Sunday, 15 July 2018

Kingston Penitentiary Tour, Kingston Ontario, Canada

In 2013, after 178 years of operation, Canada's most notorious maximum security prison closed for good.  Almost immediately the site turned from a place people wanted to get out of, into a place people were lining up to get into. 

Stories of its famous prisoners, deadly riots and its classical limestone sourced architecture with its imposing grand main gate are luring curiosity seekers to its guided tours at a staggering pace.

This July, on a family outing, I finally got a chance to look inside the walls as we had secured some highly sought after Kingston Pen Extended Tour tickets.  I didn't end up taking my full camera rig as this was a guided tour, with more time and focus given to learning and education from the guides and retired guards on premise, and less time given to wandering around setting up shots.  Nonetheless, with a capable cell phone camera in hand I did manage to document some of the site.  Obviously, if you want more, Google has tons to offer, and I'll link some highlight articles at the bottom that are worth checking out.
Once past the main gate, a look at the side of the main block wth center tower

Looking up the center tower of the main block. This needs to be seen in person for its scope and size!

 The guard turret in the middle of the main block floor.

Checking out a wing of cells

Typical cell layout.  Desk, bunk, toilet. All meals were eaten in the cells.

Even prisoners need their Nintendo

The building that housed the work shops

Main floor shop space. The arching ceiling was necessary to hold the wait of the industrial shop equipment used a floor above 

Instructions left from the upholstery shop

Turnstiles remain from the access to the exercise yard

X-Ray room in the infirmary 

uh oh

Gymnasium with guard bunkers

Work out area

The black mats on the walls were ricochet cushions, a spot where guards could fire warning shots into

What was the laundry room. Prisoner artwork on walls. Good home for the Leafs

For more information check out:
Kingston Pen: 7 things to know about Canada's notorious prison

And of course, find my first hand recount in our podcast, STCPod!

Thursday, 12 July 2018

STCPod #193 - The Good, The Bad and The Even Worse

In this week's show, we try to be more open-minded, talk some acoustic guitars and guess who completely forgot someones birthday.  Cartridge Club Chicago Con is coming up. We discuss some good (and bad) movies that we have watched. How did Tony Iommi play guitar with missing fingers and one of us visits the Kingston Penitentiary.

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Thursday, 5 July 2018

STCPod #192 - I Love You Man & Milk Moustaches

Back with furious vengeance and righteous anger,  Bill is upset because Joe went to the gym before work, while Joe suffers with traffic, cold coffee and a rock hard bagel as a result.  We gush over seeing I Love You Man again and riding bikes with Neil Peart.  Joe tries to dissect Bill's logic for changing his posters around while he helped Hodgey out with his gaming addiction. We watch the Chips movie and find out what Joe did with Neve Campbell's milk moustache.  Enjoy!

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Friday, 29 June 2018

STCPod #191 - Graduating From Clickity-Clack Shoes

Back in the saddle again arguing about school uniforms and who can tie the better tie.  Bill actually wears clickity-clack shoes and Joe wonders why Bill never dresses up for him.  We learn how Bill's daughters graduation went; the Max Headroom incident and what to watch on TV.  All this much more! Enjoy!

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

STCPod #190 - It Doesn't Matter....I'm A Natural At Everything

We're back arguing at it again.  This week we respond to a listener comment, discuss our car interiors and what would it take to make us buy a PSVR?  One more joins the Chicago trip.  Joe still hasn't had pop for a few weeks but gets his roof done. All this and much more!  Enjoy!

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

STCPod #189 - Concert Date Night

The boys are back this week and attempt to record an episode with a new device but are unable to figure it out.  Bill finds out more about Joe growing up Italian and when he decided he was done with hair.  Joe can't remember who Bob Balaban is.  For some reason Bill remembers a story about Milton Berle's "big package".  More Chicago Con talk.  Joe goes to a yard sale and gets thrown up on.  Find out how Bill likes to take his men on a date night.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

STCPod #188 - Worst. Movie. Ever.

Despite a half hour technical issue we still managed to get a record in.  Bill is off sugar and having the shakes. Money is no object when looking for a drone. We can't figure out the difference between APAP and CPAP machines. Rosanne thoughts. We watch 3 movies together plus the Spider-man and Bumblebee movie trailers.  Enjoy!

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