What really happens in the Public Gardens after dark? Night at the Gardens is a lively adventure involving the statues of the Halifax Public Gardens and surrounding parks. As darkness descends and the Gardens’ gates clang shut, the statues “come alive”, climb down from their pedestals, stretch their limbs and once joined by Toby, the fun begins. One night the Gardens’ statues are plunged into chaos when the Jubilee Fountain’s nymphs ride off on the backs of the Juan Swans to head for the Atlantic Ocean! What is to be done? How do Victoria Park’s Robbie Burns and Sir Walter Scott help their neighbours? Read on … and track their lively adventures on the maps inside.
Characters based on the book: Three Centuries of Public Art: Historic HRM
When we are young, we dream dreams. We fantasize about things we want to do, places we want to go, what we wish to be. Then, it is up to us, to time, chance and fortune, as to whether those dreams will come true.
A native of Nova Scotia, Peter L. McCreath grew up in the west end of Toronto, but has lived the last fifty odd years back in rural Nova Scotia. He is an educator and historian by training, but an entrepreneur by choice. He has led, to say the least, a very eclectic life, as a naval officer, teacher, author, union official, television broadcaster, honorary consul, Chair of Nova Scotia’s liquor monopoly, banker, human rights advocate, Member of Parliament and cabinet minister.
Through Exquisite Destinations, he shares some fascinating adventures and experiences he has had in close to a hundred countries around the world. Each chapter is based on a different country drawn from the five major continents. He has specifically focussed on countries that are less well-known and visited by the average traveller from Canada or the United States. All of the stories and experiences are true; there is no fiction here! But, there is adventure, life-threatening events, helping the disadvantaged and meeting presidents, prime ministers, and revolutionaries.
McCreath writes: “I’m sure you will enjoy this book and the stories it contains, and learning about countries that you may not have or even thought of visiting – but perhaps should. I have learned that there are many ways to be rich, beyond financial wealth: friendships, special relationships, meeting interesting people of different languages and cultures, good health and an abundance of unique and memorable experiences. These are some of mine and I invite you to share them with me.”
The book is part memoir, part travelogue and part adventure, with a good helping of history in each of the chapters. If these are not destination you’ve contemplated, perhaps you should or at least put some on your bucket list. This is Peter’s eighth full-length publication.
Oak Island Unearthed! Third Canadian Edition
by John O. O’Brien
Save several dollars on this latest edition until June, 2018. Free Shipping until April, 2018 in Canada and $5 to the USA;afterwards $5 in Canada thereafter $10.00 to the USA. Both POD versions are now available in USA and overseas (Europe and Australasia). Shipping lower for POD in most cases.
This is a story of the world’s oldest continuous mystery about Oak Island – of supposed treasure left before 1795 by Spanish, French or British pirates, or the Knight’s Templars/Holy Grail, Christopher Columbus, returning British armies after the American War of Independence and a host of other speculations … all that makes for a great story, many books, and a TV series … well known here and around the world. But O’Brien does not believe any of this and set out to prove a theory begun by his father in 1958. John was merely 12 at the time, but his fascination has turned into a passion, backed by rigorous research.
The big difference is that O’Brien is not simply writing a story, he is attempting to solve the mystery which he claims is nearly 1200 years old, long before any Europeans ever set foot on this part of the new world. He offers readers the W- 5 explanation: who, what, where, why, when plus how. Began in 1957-58 when he was a pre-teen listening to the debates between his father and SMU professor and later visiting the island – this story and the resulting third edition book is now 59 years in the making and counting.
O’Brien is not a writer per se, but rather a storyteller in the tradition of the old mining camps of the North. He spent time in Germany as a cold-war Canadian soldier in the late 60s-70s, returned to school, studied Physics at Dalhousie, then became a life-long professional miner; he claims only a miner who has researched the Island can understand its complex system of tunnels. John O’Brien is a diligent researcher … with ever-widening contacts and deepening research.
He claims that both of the Mesoamericans – the Aztec & Maya – were involved; and that the Maya travelled to Mahone Bay and Oak Island as long ago as the 9th Century AD, followed by the Aztec in 1520-25 (or perhaps even a few decades before in preparation for their visit) to first mine a highly prized Palagorskite clay – Mayan Blue – and later to bury the Aztec god-King and the Empire’s treasures, which he believes includes far more than gold artifacts.
Evidence is confirmed by archaeologists, ritual mathematical measurements, carbon dating, hieroglyphs, history, prophecy, astronomy, and Mi’Kmaq legends … and now with more tunnels/shafts discovered off-island, but within Mahone Bay.
BOOK: Canadian Bestseller – 4th printing since September 2014 – this is Third Canadian Edition … and the publisher firmly believes believe it has barely dented the potential marketplace four this title. O’Brien is currently assisted by a retired Dalhousie professor who helped his later research and has written a Foreword to this Third Edition,
This new book is an expanded version with new chapters and new photos. To date it has sold in all 10 Canadian provinces and 3 territories, 20 US states and 12 countries, not counting the first e-Pub2 version, and will be sold in print worldwide by June, 2017 via Ingram International. The original e-book will soon be replaced by an e-Pub3 version of the new Canadian Third Edition.
THREE VERSIONS: In addition to Canada, the new edition is also printed in two international POD versions – US/Imperial Measurement for United States readers and METRIC – which are to be printed POD by Ingram in all four world plants within the USA, Europe (London, Paris) and Sydney, Australia.
PROMOTION: John will eventually be filmed on The Curse of Oak Island – will be on a future Series on the History Channel – shown in many countries from Nov. – Feb, annually. They begin filming in the summer. He will speak at WOTS 2017 – and has had many appearances in NS thus far – plus current and future ads in ABT magazine and the Atlantic Holiday Gift Guide.