Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Fictional Country

In the story, Wonderland is gotten to by subsurface entry, and Alice wins it by going down a rabbit gap, potentially on the banks of the Thames between Folly Bridge and Godstow. While the area is evidently some place underneath Oxfordshire, Carroll does not define how far down it is, and he has Alice theorize whether it is close to the focal point of the earth or even at the Antipodes. The area is intensely lush and develops mushrooms. There are well-kept enclosures and significant houses, for example, those of the Duchess and the White Rabbit.

The area is ostensibly governed by the Queen of Hearts, whose offbeat pronouncements of the death penalty are routinely invalidated by the King of Hearts. There is no less than one Duchess.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland is a 330-acre theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, a suburb directly north of Toronto. Originally opened by the Taft Broadcasting Company and The Great-West Life Assurance Company in 1981, the park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair since 2006. It is the first major theme park in Canada and remains the country's largest. The park was known as Paramount Canada's Wonderland from 1994 to 2006, while it was owned by Paramount Parks. Canada's Wonderland is open daily from May to September, and then only on weekends until the end of October. 

The park has 16 roller coasters more than any other park outside of the United States and has the second-most in the world. It also features a 20-acre water park called Splash Works and its fall season includes Halloween Haunt, a Halloween-themed event featuring haunted attractions in areas throughout the park. The Cedar Fair Park has been the most visited seasonal theme park in North America for several consecutive years. It is also the second-most visited overall in the Cedar Fair chain with 3,481,000 million visitors in 2011.

Monday, 4 June 2012


Woodwardia (chain fern) is a genus of 14-20 species of ferns in the family Blechnaceae, in the eupolypods II clade of the order Polypodiales, in the class Polypodiopsida. It is native to warm temperate and subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They are large ferns, with fronds growing to 50-300 cm long depending on the species.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011


Wonderland is a 1971 novel by Joyce Carol Oates that follows the character Jesse Vogel from his childhood in the Great Depression to his marriage and career in the late 1960s. Oates later wrote that Jesse is a protagonist who does not have an identity unless he is "deeply involved in meaningful experience", a theme that allowed her to address both what she calls "the phantasmagoria of personality" and the faceless nature of the novelist. Wonderland was a finalist for the 1972 National Book Award, and Rocky Mountain News and Entertainment Weekly have listed it as one of Joyce Carol Oates's best books.

In a 1992 afterword to the novel, Oates wrote that, of her early novels, Wonderland was "the most bizarre and obsessive" and "the most painful to write." Oates continued to think about the novel after its completion, and rewrote the ending for the novel's 1972 publication in paperback. Oates continued to write about the Vogels; her play "Ontological Proof of My Existence" is an expansion of Jesse's visit to Toronto in the novel, and she sees her short story "How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House of Correction, and Began My Life Over Again" as "an analogue of Shelley 's experience as a runaway to Toledo."