Category: event

Citibank Still Gaming the System

There is a “gaming” culture in the US Banking system that is has survived the Financial Meltdown – call it “the never give the suckers an even break” or “fiduciary trust? Why me worry?”. Unfortunately it appears to have spread across the border. And as witness I have the following unsolicited offer from Citibank from…

TO Santa Parade 2008

An Important Note Just below we have asked for comments either here or on the Fotki website on the Santa Parade pictures . So far we have had an overwhelming number of comments – zero. Yep, Nada among over 500 visitors. So a comment is your ticket to getting pictures – No comment, no pictures. A comment will result…

Spirit of the Hills Artist Barbara Bickell

Trent Hill’s is the name for Eastern Ontario counties that the Trent River Basin wanders through from Peterborough via Hastings through Campbellford to Belleville and Trenton where the Trent river empties into Lake Ontario. Anybody who has traveled through this area knows the massive glacial tills that shape this countryside – farms that follow the…

Rodeo at THEx

THEx never fails to fascinate.In the past 4-5 years I have seen great shows at the air-conditioned Ricoh – Hollywood on Ice, the Rodeo, and a wonderful Circus. But this does not even touch the Bandshell Entertainments, The Iams SuperDogs Show or Hypnotic Wizardry. And I haven’t mentioned the Midway Rides. Maybe I am getting…

Rodeo in Warkworth

You know rodeo. Barrel racing, bucking broncos + bulls, calf roping – all lingerings of a vanishing way of life.  But the rodeo spirit has the visceral attraction of its sheer physicality. To be true there are  the mental scars of grave risk but a step away.  But the principal  theme is of man versus…

Warkworth’s Long Lunch

Warkworth Ontario, part of the beautiful rolling hills of Northumberland County,  has a Rodeo, a Pie-baking Contest  and a Summer Film Showing. But the event that gets my highest  and lip-smacking attention is the Long Lunch in mid August. Each year the good denizens of Warkworth spread out a table the length of Main Street…

Caribana 2008

Caribana to Toronto is like the Gay Pride Parade, living proof that the Queen City continues to meld into Quepasa Place – more tolerant and indulgent of its multi-cultures than even its various media recognize. And what better way to celebrate than a downhome West-Indian Island Carnival. It is fitting that the final day of…

Here is the Best Browser in Canada

I would like to tell you that the new Firefox 3 web browser is blazingly fast, full of new GUI features yet with great ease of use, and has one of the best set of add-ons, themes and extensions. It leaves even the upcoming IE8(early next year likely) in the dust. But I won’t, I…

Peonies at Port Hope Library

The Port Hope Library is a gem in Eastern Ontario. On the shore of Lake Ontario about 150 kms up the 401 from Toronto, the Port Hope library is in the heart of town. It is a remodeled building keeping the interior and strong vestiges of its original structure. The library offers a full array…

Buskers in Summer

Summer is the months for buskers – and I caught my first sighting down at Harborfront – it was the Fireguy. You have to a bit daft to juggle, tumble, and just seek to entertain a crowd on  a hot windy day. I know my nieces and nephews are sidetracked for a minute or two…

Cobourg Highland Games: Downpour Victims

The problem this year for the Cobourg Highland Games was a persistent downpour followed by intermittent rains. The turnout was naturally  diminished and many events were  moved or cancelled. And so Cobourg’s Highland Games joins other Ontario cities whose games have been effected by fickle weather in the past 3-5 years. More extreme variance in weather…