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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 17) - Canada

last but not least, zebra crossing
AU REVOIR BUT NOT GOODBYE

While travelling on the highways and byways in Canada, you come across some weird mess-with-your-head stuff...Such as, a BIG red apple on the way from Toronto to Kingston. We actually pulled over and climbed the apple to the viewing platform, alas there was no view, but you know, whatever gives Canadians a kick, in the words of George Bush, 'when in Rome do what the Romanians do' and all that ;o)


Monday, October 10, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 16) - Canada Ottawa

Algonquin Park - don't try and flag down a flower

EVEN CITIES HAVE TO COMPROMISE SOMETIMES

Ottawa is the capital of Canada, like Canberra in Australia it was chosen as a compromise city as it lies between two major cities (Toronto and Montreal) plus it's on the border of Ontario and Quebec. I wasn't really expecting much as it never really gets much press among travelers, and it's not like travelers don't like to talk on and on and on about where they've been, I would NEVER do that ;op


Saturday, October 8, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 15) - Canada Mont Tremblant

Parc Omega
LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY

Mont Tremblant, between Quebec City and Ottawa is exactly like the Whistler ski resort on the west coast...


Thursday, October 6, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 14) - Canada Quebec

Wall mural in Quebec - mind blowing

VIVE LA DIFFERENCE

Bonjour mes amis, while it's in my head I must convey the amusing fact that Canadians call one dollar coins 'loonies', (well, it amuses me). Speaking of loonies, there were crazy people all over the shop in Vancouver and Toronto but I have to say I didn't encounter any in Quebec, however, they are French.


Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 13) - Canada Montreal

My Gaf (or maybe it's Montreal Cathedral)

THE GREAT WHITE NORTH - LE GRAND NORD BLANC

We decided to take the Moose tour around the east coast (such a great idea) and our tour guide was French Canadian so it was great to see him in action. Every time anyone would beep him, he would wait until we were stopped in traffic and calmly get out of the bus, stroll on up the unsuspecting beeper in front and have a "French off", we could only see it mimed through the bus windows but it was highly entertaining, there would be wild hand gestures, red faces, French words left, right and center and then as calm as bedamned, your man would get back on the bus as if he'd just been meditating and drive on. The French eh?!


Sunday, October 2, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 12) - Canada Niagra Falls

Niagra Falls
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS...NIAGRA FALLS


When I got back to Toronto after Nova Scotia an odd thing happened... 


Saturday, October 1, 2005

Letters from the Americas 2005 (part 11) - Canada

sign post in Newfoundland
SOMETIMES TRAVELLING BITES!

First off the bat, if any of you are feeling sick to the back of your dentures with my tales of terrific tantastic travel, it hasn't all been sunshine, lollipops and rainbows...