Wednesday 30 July 2014

Cover Song Wednesdays - A Day in the Life - Final Chord

Here's Beatles producer George Martin uncloaking the final chord of "Day in the life".

And here it is as played. A lot of E Maj... peddle down

Monday 28 July 2014

Miller Mondays - Arva Flour Mill

Just past the quaintly named city of London in Southern Ontario there is a flour mill that has been active on that site since 1819. Two centuries, gave or take.

There are some excellent videos documenting the facility. This one is the prettiest...

This video shows the operation in more earnest detail. "This mill was just built after the War of 1812"...

Friday 25 July 2014

Phunky footage Fridays - This Is a Generic Brand Video

This Is a Generic Brand Video is just that. It's written by Kendra Eash for McSweeney's Internet Tendency. No surprise, it's made entirely with stock footage. All video clips used are from

It is also very, very funny.

The original piece is published on McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Narrated by Dallas McClain.

Music: "Piano Work 02" by rysktchkw
Available under Creative Commons License from SoundCloud at

Maintenant en français — merci @thefrenchvoice

Sunday 20 July 2014

Hotel Dieu's and don'ts

Members of the Congregation of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph arrived in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1945 to begin planning for a Hotel Dieu Hospital (see Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal). After three years of planning, the original hospital was opened as a small maternity hospital on Ontario Street, in a large Victorian building known as the Woodruff Mansion.

Construction of a brand new Hotel Dieu Hospital began in 1950 and opened as a 125-bed healthcare facility on September 10, 1953. A new wing was later added in 1962, creating an additional 54,000 square feet (5,000 m2) of space for the growing hospital.

In 1975, Niagara Region's first and only dialysis unit opened at Hotel Dieu, leading to the opening of a regional diabetes centre in 1987, and the L.B. Herzog Dialysis Centre in 1994.

On August 8, 2005, Hotel Dieu assumed governance and management of Shaver Hospital and Niagara Rehab Centre in the city's south-end. The Hotel Dieu hospital is taken over by the Niagara Health System and opens later that year as the Ontario Street Site of the NHS, providing minor acute care.

The Hotel Dieu is now closed.

Text Source: Wikipedia

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Randy Bachman The REAL First Chord of "A Hard Day's Night"

Here Randy Bachman plays George Harrison's elusive opening chord on "Hard Day's Night", courtesy of Giles Martin.