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MarylandNed Jan 28th 2016 5:38 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 11851675)
There's one little kid at HID's school called Fanny Hare. That's got to elicit some giggles at register time. :lol:

My wife knew a girl in England named Annette. She married a Mr. Curtain.

Funnily enough, that name is mentioned in this article but I'm sure there is more than one Annette Curtain:

BBC NEWS | UK | 'Most unfortunate names' revealed

snoopdawg Jan 28th 2016 5:40 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Tirytory (Post 11851738)
I always wonder what people actually mean when they state there is a lack of "culture"... Were they the sort of people who were always at the latest art gallery/theatre/book reading? Is that what "they" miss?

Agreed, I don't get it either! It's usually followed by complaints about lack of nightlife, pubs and Indian restaurants!!
So as JSmth321 said - what is it?
I think First Nations here in BC would be offended by the accusations of no history- and their "culture" is quite beautiful I think, although each to his/her own- if you are ever in BC- I really do recommend a visit to the museum in Victoria.

MarylandNed Jan 28th 2016 5:45 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 
Culture? Toronto has museums. You can also eat poutine and drink local beer. Plenty of culture in Montreal and Quebec City too. You can go to ice hockey games and play curling. You can skate. But if culture is really just old buildings built before Columbus set foot in the New World, then no wonder they are disappointed. What is culture in the UK anyway? Shakespeare and really old pubs? Or Chinese and Indian restaurants?

JamesM Jan 28th 2016 5:58 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 

Originally Posted by snoopdawg (Post 11851722)
Agreed although there is history and even "culture" if we look for it. The Royal BC Museum in Victoria is a fascinating place , it's not huge but is full of BC's history.

Best museum in Canada in my humble opinion (that every one is entitled too).

It's not the culture that bothers me here or the lack of history.

Toronto is architecturally a very ugly place with very little thought or planning going into construction.

The naff thing about travel here is that you are for a city break restricted primarily to the US. It's fine on occasion or with the strong dollar but if you really want to shake it up you have quite a distance to fly.

Former Lancastrian Jan 28th 2016 6:04 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Tirytory (Post 11851738)
I always wonder what people actually mean when they state there is a lack of "culture"... Were they the sort of people who were always at the latest art gallery/theatre/book reading? Is that what "they" miss?

I too sometimes wonder what they mean. I suspect they are the type of Brit who feels superior to others and have their noses in the air looking down at others.
Im British don't you know and I think this wasteland called Canada lacks some culture old chap.
Next year when Canada celebrates 150 yrs of Confederation we should also throw in an apology and promise to do more on this culture thingy that we keep getting reminded of.
We can apologize for not having buildings like the Tower of London that were built in 1078 nor our abundance of castles that were built to defend our country from invading Europeans.
Sorry old chap no William Shakespeare born here in 1564.
No William Tate born in 1747
Sorry we had no breweries making beer since 1758 and still operating today.

So what have Canadians contributed to culture at home or abroad Mmmmm
Poutine springs to mind
Insulin, Superman, Sonar, Imax, Trivial Pursuit, Cardiac Pacemaker, Alkaline Batteries,
Granted some of the above are not culture per se but give us time and we will get there.

JamesM Jan 28th 2016 6:09 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Former Lancastrian (Post 11851821)

So what have Canadians contributed to culture at home or abroad Mmmmm
Poutine springs to mind

People have been eating chips and cheese with gravy for years.

The Quebecois just gave it a fancy name.

humanist Jan 28th 2016 6:10 pm

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I think it's mostly down to architecture.

Looking out of my office window here in NE Toronto I have to say the multitude of buildings I can see look drab, boring and purely functional.

Then again the godforsaken industrial estate where I used to work in Stevenage was even worse. But at least most cities and towns in the UK have some kind of old town you can visit.

Tirytory Jan 28th 2016 6:11 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 

Originally Posted by JamesM (Post 11851814)
Best museum in Canada in my humble opinion (that every one is entitled too).

It's not the culture that bothers me here or the lack of history.

Toronto is architecturally a very ugly place with very little thought or planning going into construction.

The naff thing about travel here is that you are for a city break restricted primarily to the US. It's fine on occasion or with the strong dollar but if you really want to shake it up you have quite a distance to fly.

I loved Quebec City... Lovely restaurants, historic old buildings, history. You could definitely drive it and chuck your snowboard in too.

Oink Jan 28th 2016 6:19 pm

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It debates like this one that makes me miss certain posters. :(

Siouxie Jan 28th 2016 6:20 pm

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Cultural Attractions | Live With Culture

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractio...o_Ontario.html

Nothing to do in Toronto though it seems!

:sarcasm:

Oink Jan 28th 2016 6:21 pm

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Its not that there's no culture here its just that its bland and a bit rubbish.

Shakyuk Jan 28th 2016 6:22 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 

Originally Posted by snoopdawg (Post 11851704)
So Shakyuk- come on over- there appears to be plenty leaving so there's lots of room:rofl:

Get me a job and I will!
I'm driving across from Vancouver to Calgary in July. I think I'll check out your area and say hi to the bears :)
Sounds like a nice place.

Alan2005 Jan 28th 2016 6:31 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 11851852)
It debates like this one that makes me miss certain posters. :(

Back in the day, we'd have one or two of these on the go most of the time. But, sadly, these threads are rare now (which probably explains why everyone is joining in with such gusto).

snoopdawg Jan 28th 2016 6:40 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 11851852)
It debates like this one that makes me miss certain posters. :(

Go and have an afternoon on your boat- that'll cheer you up- you have to admit you've posted some beautiful photos even if you were slightly inebriated!

I'm happier though- sorry- I felt like a deviant at a meeting in a church hall- sat in a circle- then standing and saying " My name's Snoopdawg and I love Canada"!

Re architecture- I haven't been to Toronto - apart from the airport- I'm not sure I would like it. I think I would love Montreal, Quebec City though.
Calgary is boring but what a view! Vancouver has lots of nice bits and one of the best settings for a city anywhere in the world- taking off / landing at the airport on a nice day is just beautiful.
The "city" I live in is an architectural disaster - but everyone in it is just minutes from beautiful countryside.
There are lots of crap towns/cities in the UK- arguable more than here- some of those are minutes from countryside as well and beautiful villages.
I love wild countryside so I'm happy here.

Oink Jan 28th 2016 6:48 pm

Re: Is anyone else massively disappointed in Canada?
 

Originally Posted by snoopdawg (Post 11851896)
Go and have an afternoon on your boat- that'll cheer you up- you have to admit you've posted some beautiful photos even if you were slightly inebriated!

I'm happier though- sorry- I felt like a deviant at a meeting in a church hall- sat in a circle- then standing and saying " My name's Snoopdawg and I love Canada"!

snip

I love wild countryside so I'm happy here.

No one is suggesting that its wrong to like where you live. Most on here would be pleased that you and your family are happy. That's a good thing. :)

Oh, and I strongly resent the word "slightly". :frown:


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