Francis Mawson Rattenbury was a true character, one who left his indelible mark on our city’s landscapes even though his time spent on the west coast of Canada was mired in controversy.  Eventually leaving BC to start a new life with his new wife, his demise was both shocking and unexpected as he was found in his sitting room with blunt force trauma to his head, all due to the storied life he led and all the hullabaloo that surrounded it.  That proverbial saying “truth is far stranger than fiction” can find no better roots than in the life-story of Mr. Rattenbury himself.

Nanaimo Court House - Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Nanaimo Court House – Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada –

The Nanaimo Court House is a building that has beckoned me like a moth to the light for years now.  It seems every time we visit Nanaimo I am at the very least passing it by, always on the lookout for a fresh perspective or composition.  Little did I know that our latest foray into the city would result in me going down an unintended rabbit hole of discovery.

I have an incredible love for the dramatic heritage architecture found here on Vancouver Island.  Year of weathering coupled with incredible architectural details has left a fingerprint on our cities that will not be forgotten as long as the buildings remain.  Little did I realize that my love for this architecture has been forming a specific taste in the past couple of years, and after this particular adventure I am beginning to unearth a fascination for the work of Mr. Rattenbury, even though his story is somewhat sordid for the times he found himself living in.

Originally built in 1895, four short years after arriving on the west coast, today the Nanaimo Court House is on the official Heritage Register as an important landmark and icon for the Nanaimo area specifically, and Vancouver Island as a whole.

“It appears that the heritage portion of the court house is the oldest operating court facility in British Columbia,” said Dave Townsend, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Attorney General.

This quote printed by The Daily News (Nanaimo) on Canada.com is just a snippet of the fascination that you can find while delving into this building’s storied past.  Even today, contemporary stories of drama and wrongdoing unfold in these old hallways and rooms, adding layer upon layer of history to a place that already holds it’s own in this regard.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

British Columbia Parliament Buildings – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

I believe for many people who are a fan of this type of subject, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings are his most famous buildings, forming not only an integral part of our provincial government but also creating a landmark and icon that are part of the very character of the city itself.

The Empress Hotel - Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The Empress Hotel – Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada –

What I didn’t fully appreciate as I set out to research the Nanaimo Court House was it’s deep ties right back to Victoria.  The Empress Hotel is a destination for both locals and visitors alike, and is another terrific example of the dramatic work that Mr. Rattenbury created.  It seems that even though his personal life was in somewhat of a shambles at various stages of his life, his work has incredible staying power in the minds and imaginations of everyone who sees it.

The recent colonial history of Vancouver Island only really dates back about 150 years or so.  I find it amazing beyond description the incredible history and stories we’ve amassed in such a short period.  It seems that no matter where you go on the island, there is a terrific story…  and usually a story that is a little hard to believe at first glance.

As you are out and about exploring your own area, keep an open mind and an eye out for the unusual.  A healthy sense of curiosity can lead you down the most amazing pathways, one that will result in a personal connection that will remain with you.

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The wonderful community of Oak Bay sits just outside the downtown core of Victoria and plays host to some of our most lovely heritage homes and buildings, and forms an integral part of the history of the city itself.  In today’s post we find ourselves continuing our long-running photoblog series “The Anglican Church Project” with a visit to St. Matthias Anglican Church, a lovely character church that sits in Oak Bay as an important anchor to the community.

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

We recently invested in a few new lenses in anticipation of the busy year we have in front of us, photographically speaking.  One of these lenses was a major investment intended to be used specifically in our architectural work, a Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens.  It’s also excellent when applied to landscapes, and I also anticipate I will enjoy it when we visit the car shows this year.  At any rate, with it still being rather new in our camera bag I find myself quite excited to have an opportunity to fully exercise it, as we did on our visit to St. Matthias.

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

I had a great time exploring all the rich woodwork found inside the church, and due to the bright light from the sunny day some of the shots required 11 brackets to fully capture all the details in the bright and the dark areas of the scene.  This is where I find that HDR really shines as an applied technology.  The textures and the roll-offs between the shadow and lit areas of the frame are fully expressed in these images.  We really encourage you to click on the pictures to see them in full-screen to really appreciate the depth of the dynamic range captured.  This, of course, translates to fully capturing the character and essence of the beautiful facility itself.

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Looking towards the back of the building we enjoy a view that shares the true scale of the church, accented perfectly by the stained glass that colorfully compliments the richness of the wood ceiling and surrounding details.  This is truly a warm and inviting space, one that beckons you to visit and stay awhile.

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

St. Matthias Anglican Church - Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

St. Matthias Anglican Church – Oak Bay, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Once all the wide shots were captured, it was time to find the vignettes, the stories within the story.  I’ve been really enjoying working on a new HDR technique lately where I use off-camera speedlights to delicately light certain aspects of scenes, and I have to say I am quite happy with those results.  These details that we find embedded within the facilities we visit really add a great touch of character to the session and the project, and we are very happy to share them here with you.

This blog only features a selection of the 32 images we captured during our visit, if you’d like to see the entire set please visit our gallery: St Matthias Church – Victoria.

Thank you once again for taking the time to visit us here at The Hollow, we really appreciate it!  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.

It is often said that one person cannot change the world.  And while many may believe it to be true, apparently no one thought to tell Major James MacFarlane.

A land owner on Vancouver Island in the early days of the twentieth century, fuelled by Irish whiskey and sheer determination, he took the government of the day to task to get a road built connecting Victoria to Mill Bay.  After surveying it himself, he saw it completed in 1911 and was the first to drive a buggy over the new scenic and often harrowing new road.

The Malahat and a Nepal Fundraiser to Help Earthquake Victims

The Malahat –

Archive Photo of the Malahat

Archive Photo of the Malahat

Archive Photo of the Malahat

Archive Photo of the Malahat

One Man’s Dream-The History of the Malahat Highway” is a hilarious look at how unwavering persistence and a personality as large as life really can change the world, or at least a small part of it!

Archive Photo of the Malahat

Archive Photo of the Malahat

On June 3rd, 2015, at the Island Savings Centre Theatre in Duncan, B.C., come and treat yourself and your friends and family to a night of laughter and delight as you tag along with Major MacFarlane on his zany adventures.  You will never look at the Malahat highway the same ever again!

One Man's Dream and a Nepal Fundraiser to Help Earthquake Victims

One Man’s Dream

And if one great story just isn’t enough, a second feature, “Seventy-One Years, The Loss and Discovery of Avro Anson L7056” will leave you wondering what happened when a WWII fighter plane took off with a four man crew from Pat Bay airport and vanished, only to be discovered 71 years later by a logging crew near Lake Cowichan.

Seventy-One Years and a Nepal Fundraiser to Help Earthquake Victims

Seventy-One Years

And if that’s not enough good stuff for one night, this gala evening is part of a fund raising effort by Director Nick Versteeg to help those who’s lives have been devastated by the recent earthquakes in Nepal.  Having experienced the earthquake firsthand when he was working on a new documentary in Nepal, he feels compelled to help those who have lost everything.  This is a fabulous opportunity to support an excellent cause, knowing that every cent will go directly to the people who need it to rebuild their communities and their lives.

Tickets for this exciting double-feature offered by DV Media and the Mill Bay/Malahat Historical Society are available by calling the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre at 250-748-7529 or on-line here.

More information about the local history of Mill Bay/Malahat can be found at millbaymalahathistory.ca

Hope to see you on June 3rd!

Quiescent Possibilities

Posted: 20th May 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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It is often said that one man’s garbage is another man’s gold.  For some people a scene like this appears to hold something that is better left to the auto wreckers.  Other people, like me, see an endless sea of possibility.

Old Classic Truck In Garage - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Old Classic Truck In Garage – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Whether you are a purist at heart and can only imagine this gem restored and returned to its original glory, or you are a hot rodder with a wild heart who sees the ultimate platform for a modern fuel-injected powerplant with modern suspension and brakes, and air conditioning and stereo system, this truck embodies an indelible sense of endless possibility.  I love both concepts and would be happy to see this truck turned into one of the two options.

Have you found any treasures on your adventures that might have been considered to be garbage to some?  Please do share your stories with us below in the comments section, we love to hear from all our visitors!!

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An Outward View

Posted: 8th May 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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Summer is just around the corner now here on Vancouver Island, everything is turning vibrant green and the air is warm.  On a recent excursion, I found myself driving down the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island, enjoying the scenery, the sounds, and the smells of late spring.  With the pace of life being what it is lately, days spent exploring the island are to be treasured, to be enjoyed like a fine wine.  At one point on my travels I noticed a scene that caused me to pause.

Vancouver Island Landscape - Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Vancouver Island Landscape – Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

It’s truly hard to beat the landscapes we find here on the island.  In this shot we are looking across Brentwood Bay, and in the distance we see layer upon layer of tree covered mountains creating an almost perfect green carpet.  A new, contemporary home sits looking out towards the bay, and if you look closely (click on the picture to see it fullscreen, it’s well worth it) you can see the part of the house that looks out over the ocean is floor to ceiling glass.  The views would be spectacular, to say the least.

Now that the weather is starting to turn warm and sunny, it’s time once again to head out and check out all the island has to offer.  I can honestly say we’re blessed to live here in a place that defines the term “God’s Country”.

Thank you so much for visiting us here at The Hollow today, we really appreciate it!  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.

It was a damp, grey and rather dreary spring afternoon when Mrs. Toad and I found ourselves coming into the wonderful little character town of Chemainus here on Vancouver Island.  The colors were somewhat muted by the thick rain clouds that lingered overhead.  It was a good day to photograph the wonderful Victorian styled character homes of the town, bringing us back to our very roots in photography by inspiring us to spend some time with that which we love so much here on the island; our local architecture.

Victorian Heritage Character House - Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Victorian Heritage Character House – Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As you come into town a row of these simply beautiful homes comes into focus.  They have been beckoning us to photograph them for years now.  Each one is unique, yet as a group they all share marked similarities that bring them together in community.

Victorian Heritage Character House - Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Victorian Heritage Character House – Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Each house has its own color scheme, which is likely chosen carefully to be highly sympathetic for the times the homes were designed and built.  Peaked roofs and wonderful details make each one stand out, while at the same time being a part of a collection.  This one was likely converted to a duplex at some point, turning one wonderful home into two.

Victorian Heritage Character House - Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Victorian Heritage Character House – Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Some have slightly weathered features worn with pride that embody the years of life and love experienced within the walls.  Each one has been modified, added onto, over time with personal features that make the home both unique and unlike any other, as well as creating a space that is literally customized for the family that inhabited it.

Victorian Heritage Character House - Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Victorian Heritage Character House – Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Some are very brightly painted with colors that exude the personalities of those who own them.  This home features a wide bevy of architectural features which appear to be customized by a highly skilled woodworker.  Some of these features are referred to as “Victorian Lace” for obvious reasons.

Victorian Heritage Character House - Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Victorian Heritage Character House – Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Victorian Heritage Character House - Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Victorian Heritage Character House – Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

This one is a home and is host to a small local business.  If you look carefully you can see additions that have been added on, likely over time as needs and the families changed.  The colors are bright and cheerful, as are the residents of Chemainus, creating a happy and inviting feel.  It’s easy to imagine yourself visiting this shop and spending hours exploring the wares displayed within.  An entire afternoon can melt before your very eyes.

Victorian Heritage Character House - Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Victorian Heritage Character House – Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Some of the homes have received very tasteful contemporary renovations, all the while maintaining that special link to the Victorian era that makes them what they are today.

Victorian Heritage Character House - Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Victorian Heritage Character House – Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

For some people, this is an old house for sale.  For us this is a dream just waiting to be discovered.  These homes are a lot bigger inside than they look from the outside, this one having around 2,000 square feet in it.  It is so easy to imagine a summer’s evening spent on the porch in a chair with your favorite beverage, watching the townsfolk and visitors alike as they pass by.  This is a sure-fired way of making new friends, not to mention the wonderful lifestyle that you would have living in a small close-knit town on Vancouver Island.

Chemainus Theatre Festival - Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Chemainus Theatre Festival – Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

A literal stroll across the street and you find yourself visiting one of Vancouver Island’s best treasures, the Chemainus Theatre Festival.  We’ve been many times ourselves for a gala evening of a black tie dinner accompanied by a lovely pianist, then followed by a wonderful evening of live theatre in a very intimate setting.  There is simply no better way to spend some time.

It’s truly amazing what you can find in your own backyard if you open your mind to look for it.  The tiny town of Chemainus has a wonderful back-story to it, now it’s colloquially known as “The Little Town That Did“© through an entire revitalization process.  In the summer, the town is full of locals and visitors alike, all coming to experience the unique feel and offerings that are found here, and in the winters the town leaves you feeling as if you’ve discovered a wonderful secret that is yours alone to explore and experience.

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The Edge Of The World

Posted: 30th March 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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As the gulls circled overhead on the constant lookout for their next meal, a gentle cold wind made the grasses dance and the waves lap against the shore.  Vancouver Island is an amazing place, one that reveals natural treasures from every vantage.  Some of the most beautiful scenes are those where you look outward towards the ocean.  These living picture frames are dynamic in nature and are constantly changing, showing something new and beautiful each and every time.

Ocean and Mountain View - Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Ocean and Mountain View – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

This has to be one of my favorite photographs from this year so far.  It’s got it all; snow-capped mountains; huge ships in the distance, and a dingy bouncing over the waves as the pilot makes his mysterious journey across the vast waters.  The mountains we see here are part of the Olympic Mountain Range in Washington State in the United States.  At night when it’s clear you can sometimes see a few twinkling lights from communities over on that side of the proverbial pond.  I am not quite sure what the navigation aid we see here is officially called, but if you look closely you can see a bevy of what I believe to be cormorants standing sentry.  So much to take in and see in one frame, a Vancouver Island moment forever frozen in time.

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A Pastel Sunset

Posted: 24th March 2015 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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As I stood atop Split Rock Lookout at the crest of the Malahat Highway, the sun began to drift below the horizon behind me.  As the moments ticked by, the temperatures dropped and a frigid feel began to accompany the sense of wonder I had while I patiently waited for the moment I had come to witness.  The moment the sun descended for the day and the blue tones of dusk permeated the entire landscape in a luscious palette of colors that can truly only be found in nature.

Mount Baker - A Pastel Sunset - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Mount Baker at sunset – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

During my wait I was presented with such a lovely scene, one I knew was a fleeting moment and was soon to disappear forever.  Each sunset is like a fingerprint, it’s unique and it truly only belongs to one entity, in this case a day.  Far off in the distance, the majestic peak of Mount Baker looms on the horizon.  The layers of landscape between this vantage and Mount Baker serve to add context to this landscape, but they also mask the true scale and distances involved in this vista; Mount Baker is many miles away from where I stood yet it remains one of the key elements breaking the lines of the horizon as the snow-covered peaks thrust towards the heavens.

In the near distance we see the local ferry, I believe this to be the Brentwood Ferry, that shuttles locals and visitors alike between Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay.  There is just so much to take in with scenes like this on Vancouver Island, an endless myriad of details, features and items of delight and wonder.  This is our home, a place we choose to live in above all others, and it never disappoints with grand views like this one.

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With spring finally here and summer just around the corner, it’s time to once again start planning our visits to the local car shows that seem to spring up on Vancouver Island, from the northern tip, to the big city of Victoria in the south.  In today’s post we’re heading back to the “Warmlands Show n Shine 2014” car show held annually in Duncan, BC where we’re going to take a look at a beauty that truly does have legs.  A classic Ford Hot Rod.

Classic Ford Coupe - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod Coupe – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

In March of 1983 a Texas Trio named ZZ Top released an album called “Eliminator”.  The album cover and subsequent videos that seemed to play endlessly on MTV all featured a custom 1933 Ford Coupe conceived of and commissioned by Billy Gibbons of the band.  You can read the story of the album and the car here on this Wikipedia page.

The music was southern blues based rock ‘n roll, some of the finest written and recorded from the era if this is to your taste.  The car soon became an icon of the times, almost being considered another band member for many years.  It’s legend remains strong today in enthusiast circles, and when we came across this similar Ford coupe Hot Rod at the car show last year it was all I could do to contain my excitement.

Classic Ford Coupe - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

The grill on these babies are utterly distinctive.  The shape and contour really speak to the era, an era when hot rodding was just being born on the streets and highways of the USA.  With this project car, the chrome was exquisite, almost causing me to run back to the car to grab my sunglasses just so I could focus on the beauty I was beholding!

Classic Ford Coupe - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod Coupe – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Classic Ford Coupe - Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Classic Ford Hot Rod Coupe – Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As I’ve stated countless times before, it’s the fine little details that make these cars so special.  Each of the features on this car were undoubtedly considered carefully, sourced with love, and installed with an attention to perfection.  All these elements converge in a ride like this to ensure it is truly one-of-a-kind.  A statement to the personality of the owner and the era from which it came.

Car shows are much more than a collection of cool cars all gathered in one location.  They are also a gathering of enthusiasts from all age groups and all walks of life.  If you’re looking for something to do this coming summer, we can think of no better way to spend an afternoon.  And if you happen to be on Vancouver Island, look out for your favorite Toads patrolling the show and photographing some of the coolest rides on display!

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It’s been a rough winter for many folks in the US and Canada this year.  We’ve thankfully somehow avoided all this out here on the west coast, having had a relatively mild winter with almost no snow on Vancouver Island (south) that I can recall.  With March in full swing now, the flowers are beginning to bloom and the tourists are beginning to show up to take in all this beautiful city has to offer during this time of year.  One of the best landmarks in the city is the British Columbia Parliament Buildings of Victoria, a must-see spot in the heart of the city.  The building itself is absolutely grand, and amazing to see in person, but it also has a very interesting history…  with a dash of scandal to add that special interesting touch.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings of Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

British Columbia Parliament Buildings – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

Francis Rattenbury was born in 1867 in England, and as a young man he made his was to the newly formed Vancouver Island where he went on to become a famous architect.  He designed several of our key landmarks that still remain in the city today, including the Empress Hotel, which we will cover in a future post.

After having won the contest for the design of the Parliament Buildings of Victoria, he went on to have a very storied life.  The buildings seen here opened in 1898 officially, and today remain an active part of our government.

In the shot above, we can see locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful grounds underneath the watchful gaze of the dramatic architecture.  The strong influence of British architectural styling cues from the era are quite evident in this building, as they are in many others in the city.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings of Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

British Columbia Parliament Buildings – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

On the day I visited the city, the light was slightly muted from the thin layer of grey clouds that lingered overhead.  This certainly didn’t detract from the vibrant colors of the flowerbeds and the iconic totem pole that serves to act as a bit of a frame for this image.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings of Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

British Columbia Parliament Buildings – Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

As we step back to take in further details of the downtown core of Victoria and the inner harbor that is world-renown, the grand buildings take on a strong presence amongst the context of the city itself.

This story would be completely bereft of the best part of it if we didn’t mention the back story to Francis Rattenbury.  Even today, all these years after his death, his name is well-known locally for the reasons discussed above.  What is lesser known is how his death came to be.  What started out as the story of a young successful architect, happily married with a family, soon became something else entirely after he divorced his wife in favor of spending time with his lover.  Thus began his downfall in society, and he them returned to England to live out his life.  This, of course, was until his lover’s lover accosted him one morning in his manor, and set to work on bludgeoning Francis about the head.  The injuries were very serious, indeed, and he succumbed to them four days later.

You’ve just got to wonder if he still wanders the hallways of the Parliament Buildings of Victoria today.

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