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Friday, July 18, 2014


Young Men With Horns and Guitar

Victoria BC - July 3-6, 2014

Highlight of the trip to Victoria BC was to listen to music being made by a group of talented budding artists. 

Nikhil Ghosh, Palo Alto, CA, trombone, tenor 
Cyrus Bhiladvala, Victoria BC, alto sax
Simon Farintosh, Victoria BC, guitar
Rowan Farintosh, Victoria BC, tenor sax

We were fortunate to stay with Rustom and Kamal Bhiladvala, parents of Cyrus. 

On July 4th we drove to Bastion Square, downtown Victoria.  The boys took out their instruments and began busking to the pleasure of passers by.  It was a bright afternoon, full of shoppers and sightseers. 

Jazz on July 4th at Bastion Square, Victoria BC © Musafir

Buskers warming up  © Musafir
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” 
― Bob Marley  

From the left: Nikhil Ghosh, Cyrus Bhiladvala, Simon Farintosh, Rowan Farintosh  
                                                                                                      © Musafir
Admiring dad Rustom Bhiladvala  © Musafir
Beaming Bhaskar Ghosh, a mean tabla player himself  © Musafir

Across from Empress Hotel © Musafir

We were not far from the venerable Empress Hotel, now a part of the Fairmont Group.

The afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel continues to be popular with visitors. Not many locals go to have tea at close to $60.00 (Canadian) per person. 

Meantime, the young musicians had warmed up and the sound of jazz filled the air.  They were rewarded fairly well.  But more than the collection it was the pleasure of performing in public that energized them.  Good vibrations. More power to them.

Simon Farintosh, who graduated from high school, is going to pursue musical studies in college.

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Why Do People Who Fish Have a Tendency to Despoil the Environment ?

A recent day at Henry Hagg Lake, about 25 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon, drove home the point that when it comes to leaving a mess behind the Oregonians are no better than those who fish in California.

Found discarded water and beer bottles, food containers, plastic bags, and fishing tackles. You wonder about the state of their homes.  But perhaps they believe in the right to leave garbage in public places and keep their homes clean. 

Scumbags, I

Scumbags, II

Scumbags, III

What makes them turn a nice cove into a garbage dump and go home at the end of the day without giving a damn about others is a mystery.  Posted signs "Pack It In - Pack It Out" are very visible.  Perhaps they cannot read.

Hikers and backpackers don't do it.  Bicyclists don't do it. Some picnic grounds show the effects of piggish behavior but not as much as fishing spots.

In California, apart from those who fish, commercial mushroom pickers are the only ones that leave a lot of detritus behind them.  


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