An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara

An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara is a historic watercolour of Niagara Falls painted on site by Thomas Davies in 1762. It was the first accurate view of the falls. Thomas Davies was a British Army officer in the Royal Artillery and received training in topographic drawing at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. During the French and Indian War, he served under General Jeffery Amherst. After the attack against Montreal, he surveyed the surrounding region from 1760 to 1766 and painted six waterfalls, including this one of Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls was first described in the journals of Samuel de Champlain in 1604; the first published eyewitness description was by Louis Hennepin in Description of Louisiana. His work, A New Discovery of a Vast Country, included the first image of the falls based on his description and not done on site. Davies painted two additional views of the falls c. 1766. His work was not well known until after a 1953 auction from the Earl of Derby's library; these paintings were shown as part of a major exhibition devoted to Davies, 2 July – 4 September 1972, at the National Gallery of Canada.

On 1 April 2015, it was sold for £146,500 at Christie's in London from the Winkworth Collection. A print of the engraving of this painting by Fougeron was sold for £3,750. On 19 August 2015, a temporary export bar was placed on the painting in an effort to keep it in the United Kingdom; the view is of Horseshoe Falls from the Canadian bank. The painting shows a rainbow emerging from the mist; the landscape has orange colours as the forest leaves change from green in the fall. Davies inscribed scientific notes about the falls and the landscape at the bottom of the work: J. Fougeron produced a handcoloured engraving of this work, published in Davies's Six Views of North American Waterfalls. Davies painted Niagara Falls from Above and Niagara Falls from Below showing the falls from different perspectives; these two are now in the collection of the New-York Historical Society. Niagara Falls, from the American Side Dickenson, Victoria. Drawn from Life: Science and Art in the Portrayal of the New World.

University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-08020-8073-8. Dow, Charles Mason. Anthology and Bibliography of Niagara Falls. Hubbard, R. H.. Thomas Davies, c. 1737–1812. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada. Brown, Mark. "Export bar placed on first eyewitness painting of Niagara Falls". The Guardian

Cap-Chat, Quebec

Cap-Chat is a town in the Canadian province of Québec, in the Regional County Municipality of Haute-Gaspésie, in the administrative region of Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Cap-Chat is found 16 kilometres west of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts; as of 2006, Cap-Chat's population is 2,777. In addition to Cap-Chat itself, the town's territory includes the communities of Cap-Chat-Est and Petit-Fonds. There are two theories about the origin of the town's name. One holds that the headland called Cap-Chat bore a likeness to a cat; the other theory is a bit more fanciful. According to a local legend, a cat walking along the shore killed and ate various animals, whereupon the "cat fairy" accused him of having eaten her offspring. For his punishment, the cat was turned into stone for ever, it seems most however, that the town's name is a corruption of "Aymar de Chaste", New France's lieutenant-general in 1603. The waterfront boardwalk at Cap-Chat has a display of photographs and informative plaques regarding the Second World War Battle of the St. Lawrence between U-Boats and coastal defence ships.

Cap-Chat was one of the prime viewing areas for the total solar eclipse of July 10, 1972. Cloudy skies prevented most observers from viewing the total phase of the eclipse. On March 15, 2000, the Municipality of Capucins was amalgamated into the Town of Cap-Chat. Cap-Chat has become synonymous with wind energy. There is a wind farm there containing 76 wind generators in revenue service; each one of these is a horizontal axis wind turbine, but there is to be seen there one called Éole, the world's tallest vertical axis wind turbine at 110 m. It is capable of producing 4 MW of power, but has not been in use for more than ten years following damages sustained during a wind storm. Everything that there is to know about wind power at Cap-Chat may be learnt at the interpretative centre at the wind farm. Cap-Chat has other things that are worth seeing, such as the aforesaid cat-shaped headland, a lighthouse; those interested in wilderness and spectacular scenery can explore the areas inland from Cap-Chat, where there was once a village called Saint-Octave-de-l'Avenir.

Salmon fishing and moose hunting are other activities available in the Cap-Chat area, as are hiking, horseback riding, off-road four-wheel drive excursions in the back country. In winter, Cap-Chat has a downhill skiing centre, as well as trails for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. List of cities in Quebec Cap-Chat tourism site Éole interpretative centre at the wind farm Municipalities and cities of Gaspé region

Unknown Hinson

Stuart Daniel Baker, better known by his stage name, Unknown Hinson, is an American singer, songwriter, comedian and voice actor. He is best known for his role as the voice of Early Cuyler on the Adult Swim animated series Squidbillies. Stuart Daniel Baker, a music teacher and studio musician from Albemarle, North Carolina, created his alter-ego for The Wild Wild South, a Charlotte area public-access program that featured comedy sketches and concert footage. Baker and co-star Don Swan played the characters of Unknown Rebel Helms, respectively. After Swan's death in 1995, Baker created The Unknown Hinson Show, a direct spin-off of The Wild Wild South; the Unknown Hinson Show won Creative Loafing Charlotte's "Best Of" poll for Best Public-Access Television Show four years in a row. After the series ended, Baker continued in his role as Unknown Hinson, performing live concerts and releasing several recordings; as a live performer, Unknown Hinson has been known to tour for months at a time. Hinson is known to always fire his signature gun on a true mark of his skill.

He has shared the stage with many notable rockabilly and psychobilly acts such as The Reverend Horton Heat, Marty Stuart, Hank III and Ed King. He has a strong cult following and many high-profile fans, including Ed King, Waylon Reavis of Mushroomhead, Billy Bob Thornton, Matt Groening. Hank III, grandson of Hank Williams, has Unknown's face tattooed on his biceps. In late 2008, working under his real name of Stuart Baker, Hinson was hired to play bass as well as lead guitar in Billy Bob Thornton's band The Boxmasters. For this hired-gun gig, Baker appears without the familiar Unknown Hinson wardrobe and makeup, instead appearing in a vintage'60s suit, white shirt, black pencil tie, his manager and booking agent was Margo Baker. According to a November 10, 2012, post on his Facebook page, Unknown decided to quit touring after 17 years, his planned last three shows were Fort Wayne, Indiana on November 15, Illinois on November 16, November 17 in Covington, Kentucky being the finale. He indicated his plans to find something new to do.

After the death of his wife, Margo Baker, Unknown Hinson resumed touring again. Unknown Hinson writes his own music, performs live, produces all of his own recordings, his music parodies the dark elements of today's country and redneck culture. In early 2009, Hinson's'Torture Town' won in The 8th Annual Independent Music Awards and Vox Pop vote for Best Alternative Country Song "Torture Town". ª Credited on this album as both Unknown Hinson and Early Cuyler the character he voices on Squidbillies. Hinson, credited as Baker, provides the voice of Early Cuyler, a balding hillbilly squid from Georgia, on Cartoon Network's late night Adult Swim program, Squidbillies; the Early Cuyler character echoes Unknown Hinson in several ways, including an affinity for guns and "party liquor", a "no-nonsense" alpha-male attitude. Official website Paper + Wire Magazine: An Interview with Unknown Hinson