I rarely watch sports on TV and when I do, its usually golf or figure skating.
And, if I do have a sports event on, I'll usually mute the TV for the anthems. I can't stand the bastardized versions that pop singers render.
I made an exception last night when I heard that Joyce DiDonato was to sign the American anthem at the start of Game 7 of the World Series.
I'm glad I did:
I didn't like that high note she snuck in at the end which was both unnecessary and sounded slightly off-key to me. Other than that, I liked the performance and don't agree with most of the commenters on the video clip.
Almost 48 hours later, it is now clear that events in Ottawa on Wednesday were less the doing of a homegrown jihadist and more the doing of a man with a history of mental illness and drug addiction. That doesn't diminish the gravity of the events but it does change the perspective and should mitigate the response.
It was interesting that the RCMP commissioner mentioned yesterday the need to understand the process that led to the killer's "radicalization":
“We need to investigate and understand the radicalization process. But we must realize there is no one path or formula to a radicalization, and understand each individual’s path toward that state is a challenge for us,”
Cpl Nathan Cirillo was killed while standing honour guard at the War Memorial in Ottawa.
The Memorial represents soldiers from the First World War. It symbolises "service people from all disciplines marching through a triumphal arch, but with a deliberate aim to avoid the glorification of war". (I had thought it was supposed to represent the taking of Vimy Ridge but the wikipedia page doesn't support that.)
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The most poignant image of the tragedy which circulated in Canada yesterday was this cartoon:
Cpl Cirillo was a reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment of Canada. May he rest in peace.