Monday 30 September 2019
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: Canada Blvd.
Date: July 2019
On the grounds of the National Museum of the Holodomor-Genocide in the Ukraine is a statue of a small girl. There is now also a copy of this statue in Toronto just steps from the Princes' Gates. Other Canadian cities have a statue too, such as Winnipeg and Regina. The statue represents a horrible event where millions of Ukrainians starved to death in 1932 and 1933. Canada believes that this genocide was caused by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin who created a man-made famine in the region.
When you see the face of this thin girl you can't help but feel for anyone affected by hunger. The statue is called Bittersweet Memory of Childhood. Millions more people continue to die of starvation all around the world. Hopefully this memorial causes us not to forget what has happened and to see how we can help those in need right now.
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Friday 20 September 2019
Location: Culver City, California, USA
Address: 10202 Washington Blvd.
Date: June 2019
As part of our Sony Pictures Studio tour we were going to visit either the set of Wheel of Fortune or the set of Jeopardy! The Sony Pictures Studio Tour is a walking tour of the studio grounds. Today's set visit was Jeopardy! Contestants are given answers and then must phrase their response in the form of a question. So if the answer was "A Merv Griffin created game show that has been around since 1964". The question would be "What is Jeopardy!?"
The two game show sound stages are located right beside each other on the lot so we walked past the Wheel of Fortune stage to get to Stage 10 for Jeopardy!
Once inside we were face to face with the Jeopardy! contestants row. Everyone in our group took turns pretending that they had what it takes to answer Jeopardy! questions.
As we stepped behind the panel we could see the tablets they use to write their final answers. There are also lights at each position to let the contestants know who buzzed in first.
The photo above is of one of the buzzers in its holder.
Alex Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy! since 1984. He has had some health issues recently but is fighting to keep going and he has the support of a legion of fans.
Jeopardy! has won 33 Daytime Emmys over the years. There was a cabinet displaying the hardware.
There were other awards on display such as the Jeopardy! college championship trophy.
In 1932 this Danish company was formed making interlocking bricks for children. What is Lego? There was a Jeopardy! set made out of Lego.
There was a photo of two Mr. Ts. There was the Mr. T we know from The A-Team and the other Mr. T as in Trebek. Both men were sporting lots of gold chains.
There was a Toronto Maple Leaf Trebek jersey on display. Alex is an avid sports fan and was born in Canada. He wore this jersey during a video clue shoot.
If you have ever watched the show and wondered what Alex is writing down during the show, we now know. He has a chart of the board and he crosses out the answer once a contestant has given him the correct question.
Finally we had a chance to sit in the audience in front of the set. The front row is for a group of judges who have to decide if a question was given correctly or if something needs changing during the show. The big game board was up on the stage, but the set was dark as there was no taping that day. The answer is "We did!" The question is "Who had a good time going behind the scenes on the set of Jeopardy!?"
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Tuesday 10 September 2019
Location: Cairns, Australia
Address: Captain Cook Highway, Palm Cove
Date: May 2012
Cairns Tropical Zoo closed in 2016. The zoo was owned by the same family that owns the nearby Hartley's Crocodile Adventures so when the zoo closed a lot of the animals were transferred there. We were lucky enough to have visited Cairns Tropical Zoo in 2012 and had some great experiences.
We visited the zoo over two days and started one morning by having "Breakfast With The Koalas". We were served a full buffet breakfast and also had a very special visitor. A koala came into the dining area on a small wagon with a tree attached. We got to see the koala up close and he seemed just as interested in checking us out as we were in him. Forget about breakfast, if you start your day off with a koala it is bound to be a great day.
The same keeper that kept an eye on the koala during breakfast also had a supporting role in the crocodile feeding we watched later that day. The keeper had told us over breakfast that he prefers working with crocs rather than koalas. As for us, we will take cute and cuddly over cold and chompy any day. The real star of this show was an almost 4 meter long saltwater crocodile that lunged out of the pool to take a bite at a chicken or anything else it could grab.
Australia has saltwater and freshwater crocodiles and so did the Cairns Tropical Zoo. Freshwater crocodiles have a long thin snout and usually eat insects or fish. There is no known human death caused by a freshwater crocodile attack. The same cannot be said of their saltwater cousins.
Two other animals that are cousins are koalas and wombats. A keeper talk explained what these two marsupials have in common and how they differ. Wombats are a lot more aggressive said the keeper as she showed us a big bandage on her leg. Koalas don't mind being held.
It was at Cairns Tropical Zoo that we held our first koala. The koala didn't seem to mind as far as we could tell. Someone put the koala near our arms and it grabbed on. We put one hand under its butt so it could sit comfortably. Photo! Photo! Photo! And then the koala would be transferred to the next waiting arms. Photo! Photo! Photo! And then back to a little tree for the koala. All the time it had the same expression on its face while we had huge smiles.
Australia is known for having many deadly and unusual creatures. The reptile house had an exhibit where a big green frog was siting on a toilet. Remember in Cairns to lift both the lid and the seat, then tap the bowl for good measure before getting down to business. You never know if a frog, spider or snake may have claimed your toilet as its new home while you were away.
This central netted dragon is a reptile that is only found in Australia. He was a cute little guy.
This next bird is sometimes called the world's deadliest bird. The cassowary is a large flightless bird that can stand over 6 feet tall.. With a hard casque on its head and three toed feet with sharp dagger-like claws it is not to be messed with. If you saw one walking around you might feel like you were watching a dinosaur.
During a bird flight show we were introduced to a barking owl. It has a call that sounds like a dog barking. It also had bright yellow eyes that can look right into your soul.
No Australian zoo would be complete without kangaroos. Cairns Tropical Zoo had its share of kangaroos. We found ourselves surrounded by a mob (a group of kangaroos) looking for snacks. The kangaroo above was the biggest of the bunch and must have been the mob boss. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we could have spent a few days at this zoo. Oh wait, we did!
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Cairns Tropical Zoo
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