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[PHOTO] Looking at the history of Island aviation, Charlottetown Airport

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Looking at the history of Island aviation #pei #charlottetown #charlottetownairport #aviation #history #latergramCharlottetown Airport has, by the departures, a little display depicting the more than one hundred years of aviation history.

The Prince Edward Island government had a great essay describing the history of the airport in detail, but this has been removed by a site reorganization. (See below the fold for the text.)

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Written by Randy McDonald

October 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO shares the new face of the Broadview Hotel.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly writes about the joys of the unscreened life.
  • Dead Things reports on a study suggesting that although humans are violent by the standards of mammals, we are among the least violent primates.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on the discovery of five sizable planets orbiting HIP 41378.
  • Language Log reports on the perils of 7 and 9 in Cantonese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the usefulness of The Battle of Algiers.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reacts to the Elon Musk proposal for colonizing Mars.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer responds briefly to the question of what Mexico can do about Trump.
  • Window on Eurasia notes how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has spurred new arms purchases throughout the eastern half of Europe, even in Belarus.

[PHOTO] Lampost beneath the Prince Edward Battery, Charlottetown

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Lamppost beneath the Prince Edward Battery #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #princeedwardbattery #lamppost #latergram

Below the Prince Edward Battery lies a boardwalk that runs the length of Victoria Park’s coastline. When you look up, you can just see the Canadian flag that flies above, and one of the wood-lined ports for the cannons.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm

[PHOTO] Nine photos from the Prince Edward Battery, Charlottetown

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In January of 2014, I shared photos from Prince Edward Battery. I came back this summer.

Located roughly in the middle of Charlottetown’s Victoria Park, it had been for most of the 19th century Charlottetown’s military outpost guarding the harbour against intruders. The departure of British forces from the Island led to the site’s incorporation into Charlottetown’s main park in 1905 upon the departure of British forces from Prince Edward Island. This military outpost that never saw a battle is a restful place to wander.

Towards the Prince Edward Battery #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #princeedwardbattery #latergram

Towards the gate #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #princeedwardbattery #latergram

The cannons #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #princeedwardbattery #latergram #cannon

Plaque #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #princeedwardbattery #latergram

Cannonry #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #princeedwardbattery #latergram #cannon

Aimed #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #princeedwardbattery #latergram #cannon #charlottetownharbour

Blockhouse #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #princeedwardbattery #latergram

Harbour below #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #princeedwardbattery #latergram #charlottetownharbour

From the west #pei #charlottetown #victoriapark #princeedwardbattery #latergram #skyline

Written by Randy McDonald

September 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Centauri Dreams considers Juno’s photos of Jupiter’s poles.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of another star that behaves much like mysterious Tabby’s Star.
  • Far Outliers reports on the good reputation of the Chinese forces at Shanghai in 1937.
  • Joe. My. God. notes a Christian site that claims gay sex is not sex.
  • Language Hat reports on the problems of translating Elena Ferrante.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money and Noel Maurer are unimpressed by Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
  • The New APPS Blog writes against faculty lock-outs.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw describes the Parers, a Catalan-Australian family.
  • Window on Eurasia notes Ukraine’s recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, reports on how Russians resent Ukrainian refugees, and suggests the Russian economic crisis is finally hitting Moscow and St. Petersburg.

[URBAN NOTE] “Is it time to rethink Toronto’s air show?”

I wonder. From CBC’s Metro Morning:

It’s the sound of the city this weekend: the roar of planes overhead as the Canadian International Air Show features vintage and modern planes in aerial displays. It’s been running since 1949, and draws thousands of people to the waterfront.

Some people love the spectacle; others hate the disruption, or object to the military display.

But for some in the city it can also have an unsettling, perhaps even traumatic, effect.

Maya Bastian is a writer and filmmaker with family roots in Sri Lanka. In 2009, as the war in that country was ending, she went there to work in conflict zones. “I had never seen anything like it,” she told CBC Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway.

Bastian returned at the end of the summer, shortly before that year’s air show. Standing out on the street, “any time a plane flew over I was paralyzed, I couldn’t move … I was reliving a lot of the things that I saw and experienced and heard in that moment.”

Written by Randy McDonald

September 3, 2016 at 3:59 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Beyond the Beyond notes some anti-drone activists’ efforts to get drones controlled.
  • blogTO reports on the history of the strip mall in Toronto, looks at the abandoned Whitney Block Tower by Queen’s Park, and reports from the attic of Queen’s Park.
  • Discover‘s Body Horrors notes the possibility that global warming might lead to the reemergence of anthrax from the Siberian wastes.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the discovery of exocometary gas in the debris ring of HD 181327.
  • Far Outliers notes the brutality in the Japanese naval academy and reassesses Admiral Yamamoto.
  • Noel Power at The Power and the Money looks at inequality in American history, after Piketty’s arguments.
  • Peter Rukavina reports on an interesting art installation in Charlottetown, of floating tents.
  • Savage Minds describes the “silo effect” besetting organizations.
  • Torontoist reports on the first game of cricket in Toronto.