Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Great White North

Canada is one of those places that is mind blowingly (or should that be numbingly?) big. Most of it is of course uninhabitable wilderness, home to the grizzly bear and the odd coonskin hat wearing maniac who regards temperatures of -30 as pleasantly bracing. The Canucks all live within a hundred miles of the American border. This may suggest a communal huddle of warmth and conviviality, but I suspect that the sheer distance between their cities suggests that they really don't like each other very much at all.

Canada tends to slip beneath the radar. Ask anyone over here who their Prime Minister is and you will receive a blank look. Even I'm not entirely sure what he looks like. There was a nondescript looking sort of bloke at the last G8 summit who might have been him; then again, it might have been a gardener who had stumbled in on affairs inadvertently.

SPOT THE HARPER No prizes awarded for identifying George (I've got one growing out of my head) Bush.

The beaver squealers are having one of their interminable recruitment drives over here at the moment. Why they should have the right to nick our brightest and best is beyond me. Oh well, I suppose we shouldn't be too hard on them as they do tend to turn up on time for wars (unlike some I could mention) and are obviously in need of a few elocution lessons.


pissoff said...

We don't even know who our prime minister is. Non descript is being generous.

Yay... First.

KAZ said...

Canada is a King sized refrigerated version of Norfolk.

And how do they know what time it is?
It's different for every citizen.

MJ said...

Dang. Pissoff took my "We don't even know who our PM is" answer.

I'm going back to bed.

Betty said...

Isn't Canada's prime minister still Pierre Trudeau? He always will be as far as I'm concerned.

I've been told by someone who lives in Canada that it is riddled with crime. If loads of British people move over there things can only get worse!

MJ said...

BETTY: Did I tell you that?

It's true. But at least we're polite and thank you as we rob you blind.

MJ said...

Betty: Well aside from that little kerfuffle when Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act, he was an outstanding PM and there hasn’t been another like him since.

garfer said...

Wasn't Trudeau's wife a bit of a goer who liked hanging out with Rolling Stones and the like?

I think Leonard Cohen should be Canadian PM.

MJ said...

A goer is putting it mildly.

She had a fling with Ron Wood (confirmed in his book), and there were rumours of Ted Kennedy, Geraldo Rivera, Vitas Gerulaitis, Jack Nicholson and Ryan O’Neal.

Amongst others.

garfer said...

Vitus Gerulaitus always sounded like a particularly nasty venereal disease to me.