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2017-08-20 12:52 am

[PHOTO] Beaconsfield Historic House, Charlottetown

Beaconsfield Historic House #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #beaconsfield #architecture #latergram

Beaconsfield Historic House, at 2 Kent Street on the western edge of downtown Charlottetown, was built at a time of economic boom as a mansion for a rich shipbuilding family, when the economy went bust the mansion drifted off through successive owners until it became a museum.

Designed and built by W.C. Harris in 1877 for James and Edith Peake, Beaconsfield was one of Charlottetown’s most elegant homes. Featuring the finest in materials and craftsmanship, it was also equipped with all the latest conveniences of the day. The Peakes, unfortunately, were destined to enjoy Beaconsfield for a very short time - a time filled with triumphs and tragedies.

Henry Cundall, the second owner, moved into Beaconsfield in 1883 with his sisters Penelope and Millicent. After his death in 1916, the house was used as a young ladies’ residence, and later, the “Cundall Home” became a residence for student nurses.

Today, Beaconsfield Historic House stands as a beautiful example of Victorian architecture with many original features, and, has a fascinating story to tell. It's open year-round for tours and hosts lectures, concerts and other special events in the Carriage House. Visit our gift shop featuring Island books, magazines, pottery and prints[.]
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2017-08-20 12:50 am

[PHOTO] Towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre

Towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre #toronto #financialdistrict #tdcentre #torontodominioncentre #architecture #evening


I love the black Mies van der Rohe towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre.
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2017-08-19 01:30 pm

[PHOTO] Three views from the fifth floor, Toronto Reference Library, looking north, east and west

The location of the Toronto Reference Library north and east of Yonge and Bloor, directly east of Yorkville and directly south of Rosedale, means that well-positioned photographers can take advantage of some excellent views. The first two photos are of Rosedale, green with trees and dense with houses, while the third is a photo of a Yorkville well into its condoization.

North past Church Street #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #rosedale #churchstreet #skyline


East along Church Street #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #rosedale #churchstreet #skyline


Yorkville transforming, west of Yonge #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #yorkville #yongestreet #condos #evening
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2017-08-18 10:35 pm

[PHOTO] Three photos from the inside of the Toronto Reference Library

Teddy bear with deerstalker and pipe #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #teddybear #deerstalkerhat #arthurconandoylecollection

I like a friend's suggestion that this teddy bear, on display in the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library, should bear the name of Bearlock Holmes.

Looking down from the fifth floor #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture


Two by two, looking down #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture


Stepping outside the collection, on the fifth floor of the Reference Library, and looking down to the ground floor in the vast interior, the impressive scale of the edifice becomes clear.
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2017-08-10 12:03 am

[PHOTO] Provincial Administration Buildings from the west, Charlottetown

Provincial Administration Buildings from the west #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #architecture #brutalism #latergram


Looking east from the driveway of Fanningbank on Terry Fox Drive, the Sullivan Building is visible to left in beige, while the Jones Building is visible in red at right. The Shaw Building, the third building of the Provincial Administration Buildings, lies further east, and is hidden by the Sullivan and Jones buildings.
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2017-08-09 11:59 pm

[PHOTO] East on Geary at Dufferin, Toronto

East on Geary at Dufferin #toronto #davenport #night #gearyave #dufferinstreet

Standing on Geary Avenue just east of Dufferin Street, this one of Toronto's newest hip streets looks perfectly ordinary and quietly miraculous under the line of street lights.
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2017-08-09 10:58 pm

[NEWS] Four science links, from water on the frontier to climate change to Tau Ceti exoplanets


  • At Wired, Matt Simon explores the remarkably wrong-headed theory of the 19th century US that "rain follows the plough."

  • These National Geographic photos of the unexplored lakes in Angola that feed the Okavango are remarkable.

  • Rachel Brown examines billy burr, the Colorado hermit whose collection of decades of climate data is invaluable.

  • Universe Today notes a new study confirming the existence of Tau Ceti e and f, potentially habitable rocky exoplanets just 12 light years away.

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2017-08-09 09:15 pm

[ISL] Four links from islands, from dividing Ireland, to the Chamorro and Haida, to the Caribbean


  • Peter Geoghegan writes at Open Democracy about the mess that Brexit has made of Ireland, two decades after the Troubles' end.

  • Anthrodendum's Alex Golub notes that a North Korean attack on Guam, among other things, would threaten the Chamorro natives of the island.

  • The Toronto Star carries an excerpt from a book by Mark Dowie looking at how the Haida, of Haida Gwaii, managed to win government recognition of their existence.

  • CBC's Sameer Chhabra explores how Canadian students at Caribbean medical schools find it very difficult to get jobs back home.

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2017-08-09 03:32 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: the Toronto Public Library, Hanlan's, parks, and Montréal laneways


  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.

  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.

  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan's beach on the Toronto Islands.

  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.

  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green--literally--laneways of Montréal.

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2017-08-09 12:41 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links


  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait shares a stunning amateur astronomer's photograph of a gravitationally-lensed galaxy billions of light-years away.

  • Centauri Dreams reports on the successful imaging from Argentina of Kuiper belt object MU69, a possible binary.

  • Dangerous Minds traces the origin of the garden gnome to a time when the rich had people in their gardens.

  • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper suggesting TRAPPIST-1's inner planets have had their atmospheres burned off.

  • Language Hat notes the struggle to rid Appalachian dialects of English of their stigma.

  • Language Log compares Chinese, Greek, and Latin, as classical languages of philologists.

  • Marginal Revolution reports that a new job is that of intimacy director, guiding actors and others in intimate scenes.

  • Neuroskeptic reports on an apparently solid paper suggesting female brains are more active than male ones.

  • Noel Maurer notes that, although Venezuela's system of government was alert to fraud, its leaders responded by not caring and moving ahead.

  • Roads and Kingdoms reports on a visit to post-Jammeh Gambia.

  • Strange Maps reports on a bizarre 1920 proposal to unite Europe and divide it into regions shape like pie slices.

  • Towleroad notes that Karl Stefanovic thinks Australian politicians' treatment of same-sex marriage is disrespectful.

  • Window on Eurasia notes a study saying Tajik immigrants in Moscow adapt better than migrants from provincial Russia.

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2017-08-09 08:56 am

[PHOTO] Garden of Fanningbank, Charlottetown

The formal garden of Fanningbank seemed to be somewhat past its peak at the end of July, but it was still carefully manicured, and still enjoyed the benefits of its location between the cool blue of Charlottetown Harbour and the dense green trees of Victoria Park.

Garden of Fanningbank (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (5) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (6) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (7) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden #victoriapark


Garden of Fanningbank #pei #princeedwardisland (8) #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden #victoriapark


Path beyond #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden #victoriapark
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2017-08-08 12:47 pm

[PHOTO] Three photos of Fanningbank, in Charlottetown

Charlottetown's Fanningbank, officially known as Government House and home to the lieutenant-governor of Prince Edward Island, takes it name from the parcel of land it was built on, set aside by the Loyalist administrator Edmund Fanning. A modest mansion built in wood in the Georgian style of the 1830s, Fanningbank for me marks the western end of downtown Charlottetown. To its west lies Victoria Park, the neighbourhood of Brighton, and the North River beyond.

Fanningbank (1)


Fanningbank (2)


Fanningbank (3)
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2017-08-08 10:59 am
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[PHOTO] Four graves of Prospect Cemetery, Toronto

Prospect Cemetery is different in some noteworthy ways from Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the burying ground that is a natural match for it in size and location. Mount Pleasant is arguably defined by graves of people of British background, sober monuments in stone towering above the lanes. Prospect Cemetery's graves are more multicultural, the graves of southern and eastern Europeans being especially prominent. My eye was caught especially by particular graves, of people of Portuguese background, which were tended to marvelously, bedecked with flowers and grave goods by people who cared.

Manuel Almeida


Antonio Palumbo


Sandy Valinho


Liliana Costa
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2017-08-07 04:59 pm

[PHOTO] The Sullivan Building in its setting, Charlottetown

The Sullivan Building in its setting #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #sullivanbuilding #latergram


Charlottetown's Sullivan Building is part of the Provincial Administration Building complex located in the extreme west of the downtown between Kent and Fitzroy streets, home to the various offices and bureaus and ministries of the provincial government of Prince Edward Island. The brutalism of the building, and its neighbours, is characteristic of Charlottetown's official architecture in the decades after the Second World War.
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2017-08-07 12:29 pm

[PHOTO] In memory of the dead of Earlscourt, Toronto

In memory of the dead of Earlscourt, Toronto


Toronto's Prospect Cemetery extends as far south as St. Clair Avenue, touching Earlscourt. Back when this neighbourhood was a newly-annexed municipality on the northwest fringes of the City of Toronto, Earlscourt was a new communiy, home to many recent British immigrants. These people volunteered by the thousands to serve on the Western Front, and died in the hundreds. After the First World War, this memorial was built in Prospect Cemetery, Earlscourt's local cemetery, in honour of the neighbourhood's dead. Future king Edward VIII lent his presence to the ceremonies surrounding of this cenotaph in 1919.
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2017-08-06 02:45 pm

[NEWS] Five science links: Uganda coffee, the cetenophore, the Rapanui, Proxima b, Przybylski's star


  • National Geographic reports on how, unchecked, global warming may wreck the coffee industry of Uganda.

  • Aeon notes the nervous system of the ctenophore, product of a separate evolutionary process from our own.

  • Phys.org describes a recent study suggesting Easter Island was not wrecked by ecocide. (The Rapanui were devastated by others, I would add.)

  • Even with an active magnetic field, an Earth-like atmosphere of Proxima Centauri b might be eroded away by flares. Universe Today reports on the climate model making this prediction.

  • Does bizarre Przybylski’s star, HD 101065, contain exotic superheavy elements in its atmosphere? New Scientist wonders.