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How to lose yourself (or your art) in a book

I’m still searching for a neighbourhood where residents absentmindedly use $100 dollar bills as bookmarks. Last week I at least found a book in a part of the Fairview neighbourhood where someone had marked their place with a fine limited edition print, so I think I’m getting warm! 426 more words

Vancouver B.C.

A Binner's sunset

From the point of view of binners — those industrious scoundrels who go through the back alleys collecting returnable beverage containers — the wider world presents itself as a constant succession of discreet looks. 157 more words

Vancouver B.C.

Paint-by-number woodwork should be a "thing"

For a brief moment this afternoon I thought maybe I’d struck it rich and found a hitherto unknown Group of Seven painting.

Then I realized that I wasn’t looking at an “ 105 more words

Vancouver B.C.

The ongoing fall of the Santa Fe (and its trees)

This morning the building lot at 2975 Oak Street — the site formerly known as the Santa Fe apartments — was peaceful, quiet and quite barren. 1,425 more words

Vancouver B.C.

Bob Ross would've loved this happy painting

My binner friend the Green Guy was right about the latest painting someone left beside a dumpster in the Fairview neighbourhood.

It was an oil painting with many classic “Bob Ross” touches: a joyfully naive depiction of an orange teddy-bearish tiger, set against a smeary blue backdrop, with the tiger’s spots “smooshed-in” here and there and a big ol’ happy tree growing out of the tiger’s head, just because. 348 more words

Vancouver B.C.

Sign of teamwork on West Broadway

Sunday I stopped on my way to breakfast to watch a lot of guys putting up a new sign in front of a bike store in the 1400 block of West Broadway Avenue. 23 more words

Vancouver B.C.

Weeding out Vancouver's danger poles

After a winter’s rest, more of Vancouver’s wooden utility poles are being subjected to close scrutiny.

Inspectors are looking for structural damage to the poles or any of their fittings. 360 more words

Vancouver B.C.