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Summer, the World Cup and Haida Gwaii

Aside from this sentence, I am going to totally ignore the fact that this blog has again been pretty abandoned of late. Instead, I am going to write in classic style: a three-part title with the subjects taken in opposite order.

Today I learned from Canadian news that the Queen Charlotte Islands are no more. They are now officially called Haida Gwaii, meaning The People's Islands in Haida. In brief, I believe this is amazing, admirable and absolutely appropriate.

Also today, France was basically knocked out of the World Cup in a 2-0 loss to Mexico. It was Cinco de Mayo deja vu. Now, despite how much of a francophile I may be or may be thought to be, I feel no loss from this result. Firstly, the French team is a mess; I've been disappointed in them since Euro 2008. Secondly, I like Mexico; I really enjoyed studying its history last year for AcDc and I hope to go there sometime soon. Lastly, just like on Cinco de Mayo, it's good to have a win for the underdog - the country i…