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Toronto Islands: A Guide

July 26, 2008

Toronto’s Islands were invented at the start of the nineteenth century by bored Yorkshiremen who, moments earlier, had also invented the city of Toronto. Over a period of six months, the islands were imported by ferry from Scandinavia.

Society on the islands is arranged vertically.  Higher class residents live almost exclusively in tree-tops and feast on berries. A large servant class is housed in underground accomodations that are not immediately obvious to the untrained eye. The entrance to one such servant-warren, marked according to obscure and obscene tradition by an upturned bicycle, can be seen below:

This fire station clock is a monument to the occasion in 1951 when the fire service doubled as an army to repel invading American troops.

Public transport on the islands consists of unstable but brightly-coloured vehicles like the one below, usually driven by some ne’er-do-well.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2008 6:24 am

    What charming bastions of good old-fashioned English surrealism. Why didn’t you show me these?

  2. July 27, 2008 2:25 pm

    They don’t exist in winter, do they?

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