Five Things I Learned Last Week

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While I fight to rehydrate and the Vancouver heat wave fights to turn me into a dessicated husk, here’s five things I learned last week. The impossible space drive isn’t so impossible Canada is getting it’s own Fangoria Horror Convention Horror-Rama – Unfortunately, it’s in Toronto. Unfortunate because that means I probably can’t go, not unfortunate because Toronto is a bad location or anything. I’m not reading all the horror magazines I should be – At least according to LitReactor. David J Rodger is giving away a Cthulhu Mythos short story called Hokan – Yes, I’m pretty late with this one. Amanda Palmer sung backup vocals on one of Weird Al Yankovic’s new songs – and she’s very happy about it.   Now, time to retreat to somewhere cooler and do some writing. [Five Things I Learned Last Week by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 4th August 2014]

Canada – August 2008 – Lost Lake

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Despite threatening to learn every winter, neither of us ski or snowboard so we only visit Whistler in the summer to hike, read and just generally relax. This lake isn’t actually lost, it’s very well signposted, but it’s one of our favourite places to visit. Vancouver has a Lost Lagoon, also not actually lost, also one of our favourite places to visit (and run). [Canada – August 2008 – Lost Lake by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 14th February 2014]  

Canada – September 2007 – Sand Sculptures

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Harrison, home of the Harrison Lake and the Harrison Hot Springs used to hold an annual sand sculpture competition. This is from the first year we went. We’d actually just gone to take a look around and visit the Hot Springs but when we got there we discovered the sand sculpture competition. Dozens of temporary works of art created from sand. Impressive stuff. Unfortunately, the competition doesn’t run any more but you can find a lot more photos here (or just by searching Google for Harrison Sand Sculptures) [Canada – September 2007 – Sand Sculptures by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 13th February 2014]

Canada – June 2006 – Canucks Spirit Bear

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Every couple of years or so the B.C. Lions Society for Children with Disabilities runs a charity sculpture project. This is from the 2006 “Spirit Bear” campaign which saw 200 fibreglass Kermode bears distributed around BC. Each one was painted by local artists and auctioned off once the “exhibition” ended. [Canada – June 2006 – Canucks Spirit Bear by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 12th February 2014]

Canada – February 2005 – English Bay

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This is a photo I took shortly after I arrived in Vancouver looking from the beach, across English Bay to the mountains. [Canada – February 2005 – English Bay by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 11th February 2014]

Nine Years On

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I sort of forgot because we had a busy day but Saturday marked the ninth anniversary of my arrival in Canada. I can honestly say that moving here was the second best decision I’ve ever made (the first being to struggle past my teenage insecurities to chat to the cute girl my friend had invited out to the pub with us). Vancouver is a great place to live. It’s safe, clean and friendly and doesn’t have the over crowding of cities like London. There’s a decent theatre and music scene, plenty of sports if that’s your thing and if you’re the outdoors type you’ve got the Seawall, Stanley Park and Grouse, Cyprus and Seymour Mountains. Travelling to the US is easy and if you don’t want to bother with cross-border travel there’s always Whistler, the Sunshine Coast or Tofino. Yes, it’s not perfect. The relatively warm climate attracts the homeless, like any city it has its drug problems and it rains quite a lot (it’s raining now). Still, we don’t get the heavy winter snow that the rest of Canada endures and without that rain we wouldn’t have the parks and forests. Will we stay here forever? Who knows. Are there … Read More