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Happy Victoria Day, fellow Canadians!

21 May

Her Unamused Majesty

 

Enjoy the day off work, fellow Canucks.

Here’s the only song*, far as I’m aware, referencing the holiday:

 

Geddy Lee may not like it any more, but I still do.

*Update: I found some other songs about Victoria Day:

 

Including an audiolink:

The Warped 45s’ – Victoria Day

And here’s a song about Queen Victoria and her empire:

 

And there’s some poetry linked in one of my comments.

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11 Comments

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Canada, music, poetry

 

11 responses to “Happy Victoria Day, fellow Canadians!

  1. David Collard

    May 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Looks like a cute chick in that video.

     
  2. Will S.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Melissa McClelland is cute, indeed.

     
  3. Will S.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Someone has collected some poetry about Queen Victoria / Victoria Day, for the occasion.

    And Canada’s Cheese Poet, James McIntyre, composed a poem himself for the occasion in 1881.

    Of course, the most famous poem associated with Victoria Day was a piece of verse schoolchildren in the 1890s used to recite:

    “The twenty-fourth of May
    Is the Queen’s birthday;
    If they don’t give us a holiday
    We’ll all run away!”

     
  4. Chris

    May 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Will, Victoria day is not a holiday here. Queen’s Birthday is.

    And NZ still has proper honours. We still knight people. Long may it remain

    Having said that, David, Dinner last night was rice. veges and sausages, followed by bread baking… the leftover rice has been fried for breakfast, and the bread gone into packed lunches.

     
  5. Will S.

    May 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Hear, hear, Chris! God Save the Queen!

     
  6. electricangel1978

    May 22, 2012 at 12:19 am

    What about Albert day? We are honoring patriarchs here, after all!

    Trivia note: George VI was actually named Albert (he’s called Bertie in The King’s Speech.) He honoured Victoria’s request that no future King take the name Albert.

     
  7. Will S.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Ah, but Prince Albert wasn’t the ruler; Queen Victoria was. Hence why there isn’t an Albert Day (though Wikipedia tells me there have been at least four famous men named Albert Day, heh heh). We may be patriarchalists, but as a monarchist I do accept female monarchs – despite being Reformed, I have no sympathy with John Knox’s stupid railing against female monarchs just because he didn’t like the particular one he was dealing with, at the time; that’s just poor argumentation…

    I knew about King George VI actually bearing the name Albert, but I hadn’t known about Queen Victoria’s request that no future king take the name Albert; I assumed he was simply honouring his father, by adopting his name. Interesting.

     
  8. Will S.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:52 am

    As for Prince Albert, he has places named after him, here in Canada and also in South Africa, as well as a brand of tobacco, a type of coat, a fishing club, and a rowing regatta. And something else supposedly, but not really, which I won’t even dignify naming; if he’d really had one of those, Queen Victoria probably wouldn’t have had nine kids by him; she surely would have been most unamused, and not easily been able to ‘close her eyes and think of England’. 😉

     

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