SCA Weekly News Review: March 29, 2020

SCA Weekly News Review: March 29, 2020

Mr. PG narrowly loses competition to be named B.C.’s Best Roadside Attraction

Mr. PG greeting all of the north with a big smile. Va Darrin Rigo

From PrinceGeorgeMatters.com: Mr. PG lost an online competition to be named B.C.’s best Roadside Attraction.

Although Prince George’s beloved mythical log man was awarded second place, beating out Penticton’s Giant Peach and the Enchanted forest, he ultimately lost the title (by the tiniest margin of 1.8 per cent) to the Coombs’ Rooftop Goats in Nanaimo.

The bracket competition took place on Twitter spearheaded by CBC municipal affairs reporter Justin McElroy, who has conducted similar B.C’s best competitions in the past.

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The Gargoyles Guarding S.A.

The dragonlike gargoyles around the upper levels of the Tower Life Building also are surrounded by several grotesque faces, which repeat on the lower level of the building. Photo by Bob Owen

From the San Antonio Express-News: Even with all the coronavirus closures and stay-at-home restrictions, you still can enjoy San Antonio’s many architectural wonders while walking at a safe distance from others. And what better to appreciate in these troubled times than the city’s many gargoyles, those stone-cold OGs of warding off evil?

The Neon Museum’s Virtual Tour Will Light Up Your Living Room Like It’s the Las Vegas Strip (Video)

From Travel+Leisure: We could all use a bit of Vegas-style glitz and glamour in our lives.

Unfortunately, since many people are in self-quarantine or socially distancing due to coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s hard to feel like you’re living the high life. That’s why The Neon Museum in Las Vegas is giving you a taste of the Strip from home.

Much like other museums giving virtual tours, The Neon Museum is engaging audiences by allowing them the learn about some of the most famous neon signs in Las Vegas history on its web-based app, YouTube channel, social media, blog, and e-newsletter.

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Fabulous vintage photos chart history of Derby’s old Art Deco bus station

We have pictures of Derby bus station through the ages. Image: Barry Edwards

From DerbyShireLive: It may seem hard to believe but this Friday it will be 10 years since the opening of Derby’s new bus station.

Here, Barry Edwards, a former Derbeian now living in Nailsea, who is a transport history enthusiast, shares a pictoral history of the old bus station and the scheme to replace it, which was hugely controversial and divided opinion in the city.

“The original bus station in Albert Street, which had been primarily a Trent bus station, had given way to a purpose-built Art Deco-inspired terminal designed by renowned borough architect Charles Aslin in October 1933, as part of the ambitious Central Improvement Plan.

“After that date, the majority of long-distance coaches and district buses were required to use the new Morledge facility, though town buses, run by Derby Corporation, still used central streets.

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A musical driving tour for Houston’s social-distancing age

David Adickes’ Beatles statues at 8th WonderPhoto: Cary Darling, HC staff / Houston Chronicle

From the Houston Chronicle: A year ago my friend Bob climbed into the car hoping to to see some music sites around Houston. Bob works with ZZ Top, and enjoys the music of yesteryear. He looked the part, clad in a T-shirt for Okeh Records, the storied New York record label that made priceless contributions to recorded American music — blues, jazz — starting a century ago. Houston natives Sippie Wallace and Victoria Spivey — both influential blues singers — were among the artists who cut sides for Okeh, along with better-known names like Louis Armstrong.

“This may take a little while,” I told Bob. “There’s a lot of ground to cover.”

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