Last November I magaged to get a few days away in York, England. I took in many of the local sights and attractions including Clifford Tower, York Castle Museum, York Minster and the National Railway Museum York. I also went to a double recording of the Autumn 2015 series of “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue” at the Grand Opera House for broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
Well I’ve been back in England now for over 10 days so I thought it was about time for a post. I’ve spent the last two months in Toronto, Canada on the BUNAC student working programs. I had a great time and am happy to be back home in England and looking forward to getting my life going again here.
Today I listened to Wigan Athletic Football Club’s debut match in the English Premership. They were playing Chelsea, last seasons Premership winners. Wigan played well against the opposition, and it was a shame for them to lose the match in the last seconds of the game. Wigan’s lack of goals may be a problem for the team, but they have shown they can hold their own against the best.
Taken time out today to give blood at a local session. Making an appointment over the phone instead of just turning up saves loads of time as you can jump the queue so to say. It took 45 mins from registration to leaving. Without an appointment it could have easily taken 90-120 mins, and time seems to slow down when you are waiting at one of these sessions. Was surprised to realize that this was my 11th time of giving blood: makes me feel old!
Well I’m going to make some time some reading now. Not sure quite what though. I’ve got the latest Harry Potter book, a Science Fiction novel from the Library, a load of magazines and the end of a book on Iraq by a BBC employee to read.
Well I finally made it to Niagara Falls on my final day in Canada. After getting the bus to the falls, and then finding I had to get yet another bus to get closer, I finally arived. At first I was in awe at the site. But it quickly passsed. To be honest it was not seeing the falls which was impressive; it was the sound of the roaring water. I walked along the Canadian side of the falls, taking many pictures which I hope to upload by the end of the week. I got soaked when I got near the falls themselves but managed to stand only a few meters from the falls themselves. I took some very close shots and hopefully my cheap camera stood up to the climate and did not fog up the picture!
A side effect of getting wet was that the midday sun, even though it was overcast, burnt my skin quite a lot and I now have a deep red complection. I had not thought of wearing sun cream as it was also overcast in Toronto and was quite cool. I ventured into part of the nearby town. The part nearest to the falls was horrible; so comercialised with pointless museums and 4-D Cinemas. Lets just say that I quickly left. The area around the bus station was also part of Niagara falls, but this was the area which was where the real people lived so to say. It was run down and looked quiet, but the locals which I met where friendly and helpful with my queries of them.
And to answer the question everybody has been asking me all day; No, I did not go on the maid of the mist falls ride. This was for two reasons; the thrill of getting soaked had never thrilled me in the first place. Second, the cost was beyond my budget. And the third of my two reasons 🙂 was that the queue was two hours long.
P.S. I am posting from Toronto, Canada and the current time is minus 4 hours to the time on these posts.