far from A1

A ship in Halifax Harbour much in need of paint.

flight deck

Flying to Halifax yesterday afternoon.


When my sistre and I were really really little we thought that when you blew these things the seeds that float in the air were really baby fairies taking their first flight. I still think that is a reasonable hypothesis.

old friends

Two old Toronto bicycles hanging out together.

aegean gold

Greek gold from 620 BCE found in Rhodes.

toronto reflections

Reflections of Toronto on a sunny day.

happy birthday mom

I took this picture of my mom a few weeks ago when I was in England. I wish I was there now not only because I miss my mom, but because today is her birthday! Happy birthday mom!

sir charlie chaplin

While I am on a statue theme, this is Sir Charlie Chaplin from Lester Square in London. For many Chaplin is remembered for his comedy, but for me he is also remembered as an Englishman man who in America stood up for the poor and was eventually driven out by McCarthyism. After leaving the USA he made his home in Switzerland and to appease the American government, the British held off giving him the knighthood he deserved until the worse of the witch hunt was over.


Another British Museum shot from my recent trip to England. This 8th century statue of the Buddhist goddess Tara, was found in Sri Lanka between Trincomalee and Batticaloa.

curry twist

Curry Twist, a Toronto restaurant with some of the best Indian food I have tasted!

forbidden rooftops

The Forbidden City in Beijing is one of my favorite cities. Many years ago in China, only royal buildings were allowed to have these tallow colored tiles on the roofs.

old dogs new tricks

On Sunday my cousin and I reverted back to taking pictures with his old Mamiya while his dog looked on sympathizing with the difficulty we must have been having learning to use our new DSLRs.

he has risen

For Easter Sunday the last picture of the Toronto Passion Play series - an empty tomb. I recommend the play and will probably go again next year. For me though, I can't help but judge the performance against the London production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and that is an unfair comparison. Of course this Toronto play does not come close but for an amateur production it is truly amazing and unlike the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice version at least this one ends at the right point in the story.

the show begins

From the control booth the lights are brought up, sound levels are adjusted, and on stage a man in a bowtie talks. In contrast to yesterday's brutal scene, todayY'S picture at the start of the Toronto Passion Play is pristine.

containment field failure

Another picture from yesterdays building originally shot on April 1st. I suspect this damage was caused when the containment fields failed.


Today I went to the 'Toronto Passion Play' at Queensway Cathedral. I found this scene quite disturbing and while the long (8 seconds) hand held exposure does not reproduce the way it looked it captures the way it felt. The actor depicting Jesus struggled to drag his cross down the main isle while taunted by a crowd and driven by Roman soldiers with swords and flaming torches. All around an audience of 4000 faces, including mine, passively looked at what was unfolding for this innocent man - there was something in this moment that felt horrible - and I suppose it should


A few days ago, on April 1st, I was exploring an abandoned building and found this rusty control box along with a log that explained how scientists using gamma radiation managed to refine heavy lithium in the form of crystal. Focusing a matter-antimatter beam on the substance a stream of electro-plasma engergy was produced. The experiment seemed to be working when the containment fields began to fail and the project was shut down from this very control panel. The scientists then hastily abandoned the building fearing a rift in the space-time continuum. Needless to say I did not try to turn the circuits back on - I simply took a picture and left.

dull is the eye that will not weep

This British Museum tour guide is explaining why the 'Elgin Marbles' (some of which can be seen behind him) should not be returned to the Parthenon. First he explains that if we gave them back then pretty much everything in the museum would have to be returned because it was all just taken from people. Second he explains that Lord Elgin, who took the marbles, actually paid for them and he has a receipt to prove it! Somehow neither argument works for me - come on British Museum do the honorable thing and give them back - Byron summed up what abducting the marbles did to the Parthenon:
Dull is the eye that will not weep to see
Thy walls defaced, thy mouldering shrines removed
By British hands, which it had best behoved
To guard those relics neaer to be restored

on your marks

The running track at McMaster.

museum piece & storage bin

Exploring another empty church, Church of St. George at Great Bromley, I came across this chest in a corner by a drain. The sign said that the chest is 17th-century. I am not sure what they used it for 300 years ago, but now it is used to store brooms, dusting clothes, detergents and cleaning fluids. I know because I looked inside.

look - someone else we know!

I took this at Piccadilly Circus in London where legend has it that if a person stays long enough they will eventually bump into everyone they know.

skylight at the british museum

This is another shot from my recent trip to the UK, looking up at the windows of the British Museum Reading Room (formerly the British Library).

hope and dispair

Four broken windows let light into an empty ward at the abandoned Whitby Psychiatric Hospital.

back at mac

I have been back at McMaster from England for a while now - but you can expect the England photos to keep showing up for quite a while.

ankhpakhered maybe

As promised in yesterdays post, an unwrapped mummy from the British Museum. This person lived in Thebes in about 2600 years ago. Unfortunately it is unclear who this is, the name Ankhpakhered, son of Ankhefenkhons was written on the sarcophagus, yet when the unwrapping occured in the mid-19 th century they found a female. So the exact identity of this person remains a mystery.

I hope the image does not gross you out too much - when deciding whether to post it I did reflect that there was a hold bunch of little school children in the museum looking at this and other mummies - and they were not grossed out at all. With than in mind, in the interests of science, I decided to post the picture.


The inner coffin of Henutmehyt is almost entirely covered in gold leaf. Henutmehyt was a priestess in Thebes, Egypt in about 1250 BCE in the 19th Dynasty. Tomorrow I will post another British Museum shot of an unwrapped mummy so don't tune in if you are squeamish!

toy story

A toy store in Frinton, on England's Essex coast.

clacton pier

A March afternoon at Clacton Pier on the Essex coast of England.

forbidden square

Forbidden City, Beijing, China.

urban explorers

This picture was taken last year - exploring buildings in the abandoned Whitby Psychiatric Hospital complex - I think this was a generating plant