Thursday, July 24, 2008

Canada

I am not feeling ok, i feel like i spread around some really bad karma, and i almost was gonna leave you without any updated cards again....but i made myself a nice big mug of coffee, so i hope ill manage...well, i have to...i received a BUNCH of new cards today (23 to be precise), and I still have some left, so if i dont keep up with this properly im gonna end up not doing it at all eventually....and thats not what i want...and i hope thats not what YOU want either ;-)


Well, if you wonder what kind of flags i like, here is a great example....a flag which is covering the whole card...the bonus comes its on a blue background :P

The Canadian flag has a maple-leaf on it....I have never tried maple-syrup, but now i recall how in movies they often use some syrups with pancakes, doughuts, or such...probably some of them was a maple-syrup.....they say it tastes good...Kristen, the sender, says she loves it as well...
My idea of maple-syrups is actually related to diets...and all those commercials they've shown us around here of how you should drink maple syrup and blah blah blah, and how you're gonna lose xx kilos in x days .......propaganda.

something about the origin of the flag and why it has a maple leaf on:

On 21 August, 1860, the Prince of Wales was visiting Canada (i.e. Ontario and Quebec at that time, I assume) - the first real royal visit. People lined the streets of Toronto to see him - those of English origin wore a rose, the Scots wore a thistle, but what were the Canadian-born to wear? Canada's emblem had long been the beaver. 26 years earlier the Saint Jean Baptiste Society in Quebec had adopted the maple leaf as its symbol (apparently the first time the maple leaf was used as a symbol), and it was decreed that for the prince's visit the Canadians should wear a maple leaf. The idea took root.

In 1867 as Canada was becoming a country, a call was put out to write a patriotic song. Whatever song was chosen has since been lost to history, but the second place winner was Alexander Muir who wrote "The Maple Leaf for Ever", a song which became very popular, although today is downplayed a lot as it is not inclusive of the French Canadians.

In World War 1, Lester Pearson noted that almost every battalion from Canada included the maple leaf in its insignia, and vowed he would campaign to put it on the flag, and of course 50 years later as prime minister of Canada he was part of the 33-day debate that resulted in the maple leaf as the Canadian flag.


1 comment:

Gabby Girl said...

23 postcards?!!

Holy crap!