Saturday, June 30, 2007

O Canada *

Or should that be "Oh Canada!"? Apologies to all my Canadian readers (that will be, err, none), but, after reading this, I can only conclude that you are a nation of morons. Then again, this just about sums up my country of birth!!

* "O Canada" was proclaimed Canada's national anthem on July 1, 1980, 100 years after it was first sung on June 24, 1880. The music was composed by Calixa Lavallée, a well-known composer; French lyrics to accompany the music were written by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The song gained steadily in popularity. Many English versions have appeared over the years. The version on which the official English lyrics are based was written in 1908 by Mr. Justice Robert Stanley Weir. The official English version includes changes recommended in 1968 by a Special Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Commons. The French lyrics remain unaltered.



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