Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mayday and May Day!

How is it that May Day is a springtime festival and a call for urgent help? As a spring festival it includes dances, singing and cake.  As an emergency procedure it is used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications.  It is used three times in a row to distinguish it as a Mayday call rather than about a message about a Mayday call.  Isn't that the best!

Our news headlines today in Quebec also let us know that this is International Workers Day.  There are workers' rights demonstrations planned for Montreal and streets will be closed for the route.  In past years, in Montreal, some May Day demonstrations have ended in violence and mass arrests.

Our second picture today is a close-up of a weeping Katsura tree on the grounds where the weeping cherry is located.  What is special about a Katsura in the fall?

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