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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta FVfdly, April 1f, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALJ3 DKCOVHKD Jay av RAKSTOPNE: Grappa, horse blessings off-beat bonus of Venice tour -The Her Aid Tra vel VENICE What have grappa, horse blessings and the Scahgen tombs in common9 Not a thing Except that they are off-beat inter- ests for tourists in the Venice area Do your own thing at Wascana Centre The Big Hole This is the Big Hole and beyond it Kimberley, the diamond capital of South Africa From its discovery in 1871 until work ceased in 1914, the mine pro- duced more than 14 mil- lion carats of that's the equivalent of three tons SURFACE PERIMETER fins IORTH SOUTH flxis EBST WEST TO lop HRRO ROCK SURFACE TO VOTER. OCT. 1959 foffl OF KflTER 1H 0. Mint" 740 Fi (ROUND EXCDVRTED 25 MILLION IONS DlflMONDS PRODUCED CTS EQIHVBLEHT TO 3 IONS. WORKING CEASED BUGUST m IBOO 300 sso Fi Fi Fi By ALAN ARBUCKLE REGINA (CP) In a day when governments seem to be tripping over one another, seeing them work together is something of a minor miracle and that miracle is a major ingredient in one of this city's parks Actually, to hear the direc- tor of the Wascana Centre Au- thority, Joe Morgan, talk, Wascana Centre is less a park than a meshing of govern- ment gears as the city, the province and the governors of the University of Saskatche- wan Regma campus work to- gether on its development To the unwitting visitor, an artificial lake, a waterfowl refuge and landscaped park- No energy crisis in Ireland DUBLIN Canadian tourists who visit Ireland this year will not face any shortages of gasoline This was revealed here by P V Doyle, chairman of the Irish Tourist Board, who said that the Irish government had given assurances that sufficient gasoline would be available for tourists, both for rental cars and coach tours (In Toronto, Shaun Mayne, manager of the Irish Tourist Board in Canada also pointed out that Ireland's gasoline prices are the lowest of any of the major tourist destinations of Europe In addition, he noted that Irish rental cars gaye an average of 25 to 35 miles to the gallon and said that Canadian visitors were also benefiting from the rising value of the dollar in relation to the pound Irish International Airlines also expects that sufficient fuel quotas will be available to operate the carrier's planned flight schedules this year land set in acres of land and water appear to be a pas- sive paradise "I have a tendency to play that said Mr Moran The role of the Wascana Centre Authority, set up in 1962, goes beyond just devel- oping a park, he said Its in- tent is to bring a unifying ele- ment to the legislative grounds, the university campus and the city Landscaping is an obvious unifying element, but so is the demand for architectural ex- cellence and the compatibility of new development with old in the centre's master plan, drawn up in 1962 by Detroit architect Minoru Yamasaki and San Francisco landscaper Thomas Church The master plan is re- viewed every five years and in 1969 architect Jack Long of Calgary took over the job of master planner when Mr Yamasaki resigned While Regma's citizens are the direct beneficiaries of the centre, Mr Moran said, "There is no question that it's not just for the people of Re- gina, it's for the people of Saskatchewan The centre gets more ap- preciation from outside Sas- katchewan than it does from those who pay for it, the di rector said Major cities ev erywhere envied what the centre stood for and would copy Regma's use of open space and its tripartite co-op- eration, if they only could It has taken an entire area devoted to government, learn ing and the activities of a city and made a place that offers natural amenities while pre- serving the functions of the institutions which govern it The centre offers something different to all who use it Mr Moran said for bus loads of youngsters from country schools it is the dig- nity of the legislature, for the university, the setting for the campus and the research pos- sibilities of the waterfowl ref- uge, and for many city busi- nessmen it is a jogger's haven First, the horse blessings These take place in brown- toned, walled Siena in con- junction with the Palio festi- vals with the unique horse races (July 2 and Aug 16) that have become a top attraction, complete with medieval trappings But the blessing of the horses before the races isn't so well-known Each contrade or district (Siena has 17) has a headquarters, a stable for its race entry and a small chapel Before the race, each horse is led from its so-called holy stable into the rear of the contrade's chapel Here, with the leading contrade mem- bers seated in pews in front, the horse is blessed by the lo- cal priest Naturally these headquar- ters aren't wide open to tour- ists But members are proud of their contrade headquar- ters So start a conversation with locals at a sidewalk cafe and you'll probably be es- corted to the headquarters TRAILS NEEDED Siena takes its Palio se- riously The contending horses are the heroes Jockeys can be changed but, if misfortune befalls any horse before the race, that contrade is out There are six days of trials before the two races The trials are necessary to accus- tom the horses to running the wrong way around the main city square Running in the wrong direction7 Well, they ran mat way when the festi- val started in the 16th cen- tury And everything about the present Palio is authentic This isn't a festival con- cocted to win tourists It's a Siena product and there's genuine fierce rivalry among the districts Each contrade has a name, There's an eagle, snail, panther, dolphin, wave, sea shell, dragon, hedgehog, she-wolf, goose, etc. This is off-beat .Siena along with the Piazza del Campo, a square where the races take place It's a unique sloping semi-circular square of her- ringbone-patterned paving bricks dating from 1347 On the piazza is the arcaded town hall with its slender tower As for Verona's ifcaligen tombs, usually the city is ap- proached as pure Shake- speare Romeo and Juliet the Two Gentlemen of Verona Juliet's balcony is a lure TOMBS INTERESTING Once Shakespeare is satis- fied, turn to the more genuine and interesting tombs in front of the Scala-built church The Scaligeris were the most important family in Verona from 1260 to 1389 The tombs with their hand-forged 14th century gates are im- pressive Particularly, one of the most famous Scaligeris Cangrande I, rides atop his tomb on a bronze charger But his tomb is empty He nad a sense of humor and decreed that he was to be entombed elsewhere He didn't want to be buried where the populace could stare at him and he couldn't talk back So secret was his burial place that it wasn t dis- covered until 1921 His bod> was as he had died, age 31, and with part of his robes as good as new The Scahgen tombs losi other bodies, too Napoleon carted them off for burial in a cemetery He aisu removed all but one of the lion symbols that decorated Verona'1; houses and squares when after the Scahgens the cit} fell under the rule of the Re public of Venice The lone lion, nearly oblite rated, is on one house in Sig- non (lords of the city) square Here also is a former Scaligen palace Here, too Cangrande received Dante THE FINEST RETIREMENT RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY Blind Bay, B C 50 miles east of Kamloops on Trans Canada Please mail me a free brochure NAME ADDRESS PHONE LH Expo exhibit to reflect chilePs view of world SPOKANE, WASH Iran, one of the oldest civilizations on earth, is presenting its environmental message at the Expo '74 World's fair in an exhibit reflecting the freshness of a child's view of the world Passport Photos Candid Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 S. Phone 328-0222 "THE BRITISH SPIRIT OF 1 LONDON CRUISE LINE" to... Alaska This summer experience trie magnificent scenery of Alaska and Canada on the newest cruise ship sailing all-First Class Spirit of London registered in Britain She leaves Vancouver on elghUday vacations from June through September Exploring the mag- nificent ice Cape oT Glacier Bay and caning at juneau Ketchikan SKagway Hames and Sitka with fares from lust DEPARTURE'S FROM VANCOUVER On June 3, 77, 79, 27 July 3, 13, 21, 29 August 6, 14. 22, 30 September 7, 15, 23 For further Information and contact: A.M.I WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE 606 5th Avenue South Phone 326-7921 Ample Free Parking at Rear of Building The Iranian Pavilion at the first environmental world's fair is managed by a team of Czechoslovakian artist- technicians who have incorporated a puppet and mirror show as a main feature of the four-part exhibit Titled "Man, the Creator of the display places the puppet show in an optical illusion setting, aided by color transparencies "It is a lovely scene ex- pressing the efforts of man to create beauty in all times in all saud Mrs Vera Polackova of Prague, co- manager of the pavilion "It is humorous, but also educational, and although it is designed to delight children, the message is also very much for adults The Czechs have been managing international expositions for the Iranian government since 1971, when they were picked by the Shah of Iran to direct the celebration of the country's anniversary at Tehran ancient Persepolis They are members of Art Centrum, the Czech government's organization of artists The mirror and puppet show is the last of four sections in the Iranian pavilion The display begins a section entitled "The Great in which the span of Iran's history, from Cyrus the Great to the present day, is presented in a complex audio-visual display using six slide projectors and one motion picture projector Visitors in the walk-through theater will see artistic wonders created during the ancient Achameman and Sassanid dynasties as well as the cities and countryside of contemporary Iran You cnuid be oil your way to a fabulous Conestoga Motor Home Holiday '74 NOVA When you buy a new model you become eligible to win FREE 8F, '74 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO 2 WONDERFUL WEEKS USE OF THIS CONESTOGA MOTOR HOME All you pay is the gasoline Choose from a great Spring selection of new 74 CNvroiats Chivillis Novis Oldsmobiles Cutlasses Cadillacs Vigis Chev Trucks 74 CHEVROLET HALF TON BENY and Remember. 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