Friday, June 17, 2011

"End of the Universe" Not Science Fiction, in Burnaby, its on Byrne Road, just north of the Fraser River. New WestMinister's Big Bang Burger Heaven Bar

We like to call this (Greek) restaurant      End of the Universe  ... south end of Byrne Road in South Burnaby, industrial section of town.

4663 Byrne Road, #103
Burnaby, BC V5J3H6
Tel: (604) 433-7605

Google Search:
sci fi  End of the universe restaurant big bang burger bar Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Anton the Chef says:

Why is it that when we ask for a hamburger we get something that is made from beef?

If we ask for a Chicken Burger, we get a burger made from chicken.

If we ask for a Turkey Burger, we get a burger made from turkey.

If we ask for a Beef Burger, we get a burger made from beef.

At this restaurant, a Ham Burger is exactly that, HAM, with lots of mushrooms, lettuce, cheddar cheese, and tomatoes.

Yellow Awning

3 Episodes of: “Cooking with Anton”
anton604” on youtube


Whitespot, or any other dining establishment, will query ... will that be with a topping?

And the "topping" is exactly that!  On top.

At "The End of the Universe", the summer season fruit is BLUEBERRIES:

Two Pancakes with Blueberries (August 2013):



Big Bang Burger Bar  ..............

That's Burger Heaven in NewWestminister, it can be seen from the Sky Train, and the Sky Train can be seen from the Burger Heaven.

And more images

From the Vancouver Province

Burger Heaven patrons want the HST out

Burger Heaven patrons don’t like the harmonized sales tax.
After a week’s worth of voting in the totally unscientific poll, 87 people want the HST thrown into the garbage, while 39 want to keep it.
The 10th Street eatery has had a lot of success over the years with its election polls.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Where's Whistler British Columbia? We have TWO!!!

Something isn't quite right here, in the Best Place on Earth, British Columbia..........  I was looking on the internet for the possibility that CN Rail had applied to discontinue a portion of the BC Rail line from its service area, but instead, I found a railway line that I didn't even know existed, especially so far North/West of the word North, as in "North Vancouver"   (see first map below).

I had to look at Google Map to get my bearings.

My  free hand line, coloured black, should have stopped near the top of the capitalized letter of "North", in North Vancouver to be the real Whistler on the map,      where the 2010 Winter Olympics took place.   According to Google Map, Whistler is 50.13N 122.95W

The railway map to their "Whistler" is located close to 50.60N 124.27W

Source for the map below shows train tracks going from North Vancouver (near Squamish???) to a town called "Whistler".....

The map, if it had included "Not To Scale", I could understand why "Whistler" was not where its suppose to be, but then other Place names mentioned on the map are equally off their marks, but not as much as Whistler.

If you take a straight edge and lay it carefully on your monitor, touch the capital letter in Kamloops and hit the northern edge of Texada Island, (long slender island with a much smaller island at its toe) you'll find Whistler. 


When I was inputting the data into this Google Map, below, I took the Departure point "A" from somewhere in downtown Vancouver, it should have been from North Vancouver, my apologies.    Arrival position of "B" is right on the money.


From Google Earth, in Terrain mode, this is "Whistler", the wrong one at 50.60N 124.27W, its marked with a yellow flag, middle, to the left in the photo.   Rough Terrain. Stunning, to say the least.

This terrain is one reason why the British Columbia Rail line cost so much money to build and maintain, and the second reason is because the BC Liberals put in a future obligation expense item, that never happened.

From "Whistler" to Lund, BC on the coast of Georgia Straight is 78.25 Kilometers, as the crow flies.
From "Whistler" to Williams Lake, interior, the Heartland, is 220.5 Kilometers, as the crow flies.
From "Whistler" to Whistler is 105.27 Kilometers as the crow flies.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Vancouver CBC Radio Canada has a killer of a "back lot", while the "front lot" has the Canucks playing hockey on the big outdoor screen.

We've all seen, courtesy of the Evening CBC news hour, how the Canuck fans are being treated to a big screen production of the Stanley Cup Finals.

There's two ways for the public to get into the CBC building, one is through the Canuck fans as they take up their "seats", then there's the other way, which is basically a U-turn by first going south-east, then make a left turn at the edge of the CBC building, go up the stairs, and then make another left turn at the end of the building again which brings us out to the other side from the front entrance.

Just traipse up the stairs and that's your second entrance to CBC Radio Canada, wheelchair entrance is to the right, up the ramp. 

There's a bench section Reserved for Employees of CBC Radio Canada, and the occasional visitor(s).   I say section, because the bench is covered way overhead by a glass roof.   The opposite side to where the bench is, is open to the sky and Vancouver weather.   Although, you could sit upon the bench, there's this one slight problem, if you're sensitive to the smell of cigarette smoke.......

Dedication of the plaque, May 12, 1971, the bench??? no date

That device that looks like a Light Stand with a lid on it, to the right of the bench, isn't a Light Stand, its an ash tray.  When I first saw it today I thought it had a "peg leg" for a bird to perch upon, but upon closer inspection it turned out to be a spent butt.   Left me wondering if the person who put it there, had run out of steam, to push the cigarette all the way in, OR, he had struck upon a production idea for the News Hour this afternoon.  The instructions are quite clear, in both of our Official languages, English and French.......    PUSH IN and (I can't quite make it out in French)...  but you could check out Sylvain Bourdeau's website, and see what other nifty devices they have, at   see comment section below.

Made in Canada, Quebec, by Ikkwit


Britain's Princess Margret, Queen Elizabeth's sister, spent most of her adult life smoking, big time, her niece,  Princess Anne, never touched the stuff, so why is it that the only bench in the whole wide empty space of the back lot is dominated by Smokers?
Presented by Princess Anne

David Grierson, Bruno Gerussi, Otto Lowy

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

BC Government has (future) Contractual Obligations on the Sea to Sky Highway. We were told it wasn't a penny more than $600 million, but its actually $1.016 Billion and counting!

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS—supplementary detail information—Continued
In Millions

Sea to Sky Highway P3..................... 76     51   52   51  51   735     1,016
Canada Line Rapid Transit (RAV)........ 11     19   19   19  19   501       588
Capital development agreements........... 606  229 187 116       1,138

(Shadow Tolls on Sea to Sky Highway P3 and the WR Bennett Bridge P3)

The above doesn't copy well from a pdf file and into a Blog/Website, but a photo?????, is sooooo much clearer.

Office of the Comptroller General - Public Accounts 2008 - 2009

Last item, at the bottom of the page, is:

Contractual Obligations - details of significant government contractual commitments, including service agreements, program delivery agreements, capital development agreements and operating and maintenance agreements.

Copy this link into your browser to see Contractual Obligations document:


And before you leave, copy this into your browser as well:

coastal ferries services agreement

because I got curious about the over $8 billion owed by the government to Coast Ferries Services  AND the ensuing Amendments like this one:

In April 2003, the petitioner was transformed from a Crown Corporation into an independent, commercial organization under the Business Corporations Act, S.B.C 2002, c. 57. It is regulated by a 60 year binding agreement with the Province of British Columbia known as the Coastal Ferries Services Contract.

We all know what happened, maybe I shouldn't be saying We all know, because with the $6 million being paid out to Basi and Virk by the BC Liberal Government, We'll never know what happened at BC Rail.

However, we do know that BC Rail was sold off for 990 years.


Does the Contractual Obligation for Coastal Ferries initial 60 year have a clause that puts it on the same footing as BC Rail?

The Contract mandates an annual customer satisfaction tracking survey to measure and monitor customer needs and interests, including the overall safety of the operations.

Shadow tolled highways have a similar type of wording, one that is designed to ensure that the road is always open for business.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

At precisely June 4, 2011, 11:21am the Seattle Police Department (Riot squad???) rolled into town to handle the crowds attending the Stanley Cup Finals....

UPDATE June 5, 2011

The Seattle Police Department ... Motorcycle team are here (June 4th, 2011) for the Hats Off Day in Burnaby.....
A really fun, annual event, Burnaby closes down a long stretch of Hastings Street, this time from Boundary Road to Gamma Avenue! A parade, street festivities, food galore, balloons, clowns, and much, much more takes over this busy thoroughfare, and it’s really a blast…
We will join the parade, which starts at 9 am, and we hope to see you there!
Which means that the cavalcade that I saw at 11:21am was........ empty, or late, or....definitely not here to assist, except to participate in the Hats Off Day in Burnaby.
 A crowd of over 70,000 Canuck fans rejoiced in the streets of downtown Vancouver, without a riot happening.  YES!

Vancouver's Chief of Police Jim Chu says that the city has learned from past experiences when the Canucks lost a game here, or there.    Why does the Seattle Police Department bus need to be escorted into our fair city on a Stanley Cup Finals game day at precisely 11:21am? Do they know something we don't know?

No traffic and yet there's a motorcycle officer at an intersection

Traffic Officer gives up and joins the cavalcade

Bike rack on the front for the Seattle Police Department in Vancouver
There's a lot of fossil fuel being used just to haul a bicycle around on the front bumper.  The police from south of the border could carry the bike(s) in the aisle, undercover too.

#3 IS Kevin Bieksa