Fan Favourite John Daly makes the world his stage; Tomorrow, he takes on Niagara Falls!

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From Canada NewsWire Group:

NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Aug. 2 /CNW/ – Everyone’s talking about it! Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3rd, from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Eastern time, John Daly will drive 20 golf balls from Canada to the U.S.A., over Niagara Falls. Daly will pull fans to the edge of their seats as he tees up at Table Rock, Canada to his target Goat Island, in an attempt to land just one golf ball at Terrapin point, USA.

Feed information for news editors:

JOHN DALY VS. NIAGARA FALLS, Wednesday August 3rd, 7 ET. One hour Live HD presentation on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada and Indemand, airing network INHD in the USA.

Daly will hit 10 balls from each of 2 tee blocks
Front haul info for hilite access:
Anik F1 T3
Virtual channel table: 517
Virtual channel number: 141
L-Band frequency: 1025.75MHZ
Polarization: Vertical
MPEG: 2

The IRD required for Rogers Sportsnet fronthauls is a Motorola DSR 4400/4500 or any of the digital IRT or MPS units.
Organizers have also arranged for a short hilite feed at 2015 ET on Galaxy 11K T15 – Analog
There is no embargo following the conclusion of the show, please provide standard courtesy of :05 for Rogers Sportsnet/InHD

Daly will also announce his first partnership with Canada’s own Canadian Golf Tour. Joined by Cantour Commissioner Richard Janes at a 9:00 A.M. press conference on August 3rd, Daly welcomes the tour to Thundering Waters. The Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort Pro Am Classic is the grand finale of this year’s Canadian tour stops. (www.cantour.com) In addition to his morning press conference at Thundering Waters, Daly’s day will include a fundraising golf cart parade around the city center for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Niagara Falls. For more information on these, and the day’s events, please visit www.thunderingwaters.com.

Press Conference:
At Thundering Waters, Wednesday, August 03, 2005. 9:00 A.M.
Golf Cart Parade:
Starts at Thundering Waters and parades through downtown 12:00 P.M.
John Daly VS. Niagara Falls:
7:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M. Eastern, Live at Table Rock, Niagara Falls.
Post event press conference:
Sheraton Fallsview Hotel & Conference Centre 8:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. with John Daly

For further information: More info or book interview with JOHN DALY contact
Aine Curran, Curran Events Media Inc,
P (905) 306-1210,
C (416) 890-5553,
E aine@curranevents.com;
Tom Ondrejicka, Canadian Golf Tour, (416) 526-1053

Visit to Niagara Helicopters

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Last week I visited Niagara Helicopters where I enjoyed a great flight and saw a lot of Niagara Falls from a new perspective. The flight began with a group photograph in front of our helicopter prior to boarding. Once on board and buckled in, the pilot lifted us off the ground where the photographer was able to shoot a few more shots, the front and both sides of the helicopter making sure everyone would be visible in the photos.

The flight lasted about 10 minutes. During the flight we saw the Whirlpool Golf Course, the Whirlpool and Whirlpool rapids, Sir Adam Beck power generating station and it’s supporting canal. We also saw Niagara Falls (both the Horseshoe/Canadian falls and the American Falls), both the Rainbow and Lower international bridges, Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino, Marineland, Clifton Hill and the Niagara River.

We recieved headphones which announced a pre-recorded commentary of what we were viewing while in the air. The ride was smooth and very enjoyable. Our ride was complete faster than I would have liked, but when we got back, several very nice photographs were waiting for us to pick from if we wanted to buy one. The photo’s were quite large, about 8×12 inches, and were produced on a high quality true photographic printer to ensure the images would last a lifetime.

Riding the helicopters was something I have a wanted to do for a long time, and the ride was every bit as exciting as I had expected it.

Loading the Helicopter
Loading the HelicopterNiagara Whirlpool
Niagara Whirlpool

Whirlpool Golf Course
Whirlpool Golf Course

Niagara's Horseshoe Falls
Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls

Arctic Cove - Marineland
Arctic Cove – Marineland

A Visit to Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks

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Louis Tussaud's Waxworks logo

Two weeks ago I had a chance to go through Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks. I’ve posted about Tussaud’s several times, and it was nice to go through it. The first thing that you notice is that all of the figures are out in the open. You can put your arm around them and pose with them. After walking through some of the opening areas, you go up the stairs (or take the elevator) to the second floor. You are now in the middle of a celebrity cocktail party. You can mingle with Tiger Woods, Beyonce, and Christina Aguilera or sit down with Tom Hanks or Harrison Ford.

When you leave the cocktail party, you then briefly hit the talk-show circuit. You can sit down with Oprah or talk to Leno, Letterman, or Dr. Phil. At one point you even get to visit Hogwart’s. You can have your picture taken with Harry, Hermoine, and Ron.

There is a small horror section to walk through. There is still faint light, and very little that will startle you. Jack Nicholson’s character from The Shining looks great, and the Simpson’s spoof of the same movie also looks good (all work and no play make Homer go crazy).

Scattered throughout the building you also can see the characters from Star Trek, Austin Powers, Mother Theresa, a meeting of world leaders (it must be in Texas as George Bush and his father both look quite comfortable), characters from Bat-Man, and more.

Partway through Tussaud’s they have a setup where you can have your picture taken going over the falls. It is done on a digital camera and they show you right away. You can choose to have a different one done if you wish. The picture in a nice souvenir paper frame is $9.95.

Overall I quite enjoyed my time at Tussaud’s. I think I recognized virtually all of the people, although they all don’t look perfect. A few of them were dead-on, most of them were very good, and there were a couple that looked odd (I thought Arnold Swartzenegger’s head was going to burst!). I loved the fact that you could be right beside the figures, and the scenes were excellent. It is expensive to get in ($12.95 for adult, $5.99 for children 12 and under, children under 5 are free) but there are discounts if you combine it with their other attractions (Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum or Ripley’s Moving Theatre).

You can see many pictures in the Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks gallery.

Yet another billboard

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Over the last decade the number of restaurants and hotels has multiplied enormously. Along with that has been an increase in the number of billboards around. Well, it look like there are going to be more. This was taken at the corner of Stanley Avenue and Robinson Street:

You can’t see it in the picture, but there are orange painted lines on the ground. it looks like there are going to be two billboards placed diagonally on the supports so that you can see them from either direction on Stanley Avenue.

Rowdy Roddy brings Pit to Falls

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From the Saturday, July 23, 2005 issue of the Niagara Falls Review:

Wrestling legend “Rowdy”’ Roddy Piper, right, plays along with a young fan during Piper’s Pit Friday on Clifton Hill. They were joined by announcer Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
Photo: Corey Larocque, The Review

Rowdy Roddy brings Pit to Falls

By JOHN LAW Review Staff Writer
Local News – Saturday, July 23, 2005 @ 02:00

NIAGARA FALLS — Hundreds of fans helped turn Clifton Hill into Piper’s Pit Friday.

With his trademark kilt and black leather jacket, wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper hosted a humorous edition of his famed talk show outside the WWE store, even plucking a young fan from the crowd to join him.

“I’ve done a lot of Piper’s Pits, and I thought to myself, maybe one of you folks would like to do one,” he asked the pumped up crowd.

The WWE hall of famer and his co-host, donning a Hot Rod T-shirt, traded barbs with veteran announcer Bobby “The Brain” Heenan before heading inside to sign autographs.

Be sure to read the rest of the article to learn more about what Rowdy Roddy Piper did in Niagara Falls and who was with him.

To Protect and Serve

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From the July 2005 Niagara: the visitor magazine:

To Protect and Serve

The Royal Canadian Mountie’s scarlet tunic is a recognizable national symbol

Visit with a recognized national symbol – a Royal Canadian Mountie – at the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Table Rock Complex, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 24 to August 28 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., you can ask questions and take photographs of the officer, who will be in full dress regalia – red tunic and all.

Organized in 1873 to end the unscrupulous practices of white traders who exchanged alcohol for buffalo hides, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has evolved much like the nation itself. From frontier roots, Canada has developed into an urban society. In the same way, the RCMP began as a police force that patrolled vast, unsettled territory on horseback. Today, detachments in the far north can access information from anywhere in the country in a matter of seconds with the aid of computer-retrieval systems. Some RCMP detachments may be in remote areas, but they are no longer isolated.

The RCMP is a notional police force – a high profile, internationally recognized law-enforcement agency. It provides police services to all provinces and territories of Canada except for Ontario and Quebec, who maintain their own provincial police services. RCMP duties range from investigation and intelligence gathering to participating in public relations vehicles. They are responsible for embassy patrols, the protection of visiting foreign dignitaries, the Prime Minister, Governor General and their families, as well as coordinating security for major visits and events in Canada.

The RCMP is proud of its tradition for excellence and its responsibility for the safety of the Canadian public. Although today’s police officer is better equipped and more informed than ever before, he or she still depends on the cooperation of the media, the business community and above all the general public. The goal of any police agency is to server its citizens, and the RCMP takes great pride in both its past and present service to Canada. Sophisticated equipment, combined with highly trained and specialized personnel create a responsive and professional organization able to act immediately to any situation.

See the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer post at the Falls, and enjoy a bit of Canadian history come to life.

Pictures of Jay Cochrane

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As the Niagara Falls Review reported, Jay Cochrane finally did his record-setting walk between the Fallsview Casino and the Skylon Tower. The Saturday walk is supposed to begin at 3:30 pm and he was out there and moving right on time. The large speakers we’ve mentioned previously played an introduction and then played music while he was walking. I was under the impression that he would speak while he walked, but he didn’t this time.
There didn’t seem to be too many people around when he started, but by the time he made it across there were people stopped all over looking up. The whole trip only took just over half an hour. He moved very slowly and never once seemed to be in any trouble.

I’ve included several pictures below. He’s up so high that it’s hard to take good pictures. The zoom on my digital camera isn’t as powerful as I’d like.

Jay Cochrane's record-setting skywalk

Jay Cochrane's record-setting skywalk

Jay Cochrane's record-setting skywalk

Jay Cochrane's record-setting skywalk

Prince of the Air soars

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I saw Jay Cochrane make is long-anticipated walk from the Fallsview Casino to the Skylon Tower on Saturday. I took several pictures, but I haven’t had a chance to look at them and edit/resize them. I’ll post them soon.

From the July 18, 2005 issue of the Niagara Falls Review:

Prince of the Air soars

Cochrane sets North American record with latest feat

By COREY LAROCQUE
Local News – Monday, July 18, 2005 @ 02:00

NIAGARA FALLS – The Prince of the Air has a new jewel in his crown.

Wirewalker Jay Cochrane, who cancelled his high-wire act between the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and the Skylon Tower three times, finally put on the show Saturday afternoon.

“There’s only one way it goes. Either it goes good or it goes bad,” Cochrane said in an interview later.

It took him about 35 minutes to walk from the top of the Fallsview Casino’s hotel tower to the roof of the Skylon Tower’s observation deck. It’s 540 metres from start to finish, making it a North American record for high-wire performances.

Be sure to read the rest of the article to learn about Jay Cochrane’s record-setting feat.

New course to drive Falls golf-tourism plans

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From the July 19, 2005 issue of the Niagara Falls Review:

New course to drive Falls golf-tourism plans

By DAN DAKIN
Local News – Tuesday, July 19, 2005 @ 02:00

NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Falls took one step closer to becoming an international golf destination Monday.

The first phase of a $180-million resort project held its grand opening with the launch of the Grand Niagara Club, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by legendary architect Rees Jones.

Built along the Welland River in south Niagara Falls, the facility is the most luxurious in the region with the potential to host major golf tours and a $150 per round price tag.

Be sure to read the rest of the article to learn more about the new course.

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