Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Monday, 27 June 2016
Saturday, 25 June 2016
Friday, 24 June 2016
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
They serve breakfast, lunch and - my favourite meal - diner.
And in keeping with the family style theme, one of our group had been in for breakfast the day before.
When the waitress took his order, he said "I'll have the same as yesterday."
She said, "And how would I know what that was?"
He replied, "Because you served me."
She said, "Well, honey, I've done a lot of drinking since yesterday."
Just like Mom would say.
[Thanks to an eagle eyed reader for spotting the sign.]
[And future thanks to the other eagle eyed reader for wanting to write a song about it.]
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
And that good sign is a good sign - that the good old El Mocambo is not going the way of the Dodo Bird.
The El Mocambo is, of course, a famous bar in downtown Toronto.
None the more famous for an impromptu appearance by the good old Rolling Stones back in '77.
I think that is Maggie Trudeau (Captain Sunshine's Mom) in the second row.
Monday, 13 June 2016
Saturday, 11 June 2016
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
...turns into something unexpected as you are crossing the street.
[There beyond the bridge.]
Another innocuous street scene.
But for those of you in Toronto, this is not just any castle.
This is Casa Loma!
And he built this in a very tony, very expensive and buttoned down Toronto neighbourhood in the 1910's.
Now, today, people get upset when someone builds a "monster home" next to them. Maybe a 5,000 square foot behemoth.
Can you imagine what the neighbours were thinking when word got out about the plans for this young, brash industrialist's home?
[You can see the "regular" homes in the neighbourhood at the top of the picture.]
Well outrage is what greeted young Henry. Tempered outrage, of course, as this is Toronto The Good we are talking about here.
But let me tell you, Letters to the Editor were frequent and biting. A real bun fight ensued.
But all to no avail.
Well that didn't happen. But more Letters to the Editor did!
Failed, because he went bankrupt before he finished it and it has been languishing in various hands ever since.
And he died in virtual poverty. But thousands of people lined the streets to witness his funeral and he was buried with full military honours.
He was a larger than life figure that will be remembered by Torontonians for years to come.