Monday, April 30, 2007

Blog Guelph: Daily Dose of Guelph

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In a former life, I lived in a small, rural town of 1700 with a weekly newspaper that really had to scrape for news. Great gossipy columns would be dedicated to the out of town guests at Merle and Edna's Sunday dinner, who's dog had puppies or just what body part was acting up on the most newly admitted person to the local hospital.

Today's series of 6 posts is kind of like that.

We'll start with the horn tooting headlines.

BLOG GUELPH RANKS NUMBER ONE IN THE

Aussiejourno’s Weekly Blog Awards

Blog Guelph has been in the top ten of these awards for about a month - which was cool enough for me. Now - well - geez, we've gotten the big nod!

I'd like to thank David McMahon for starting the awards in the first place and Joel for working so hard as this weeks judge. And of course where would Blog Guelph be without the zillions of terrific photographer's!

Photo-less - that's where.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Tap Water Gets Sexy

~ For more images by EyeFocus, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account or click on their Blog Guelph Label.

Thanks to the controversy that's brewing over our drinking water, Guelph tap water is seeing a resurgence of popularity.

Comment One: I refused my first plastic bottle of water on Saturday night. Instead I got a glass and drank from the tap.

Comment Two: It was so liberating. Not a plastic bottle anywhere. We just drank water straight from the tap - and it tasted so good.


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Blog Guelph: Shadow One


Inside-Outside (1321), originally uploaded by lio2006.

A Blog Guelph Philosophy ~ You know you've got something when two people take a photo of the same thing.

Photo Credit Lio2006 ~ click the pic.

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Blog Guelph: Recovering Ryder

~ For more images by The Giant Vermin, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account or click on their Blog Guelph Label.

Our most frequent Blog Guelph Canine is resting comfortably after having her 'girl bits removed' at the vets. Poppa of Ryder bought her this convalescing bunny, which she later attacked in a fit of feeling better.

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Blog Guelph: Newspaper Box Needs Help

~ For more images by Dave Noyle, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account or click on Dave's Blog Guelph Label.

Will anyone heed this cry for help from the National Post box on Quebec Street?

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Blog Guelph: The Mustang Drive-In

Photo Credit: Stingray ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.


I'm short on time today dear readers so a sweet three posts is all you get.

Should you be looking for a good old fashioned experience this weekend, our independently owned Mustang Drive-In , located east of Guelph just off highway 7 could be what you're looking for. At the very least, visit their website to see the baseball playing hot dog.

Enjoy your weekend. And if you think of it - tell a friend about Blog Guelph.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Guelph Flickr Photography Show

Photo Credit: Denim ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.

If you've been enjoying the photography featured on Blog Guelph then do make the effort to drop by the Red Brick Cafe sometime between April 30th - June 2nd and gaze upon the images that will grace the walls. Yes folks, several of the more ambitious members of our Guelph Flickr Photography group organized a juried show of downtown Guelph pics for a show in the real world.

If you actually want to meet some of the talent, then drop by for the show opening - why aren't we fancy - on Wednesday May 2nd at 7pm 8 pm to 10 pm.

The Red Brick is on Douglas Street in the heart of Downtown Guelph.

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Blog Guelph: Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival

Photo Credit: Randy Sutherland ~ For more images by this photographer, please click this link and visit his photo blog.


This Sunday is International Dance Day - a timely and wonderful reminder that dance is an ancient form of expression rooted in community celebration and that Guelph has an entire festival dedicated to this wonderful fusion of mind and body.

With only a month to go, now would be an excellent time to get your tickets for the upcoming Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival - slated for May 31 - June 3. There's an incredible selection of both ticketed and complimentary events to enjoy in various venues around the city including Exhibition Park and St. George's Square downtown.

And I'm told that this year’s festival is dedicated to children, an idea whose day has finally come, according to the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival. “Our festival is very child-friendly: : Fully half of our performances take place in parks and in public squares, places where children don’t have to contain their exuberance and their genuine fascination with the beauty and rhythm of dance,” comments artistic director, Catrina von Radecki.

Check out the festival website for the line up, then get out your calendar. Trust me - if you want to be uplifted, you really want to catch as much of the festival as your time will permit.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Blog Guelph: The Pagani Style

Photo Credit: Cool Baby ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.

Today I'm pleased to offer a series of 6 posts that feature the work of two Guelph architects ~ Dario Pagani (1903-1986) and his son Richard Pagani (b 1930). This series was inspired by photographer Cool Baby.

Dario Pagani was born in Milan Italy and moved to Guelph in the 1930's. His first home located at 49 Metcalfe Street was built in 1936 by Dario for his family and has been deemed the first "modern" house in Guelph.

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Blog Guelph: The Delhi Street Apartments

Photo Credit: Cool Baby ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.


If you're cruising down Eramosa Road toward downtown Guelph, you can't help but notice this three story, nicely proportioned apartment block on the right hand side, facing Delhi Street. Built in 1936 by Dario - it was a rare bird in the early Guelph landscape of no apartments.


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Blog Guelph: College Avenue Public School

Photo Credit: Cool Baby ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.


Richard Pagani designed College Ave P.S., located just west of Edinburgh Rd on College in 1959. His Boston M.I.T. education and influence are touted as the reason behind the odd design.

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Blog Guelph: 13 Evergreen Drive

Photo Credit: Cool Baby ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.

I was fortunate enough to host one of my Breast of Canada calendar launches in this home during the time it was owned by Guelph artist Doug Haines and web designer Sandy Walsh.

Thirteen Evergreen was built in 1961 by Richard, with his father's help, to be used as his own home. A few year's ago, it was featured in the annual Doors Open Guelph (coming up this weekend) and has been designated a heritage building by the City of Guelph.


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Blog Guelph: 6 Tobey Avenue

Photo Credit: Cool Baby ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.

The flat roofed, contemporary style of house is not a common sight in Guelph or Ontario for that matter. I suspect winter is the main reason.

Number 6 Tobey, which I have never laid eyes on, was designed in 1960 by Ricard Pagani and features redwood walls and a flat, eave less roof.


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Blog Guelph: Omark Building

Photo Credit: Cool Baby ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.


You may recognize this as the Blount Building.

I found this on the company website: "In 1965 a new building of 85,000 square feet was constructed on a 17-acre site on the present Edinburgh Road site. The new building won a national architecture award."

Funny that they wouldn't mention the architects name; Richard Pagani.

Other Pagani inspired structures have already gone the way of the wreaking ball - including Memorial Gardens - which is currently being transformed into the new City of Guelph Administration building.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Blog Guelph: Guelph Graffiti Artists

Photo Credit: Blairware ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
To see all the Guelph Graffiti currently posted on Blog Guelph, land on this link.


It's the sunshine free apex of another week in good old Guelph Ontario and here's what I'm wondering. Who are Guelph's graffiti artists?

Here are nine selections of Guelph graffiti for you to ponder, enjoy, hate, love or ignore.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Demanding

Photo Credit: Johnny Ballgame ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
To see all the Guelph Graffiti currently posted on Blog Guelph, land on this link.




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Blog Guelph: Instant Messaging

Photo Credit: Johnny Ballgame ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
To see all the Guelph Graffiti currently posted on Blog Guelph, land on this link.




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Blog Guelph: Looking at You

Photo Credit: Sandra Regina ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
To see all the Guelph Graffiti currently posted on Blog Guelph, land on this link.



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Blog Guelph: Devilish

Photo Credit: Johnny Ballgame ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
To see all the Guelph Graffiti currently posted on Blog Guelph, land on this link.



Go here to see the 'before' version.

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Blog Guelph: Tag

Photo Credit: VW Busman ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
To see all the Guelph Graffiti currently posted on Blog Guelph, land on this link.



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Blog Guelph: Illumination

Photo Credit: Sandra Regina ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
To see all the Guelph Graffiti currently posted on Blog Guelph, land on this link.



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Blog Guelph: Cons

Photo Credit: Johnny Ballgame ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
To see all the Guelph Graffiti currently posted on Blog Guelph, land on this link.


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Blog Guelph: Sparky

Photo Credit: Johnny Ballgame ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
To see all the Guelph Graffiti currently posted on Blog Guelph, land on this link.


From the Kent Street Canvas. And yes, Johnny Ballgame is Guelph's king of graffiti photography.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blog Guelph: Simple Spring

Photo Credit: Edeva ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.


Today's series of six photos have a common thread of spring woven within. Nature is waking up and kicking into gear in Guelph right now. Love is in the air ~ and lust is in the loins.

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Blog Guelph: Lost or Found?

Photo Credit: Cinnamon Gurl ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.

Spring - a time to find what was lost.

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Blog Guelph: Toad Crossing Guard

Photo Credit: KJane ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.

This news is unlikely to make the front page of our daily paper - and yet - every year at about this time, a gazzillion Guelph toads go on a dangerous pilgrimage across Arthur Street to their summer home on the Speed River for some hot toady action. Without being too graphic, many of our amphibian residence find the street crossing a crushing experience - hence the voluntary Toad Crossing Guards.

Dozens of Guelph citizens heed the call of our horny friends and head out into the night with buckets and flashy safety vests to both warn motorists and catch and carry toads to safety - thereby ensuring more croaking and less croaking if you know what I mean.

Just one more reason why living in Guelph leaves a good taste in your mouth.

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Blog Guelph: Proposal

Photo Credit: Denim ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.

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Blog Guelph: Spring Blue

Photo Credit: Blairware ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.

Spring ~ as lovely as it appears on the surface, can be a tumultuous time for the human psyche. We can easily assume that more light and warmer temperatures are good for us, but in truth, these abrupt changes take time to settle into.

Go easy.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Blog Guelph: Earth Day In Guelph

Photo Credit: Downtown Lynn

Today I offer three images from the weekend - which for those of you that missed the Guelph version - was spectacular in the weather department.

Guelph Earth Day celebrations were enjoyed by many - from simple walks and gardening to cleaning up garbage and planting trees.

Let's consider this earth year shall we?

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: Did I mention the weather?

Photo Credit: The Giant Vermin.

It's true. Guelph people jumped for joy because the weather was so darn nice.

Blog Guelph: April 20 - 4:20

Believe it or not, hundreds of University of Guelph students celebrated the 'green' on Johnston's Green for the Annual 4:20. According to local media reports - no police or authorities interfered with the 'smoke out'.

Click the pic to see more images by Compscigrad.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Blog Guelph: Looking For Earthy Action?

Photo by The Giant Vermin
Looking for something Earthy to do?

The following five posts offer possibilities for pleasure this Earth Day weekend and throughout the coming week.

If the creative bug bites, you could take some photos for Blog Guelph - the very easy "how too do that" tutorial awaits you right here.

And looking to the future, the Guelph Flickr Group are having their first juried, public show at the Red Brick Cafe on Douglas Street for the month of May. Opening Night festivities are planned for May 2.

Enjoy.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: More Trains Please

Click the Pic.

"It's Time for More Passenger Trains"

Sponsored by Transport 2000 Canada the public meeting will be held at
Norfolk United Church - 75 Norfolk Street in Guelph
on April 26th at 7:30 pm.

For more information call Paul Langan at 519.654.0089


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Blog Guelph: Seedy Saturday

Photo by Sue Richards

Okay so this isn't until next weekend.....and it's about 25 minutes out of town.

Seedy Saturday At Everdale Farm
Saturday April 28; 10:00am-3:00pm
General Admission to Everdale

Come out to Everdale and find all those wonderful hard to get heritage seeds, and organic vegetable transplants. Trade, buy and sell. Mini workshops on Biointensive gardening and Compost Tea! (YUM) Kid's activities, fun for the whole family.

Click the link for directions and details.


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Blog Guelph: Earth360 Creative Expo

Taken at Ignatius Jesuit Retreat Center in Guelph by Sue Richards

Photo buffs may be interested in this Environmental Art Exhibit taking place in Old Quebec Street Mall as part of EARTH360 Creative Expo - April 20-22.

Featuring environmental art from students, non-profits and community members will be showcased alongside the CBC's Nature of Things Photo Contest. The exhibit will also highlight recently unearthed photography by Henry Kock (circa 1970's) - which in itself will make the experience worthwhile.

I'm told Elizabeth May - leader of the Green Party will be speaking in St George's Square sometime on Saturday afternoon too.

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Blog Guelph: Fork In The Road

Photo by Stingrayz


If you come to a fork in the road this weekend, perhaps some 'make fun of TV' film would satisfy....

TV DINNER: Let's Exploit the Televisual Fantasy

~8pm, Saturday April 21, 2007~

67 Norfolk Street, Guelph (above Curry in a Hurry)

!FREE ADMISSION!


The Event: An Ed Video screening of 4 videos showcasing a selection of ironic plays on corporate media by video artists in Canada (two from Guelph) made during the second half of the 1970s and early 1980s. Described as satiric, odd and funny the TV format + not TV play out like some kind of strange dream.

Go to this Ed Video link for full details.

As an added note - next week is National TV Turnoff Week. Can you do it?

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Blog Guelph: T'was A Dark and Foggy Night

Guelph's Covered Bridge on a foggy Night by FunRevival. Click the pic.

I've been saving up night time shots from around the city - which I'm happy to present to you today.

I couldn't help but notice that barely a creature is stirring in any of the six images in today's series. I assure you that we are not under a curfew in Guelph, and from experience I know that Guelph does have a rather robust nightlife. Perhaps everyone is getting their beauty sleep.

This is our beautiful timberframe, covered bridge. It spans the Speed River at the confluence of the Eramosa River.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: T'was A Dark and Clear Night

Guelph's Covered Bridge at Night by DaveNoyle. Click the pic.

Same bridge, different night and photographer.

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Blog Guelph: Carden Street and Wyndham Street

Downtown Guelph at Night by LillMiss. Click the pic.

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Blog Guelph: Garbage Night in the Hood

Garbage Night in Guelph by eyeFocus. Click the pic.

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Blog Guelph: Johnston Hall and Winegard Walk

University of Guelph at Night by FunRevival. Click the pic.

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Blog Guelph: Fast Speed

Speed River at Night by LillMiss. Click the pic.

Taken by Neeve Street and Wellington, the Speed River shows signs of - speed.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Blog Guelph: The Secret of Guelph


Today I offer several secrets over seven posts.

I have not read or watched the much talked about 'The Secret' so I dare not tread where I am not familiar. But, I do feel qualified to share some other secrets that I've gleaned with the passing of time and my quarter century in G-town - one being that Guelph cartoonist Gareth Lind is one very funny, smart and talented guy.

This should not be a secret - given Gareth's very long career in the 'toon' biz. While 'the best kept secret' has a romantic tone to it, his talent needs a broader audience. I hope that you dear Blog Guelph readers will work your bloggy love vibe and make his site viral.

He posts a fresh, biting strip every Thursday on at this link.

Sue Richards

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Blog Guelph: The Secret of Spring

Click this pic - taken in Guelph on the actual first day of spring - to see more Stingray photographs.

.... is patience.

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Blog Guelph: The Secret of Mud

Click this pic of Ryder to see more Giant Vermin photographs.

....is understood by dogs.

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Blog Guelph: The Secret of Hiring

Click this Guelph pic to see more Cinnamon Gurl photographs.

...is being clear.

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Blog Guelph: The Secret of Time

Click this early morning pic to see more Memotions photographs.

...is stillness.

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Blog Guelph: The Secret Hiding Place for Grocery Carts

Click this downtown Guelph pic to see more Cinnamon Gurl photographs.

...is behind the Red Brick Cafe on Douglas Street in downtown Guelph.

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Blog Guelph: The Secret of Life


Little crosses from St.Joseph's cemetary. Click the pic to see more Alan Norsworthy's photographs.

...is knowing that death IS coming.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Blog Guelph: Your Family's Health

Photo Credit: Denim

Today's series of five posts focus on a variety of topics and images that struck me as interesting and in this case important.

Here's the skinny on number one. Currently 'we the people' of this great nation of ours have something called health freedom. As example - we can choose to buy and take vitamins without the approval of our medical doctor.

I don't know about you but I've successfully practised vitamin taking for a very long time with no ill effects.

So.....in a slightly louder typeface..... HERE'S THE BUTT OF THE LATEST WAY YOU AND I MAY BE CONTROLLED IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.

On April 30, 2007 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will close the public comment period on "Guidance" which will classify every alternative practice as medicine so that only licensed physicians can carry out the procedure AND vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc., will suddenly become "untested drugs" which will be forbidden.

Imagine - busted for vitamins!

Read more AND register your concern in two minutes by going to this website.


Sue Richards

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For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.