5 November 2021 - FLOATING McDONALDS BARGE ROTTING IN VANCOUVER

 

FLOATING McDONALDS BARGE 

ROTTING IN VANCOUVER


G'day folks,

Back in 1986, there was a well-known expo in Vancouver known as the Vancouver Expo otherwise known as the World Expo. A huge, world-wide fair, with the theme of “World Exposition on Transportation and Communication”. The fair started in May and went until October of that year featuring different booths and pavilions representing 54 different nations and thousands of corporations. 

 

Each innovative pavilion was designed by a specific company and they all had a unique flare to them. One of the most unique places, one that truly stood out among the rest in the fair, was what the McBarge, a floating McDonalds! 30 years ago, this floating restaurant was the talk of the crowd and thousands of people came from all over to visit the unique McDonalds. Crowds lined up outside to be able to experience luxury and fast food on the water. McDonalds was ambitious to say the least and luxury and innovation were the main goals that the fast food chain was trying to portray.


 

Unfortunately, shortly after the expo the McBarge was quickly forgotten about. The McDonalds was unlike any of its kind. There was nothing like it anywhere and it was designed with a modern nautical feel. It was so unique that people travelled from all over to visit the unique place and experience a McDonalds unlike any other.  The first ever floating McDonalds cost a whopping $8 million to build. It was marketed as a luxury dining experience for wealthy people who were increasingly rejecting fast food.

The interior design definitely did not disappoint featuring hardwood floors, real plants, and panoramic windows allowing the customer to enjoy beautiful views of the open water and the lavish surroundings.




 
 

After 30 years of neglect, this floating McDonalds is now a thing of the past. It would require a lot of work, money and dedication to make this a happy place again. For now, it sits in the river as a reminder of bold design, brave concepts and innovation. The floating McDonalds is sadly a thing of the past slowly being forgotten. In fact, most people don’t even know the history is behind this old attraction sitting in the waters of Vancouver.

 

Clancy's comment: What a waste. Surely, it could be used for something. Maybe a floating gallery?

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23 October 2021 - TOP BOOK REVIEW FOR 'GOTCHA!'

 

TOP BOOK REVIEW FOR

 'GOTCHA!'

G'day folks,

My latest book has received a great review from one of Australia's top book reviewers, Anastasia Gonis. This review appears on 'Kid's Book Review', and I'm grateful for their tireless work in providing reviews for authors.

This is the fourth book in the 'Kick-Ass' series, but I suggest you read the three previous books: 'Kick-Ass Tyler', 'Better Than Sliced Bread', and 'Life sucks!'. 

 


 
Here is the Review:

 The evolution of Sam Tyler from student to professional Barrister makes a fantastic read. Her character is a powerful role model for young adults; generous-hearted, down-to-earth, inspiring, and lovable.

Clancy Tucker’s latest novel, Gotcha! the fourth book in the Kick Ass series, finds Sam on her last day at Folkestone University. Although it’s a happy time, Sam reflects on all the things she achieved and the people that supported her on her journey to who she has become.

At nearly twenty-two, Sam has completed her Bachelor of Criminal Law with Honours, and passed her Bar exam. She is very proud of her personal accomplishments and is looking forward to the next chapter of her life.

Her new job with a prestigious law firm, sees T-shirts and jeans replaced with a professional look. Her new apartment in the best part of town – a gift from her gran, promises new friends and neighbours.

Sam settles into a routine quickly and confidently, but finds that juggling work and a long distance relationship with her boyfriend Mick, is no easy task. Mick’s family will make life-changing decisions concerning their farm, Karaminga, which is struggling financially due to the drought. A joyful surprise adds to the reinvention of Sam Tyler.

At work, Sam cuts her teeth on a complex case that holds many unanswered questions. It is a class action against an unscrupulous tractor company distributing through Australia and Asia.

Sharp as a tack, analytical and questioning, Sam delves deep, above and beyond normal expectations, to dig up the truth from the contradictory evidence she is given to examine.  She discovers that the law is not always adhered to, even by lawyers, and uncovers corruption in the corridors of power where manipulation is a tool used without conscience.

Determined to expose her unethical associate even after she is threatened with payback, Sam refers to her professional network; connections made during her lengthy public recovery from cancer, to confirm her line of investigation.

Although absorbed with her legal commitments, Sam finds time to teach karate to the adults and children of her diverse community. Intervening in a violent domestic dispute, and later disarming a man in a public place using her defence skills, she fulfills her personal commitment to always help others.

When her associate is taken seriously ill during a crucial time in the court proceedings, Sam must step up and take control. Determined to bring the scoundrel down, although inexperienced, can she convince the judge with her well-constructed cross-examination?

The court scenes are thrilling and well-researched. Tucker has created another riveting and detailed novel built around important social issues. As always, his characters’ voices are the conduit for his inherent belief in helping others, doing what is right, and giving people a second chance. 

 


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Clancy's comment: Thank you, Anastasia. Your blood is worth bottling. This book is ideal for teenagers or adults, but especially for young women. The main character, Sam, is inspiring.

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14 October 2021 - THE EXTRAORDINARY NEWSPAPER ROCK IN UTAH

 


THE EXTRAORDINARY

 NEWSPAPER ROCK IN UTAH


G'day folks,

 One of the world’s largest collections of petroglyphs records 2,000 years of human activity. 

For approximately 2,000 years, Native Americans have been carving petroglyphs into a single slab of sandstone located in San Juan County, Utah. While the precise meaning of the petroglyphs is not fully understood, the panel nonetheless provides an intriguing insight into human activities in the area.

Petroglyphs are hard to date, but archaeologists believe the earliest petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock likely date back to the Archaic, Basketmaker, Fremont, and Pueblo cultures, up until around 1300. Later, Utah, Navajo, and Anglo tribesmen added to the panel. In the Navajo language, the rock is aptly known as Tse’ Hane, or “the rock that tells a story.”



 About 650 individual designs cover the surface of the 200-square-foot rock, making it one of the largest collections of petroglyphs in the world. The petroglyphs were made by chipping away at the desert varnish, a dark coating found on exposed rock surfaces in arid environments, to reveal the lighter rock beneath.




 The designs range from abstract shapes and symbols to more recognizable human and animal figures. Some of the stranger designs include wagon wheel-like shapes and bizarre, broad-shouldered humanoid figures with horns on their heads. Others depict deer, buffalo, bighorn sheep, lizards, snakes and turtles.

More recent carvings, beginning around 650 years ago, show men on horseback, some armed with bows and arrows. The relative age of the petroglyphs can be determined by the amount of desert varnish covering the figures, with the older designs typically being darker in color due to the repatination of surface minerals.

Clancy's comment: I could stare at these for hours. Simply stunning. 

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3 December 2021 - THE FAMOUS COTTON TREE IN FREETOWN

 

THE FAMOUS COTTON 

TREE IN FREETOWN

 

G'day folks,

The oldest of its kind in the country, this tree sits where formerly enslaved people are said to have founded the city of Freetown.  

The historic symbol of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, is a large kapok tree known as the “Cotton Tree.” According to legend, the tree gained importance in 1792 when a group of formerly enslaved people settled the site of what is now Freetown.

After the American Revolution, the British granted freedom to the enslaved people who had fought with the Crown during the war. Some so-called “Black Loyalists” were given land and supplies to resettle in British-controlled Nova Scotia, while others went to London and parts of the Caribbean. In 1787, some 4,000 formerly enslaved people were resettled in Sierra Leone—regardless of where they or their ancestors had originally come from. Five years later, another group emigrated from Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone.


 

According to the story, when the first boat arrived, they walked up to a large tree just above the bay and held a Thanksgiving service there, praying and singing hymns. That tree still stands, now between the courthouse and the National Museum. Though its exact age is unknown, it is known to have existed in 1787 and believed to be the oldest cotton tree in the nation. The Cotton Tree is an iconic monument in the capital and appears on the 10,000 Leones banknotes.

Clancy's comment: Let's hope it lasts forever. 

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2 December 2021 - THE CAMONDO STAIRS IN GALATA, TURKEY

 

THE CAMONDO STAIRS IN 

GALATA, TURKEY


G'day folks,

Here is a gorgeous, Gaudí-esque stairway constructed in the city of Galata by a prominent Jewish family. 

A prominent Sephardic Jewish family, the House of Camondo (or Kamondo), established themselves in the Galata district of Istanbul after Austrians took over Venice in 1798. A few years later, they founded their own bank branching into finance.

Abraham Salomon Camondo, brother of the bank’s founder, inherited the bank after his brother Isaac died in 1832. Until the Imperial Ottoman Bank was founded in 1863, he served the empire as its prime banker. He financially assisted Venice and aided in ts liberation from Austrian control. For these contributions, he was ennobled by King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy in 1870.

Abraham died three years later, but his two grandsons succeeded in expanding their banking business in Paris. The family did not survive World War II, as the last of its members were murdered in Auschwitz.



Their legacies can still be found in Istanbul, including their seaside mansion, which is currently used by the Turkish Navy. But the most notable, and perhaps most loved is the Camondo Stairs in Galata, which were built by Abraham Salomon Camondo during the 1870s.



Designed with a fusion of the Neo-Baroque and early Art Nouveau styles, this curvaceous, almost Gaudí-esque stairway was constructed as a shortcut for Camondo to reach Bankalar Caddesi (Banks Street), and for his children to go to school. Its hexagonal shape is believed to have been designed to prevent his children from falling further down the steps should they slip.

Clancy's comment: What a great legacy, eh?

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4 December 2021 - TURKISH TRAIN CLIMBS STEEP HILL IN 90 SECONDS

 

TURKISH TRAIN CLIMBS 

STEEP HILL IN 90 SECONDS


G'day folks,

This train can climb a steep hill in 90 seconds on the second-oldest urban subway in the world. 

This short railway has served Istanbul’s residents and visitors since the late 19th century. It is the oldest existing underground train in continental Europe, and second-oldest in the world after the London Underground.

In the mid-19th century, the Ottoman Empire was opening to international trade and many Europeans began to settle in the then capital. Many of them lived in the ​​Pera neighborhood (today known as Beyoğlu), where residences, luxury hotels, and embassies were located at the top of a steep hill, and the banks, warehouses, and exchange offices where many Europeans worked were located at the base, closer to the ports lining the Golden Horn. 

When the French engineer Eugène-Henri Gavand first arrived in Istanbul in 1867, he was surprised to see how many people trekked down and up the steep hill on Yüksek Kaldirim Avenue every day. He thought a funicular railway would make the trip easier. 



 Gavand returned to France to prepare his project, and in 1869 presented it to Sultan Abdelaziz. The project was approved but delayed for several years during the Franco-Prussian War. Construction resumed after the war and Tünel opened to the public in January 1875. 

At that time, the train consisted of a steam engine pulling two wooden cars. The first car held passengers, while the second was used to transport goods livestock and carriages. 



 
The line was closed for modernization in 1968, reopening in 1971 with electric power and steel cars. It continues to operate today. The Tünel is part of the historic city’s transportation network, moving about 12,000 people between the Karakoy and Beyoğlu stations every day.

Clancy's comment: Istanbul is one of my favourite cities. 

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