Queen Elizabeth is here for an international review of warships resulting in dozens of them being anchored in the harbour. It's so weird seeing all those grey ships just sitting there with smaller boats zipping around between them. The tourists line the roadways and shorelines snapping photos while RCMP guard the bridges, the LG's residence and protect Her Majesty's motorcade.
Sort of gives me the creeps. The demonstration of our ability to annihilate one another.
On the way home, after dropping my daughter off at work (which I can now do thanks to new, shiny car) the afternoon announcer on CBC was comparing the security in Halifax for the Queen's visit to the security in Toronto during the G20.
They just can't help themselves. If there is a comparison to be made with Toronto, they have to make it no matter how lame it is.
It was so more peaceful here than the events in Toronto.
The undertone was that it must be because Nova Scotians are more civilized than Ontarians.
It wasn't more peaceful because say, it's the Queen and no one much cares that she's here? That there isn't much to protest about with the Queen other than the use of fur in the guards' hats or the redundancy of the monarchy. That issues like poverty, labour issues and women's rights aren't going to land on Her Majesty's doorstep.
No one gives a damn that ships were inspected by an octogenarian highness. Many do care that the environment isn't top of the government's agenda.
Crappy service and this ongoing pissiness about Ontario are the two things that make NS extremely annoying to me.
Nova Scotians: You have a terrific little province. Be happy that such beauty surrounds you and quit knocking everyone else. You don't need to compare yourself to others. Travel once in a while. See the world. Enjoy it. Enjoy coming home again. Be generous in your compliments and sparing in your slights. Ontario is a beautiful place, a large place. It exists beyond the boundaries of Toronto and, believe it or not, people there are just as friendly as you are.
I'll be glad when the ships are gone and these silly comparisons stop.