In Your Backyard: A Collection

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It’s been, give or take, four-ish months since I graduated from the Broadcast Journalism program at Fanshawe, and since then, I’ve been combing through some of my old projects and assignments looking for things to post here.

At some point the other day it dawned on me that I hadn’t uploaded all of my “In Your Backyard” pieces to SoundCloud, even though it had been months and months since I had made them and had them broadcast on-air.

had been uploading them regularly onto my account late last year, but somewhere along the way I ran out of free available minutes and was forced to stop. A shame. A travesty!

Well, ok, maybe not a travesty.

So anyway, about a month or two ago I sprung for a pro account on the website, bumping my available time up to 6 hours.

I could finally upload the rest! (Seriously, just 6 hours? C’mon guys. I’m paying $6 a month here..)

Below, in chronological order (by week of airing) are almost all the short docs I did for “In Your Backyard” (a current affairs show on the X) excluding a few which I didn’t like at the time, and still don’t today.

November 18, 2013

December 2, 2013

December 9, 2013

March 31, 2014

April 7, 2014

April 21, 2014

30 Minutes of Music: Episode 20

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30 Minutes of Music – Episode 20
July 30, 2014
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0:00 – The Kinks – Beautiful Delilah (Kinks)
2:42 – Beck – Cellphone’s Dead (The Information)*
7:25 – First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining (Stay Gold)
10:53 – Temples – Shelter Song (Sun Structures)
14:45 – The Clientele – We Could Walk Together (Suburban Light)
17:16 – Goldfrapp – Drew (Tales Of Us)
21:50 – Mac DeMarco – Passing Out Pieces (Salad Days)
24:35 – Neko Case – Night Still Comes (The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You)
29:51 – Roy Orbison – Shahdaroba (In Dreams)

*Actually released in 2006 (I say 2005 in the podcast)

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30 Minutes of Music: Episode 19

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Hey there! Long time no post. Been busy with other things and haven’t really been in the mood or had the time to post on here (which is a shame because I pay for hosting.. I should get on that..)

Anyway, I started putting together this episode a few weeks ago or so, maybe end of May, beginning of June, with the voiceover finished and edited.. So you can see it’s taken a while. I haven’t been feeling the best lately, and it’s been hampering my interest in working on these podcasts as well as other things like my photography and reading. Some kind of funk I guess, I’m not sure.

I’ll get back into the groove soon, don’t worry!

Anyways, I had a few free hours the other day and figured I would finally finish off what I started. So here it is!

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30 Minutes of Music – Episode 19
July 4, 2014
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0:00 – The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Lost Waltz (Time In)
4:21 – David Bowie – In The Heat Of The Morning (David Bowie)
7:16 – Scott Walker – Montague Terrace (In Blue) (Scott)
10:41 – The Beach Boys – Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (Pet Sounds)
13:58 – Grizzly Bear – While You Wait For The Others (Veckatimest)
18:22 – John Lennon – Make Love Not War (Anthology)
19:35 – Damon Albarn – Hostiles (Everyday Robots)
24:31 – Miles Davis – Blue In Green (Kind Of Blue)

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Maclean’s: The Morgue That Sailed Springbank

A black and white photograph showing an artistic depiction of the passenger boat, the Victoria leaving Springbank Park on its last voyage which ended in the tragic drowning of the majority of people on board. In the left foreground two people sit in a rowboat looking towards the Victoria which is steaming away from the dock on the opposite shore. Many people are standing on the two tiered pavillion and on the bank watching. To the left of the Victoria, in the background can be seen part of another passenger boat. (Cairncross Collection, Ivey Family London Room, London Public Library)
A black and white photograph showing an artistic depiction of the passenger boat, the Victoria, leaving Springbank Park on its last voyage which ended in the tragic drowning of nearly 200. In the left foreground two people sit in a rowboat looking towards the Victoria which is steaming away from the dock on the opposite shore. Many people are standing on the two tiered pavillion and on the bank watching. To the left of the Victoria, in the background can be seen part of another passenger boat.
(Cairncross Collection, Ivey Family London Room, London Public Library)

Originally published in Maclean’s Magazine, May 28, 1955.

A MACLEAN’S FLASHBACK
By Stanley Fillmore

Almost Every Home In London, Ontario, Was Draped In Mourning When The Bodies Of a Hundred And Eighty-One Victoria Day Excursionists Formed The Final Link In An Incredible Chain Of Blundering Irresponsibility. 

On a sparkling Tuesday in May 1881, while Queen Victoria was celebrating her sixty- second birthday in London, England, a steamboat, also named VICTORIA, was cruising
on the Thames River near London, Ontario, crowded with more than six hundred exuberant excursionists. Suddenly, something happened.

From his seat in a racing skiff less than a hundred yards off the VICTORIA’s starboard bow, Harry Nicholls watched the boat wallow toward London. He saw her rock ponderously from side to side responding to the motion of the upper-deck passengers who were running from rail to rail. The unusual swaying did not startle Nicholls who was aware of the VICTORIA’s shallow draft, but as he watched he saw the rocking increase until inches of water were shipped at each swing. Suddenly, with a roar of hissing steam, the boat’s huge boiler broke loose from its mounting and crashed through the bulwarks. Water poured through the opening and Nicholls was enwrapped in a cloud of live steam. With a slow, almost deliberate, movement the VICTORIA settled on her side. From both decks passengers were catapulted into the river. Nicholls heard the muffled screams of those trapped between decks. His slim shell was almost swamped in the wake as the VICTORIA went down.

At least a hundred and eighty-one persons drowned on the May 24 excursion; of these, a hundred and ten were children. It was the blackest day in London’s history, the result of an almost incredible series of blunders that could easily have been averted.

By nightfall the flags that bedecked London homes and businesses to mark the Queen’s birthday were lowered to half-mast. For eight days afterward, the dead who had been hooked from the river were carried to their graves. Funeral directors started work before dawn and were still conducting services long after dark. The supply of coffins in London was exhausted the first day and one infant was buried in an adult casket.

All London’s nineteen thousand residents lost relatives or friends. One family, the Fryers, lost five members. By official decree a black armband became a Londoner’s badge of mourning for a thirty-day period. Business firms and schools closed for two days. Most homes in the city were draped in mourning. One milliner advertised in the London Advertiser: “Family mournings at A. B. Powell and Co. who are showing a large range of crapes and mourning-dress material. Our prices are low. Millinery orders executed at the shortest possible notice. Also dressmaking orders.” Draymen charged double their usual funeral rates.

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