellphone ticketing blitz. She was faced with an unamused officer who said: "Give... me... your... cellphone!" several times over, very pointedly. But, the woman couldn't comply -- because she didn't even own one.

It turns out the woman had inadvertently put her arm up to scratch her ear while driving.

Got tips, events, sightings, unusual things going on? Call Maureen's tip line at 474-1116, email or send mail to The Insider c/o The Winnipeg Free Press at 1355 Mountain Ave. Winnipeg,

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 28, 2010 B1

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