One of my pass times is walking. One enjoyment of walking is the ability to add in the ability to do some amateur photography and to learn about different areas, especially historical sites and locations.
One a recent walk through Colonel Samuel Smith Park, located on the site of what was the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, I discovered an abandoned staircase near the old powerhouse. Continue reading
Commonwealth of Nations showing Commonwealth realms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Today (March 11th, 2019) is Commonwealth Day in the countries that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Commonwealth Day, celebrated on the second Monday of March throughout the Commonwealth, as its name suggests celebrates the Commonwealth.
Queen Elizabeth II(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Traditionally, in London, Queen Elizabeth II leads a celebration at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, and the Commonwealth High Commissioners. Her Majesty is the Head of the Commonwealth, and normally reads a speech in honour of the occasion. Continue reading
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Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star. I wish to discuss two of the questions raised:
QUESTION: In a recent column relating to proxies, you wrote: “The purpose would not appear to be to enable someone to collect proxies from numerous owners in order to secure the election of one or more candidates for the board.” What if that was exactly someone’s intention — to ensure the election of certain candidates? Continue reading
I saw the February 27th, 2019 encore performance of Francesco Cilea‘s Adriana Lecouvreur from the Met Opera at the cinema.
The performance starred Anna Netrebko as Adriana Lecouvreur, Piotr Beczała as Maurizio, and Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess de Bouillon. This was a new production by David McVicar and the opera was conducted by Gianandrea Noseda Continue reading
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Here are two videos I took on Family Day (February 18th, 2019).
The first is of some streetcar action at Humber Loop: Continue reading
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Gerry Hyman has another article for the Toronto Star. Let’s discuss two of the questions:
QUESTION: We own a unit in a large, old condominium. We have had little or no heat, or hot water, for a long time and have had temperatures inside as low as 61F. Management says they are working on it. But there has been no improvement. The township by-law office says the minimum heat is 68F. The township could issue a non-compliance order but that would probably result in a fine that the unit owners would share and may not ensure that the situation is corrected. Neither would going to the press which would devalue our units. What can we do?
I attended the February 2nd 2019 concert at the TSO which was advertised as “Sir Andrew Conducts Wagner”. The concert happened to also fall on Sir Andrew’s 75th birthday.
The concert consisted of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Albert Berg’s Three Pieces of Orchestra, and the first act of Die Walküre. The first act of Die Walküre featured solorits Lise Davidsen (Sieglinde), Simon O’Neill (Siegmund), and Brindley Sherratt (Hunding). All three were making their TSO debuts with the concert. Continue reading
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The family of Clive Swift has announced that the actor has passed away on February 1st 2019, eight days prior to his 83rd birthday. The actor was best known for his portrayal of Richard Bucket in Keeping up Appearances, alongside Dame Patricia Routledge.
Mr. Swift was born February 9th, 1936 in Liverpool to Abram Sampson and Lily Rebecca Swift. His older brother, David, was also an actor. Continue reading
The Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown) has announced it Class of 2019 inductees.
Those elected to the Hall of Fame are: Continue reading
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