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On Main Street this week [Jan. 21st, 2011|08:39 am]
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I can’t think of a more typical small-town-Ontario–in-winter scene than this. Nanookville looked like this Tuesday: it hasn’t snowed a lot - but it has snowed often

Across the street, in the Post Office window, there is the display shown below. It’s to publicize a talk/slide show Meirion and I are doing next Monday evening for The Historical Society, on our trip to Warkworth, UK. When I was there, I had doing something like this in mind, so I took scores of photos which try to capture the favour of the place, not just how it looks. I’ve whittled these down to 70 odd, which we'll speed through in 45 minutes or so. Meirion and I will share the speaking part. In the meantime I need to research a little more about the history of the place.

We’ve always thought that a twinning arrangement between Warkworth, England and Warkworth Ontario (Nanookville’s real name) would be a natural. This presentation may well get the ball rolling on that, we hope.

11012001


Here at home, it's been a busy week with PositiveLite.com, which is experiencing a lot of activity and a impressive increase in visits. I get involved in many blogging issues there.

Lots of other little bits and pieces this week too. I was just looking at my calendar. This week, I’ve worked on the planning committee for the Gay Men’s Health Summit, a large affair taking place in Toronto next month. I’ve worked on the presentation for the Historical Society referred to above. I’m on the executive of Nanookville’s Business Association, serving as its treasurer, and this generates a solid stream of financial-related stuff. And I’m involved as one of the producers of a musical scheduled for March celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Nanookville’s Maple Syrup Festival, a grand affair I’ll write more about later.

Plus I’ve been getting over a cold (again); one of those return-visit colds which seem to involve a dog’s breakfast of ailments so numerous that I sometimes think I have everything that could possibly be wrong with me, short of some of the more exotic STI’s. I’m sure you know what I mean. Health-wise, it never just rains with me, it pours. I even sprained my foot. God knows how.

But on to more important matters, namely the new judges on American Idol. What do people think? Meirion was prepared to give up on the show with the departure of everyone but Randy. I said let’s give it a chance. Turns out Jennifer Lopez – she’s truly beautiful btw -might work out. She is, of course way too nice, and clearly has a hard time saying no. But she seems better suited to the role than any other woman they’ve had on the show since day one, and I think she’ll do OK. Steven Tyler I just don’t know about. I’m not thrilled by lecherous 63 year old grandfathers dressing as teenagers with layers of make up so thick on their face it’s hard to see if a person is under there. Plus he’s full of himself. But who knows. Meanwhile, Randy is just Randy, nice but ultimately irrelevant.

It’s my birthday Sunday. I think we are going to Toronto for dinner with The Cloyce and Lorenzo at Fred’s Not Here. Before that we’ll take in the Tim Burton design show, which is just across the street and also see The King’s Speech. Should be a nice day.

Have a great weekend everybody.
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[User Picture]From: zeppo_marx
2011-01-21 02:38 pm (UTC)
I've given up on Idol. Actually, I gave up on music reality TV when Rock Star went away as I much prefered the talent level on that show.

At any rate - have yourself a great birthday weekend.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-21 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks Mike, and as for giving up on Idol you might just have done the right thing.
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[User Picture]From: changeling72
2011-01-21 03:46 pm (UTC)
Have a good weekend yourself, Rob. It feels like spring here.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-21 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thnak you. It's snowing here.
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[User Picture]From: felixchaser
2011-01-21 04:03 pm (UTC)

Update

Glad to know you are busy, i will ask for a job, look like you are important people at nanookville ! how far from toronto is? I hope you enjoy your trip!!

Hugs
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-21 05:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Update

Important? Nah. Unfortunately there aren't very many jobs around here either.

hugs.
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[User Picture]From: rsc
2011-01-21 04:39 pm (UTC)
We’ve always thought that a twinning arrangement between Warkworth, England and Warkworth Ontario

You could throw in Warkworth, NZ, while you were at it.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-21 05:35 pm (UTC)
We are already twinned with them, but fancy you knowing of the place.
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[User Picture]From: rsc
2011-01-21 06:44 pm (UTC)
We paused there briefly during our trip to NZ in 2007. I think we at least intended to send you a postcard from there, but I can't remember for sure if that intention got carried out.
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[User Picture]From: ciddyguy
2011-01-21 05:58 pm (UTC)
What an interesting week you've had.

Sorry to hear you've got both a cold and a sprained foot. :-(

I love that photo, it IS so typical of small town USA as well during the winter and at first as the photo downloaded, I at first thought you'd caught a vintage car until I could see it was just a run of the mill PT Cruiser, partially covered in snow. :-)

Hope the presentation goes well and that you have a fun Birthday in the big T.



Edited at 2011-01-21 05:58 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-21 10:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, small town USA too, eh? That's good to know. Thanks.

I suspect the look of our two countries is quite similar, except we don't have many Dennys and you don't have many Tom Hortons.

Have a great weekend, John.
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[User Picture]From: mrdreamjeans
2011-01-22 03:59 am (UTC)
First of all, let me wish you a very Happy Birthday on Sunday! Secondly, I hope you feel better ... I still have a cough from the bronchitis back in mid-November. How long do these things last?

I just want to say one other thing ... From the heart ... I am so glad that you are in my life.

HUGS!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-22 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks a million, Neil.
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[User Picture]From: katbyte
2011-01-22 01:18 pm (UTC)
Have a terrific birthday!!!

I heard "The King's Speech" is excellent.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-22 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks a million.
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[User Picture]From: dee_j_bee
2011-01-22 05:42 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday on Sunday, Rob....
Missing you guys!

xoxo,
David & Mike
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-22 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Us too.

:-)
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[User Picture]From: italiangm
2011-01-23 04:35 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! :)
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-23 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: polkaroo
2011-01-23 11:44 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful birthday weekend in Toronto! wishing you all the best!

~Heliinä
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 02:18 am (UTC)
Thank you so much.
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