🚊 NO Train: Day 2️⃣5️⃣

Here are today’s updates on the closure of the Confederation Line.

Look up in the sky

Reader Logan points out to us that debris from Comet 109/P Swift-Tuttle is what causes the Perseid meteor showers. While the comet itself last dropped by in 1992, the Perseid meteor showers happen every year. Our article yesterday implied that these meteor showers were concurrent with the visiting comet and so, pretty rare.

And this itself makes it seem like the comet is coming around, which it is not. Comet 109/P Swift-Tuttle’s next visit is 2126, around the time the O Train will be fixed.

In any case, the best viewing will be just before dawn on Monday and around 10:00 pm on Sunday. 

– Martha & Darren



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    • ⛈️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 24°, low of 12°. 


    Ottawan of the Day


    • How many times does Mother Nature have to slap us in the face before we wake up
    • – Knoxdale-Merivale ward councillor Sean Devine on yesterday’s thunderstorm, the latest example of a change to harsh weather patterns. (CBC)


    • ⚾ FRONTIER Ottawa Titans 3 – Sussex County Miners 11 last night

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    •  John Alexander Pulkkinen, lead singer of Octavian, was 75Octavian may be Ottawa’s most successful rock band. Pulkkinen quit his job as an elementary school teacher in 1974 to perform with the band full time. Later, as a music executive, he helped launch the career of Alanis Morissette and served as senior vice-president of membership for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In 1962, aged 15, he and his sister performed in Montréal with the Bolshoi Ballet.  (Andrew Duffy in the Ottawa Citizen) (‘Good Feeling to Know’ on YouTube)


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    •  If you’ve wanted to try Cold Bear’s delicious craft beer but you can’t get to Arnprior, skip down to Flora Hall today. Cold Bear will be joined by Stray Dog Brewing and Braumeister for a special Tap Takeover with music and great food from the Flora Hall kitchen. Noon til 9:00pm. 37 Flora St.
    •  Local professional musicians Anna Baksheeva (violin), Olena Gapey (cello), Frederick Lacroix (piano) present a program of Johannes Brahms at Woodroffe United Church. 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm at 207 Woodroffe Ave. Entry is by donation.

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    •  The Comedy Night in support of SLAY Society on August 25 will start your weekend the best way: with lots of laughs. In addition to being entertained by the talented laugh-meisters on stage, take your chances with the 50/50 draws and a live auction. All the proceeds will benefit SLAY Society, which raises awareness and financial support for those families affected by Glioblastoma.

    Save 20% on a Fall flower subscription from Côté Fleurs.

    The furniture bank at highJinx community social enterprise is running low on blankets and other bed linens. Drop off your gently used linens Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 pm. While you’re there, take a look at the vintage items for sale.

    We will see you Monday  – Martha and Darren

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