Sunday, June 28, 2015

Some folk art, late 80s


Farm buildings decorated with folk art

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Double Rainbow, June 2015


Lorraine Segato, Rebecca Jenkins, Olivia Chow, Jack Layton, 1993

Lorraine Segato, singer
Rebecca Jenkins, singer/actress
Olivia Chow and Jack Layton. both city councilors, Layton (d. 2011) went on to be leader of the opposition in Ottawa. All photos taken in 1993 at a fundraiser for a community centre on Queen Street West, Toronto 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Frank Black, 1996

Frank Black, March 26, 1996 - Call The Office, London, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sheep eating pumpkins after Halloween

Because what else can you do with them after Hallowe'en?

Elwy Yost, at an Elwy Yost look-alike contest, c. 1993

Elwy Yost surrounded by look-alikes, with arm around winner

Bats! Hundreds of thousands of bats!

Carlsbad Caverns has a huge number of bats,  and they swarm out at night to feed on insects, flying towards the Pecos in a huge dark river in the sky. First the swallows, birds that also nest inside the cave fly out and then the sounds changes from feathers to skin beating on skin and the crowd gasps at the charnel stink of the bats! 
Bats emerge from Carlsbad Caverns, 1993

Working on ice

Some scenes of ice being cut on the Grand River in Elora, Ontario, for the 1994 film 'Trapped in Paradise'. The production company left the ice stacked up but removed it before spring floods as there was concern that properties along the river downstream would be damaged - I never heard anyone think that the Tooth of Time, the large rock on the falls, would be damaged! It is reinforced by concrete and not directly in the path of the ice, but the West Montrose "Kissing Bridge", the only covered bridge in Ontario, is made of wood and could easily have been damaged by ice if the water level was high enough.


Nick Cage stayed at the Elora Mill Inn, but the clerk told me he just stayed quietly in his room all night.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Chalk Outlines

In all but one of the crime scenes I've been to, evidence location was marked by flags or little signs, but I did see one homicide in London, Ontario in the mid-90s where there was a chalk outline of the body and marking other evidence locations. Using chalk at crime scenes is not recommended because it contaminates the area, but it might have been because it was in a busy location and the victim's body  needed to be removed to hospital. A STRAIGHT DOPE CLASSIC: Do crime scene investigators really draw a chalk line around the body?
I've cropped this! There was a lot of blood in the upper part of the photo.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

UFO Resto, St-Simon-de-Bagot, 1994

The UFO Resto was a landmark on Highway 20 between Montreal and Quebec City. It was built by Jean Saint-Germain, an inventor, He had also built a pyramid, a mini-putt, and other novelties. It's now reported to be closed.  The robot, which was controlled by someone I guess in the kitchen, would bring you a tray with the food on it and could talk to you
Restaurant Interior, entry

 The robot server
The mini-putt - those look like huge Leslie speakers on the pole but I don't know if they spun around.

The Pyramid - people could go in it and do whatever you do in a pyramid - some sort of  New age spiritualism.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Les Paul bbq

They made the gig anyway. Desmond Leahy of the Blushing Brides rock band holds remains of Les Paul guitar after fire tore through the truck he and Glen Olive were driving to Toronto in. They crammed what was left of their gear into my car and I gave them a ride back home. They did make the show they had scheduled that night!
And here they are looking much better! They thanked me from the stage!