|selfie at the Darcy McGee pub!|
We have been desensitized to the f-bomb, with shows like this and the South Park movie. I suggested to my students, when we were studying K'Naan, and his music and lyrics in our Language Arts class, that those who have lived through coups and lived in poverty in war-torn countries, have a right to use such strong language!
I've taught kids who fled war, running to the hills amongst gunfire (they were Vietnamese Boat People). I also taught kids who were civilian victims of the Gulf War, fleeing to the safety of Canada. Some of my students have come from Arabic nations, as well.
|Nothing says summer like eating outdoors!|
|Not great photos with the videocam,|
but easier to take selfies
than with my camera!
|Me an' my girl!|
But, back to Parliament hill...It turned out that we were watching the bagpipes warm up for Fortissimo, and we walked over to take a look. We had time between dinner, and our show.
I loved being downtown, with the hustle and bustle of the city. All the cool people were there. I enjoyed seeing people dressed up, too. There is much casual about Ottawans clothing. We were nicely dressed, Caitlin hadn't changed from her work clothes, as were many in the NAC!
It was stirring. My brother was part of an Air Cadet band, as was my son-in-law. What they have done is amalgamated two regular sundown events into a three-day evening show.
1. Retreat - when the soldiers would retreat into their fortified camps, lock the gates and lower the flag.
2. Tattoo - at or near dusk, when night watch began. They checked sentries, first post and last posts, drums beat a warning to return to barracks, bands played familiar tunes, a hymn and the national anthem.
The word tattoo is said to have been derived from the Dutch "die den tap toe" which is translated to 'turn off the taps.' They think the name arose from 17th and 18th centuries, when a drummer was detailed to beat an order to the innkeepers to stop serving ale, and parade for a final muster before returning to quarters. In the light of recent news items, with navy personnel being brought back to Canada, it might be a good idea to recall the tradition. Navy Ship Recalled to Canada.