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A VISIT TO DINOSAURS, ROYAL BC MUSEUM, VICTORIA BRITISH COLUMBIA BC CANADA 2003

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Published on Apr 23, 2011

FROM WHEELCHAIR NOMAD DIARY...
Leaving the Boxlers to return to their moored yacht, we drove down Blanchard Street to Victoria to explore the Royal BC Museum, next to the Provincial Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel and the scenic harbour on Belleville Street. We toured Dragon Bones, a large Chinese exhibition of the world’s most complete collection of dinosaurs’ skeletons. Over fifty complete skeletons were on display, a thoroughly amazing and educational collection including flying ones.




Then at 4.00 PM I caught up with Grant Holland, VE7GRF. Grant was of medium height with brown hair and a moustache, and he carried four or five different handheld radios strapped to his belt. “I love radio,” he told me, “Some say I’m a fanatic, but I do spend time with my wife and two children.” I had talked with Grant weekly for the last year, usually while he walked his dog, Charlie at 11.00 PM carrying his handheld, and I was driving to a Wednesday lunch using the IRLP system of linking two-meter repeaters. Grant has travelled the world, mostly by motorcycle, but now, middle aged, he works in the four stories of catacombs and tunnels beneath the museum complex. As he bought me a coffee from the museum café, he told me, “I order parts and arrange maintenance services here. I’m actually from Texas but love Victoria.

DON PUGH

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