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Old 01-22-2006, 03:06 PM   #1
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Last night I had the opportunity to attend Gord's last show of the three night stand at the Dominion Club in Toronto. The band was set up in the large ballroom of the club which was formerly the great hall of the Dominion Bank of Canada headquarters. The audience was mostly owners of the condos/suites above the Dominion Club so a lot of people had never seen Gordon Lightfoot before. It was interesting to talk to them and find out what they knew and what they thought of him. All positive feedback I might add.

There were about 300 people in attendance and the ballroom itself wasn't too big, so as you can imagine, it was a very intimate performance. There was no intermission so Lightfoot and the band played for about 80 minutes with two encores. The sound was decent, although the flat walls of the ballroom didn't add for much reverb or resonance. Barry Harvey told me they had to keep the levels low to get any kind of decent sound out of the place. It was interesting to look around as the band played and see giant windows looking out onto the center of the banking district in Toronto. We were literally packed in between skyscrapers. Probably one of the most unique venues Gord has played at I would imagine.

Gord and the band were in fine form as usual. He opened with Carefree Highway, followed by Cotton Jenney. The rest of the setlist was similar to last year's shows, with some notable inclusions like Hangdog Hotel Room, which I had never heard live before. The Wreck was as haunting as usual, and Sundown got the otherwise conservative crowd going. He closed with a note perfect CRT, and did EMR and Blackberry Wine as his two encores.

Overall, a unique concert in a very different venue. Can't wait for Massey!

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Old 01-22-2006, 05:11 PM   #2
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Last night I had the opportunity to attend Gord's last show of the three night stand at the Dominion Club in Toronto. The band was set up in the large ballroom of
Gord and the band were in fine form as usual. He opened with Carefree Highway, followed by Cotton Jenney.
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Hey Kenyon, love your spelling of Cotton Jenney!
So tell me, did it cost you $10,000 to go?
Also, any chance that you are going to wander down to Niagara Falls?

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Old 01-22-2006, 05:33 PM   #3
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[]Hey Kenyon, love your spelling of Cotton Jenney!
So tell me, did it cost you $10,000 to go?
Also, any chance that you are going to wander down to Niagara Falls?
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I trust that those of you attending the upcoming Niagara Falls concerts will not have to endure the obviously severe conditions visitors faced back in 1911

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a rare picture sent to me yesterday by the rez thanks Rex
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Old 01-22-2006, 06:02 PM   #4
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Oh Kenyon, you went without me?
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Old 01-22-2006, 07:20 PM   #5
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Kenyon, as we say over here: you jammy so-and-so!
(dont ask me to explain the meaning of that ridiculous expression) :D
Thanks for the report.
Wish I could have been there!
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Old 01-22-2006, 10:02 PM   #6
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like me, kenyon has no wheels....so neither of us will be going to Niagara Falls...

and Kenyon....I'm crushed that I wasn't your date!
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:50 AM   #7
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Sorry Char! But hey, Hugh's Room is coming up so you can be my date then!
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Old 01-23-2006, 03:04 PM   #8
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Kenyon, as we say over here: you jammy so-and-so!
(dont ask me to explain the meaning of that ridiculous expression) :D
cop out Bru!!

OK so just what does "jammy mean? those of us with the undoubted benefit of an British upbringing know instinctively what it means but for furrinners I found this:-

english
2. colloq
Said of a person: lucky.
3. colloq
Said of a job, etc: profitable, especially at little cost in effort.
Etymology: 19c

a google led me to:-
http://english2american.com/dictionary/cat_misc.html

where I also spotted this that previously perplexed Bru!!

blimey expl. A nice mild expletive, blimey is (in terms of rudeness) on a par with "wow" or "my goodness". It was originally part of the phrase "cor blimey", which was apparently a contraction of "god blind me" which was in turn an abbreviated version of "may god blind me if it is not so". To prevent alarm, though, it's worth saying that I've used this word a number of times and so far god has made no attempt whatsoever to blind me, whether what I was saying was true or not. Nowadays "cor blimey" is much rarer, but still used.
for "jammy" it says:-

jammy adj. Lucky. Slang - often seen in the phrase "you jammy git", uttered graciously on some sort of defeat

another good site was:-
http://www.urban75.net/vbulletin/arc...p/t-98071.html
witch has several amusing responses to the question of what Jammy means when used in conjunction with the expressive little word "git"

an international example - and there are many (so apologies if this derails the thread) - but i used the term 'jammy git' in conversation wiv a yank this morning and got a completely blank look, possibly for iro both words.
Ok so what does the acronym IRO stand for the consensus of opinion indicates
" Acronym ... IRO, -, In Respect Of.

anyone know where the term 'jammy' comes from? ... or 'git' for that matter?

"The expression mentioned earlier "jammy git" meaning a lucky person relates to jam of course. There is another expression about wanting "jam on it" refering to someone who wants more, they want jam on their bread.

Anyone who has jam on their bread is lucky or "jammy". I used to hear this in Devon but I think it is fairly universal. Git is just a bloke and is vaguely perjorative but in the case of "jammy git" the sense is one of jealousy...

I would add "Where of course git means a so-and-so"!
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Old 01-23-2006, 03:12 PM   #9
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Gee thanks, John. Now we can all sleep easy.
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OK OK I knew that was Brewing!!!
The lady in question has now asked me to display her fetching snap of Gord taken at the December2 2005 Stratford ON Concert.It is a suspiciously small (and very dark) jpeg only 17954 bytes which suggests that it is only a thumbnail?? Whatever I am going to upload it to a free web site I discovered earlier at:-
httP{://www.ripeway.com
who allows hotlinking and told me:-
"You have a free account, with 30 MB of storage space, and 15 MB of daily downloads."
It allows files up to 10MB to be uploaded; But if you want to use it for sharing large files the 24 hour bandwidth total/download limit of only 15Mb is rather restrictive IMHO
here is our journalist/photographers pride and joy:-

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It was only fitting that "our bard" sang in Stratford: I recently spoke to "Jim Nasium" by phone and he told me that in 2002 after the second Orillia concert was cancelled he visited Stratford and was surprised that in aping its British original the Ontario one is also called Stratford-On-Avon

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Old 01-23-2006, 04:10 PM   #11
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Thid board is causing me grief .I had trouble yesterday getting the icy Canadian Falls picture to display and could not get the bold formatting to work initially now it is refusing to show Bru's picture dammit so I'll try again
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Old 01-23-2006, 04:20 PM   #12
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Most aggravating I pasted in the exact same code on a test forum test found a superfluous spsce between the jpg and the[/img] removed it and the picture appeared
Third try here

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Old 01-23-2006, 04:33 PM   #13
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from http://www.barbelith.com/topic/23455

Subcultural engagement for the 21st Century...
Barbelith is a new kind of community

"Flippin crickey moses missus!!! M.M. is ace! I can't believe I'm going to be stuck on a train heading home while they'll be chatting away. Flippin nora crickey etc."
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Old 01-23-2006, 04:35 PM   #14
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you're right John - our Stratford is based on the British one. It's a charming little theatre town and somewhere I've always wanted to see Gord perform.

Kenyon - I'll be in touch about Hugh's Room...hopefully I can make it down to TO somehow!
lol
I can get to Sarasota Florida butnot downtown Toronto!
lol
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Most aggravating I pasted in the exact same code on a test forum test found a superfluous spsce between the jpg and the[/img] removed it and the picture appeared
Third try here

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John,
thank you! I think the pic looks grand. I like the dark - very atmospheric.
And it was certainly NOT a thumbnail.
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quote:Originally posted by johnfowles:
Most aggravating I pasted in the exact same code on a test forum test found a superfluous spsce between the jpg and the[/img] removed it and the picture appeared
Third try here

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John,
thank you! I think the pic looks grand. I like the dark - very atmospheric.
And it was certainly NOT a thumbnail.
Thanks again.
[/QUOTE]OK OK yes the original is "atmosopheric"
However I now have enlarged Bru's jpg file from 480 pixels wide to 750 pixels and mildly adjusted the brightness and contrast.It is still to me a satisfying picture and one that appropriately cropped would look great as the basis for an up to date CD jewel case insert design:-

Now regarding the jpg's file size; even after the enlarging operation it is still only 20860 bytes (compared to the original 17954 bytes)whereas the normal size of a compressed jpg from the standard of digital camera that Bru has would be rather more than say 250,000 bytes.Indeed the charming country scene taken two days later showing the Lightfoot Trail near Orillia she has used on the corfid map when viewed full sized at a pixel size of 2288 by 1712 is a whopping 1,179,552 Bytes but then maybe that was a different camera?? Hence my reasoned suggestion that she had only sent me a thumbnail picture
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Old 01-24-2006, 06:36 AM   #17
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John,
I take everything you say on board but now the enlarged edit is 'fuzzy'. I agree it would make a great sleeve pic. Can you crop it, John?
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I have to agree with Bru. The dark one is better... clearer and it has a certain mood to it.
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Old 01-24-2006, 10:56 AM   #19
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Cathy, that was the reason I took the picture. I saw how great he looked and hoped the camera would capture the mood, which I think it did.
I'm pleased you can see it too.
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John,
I take everything you say on board but now the enlarged edit is 'fuzzy'. I agree it would make a great sleeve pic. Can you crop it, John?
OK OK I agree that in my attempt to simply resize the original very small jpg a fair amount of fuzziness inevitably crept in
I have now cropped the original and adjusted mainly its brightness resulting in this, which is as you can see the same size as the allegedly non-thumbnail original albeit after cropping it is now reduced from 480x360-17954 bytes to 404 x306:-

Note that this is still a relatively tiny file of only 10726 bytes.
I am now obviously curious to know whether Bru has bothred to check her other jpgs from that batch of shooting to see if the norm is around 1 megabyte (like her Lightfoot Trail pic) or the tiny 10 kilobyte of this example???
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thanks, John. That looks good.
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the pic that john lightened isn't the result of my tinkering with the image first posted.

mine is still a dark background - just the red out of his face is gone and it's still in focus with the same shadowing on his face etc..
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[/QB][/QUOTE]and you were saying Ron??
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and RJ has the nerve to send ME blonde jokes!
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Great picture, Bru - thanks for posting it, John. Although, I must agree with Bru and Cathy that the first one (smaller and darker) is actually the best. I see no problem with smaller files - actually in this setting, I believe smaller is better as it takes less time to load.

Kenyon - sounds like my kind of show. The 250-300 seat acoustic concert series I work with has spoiled me to the point that if there are more than 300-400 people, it's almost too crowded
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