Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mermaid Parade 2008

Here is Frida on top of 50 Rockefeller Plaza.  

June 21 we took a madcap trip to New York to see the Mermaid Parade on Coney Island.  
The journey started with an overnight bus trip arriving at Penn Station 8 AM Saturday morning.  After breakfast at the Tick Tock diner, we took a friend to see some sights-Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, Staten Island Ferry before taking the long subway journey to Coney Island.

The parade is a magnificent affair; a bohemian fantasy of glitter and paint, sweat, blood and beers.  And we could not have asked for a better day.  It was sunny, 27˚C, blue skies and no humidity.

When the parade ended,  the boardwalk became a heaving sea of humanity.  We dove in for awhile and all too soon, it was time to go back to Manhattan to catch the bus home.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

John Barrowman at CBC

What a treat!  To promote the new CBC television series "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?",  the 10 Maria finalists, Simon Lee, Gavin Crawford and  "genetically perfect" John Barrowman made a lunchtime appearance at CBC Toronto's Barbara Frum atrium.  

I managed to grab a couple of pics and an autograph and learned that John will be in our Pride Day parade.  Doctor Who and Torchwood fans rejoice.  Lay-ee-odl-lay-ee-odl-oo!


WSFF Jun 10-15

Frida snapped this picture of me Sunday in between thunderstorms.

I took holidays from my day job to work for the Worldwide Short Film Festival.  It was physically exhausting working on average a 12 hour day with no dinner breaks, 5 hours sleep but always worth the effort. Reunited with old friends, worked with some fantastic volunteers and was party to a friend's most embarrassing festival moment ever ( to which I will only taunt you).

Seeing how I was working,  I saw very few films.  My favourites were "I Am Bob"- a comedy starring Bob Geldof, German drama "Sommersontag"and "Wishbone and the Machine"-a captivating film of kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson.


Sunday, June 1, 2008

A New Adventure

Yesterday, I did it.  I booked a trip to India.

Frida and I celebrated with a coffee at the Dark Horse Espresso Bar