Bluenose II … to the sea again !!

14 Jul

Some people might think that nuthin’ happens up here in Canada
– that we have no passion, no love, no lore …
But oh, they’d be so wrong.
So wrong !


Bluenose – Stan Rogers

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The Bluenose has got it’s new masts installed, fixed it’s rudder, passed it’s Sea Trials, chastised the bureaucrats,
and is ready to sail !!

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Bluenose II to be open for public tours
– THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published July 7, 2015 – 1:47pm

“LUNENBURG, Nova Scotia — The Bluenose II will be available for public tours on Saturday after undergoing a major restoration.

Members of the public will be able to tour the ship after it sails into the harbour in Lunenburg and before it begins offering sailing harbour tours on July 19.

The vessel is a replica of the original Bluenose, the 1921 Grand Banks fishing schooner that won worldwide acclaim for its graceful lines and speed.”

And for being the fastest schooner in the world for 18 years!

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I didn’t plan on a page for the Bluenose
But it was a fair day … and the wind caught me sail …
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Calglary Stampede 2015 …

13 Jul

The Winners … Texans and Albertans cash in …

Calgary Stampede 2015 buckle

Calgary Stampede 2015 view

2015 Bareback Champ

Clint Laye from Cadogan, Alberta.

Clint Laye Bareback Champ

Clint Laye Bareback Champ 2

Clint Laye Bareback Champ 3

Clint Laye Bareback Champ 4

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2015 Bull Riding Champ

Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Oklahoma.

Bull Riding Sage Kimzey

Bull Riding Sage Kimzey 2

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2015 Saddle Bronc Champ

Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alberta

Saddle Bronc Zeke Thurston

Saddle Bronc Zeke Thurston 2

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2015 Barrel Racing Champ

Lisa Lockhart  from Oelrichs, South Dakota.

Barrel Racing

Barrel Racing Lisa Lockhart  from Oelrichs, South Dakota.

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2015 Steer Wrestling Champ

Trevor Knowles from Mt. Vernon, Oregon.
Has won the Steer Wrestling 4 times.
Trevor Knowles from Mt. Vernon, Oregon.
Trevor Knowles from Mt. Vernon, Oregon. 2
Trevor Knowles from Mt. Vernon, Oregon. 3
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2015 Calf Roping Champ

Timber Moore from Aubrey, Texas.

Timber Moore Calf Roping Champ

Timber Moore Calf Roping Champ 2

Timber Moore Calf Roping Champ 3

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Novice Bronc Riders Take Trophies

Novice Riders

Photo by Mike Copeman

Hometown favorite Connor Hamilton rode his way to the novice bareback riding bronze at the Stampede, after making an 80 point ride Saturday, to go along with the 75.5 from earlier in the Stampede. The former Junior A hockey player only took up rodeo recently, so it was quite an accomplishment to take the title at his first Stampede. Lane Cust of Ardmore claimed the novice saddle bronc honors in his third Stampede appearance, after making a stellar 82 point on his first horse, and then adding in a 77.5 in the Finals.

Story by Dianne Finstad

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2015 Chuckwagon Race Champ

Kurt Bensmiller wins back to back Championship

Chuckwagon Champ

Kurt Bensmiller (Tsuu T’ina Nation)

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Calgary Stampede 2015 midway

Stevie Wonder

Omar … Cowboy

12 Jul

Omar Sharif
(1932–2015)

Omar Sharif

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Omar Sharif acted in 2 unusual Westerns. If fact they are so unusual
that some may debate they are Westerns at all.

Mackenna’s Gold (1969)

McKenna's Gold poster

I like MacKenna’s Gold. Why? Precisely because it is so unusual.
Plus it’s Star Power: Sharif, Gregory Peck, Telly Savalas, Keenan Wynn.
Julie Newmar, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, 
Anthony Quayle, Edward G. Robinson, Eli Wallach

Screen

MGM screen logo

McKenna's Gold screen shot

McKenna's Gold Reviews

McKenna's Gold Omar Sharif

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Omar’s second unusual Western is

Hidalgo (2004)

HIDALGO

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I love this movie and find it very re-watchable. I couldn’t understand
some of the unfavorable reviews ???
Omar’s role is a support role – not large. But he’s excellent – as usual.
Ride on Omar!

Old Tucson Studios: Part 6

9 Jul

The Streets of Laredo / Michael Murphy
Arizona Cowboys

Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios Wells Fargo

Old Tucson Studios  Trail Ride

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Old Tucson Studios No Whining

Old Tucson Studios Stables

Old Tucson Studios Saddle Maker

Rio Bravo

Next: Old Tucson Studios: Part 7

Old Tucson Studios … Part 5

8 Jul

Old Tucson Studios

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Our last stop on Main Street was the Western Movie Museum

Below: Cannon used in The Alamo (1960)

Old Tucson Studio Alamo Cannon

Below: The Alamo trailer – includes Wayne’s classic Coonskin quote
which pretty well summed up Wayne’s personal philosophy.

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Below: the great Western Film Director: Cecil Wanna B Ford

Old Tucson Studio clown

“It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy
than to get a cowboy to be an actor.”
– John Ford

Good, I still have a chance.

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Below: Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) poster. (My Favorite Western).
Note the uncanny resemblance between me and Burt Lancaster!
Uncanny I tell ya!

Old Tucson Studios OK Corral Poster

Old Tucson Studios OK Corral Poster 2

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Old Tucson Studios Law and Order

You must be the one they call ‘The Kid’.

Old Tucson Studios Billy the Kid

Earps and Wesson

Old Tucson Studios Earps

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Old Tucson Fire / 1995

Nearly 40-percent of Old Tucson, including many of the most-famous wood structures, was destroyed by fire on April 24, 1995.
The park was rebuilt for tourists, (re-opened in 1997) but never regained the magic of its heyday as a Old West filmmaking mecca.

Old Tucson Fire

Fire Ravages Old Tucson Film Studios : Blaze:
Three-fourths of facility’s wooden buildings, seen in hundreds of TV and movie Westerns, are destroyed or damaged. Priceless artifacts are also lost.
April 26, 1995|STEPHANIE SIMON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

A sizzling fire has gutted most of Arizona’s famed Old Tucson Studios, which provided the ramshackle saloons, dusty hitching posts and glorious sunsets for countless Western movies and television shows.

The Monday evening blaze, so hot that it melted an antique fire engine, destroyed or damaged more than three-fourths of the park’s wooden buildings, from an old-time barber shop to an adobe mission to a mock city hall. An elaborate sound stage also burned, increasing the damage estimate to at least $10 million, officials said.

Even more traumatic for Western fans, the fire consumed revered one-of-a-kind artifacts: the dress Laura wore in “Little House on the Prairie,” the hat Hoss clapped on his head for “Bonanza,” the set designed for the television series “Young Riders.” A priceless doll collection, Michael Landon’s wardrobe and stacks of old photos also vanished in the flames.

“The sad part,” Tucson Fire Department spokesman Randy Ogden said, “is that much history and so many memories are gone.”

By Tuesday afternoon, officials still had not determined the cause of the fire, which started about 6:30 p.m. Monday and rushed through the three-block main street, fueled by dry wood and stored paint.

Wikipedia: ” In the month following the Old Tucson fire, several other fires were started in the area of Tucson Estates, down the road from Old Tucson; this subject was identified as the primary suspect in those fires. He was located and questioned by detectives, and faced with the evidence from the Tucson Estates fires, at which point he confessed to having started those fires. However, before he could be questioned about the Old Tucson fire, he invoked his Miranda Rights, effectively stopping any further questioning. Not enough evidence could be collected to positively identify this suspect as the arsonist in the Old Tucson fire. No other information pointing to any other individual was ever found, and the case remains open to this day.

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Next: Old Tucson Studios: Part 6

Old Tucson Studios … Part 4

6 Jul

Old Tucson Studios

Still working our way down Main Street …
No rush.

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Along the boardwalk Rose finds some Posters.

Old Tucson Studios wanted posters

Possible “$100″ fine for spitting !! Wow.

Below: Olsen’s Mercantile:
Wish I could afford one of those native blankets

Old Tucson Studios Olsen's Mercantile

Other … stuff …

Old Tucson Studios stuff

Below: Rose gets most of the good shots …

Old Tucson Studios beauty

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Nice wagon …

Old Tucson Studios wagon

Below: Adobe schoolhouse …

Old Tucson Studios schoolhouse

Yep.

Heading toward the Movie Museum

Old Tucson Studios main street

Say ! isn’t that … ??

Old Tucson Studios museum

Naw … it can’t be … ?

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Next: Inside Old Tucson Studios Western Movie Museum

Old Tucson Studios … Part 3

4 Jul

I didn’t know there would be so much to see and do at Old Tucson Studios. Heat permitting, you could easily spend most of a day here.

Old Tucson is truly a monument to the dear Western Movies of yesteryear – where heroes were Heroes and rode off into the sunset …
A worthy time capsule of a different day.

Old Tucson Studio Tribute

Moving down Main Street …

Below: Another look at the Grand Palace Saloon … and just across the street is Big Jake’s – named after a John Wayne’s movie that was filmed here in 1971.
Looks like a guy could get a steak there …

Old Tucson Grand Palace

I could almost hear the clink of Duke’s boots on the boardwalk …

Old Tucson McClintock Mercantile

Passing by McLintock Mercantile

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Mandatory photo of the Cigar Store Indian (right).

Old Tucson stable

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Here comes the stage … again.

Old Tucson Stagecoach

Stagecoaches were often late. Holdups, hostile natives, bad roads, bad weather,
lame horses, breakdowns, etc. Not really a very romantic way to travel.

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Rose heads over to the OK Corral Freight Depot

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Suddenly a Tour comes by.
But Rose keeps on shootin’.

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

I watch from the safety (and shade) of the Ice Cream Parlour

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

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Time for some campfire lore and tales by the chuckwagon.

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

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Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

I think I’m getting the hang of this cowboy thing.

Old Tucson Studios Stagecoach

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Next: Old Tucson Studios 4

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