Armed Lethal Spike

Long extended nose with long probe and two 20mm cannons makes Canadian CF-5 "Freedom Fighter" an armed lethal spike.

Long extended nose appears an armed lethal spike on retired Canadian CF-5 “Freedom Fighter” sporting a long probe and two 20mm Pontiac M39A2 cannons.

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The long extended nose appears an armed lethal spike of this retired Canadian CF-5 “Freedom Fighter” jet aircraft sporting a long probe and two 20mm Pontiac M39A2 cannons, exhibited inside Ottawa’s Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

This particular airplane is a Canadair built variant of the original US Northrop F-5 for the Canadian Armed Forces that first acquired them in late 1968 to meet Canada’s commitment in defending NATO’s northern flank during the cold war acting as a rapid-deployment force.

Aircraft such as this one were modified and upgraded constantly during their employ to meet and exceed operating conditions in Canadian Forces theaters of operations approaching a level of sophistication and characteristics similar to the early, more advanced, and capable Northrop F-5 Tiger version.

Although Canada’s CF-5s are no longer flying having been replaced by CF-18s now to be also replaced by perhaps, the Lockheed Martin F-35 lighting II, other countries still fly upgraded versions of the US Northrop F-5, a good example being Switzerland, where it maintains its air superiority function.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SPIKE”.

Cranky Old Davey Jones

Cranky old Davey Jones condemned to skipper mysterious, ghost-ship, man-of-war, Flying Dutchman until Doomsday.

Cranky old Davey Jones legend says is actually Hendrick Van der Decken in secret deal with devil doomed Flying Dutchman in great storm off Cape of Good Hope, Africa.

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The famous specter, ghost ship, Flying Dutchman, is skippered by cranky old Davey Jones legend says was actually Hendrick Van der Decken, who with reckless abandon and insensitivity for his crew doomed his ship that disappeared in a great storm off Cape of Good Hope, South Africa in the mid-1600’s.

This mysterious ship, a man-of-war, haunts the seas off the Cape and is allegedly an omen of bad luck, a harbinger of death and destruction for ships sighting it most likely during a major gale.

It is destined to voyage forever because Captain Decken aka Davey Jones cursed he would round the Cape even if it meant for him to sail the ship “until Doomsday” perhaps, because he already secretly made a deal with the devil.

Scuttlebutt has it that the latest sighting of the doomed war ship happened during WWII when someone saw and accurately described a sailing ship matching the Dutchman although they were totally ignorant of the superstitious legend about it.

My picture depicts legendary Cap’n Jones made of welded scrap metal, that I found inside an army surplus store on Saint Lawrence boulevard near Saint Catherine street.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CRANKY”.

Brain Fry

Montreal's Christ Church Cathedral's gargoyle's unmistakable brain fry look stares down on Saint Catherine street foot traffic.

Gargoyle’s unmistakable brain fry look stares down from front facade of Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral on passersby walking along Saint Catherine street.

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The gargoyle’s unmistakable brain fry look stares down from the front facade of the Christ Church Cathedral on passersby walking Saint Catherine street west.

This old Anglican Gothic Revival cathedral is located between Union Avenue and University Street next door to the famous old now defunct Eaton’s Department store building.

His “mug’ was just one of many gargoyles that adorn the front of this old Protestant church built on its present site nearly 100 years ago with modifications and restorations happening well up to the early 1980’s.

The gargoyles, grotesque carved faces adorning the church front are advertising signs, visual tokens or marks, reminding medieval illiterate people of evil spirits and monsters that they may encounter outside the church, and how lucky the congregation are when inside because it is the house of God and evil fears entering there.

Gargoyles also serve as ‘guardians’ of church property designed to ward off all evil lurking outside.

Gargoyles became popular during the 13th century as fancy drainage waterspouts incorporated into the Gothic architecture projecting from the structure’s upper facade or its roof gutter helped clear rain water from walls and foundation.

In 1988 the Province of Quebec recognized Christ Church Cathedral as historic, listing it in Patrimoine culturel du Québec, soon followed by Canadian federal government designating this very interesting structure modeled after typical 14th century English Gothic-style churches a national historic site.

In addition to being an architectural jewel, Christ Church Cathedral, also has a history with the Canadian military, the Canadian Grenadier Guards, who claim it their regimental church.

This association is very apparent especially each November 11, Remembrance Day, when members of the Guards march from McGill University’s Arts Building on campus to this church for religious services moreover, the church also houses the Guards’ retired regimental colors.

The gargoyle picture depicted is one that I took last summer 2016, while walking along Saint Catherine towards my metro(subway) station.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FRY”.

Earth to Earth

"Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust..", words heard during a Christian burial service over grave.

“Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust..”, words everybody has heard or hears at least once in their lives probably during burial service.

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Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust..“, words everybody has heard or will hear at least once in their lives probably during burial services for a loved one, a family member, a friend, or someone they knew.

These are words a Christian priest or a minister would say at the grave site of the dearly departed reminding all present that our lives on this planet numbered, very short, and we will all end up dying and get buried (or cremated then buried) ending up just some dirt returning back to mother earth.

My picture depicts a remembrance prayer service by a group of Ukrainian Catholic priests for their own brother priests buried at Montreal’s Cote-des-Neiges Cemetery following another service for Ukrainian community members buried at this cemetery.

This has been a tradition followed by the Montreal community since the 1950’s to visit the graves of their deceased and attend the special service during the month of June each year to remember and pray for the souls of those now sleeping the eternal sleep here.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”EARTH”.

Measure Of Self Control

Measure of self control required visiting sweet shops displaying tons of debauch, delectable, chocolate goodies like these.

Measure of self-control required when visiting sweet shops like one at Place Desjardins Complexe food court displaying tons of debauch, delectable, sweet, chocolate goodies.

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Last week required a measure of self-control when visiting sweet shops such as this one displaying tons of debauch, delectable, chocolate goodies guaranteeing certain diabetic coma from all the sugar incorporated if anyone overindulged.

This particular shop I found to be a dream come true for anyone that loves Belgian chocolate and the various sweet adornments and preparations integrated with the multitudes of products available in all forms, shapes, and sizes.

My picture depicts only the myriad of goodies at the front counter and that is enough however, there is more much more lining the walls and even the small “islands” inside this small well equipped shop.

Since I was merely passing through the Place Desjardins Complexe food court on my way to the Place-des-Arts metro(subway) station when I discovered this wonderful shop and because I was in a hurry I never sampled any of the sweets available however, I do plan to return!

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MEASURE”.

Pleased Skellum

Pleased skellum adorns top of tatoo and body piercing shop on Saint Catherine street its brown-colored death head smiling.

Pleased skellum adorns top of tattoo and body piercing shop on Saint Catherine street, a smiling brown-colored
death head sporting Christian bishop’s teardrop headdress with city of Montreal logo.

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A rather pleased skellum adorned the top of a tattoo and body piercing shop across or north side of Saint Catherine street, the smiling dark brown-colored death head sporting what appeared to be a Christian bishop’s teardrop headdress with the city of Montreal’s logo centered on it.

As my picture shows the dressed up skeleton rests in a black oval background surrounded by a blood-red stylized oval ring sandwiched by black large stylized words “saint” and “ink” and the smaller words “tattoo” and “perçage”, the whole thing superimposed on a bright white backdrop.

I had just emerged from a small side-street running perpendicular to Saint Catherine having photographed some street art on walls of some of the buildings there when I the tattoo-body piercing shop’s death head caught my eye and after a moment or two I decided to photograph this interesting image.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Climbing Frog Mural, I was exploring this part of Saint Catherine heading towards the nearest metro(subway) station because Monday was a cold, damp, overcast, windy day with a distinct possibility for rain showers which I hoped to avoid meanwhile, I kept looking for interesting things to photograph along the way.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PLEASED”.

Climbing Frog Mural

Climbing frog mural depicted in picture is one example of quality street art found in Montreal's east end.

Climbing frog mural depicted in picture is just one example of quality street art found on side street walls south of busy Saint Catherine street in Montreal’s east end.

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The climbing frog mural depicted in my picture is just one of the multitude of quality street art found on side streets south of busy Saint Catherine street in the block between Saint Lawrence boulevard and Berri streets.

My excursion walking from the Papineu metro station up to Sherbrooke street then west until Berri and south along it to Saint Catherine street afterwards walking west along it helped discover a treasure trove of interesting things including the street art along this route.

I have longed for some time in finding more interesting street art after finding a bit on the western end of downtown Montreal some of which I have already written about in previous blog posts, and Monday turned out to be my lucky day.

During my extended walk I had the opportunity to take many photos some of which I intend to write about soon so stay tuned.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CLIMBING”.

Methodical Thorough Tenacious

Methodical, thorough, and tenacious Louis Pasteur took calculated risks experimenting leading to important discoveries saving countless lives.

Methodical, thorough, and tenacious Louis Pasteur also took calculated risks experimenting even when others criticized his work and detail-oriented methods.

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Methodical, thorough, and tenacious Louis Pasteur also took calculated risks experimenting even when others criticised his work and detail-oriented methods making some of our modern world’s most important advances in microbiology and immunology.

Pasteur, a devout Catholic, lived by his faith proving biogenesis, life giving life, leading to the practice of sterilization in the fields of medicine and food preparation.

He proved that certain bacteria causes disease in humans and animals, while others cause spoilage in foods and drink providing the basis of our modern methods in “pasteurization” in both our medical and food production industry.

Young Pasteur started off an average, rather slow, student giving no sign of the true intellect residing in him never-the-less, despite appearances he did study diligently although without much enthusiasm however, all changed after he obeyed his trusting father’s suggestion he become a professor.

Countless millions are alive today owing it all to his vigorous approach to work leading to important discoveries because Pasteur never rested until he had rigorously re-tested things several times ensuring positive results.

Whenever Pasteur was fascinated by a problem he would systematically, whole-heartedly, investigate it  without reservation to find a possible solution , a trait that finally also helped shorten his life at age 72.

My picture depicts Louis Pasteur’s bust on a pedestal resting in a small courtyard near the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) on Berri and Saint Catherine streets in eastern part of downtown Montreal.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TENACIOUS”.

Sudden Caloric Jolt

Sudden high caloric jolt happened after eating wonderfully delicious milk chocolate treats from tiny custom craft sweets shop.

A sudden high caloric jolt happened after eating those wonderfully delicious milk chocolate treats bought at tiny custom craft sweets shop in Place Desjardins Complexe food court.

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A sudden high caloric jolt occurred after eating those wonderfully delicious treats only moments ago  bought at that little hole-in-the-wall custom craft chocolate shop in the food court of the Place Desjardins Complexe in downtown Montreal.

Heavy accumulation of lurking sugar mixed in the chocolate became evident almost immediately providing that sugar rush while I continued to enjoy my hand-made pieces of Belgian chocolate.

The culprit  processed, white sugar something both medical experts and the American Heart Association recommend consumers should be careful with recommending only 36 grams about 9 teaspoons for men, 20 grams or 5 teaspoons for women and only 12 grams or 3 teaspoons for the young per day to stay healthy.

Although chocolate, the dark version, contains beneficial quantities of biologically active organic compounds that function as antioxidants including certain polyphenols, flavonoids, catechins they along with some healthy fats, fibre, and protein help migitate the breakdown of sugar into glucose circulating in the bloodstream keeping things steady, the same can’t be said of milk chocolate, which is heavily diluted with a multitude of other ingredients especially processed sugar.

Our “blood sugar”, the amount of glucose circulating around if higher will ensure you that familiar sensation of a sugar rush, a momentary spike that only ends with a crash or loss of energy.

Eating extra, hidden, processed white sugar speeds the process overwhelming the system leading eventually to all sorts of medical issues over time for many.

Recently, the influential daily, New York Times, said in one of their articles that over 75% of American packaged, processed, foods contain added sugar, and we already know that most of our candy including chocolates  loaded with the sweet stuff.

My picture depicts a stack of delicious, mouth-watering, yummy looking milk chocolate loaded with nuts, candy, and/or puffed rice; I am just guessing here because I never found out by asking.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”JOLT”.

Timely Apparatus

Minox camera a timely apparatus perfect for covert intelligence work stealing classified information during in last century.

Minox camera a timely apparatus perfect for America, Britain, and Nazi Germany covert intelligence work during WWII and later by Iron Curtain Eastern Bloc stealing classified information.

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A timely apparatus conceived early last century by Baltic German Walter Zapp inventing it in 1936 following some brainstorming with two friends agreeing the world needed a small easily portable camera.

Originally produced from 1937-1943 by VEF (Valsts Elektrotehniska Fabrika) in Riga, Latvia retaining patent protection in 18 countries after camera redesign with production resumed in Germany in 1948 after WWII.

The Minox camera is a handy, easy to use, sub-miniature device that fits in the palm your hand making it an obvious choice perfect for covert action which intelligence agencies in America, Britain and Germany, and most of the Eastern Bloc involved with stealing classified information like state secrets.

Minox camera dimensions are small measuring 80 mm × 27 mm x 16 mm; its weight is a mere 130 grams, a dream come true for spies.

Its size and close-focusing lens made it perfect for covert uses such as surveillance or document copying enabling treachery by the likes of notorious Soviet spy John A. Walker Jr steal and transfer US Navy cryptography programs during the 1980’s at height of cold war devastating American intelligence.

Beginning in the 1970’s, 1974 to 1976 Minox also delved into 35mm and 110 film cameras as well as other optical and photographic equipment while today their cameras are now digital format ones resembling the old Minox-B only a bit bulkier.

My picture depicts, I believe, the Minox-A(III) incorporating some of the extras therefore, lengthening the whole thing from its original size mentioned previously.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt: “TIMELY”.