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Lothiriel
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Toronto's having a delightful spring, orfeo! This week we've had 20+ C, cloudless sky, trees blossoming (a mixed blessing for allergy sufferers, though).

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quote:
Originally posted by orfeo:
Hey folks,

Just to give you a bit of a warning I'm heading your way. Will be in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal over the very end of May/first couple of weeks in June. Will you have spring sorted out by then?

Also spending a few days in Vancouver during July.

The problem is I'm halfway between Toronto and Ottawa, and I blew my budget on the NDP Convention in Montreal, so I'm not making a three-hour trek to Ottawa or Toronto.

Oh well, there's an easy solution. Take the early train from Toronto to Belleville, get off and have lunch with me, and then get back on a later train to Ottawa. What say ye, orfeo?

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I say that I've already booked my train ticket and I'm not sure it allows such clever schemes...

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What kind of ticket did you book? Via is lenient on rebooking this far ahead. Do you have a supersaver, discounted or regular ticket?

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Um... "Economy - escape fare (Web only)"

Non-exchangeable and non-refundable in red letters.

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[Disappointed]

Well, you have two choices:

1) Get off at Belleville and book a ticket for later in the day ($61 Supersaver one-way, can be booked online), and I'll take you to lunch. There are no Escape fares from Toronto to Belleville so your existing ticket is likely what you would have paid for a one-way fare anyway.

2) Not do (1) and I'll [Waterworks] .

What date and time is your train from Toronto?

[ 09. May 2013, 00:14: Message edited by: Sober Preacher's Kid ]

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Well, the sods have just informed me in the last couple of days that they no longer do checked luggage, so there's no risk of my luggage carrying onto Ottawa without me...

We're talking Monday June 3. However, the particular train (#54) does not show a stop in Belleville. It appears that quite a few of the trains whizz on past there.

So I don't think this is going to work.

However, John (who I'm staying with) was discussing the possibility of a day trip to Kingston later in the week, so if Ottawa is difficult for you and Belleville is difficult for me, a rendezvous in Kingston might be an option to hold out for.

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Ah, got it figured out. [Smile]

Train 54 does not stop at Belleville, but does stop at Cobourg, which is the same distance away from me. Belleville is East, Cobourg is West. So you can stop at Cobourg if you wish.

Train 46 will put you back on track to Ottawa.

OR

I can do Kingston Shipmeet, if so desired. John knows my face and I know his, but unfortunately I don't know yours, so that may be best.

Your choice. [Big Grin]

"No Checked Luggage" means they don't carry baggage cars anymore. Which they don't. There is a rack at the front of the car for your luggage between the door and the seats. Your true carry-ons go overhead in the luggage compartment.

[ 09. May 2013, 02:20: Message edited by: Sober Preacher's Kid ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Lothiriel:
Toronto's having a delightful spring, orfeo! This week we've had 20+ C, cloudless sky, trees blossoming (a mixed blessing for allergy sufferers, though).

It has just come to my attention, however, that the forecast for next week is 11 degrees.

*packs coat*

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Give my regards to Kingston. If you're standing on the waterfront - as you will be - just by the Spirit of Sir John A, look up at the condominium to your right. If you see a little old lady on the 10th floor, drinking a glass of rum and water, give her a wave from me.
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I can see myself being questioned by the police about why I'm staring so intently at the nearby buildings...

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quote:
Originally posted by orfeo:
quote:
Originally posted by Lothiriel:
Toronto's having a delightful spring, orfeo! This week we've had 20+ C, cloudless sky, trees blossoming (a mixed blessing for allergy sufferers, though).

It has just come to my attention, however, that the forecast for next week is 11 degrees.

*packs coat*

Yes, it's always a good idea to have a warm layer handy in Canada in spring. But that dip in temps will only last a couple of days, and then it's back to t-shirts. [Cool]

When will you be in Toronto?

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Toronto... *flicks through notes again* that'd be arriving 29 May, leaving 3 June.

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Chris Hadfield is so flipping cool.

He nailed Bowie and wonder and space travel and astronaut regret in one music video.

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Toronto... *flicks through notes again* that'd be arriving 29 May, leaving 3 June.

I'm in Toronto, but unfortunately those dates are really bad for me -- family in town etc. Not sure where the rest of the Toronto crowd is these days.

Not sure whether you'd be looking for suggestions for an Anglican Sunday service in Toronto but if you are feel free to PM me. Or for that matter for any other Toronto info.

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Happy Sacred May Long Weekend, compatriots! [Big Grin]

It isn't actually so happy here. The weather has been terrible, and we've had a very long cold spring. Ice is still on the lakes where people would normally be going! Campground bookings have fallen by more than half. To top it off, it's supposed to rain all three days. It's enough to make you question the existence of a merciful Creator.

At least there hasn't been flooding, so I guess that falls in the category of "less misery than expected." The Spirit of Eeyore hath descended upon us all.

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I don't think we're expecting very holiday-ish weather either - I think 4°, thunderstorms and about an inch of rain was what was on offer for Newfoundland.

As we haven't got a cabin or cottage, I'm not hugely bothered for myself - I should really use the day off to do a bit of spring-cleaning ... [Eek!]

Hope those of you that do have a good weekend. [Smile]

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Sunny, but cold, here in the Centre of the Universe™ (self-proclaimed, but delusional)

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Classic cold, rain-drizzle-and-fog May long weekend here in St. John's. We're staying in town (we do have a cabin, but don't even both turning the water on till late June) but my teenage daughter is supposed to be heading to a friend's cabin this evening with the promise of roasting hot dogs over a campfire and sleeping out in the trailer. Sooner her than me, I'd say.

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Okay-ish here in the true centre *nudges PeteC out of the way* -- 17-20-22 over the next three days, with clouds and bits of rain. Can't complain after frigid wind and sleet last weekend.

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So, is there a particular reason the whole of downtown Toronto is a construction site, or is this just an annual thing between the ground thawing and the summer activities kicking in?

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Lothiriel
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quote:
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So, is there a particular reason the whole of downtown Toronto is a construction site, or is this just an annual thing between the ground thawing and the summer activities kicking in?

It's pretty much constant year-round. We seem to have a desperate shortage of towering condo buildings [Roll Eyes]

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There are two seasons in southern Ontario: winter and construction season.
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Here the council spends the summer mending the roads that they broke in the winter with salt and snow-ploughs. Unfortunately, they don't do it very well, so they get broken again next winter.

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quote:
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Here the council spends the summer mending the roads that they broke in the winter with salt and snow-ploughs. Unfortunately, they don't do it very well, so they get broken again next winter.

You have an excuse. Here in distinctly temperate South-East Wales the roads are patched and covered every March (spend the money before end of financial year), dug up by utilities to undo the council's good work all summer, then the damp comes and, with traffic too heavy for the roadbase, everything breaks up. Return, repeat.

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My wife and I love Via 1. Took it last week on our every 4 years vacation. No wait, no lineups, free drinks, free papers, decent meal, big comfy chairs.

All for about $30 more per trip per person.


Oh, and yes Ottawa is lovely to visit, but you do have a lot of building construction going on around the downtown. Money to spend it seems.

That and Bridgeheads popping up like Starbucks. I saw more of those then I saw Tim's (yes, we did not get all that far out of the Elgin area where we were staying).

And we noticed that most of the male joggers had love handles while almost all the bikes people were riding were high sitting touring ones (not 10 speed racing types).

That and your suit type people are all talking and getting somewhere eventually. Toronto's suit type people are all serious and on the move.

Oh, and Gatineau reminded us of parts of Kitchener, actually.

Loads of fun.

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The State Government here is now insisting on durability guarantees for road work - the contractors ain't happy and no proof yet that it will work but it seems a step in the right direction.

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Montreal grand prix weekend. Fancy cars, pretty women and impromptu VIP bars springing up on Rue Peel. Rather fascinating.

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You should see L'Oratoire St-Joseph, if not for the church then for the view from Mont-Royal.

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quote:
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You should see L'Oratoire St-Joseph, if not for the church then for the view from Mont-Royal.

Ha. I didn't see this until now, but I did indeed see the Oratoire. Rather fascinating and weird. The garden was utterly beautiful. Praying to the heart of a dead man was just weird for me, sorry.

Most beautiful church in Montreal, though, was Notre Dame in the old town. Just gorgeous.

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Weird? And you call yourself an Anglo-Catholic! Say that once more and the Anglo-Catholic Brigade is going to expel you. [Biased]

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Ahem. I have NEVER called myself an Anglo-Catholic!

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Sorry, I thought you hung around with the Brigade.

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Nope.

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Most beautiful church in Montreal, though, was Notre Dame in the old town. Just gorgeous.

Notre Dame de Bonsecours in Vieux Port?

Or do you mean Marie Reine du Monde, the equally beautiful diocesan cathedral

If you mean Bonsecours, I agree with you.

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Then you agree with me. [Big Grin]

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My wife and I love Via 1. Took it last week on our every 4 years vacation. No wait, no lineups, free drinks, free papers, decent meal, big comfy chairs.

All for about $30 more per trip per person.


Oh, and yes Ottawa is lovely to visit, Loads of fun. .....

So one time, why don't you let us know you're visiting. We're always up for an excuse to meet and, as appropriate, hoist a glass.

Naughty, naughty Og.

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Most beautiful church in Montreal, though, was Notre Dame in the old town. Just gorgeous.

Notre Dame de Bonsecours in Vieux Port?

Or do you mean Marie Reine du Monde, the equally beautiful diocesan cathedral

If you mean Bonsecours, I agree with you.

Mary Queen of the World beautiful? The best thing it has to say for itself is that it's a scale model of St. Peter's in Rome. Most of the rest is kitsch left over from the 1930s.

Notre Dame, the baslica (I think) is of its type wonderful, and the new Lady Chapel (since the fire) is breathtaking, though not to everyone's taste.

ND de Bonne Secours in the harbour is also indeed beautiful.

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Wait wait, is there more than one Notre Dame? I'm so damned confused now. I definitely don't mean the queen of the world one, that's certain. I mean the basilica on Place D'Armes.

NOT, it seems, the chapel near Bonsecours. Pete basically gave me 2 options both of which were wrong.

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Weird? And you call yourself an Anglo-Catholic! Say that once more and the Anglo-Catholic Brigade is going to expel you. [Biased]

I used to be a member of the Boy's Brigade, does that count?

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Which was and is a Church of Scotland parish, not my church but close to home.

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Originally posted by Og: Thread Killer:
My wife and I love Via 1. Took it last week on our every 4 years vacation. No wait, no lineups, free drinks, free papers, decent meal, big comfy chairs.

All for about $30 more per trip per person.


Oh, and yes Ottawa is lovely to visit, Loads of fun. .....

So one time, why don't you let us know you're visiting. We're always up for an excuse to meet and, as appropriate, hoist a glass.

Naughty, naughty Og.

John

Sorry, nothing personal.

I've never gone to internet meets of any type. Comes from being an introvert, I suppose. I'm awfully shy, and I'm also one of those who leaves groups early, where possible.

I believe this is changing so we'll see.

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Complete tangent - is it just in Newfoundland that the Weather Channel's making a complete bollocks of the local forecast graphics? Backgrounds all in the wrong place so that you can't read the captions, sometimes even just blank blue screens?

The odd occasion I'd put down to atmospherics (or something), but it's been like that off and on for a couple of weeks and I wondered if it was happening to everybody's local forecasts.

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Uncle Pete

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quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
Complete tangent - is it just in Newfoundland that the Weather Channel's making a complete bollocks of the local forecast graphics? Backgrounds all in the wrong place so that you can't read the captions, sometimes even just blank blue screens?


The weather b'ys in Newfieland have had too much screech. IOW, it's just you. We's fine.

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Uncle Pete

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quote:
Originally posted by orfeo:
Wait wait, is there more than one Notre Dame? I'm so damned confused now. I definitely don't mean the queen of the world one, that's certain. I mean the basilica on Place D'Armes.

NOT, it seems, the chapel near Bonsecours. Pete basically gave me 2 options both of which were wrong.

Orfeo, nearly every place in Quebec is Notre-Dame de [something]. Usually referred to by [something].

The same thing goes for churches -videlicit Bonsecours.

John - tastes vary. I'm a fan of 30s kitsch. I spend too much time in post-Vatican II calvinistic austerity (which has its own beauty, but doesn't speak to me much)

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Augustine the Aleut
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Montréal has 28 Notre Dame de Something outlets, and a further two Our Lady of Somplace. Given that the Latin name of the city is Marianopolis, this is not too surprising. Orfeo is indeed unfortunate in that he only ran into 2 or 3-- he now needs to return and perhaps do a MW series of all of the Notre Dames of Montréal.
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orfeo

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LOL just because you said 'outlets'.

[ 18. June 2013, 17:06: Message edited by: orfeo ]

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Uncle Pete

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Augustine's an old man. He was probably thinking of Tim Hortons when he typed...

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Augustine the Aleut
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Simply paying respect to the corporate culture which motivates so much ecclesiastical administration these days.
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John Holding

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quote:
Originally posted by PeteC:
Augustine's an old man.

Yep, nearly as old as you.

Of course, from my perspective, you're both mere children (perhaps not mere, on second thought) frolicking, as it were, in the pastures of youth.

John

PS -- The thought of Augustine and Pete frolicking, though not of course together, may be disturbing to fragile minds, so feel free not to tell us what image it conjures up in your minds.

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Should anyone be interested (maybe Augustine), the post of Saguenay Herald just went up today on jobs.gc.ca. It's an EC-04 position and history degrees are desired.

Dear me, the things you see on that board.

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