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Wednesday 30 May 2018

Jacka Bakery

Hand Made Biscuits And More At Jacka's

Location: Plymouth, England 
Address:  38 Southside Street
Date: Sept 2015
Website:  www.facebook.com/JackaBakery

  Jacka Bakery in Plymouth, England claims to be the oldest commercially working bakery in all of Great Britain.  It dates back to 1597 and has been baking since at least 1610.  That is over 400 years of history.

Would you like some Gin with your Pasty?

   Up the street from the bakery is the Plymouth Gin Distillery.  It is only half as old as the bakery and has operated since 1793.  It was formerly Black Friars Distillery.

Still Cookin' After All These Years.
 Original Oven At Jacka Bakery

  The bakery has seen many owner changes through the centuries.  It used to be the Fone's Bakery for many years.  One thing that has not changed is the brick oven at the back of the bakery.  Above are two photos of the oven.  The top one is from 2015 and the bottom one from 2007.  The oven is cast with this description.
Bricklayer & Oven Builder
Bennets Row Blackfriers Road 

Fish & Chips & Baked Goods On The Barbican.

  Next door to Jacka Bakery is Harbourside Fish & Chips where we also enjoyed a meal while visiting Plymouth.  At Jacka's we ate traditional Cornish pasties.   These baked pastries were filled with beef, potatoes, turnip and onions.  These days there are several variations available. 

Mayflower Arch.

  We also took home some biscuits to enjoy later.  It is rumoured that Jacka Bakery baked biscuits for the Pilgrim's voyage on the Mayflower in 1620.   The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth harbour just a short walk away from the bakery.   It took the Mayflower almost two months to complete her journey.  We hope Jacka's baked them a lot of biscuits.

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Jacka Bakery , Harbourside Fish & Chips
Plymouth Gin Distillery , Mayflower Steps

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Sunday 20 May 2018

Sam The Record Man

Yes This Is Sam The Record Man

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address:  347 Yonge Street
Date:  Oct 2008

  The Yonge Street Sam the Record Man store opened in Toronto in 1959.  It was always a great place to go to sift through a huge selection of records.  Through the years Sam Sniderman had seen technology change as he sold 8-tracks, audio cassettes, videos and eventually CDs and DVDs.  Sadly, the rise of downloadable music from the internet ended the reign of the record store.  It also didn't help that customers grew up and had real bills to pay so they could no longer afford to spend every weekend hunting for music to add to their collection.
  One of the highlights of shopping at Sam's was their Boxing Day sales.   We would line up on the street waiting for our chance to save 25% or more on our purchases.  This meant walking away with more albums.  Sometimes the album was from a favourite artist.  Sometimes it just contained a song we had heard on the radio and we hoped that the rest of the tracks would be as good.  Sam competed for our dollar along with other rivals near the corner of Yonge and Dundas.  There was A&A Records, Sunrise Records and later HMV.  It was always Sam's that had that personal touch with home made signs and records spread across multiple floors and levels.  You would find things tucked into nooks and crannies as you explored the store.

Ryerson's Student Learning Centre
No More Records At Yonge & Gould.

  When Sam's finally closed in 2007 Ryerson University took over the site and eventually built their Student Learning Centre at the corner of Yonge and Gould streets.  This changed the look of the corner forever.

Sam Goes For A Spin During Nuit Blanche.

  Before the building came down, the Sam's sign took one last spin.  It was lit up during the all night art festival of Nuit Blanche 2008.  The Sam the Record Man sign featured two large records that would appear to rotate as the neon lights flashed in the night.  After its appearance at Nuit Blanche the sign disappeared into storage.

Sam's Rises To The Top Of Dundas Square.

  Years later the sign was resurrected in Dundas Square.  It is now just a block south of where it used to shine from the storefront.  It has moved several stories up from street level and for some reason the words "Yes this is Sam The Record Man" are no longer flush and centered under each record (see photo at top of this post).  The best time to stop and view the sign in all its spinning neon glory is after sunset.   Sam The Record Man's son Jason played keyboards on local artist Blue Peter's song "Don't Walk Past".  So don't walk past without taking a moment to reflect on Sam's place in Toronto music history.

This location is near Dundas subway. Visit other Toronto TTC stations.

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Sam The Record Man Sign
Sam The Record Man

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Thursday 10 May 2018

Maui Air Flight Over Kilauea Volcano

Departure For Volcano Tour.

Location:  Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Address:  4050 Honoapiilani Hwy
Date: June 2010
Website: www.volcanoairtours.com

  The Hawaiian islands were formed by volcanoes.  The island of Hawaii is usually referred to as the Big Island and is home to the most active volcano.  It has been erupting for close to 30 years.  We chose to book a small plane tour and fly over this volcano.  Why not?  The volcano is called Kilauea and has been erupting for decades.  It is currently wreaking havoc on homes on the Big Island.   A 6.9 magnitude earthquake at the beginning of May 2018 took things to a new level.  When we visited it was during quieter (but still not silent) times.

Beautiful Maui.

  Our flight departed from Kapalua airport and it wasn't long until we were flying along the Maui coastline.   
Captain Billy Gives Us A Good Look.

  Our pilot was Captain Billy and he made sure to turn the little twin prop plane so that we could get a bird's eye view looking straight down at the coast.  To get from Maui to the Big Island we had to travel across the Alenuihaha Channel.  The channel is about 47 km wide and for a while there it was just Pacific Ocean as far as the eye could see in every direction.   We were glad when land came back into sight.

Hawaiian Valley.

  The Big Island has beautiful valleys.

Kohala Cliffs and Waterfalls.

  It also has the Kohala cliffs which have waterfalls streaming down the side.

Steamin' Like A Demon.

  And of course it is home to the Kilauea volcano.  As we approached the crater we could see steam rising into the air.

Kilauea Volcano.
Captain Billy made sure we could get a good view.  We got closer to the mouth of the volcano.

Closer To The Volcano.

And even closer.

Flying Through Sulphuric Gas.

  And then closer still.   We could smell and almost taste the sulphur. The small plane was completely engulphed in sulphuric gas.  Looking out the window we could just see the propellers working to guide us through the thick smoke.

Captain Billy At The Controls.

   Traffic ! Traffic ! went the warning in our headphones.  A small buzzer sounded.   Lights flashed on the control panel.  As we emerged from the smoke we realized we were not alone.  Several other helicopters and planes were bringing tourists to take a look down the throat of Kilauea.

Traffic ! Traffic !

  As our plane turned sharply to give us another view, the combination of gas and turning started to take its toll.  We started to sweat in our big noise cancelling headphones.   Traffic ! Traffic !  went another warning as we turned yet again.  We felt a bit queasy.  Many people including at least one of us are quite allergic to sulphur. 

Trees on Fire.
 So Hot You're Cool So Cool You're Hot.

  We moved away from the main plume coming out of the volcano and we started to feel a bit better.  On the edges of the volcano we could see flashes of bright orange lava along with the dark grey from lava that had cooled and formed a crust.   Some groups of trees were on fire as the volcano's lava flow took them in its grasp.  We were in awe of the destructive powers of the volcano.

Hotel Row Lahaina.

  Eventually we left the Big Island behind and it wasn't long before we were headed past the hotel row near Lahaina.  One smooth landing later and we were back on Maui.  Captain Billy gave us the shaka sign as we said goodbye and left him beside his plane on the runway.   He would probably be re-fueling and then doing it all over again.  We can always re-live it all over again in our memories as we watch the sun set across the Pacific.

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Kilauea Volcano
Maui Air (Kapalua Airport)

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