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>
Farm animal sculptures by Saskatchewan’s Joe Fafard are extensively collected. One of his best-known and largest works – “In The Pasture” – sits amidst tall buildings in TORONTO’s Financial District. Wellington Street West at York.
<MIRA GODARD GALLERY, Hazelton Avenue, Yorkville>
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