Today, just a little show and tell to share with you. By the way, when I publish this post, I will know if the tech-problems on the blog are finally, actually fixed! Or not.
Recently, we made a little discovery, here. When we were in the process of getting our 13 year old son his first passport, we learned that his birth registration form had been transcribed incorrectly. My maiden name had been misspelled with a “u” in place of a “v”. It wasn’t our mistake, but we needed to correct it officially, if we wanted our son to have his own passport.
So, last week, I headed downtown to the Department of Vital Statistics. 65 dollars, and a couple of hours later, I got this bureaucratic error corrected. I had parked my car only three blocks from the building, but that was a long enough walk to wind up with two things to share.
The first thing that got my attention was a small, diverse crowd that had gathered in an alley, by an old pub. Turns out that I’d stumbled onto the ‘unveiling’ of an enormous picture of the queen of England. This painting has a special history in this city because it used to hang in Winnipeg’s old hockey arena.
Years ago, when the old arena was knocked down and a new one was built, this painting of the queen was put into storage. (I think it eventually wound up in the province of Ontario).
Recently, two Winnipeg businessmen bought it back, and they plan to permanently hang it in a public place where anyone can view it, for free. A generous gesture, I thought.
There was one lady in the crowd who had heard about the unveiling less than an hour ago, and had dropped everything to show up and see it in person. She told me that she had been collecting royalty memorabilia, and following their stories, for the last 28 years.
Anyhow, readers might know that Queen Elizabeth II is Canada’s symbolic head of state because Canada is a constitutional monarchy, and the queen is represented here by the Governor- General.
Fans of hockey and royalty alike seemed equally pleased to see this painting returned to the city.
The other thing that caught my eye was this mural.
…and how the building’s real windows blend into the mural’s painted windows and walls. Very cool, I thought.
Murals are such a great way to beautify an old urban area, and there are quite a few in Winnipeg. For now, I’ll say this might be my favourite Winnipeg mural. Now that I am paying attention, though, I might find other contenders for first place.
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