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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Candle for Mum

You loved and laughed, you loved life,

A year has gone by without you by our side,

Yet we cannot with this grief cope or deal,

Wounds in our hearts are hard to heal.

A mother and a friend you’ve always been

We miss your smile, your reassuring ways,

Your love, warmth, guidance and comfort,

Your prayers and blessings we still seek.

Suffering and pain, you bore it all,

Never did you complain,

Still in disbelief,

We can only grieve.

Time heals all wounds they say,

But your untimely departure has left an indelible scar

We pay homage today dear Mother

And light a candle in your memory from afar.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Space Needle, Seattle, WA, USA.


The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington. It is a symbol of Seattle and a major landmark. It is located at the Seattle Center and was built for the 1962 World Fair. It stands at 605 ft (184m) at its highest point. It features an observation deck at 520 ft. and a rotating restaurant with a gift shop. Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle via elevators that travel at 10 miles per hour. The trip takes 43 seconds and some tourists wait in hour-long lines in order to ascend to the top of the tower that culminates with a breathtaking view of the city of Seattle.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011


A fumbling, mumbling, forgetful, unassuming sleuth in a shabby trench-coat, who invariably always seemed to have had 'just one more thing' on his mind in his persistent quest in solving crimes, has sadly passed away. He has held us spell-bound and in awe with his numerous weekly episodes, glued to the television set through the 1970's.

Peter Falk was one of those fine actors who we rushed home from work to eagerly watch him in his role as Columbo in the television series of the same name. I feel sad that a famous icon of a very entertaining television detective series is no more.

I can still picture the man - trench-coat clad, cigar chomping, driving a battered 1959 Peugeot 403 Convertible. Brilliant actor. We'll miss him.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

1979: Vintage Ford roadster at a Khorlim lumber yard (on the way to Assagao)
Mapusa, Bardez, Goa, India

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Cable Cars of San Francisco

For the mechanically oriented the San Francisco cable car system is a real treat, both to see and to ride. It is simply a fascinating experience - something that a tourist will remember for a long time after hopping on this world's last permanently operational manually operated cable car system. This is basically a tramway whose cars are pulled along by cables embedded in the street. No onboard motor, no steering. Only one operators and one attendant take care of each cable car. The operator controls the cable car by means of a set of giant levers that latch onto the cable below the ground for starting and stopping at several points along the route from Downtown near Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf, and a third route along California Street. While the cable cars are used to a certain extent by commuters, their small service area and premium fares for single rides make them more of a tourist attraction. They are among the most significant tourist sites in the city, along with Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Father - The Player

My Father - The Player

I grew up in the fifties with a very practical and extremely loving father - may he rest in peace - they had a name for him in the small village where I grew up – the official repairman around the house or perhaps one could call him a repairman for our entire village community. There wasn’t anything that he could not fix. His dreams were not grandiose but focused. He was a man of few words and small gestures. Being a practical and a handy man he would be more interested in getting the ancient door of the cupboard fixed than buy a new one.

My Dad never spoke when he was angry. I knew he was not pleased with something that I did, when I noticed from the corner of my eye that his face was a little stern, and would not say anything for a while. In today’s terms I would call that ‘silent treatment’.

Dad in his favourite khaki shorts, tee shirt and a hat - that’s how I still picture him. A hammer, pair of pliers in hand, for Dad it was always the time for fixing things – I don’t ever remember seeing him idle. He always had a handful of things to do - a curtain rod, the kitchen stool, the cane chair, rake handle, screen door, replacing the rung on the bamboo ladders and the broken tile on the rooftop or repairing the pedal of my bicycle. He could fix them all. I am proud that I have definitely carried this trait of his though, but not one of anger management.

As I recall today, it was a way of life, and a good way of life back then – I would modestly say we were not rich, but I felt we were a little better than the poorest around us in the 1950's and 1960's. In spite of hardships, I admired my Dad and Mom’s acumen in putting food on the table for me, and sometimes it made me wonder what life would be for me when I grew up to be of their age. But honestly little did I care about it at all then. At that time I was still in my teens. I had many years ahead or so I thought - everything would fall in place in due course. Re-fixing and mending, renewing and repairing things like my Dad had simply not shown up on my radar. The future of life’s calendar was little to be concerned about. Not in the least.

My Dad tenderly and lovingly gave and provided all that he could afford. These things I took very much for granted while growing up into a man. Sometimes, what we care about most gets all used up without we knowing it, but then suddenly before you even realise it just goes away...never to return. So today...while we have is best we love it.....and care for it.....and fix it when it's broken.....and heal it when it's sick.

In my home, we had a great team. My Dad was the captain and played centre-forward. My Mom, aunts, brother and cousins held their own positions and they all did their best in their own way. And while as though I ran around the entire football field, my father guided me on a positive path and position to get to the goal...and with the ball!

I am still trying to be a good Dad.

Happy Father's Day.

Tony Fernandes

Friday, June 17, 2011

SPIRIT OF WINDSOR, Windsor, Ontario


WINDSOR, Ontario
The Spirit of WIndsor Drumline and Colour Guard opened the gates of the Arts & Crafts Show with a bang on 4th June, 2011 at 10.00 am

Established in 1982, the Spirit of Windsor Youth Marching band has won various awards all over North America.
Genre: Classical / Drum & Bass / Other
Location Windsor, Ontario

Thursday, June 16, 2011



Sung by Foster & Allen

By the side of a clear crystal fountain
There stands a lonely church yard closely by
There's a tombstone decorated with primroses
In the memory of a loved one passed away

Shall I ne'er see a more gentle mother
In the fields where the wild flowers grow
I am sorry for the loss I can't recover
‘Neath yon willow lies my gentle mother’s love

Some children take a liking to their parents
While some others fill their mothers hearts with pain
But some day they will be sorry for their blindness
When the crying will not bring her back again

Shall I ne'er see a more gentle mother
In the fields where the wild flowers grow
I am sorry for the loss I can't recover
‘Neath yon willow lies my gentle mothers love
‘Neath yon willow lies my gentle mothers love

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Manor in Windsor, Ontario

Willistead Manor is a historic house constructed in the 16th century Tudor-Jacobean style of a typical English manor. It is located in the former town of Walkerville, Ontario, now part of Windsor, Ontario. The Manor was designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn and built in 1904-1906. It is situated on northern side of the Park at 1899 Niagara St., where the well known 'Art in the Park' Craft Show is held annually.

Thursday, June 02, 2011


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