The Eclipse, the Street Lamp, and the Dumpster

September 27, 2015

The ever-loving and I went out into the street to watch the eclipse.  Unfortunately, a street lamp was so bright that it obscured both the look and the colour.

The perfectly servicable house next door to our’s is about to be demolished and there is a huge dumpster parked outside (this is Vancouver after all). By bending down and using the dumpster as a screen against the street light, we finally got a great view as the crescent appeared and started to grow.

Odd what we have to do in the city to see nature.

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Slacklining

September 27, 2015

My local greenspace is Salsbury Park, a tiny half-block area just east of Commercial Drive.  It is very popular locally, with a well-used children’s playground, excellent benches for us old folks, and one of the best sled slopes for the kids when it snows.  It is often the scene of small groups practicing stuff like fire dances and rhythmic chain swinging. But yesterday was something new, at least for me.

slacklining

A chap had strung a slackline between two trees and was walking and bouncing and turning on it. I sat on a bench and watched him for a while. He fell off a few times, but just got back up and carried on. [select image for a better view].

Great fun and excellent cabaret for me!


Image: Red Blue Yellow

September 27, 2015

Red Blue Yellow


A Wonderful Day for Welsh Rugby

September 26, 2015

In Wales, rugby is the equivalent of hockey in Canada: it is a religion, a source of dreams, a topic of constant conversation. England, of course, is the old enemy.

Today, Wales played England in the Rugby World Cup in a game in which a defeat for either team could well mean the end of their hopes to proceed in the competition.  It was perhaps the most important game in Welsh rugby history for a very long time. As you can guess from the headline, Wales won!  But such a game it was.

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on September 26, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

During the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on September 26, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

Wales, although weakened by injuries, came storming out to a 10 point lead in front of 80,000+ mostly English fans at Twickenham. England quickly absorbed their attacks and then moved ahead. At the halftime break, England led by seven and moved further ahead early in the second half. Meanwhile, Wales were losing players to injury (three senior men were carried off the pitch) but were kept in the game by a perfect display of penalty kicking by Dan Biggar (who was himself in the game only because of an earlier injury to the main Welsh kicker).

With less than 10 minutes left, Wales scored a glorious opportunistic try, and the conversion brought them level at 25-25.  Just a few minutes later, England gave up another penalty and Biggar kicked it over to move Wales three points ahead. As the clock ticked down, England moved back down the pitch and eventually forced Wales into a penalty.  However, instead of kicking for the points and a draw, they chose to go for a try, and failed.  Wales held on and the game finished.

I don’t know about the players, but I was emotionally exhausted and couldn’t resist the urge to cry with joy. I had always hoped Wales would win, but the inspiring way in which they overcame so many injuries and refused to give up was overwhelmingly powerful.

No matter what happens as the tournament moves through the next three weeks, this Rugby World Cup will always be remembered by supporters of Welsh rugby for an historic fight back against enormous odds.


Vision of Vancouver’s Economy

September 26, 2015

The other day we were up at Victoria and 32nd (yes, eating dim sum at Western Lake yet again!) when I noticed this juxtaposition of stores in a retail strip (select image for a better view):

Vancouver economy

Here we have a land surveyor, a house builder, and a dope shop: a pretty good illustration of the main driver’s of Vancouver’s economy in 2015.


Night Music: Dear Mr. Fantasy

September 26, 2015


Image: Looking Out

September 25, 2015

Looking Out