Important people I saw at Québec City

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Bonhomme de Neige

Bonhomme de Neige

While I was in Québec City, my path crossed two important people. The first and most important was of course Bonhomme de Neige himself. I nearly missed him, but I happened to arrive just as he was leaving, so that I could snap about a dozen shots of him, paparazzi-style.

Later that day, while I was walking along a road between the Plains of Abraham and the Carnaval, I saw a big SUV drive past me, and I noticed that it had a blue flag with a royal symbol on it.

I remarked that I thought that it was a royal standard on the car that passed, but my friend told me that we would have heard if the Queen was coming. After the first car came a couple other RCMP cars.

The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston

The Governor General of Canada, David Johnston

When the car stopped, out jumped David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada. Apparently he had come to visit Québec City. And he passed within two metres of me!

So, I ran up and took a half dozen photos of him, paparazzi-style, since that seemed to be the thing to do that day.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1174,
    title = {Important people I saw at Québec City},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-02-8,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/02/08/important-people-i-saw-at-quebec-city/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Important people I saw at Québec City" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 08 Feb 2011. Web. 25 Mar 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/02/08/important-people-i-saw-at-quebec-city/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Feb 08). Important people I saw at Québec City [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/02/08/important-people-i-saw-at-quebec-city/

Carnaval d’Hiver!

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Rainbow ice carousel

Rainbow ice carousel

This weekend, I went to Québec City to see the Carnaval d’Hiver, starring Bonhomme. I have a lot of photos and things to talk about, so I’m spacing it out over the next few days. To start off with, I’m going to post a bunch of photos of sculptures and things I saw.

The lights in the carousel tent changed all the time, so it was very difficult to get any good photos, but I’m reasonably happy with the way this one turned out. The whole tent was full of ice sculptures of different games—chess, monopoly, etc. I wonder if it’s harder to sculpt in snow or in ice. I imagine that it would be easier to make a silly mistake in the snow, but that ice is less forgiving.

By the way, carousels are creepy.

Creepy snow spider

Creepy snow spider

These are just a few of my favourite things that I saw at the Carnaval d’Hiver. There were lots of other really good ones, but these turned out to be the most photogenic.

The creepy spider is wonderful. I love the eyes on the front, and the way that the light comes from behind it.

I wonder where these people get their ideas for what they will make out of their chunk of snow, and by what means the chunk of snow is delivered there.

An apple with a mouth

An apple with a mouth

The apple with the mouth won the prize for everything, I think. Seriously. There were about a half dozen awards at that one.

It’s really quite well done. I wonder if it’s supposed to represent anything besides just an apple with a mouth. I have no idea how a person would sculpt the inside of the mouth like that. Maybe they did the top of the mouth first so that they could sit on what would become the tongue, and then later went back to fix it. The snow must be very well-packed for it to allow for this sort of thing.

Girl in hood with dragon

Girl in hood with dragon

I also liked the hooded girl with dragon. Good details on the dragon. Unfortunately, the very night that I took these photos, it snowed, and many of the finer details were covered up forever.

This sculpture in particular did not fare very well through the loss of all the fine details. Look at all the scales along the tail, the teeth and eyes. The little girl in a hood is delightful as well.

I overheard a bunch of French-speakers refer to the girl as “Little Red Riding Hood,” I thought, but I don’t remember a dragon in the English version of that story, at least.

Korean with fish

Korean with fish

Apparently, there were teams of snow-sculptors from all over the world who came to participate. I’ve attached the South Korean contribution. It’s a person with a fish.

I also have photos of the Koreans working on this one the whole previous night. They put a lot of effort into it.

There was also a team from Morocco. I didn’t care for their sculpture as much. But then, they probably don’t get too much snow there, so I guess we can cut them some slack.

Plan for snow sharks

Plan for snow sharks

Sharks hiding in snow

Sharks hiding in snow

Another favourite of mine is the sharks hiding in snow. I have both a photograph and a video of that one.

As best I can make out, these are actual living sharks that were imported and then covered in snow. They’re just waiting for the right moment before they start eating the unprepared visitors to the Carnaval d’Hiver.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2011-1172,
    title = {Carnaval d’Hiver!},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2011-02-6,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/02/06/carnaval-dhiver/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Carnaval d’Hiver!" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 06 Feb 2011. Web. 25 Mar 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/02/06/carnaval-dhiver/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2011, Feb 06). Carnaval d’Hiver! [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2011/02/06/carnaval-dhiver/

How to get your full driver’s licence without taking your G test

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  1. Get your G1 and then your G2 licence in Ontario in the normal manner.
  2. Move to Montréal for school.
  3. Exchange your G2 for a Québec permis probatoire.
  4. Wait for the permis probatoire to expire. Do not get in any car accidents during this time.
  5. When the permis probatoire expires, they will give you a full licence.
  6. Pay the fee (approx. $100) and smile for your photo.
  7. You never have to take your G test.

Or such is my understanding of my situation, after a phone conversation with someone who works at the SAAQ this afternoon.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-776,
    title = {How to get your full driver’s licence without taking your G test},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-07-9,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/07/09/how-to-get-your-full-drivers-licence-without-taking-your-g-test/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "How to get your full driver’s licence without taking your G test" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 09 Jul 2010. Web. 25 Mar 2019. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/07/09/how-to-get-your-full-drivers-licence-without-taking-your-g-test/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Jul 09). How to get your full driver’s licence without taking your G test [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/07/09/how-to-get-your-full-drivers-licence-without-taking-your-g-test/

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