Morning Links: Venice Cokes Up, an Epic (Paper) Plane Video and More

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  02.25.09 | 9:44 AM ET

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9 Comments for Morning Links: Venice Cokes Up, an Epic (Paper) Plane Video and More

Ling 02.25.09 | 11:08 AM ET

Too big to fail? C’mon. Best the US can hope for at this stage is to be able to still maintain a facade of importance, like the British have been doing since after WWII.

Julia Ross 02.25.09 | 11:16 AM ET

ouch, Ling. thanks for the dose of optimisim with my morning coffee…

Eva Holland 02.25.09 | 11:19 AM ET

Of course, unlike the British, the States won’t be able to comfort themselves with a regular reminder than they sacrificed their empire for the good of the world. ;)

Chris 02.25.09 | 11:41 AM ET

Eva, isn’t the queen still the head of state in your country? :-)

Eva Holland 02.25.09 | 12:24 PM ET

She sure is! My passport says something about allowing the bearer to pass in the name of Her Majesty, Elizabeth II…

Chris 02.25.09 | 1:38 PM ET

I’ve read that as much as 1/3 of the Canadian population is descended from loyalists that fled the United States - that must be why there is an enduring loyalty to Her Majesty!

Eva Holland 02.25.09 | 1:43 PM ET

That’s certainly part of it. I grew up in loyalist country (and have one branch of the family that came over the border that way) and it’s not explicitly discussed too often, but if you go to Loyalist High School or Loyalist College and drive home down Loyalist Road, it sinks in, you know?

Chris 02.25.09 | 5:42 PM ET

Will they rename the QEW when she passes? For that matter will they have to re-issue all the passports? Personally I believe that she and Fidel Castro are going to live forever, most likely out of spite.

Eva Holland 02.25.09 | 5:46 PM ET

I’m not sure what will happen re: passports—I doubt they’ll re-name the QE, though. I’ve come across the odd King George nickel in my lifetime, so I think as far as currency goes, they let things turn over gradually. Her mother lived to be more than 100, so I hope she’ll be with us for at least another decade or two. I’m a big fan.

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