Halifax Recap

May 27 2008 12:00:00 PM Comments Disabled
Last week I had the pleasure of adding a new city to my "places travelled" list, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.   On Thursday I spoke to a wonderful group of Lotus customers and business partners, discussing major trends in the IT industry such as social software (blogs, wikis, social networks, shared bookmarks, mashups, etc), remote working, security concerns in an ever transparent world, and what Lotus is doing today in these areas, along with a few sneak peaks into the future.

I extended my trip into the weekend, allowing myself time to learn a lot about the history of this region of Canada.  I'm embarrassed to say I did not know as much as I should have about the The Halifax Explosion.  On Thursday, December 6, 1917, the city was devastated by the huge detonation of the French cargo ship Mont-Blanc which was fully loaded with wartime explosives, when it collided with a Norwegian Imo in Halifax Harbour.  Approximately 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, or collapsed buildings, and it is estimated that over 9,000 people were injured.  This was the largest man-made explosion until the first atomic bomb test explosion in 1945 and is still one of the world's largest man-made, conventional explosions to date.   I also did not know about the vital role that Halifax played in the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic.

I also visited Peggy's Cove, The Citadel, as well as Casino Nova Scotia!

I've posted 11 photos here for you to enjoy.

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