Pyongyang metro – ‘world’s deepest and most secretive subway system’

PYONGYANG, capital of Stalinistic North Korea, is home to the deepest metro in the world – 110 metres underground.  In a country known for its human rights violations and chronic food shortages, cash was found to build two subway lines completely underground.Tourists are usually allowed to visit only two spectacular stations – the rest are off limits.  The showplace stations are underground palaces, with high arched ceilings, marble pillars, chandeliers and mosaic murals on the history of North Korea.  Each station has a public toilet, and state radio programs are broadcast over loudspeakers.  Hours of operation are limited because of power shortages.  PHOTOS – Kristoferb, Wikipedia>

120-year-old William Reynolds Block meets a firey end – 03/01/2011

In 1847, Mr. William Reynolds opened a bakery at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets in downtown TORONTO.  A grocery store was added in 1855, and then an impressive 3-storey, 6-unit commercial brick building, which combined elements of Second Empire and Romanesque Revival styles.  This was the Empress Hotel, then the Express Hotel, the New Empress Hotel, and from 1947 – the Edison Hotel.  Back in the sixties, the Edison bar was a favourite hangout for students from nearby Ryerson University.  It’s all gone now.  At 4 am on January 3, a 6-alarm fire broke out and 125 firemen answered the call.  The Reynolds Block is no more.
PHOTOS – Toronto Sun and City Archives