Life is full of little co-incidences. On the day that I noticed a very decent blogger Jess has added a link to my blog on hers, R asked me a question that I was frustratingly unable to immediately answer without a bit of net searching.
We were watching our Queen, both Australia's and Canada's on tv and she has vistited Cananda many times. To keep up the public transport obsession, for Liz, Canada is probably zone 1, whereas we are probably zone 3. I console myself with the fact that Liz doesn't come here too often as it is a long way.
Liz has visited the city of Regina in Canada. Rhymes with......stop your naughty thoughts.... an opinionated person, an opiner. It is in the province of (check spelling) Saskatchewan where his late UK born aunt lived and his nieces and nephews still reside.
There was some mention of French in Saskatchewan and R asked me if it was a French Province, like Quebec. I did not think so but checked up. No, it's French population is only a couple of per cent. Btw, Canada's population is around 32 million, bigger than us.
Just to improve my knowledge of Canada, can Jess tell me:
a) does a Sydney/Melbourne thing happen in Canada between Toronto and Montreal?
b) Do people in Montreal all really go off like female dogs in heat during the brief summer? (I did hear the gays do)
c) Many Aussies will slag off the US, but have much fonder feelings about Canada. Are the feelings reciprocated?
d) It is always safer if we Aussies ask a North American speaker if they are Canadian (assuming they are not obviously from the South or the Bronx. US people are flattered if we are wrong and god forbid that we ask someone from Canada if they are from the States. While we would be less offended, can a Canadian tell the difference between Aussie and New Zealander accents?
e) A workmate of R's is a born French Canadian. His sister visited Oz earlier this year. She doesn't speak English at all. Is it only the real working class of Quebec who can't speak English? Educated French Canadians can speak English fine?
f) It makes us anti involvement in the Iraq troubles folk in Oz feel our chums in Canada are more clever and sophisticated than us. How come their government did not send troops when ours did? Aren't you paranoid about what the US thinks?