Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Trafalgar Square goes Canuck
Indeed it does. And not what we expected this morning, either! Sponsored by (come to...) Alberta, London had a fine show of Canadian pride. We skipped the Moosehead and a few other things, but I caught the hockey...
...and there were some other unusual sights to see.
After scouring Canada for a real-genuine-just-like-the-adverts Mountie, and failing (I'm sorry, traffic cops don't cut it - the advertising has the red jacket and funny hat, so that's what they should wear...) we finally lucked out in the capital of cops in funny hats - London:
She very kindly posed with me just to show she was real. A quick chat established that not only was she a proper, genuine Mountie, but that her normal 'beat' is Sackville, but she's currently deployed to Shediac, NB (Small world, eh?). She was asked if she'd like to do a couple of days on duty in London. What would you say?
Incidentally, full dress uniform was probably a bit much as it peaked at 27 degrees today.
'Québec - it's a laff.' I think they need to work on that, along with remembering whatever it is they aren't forgetting...
And a very happy Canadian art historian.
I realise we've now celebrated Canada day on three continents - London (Europe) Melbourne (Australia) and Ottawa - Canada, of course. Must be some kind of record.
James (The Mountie's caught man.)