Thou dust in us command!

John Geddes writes in Thou dost jest, dostn’t thou? at Macleans, that:

The government tells us in the Speech from the Throne that it’s open to changing the line in the O Canada that goes “True patriot love in all thy sons command” back to the original ”True patriot love thou dost in us command.”

Apparently, the thou-dost line was used from 1908 to 1914. There’s a fascinating history of the anthem here, which shows how often we’ve tinkered with the English lyrics. So I guess traditionalists among us can’t object to another change on grounds that this is sacrosanct poetry.

My first thought is that conservatives, of whatever stripe or label think there was some dear time in the past when everything was just correct. Aaaah! The wonderful glorious sunset-lit past was so much better than now. Let us all worship the year zero where we can start again fresh and steer the country towards a glorious and correct future.

Pol Pot wanted to drive Cambodia back to the year zero, where he could start again.

"Thou dust in us command!"

But Stephen Harper proposes the change as gender neutral –  a step forward for women – and at the same time turn the clock back to the glorious past – tradition. How can you be opposed to that?

It’s a tactic. He’s just picking a fight. The position is this: Anyone opposed to the change is anti-feminist and at the same time a reactionary radical.

Women got the vote in Canada in 1916 in Manitoba through to 1925. Yea, let’s turn back the national anthem to a non-gender specific, archaic turn of phrase when women weren’t equal – or even citizens.

Update 05-mar-2010: There has been for some time, a grassroots correction to this “all thy sons command” line. People have been using “in all of us command.” I have been singing that line. I thought it was the ‘official’ correction. I always wondered why when I was singing that line that everyone else was singing something different.

Another ad hoc ‘correction’ is to change “our home and native land” to “our home on native land.”

Update 05.mar-2010: National anthem won’t change: PMO

Very clever chess move, yes sir, very clever. Now, what was in that Throne Speech again?


They Were an Item

They Were an Item #88

From one of my regular blog reads:

If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger,
There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.


It’s an original peel!

A long-lost painting, likely by long dead London artist Paul Peel, was unveiled this month at Museum London. Now, long lost originals have been showing up out from under everyone’s bed

Meeting the Ruggieros

Maria Grazia Taggio – our great grandmother, Great Uncle Leonardo Antonio on the left and Grandpa Ruggiero on the right, standing in front of the family farm.
Maria Grazia Taggio – my great grandmother, Great Uncle Leonardantonio on the left and Grandpa Giovanni Ruggiero on the right, standing in front of the family farm.

My sister is planning a trip to Italy, not just to, but in part, to meet relatives. She sent this photo just a few moments ago.

My daughter says her name would be so much more exciting as ‘Alanna Katarina Ruggiero’.

Update: Thursday, June 18, 2009:

Correction on the photo caption. The house is in the village, the ‘farm, really a plot of land is down the road outside the collection of buildings.

Hey! You wanna see a match?

Donkey face
My ass and my face!

Fire crews are at the Brunswick Hotel, where a massive blaze has destroyed the 153-year-old building. The building had undergone an unauthorized, partial demolition on October 19 but was shut down by an Ontario Ministry of Labour investigation on October 20.

The Hotel Brunswick Donkey

The Hotel Brunswick Donkey
The Hotel Brunswick Donkey

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Let’s play demo ball

It’s a game of push and pull. Continue reading

Historic West Woodfield

Section of a proposed heritage building preservation area is torn out of the map.

Mediocre? Since when?

London trails growth

Somebody save the Guy!

Guy Lombardo drowns and Tempo slips away

Cashing in our Deforest Dough

Various currencies

Heritage Theatre facade preservation

City Hall Theatre Continue reading