Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Canadian Bilingualism - Kerfuffle over Mufferaw Joe

RedBlacks’ Mufferaw now just another Joe after francophone backlash - The Globe and Mail
Now Joe had to portage from the Gatineau down
To see a little girl he had in Kemptville town
He was back and forth some many times to see that gal
The path he wore became the Rideau Canal
Step 1: please read the Globe article above if you’re not aware of the brouhaha in Ottawa over Mufferaw Joe. What a uniquely Canadian story!

Mrs S and I are currently living in a quad-lingual country that effectively is bilingual over much of its area. The culture difference here appears to be an acceptance between the various Mother Tongues that language/culture is not an issue, you learn 2 or 3 languages, you cheer for the Fribourg Gottéron or the Freiburg Gottéron and life goes on. There is not the (valid) concern and associated sensitivity that is so strong in Canada, where the minority language group is concerned about losing their language and culture. Maybe the difference here is being surrounded by countries that speak different languages rather than bordering one of the works largest and most unilingual English-speaking countries.

Either way, Mufferaw Joe teaches us in multilingual society you best do your homework and consult with a wide range of folks before deciding on something like a mascot or logo!

I’ll leave you with Stompin’ Tom singing Big Joe Mufferaw.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Just me or do the icons in the red triangle...

I regret nothinggggg...... on Flickr.

Just me or do the icons in the red triangle just crack you up in a crash test dummy sort of way?

Friday, March 21, 2014

#lines #MachinGun RIP #jimi

#lines #MachinGun RIP #jimi

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Day Rababou Burned

Some videos from Carnaval today in Fribourg, ending with the burning of the wood thief Rababou. Basically an acid trip where everyone is speaking in a foreign language (well because they were). Most surreal moment: the guy dressed as Cinderella (whoops Snow White, eh?) leading the band of Dwarfs? You make the call from these short clips.

Set up for this one: we are in a wall to wall sea of people walking behind the parade into Place de Petit St-Jean square in Fribourg’s Vieux Ville. It feels like this only more cramped.

A bit of Rababou’s trial. He had no real defence and for each charge read the crowd wailed “Rababouuuuu”.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Carnaval madness at Charmey #Gruyère #GrosTete

Crazy day on the hill today at Charmey. Costumed skiers and the madness of a Carnival celebration at 1600 m. Video evidence submitted below. More Carnival tomorrow including the mock burning of Rababou (the wood thief) tomorrow afternoon.

Note: watch carefully at the end of the video pour la gros tête!