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Old Mar 9th 2021, 4:50 am
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Has this become about India yet?
I can make it about Canada. I'd venture a lot of people in Canada had no idea today was commonwealth day, not something celebrated as far as I can tell.. Until this post I had never heard of it, and I have been here 15 some odd years now.

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Old Mar 9th 2021, 5:00 am
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The penguins feel left out...
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Thank God the Commonwealth is not a trade bloc or a political union. And not all members are former empire nations. In fact today the commonwealth is open to all nations It is also home to those who died fighting for freedom in two world wars.
Not to mention the

Commonwealth Brexit bonanza

Potentially making up for nearly a fraction of a fraction of Brexit losses so far. And returning England to former glory.
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Old Mar 9th 2021, 7:38 am
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I can make it about Canada. I'd venture a lot of people in Canada had no idea today was commonwealth day, not something celebrated as far as I can tell.. Until this post I had never heard of it, and I have been here 15 some odd years now.

No mate, nobody would know or even care to be quite honest. It's a lovely group and I agree with previous posters about the importance of the war graves commission amongst other things, let's be honest, it's just a bit of a club for the sake of it.

That to one side, this thread is just a vehicle for Bipat to do the usual.
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Old Mar 9th 2021, 8:06 am
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No mate, nobody would know or even care to be quite honest. It's a lovely group and I agree with previous posters about the importance of the war graves commission amongst other things, let's be honest, it's just a bit of a club for the sake of it.

That to one side, this thread is just a vehicle for Bipat to do the usual.
"Usual" what? Perhaps it can be explained which countries are allowed to be represented on TIO--presumably Canada--USA --UAE---OK?

Just because you are ignorant regarding an international group doesn't mean that others are.
You ignore the shared history, education opportunities, scholarships and much else.
The renowned Commonwealth games--- Birmingham --UK neat year----1,000 jobs advertised---good salaries and pensions.

Anyway the 'Day' is past ---it was just a "group" getting together and showing evidence of international community and cooperation which some posters on TIO just give 'lip service to'!



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Old Mar 9th 2021, 8:11 am
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Originally Posted by Jsmth321 View Post
I can make it about Canada. I'd venture a lot of people in Canada had no idea today was commonwealth day, not something celebrated as far as I can tell.. Until this post I had never heard of it, and I have been here 15 some odd years now.

Your PM seems to think differently. Uses the words "day was spearheaded by Canadians"

Statement by the Prime Minister on Commonwealth Day | Prime Minister of Canada (pm.gc.ca)

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Not to mention the

Commonwealth Brexit bonanza

Potentially making up for nearly a fraction of a fraction of Brexit losses so far. And returning England to former glory.
Ho-hum, but full marks for trying. Didn't know you read the Express. Does this mean all Express articles are now accepted on BE?
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Your PM seems to think differently. Uses the words "day was spearheaded by Canadians"

Statement by the Prime Minister on Commonwealth Day | Prime Minister of Canada (pm.gc.ca)
Should have used spearheaded by a select few Canadians as had he not come out with a comment about Commonwealth Day somebody might have complained. I suspect he said more about International Women's day yesterday than he would about Commonwealth Day. I guess a vast majority of 35 and under don't even realize Canada is still part of the Commonwealth or have forgot since they left school. yes we have a Lieutenant Governor and each Province/Territory also has one that represent the Queen but other than that most Canadians get on with their daily lives. If it was so important then why is it not a Statutory Holiday in Canada and do other countries have it as a Stat day?
Yes to wind Canucks up at times I tell them they are just a colony and need guidance from the UK on how to do things but really how does the average Canadian benefit from being part of the Commonwealth?
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Old Mar 9th 2021, 10:10 am
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Should have used spearheaded by a select few Canadians as had he not come out with a comment about Commonwealth Day somebody might have complained. I suspect he said more about International Women's day yesterday than he would about Commonwealth Day. 1)I guess a vast majority of 35 and under don't even realize Canada is still part of the Commonwealth or have forgot since they left school. yes we have a Lieutenant Governor and each Province/Territory also has one that represent the Queen but other than that most Canadians get on with their daily lives. 2) If it was so important then why is it not a Statutory Holiday in Canada and do other countries have it as a Stat day?
3)Yes to wind Canucks up at times I tell them they are just a colony and need guidance from the UK on how to do things but really how does the average Canadian benefit from being part of the Commonwealth?
1) As in both my countries possibly little good history education in schools.? (You do have quite a number of people 'escaped' from one other Commonwealth country living there!).
2) It isn't a 'statuary holiday anywhere'.
3) Canadians can benefit as others from the various opportunities mentioned above. (They rank quite high on the games gold medal list!)

The point is it represents cooperation of countries world wide---which posters here keep advocating! Read your PM's speech.


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Old Mar 9th 2021, 10:55 am
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54 countries across the world collaborating together in education, sport, music, trade and vaccines! something to support in present day.

A celebration of Commonwealth Day -----good programme on BBC1

BBC One - A Celebration for Commonwealth Day - Clips
  • Sport? Ok "Commonwealth games". I've heard of it!
  • Music? Eurovision? Or maybe that Kylie Australia advert. I thought that was pretty good.
  • Trade? Oh, yeah, those big new trade deals that don't seem to amount to anything new.
  • Vaccines? Well, as long as nobody else gets 'em before we do. And who's more deserving than England? After all, they have the Commonwealth.
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"Usual" what? Perhaps it can be explained which countries are allowed to be represented on TIO--presumably Canada--USA --UAE---OK?

Just because you are ignorant regarding an international group doesn't mean that others are.
You ignore the shared history, education opportunities, scholarships and much else.
The renowned Commonwealth games--- Birmingham --UK neat year----1,000 jobs advertised---good salaries and pensions.

Anyway the 'Day' is past ---it was just a "group" getting together and showing evidence of international community and cooperation which some posters on TIO just give 'lip service to'!

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I used to enjoy the Commonwealth Games on the telly. Of course back then, live sports broadcasts were quite limited, plus there was really only the Olympics for athletics.

Once things like World Championships, European Championships (team and individual) came along, plus all the regular 'meets' and other events around the world, the commonwealth games took a back seat.
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So, are we all sorted then? Commonwealth collaboration good, EU collaboration bad?


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Originally Posted by Bipat View Post
1) As in both my countries possibly little good history education in schools.? (You do have quite a number of people 'escaped' from one other Commonwealth country living there!).
2) It isn't a 'statuary holiday anywhere'.
3) Canadians can benefit as others from the various opportunities mentioned above. (They rank quite high on the games gold medal list!)

The point is it represents cooperation of countries world wide---which posters here keep advocating! Read your PM's speech.
Didn't we already have that in the UK (a commonwealth member?) Wasn’t that the day they threw that one guy’s statue in the harbour in Bristol?
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Old Mar 9th 2021, 12:56 pm
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I used to enjoy the Commonwealth Games on the telly. Of course back then, live sports broadcasts were quite limited, plus there was really only the Olympics for athletics.

Once things like World Championships, European Championships (team and individual) came along, plus all the regular 'meets' and other events around the world, the commonwealth games took a back seat.
Commonwealth Games was certainly YUGE when I was growing up in NZ. Didn't seem to have nearly the same significance back in the UK on my return.

I don't remember any mention whatever of Commonwealth Day down under. There were penty of other days of note, including the Queen's Birthday, which is a public holiday but I don't recall anything of Commonwealth Day or recollect the broadcasting of HM making a speech. That was Christmas.

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