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[PHOTO] Purchased at Word on the Street, Toronto

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Purchased at Word on the Street, Toronto

I got the Derek Jarman book for $C5 from the Glad Day booth. The Ke$ha book came free.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Book lovers shrug off storms at Word on the Street”

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Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew’s brief Toronto Star article just touches upon the rather enjoyable time I had at Word on the Street on Queen’s Park. (I’ll have plenty of pictures in coming days.) When I was there in the afternoon, the weather was happily perfect.

Sunday morning’s thunderstorms didn’t dampen spirits at the 25th annual Word on the Street.

The Toronto book and magazine festival drew an estimated 210,000 people to Queen’s Park Circle, mostly in the afternoon, organizers said.

“During setup at 8 a.m. it was really bad. Lightning, rain. Bad rain. We can handle any weather, but lightning does scare us. But that’s over,” spokesperson Stephen Weir said in an interview.

“I suspect the audience we lost in the morning arrived in the afternoon.”

This year’s roster of over 200 authors included Canadian writers Claire Cameron, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Sean Michaels, and Shani Mootoo.

“The festival is huge now,” said one festival-goer, Sue Peters of Toronto. “I haven’t been her for a few years and I can’t believe how big it is.”

Written by Randy McDonald

September 22, 2014 at 8:20 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • blogTO shares pictures from last weekend’s Ukrainian Festival.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly started a discussion of the merits of small town life or vice versa, coming down decidedly against.
  • Centauri Dreams examines the concept of the Venus zone.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes a study suggesting that the Moon’s gravity is not high enough for humans to orient themselves.
  • Eastern Approaches looks at the elections in Crimea.
  • Language Hat examines the story of the endangered language Ayapeneco, apparently misrepresented in an ad campaign.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that the American left is starting to win on cultural issues.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that the collapse of Scotland’s industrial sector has led to a certain deglobalization.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Emily Lakdawalla notes the discovery of a potential landing site for Rosetta.
  • Torontoist looks at a local model airplane club.
  • Towleroad notes the lead writer of Orange is the New Black has left her husband and begun dating one of her actors.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests many Westerners haven’t taken the shift in Russian politics fully into account.

[PHOTO] Photos of the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto

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These photos of the exhibition were taken milling around, as I walked west from the Bathurst Street entrance towards an exit at Dufferin Street, past the BMO Field, past the games and rides, through the milling crowds.

The mill of people at the Ex  #toronto #Torontophotos #cne #exhibition

Welcome to the Ex #toronto #Torontophotos #cne #exhibition

Welcome to BMO Field #toronto #Torontophotos #cne #exhibition #bmofield

Crowds at the Ex #toronto #Torontophotos #cne #exhibition #bmofield

Concert hall #toronto #torontophotos #cne #exhibition

In front of the Tiltawhirl #toronto #Torontophotos #cne #exhibition #tiltawhirl

Police station #toronto #Torontophotos #cne #exhibition

Posing at the Princess Margaret Fountain #toronto #Torontophotos #cne #exhibition #fountains #princessmargaretfountain

Inside BMO Field #toronto #Torontophotos #cne ##

Riding the Polar Express #toronto #Torontophotos #cne #exhibition #polarexpress

Walking by BMO Field #toronto #Torontophotos #bmofield #cne #exhibition

Throwing for tigers #toronto #Torontophotos #cne #exhibition

Written by Randy McDonald

September 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • blogTO notes that a new Toronto condo building will have separate entrances for the rich and the poor.
  • Centauri Dreams has more about our galactic supercluster Laniakea.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper examining the atmosphere of very nearby sub-brown dwarf J085510.83-071442.5.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the deterioration of the Ukrainian military situation in the east.
  • Far Outliers notes how, in 1854, the French army was generally better than the British.
  • A Fistful of Euros’ Edward Hugh notes the critical role of expectations in driving economic growth and change.
  • Joe. My. God. notes the recent death of Joan Rivers.
  • Marginal Revolution considers whether or not basic minimum incomes will continue to rise in democracies.
  • pollotenchegg maps the very sharp population declines across Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
  • The Financial Times‘ Gideon Rachman notes France’s problems as seen from the perspective of a southwestern French village.
  • Torontoist and blogTO both note Ontario’s sale of the lucrative site of the Queen’s Quay LCBO store.
  • Towelroad notes protests over the partial and grudging inclusion of LGBT groups at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russian agriculture simply isn’t capable of feeding Russia in the sanctions era.

[PHOTO] Looking south on Church towards Carlton

One of the nice things I like about festivals like WorldPride is that entire streets are closed off, allowing people unexpected vistas. I took two photos of the view south on Church towards Carlton, the first below with my regular camera and the second with my new smartphone. I lean towards preferring the first, myself; it feels more intimate, closer up.

Looking south on Church towards College (1)

Looking south on Church towards College (2)

Written by Randy McDonald

July 11, 2014 at 12:04 am

[PHOTO] Some final WorldPride pictures

Rooftop WorldPride celebrants, Yonge and Wellesley

Rooftop WorldPride celebrants, Yonge and Wellesley

A Pride-themed storefront in the Annex

Pride-themed storefront in The Annex (1)

Pride-themed storefront in The Annex (2)

Pride-themed display window at Dudley’s Hardware, Church and Wellesley

Pride-themed display window at Dudley's Hardware

Written by Randy McDonald

July 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

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