The Garret Tree
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
  Sonkrai Update: News of the Pope puts project on hold

There I was working away on Sonkrai on Friday, when CBC Newsworld began reporting that the Italian media was saying that Pope John Paul II had died and within a few moments I was called back in to work for the death watch.

I went into the office, created a photo gallery from wire photos of Canadians at prayer.

Saturday, the weather in Toronto was miserable, a windstorm combined with rain, freezing rain and sleet. The news of Pope John Paul's death broke about 2:45 p.m. and within a few minutes the storm took down a tree a few houses away.

An hour or so later, Toronto Hydro cut power to the block, just as I was starting to cook dinner and I was left in the dark for five hours, just as I was working on photo assignments for the next morning, dialing the phone with a flashlight (thanfully my Palm is back lit). Power came back on sometime after 9.

The next morning I went to shoot the mass at a local parish, Holy Name. Weather was still horrible, wind gusts, freezing rain and slush. Here is one shot I got, where part of the stained-stained glass window was reflected in the portrait of the late Pope.

You can see the complete photogallery A parish prays at this link.

Now back to work on the book.

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I write in a renovated garret in my house in a part of Toronto, Canada, called "The Pocket." The blog is named for a tree can be seen outside the window of my garret.

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Name: Robin Rowland
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I'm a Toronto-based writer, photographer, web producer, television producer, journalist and teacher. I'm author of five books, the latest A River Kwai Story: The Sonkrai Tribunal. The Garret tree is my blog on the writing life including my progress on my next book (which will be announced here some time in the coming months) My second blog, the Wampo, Nieke and Sonkrai follows the slow progress of my freelanced model railway based on my research on the Burma Thailand Railway (which is why it isn't updated that often) The Creative Guide to Research, based on my book published in 2000 is basically an archive of news, information and hints for both the online and the shoe-leather" researcher. (Google has taken over everything but there are still good hints there)

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