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Old 06-10-2017, 08:10 PM
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I can imagine that its quite an experience to stay there. I'd be up all night looking out the windows at the world around me. Very nice place but a bit on the expensive side for me too.
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Old 06-10-2017, 08:47 PM
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Sydney's a very expensive place to live, Osipi. I think it ranks about 11th on the 30 most expensive places on earth for lifestyle. Homes on the North shore of Sydney Harbour are invariably multi-million dollar homes and it's rapidly becoming that way for any suburb near the CBD.

The harbour is spectacular, especially at night, and would be wonderful from those windows. However, I doubt Harry paid full price. It's not every day a Prince comes to stay, even for a couple of nights.
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Old 06-10-2017, 08:57 PM
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Thanks Curryong. I guess I can honestly say then that it would be a grand place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there. Not if its that expensive. Then again.... if I had money to burn it'd be a top spot on my list.

Australia is always someplace I've wanted to go and should I win the lottery sometime soon, I'd love to be in Sydney for the Invictus Games when they open.

It doesn't matter to me at all what Harry paid for the room staying there. I've just really enjoyed watching how he puts a lot of time and energies into promoting the games and meeting with the athletes, their families and the general public that show up to see him.
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:06 PM
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Good luck to all of the participants this year!
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Yep. In all sorts of ways it was a marvellous little trip of Harry's to promote the IG, and showed off his better qualities, warmth, enthusiasm, ability to connect with all sorts of people, in full measure.

BTW, there are lots of quite reasonably priced hotels around the Sydney CBD! Looking forward to lots of visitors, who might hopefully take a look around the rest of Australia as well!
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Old 06-14-2017, 08:23 AM
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A quick reminder/ heads up....

Tickets for Toronto's Invictus Games go on sale Tomorrow @ 10 am EST. All the information can be found @ the Toronto Invictus Games website.

I'm really sorry for not having that link, but this the 3rd straight night of All Nighters & not for anything to do w/me for a change!! Mom really did a number on her shoulder this Weekend putting the Garden in, can't sleep or get comfy to get to sleep, so she putters in the Kitchen. Which happens to be right over my Bedroom, so...Yeah. Anyway...

As someone who has attended a fair share of big Sporting Events over the yrs, I was so shocked when I checked out the Ticket Prices. These Games are actually affordable!!. To start w/half of the Events, roughly, are Free!! Those tend to be outdoor events held in Public Spaces. Like Wheelchair Tennis @ Nathan Phillips Square, which is Toronto's City Hall & Complex.

W/the exception of both Opening & Closing Ceremonies, which aren't that bad for an event like this either (especially considering both will be @ the Air Canada Centre, Home of the Toronto Maple Leafs & Toronto Raptors. Trust me, Ticket Prices for anything else held there are usually a bit higher...), do you have any idea how much the other half of the Tickets cost?

25 dollars across the board for all seating levels of the Venues being used. Yes, you read that right & it took me a few minutes to realize I really was seeing what I thought I was seeing. . They really want these to be a success, but the only way to do it, is to have those Venues full. I mean...This is actually something a Family could do & still not come close to how much just Tickets would cost for a Family to go to a Blue Jays Baseball Game!!

I still don't believe it actually, but I LOVE it!! . Good on Harry & the entire Team for doing it this way!!

Oh & Yes, of course I'll be trying to get Tickets to some Events Tomorrow Morning. Me? Miss out on screaming my head off for Team Canada at something big Sports wise!?! No way!! :) :) :)
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:50 AM
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Exclusive article, written by Prince Harry, in today's Toronto Star newspaper. There's also a video with PH and highlights from IG 2016 in the article

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2...nce-harry.html
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:18 AM
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There's a 43-minute special, including an in-depth interview by Lisa LaFlemme of CTV about Invictus here: Prince Harry: Journey to Invictus | CTV News
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:02 AM
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Thank you for posting these, Tiggersk8, DeeT and hel. It all goes to show, IMO, how determined Harry is to make these Games a success, for the competitors and their audiences. Roll on Toronto and then Sydney!
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:43 AM
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I think one of the main things that stand out for me about Harry and his aim to make the Invictus Games a huge success and a continuing thing is that never once in all of the appearances, the interviews, the videos or events is there any inkling of Harry seeking personal glory or accolades or even a "job well done Harry". He is sincerely in this endeavor for the good of the people involved in the games and their accomplishments and their courage to push on to compete regardless of the odds. There's a bit of a gardener in Harry. He plants the seeds, waters them and nurtures them until the world admires the beautiful plants that grow.

I think also that its a stroke of genius whomever realized that a big part of the words "Invictus Games" are "I Am".
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:54 AM
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I just went and visited the Invictus Canada Webpage. I was surprised about a couple of things.

17 nations are participating, which is great. I was surprised though, that there was not an unafiliated participant category, as there has become for the Olympic Games. I had assumed that as Invictus was a recent games invention that it would be progressive in this respect.

Shopping was a surprise. The games are months off and sizes are sold out in many items. Classic items like toques, mitts and scarves are now "while supplies last." But in an innovative twist for online shopping, you can pre-order from the next shipment, are told when stock is expected in and make a choice based on that info. Niiiice.

If you care about these things, the sponsors lists are interesting to see and worth supporting! Go Toronto!
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Old 06-18-2017, 12:06 PM
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I was surprised that they're going to have a driving challenge in the Distillery District. It doesn't exactly have a lot of wide open spaces.

Also, the Toronto Islands, the cycling venue, are currently closed to everyone but the permanent residents and airport traffic due to flooding. Everything was cancelled on the islands until the end of June, but that's been extended to the end of July. Hopefully by then the waters will have receded by then, but it's going to take a massive clean up effort and I won't be surprised if they end up keeping them closed for the whole summer. I'm sure IG has a backup plan but it'll be disappointing because the islands are one of the coolest parts of Toronto.

The organizers have actually done a really good job of highlighting interesting parts of the city by using them as venues, IMO. It's nice to see places like Fort York get some love.
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Whenever I see Harry and Invictus he impresses me. Like Senteble, you can see it's not simply a patronage for him. It's not about clocking in the required events. It really his pet passion for him, a baby of sorts. Hearing interviews and seeing him at events for it, you can see it's a work of love for him. He may have spent only a short time in Afghanistan, but you can see it left a deep impact on him. Certainly the best kind of patrinages, the one you can feel passion ooze from. For Harry the heads together campaign is an extension of this work. And maybe why I feel a closer bond with him to the campaign.

I am excited to see the games in Toronto. I agree, great that they have chosen to showcase a range of areas in the city. Be good for the city.

Not surprised much of the gear is already bought out. Surprised the toques aren't
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:27 AM
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Melania Trump to lead the US delegation at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada:
https://mobile.twitter.com/FLOTUS/st...59685597831168
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:36 PM
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That will be...interesting, I'm sure, for Toronto residents and visitors alike! I'm glad to see though, that successive US Presidents are getting behind this project as well as PM Trudeau and others. I hope that large audiences turn up to support and cheer on these brave vets, and I'm certain they will.
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As has been said many times, politics are not a topic to be discussed here at TRF. As such, all posts discussing the Trumps and his/their/family opinions or policies have been removed.

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Old 07-28-2017, 02:23 AM
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A while back, I posted about the Toronto Islands, the venue for the cycling, being closed. Happily, they'll re-open to the general public on Monday July 31. I'm actually really excited that the Islands will be given international exposure.

With that said, I really haven't heard any advertising/buzz for the games on local media.
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'It's our bridge too': Girl, 11, with cerebal palsy pens touching letter to Prince Harry calling for the Sydney Harbour Bridge to be made wheelchair-accessible with a lift in time for the Invictus Games

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Old 08-07-2017, 06:39 AM
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Bryan Adams and Kelly Clarkson will headline the closing ceremonies at Prince Harry's Invictus Games in Toronto next month.

Kelly Clarkson and Bryan Adams to close Prince Harry's Invictus Games Toronto
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:15 AM
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The Toronto organising committee did a great job to put this together. The bar has been set for Australia.
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