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Wax Museum Plus – Dublin, Ireland


Wax Museum Plus, Dublin, Ireland. Visit April 22, 2012.

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Irish Decomp 2011 – Charleville Castle


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Irish Decompression 2011 – Charleville Castle, Ireland. Saturday, November 19, 2011. (c) 2011: photography by Leaf McGowan,; Irish Decompression.

Photos may be freely used and copied for non-commercial use by attendees of the event and Irish Decomp/Burning Man without permission.

Individuals in photos who would like an unaltered copy of the photo, request through Leaf McGowan.

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Walkabout: April 13-21 – Snowy Mountains East Coast Loop Australia


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Beginning April 13th through April 21st, of 2011 – A road trip around from Canberra, ACT to the Snowy Mountains, Lake Jindabyne, and over to Victoria for a pitstop in Melbourne, up through Narooma, Batesman Bay, and back to Canberra … the Adventures of Sir Thomas Leaf and Sir Bluey Bee … Catch Sir Thomas Leaf and Bluey Bee on their journeys across the South and East coast of Australia, read the blog here ….

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Taisho Restaurant
Metropolis, E 15 – 4700 Kingsway
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5H 4M1
604.435.1211 / fax 604.435.0717

Rated: ****1/2

Rated: **** 1/2

(Review by Leaf McGowan, 11/17/01):
“A highly recommended Sushi / Japanese restaurant – Taisho will cover your needs and entertain your soul. The spot was pretty crowded but waiters/waitresses were very attentive and helped up set up our large group table of 16. The restaurant has the traditional Japanese rooms where you take off your shoes, a sushi belt where you can grab plate after plate of sushi, a room for karaoke and dancing, and all styles of sitting. I got the Chef’s combo – which was excellent – good tempura, good sushi, good sashimi (my favorite unagi), chicken and noodles, etc. Overall it was an excellent experience. ”

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Haunted Places in British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

  1. Hotel Vancouver:
    The Hotel Vancouver was built in the late 1930’s, built for the Canadian Pacific Railway by William Cornelius Van Horne – at which time, it was a magnitude for its age – towering the surrounding buildings its copper roof glistened in the sunlight. In the current era, even though the copper roof has turned green, it still is one of Vancouver’s finest buildings with marble, mirrors, stone facades and sculptures; mahogany and maple furnishings, towers/gables/ and turets in the style of a French chateau. Located in the heart of Vancouver, down from Robson Street and Gastown. this historic building has been given careful preservation and renovations. Known for its decor, its nightlife/club, and restaurants; this pad even has its own health club and indoor pool. It also has a Ghost – an elegantly gowned guest from the 1930’s who was known to be a long-staying guest of the hotel from 1939 to 1940. Her name was not recorded, but the former elevator operators knew her well – she loved riding the elevators often. We have yet to uncover the full story – but sightings continue of her riding up and down the elevator, but never seen outside of it.

  2. House on corner of Cambie and King Edward:
    History coming soon. “used to be a nunnery and there was a large fire where they all perished … everyone who bought the house sold it less than 3 months later … exorcists were called in numerous times to try and banish the spirits making life miserable for the people who owned it” (Sandi, Van-Goth list)

  3. House on 7th Street and Ash:
    Just off across from this block pictured below, is a historic house (pictured next to it) that has a great history of haunting in Vancouver. It is to be demolished in 2002 for building of office complexes. It’s located just down the street from Sports Junkies.

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Royalty! Club (Amsterdam, Holland)

The Royalty
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 28-32 * 1017RC Amsterdam * 020-6260128 *
The Royale was a pretty spacious club absorbing the humongous crowd that had piled in by this part of the evening with the Ultimate Party Pub Crawl. Courteous and professional staff, good dance floor, decent music, and fun times. Good drink specials as well. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Continue reading Royalty! Club (Amsterdam, Holland)

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Wasting Away (R:2008)

Wasting Away (R: 2008) or
Director: Matthew Kohnen; writers: Matthew and Sean Kohnen. Release date: 4 July 2008. Cast: Jose Acevedo … US Soldier, Christopher ‘Critter’ Antonucci … Zombie, Betsy Beutler … Cindy, Michael Cornacchia … Frumpy Guy, Matthew Davis … Mike, Colby French … Nick Steele, David Garcia … and many more. preview/ premiere pre-screening at Festivus Film Festival ath the Oriental Theater in Denver, CO
An excellent new vision of zombie flicks where the plot is viewed from the zombies perspective. You get to see the world in the eyes of a zombie, where everyone else seems to have gone mad and crazy. Re-animating zombie creating toix green goo seeps into Mike, Tim, Cindy, and Vanessa’s ice cream gives to the unsuspecting victims what they see as brain freeze. But all of a sudden, they have super-human powers that they learn are from becoming super-soldiers. Flashing from black/white to color, seeing through the lens of a human and the lens of a zombie – its a fight of survival and figuring out why humans want to kill zombies, and why brains taste so great. They find the secrets of life – love, destiny, and a sense of purpose. With a great twist of having some zombie lovin’ … we get to view young zombie love from the inside. Excellent indie film with a great new perspective. A must see. A great comedy. Rating 4.5 stars out of 5.

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City o City (Denver, Colorado)

City O City (Denver, Colorado)
210 E. 13th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80218 * 303.318.9844
One of Denver’s premiere vegetarian restaurants, in the heart of capital hill, next to artsy shops and bars. Down tempo music with eclectic offerings of food, coffee, and drinks … this hot spot will give any visitor a sensational zing for their zang. “City, O’ City – An Ode, A Lament” is their motto, and implies the beginning of a poem to the City. It’s a coffeehouse, it’s a cafe, it’s a restaurant. Wine, Ales, unique hard liquors, teas, espresso, drip coffee beans, gluten-free muffins, spelt flour cookies, vegetarian or vegan pizza, seitan fake-meats, every dish i tried at this fabulous restaurant was extremely delicious. Part of the WaterCourse Foods network. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

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Lipgloss @ La Rumba (Denver, Colorado)

“Lipgloss” @ Club La Rumba
Every Friday – 99 W. 9th Ave. 303 -572-8006 One block west of Broadway $5 Cover after 10 21+ Only $2 G&Ts $2 PBRs

DJ’s Michael Trundle and Tyler JacobsonHip shaking, drunken fumbling, frantic and wild dancing, arm swinging, spine tingling, hop around fun. Friday’s fun on February 9th, was definitely a blast with mesmerizing music favorites. Indie – Brit Pop – Electroclash – 80’s – Alternative – Pop. Fun was had by all. DJ’s Michael and Tyler made La Rumba shake. Guest DJ Mike Joyce of the Smiths, enchanted with his musical spire. His sets were fantastic and kept the dancefloor phenomenally moving. What a great night! If you’re ever in Denver, never miss this night. The Rating: 5 stars out of 5. I’ve been frequent visitor (especially in 2008) on fridays as I quite enjoy this night as one of the best. Recent attendance 7/18/08. Excellent job Michael and Tyler! Lip Gloss


Dj’s Michael and Tyler

DJ’s Michael and Tyler, guest DJ Mike Joyce of the Smiths

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El Diablo Coffee Company, Seattle, WA

El Diablo Coffee Company * 1811 Queen Anne Ave North #101, Seattle, WA 98109 * 206.285.0693
A large artsy cafe in the heart of Queen Anne on the main drag, next to a cool bookstore, and nestled within a bunch of shops. El Diablo will give you a taste of heaven and hell … downstairs taking in Diablo’s color, fire, and Mexican-like Day of the Dead decor style … with great drinks and pastries. Upstairs you can climb into the clouds and settle into heaven. Great place to meet friends, chat, read, and absorb Seattle coffee culture with a kitchy artistic flair. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

El Diablo Coffee Co.

El Diablo version of Chai, water, and a breakfast muffin
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Omni Hotel, Austin, Texas

The Omni Hotel * 700 San Jacinto at 8th Street * Austin, Texas 78701 * Phone: (512) 476-3700, Fax: (512) 397-4888 * Omni Downtown homepage An elegant riche hotel in the heart of downtown Austin in the famous Omniplex building. Within walking distance from the convention center, 6th street, Red River, and Austin’s famous nighttime activities. The staff was friendly and eager to please. But the hotel is definitely centered around those with money. They force a concessions deposit with the room in case you get late night munchies out of the bar-fridge in the room: tiny jar of cashews for $6.50, $4 for a small bag of potato chips, $2.50 for a snickers bar. Lets not even approach the cost to the liquor or room service. They are certainly out for your money in elegance of course! Extra costs for everything – you get more bang for your buck at the Holiday Inn. No free breakfast even though you’re paying in excess of $120/night. There is a gym, swimming pool, and hot tub on the roof. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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Salsarita’s Fresh Catina, Austin, Texas

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina 504B Trinity St. Austin, TX 78701 * (512) 436-2739 tel

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina 504B Trinity St. Austin, TX 78701 * (512) 436-2739 tel
A relatively new Tex-Mex Chipotle’s-like fresh, organic, and healthy alternative cafeteria near 6th street in downtown Austin. Selections from tacos, large burritos, Fajitas, and salads are available … with options even for grilled shrimp and getting a ‘wet’ burrito. Mmmm mmmm good. Free wireless for computer geeks too. 4 stars out of 5.

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Pirates on the Thames, London, England

Pirates on the Thames!
During the 16th and 17th centuries the Thames River was a major European port – filled with the arrival of expensive goods and cargo into the Port of London. Where there is wealth comes pirates seeking that treasure …. the tidal property of the river made loading and unloading difficult and organized gangs of pilferers exploited the situation stealing and plundering as they saw fit. British Law brought severe penalties for piracy – usually resulting in death. The accused was taken to Excution Dock and suspended over the River and left to drown as the waters slowly rose – and the bloated remains was left to hang for three high tides until it became a ‘wapper’ – all distended, blown up and water logged – then cut down, tarred, and hung in a gibbet on the banks of the river to show example of what life of piracy leads to …

Pirate ship, Thames River, London, England
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Holland House Hostel, London

Holland House – Park YHA Hostel
Holland Walk, Holland Park, Kensington, London, England
Accessible via the High street Kensington stations, this historic hostel house is in the heart of Holland Park and is impeded with the park hours, though it has day and night access entrances that loop its members through the park after hours. 201 beds it’s built into the Jacobean wing of Holland House and overlooks Holland Park – its very large, very busy, rather institutional looking, but its location is one the best spots in the city. There’s a cafe, kitchen, and breakfast is included with the 22/night quid(pound) rate. Friendly staff, lots of information, guides, and directions for wandering around London. Beautiful courtyard with peacocks and chickens wandering around, fish pond, green space, and outside patio. One of the better hostels I’ve stayed at, and my favorite next to the Jericho Beach Hostel in Vancouver, B.C. which shares similarities. Rating 5 stars out of 5.

Holland House YHA Hostel

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Holland Park, London

Holland Park, London, England
A beautiful green space in the heart of London that was rural until the 19th c. – a district and a public park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west central London. It was formerly the grounds of a Jacobean mansion called the Holland House. It’s well known as one of the most romantic parks in London due to its abundant wildlife and secluded hideaways. This area of London, is reputed for it affluence and fashion and for its attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, high class shopping, and restaurants. The hotspots are High Street Kensington, Notting Hill, Holland Park Avenue, Clarendon Cross, Ledbury Road, Westbourne Grove. There are no real clear boundaries to the area – but in general its the Kensington High Street to the south, Holland Park Avenue to the North, Kensington Church street to the east, and Holland Road to the west. The north part of the park is semi-wild woodland surrounding the ruins of Holland House. Holland Park holds a famous Orangery, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, a youth Hostel, a Japanese garden, popular playgrounds, peacocks, chickens, and squirrels.

Holland Park

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Settle, England

view of Settle from atop Castlebergh
Village of Settle
:: Settle, (Yorkshire Dales) – England ::
Settle is a small yet thriving market town located along the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, in North Yorkshire (originally known as the West Riding of Yorkshire) in Ribblesdale. Settle is most popular for its railway station at the southern end of the scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway.

There are several caves in the area where prehistoric remains have been found such as “Victoria Cave” (1838) which contains the remains of bear, mammoth, reindeer, and hippopotamus, stones, flint, bone, and other artifacts. Settle is supposedly twinned with two other towns in the world: Banyuls sur Mer in France and South Park, in Colorado. The town has a population of approximately 2,420.

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