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BBC - no show

Offered a meet westside with no CCTV and no Five O.
Expect reports a la 'Lowfields circa 80s' to appear on this board soon of how they larged it downtown in steak houses over the city bods and the tourists at the casino in Niagara big_smile

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Not seen or heard of since his trip to the 6.

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You don't know who close you came to having the boutique windows put through & your best stuff taxed. smile

"To tell you the truth, a lot of the younger lads don't care about the FA Cup, they think it's just something your Grandparents talk about. They'd rather we got knocked out." Trevor Davies - Streatham Rovers Football Club

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'Turns up 20 minutes after kick off '

Anyway, hope you had a good time here

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.....ish. I'll probably be back in the summer. I was last there in '99, and it had changed from how i remembered it.

I flew out of and into Heathrow, and both flights were 80% Indian Asian, so much so that the specialist meals were served first. I hadn't realised the size of Toronto's asian community.

Great rail link from the airport to the city.

Whilst I was there, it wasn't cold enough tbh, very funny weather, unpleasantly mild if that makes sense. Not cold enough to wear your warm stuff easily, but not warm enough not to wear it. A bit of exercise and you're sweating. Coat on/off, etc.

Could've got hold of tickets for the ice hockey, but they were ridiculously expensive and according to the locals that we talked to, they were in the middle of a shit spell, and not worth paying to watch. I watched the game however in the sports bar that you recommended. Pre-booked a table and ate them out of chicken wings. The clientele was very sporty and not at all milfy.

The saturday day was spent drinking in the bars opposite the train station and arena. Loose Moose? Went up the CN Tower as well, which is well worth it, just to see the plumb bob movement thing. In the evening went to see Muse, which was a bit too Musey. Should've known, seen 'em, before, and thought that they were a bit shit. After that went for a Chinese at
Taste of China Seafood Restaurant, which i thought was acemans.

Sunday was spent mooching about the mean streets of toronto, probably on your manor? Queens Street W & King Street W, a couple of decent bars. Didn't end up going to the steak place, as the people i was with weren't overly fussed.

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I hadn't realised the size of Toronto's asian community.

I think it goes back a while. Back in the late 80s, an Indian lad I was working with was telling me about his relatives that had emigrated to Canada. He reckoned that unlike the UK where a sizeable number owned corner shops, restaurants, pharmacies or had become GPs, they had taken a different line of business in Canada, such that there was a running joke, "Hotels, Motels and Patels..."

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Get in touch next time... I can score tickets for the Raptors and TFC and more than happy to show you where you should be drinking. the Raptors is a good evening out. Sorry for teh Sports Bar tip, i heard it was a huge pick up joint.

Toronto ? Most multicultural and multiracial city in the world after London. The white Canadian will be the minority before the ned of the decade. After 6 years I'm finally feeling like I live here.

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Flew out there in '95 to visit a mate who lived in Coburg - he had a lovely place that backed onto Lake Ontario

I'd only just started working proper so was skint and my and 2 mates booked the cheapest flights we could - Air India as is turned out

Flew out early morning and I traveled across London to LHR with a stinking hangover after a late night and too many beers the previous evening.  Can't remember which tube station it was (was definitely overground on the Piccadilly Line) but I leaned out of the carriage and gipped up - "mind the gap" indeed......

Checked in late and we were upgraded to Business Class which still amazes me to this day - I've flown a shed load on business and we were breaking every rule about getting upgraded!  To be honest we didn't even realise we'd been upgraded until we were sent upstairs - the words of the bloke at check-in now explaining it - "this'll be the best flight you guys have ever had".  Cheers mate!

Flight back a disaster though.  3 hours late due to increased security checks (which did have one amusing upside - my mate's stash of porn he'd bough in Toronto was liberally shown around the security area for all to see) and then being stuck at the back of the plane near the bogs.  The stench was horrible and there was piss and shit everywhere by the end of the flight with kids crying constantly through the entire flight

How the other half live and all that......

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Don't fret TT, there was nowt wrong with the sports bar. We ended up going there twice. I appreciate that i visited the place in the middle of January, but have to admit i found the city 'tired', more run down than last time. The area around the west streets, had a camden feel to them, but some of the blocks were grubby, a fair few empty shops around. The indoor shopping plaza had the same feel to it. I ended up in the downstairs food hall bit of an set of offices on the monday at lunch time, and the quality of women wandering about was amazing. It's a strange city, I walked out past the sky dome, onto spadina, and the city changes dramatically. Low rise, empty lots, etc, within a short distance. The shops/houses have a shack feel to them, if you get what i mean.

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. The shops/houses have a shack feel to them, if you get what i mean.

I do and they have a $1M price tag on them. Always confused me did this... tiny pre war style houses in the 2nd biggest country in the world - hardly a lack of space.
Its a weird city... there's some great parts, Yorkville is probably the nicest shopping area. We'd open there but way too much competition wink and some good restaurants. Where we are is more a Shoreditch feel. new shops, bars, restaurants and its been good for us so far and there's some shite parts - skid row comes to mind. Some of the parts that used to be cool are having a come back - College St is having a bit of a revival and there's some spanish tapas bar restaurants definitely worth a visit.
The city has no urban planning and where you were staying I'm sure you saw that they're throwing up condo blocks everywhere, its a sprawl...
The underground shopping malls ... designed for the winter so the people in office blocks don't have to go outside .

Anyway... its not the most beautiful, nor pretty, nor interesting big_smile city in the world and when I moved here I had the distinct feeling I'd been timewarped back to the mid 80's. but Its home now, continually voted in the Top 5 cities in the world to live in, is a great place for kids to grow up, multicultural, loads of sports teams ... in a country that feels relatively sane.

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Misura wrote:

. The shops/houses have a shack feel to them, if you get what i mean.

I do and they have a $1M price tag on them. Always confused me did this... tiny pre war style houses in the 2nd biggest country in the world - hardly a lack of space.
Its a weird city... there's some great parts, Yorkville is probably the nicest shopping area. We'd open there but way too much competition wink and some good restaurants. Where we are is more a Shoreditch feel. new shops, bars, restaurants and its been good for us so far and there's some shite parts - skid row comes to mind. Some of the parts that used to be cool are having a come back - College St is having a bit of a revival and there's some spanish tapas bar restaurants definitely worth a visit.
The city has no urban planning and where you were staying I'm sure you saw that they're throwing up condo blocks everywhere, its a sprawl...
The underground shopping malls ... designed for the winter so the people in office blocks don't have to go outside .

Anyway... its not the most beautiful, nor pretty, nor interesting big_smile city in the world and when I moved here I had the distinct feeling I'd been timewarped back to the mid 80's. but Its home now, continually voted in the Top 5 cities in the world to live in, is a great place for kids to grow up, multicultural, loads of sports teams ... in a country that feels relatively sane.

I dig what you're saying, TT. I coulda/shoulda moved there in '00 when i had the chance tbh. A mate took up the offer of a job, but his 1st winter killed it for him, tbh. And sometimes, the stars never realign again, do they?

Yeah, there was some building work going on, but nothing grossly unpleasant. From the top of the tower, there's the CBD and everything else is flat. They work on 'highest & best use' as a development principal. I don't know whether it was another town or a suburb, but there seemed to be some other high stuff about 20 miles out? Back to the lake looking out that way.

It's got the right amounts of everything about it in my book. The directional designer shops is a big plus. Funnily enough, everyone i ever meet in toronto always says 'If you like it here, you'll love Vancouver'. Fancy visiting there & Montreal in the not too distant future. I've always fancied the trans Canadian railway trip.

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Thinks we're on the same page

Vancouver - my first port of call in Canada. Remember flying out to meet Mrs TT for the first time there and stopping in off in TO... and looking down from the plane and thinking it looked boring... never trust flat cities.
Vancouver blew me away, stunning downtown archictecture, the Ocean, mountains, nice old bits of the city, more concentrated city centre and top notch sushi. I'd move there in a heartbeat but business in TO is good so...

Montreal - did a couple of consultancy stints at the ad agency who looked after Adidas Originals globally - nice city, more culture, good food - but freezing - well worth a visit.

Moved to Toronto to be with Mrs TT, would have never done it otherwise and yes apart from this winter as you found out, they're normally a f*cking nightmare and enough to drive most sane europeans out west or back to Europe.

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New York's about as flat as cities come. Not boring. I like Toronto and would have happily moved there . Like Montreal and, more so, Quebec. Found French Canadians to be sound if you make a little effort with the language and can laugh at yourself a bit. Liked Vancouver but it made me just want to kick on into the wild, it's so close. Will say though that the sight of float planes taking off and landing touches something primal in a man. Calgary is shit, Now there's on ahit flat city. Thankfully, it has the Rockies on the doorstep.

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My Nan lived in Winnipeg. Or Weatherpeg as they call it. Brother has a pal from there. By all accounts nowhere more boring.....

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New York's about as flat as cities come. Not boring. I like Toronto and would have happily moved there . Like Montreal and, more so, Quebec. Found French Canadians to be sound if you make a little effort with the language and can laugh at yourself a bit. Liked Vancouver but it made me just want to kick on into the wild, it's so close. Will say though that the sight of float planes taking off and landing touches something primal in a man. Calgary is shit, Now there's on ahit flat city. Thankfully, it has the Rockies on the doorstep.

There's a deifinite slope as you walk downtown wink

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Given the news coming out of Brussels this morning then Toronto, Canada feels like a good place to be.

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Rob Ford gone.

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Terrorists got him?

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Torontoists maybe.

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Can we ship Steve Evans out as a replacement?

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TT, sat in departures at Pearson. All over your manor again for the last few days. Not once did I see a multi directional fashion boutique worthy of the name. Plotted up in Drakes, claiming a result. The weather wasn't even cold.  ☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️

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TT, sat in departures at Pearson. All over your manor again for the last few days. Not once did I see a multi directional fashion boutique worthy of the name. Plotted up in Drakes, claiming a result. The weather wasn't even cold.  ☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️

Sat in the Raleigh in South Beach having decided to chill for a night here instead of flying back to TO from Fort Lauderdale .....

anyway, guess you didnt look

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TT, sat in departures at Pearson. All over your manor again for the last few days. Not once did I see a multi directional fashion boutique worthy of the name. Plotted up in Drakes, claiming a result. The weather wasn't even cold.  ☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️☠️

Sat in the Raleigh in South Beach having decided to chill for a night here instead of flying back to TO from Fort Lauderdale .....

anyway, guess you didnt look

In light of the goings on, it sounds like an excellent decision! neutral

"To tell you the truth, a lot of the younger lads don't care about the FA Cup, they think it's just something your Grandparents talk about. They'd rather we got knocked out." Trevor Davies - Streatham Rovers Football Club

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our flight is apparently going out at 8 tonight - fingers crossed

Hope you had fun in TO

The Drake or Drake's restaurant ?

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The Drake downstairs bar. The Dog & Bear. Belfast Love. I'm definitely warming to the place.

"To tell you the truth, a lot of the younger lads don't care about the FA Cup, they think it's just something your Grandparents talk about. They'd rather we got knocked out." Trevor Davies - Streatham Rovers Football Club

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