Category Archives: culture

Brown Tan Black

Brown, tan, and black colors on plaster bust found in Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral depicting perhaps Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist.

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Brown, tan, and black are colors obvious on plaster bust found in Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral depicting religious figure perhaps that of Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist.

Several years ago after admiring the striking Anglican Gothic Revival architecture of this landmark church located next door to what used to be the old Eaton’s department store on Saint Catherine street I decided to visit it.

The interior of this church as its exterior, is fascinating and historical with all sorts of very interesting artifacts from Montreal’s glorious past moreover, this structure is still functions as active place of worship.

Today the Cathedral is melded with a modern multi-story glass and steel office skyscraper joined at its back-end compared to when it was first erected by wealthy Protestant Montrealers almost 200 years ago.

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

Cleary Riff

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A Jon Cleary riff along with his Absolute Monster Gentlemen back in Summer of 2016 on large Rio Tinto Stage during annual Montreal International Jazz Festival surrounded by hundreds of excited gathered music fans.

The scene is Place des Spectacles where this small band of professional cool cats led by colorful British expat musician Jon Cleary are emanating their special kind of groovy New Orleans sound delighting the gathered.

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

Tasteful Panacea

Wonderfully tasteful panacea is not for everyone particularly those with medical problem like diabetes etc.

Wonderfully tasteful panacea helps calm nerves, cool things down, and momentarily take your mind off unexpected  surprises of everyday life.

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Wonderfully tasteful panacea available locally helps calm nerves, cool things down, and momentarily take your mind off unexpected surprises of everyday life.

This cure unfortunately is not for everyone particularly if you have a medical problem like diabetes, lactose intolerance, morbid obesity, or some other affliction moreover, the depicted may not be available in your local.

North Americans, Europe, Australia, and certain other parts of our planet fortunately can provide this panacea for those that can enjoy its benefits heck, this is “wholesome” stuff for the healthy!

Pictured is Chapman Premium French Vanilla ice cream and deliciously moist home-made Chocolate cake with Lemon custard center and Lemon butter-cream icing..mmm!

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

Lethal Egg

Lethal dark green colored "Mill's Bomb" egg is British designed fragmentation grenade used in WWI and WWII.

Dark green colored lethal No. 36M egg you rather never have for breakfast especially if someone tossed it
to you with its pin pulled.

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Dark green colored lethal No. 36M is an egg you rather never have for breakfast especially if someone tossed it to you with its pin pulled.

This British designed “Mill’s Bomb”fragmentation grenade was used in both WWI and WWII by British and Canadian military to silence German pillboxes and trenches as well as to knock out armored vehicles including tanks.

The unique grenade is at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa behind thick security glass with purposely dimmed lighting for this exhibit.

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

Drive By Peek

Drive by peek of Canada's centuries old Parliament slightly obscured by its ornate black iron front gate.

Drive by peek of Canada’s centuries old Parliament slightly obscured by its ornate closed black-colored wrought iron
front gate complex.

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While passenger in my friend’s minivan I got this drive by peek of Canada’s Parliament through its closed black colored iron front gate.

The scene was two years ago during a beautiful sunny afternoon in late Summer traveling along Wellington Street heading towards our ultimate destination Canada’s famous war museum while busy international tourists were milling around exploring Parliament.

I took this shot through the side window while we were in motion therefore, coupled with some people also moving some blur is evident.

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

Ghoulish Scene

Ghoulish scene depicted for Halloween or All Souls Day shows ghosts or spirits loiter around.

Ghoulish scene depicted for Halloween or Hallows Eve Day shows that strange and uncanny things can happen on this night.

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Ghoulish scene depicted for Halloween or Hallows Eve Day shows that strange and uncanny things can happen on this particular night.

Hollywood has programmed us that fog, the dark, an evil-looking, diffused, face apparition, and an old house ( haunted obviously) with elongated pointy roof highlighted and looming on a hillside spells horror.

Oh, did I miss lightning, like what they had in that original 1933 Frankenstein movie to really authenticate the scene.

Apparently, they say that  haunted places exist in most places in our world and some suggest that they personally have witnessed or seen ghosts or spirits loitering around however, if you personally see one tonight don’t be surprised because after all it is Hallows Eve Day, one day before All Saints Day and two days before All Souls Day!

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

Music Fan Gratitude

Music Fan Gratitude

Music fan gratitude obvious for Israel Proulx, Quebec’s darling musical prodigy, after  performing American Rock n’ Roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis’s classic “Great Balls of Fire”.

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Music fan gratitude is obvious for Israel Proulx, Quebec’s darling musical prodigy, after his performing American rock and roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis’s classic “Great Balls of Fire”, giving him a standing ovation.

The scene is downtown Montreal, Summer of 2016, in Place Heineken beer tent during the International Jazz Festival, where Proulx and his band had just completed their gig.

As my picture clearly shows Israel Proulx is hot, profusely sweating, and a bit disheveled looking with sweat coming down his face following his fantastic recreation of Lewis’s famous classic.

Many in the audience were so excited they mobbed the stage to shake hands with Proulx showing their appreciation and gratitude for an outstanding performance.

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

Some Prefer Red Charger

Some visitors to 2017 Montreal International Grand Prix weekend prefer red Fiat/Chrysler Charger.

Some visitors to 2017 Montreal International Grand Prix weekend prefer red Chrysler Charger instead of more
expensive, fancy, foreign, cars exhibited on Crescent Street.

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Some visitors to 2017 Montreal International Grand Prix weekend prefer red Chrysler Charger instead of more expensive cars from exotic foreign competitors exhibited on Crescent Street.

Interest in model depicted is clear in the eyes and facial expressions of some of the visitors there were others who cared less about it all however, they were older folks probably nearing end of driving careers.

The Charger’s intense red color accented with some black plastic trim, hood scoop, vents, side window frames and mirrors, underskirt and mag tires certainly made a very attractive and tempting exhibit for visiting passersby admiring the Fiat/Chrysler product.

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

Rounded Fruit Plate

Plenty of rounded shapes in photo including rounded fruit plate of sliced spiced red tomatoes.

Plenty of examples available in photo including rounded fruit plate containing the spiced sliced bright red
tomatoes.

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Spiced fresh sliced bright red tomatoes make wonderful rounded fruit plate worthy partner of for example some roast beef or salami dressed up with some nice Dijon mustard between two slices of freshly baked rye bread.

Then again, the tomatoes are just fine eaten spiced up with a bit of salt and black pepper as shown in this photo.

Regarding things rounded, I believe there are plenty of examples shown in this image besides the ceramic plate bearing the tomatoes, such as for example, those colorful shapes on the place mat, the chromed metal salt shaker top, and the plastic black pepper container.

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

Risky Transit

Very risky transit by couple in kayak on wind swept choppy "white cap" water of Lake Saint Louis in September.

Couple’s very risky transit in kayak on wind swept, choppy, “white cap”, water of Lake Saint Louis on bright,
sunny,  Sunday in September off shore from Stuart Hall in Pte. Claire.

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Kayaker’s very risky transit on wind-swept water of Lake Saint Louis thankfully ended landing on north shore in Pte.Claire, Quebec that bright sunny Sunday in September.

As the photo clearly shows only one occupant of the small watercraft is wearing a life preserver while paddling on open, choppy, “white cap’ populated, already cold, deep, water  perfect for hypothermia.

I watched this couple from Stuart Hall on north shore taking this long-range digital image as they paddled towards shore on picture’s hidden right side near where a picturesque old Catholic church stands at top end of a small crescent-shaped bay.

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