Happy 180th Birthday Toronto!
In honour of your birthday I am dedicating today’s Throwback Thursday to your most iconic landmark.
The CN Tower
The CN Tower opened in 1976 and was once the tallest free standing structure in the world, today it is only the tallest structure in the America’s, but we don’t tell people that. It is however considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers and hold the record for having the highest wine cellar in the world. The tower cost $63 million to build and took 1,537 workers 40 months to erect this Toronto landmark that welcomes over 2 million visitors a year.
Going up the CN Tower is a really amazing experience. The elevator makes your ears pop as you ascend high into the sky overlooking the city below. Some of the features that tourist visit while at the CN Tower include: the observation deck, glass floor, 360 revolving restaurant, which is the site of many proposals, and the Sky Pod which is 33 storeys above the observation deck and is so high that you can see Niagara Falls and Rochester, New York. The CN Tower also hosts the annual Edge Walk, which allows daredevils to walk the outer edge of the tower, and a flight stairs which is used for charity events and during power outages.
But let’s focus on my favourite thing which is the glass floor. Now if you are afraid of heights you’re most likely going to hate the glass floor because it looks straight down at the ground which is 1,122 feet below. I loved standing on the glass when I was a kid and I used to jump up and down just to freak out tourists and my dad who thought the glass below would break and send us all to our bloody deaths. The glass floor opened in 1994 at a thickness of 2 ½ .“ It is 256 square feet of solid glass and can support 14 large hippos. It is tested annually to make sure you don’t fall to your death.
We, as Torontonians, know the CN Tower as our major landmark. It is famous for the number of lightning strikes it gets every year, for the various colours it illuminates at night and personally it is my beacon when I am on a bus coming in from out of town, for I know as soon as I see that tower I’m almost home.
Happy Birthday Toronto
- 3 days ago
- 3 weeks ago
Call for submissions: THE SEA IS OURS: TALES OF STEAMPUNK SOUTHEAST ASIA
Rosarium Publishing has announced an exciting new venture, an anthology of Southeast Asian steampunk stories set in the retro-future that never was:
“THE SEA IS OURS is an anthology of Southeast Asian steampunk. We are looking for steampunk stories that are set in Southeast Asia (SEA), or secondary worlds that evoke Southeast Asia, with Southeast Asian protagonists, in any of the countries that make up the region: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. We are seeking historically and technologically-innovative stories.
Steampunk, for the purposes of this anthology, is defined as an aesthetic that combines technofantasy, anachronism, retro-futurism, an alternate history/world, and the evocation of an incipient industrial revolution. How does the steampunk aesthetic look, feel, sound, smell, or taste like in these regions? What kind of technologies would grow in resource-rich SEAsia? What do our historical figures, our Parameswaras, Trung sisters, Lapu-Lapus, do in such a world?
Submissions are encouraged to explore various levels and kinds of technologies, not just steam technology. Locals myths can also find their way into these stories; what does the mix of technology and fantasy look like in such worlds? We welcome exploration of all kinds of stories: from the extraordinary to the everyday. What changes does accelerated technology create for the local landscape and societies? If historical events are given a steampunk twist, how do their outcomes change, or stay the same?”
You can view the full guidelines for the anthology here: http://rosariumpublishing.com/rosarium-the-sea-is-ours.html. Stories are due June 30th, which will be coming up fast!Source: thaoworra.blogspot.ca
- 1 month ago
"Call for Submissions: Halloween Stories Posted on 04. Feb, 2014 by Events in Calls for Submissions Ylva Publishing Werewolves, vampires, ghosts, fairies, djinns, goblins, trolls, witches, brownies, banshees—beings that are not of this world. Or maybe they are. We love stories about supernatural beings and had a blast doing a Halloween anthology in 2013. And we want to do it again: We are looking for lesbian fiction. All submissions must have either Halloween or supernatural beings as the main theme. The stories can be romantic, humorous, enthralling, spooky or erotic. We accept only short stories that haven’t been previously published. Word count: We are looking for stories between 4,000 and 12,000 words in length. Payment: Writers whose stories are selected for the anthology will receive a one-time payment of $40 (via PayPal) plus a free e-book of the anthology in each format (epub, mobi, pdf). Deadline: The deadline to receive submissions is July 31, 2014. Submissions: Electronic submissions only. Please send your story as an e-mail attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) to email@example.com. Put “Halloween Anthology” in the subject line of your e-mail. In the body of your e-mail, please include your name, the title and word count of your story, and a two-or-three-sentence summary of your story. It will take our editors about two weeks to review your submission; then we’ll get back to you. We are looking forward to receiving your stories."
- 1 month ago
"Call for Submissions: The Outrider Review Seeks Stories on Sexuality, Gender and Identity Posted on 06. Feb, 2014 by Events in Calls for Submissions The Outrider Review is a quarterly journal publishing artwork and literature surrounding gender, sexuality and identity. We are currently accepting original, unpublished works of poetry and prose, both fiction and non-fiction, and artwork for our second issue. Submission deadline is March 1st, 2014. To submit your work, email a word document of your writing or a high resolution jpeg image of your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org. Other items needed in your submission: Author Name, Title of Work, Brief Description (if artwork), and Brief Author Bio. Learn more about submitting here."
- 2 months ago
- 3 months ago
- 3 months ago