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18 of our favourite OttawaStart Blog posts from 2013

In no particular order, here’s a list of some of our favourite blog posts from 2013.  Big thanks to all of the writers and photographers who’ve been a part of our blog over the past year, including our Weekly Round-Up contributors, and guest bloggers Rose Simpson , Christopher Ryan , Christophe Ledent and Andrew King .

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  PHOTO: Old smashed up piano on Hinchey Avenue
 ](http://ottawastart.com/photo-old-smashed-up-piano-on-hinchey-avenue/)
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There was something compelling and beautiful about this photo of an old smashed up piano, taken by NikMaack.


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](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/BMWLziQCUAAUz4Q.jpg)





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  Ottawa photo of the day: Commuters help push an OC Transpo bus out of the snow
 ](http://ottawastart.com/ottawa-photo-of-the-day-commuters-help-push-an-oc-transpo-bus-out-of-the-snow/)
**
This says alot about a) the resiliency of OC Transpo and b) the upstanding residents of Ottawa.





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  Up for auction: Two 12-foot fiberglass rabbits, Mussie the “Muskrat Lake Monster”, and more from Storyland
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](http://ottawastart.com/up-for-auction-two-12-foot-fiberglass-rabbits-mussie-the-muskrat-lake-monster-and-more-from-storyland/)


If you bought any of these items please let us know.





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  14 Ottawa Instagrammers who I like to follow
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](http://ottawastart.com/14-ottawa-instagrammers-who-i-like-to-follow/)


A list of very creative digital artists taking great photos of our city.





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  Andrew King uncovers a shipwreck in the Ottawa River
 ](http://ottawastart.com/andrew-king-uncovers-a-shipwreck-in-the-ottawa-river/)
**


Amazingly, despite several articles in the local media and extensive sleuthing on Andrew's part, so far nobody's been able to confirm where this old boat came from.


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  PHOTOS: Kiteboarding at Britannia Beach
 ](http://ottawastart.com/photos-kiteboarding-at-britannia-beach/)
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Now that looks like fun.





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  Hintonburger KFC bucket sign now available on Kijiji
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](http://ottawastart.com/hintonburger-kfc-bucket-sign-now-available-on-kijiji/)


A follow-up, of sorts to a 2011 blog post titled
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 "The unmarked graves of Ottawa's KFC's"
](http://ottawastart.com/the-unmarked-graves-of-ottawas-other-kfcs/)





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  Getaway idea: An overnight stay in a treehouse in Lanark County
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](http://ottawastart.com/getaway-idea-an-overnight-stay-in-a-treehouse-in-lanark-county/)


A couple of readers have emailed me to tell me that this was indeed a great vacation adveture.





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  Photo: Maman, wearing socks, in front of the National Gallery
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](http://ottawastart.com/photo-maman-wearing-socks-in-front-of-the-national-gallery/)


There was some maintenance being done on Ottawa's most famous arachnid, leading to this amusing photo.


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](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/8908125476_cfc0d02ce6_z.jpg)

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  Great Moments in Ottawa Signage: "Whoever's praying for snow..."
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](http://ottawastart.com/great-moments-in-ottawa-signage-whoevers-praying-for-snow/)


We've had some snow this season, but nothing like last year.





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  Photo: OC Transpo bus window smashed by "a tidal wave of slush"
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](http://ottawastart.com/photo-oc-transpo-bus-window-smashed-by-a-tidal-wave-of-slush/)


Nobody was hurt.





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 **
  Essential Ottawa Blogs: Over 40 must-read local blogs
 **
](http://ottawastart.com/essential-ottawa-blogs-over-40-must-read-local-blogs/)


After much procrastination I finally updated this list.  Good reading.





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  Christopher Ryan: Ponderosa, Ottawa's steakhouse bonanza
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](http://ottawastart.com/christopher-ryan-ponderosa-ottawas-steakhouse-bonanza/)


It's not high class dining but just about everybody remembers eating there at some point.





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  A look at some imaginary/speculative Ottawa transit maps
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](http://ottawastart.com/a-subway-down-bank-street-lets-look-at-some-imaginaryspeculative-ottawa-transit-maps/)


Imagine a subway down Bank Street!





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  Ottawa is Boring: The ultimate LRT tunnel construction t-shirt
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](http://ottawastart.com/ottawa-is-boring-the-ultimate-lrt-tunnel-construction-t-shirt/)


Ottawa is in fact not boring, but you'll have to read the blog post for the explanation.




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](http://ottawastart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ottawa-is-boring-tshirt.jpg)





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  Elk! Police (and Twitter) respond in force
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](http://ottawastart.com/elk-police-and-twitter-respond-in-force/)


Put your hands up, or elk!





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  25 Days of Christmas Lights
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](http://ottawastart.com/search/label/lights)


Christophe Ledent's photo series chronicling Ottawa's biggest and brightest Christmas light displays.





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  The history of Boyd House at 173 Huntmar
 ](http://ottawastart.com/search/label/boyd)
**


Our series about an old 19th century stone house in Stittsville.

** See also: ** Ottawa Blogs Guide

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