Category Archives: and now you know

Wollastonite

I had no idea what Wollastonite was before I stopped here to take a picture of the inuksuk wearing sunglasses, and then did a bit of snooping about on Google. Named after the English chemist and mineralogist William Hyde Wollaston, … Continue reading

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A stream of ick?

Through the month of June and into July, yellow swirls of "stuff" can be seen on the surface of the water – It’s not pollution or oil or some sort of chemical foamy stuff, it’s merely pollen – the same … Continue reading

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W.N.Twolan

Built in 1962 by Geo. T. Davie & Sons Ltd (little Davie) in Lauzon, now Lévis, QC, the W.N. Towlan was designed for service in the port of Churchill, MB for the National Harbours Board. It was a twin screw … Continue reading

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Drews Head Lighthouse

In 1874 the The New Brunswick parliament appropriated funds for a lighthouse at Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, to guide vessels into Beaver Harbour, which was frequently resorted to as a harbour of refuge. A site at Lighthouse Point on Drews … Continue reading

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Deer Island ferry

  The Deer Island Princess II and John E. Rigby operate on a 5 kilometre crossing of Passamaquoddy Bay between L’Etete on mainland New Brunswick to Stuart Cove on the east side of Deer Island. The service is operated year … Continue reading

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Colonel John By Fountain

Constructed of Peterhead granite, this fountain in the center of Confederation park in Ottawa honors Colonel John By. The fountain was relocated from Trafalgar Square, London, where it had played from 1845 to 1948. and now you know… © 2013 … Continue reading

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Nose to the grindstone

It’s a fair bet that many have heard, or been told, to keep your nose to the grindstone, but what does it mean?   The idiom originates from the days when ironmongers used to sharpen worn knives for customers- sometimes … Continue reading

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Impact craters

I’m sure you have seen the craters on the Moon – have you ever tried making your own? I have…   Above, tossing a nice rock onto some snow covered ice. The rock lost this contest and broke into some … Continue reading

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Mr Cauliflower

Despite what you mom may have told you, your face won’t get stuck if you pout, but is will happen if you eat too many of those fancy cauliflowers? No. You won’t turn into a cauliflower head. Discovered in Canada … Continue reading

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Turbines travelling

We most often see wind turbines travelling around in an endless circle, but how do they get from the factory to where they will be installed? Largely by rail – due to their size. And now you know… © 2013 … Continue reading

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