An inevitable classic Winnipeg experience

 

The unveiling of the “classic” jerseys at Portage and Main. Left to right: Kevin Lowe, Dave Semenko, Cam Talbot, Blake Wheeler, Thomas Steen and Dale Hawerchuk.
The unveiling of the “classic” jerseys at Portage and Main. Left to right: Kevin Lowe, Dave Semenko, Cam Talbot, Blake Wheeler, Thomas Steen and Dale Hawerchuk.

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

Go on location Oscar-Winning best picture locations in Los Angeles

By Lindsay Blake

The Academy Awards have been drawing Hollywood's elite since 1929.
The Academy Awards have been drawing Hollywood’s elite since 1929.
The Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome on the Santa Monica Pier.
The Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome on the Santa Monica Pier.

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

The Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier is one of the few surviving all-wooden carousels in the world.
The Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier is one of the few surviving all-wooden carousels in the world.

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

Britain’s gardens in April reveal more than they know

Story and photos by Dorothy Dobbie

The Tower of London is surrounded by a park.
The Tower of London is surrounded by a park.

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.

A model garden at a Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley.
A model garden at a Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley.

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”