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Star Trek: significant writers

This is a list of script writers for the original series that I personally consider to be recognised science fiction writers. I think that most of the scriptwriting since then has been by people who don’t write science fiction for a living, which may argue for the higher level of science fiction in their stories in the original three seasons, especially regarding social issues and cultural change as opposed to action and adventure.

Maybe the serious science fiction writers are concentrating more on movie deals?

  • Robert Bloch, who also wrote the story for psycho. He was a horror, fantasy and science fiction writer, as well as a crime writer. He won the Hugo Award (SF), the World Fantasy Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. He wrote the episodes What are Little Girls Made Of, Catspaw, and Wolf in the Fold. These were entertaining, with a nice flavour of horror mixed into the last two.
  • George Clayton Johnston, who co-wrote Logan’s Run, and a number of Twilight Zone episodes. We wrote The Man Trap. I would not call this a great episode.
  • Richard Matheson, who wrote I am Legend and a number of Twilight Zone episodes, including Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. He wrote The Enemy Within, one of the great episodes. This episode addresses the issue of how essential a person’s darker side has a role in her/his life.
  • Theodore Sturgeon, a highly influential write who won the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. We wrote Shore Leave and Amok Time, the latter of which is one of the great episodes.
  • Harlan Ellison, probably the pre-eminent science fiction short story writer of the twentieth century, and a highly prolific screen writer. He wrote my favourite episode, The City on the Edge of Forever. Although largely modified from the original story, it is a touching tale of duty versus love, on more than one level. According to Wikipedia, he has won 11 Hugos, 4 Nebulas, 6 Bram Stokers, and 18 Locus Awards.
  • Jerome Bixby, who wrote the classic short It’s a Good Life (used in the Twilight Zone and the Twilight Zone movie), co-wrote the story behind the Asimov movie Fanastic Voyage, and wrote the great Star Trek episodes Mirror, Mirror and Day of the Dove. He also did Requiem for Methuselah and By Any Other Name, both of which were good.
  • Norman Spinrad, a well respected writer and two-time president of the Science Fiction Writers Association. He wrote The Doomsday Machine. At the time, this was not a cliche issue.
  • Frederic Brown wrote a classic SF short story called Arena, which was the basis for the Star Trek episode of the same name. The tv episode was okay, but the short story was wonderful. He was a well respected writer from the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
  • Last but not least, David Gerrold, who wrote The Trouble with Tribbles. He also won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for the novelette The Martian Child. Finally, he wrote a wonderful comedic SF novel with Larry Niven called the Flying Sorcerers.

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Gatehouse moonlit

When you read his work, there is always some poetry and magic in his writing. And then you come across a passage that hits you in the heart and the head at the same time, evoking feelings and images as none other can.

From Banshee (1984)-

”She had a face of snow, cut from that same white cool marble that makes the finest Irish women; a long swan neck, a generous if quivering mouth, and eyes a soft and luminous green. So beautiful were those eyes and her profile against the blown tree branches, that something in me turned, agonized, and died. I felt that killing wrench men feel when beauty passes and will not pass again. You want to cry out: Stay, I love you. But you do not speak. And the summer walks away in her flesh, never to return”

“I tried to look through her eyes and thought: my God, has it always been this way, forever some man in that house, forty, eighty, a hundred years ago! Not the same man, no, but all dark twins, and this girl lost on the road, with snow in her arms for love, and frost in her heart for comfort, and nothing to do but whisper and croon and mourn and sob until the sound of her weeping stilled at sunrise but to start again with the rising of the moon.”

From The Toynbee Convector (1988)-

“Stiles touched another button and the machine lit up like a cavern of spider webs. It breathed in years and whispered forth remembrance. Ghosts were in its crystal veins. A great god spider had woven its tapestries in a single night. It was haunted and it was alive. Unseen tides came and went in its machinery. Suns burned and moons hid their seasons in it. Here, an autumn blew away in tatters; there, winters arrived in snows that drifted in spring blossoms to fall on summer fields.”

One of these stories shows how a lie can be salvation itself.

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I have certain views on this Scottish idiosyncrasy , and as a result I think I have one (1) golf picture on my flickr site. Imagine my bemusement when I was invited to add my image to Great Golf Pictures, and I am now a Great Golf Pictures Award Winner! I think it is honest to say that the picture below reflects my feelings about this. Have a nice day, and keep golf in the family.

Archie Bunker

Archie Bunker

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Zabriski Point, Death Valley-3

This glancing life is like a morning star

A setting sun or rolling waves at sea

A gentle breeze or lightning in a storm

A dancing dream of all eternity

-Caravanserai from An Ancient Muse by Loreena McKennitt

Last night I went to see Loreena McKennitt’s new concert, An Ancient Muse. This tour will cross Canada in September, then move south through the United States in October. I confess to a “slight” bias towards her music, but I have never seen her live before. Given the recent release of the CD An Ancient Muse, I expected that the performance would focus on the new music, and I was worried that her earlier work would be short-changed. Also, given the high ticket price and the less than perfect seating, I was dreading the possibility that the show would be less than stellar. Here is what actually happened.

It was a dark and stormy night. I arrive fifteen minutes early, wrung myself out and went to my seat. Much to my relief the audience was dressed in a relaxed and eclectic style, so my lack of dress shoes and a tie fit in well with others jeans, shorts, tuxedos, mini-skirts, ballroom gowns, and celticised serapes. The stages set-up was elegant and simple. A piano, keyboard, harp, and key accordion were at centre stage for Loreena’s use, with a slightly raised section behind her for the nine over-talented accomplices to her magic. Hanging from the ceiling were half a dozen Arabic chandeliers, and the backdrop was a simple Arabesque tapestry of a neutral light tan colour. Just left of centre stage was a classic pointed arch framing the main percussion session.

While simple and clean, the lighting system made this stage setting magically versatile. By varying lighting angles and colours, the backdrop would become a solid glowing royal blue, or dripping ruby fading to darkness as you looked upwards, or a wavering rich green dimming to darkness in the lower depths. Sometimes the background disappeared as vertical spreading beams overlapped to form a gossamer silken canopy draping towards the stage, or fog, or crystal-sharp stars on a moonless night. They also made sure that the lighting effects did not distract from the performance, only focusing spots on key performances in a gradual understated manner, and only making major lighting changes between songs.

From left to right on the stage were

  • Brian Hughes: electric and acoutic guitar, oud, celtic bazouki
  • Ben Grossman: hurdy-gurdy and percussion
  • Rick Lazar: percussion
  • Tal Bergman: drums and percussion
  • Tim Lander: acoustic and Electric Base
  • Socratis Synopoulos: lyra, Greek Lute
  • Donald Quan: viola, keyboards, tabla, accordion
  • Caroline Lavelle: cello
  • and Hugh Marsh on violin.

I had no idea how the performance would commence, so I was sitting up anxiously as the lights went down, with all sense on the alert. A vertical golden spotlight slowly brightened, and a vertical viola appeared and started playing. As the light slowly increased, a silhouette of a harpist with a halo of yellow-orange hair appeared. Then a second spot shone on the harpist as she started singing “She moved through the fair”. Her voice filled the auditorium, and when her voice rose towards the higher notes, it felt like you were within and part of the song, instead of listening to something from outside yourself. As the music moved into the instrumental finale the light faded over Loreena, she returned to being a silhouette framed by the sunlight of her hair, then the viola was the only thing visible on the stage, then it faded into the night.

The audience, after a moment of awe, started applauding, and I knew that there would be magic that night.

Happily, the repertoire included a good selection from The Book of Secrets and The Mask and the Mirror. There were also a number from the new album, An Ancient Muse, as well as such favourites as The Lady of Shalott, Bonny Portmore, The Old Ways, and Cymbeline from The Visit. Her voice and the feeling she put into the music were wonderful, as were some of her entertaining and rambling discussions of the travels of the Celts both east and west. It seems that there are mummies of communites of proto-Celts at the eastern end of the Silk Road, dating back as far as three thousand BCE, including a six foot tall man with red hair and wearing plaids.

Regarding the musicians and the instruments used, as seen from the list above the variety was amazing. More amazing were their performances. My favourite player was the fiddler Hugh Marsh, who must have been trained in Fiddler’s Green via the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. For example, they gave him an extremely loud ovation at the end his solo during Santiago. Also, I was impressed that during one song he held a single note without perceptible variation for over thirty seconds while busily bowing back and forth; I couldn’t hear a pause, nor a perceptible waver in the note. I also loved the electric guitar under the fingers of Brian Hughes, especially when he played counterpoint to Hugh during “The Bonnie Swans”. On stage they played some riffs not in The Mask and the Mirror, and the audience stood to applaud them at the end of the song. Ben Grossman on the hurdy-gurdy was also great, and this was the first time I had seen this instrument played; from where I stood it seemed as if he was stroking the base like Aladdin polishing his lamp, and the music that came out was just as magical.

At the end of the show she gave two encores. During the second encore she discussed and celebrated the search and rescue efforts of the Canadian Armed Forces, and mentioned that she was made Honourary Colonel of 435 Squadron, which conducts Search and Rescue (SAR) operations as well as transport duties in Western Canada. For those who don’t realise it, 2006 the first time that she has toured since 1998, when her fiance and two close friends died during a boating accident. This caused her to be active in prevention efforts and fundraising, and eventually to her interest in military SAR operations. She then dedicated “Dante’s Prayer” in remembrance of Shawn McCaughey of the Snowbirds, who died last summer in Montana. Anyone who knows this song will realise how appropriate it is.

In summary, her voice is as good as ever, the musicians with her are excellent, and the arrangement and staging were simple and elegant. It was well worth the walk home through the rain.


One aspect of Loreena McKennitt’s music is the research and historical depth that informs her music. In the case of An Ancient Muse, she mentioned several times an excellent book by Susan Whitfield called Life along the Silk Road. The Silk Road is the collection of routes used for trade and communication between China and its predecessor states with the West, extending back possibly beyond 4000 years. In recorded history the first major connections probably occurred between 200 BCE and 200 ACE. One of the major periods of trade was the 8th century, which Whitfield’s book concentrates on. The appeal of this book is that it reads like the Canterbury tales, showing what life was like for soldiers, nuns, steppe horsemen, Imperial Tibetans, traders, etc. It shows how information, technology, and people spread east and west over some of the strangest and most hostile terrain on earth.

For me, while I listen to songs such as Caravanserai, Kecharitomene, and Beneath a Phrygian Sky, I imagine the multitudes of races meeting and trading at the bazaars, the caution and daring needed to get a caravan over 15,000 foot passes, seeing sand dunes reaching 300 metres into the sky in the Tarim Basin, going for days without water in the Taklamakan Desert, watching out for horsemen of the steppes along the northern routes, and the great battles in the mountains at the top of the world between Imperial Tibet and China for access to the eastern side of the Silk Road. To the West it was the Great Unknown; to those who lived along it it was magical, dangerous, and ever changing.

Here are some names that evoke the lure and mystery of the route to me:

  • Lapis lazuli
  • Bactria
  • Samarkand
  • Tashkent
  • Herat
  • Kabul
  • Khyber Pass
  • Peshawar
  • Karakorum
  • Gobi Desert
  • Taklamakan Desert (Uighur for “if you go in there you won’t get out”)
  • Tien Shan Mountains
  • Kunlun Mountains
  • Pamirs
  • Lop Nor
  • Hindu Kush

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For those without the bard’s gift, there are numerous sites out there now that will generate insults to order. Here are a few of the better ones, with the fewest actual curse words:

  • We leak in your chimney 
  • You are a candle, the better burnt out!
  • If you spend word for word with me, I shall make your wit bankrupt
  • Thou has not so much brain as ear-wax
  • Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy nose stands
  • Methink’st thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee
  • O teach me how I should forget to think
  • I would not have such a heart in my bosom, for the dignity of the whole body
  • Confusion now hath made his masterpiece

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This list is extracted from a much longer list in an ABC Forum which I just noticed. These are mostly shows that I enjoyed when I was much younger. Those items in italics I have seen more than a few times (at least 4 times), and those in bold I have seen and liked. I thought I had seen more than my share of Science Fiction and Fantasy TV series (and I still think so) but I am woefully short of being one who has seen the majority of SF&F during my TV tenure. In fact, I have seen about 90 TV series out of about 700 from the ABC Forum list. Of these, I like 36 to some extent, and I really love 15 (since I started watching TV in the 1960’s).

Here is what I have seen at least four episodes of:

3rd Rock From the Sun (1996) –basically a sitcom.

Adventure, Inc. (2002)- I tried it because Michael Biehn (Reese in the original Terminator movie) was the star. It was disappointing.

Alf (1986) – I only saw a couple of episodes

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985)- Definitely great suspense and some wonderful mysteries and moral conundra.

Alias (2001)-It didn’t turn me on much. A retake of La Femme Nikita (the movie) without the sharp edginess.

Alien Nation (1989 (Fox)-5/10

Amazing Spider-man The – The classic superhero cartoon. Really cheesy, but still fun.

Andromeda (2000 (Gene Roddenberry’s)-Not that interesting.

Avengers The (1961)- Steed and Emma Peel. What else needs to be said?

Babylon 5 (1993)- Groundbreaking. It was the first to have a continuous plot with believable conflicts and characters extending over five complete seasons. It changed the way SF TV series were made (i.e. the new Battlestar Galactica, the latter half of Deep Space 9, Firefly, etc.)

Batman (1966) –Pure camp,and the ultimate in tongue-in-cheek

Battlestar Galactica (1978)-A bit cheesy, but well done for the time.

Battlestar Galactica (the new one) – Subtle, realistic characterisation and plotting, intelligent and thoughtful black hats and white hats, and a plethora of hidden meaning. Also the special effects and cinematography is exceptional. Highly recommended.

Beauty and the beast (1987) – a bit too much unrequited love and agonising for my taste

Bewitched (1964)- Dr. Bombay, Endora, Aunt Agatha, Tabitha, etc. Good clean fun.

Bionic Woman The (1976)- One of my first teenage crushes, and a surprisingly good actor.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)- 4/10

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I avoided it for a long while, then saw a couple of unique episodes on the recommendation of my nephew. There’s some amazing directing going on here, and some characters with real depth hidden in the valley girl image.

Charmed (1987)- Kind of like Practical Magic as a TV series.
Children of Dune (2003)- not as good as the Dune miniseries.

Chronicle The (2001) – a few good episodes and ideas

Crusade (1999) (Babylon 5) – based on Babylon 5, but not in the same league.

Dark Angel (2000) – James Cameron always has good ideas, but the execution was fairly good rather than great.

Dark Shadows (1991) – A classic vampire movie, but the vampire Barnabas is a “good” guy.

Dead Zone, (2002) – Nowhere near as good as the movie (I never read the book).

Deep Space Nine (Star trek) – it started weak, but ended very strong, with very good characters.

Dr. Who (1963) (see also K9 and Company aka A Girl’s Best Friend ) (1981)pilot only. – I haven’t seen many episodes, so can’t comment on the overall quality, but it is one of the ultimate cult SF series, and maybe the longest running.

Dune, 3-part Mini-series (2001) – It is very difficult to be faithful to the depth and grandeur of the book, but this is a good attempt, and Dune purists tended to like this better than David Lynch’s movie version.

Earth 2 (1994)it started with an interesting premise, but bogged down partway through the season.
Earth: Final Conflict (1997 (Gene Roddenberry’s) – It had interesting aspects, but never really grabbed me.

Enterprise (2001 (Star trek)) – It was the weakest of the Star Trek series, and I was rather disappointed. However, there were a number of very good episodes.

Fantasy Island (1977) – “Baas, the plane, the plane!”

Fireball XL5 – Related to the Thunderbirds and other Marionation TV series with a British influence. I was a kid and loved the spaceship and other gadgetry.

Firefly (2001) – From the creator of Buffy TVS, this is cowboys in space with a Chinese influence, and rapidly gained a loyal audience. But it was given a bad time slot and the channel scrambled the order of episodes, and it died in the first year. However it was popular enough to spawn a pretty good movie called Serenity.

First Wave (1998) – Alien invaders aka the 1960’s series The Invaders, complete with a hero on the run like David Vincent. Not that great.

Forever Knight (1992) – A vampire trying to go cold turkey in Canada, and the usage of turkey is apt.

Futurama (1999) – from the creator of the Simpson’s with a similar type of humour in the future. It didn’t grab me.

Galactica 1980 (1980) – Run of the mill.

Genesis II ( Gene Roddenberry) – a fascinating TV pilot with a main character called Dylan Hunt, who was in suspended animation for 150 years and woke in a post-Holocaust world where recovery was starting to take place. It had a couple of unique elements from most other post- apocalyptic movies/shows, and was entertaining. I’ve been waiting for it to come out on TV again, for the last 30 years. I’ve seen it about 4 times in the 1970’s, but haven’t caught it since.

Get Smart (1965) – The best spy comedy in my memory. 99, 86, Max, Hymie the robot, the Chief, the Cone of Silence, the Shoe, Steiger, CHAOS, the mobile island with the giant outboard motor,…”And loving it!”

Greatest American Hero (1981) – A cool superhero story, where a guy finds a superhero suit which gives him special powers, but the instruction book is missing.

Highlander (1992) – Based on the movie, and not as good.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – I loved the book, liked the radio play, liked the movie, but never saw the TV show. I’m told it is very good.

HR Puffinstuff – from when I was very young.

I dream of Jeannie (1965) – Simple fun with appealing characters.

Incredible Hulk The (1978) – Lou Ferrigno is the only reason to watch this.

Invaders (1970) – A classic invasion and infiltration story with flying saucers and a lone hero who is hunted by the aliens and the authorities, who does his best to let others know what is going on, as well as to foil the alien’s nefarious plots. Cool flying saucers, and David Vincent does a lot of stuff that is unusual for your run of the mill architect.

Invisible Man (2000) – 4/10

Knight rider (1979) – 4/10

Land of the Giants (1968) – One of Irwin Allen’s classics. The crew and passenger of a sub-orbital passenger liner go through a strange storm and crash-land on a planet where everything is somewhat larger (kittens the size of moose). Lots of cool special effects and crazy situations to get out of.

Lois & Clark: New Adventures of Superman (1993) – Teri Hatcher and occasional amusements, otherwise dull.

Lost In Space (Fox/CBS) – Irwin Allen classic. I didn’t like it that much.

Lost World, The (1999) – Based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s book about prehistoric animals and cultures on a plateau in the furthest wilds of the Amazon basin. The book was much better.

Man From Atlantis (1977) – a man with merman abilities acts as a classic hero. Not great.
Man From Uncle The (1964) – I barely remember some episodes.

Mork and Mindy (1978) – Robin Williams in a sitcom. Often hilarious, and always good.

Munsters The (1964) – vague happy memories.

New Avengers The (1976) – Steed but no Emma Peel. Forgettable.

Night Gallery (1970) – classic in the same vein as The Outer Limits or The Twilight Zone. Some great scripts and good acting.

Outer Limits (1963) -great!
Outer Limits The (1994) -Very good and sometimes great.

Planet of the Apes (20th Century/CBS) -Pretty bad, but I watched a few because I loved the movie.

Prisoner The (1967) – Convoluted, subtle, intelligent. Patrick McGoohan plays a British agent who ends up in this British seaside village (called The Village), which he can’t escape from and which is filled with others who seem to be agents as well. However, he doesn’t know whether any or all of them are Us or Them, and he is subjected to mental and physical manipulation in multi-nefarious forms. You have to pay attention, but it is worth it!

Quantum Leap – A wonderful series, where the protagonist has to jump into different people’s bodies within his lifetime and “putting things right what once went wrong, and hoping each time, that his next leap will be the leap home. I loved the main character and the humanistic caring tone of the episodes.

Questor Tapes The (#1 was Genesis II, #2 was Planet Earth) (1974).

Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985) – I would love to have seen some episodes, but I missed it. Bradbury is one of the greats.

Raven The (1998) (highlander) – Based on Highlander, and of similar quality (i.e. not too much).

Red Dwarf (1988) – Hilarious British comedy.

Relic Hunter (1999) – Lara Croft on TV. Sometimes okay, and sometimes boring.
Rod Serling’s Night Gallery (1970) – Wonderful. See Night Gallery above.

Sea Hunt – I barely remember it, but I thought the underwater battle were cool, except that everybody was cutting the other person’s air hose.

Seaquest DSVA combination of Sea Hunt and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Average to occasionally good, with a really nice submarine.
seaQuest 2032 – A follow-on to SeaQuest, with a bit more action and less acting.

Six Million Dollar Man (1974) – I was 12 and a space nut, and Steve Austin comes along. I was hooked. I suspect I would like it less as an adult, but it was great for its time.

Sliders (1995) – People wandering into alternate realities at random. Some cool concepts for some of the alternate worlds, but the execution didn’t live up to the concepts in many cases. Still, some pretty cool ideas.

Space 1999 (1975) – I liked it at the time. I rented the DVD for the first season more recently, and wasn’t as impressed. But cool technology and a really nice Moonbase.

Space: Above and Beyond – The Marines in space. Typical issues, including why they fight, racism, leadership, duty versus humanity, etc. It was reasonably intelligent about it, but lacked a certain spark.

Stargate SG-1(1997) – Based on the wonderful movie, it has a charm of its own, and is currently one of the most succesfull TV series around.

Starlost The (1973) – A great concept about a disaster on a multi-generation spaceship, with many cultures in separate domes within the main structure of the ship, called the Earth Ship Ark. The execution left much to be desired.

Star Trek (Paramount/NBC) – I have no objectivity here. I just love it.

Star Trek: TNG (Paramount/Synd) – It started weak, but it quickly became very good, with occasional brilliant episodes.

Stingray (1964) – Another movie like Thunderbirds, which I vaguely remember. Nice cars.

Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters From Beverly Hills -I left this in just because of the name!

Thunderbirds (marionette) – I loved it for the vehicles and gadgets. My favourite was Thunderbird 2, the big green one with the multiple payloads.
Time Tunnel (20th Century/ABC) – Another Irwin Allen classic. It was okay, but not great.
Twin Peaks – David Lynch in small town America. Enough said.
Twilight Zone (1959) -Superb
Twilight Zone (1985) -Very good

UFO (1970) – Cool vehicles and stories, and very 1970’s costumes.

V (Warner Bros./NBC) – Two miniseries and a regular series. The series sucked, the second miniseries was fairly good, and the first miniseries was better. What made me like the first series was the way it treated the characters as part of their families, their community and their ethnic backgrounds. They felt real, and they reacted realistically as aliens called Visitors came to Earth and how the people coped.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Fox/ABC) – The stories aren’t great, but the acting is not bad and sometimes surprisingly subtle. But I was a young kid and loved the submarine Seaview, as well as the Flying Sub.

Voyager (Star trek) – As usual for Star Trek, the series strengthened as time went on, so it became well worth watching.

War of the Worlds (1988) – Not great.

Wonder Woman (1976) – Fairly fun, and a good role model.

X-Files,(1993) – Extremely well done, with good and subtle understated performances by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

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There were small Blues and Big Blues, Wide Blues and Narrow Blues,

Fast Blues and Slow Blues,

Running Blues, Jogging Blues, Walking Blues and Dancing Blues.

Red Blues, White Blues, Dark Blues and Light Blues,

Happy Blues, Sad Blues, Angry Blues and those with the blues.

Marathon Blues, Half Marathon Blues, 10k Blues and 5k Blues,

and there were even Relay Blues and the Children’s Blues.

I realised that the annual Blue Nose Marathon was taking place today, and for a lark and also because it was pouring rain so that pursuing my normal photographic preferences was out of the question, I decided to have a look. Not wanting to be caught in the crowds near the finish nor the starting lines, I went to the MacDonald Bridge, where the Marathon and 10k runners would cross about halfway through their respective ordeals. There were very few spectators there, and I could walk around at will. It also turned out that the rain let up enough to allow me to take a few photos.

The 10k runners came first, because the marathoners had to circle downtown twice before crossing the bridge. The first few came in fast, and there was at least one woman in the top ten. Then a few minutes later the bridge started rumbling, and a sea of mostly red t-shirts moved towards me. I hid behind the railing, and saw a vast assortment of people walking, running, jogging, Nordic walking, and skipping with jump-ropes come towards me. They ranging in age from 6 months to over 70 years old, from anorexic to those over three hundred pounds, and were wearing (not all at the same time) shorts, at least one skirt, tights, jeans, oilskins, many colors of shirt, and some very strange hats. Most were sopping wet, but all the recreational and some of the competitive runners had grins plastered on their faces.

After the mob had moved through for their loop around Dartmouth, the marathoners started coming through. The leaders were 4-5 men, most of whom were in the 40+ age range. Then there were three women, followed by some more men. I heard later that when they crossed back over the bridge the women were still doing very well. This may be further evidence that women can approach or exceed male performance in the logest endurance events. The fact that about 7500 people participated may make this a statistically significant sample. Good on ya!

Newfoundlanders placed fairly high in the middle distance events. In the 10k run Aubrey Sanders from Corner Brook came in fourth behind three Nova Scotians led by Tyler Germani of Cape Breton with a 3:44 pace, and in the half marathon William Fitzgerald of Carbonear came in second behind Shawn Brady of Toronto with a 3:40 pace. But in the full marathon the highest placing from Newfoundland was Stephen Hunt from St. John’s in 32nd place, and Monica Kidd from the same town in 56th place.
Anyway, here are some shots taken by me with my wet camera, in low light of people moving fast (and slow). They had fun running, and I had just as much fun standing there and watching them run. It almost makes me want to switch from swimming and cycling to running. Almost!



Something worth chasing?

Something worth chasing?

Flying High

Flying High


“I love exercise. I could watch it all day.”-Russell

“I love my dad. He takes me and my little brother on a 10 km trip so I can see all these people sweating and staggering and turning all these strange and interesting colors…”

Thumbs Up!

Thumbs Up!

Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings

He just hadda wear shades…

Reeling Home

Reeling Home

Perfect Cadence

Perfect Cadence


He was doing the 10 km version of the race, and he was passing some of the other runners.

Second last climb

Second last climb

Soxy Sox

Soxy Sox

Some people dare to be different, and some have a lot of fun doing it.

Latin Beat

Latin Beat

I guess the maracas helped to keep the beat?

Friendly and Happy

Friendly and Happy

“Come on, Mom! We’re almost there!”

“….yes, dear….”

“Pardon me, Miss.”

He wasn’t the oldest person there by any stretch of the imagination.

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