Volume 96, Issue 55
Monday January 6, 2003

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Best of Arts
& Leisure

The Gazette's
Best of London

Best of Food
Best Chinese food at 3 a.m.
Best hangover breakfast
Best ice cream
Best lunch at a strip club
Best milkshake
Best mussels
Best pizza
Best place to get a sandwich
Best Portuguese chicken
Best selection of draft beer
Best sugar high
Best vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurant

Best of Arts & Leisure
Best arcade
Best DJ
Best driving range
Best live venue
Best local band
Best place to buy clothes someone may or may not have died in
Best place to do tobagganing
Best place to have a gay ol' time
Best place to light a spliff
Best place to pick up a cougar
Best place to see a Scottish man in leather pants
Best place to watch pigskin fly
Best street performer
Best Sunday hoedown
Best selection of magazines and vinyl
Best tattoo/piercing place
Best used book store
Best used CD store

Best of the Rest
Best all-purpose sex shop
Best cabbie for drunken conversation
Best gym
Best hair salon
Best place to buy a creative gift
Best place to buy house accessories
Best place to buy long, striped knee-socks
Best place to buy men's dressy clothes
Best place to drop dead
Best place to find a unicorn
Best place to get a pet
Best place to plot a revolution
Best place to pretend you're in London, England
Best place to pretend you're not in a city
Best place to rent costumes

Best on Campus
Best custodian in the UCC
Best female athlete
Best makeout/study spot on campus
Best male athlete of all time
Best on-campus meal
Best on campus meal for $5
Best on-campus napping site
Best on-campus Tim Hortons lady
Best place to cry
Best place to photocopy a textbook
Best place to spend the most money on the least amount of food
Best place to stand in line
Best residence to party, sleep, and study
Least worst student politician

Best street performer
Roy McDonald

Gazette file photo

Few things in London are as guaranteed as Roy McDonald's presence on Richmond Row on Friday and Saturday nights. Through the cold and rain, every weekend for six years, Roy has been there with his own unique brand of entertainment. You wouldn't know it from his rough exterior, but Roy is both a singer, songwriter and was the subject of the local theatrical production entitled Beard in 2000. What Roy will be up to on any given night is a mystery to everyone. He may be reciting poetry, both original and borrowed, he could be singing, as he is quite fond of doing, or he may just as likely be talking to one of his many friends. "People often just want someone to talk to; my job some nights is just a form of social counselling," McDonald said, while sitting in the University Community Centre as he thumbed through a new purchase from the book store. What makes Roy stand out from the other street performers in London is the personal level he often reaches. Chances are if you've bumped into Roy more than once you can bet he will remember your name. He is not a man who takes his encounters with people lightly. Roy has a whole stack of photos of friends that he carries with him in his two signature plastic bags on the weekends. If you ever get a chance to see the stack of photos, you can't help but notice that every photo has one to four girls with their arms around Roy. Perhaps within his collection of photos lies the secret to his longevity on Richmond Street. It would seem that women love him and there is no shortage of men that revere him. Who could ask for more from life than that?
-Tait Simpson