Monday, March 11, 2013

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...

Faux-antique clock in the Bay Centre of Victoria, BC...
Everything comes to pass, nothing comes to stay. ~Matthew Flickstein 

The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria features this ornate timepiece that hangs from the interior ceiling at one end.

Two of the faces display the time in far-flung corners of the world such as Bombay, Zanzibar and Kowloon, a reflection of Victoria's historical status as part of the former British empire. A plaque under the clocks reads: "Westward the course of empire goes forth".

The British empire is now a shadow of its former self.

The Bay Centre was once known as the Eaton's Centre. It was named after Eaton's which was once Canada's largest department store retailer. Eaton's disappeared in 1997 as a result of bankruptcy.

Both are graphic reminders that nothing -- not even an empire -- lasts forever and that change is the one constant in life.

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