Friday, October 22, 2004

The ink, our memories

Babble on.

I'm glad the Royal Canadian Mint decided to honour our veterans with a commemorative poppy coin. But am I the only one concerned that the ink on the coin seems as transient as the average Canadian's memory of our veterans' sacrifices?

I know this is a petty point; colourfastness on a coin isn't really a big deal in the grand scheme of things. But it will come as no surprise to regular readers (missed you all - we have to get together to watch "The Making of Battleship Galactica" again soon) that our collective national disregard for all things military consistently rankles me. This seems like just another straw for the camel's bent, arthritic back.

The Mint simply should have done better on this.

Babble off.

6 Comments:

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Sean McCormick said...

Battlestar. BattleSTAR. Dammit.

And for the record, having been a Mormon at one time, I can't bear to watch the show. It has something to do with getting all of the 'religious references' in the show that most people are oblivious to.

 
At 11:36 PM, Blogger Chris Taylor said...

One hundred percent in agreement with the newly-minted Poppy quarters. A colleague of mine donated two for inspection, and they are in a state of disrepair (despite being issued only yesterday).

The ink comes off with the slightest disturbance, and the poppy itself is very blocky, resembling a piece of clip art printed out on a dot-matrix printer circa 1986. Like you, I appreciate the gesture to our veterans, but the Mint should have done better.

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Chase said...

Forgive me, as I am rather ignorant of Canadian history: does the poppy have any special significance to Canada or your military or is it an arbitrary choice?

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Robert McClelland said...

does the poppy have any special significance to Canada or your military or is it an arbitrary choice?Yes, it stems from John McCrae's imfamous poem "In Flanders Fields" penned during WWI and has become the symbol of Remembrance Day which is on November 11.

Ignore these whingers, their lives are so empty that they will find fault with anything that isn't perfect in Canada.

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Chris Taylor said...

You know you've hit the big time when the trolls come out of the woodwork. Don't feed them.

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Normally I delete troll comments - as opposed to simple dissent - on principle. But for once Robert has posted something useful: the link to "In Flanders Fields." I will therefore make an exception and let the comment stand.

 

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