A question often asked by Captain Jack Sparrow, whose priorities are as follows:
2. the Black Pearl
4. more rum, you scabberous dogs!
Returning again today to the Ottawa Welcomes The World embassy series, today I'm presenting the nation of Barbados, which had an event in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne. I like the look of their flag.
There were tourism displays, and panels with extensive information on the history, culture, and geography of the island, situated east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean. I was surprised to learn that tradition states that rum found its origins here.
Musicians were also on stage as I toured the building, playing something with an island beat. Barbados style items were on sale, and the decor and flowers certainly gave things a tropical feeling. Tomorrow we'll look at another event here, something from a completely different part of the world.
Going in a different direction, this is a shot taken on the weekend. Last week, Canada lost one of its finest creative talents- musician, writer, and humanitarian Gord Downie, lead singer of the band The Tragically Hip- to a brain tumour. Gord touched a great many lives with his music, spirit, and exceptional courage and grace in the face of a terminal illness. An artist did a chalk rendition of him in the Byward Market.