One of the most wonderful things about visiting Canada this summer is that this was Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee. As you may or may not know, Canada is a commonwealth nation, and the Queen is the head of state. Ultimately, it could be said that it was her fault that I had to walk 40 minutes in knee-high snow to get to work every morning, for months, when I lived there. And then forty minutes back home at the end of the day. But not really uphill... (See: Manifestation! and More Manifestation!)
Anyway, Jubilee means Jubilee Swag. I scored a commemorative mug at the Scottish & Irish Store around the corner from the ThinkTank. And this gem from Chapters, the big chain bookstore in Canada.
You guys! It's a solar powered QEII! She has a little solar cell in her handbag, which powers her perpetually waving hand! She is sitting next to my bench at the lab now, right on a sunny windowsill, where she is perpetually waving at me.
(This is not my picture: I found it on The Google.)