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Travel Article: Toronto Gems

Posted on March 17th, 2005 filed in travel articles
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My list of favorite things to do and enjoy in Toronto:

1) Roller blade or bicycle on the 40 mile waterfront path by Ontario Lake

2) Take the ferry (May-September) from Queens Quay to Toronto Islands and have a great outdoors day.

3) Enjoy great dining in the Entertainment District. Catch a movie in the fabulous ‘Famous Players’ movie theatre on Richmond and John

4) Check out Cinematheque listing and see if any favorite classic movie is showing on the big screen Last time, I watched ‘The Apartment’ the hilarious film by Jack palance and Shirly Maclaine. Another time, I landed on ‘Seven Year Itch’, arguably the most memorable movie of the late Marilyn Monroe.

5) Have a fabulous brunch buffet on Sunday at the roof of Westin Harbour Castle.

6) Attend an open air hockey game in Air Canada Center. Whenever weather permits, they slide off the roof and it’s an awesome experience.

7) Attend a concert at the Air Canada Center. I still recall the Eric Clapton concert as it were yesterday.

8) Attend one of the many musicals playing at the various theatres. Toronto is considered the third musical country of the world after New York and London. Mamma Mia world premiere was there and it was fabulous.

9) Attend an Opera at the Humminbird Center for the Performing Arts. The Toronto Opera Society usually does a great job with reasonably priced lavish productions.

10) Stroll in Yonge Street (Longest street in the world)
11) Have a night out with outdoor dining in gorgeous Yorkville.

12) Check out the various luxury stores in Yorkville.

13) Spend a day of nice weather at The Beaches. Clamor in warm sand for miles and miles.

14) Take a side trip to Port Hope (In September) and be ready for more salmon than you have ever seen (Migration destination).

15) Attend the Toronto International Fim Festival in September. It is the second most important film festival after Cannes.

16) In the winter, ice skating on the waterfront at the Harbourfront center.

17) Toronto skyline admiration from the Islands in the summer and the rotating restaurant at the top floor of the Westin Harbour Castle.
Things to avoid in Toronto:

1) Driving. One can literally get stuck in traffic for hours in rush periods. Walking is the best method of transportation followed by subway and then cab. Driving is the worst.

a) Significant time will be wasted in traffic

b) Parking, as in any big city, is extremely expensive.

c) A cab will drop one at the door whereas you can only park in parking facilities which may be 5-10 minutes walking distance

Recommendation: Rent a car in case of outside trips. In all other instances walk, bike, rollerblade, take the subway, or a cab.


Unforgettable Movie Characters : Part 3

Posted on February 11th, 2005 filed in Movie Talk
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Third installment of my list of favorite movie characters in no particular order.

51) Diane Keaton as ‘Annie Hall’

52) Anthony Perkins as Norman bates in ‘Psycho’

53) Johnny Depp as Captain Sparrow in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’

54) Al Pacino as Shylock in the ‘Merchant of Venice’

55) Renee Zellweger in ‘Bridget Jones’
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Personal Poetry: Comment lui dire sans mentir…

Posted on February 3rd, 2005 filed in Personal Poetry and Poems
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(As an adolescent, I was particularly disturbed by the fact that men in suits declare wars and the masses follow instructions….I felt it was all a lie)

Une Fleur à Quatre Pétales,

Noir, Rose, Rouge, Vert Pâle,
Violence, Innocence, Passion, Raison,
Couleur d’Avril, Odeur de Vanille,
Homme Sage, derrière les barres d’une Cage,
L’Esprit lointain de ces Châtiments Vilains.

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The Incredibles Movie Review (9/10)

Posted on January 19th, 2005 filed in Movie Reviews
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Summary:

There was a time where the streets were kept safe and the crime rate was kept low by the honest, hard work of Super Heroes. But due to the redundant lawsuits of those who did ‘not’ want to be rescued, the government forced all superheroes to relocate, hide their identity and cease all ‘super activity’.

Bob Parr, formally known as Mr. Incredible, is living in the suburbs with his wife, former Elastigirl, and their three children. The family struggles hard to fit in and appear “normal” by hiding their powers as Elastigirl, only uses her flexible body to keep in line the shy teenager Violet, who’s constantly turning invisible, the frustrated speedy Dash, who is not allowed to play sports, and baby Jack Jack whose powers are yet to be revealed.

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Favorite Movies of 2004

Posted on January 15th, 2005 filed in Movie Talk
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Here are my top favourite movies of 2004:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Closer

The Incredibles

Kill Bill 2

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Before Sunset

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Personal Poetry: La Fille

Posted on December 30th, 2004 filed in Personal Poetry and Poems
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(This poem is about a horrific war scene which is inspired by a true story)
Hier soir, en un moment de sommeil
J’ai revécu pour la millième fois,
L’horrible scène qu’un jour, j’ai vu.

Là-bas, derrière les vitres,
À travers les collines,
Dans le silence hurlant,
Alignés, tête à tête, des enfants
Qui, vont être tués,
Un à un, leur vies volées
En un coup de feu insensé.

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