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I took this photograph 13 years ago on my very first visit to Canada it was my first ever digital photograph


I decided on the first morning of my most recent vacation to take a comparrison to my first image just to see the difference

13 years on
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Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario

The Royal Canadian Naval Association Burlington Branch, unveiled that Naval Ships' Memorial Monument, May 14, 1995, with approximately 5,000 spectators, including over 1,000 veterans in attendance.

The memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 31 warships and the 2024 Naval Personnel of the Royal Canadian Navy and the 75 ships and 1466 merchant seamen of the Canadian Merchant Navy who were lost during World War II.

The cairn and ships' remembrance wall is Cambrian Black granite, inscribed with the names of all the 527 Warships that served during World War II in the Royal Canadian Navy under the white ensign, and of the 370 merchant ships that sailed under the red duster of the Canadian Merchant Navy. The ships' names are in gold, the crests are carved and in full colour. A bronze statue of a seaman tops off the cairn.

The memorial is located near the willow trees in Spencer Smith Park. If you served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, your ship's name is on the remembrance wall.

Naval Ships' Memorial Monument
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Kifaru is the male Black Rhino at Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom.

The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is a species of rhinoceros, native to eastern and southern Africa including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Although the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colors vary from brown to grey.

Eastern black rhinos are listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered in the wild, with less than 650 now believed to remain across Africa. Black rhino populations in Africa are being decimated due to a huge surge in illegal poaching, driven by a global increase in demand for rhino horn to supply the traditional Asian medicine market.

The issue is being fuelled by the high street value of rhino horn, which is currently changing hands for more per gram than both gold and cocaine.

In January 2016 After a pregnancy lasting 15-months, Ema Elsa, a 13-year-old Eastern black rhino, gave birth to the male calf. The birth of the calf takes the total number of Eastern black rhinos at the zoo to 10.

“Exposed” Kifaru the Black Rhino.

Emcon 2015

Apr. 7th, 2015 06:54 pm
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Over 20 years ago I went to a wedding where the groom was a big Star Trek Next G fan.

There I met a lovely gentleman who was the spitting image of Sir Patrick Stewart. While I was at Em-Con I asked a gentleman dressed at Captain Picard if I could take his photograph and then had a little chat with him. I discovered he was the very same gentleman I met over 20 years ago. Since then I have discovered he lives near my aunt and knows my cousin. What a small world

Captain Picard

Picard & Riker

Em-Con 2015

Apr. 7th, 2015 06:45 pm
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Cosplay Characters Ghost Busters


Cosplay Character Admiral Ackbar

Admiral Ackbar

Cosplay Character Capt Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow

Cosplay Character Bobba Fett

Bobba Fett

Cosplay Character Ariel - The Little Mermaid


Cosplay Character Freddy Kruger

Freddie Kruger
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These are a few of the Dr Who's I saw at Em-Com

Sylvester McCoy Dr Who #7

Dr Who #7 Sylvester McCoy

Cosplay Character Dr Who #10

Dr Who #10

Cosplay Character Dr Who #4

Dr Who #4

Cosplay character Dr Who #3

Dr Who #3

Cosplay Character Dr Who #3

Dr Who #3



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Emett clock

The Aqua Horological Tintinnabulator, was installed in the Victoria Centre in Nottingham in 1973. This water powered musical clock was designed by Frederick Roland Emett who also designed the machines for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When originally commissioned by Capital and Counties Property Company Ltd, this clock played Rameau's Gigue en rondeau II from the E-minor suite of his Pièces de Clavecin when striking the hour. The clock parts were made by Thwaites & Reed.

It is 23ft high and has become an icon of Nottingham.

Aqua Horological Tintinnabulator

Between its installation in 1973 and 2010, around £250,000 in coins had been thrown into the fountain.

It comprises a silver-white clock. The moving sculpture underneath consists of copper flowers whose petals open on striking. It contains a variety of animals playing musical instruments, that turn when the clock strikes, plus highly jewelled flowers and floral leaf stems. Three arms extend out, one flying fish, one squirrel and pram and a peacock rowing, as well as birds. The clock strikes every quarter hour

Emetts Aqua Horological Tintinnabulator

Due to the current refurbishment of Victoria Centre, the clock is on loan in Birmingham.

Other work by Emett can be seen in the Ontario Science Museum
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Taken at Patchings Arts Centre in Calverton

Reproduction of David the masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created by the Italian artist Michelangelo
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Another year, another exhibition.

This is the AU presentation we had during the exhibition this year.


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High Expolsives

I am sat on bags of ammonium nitrate, high explosive crystals that are used in mines in the crystal state they are harmless.

It was rather cold down there and very damp.

Taken in Timmins Ontario at the Hollinger Gold mine.


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