Friday, April 20, 2018

Trenton Dam Spill


Another view of Trent-Severn Waterway Dam at Lock 4, Trenton, Ontario.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tonight, No Contest

The voices on my radio are telling me the Toronto Maple Leafs are up against the Boston Bruins tonight. It's game four; the Bruins are up two games to one.

I'm going to watch it. No. No need.

This DVD sounds more enticing; the plotline, far less predictable: England is Mine. It's about some guy named Morrisey. I've heard of him but know next to nothing about him. A clean slate. Excellent.

I know way too much about the Leafs, which means I know how it's all going to end for them.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Shut Up and Shout Out

A shout-out congrats to an old friend of mine, Jean-Denis Rouette: I found out today that he has been nominated for a Canadian Cinema Editors Award in the category of "Best Editing in Feature Documentary".

JD cut Shut Up and Say Something, a 2017 documentary on Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan.

The CCE Awards are handed out next month here in Toronto.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Again: Russia Did Win the Space Race. And How!

Right now, this very hour, TVOntario is rerunning part one of Cosmonaut: How Russia Won the Space Race.

On June the 7th of 2016 I wrote the following post:


Yes, Russia Did Win the Space Race. And How!

Tonight on Ontario's superlative television network, "TVOntario", plays 'part one' of the fine BBC documentary film Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race.

That great race to the island in the sky was won clearly by the USA, leaving the USSR in Earth orbit.


But.

The contest itself was not only of note, but of one note.

The Soviets were never serious about the affair. I won't go into a political history lesson here, but suffice to say, where the Americans hit the moon several times their opposition stayed in town, so to speak, establishing an outpost around Earth in the form of the Salyut (and later, Mir) space stations. On these platforms they learned about human physiology in weightlessness and conducted numerous scientific experiments.

From the Soviet Union's "feigned" moon attempt sprouted the outstanding Soyuz spacecraft, modified versions of which ferry men/women and supplies to the International Space Station today. (This space cadet considers the Soyuz "system" to be one of the great man-made machines.)

Throughout the 1960s the game became the moon: the ice hockey net; the basketball hoop; the goal line and the uprights. Easy to say in hindsight, yes, but there was a whole field to be played.

There's so much more to the story.


Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race
Tonight at 10 p.m. on TVOntario

Monday, April 16, 2018

That's It?

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader Doug Ford has adopted an intoxicating campaign slogan: "For the People."

That's it?

I was expecting something more profound from them: "Making this Great Province Great Again."

"Keeping it Simple."


Sunday, April 15, 2018

At the Feeder

Trump's tweets are your Froot Loops.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Toronto Maple Leafs a Week from Now?

Yes, the Habs (the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club) are gone and are probably readying a stream of golf tournaments. As a longtime fan, I understand this incontrovertible fact....dear old friend; Leafs Nation, friend.

Sport casts reality we cannot accept, at times.

Habs fan or not, I can easily imagine sports writers casting hot type a week from now:

"The Leafs have some issues to address before they can promote themselves as serious Stanley Cup contenders"... "It was a fine regular season run but it goes to show you the playoffs are a much tougher league"... "All those young Leafs players have to be convinced it's important to carry their play from the regular season into the playoffs"... "It's been said the playoffs separate the men from the boys; an aphorism which required but a few games to entomb a certain club in ice"... "The facts are incontrovertible: the Toronto Maple Leafs' icebound scramblings were not good enough."


Check back here a week from now....


Friday, April 13, 2018

Trenton, Ontario: Dam at Lock 4 - Part One













Trenton Dam - Water In, Water Out










The Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario, Canada, has a few dams and locks. This one is Number 4 and it's located in Trenton.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Flying Machine Rests Near CFB Trenton "8 Wing"


I'm guessing this is a Finch? (It looks almost mechanical.)

CFB Trenton "Contact" Newspaper



As I've written about a few times on this blog I was an "air force brat" in my youth. While my dad was never stationed in CFB Trenton, we flew out of there when he was posted to CFB Baden-Soellingen, and our return trip four years later ended when the Boeing CC-137 aircraft touched down at the base.

Needless to say, I have an attachment to CFB Trenton ("8 Wing").

The Grind Coffee Cafe - Trenton, Ontario






As my regular readers can probably surmise from my last few postings, I did visit Trenton, Ontario, Canada, recently.

One attraction, certainly to me, as I found out shortly after my arrival to that town, is a cute little coffee shop called "The Grind Coffee Cafe". What struck this Torontonian was how "Queen Street West" the place felt....but without the weirdos -- I'm kidding, of course.

Trenton, Ontario, Canada: Famers' Market Off-Season



... the view from the bench above:

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

We Learned This Morning....

... or late last evening:

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be matched with, and eliminated by, the Boston Bruins.

Let the games begin!


Saturday, April 7, 2018

An Effective Combination

Tonight my favourite National Hockey League team, the Montreal Canadiens, are playing my least favourite, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

My beloved Habs have had a lousy year, and will not play past the soon-to-end regular season, but they can give the playoff-bound "Buds" a taste of what awaits in the first round: a hammering to submission.

It's possible the Canadiens will provide the Leafs, and its fans, with even more false hope and allow the _____ to apply an essential education.


Friday, April 6, 2018

A Quote From the Chair

All in the Family, which ran on CBS from 1971 to 1979, is one of the greatest of all television programs. A friend reminded me today of a classic Archie Bunker quote:

"No bum that can't speak poifect English oughta stay in this country...oughta be de-exported the hell outta here!"


There are lots of Archie Bunkers out there.