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The snow is really piling up outside

Leaving the house in the mornings is getting easier, but it's still a pain. Falling on one's backside is getting annoying. The local Indian restaurant has bad naan. Whinge whinge whinge. At least it isn't +40. Heh, sucked in Melbourne.

There isn't much to say really. I've fallen into a routine here and haven't yet met enough people for huge social adventures. Winnipeg is a nice city but not unlike Australian cities, and the cold and lack of car discourages much long range exploration.

In fact, Canada is very much the same as Australia: the histories are very similar, the political structure and discourse are very similar, the social structure, composition and problems much the same. The only major differences seem to be the accent, the weather and the design of houses (which seems to be unique to every country I've been to), as well as the angst over Quebec.
It seems strange there isn't a stronger relationship between the two countries. It doesn't feel very 'foreign' here.

Amusingly, if you take the student newspaper here, The Manitoban, and change the words 'Harper' to 'Howard', 'tuition fees' to 'HECS', 'Manitoba' to 'Melbourne' and 'province' to 'state', you would think you were reading the Melbourne equivalent, Farrago. The student union name needn't change either: UMSU in both cases.

Oh, Brit Count: 3.5 (As the northern Irish are in the UK, I count this one.)


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Jan. 17th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
A lot of people say that Canada and Australia are very similar. I thought we had some sister cities in Canada, but some brief research has come up short. At any rate, I've definitely heard the link made before.

What is with the Angst in Quebec? Is that the French area of Canada? Is it only there that everyone knows how to speak French, or is French fairly common over there in general?

So you haven't had any huge social adventures yet eh... have you plans of such adventures? What are you hoping to experience while you're over there?

I'd like to see a vid of you falling on your ass onto the ice. Put it on youtube and we'll replay it over and over and over like that one of a cat jumping into a wall.

Btw, you should have got a red poncho. You're got a killer Kenny impersonation going on there!

- J
Jan. 18th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
First of all, I have been telling people that those things can launch vertically then fly horizontally at break-neck speeds and tear off your face. That youtube is proof. That one just lost it's bearings.

Yeah, it's mainly only Quebec where folks speak French. There seems to be a lot of feeling in some quarters on both sides that Quebec doesn't really fit. Instead of a provincial government, they have a 'national' government. Apparently some nuts from Quebec have even kidnapped politicians from the rest of Canada, thinking they were the IRA or something. Officially, however, French is on equal par with English and all government paperwork, announcements, etc. are in both.

Mate, I want to drink beer with other young peoples like myself. What do you reckon?

I'm glad you liked my Kenny.
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
So, um, any ‘yellow snow’ adventures?

- Harry.

p.s. Never trust a cat, not for a second, the evil little blighters!
Jan. 20th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
You raise an interesting topic, H me old.

When you have a period of several days between snow falls, one gets a preserved record of exactly how many animals piss all around where one lives. The number is uncomfortably greater than one would like to think.

Indeed, there can be no trusting cats.
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Enough to put one off making snow angels?

- Harry.
Jan. 21st, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
I guess if you are in to making snow angels, you'd just have to make sure the snow was pure white.

- June

ps: talk to you soon Paul.
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