By Dorothy Dobbie In 1882, Englishman Percy Criddle arrived in Manitoba to take up homesteading. His unconventional lifestyle would not prevent many of his 13 children from creating an indelible mark on our history. In 1882, Percy Criddle arrived in … Continue reading The incredible Criddles and Vanes of Manitoba
Altona punches above its weight in the arts department By Dorothy Dobbie Altona businessman Johann Schwartz, flush with money from building elevators to accommodate the grain trade on the recently arrived railroads in Manitoba, created his dream home in 1902. … Continue reading Canada’s Sunflower Capital
By Tania Moffat Mysteries and myths prevail around one of the world’s most isolated islands. It is a place of many names. Natives once referred to it as Ti Pito O Te Henua (the navel of the world) and Mata … Continue reading Explore the myths and legends that surround the isolated island of Rapa Nui
By Sumeep Bath When it comes to breathtaking vistas, seemingly endless open space and pristine lakes bordered by dense forestland, it’s pretty hard to beat Northwestern Ontario. This is an unspoiled part of the world that any self-respecting nature lover … Continue reading IISD Experimental Lakes Area – The world’s living laboratory
By Michael Badejo To quote the old saying, time flies. It sure has at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, which has just celebrated a fantastic anniversary: our beloved terminal just turned five! If the airport was a city, think of … Continue reading A high five for Winnipeg Richardson International Airport’s terminal
By Dorothy Dobbie The airport waiting room is packed with excited people all going to Churchill, Man., the only deep-sea port on the prairies. I meet someone who has just arrived from a France that was still in shock from … Continue reading Journey to Churchill – Answering the call of the North
With the occurrence of two key events, it has seemed over the past few years that an outdoor NHL game being played in Winnipeg would be almost a foregone conclusion. The first event was the return of the Jets in May of 2011, bringing an NHL hockey team back to the city for the first time since 1996. The second, and equally important, event was the completion of Investors Group Field in 2013. Continue reading “An inevitable classic Winnipeg experience”
Go on location Oscar-Winning best picture locations in Los Angeles
By Lindsay Blake
Los Angeles has been home to the Academy Awards ever since the very first ceremony was held on May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Eight Oscar trophies were handed out that night, including one to “Wings” for Outstanding Picture. In the ensuing decades, numerous Best Picture winners have filmed in L.A. Here are ten memorable Oscar-winning movie locations that are found in the City of Angels.
“The Sting” – Santa Monica Pier Carousel
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA
Though “The Sting” was set in 1930s-era Chicago, the1974 Best Picture winner was lensed largely in the City of Angels. One of the most prominent locations featured in the flick was the Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome, where grifter Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) works with his scrappy girlfriend, Billie (Eileen Brennan). To give the carousel the illusion of being located in the Windy City, artist Albert Whitlock superimposed a matte painting of the Chicago skyline behind the two-story Moorish structure of the Hippodrome. Located adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier, the Hippodrome was originally constructed in 1916 by Charles I.D. Looff and hisson, Arthur, and looks much the same today as it did in “The Sting.” Three different merry go-rounds have called the place home over the years. The current one, the Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel #62,was built in 1922 and transferred to Santa Monica in 1947. Continue reading “Go on location Oscar-Winning best picture locations in Los Angeles”
Britain’s gardens in April reveal more than they know
Story and photos by Dorothy Dobbie
The psyche of the people of Britain, who look nature square in the eye and meet her head-on, both playfully and domineeringly, speaks through her gardens.
It is late April, a little rainy, the clouds are interspersed with sunshine that falls like a benediction. The gardens are just awakening. Dazzling autumn planted bulbs impose themselves on the muted landscape. They are laid out in great sweeps of bright blue hyacinth, sunny yellow daffodils and lipstick red tulips. Itis clear that they are not native here, but their cheeriness is welcome just the same. Their lives will be short but showy.
We are at the Royal Horticultural Society’s headquarters, a 60-acre garden at Wisley in Surrey, 90 minutes from London. After three days in the city, we are ready for some fresh garden air and some not-so-man-made marvels. The gardens do not disappoint. Unexpected swathes of pink, coral, white and red rhododendrons glow through the mist among the still naked trees and shrubs. A late camellia imitates tall roses. Magnolias push their tulip-shaped buds from leafless branches. Along the water ways, skunk weed grows like low-lying sunshine, beautiful in spite of its unpleasant name (and, up close, odour). The air is chill and damp, but invigorating, and when the sun touches down, it leaves a wash of sweetness in its path. Continue reading “Britain’s gardens in April reveal more than they know”