The Only Seafoods on Flickr.
Reported to be reopening in all it’s former glory sometime soon, the sign has been replaced at the Only for some time but, not much appearance of activity inside. Really hoping it does open as it was, have had a hankering for some quality Only Chowder for some years now and it’s just not going away!
Marxist Propaganda on Flickr.
One of the hidden features of the Horizon 202 is how, reportedly at the direction of Brezhnev himself in an effort to placate Erich Honecker for not returning Danzig to East German control, it was designed explicitly to make any car photographed in profile look remarkably like a variation of an East German Trabant.
“Give me money” on Flickr.
This gentleman slipped into frame just as I was pressing the shutter and started demanding that I pay him because of how awesome a picture it will be. I told him to screw off because he just wrecked the shot I had set up.
Perhaps I was hasty in my judgement.
Grandview Park Bicycle Polo Court on Flickr.
Commercial Drive has always danced to it’s own beat, as evidenced by the world’s only purpose built bicycle polo court in the recently refurbished Grandview Park.
I bet you didn’t even know bicycle polo was a thing, did you.
Zorki 6 with Mike’s Jupiter 9. Not too shabby.
Komagata Maru Memorial on Flickr.
Last week a new memorial in Harbour Green was dedicated to the Komagata Maru Incident, one of Canada’s more shameful moments in history.
In 1914, a ship (the Komagata Maru) arrived from India via Hong Kong, Shanghai and Yokohama, Japan carrying 356 Indian Nationals, mostly Sikhs, looking to settle in Canada. Canada invoked the then standing ‘continuous passage’ law which required immigrants to have travelled continuously from their home country to Canada, something not really possible at the time from India and China given the distances involved.
Interestingly, the immigration officer to first meet the ship in Vancouver was local hockey legend Fred “Cyclone” Taylor, the Wayne Gretzky of his day who, despite being the best paid hockey player in Canada at the time, worked as an immigration officer in the off season.
Eventually, only 20 passengers were admitted to Canada with the rest being sent back to India. Upon arrival in India, they were immediately detained by the British, 19 were killed in the Budge Budge riots, some were sent back to their villages and many were imprisoned until the first world war ended.
According to wikipedia, a plaque commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Kimagata Maru incident was placed ‘in Vancouver Harbour’ in 1994. I’ve not seen this and do not know if it remains or not.
Old Growth Timber on Flickr.
Old growth timber was once in such ready supply in BC that we used to build our roads out of it. Only a few patches remain, peeping out of holes in the asphalt that replaced it but, generally, in a pretty remarkable state of repair for 100+ years of use.
A Jiggle of Jaguars on Flickr.
I believe that’s the correct term, like a herd of antelopes, a shrewdness of apes, a drove of asses or a murder of crows.
As seen outside the Fairview Pacific Rim Hotel on a rainy day last week.
Still mastering the art of figuring out where exactly the swinging lens of the Horizon is going to flare.