Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

Toronto, Ontario; London, UK; Keimolanportti, Finland; Espoo, Finland; Helsinki, Finland; Oslo, Norway; Nottingham, UK; Coventry, UK; Hull, UK.

Jazz Bistro

Jazz Bistro. Classy family night, jazz piano with @wmatsushita. Rare to have all four sons at home at the same time. (Toronto) 20141001

AC856 new 787-8

AC856 new 787-8 . New config, see USB, still looking for AC power outlet. Sad goodbye to DY, she had traveled with me since July. Will wake up in London early. (Toronto Pearson Airport) 20141005

LHR T2 early

LHR T2 early. Tuesday morning Heathrow check-in opens at 5 a.m., but passengers not yet going to gates. Automobile sculpture would be interesting, but T2 too mammoth, and B gates 15 minute walk away. (London, UK) 20141007

Bus transfer at Keimolanportti

Bus transfer at Keimolanportti. Second time taking bus from Helsinki Vantaa airport to Hämeenlinna. After 15 minutes west then north on highway, first bus parks at truck stop, and waits for second bus to arrive and face other direction. Luggage is moved, then passengers board. No platform or signs. Pragmatic, but strange in total darkness when it’s cold outside. Major route towards Tampere. (Keimolanportti) 20141007

Used books for free

Used books for free. At Häme University of Applied Science, bookshelf had old technical manuals, a few research reports published by Finnish institutes. Nothing inspiring, a few familiar titles obsolete for the immersed. (Hameenlinna) 20141008

October 31st, 2014

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Helsinki, Finland; Kingston upon Hull, UK.

Helsinki Airport Design Camp

Helsinki Airport Design Camp. Forest-themed chairs, tables and benches, in the “Design Camp” of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. A showcase of Finnish design, where passengers can “camp out” to relax and spend time before the flight. An example of typical tongue-in-cheek humour in Finland. (Helsinki Vantaa Terminal 1) 20121117 1130

Jasmine Osmanthus Blooming Tea

Jasmine Osmanthus Blooming Tea. Luxury tea break in the office at the business school. Since I haven’t had an assigned office in about 20 years, I had forgotten that people can personalize their spaces for creature comforts. Jasmine-Osmanthus blooming tea picked up by Jennifer on her last visit to China. For this grade of tea, she says it’s not really cheaper there, than imported here. Similar images in video at youtu.be/nAUz-lSuZL8 (U. Hull, UK) 20121119 1148

Robert Koenig, "Odyssey"

Robert Koenig, “Odyssey”. Forty male and female characters carved out of lime trees from the Carpinthian Mountains on southeast Poland. Part of the Polish Season organized by the University of Hull Faculty of Arts and Social Science, placed on a plaza in the central campus. Unfortunate barricade around the installation, presumably to deter damaged, but the fences are distracting. (U. Hull, UK) 20121119 140459

November 30th, 2012

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With a visit to the UK and Finland planned for the same trip, summer air fares led me to fly direct from Toronto to Helsinki, with a side trip into Heathrow and back.  I arrived in Helsinki just in time for the start of SEM 2009 — Service Engineering and Management Summer School — attending for the fourth time.  The classes were scheduled for the Otaniemi campus, as usual, but the first meeting was held at the Helsinki School of Economics downtown.

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I had booked a flight arriving that morning, so the introductory lecture was a big foggy.

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The welcome dinner was held at a restaurant just across from Senate Square.

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In a game depicting the Finnish heritage, a competition of hammering …

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… and sawing preceding the drinking songs.

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Besides attending the summer school lectures, I managed to squeeze in sightseeing.  Minna took me over to see the Design Factory.

July 30th, 2011

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Toronto, Ontario; Helsinki, Finland; Espoo, Finland.

Fountain and boardwalk by City of Toronto Parks and Rec department, marsh and cattails by mother nature. Woodbine Park north of Lakeshore Drive is nearby Ashbridges Bay, so this planned park is reasonably close to the pre-settlement state (Toronto, Thursday) 20100902 1830

Fountain and boardwalk by City of Toronto Parks and Rec department, marsh and cattails by mother nature. Woodbine Park north of Lakeshore Drive is nearby Ashbridges Bay, so this planned park is reasonably close to the pre-settlement state (Toronto, Thursday) 20100902 1830

Seeing off Noah for his flight to Beijing for 2 years at Renmin University. He won’t see this photo because both Tumblr and Facebook are blocked in China. We configured his blog, Google and Skype this morning. (Toronto, Sunday) 20100905 1330

Seeing off Noah for his flight to Beijing for 2 years at Renmin University. He won’t see this photo because both Tumblr and Facebook are blocked in China. We configured his blog, Google and Skype this morning. (Toronto, Sunday) 20100905 1330

Melanie Doane in trio at the Shops at Don Mills on outdoor stage. Saw her last at the Horseshoe Tavern circa 2000, which became the Melvin Live album. She joked at the comparison with Tiffany playing shopping malls in the 1990s. (Toronto, Friday) 201009010 1930

Melanie Doane in trio at the Shops at Don Mills on outdoor stage. Saw her last at the Horseshoe Tavern circa 2000, which became the Melvin Live album. She joked at the comparison with Tiffany playing shopping malls in the 1990s. (Toronto, Friday) 201009010 1930

Big hole in the ground, in Regent Park redevelopment, south of Dundas Street, east of Sherbourne. Work in process, tax dollars at work (Toronto) 20100922 1830

Big hole in the ground, in Regent Park redevelopment, south of Dundas Street, east of Sherbourne. Work in process, tax dollars at work (Toronto) 20100922 1830

Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail architecture critic, launches Revell Toronto Helsinki symposium, introducing the influence of Finnish functionalist modernist architect, Viljo Revell on Canada with the design of Toronto City Hall. 20100923 1845

Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail architecture critic, launches Revell Toronto Helsinki symposium, introducing the influence of Finnish functionalist modernist architect, Viljo Revell on Canada with the design of Toronto City Hall. 20100923 1845

September 30th, 2010

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The welcome dinner for my class was an easy walk across the centre of Helsinki.  Kluuvi is the commercial centre with major stores (and katu is Finnish for street).  Part of the city centre has pedestrian malls, and bicycles are most expedient.

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Without automobiles in this area, pedestrians have to watch out for oncoming trams.

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Sculpture provided a scenic touch to the walk.

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Approaching the harbour, the Esplanadi is a wide pedestrian boulevard with traffic running down both sides.

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The statue of Runeberg is a landmark where birds conveniently perch.

July 27th, 2009

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For the Helsinki portion of the Rendez workshop, we were joined by Gary and Teri, who had just flown in. With DLH in town for such a short trip, Karlos joined us for dinner at Eatz.

Eatz, Helsinki

Although I prefer the apartments at the Accome Parliament, the rest of the group stayed at the SAS Radisson Plaza just east of the Central Railway Station. The 20-minute walk to Stadia started by a new Ice Park directly on Railway Square.

Ice rink by the train station

January 10th, 2007

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