Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tip-Enjoy fresh cut flowers for weeks

Only put about 2 inches of water in your vase.
Then you can enjoy bouquets of fresh cut flowers for weeks.

That's enough water for the stems to drink.
People often fill their vases to within a few inches of the top.
Stems are not meant to be submerged.

I trim the stems at an angle every 2 or 3 days and change the water then.
As the stems get shorter, I move the flowers to another vase.
All my vases are clear plastic or clear glass so I can see the water level.
If your choice of flowers is more thirsty than mine -  just top-up the water level to about 2 inches as needed inbetween the days that you trim the stems and give vase all fresh water.

I hope you get as much enjoyment out of your flowers as I do.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Read "I Dated Monica Lewinsky" by Jake Tapper-1998

Today I read the 1998 article "I Dated Monica Lewinsky" by Jake Tapper for the very first time.

I am glad to have read it and I recommend that other people also read it.  There has got to be lots of people - like me - who did not know this article existed.

I Dated Monica Lewinsky
Behind the tawdriest of headlines, there's a woman
I wouldn't mind bringing home to mom.
Washington City Paper
by Jake Tapper
30 January 1998

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Watching Musselman's Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute on ABC

I am watching the Musselman's Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute right now on ABC TV.

It is absolutely wonderful ! I especially enjoyed seeing their children.

Hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and three-time U.S. Champion Michael Weiss and featuring Scott Hamilton, Nancy Kerrigan, Paul Wylie, Kurt Browning, Todd Eldredge, Sinead Kerr-Marshall and John Kerr, Silvia Fontana and John Zimmerman, and Jodeyne Higgins and Sean Rice, performing alongside their talented children.

Special musical performance by country music duo Dan and Shay.

You can also watch it on ABC online but it is only available within USA or its territories due to international rights agreements.

However, soon videos will probably appear on YouTube.
Kurt Browning - website
Kurt and his 9-year-old son Dillon skated at the Musselman's Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute on Sunday in Pittsburgh, ON. They did two numbers, one to "Barber of Seville", and one to "Elite Syncopations". Read more in my Family Skating Tribute review. Photos to come.

The following is a very thorough review of the complete program covering names of children, songs skated to, and the performances of all the skaters.

Musselman's Family Skating Tribute - Pittsburgh, PA - Oct. 30, 2016
written by Tina

Video-Pics-Mummers Parade-St John's, NL, Canada

Video & pics
Mummers gone wild! Creative disguises abound at annual parade in St. John's
Parade honours N.L tradition of mummering

by Andrew Sampson
CBC News 
Posted:       Dec 10, 2016 5:28 PM NT
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2016 8:12 AM NT

You can read about the history, traditions and festivals re Mummering at the following website:

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Avoid fake news-use &

Suggest you check info re fake news, rumours, hoaxes, or urban legends before posting, retweeting or emailing info that you read or videos that you view on the Internet. 
Only spread what you believe to be true.

I use the following 2 websites.

They will explain what is known about the story.
They will tell you if a story is true, false, mostly true, mostly false, or unproven.
Sometimes stories are partly true and partly false.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tim Hortons should say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Warm Wishes"

Tim Hortons "Warm Wishes" msg is less acceptable than "Happy Holidays" ! 

Please dare to say "Merry Christmas" on some cups!

Then let people choose the cup they prefer.

Tim Hortons might be surprised at how popular "Merry Christmas" actually still is in Canada.

"Warm Wishes" is so-called "political correctness" gone completely mad !
It is NOT a pleasantry - It is NOT "neutral" - It is NOT "accommodating"
It is just strange !

Tim Hortons campaign


Join "Gab"-New Free Speech Social Network

Andrew Torba has created a new free speech social network called "Gab".

At present, Gab is trying to cope with the volume of world-wide people joining.
You leave your email address and your wait number appears.

I was #155516 on the Gab wait list.
I rec'd an email right away from Gab estimating it may take 2 weeks.
However, within 24 hours, I rec'd another email from Gab & was able to register.

website for Gab

Community Guidelines - Gab

There is a short entry re Gab on Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

London (Canada) Police Cars-Decals in 5 Languages

Decals of the word "police" in "one of 5 languages" have been put onto police cars in London, Ontario, Canada since 2009. 

Every time people see those police cars, they are reminded of the growing numbers of citizens whose first language is neither English nor French - the 2 official languages. 

The city says it is intended to be welcoming, reassuring, inclusive, supportive of "diversity" and "multi-culturalism".

I have NOT yet come across ANY articles explaining whatever happened in 2009 that led to London doing this.

London (Canada) website
"London is Ontario’s sixth largest city, with a population of 381,000."
I was skeptical that reports were true until I followed a link to the London Police website. 
I thought maybe someone was just having fun with Photoshop to create controversy.

Police Languages on Our Cruisers
London Police webpage
In 2009, we began putting the word "Police" on our cruisers in one of five different languages to include more members of the community. Using Statistics Canada at the time, we added some of the most commonly used languages in the City, being:
Vietnamese: Cảnh sát
Chinese:       警察
Arabic:         الشرطة
Persian:        پلیس
Polish:          Policja
French:        Police
We are hoping to include another commonly used language, Spanish, in the near future.
Canada has had immigrants from most of the world's cultures/countries.
We are all Canadian citizens.

I did NOT see ANY articles/comments re the reaction of other immigrant groups to London giving special recognition to any culture in this manner.  

I have NEVER heard of ANY Canadian community that found it necessary to put "German", Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Hungarian, Russian or "Irish/Gaelic" etc. on its police cars.

In place since 2009, the issue of the cruisers has flared this week after someone in Quebec shared a Facebook picture of a London cruiser
The London Free Press
by Jennifer O'Brien 
2 June 2016 6:59:53 EDT PM
Some people view this as a deliberate "in your face" message to the English/French citizens that specific immigrant groups are growing in number and gaining power/status.

I do NOT think it is helpful to dismiss people who say that adding the languages to police cars is silly, unnecessary - even offensive - as being "racist" or "zenophobic".

London police battle growing war on words
Our London
by Whitney South
2 June 2016
London police diversity officer Sgt. Marcel Marcellin isn't your average cop
Stratford Beacon Herald
by Scott Taylor
23 September 2012 5:54:44 EDT PM
Top 10 Non-official Languages Spoken, 2011
City of London

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wide Path Camper easily towed behind bikes

The Wide Path Camper, invented by the Dane Mads Johansen is a clever design that is easily towed behind bikes.

The following website has video & pics of this camper.
The back of the camper folds over the front, to get it ready for transport.

At arrival, it only takes 3 minutes to get the camper placed, due to the height adjustable support legs and simple folding mechanism.

Below is a video where you can select captions in English
Bike Camper - Wide Path Camper in Galileo show
from Mads Johansen 10 months ago in Utah USA

Monday, July 4, 2016

Live Broadcast-4th July Celebrations-Washington, DC-PBS

I am watching the 4th July Celebrations in Washington, DC on PBS on my TV.

It is a great show with many wonderful performances !

Tom Bergeron is Master of Ceremonies. Throughout his career, I have always liked him !

I am looking forward to the fireworks by Pyro Shows Inc.

People can also watch the PBS Live Broadcast at the following link:

PBS Admits Using Old Fireworks Footage in Fourth of July Broadcast
New York Times
by Daniel Victor
July 5, 2016
“Because this year’s fireworks were difficult to see due to the weather, we made the decision to intercut fireworks footage from previous A Capitol Fourth concerts for the best possible television viewing experience,” the show’s organizers said Tuesday in a statement. “We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.”
I also watched Macy’s July 4th Fireworks in New York city on NBC TV.
This was live streamed on the following link:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cartoon-British Dragon breathing fire at EU !

I really like today's Editorial Cartoon by deAdder showing British dragon breathing fire at EU in the Chronicle Herald newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada !

Regardless of whatever difficulties the future will hold - I support Brexit.

British Commonwealth including North America can be an effective trading block.

No need to be bullied by EU and Angela Merkel.

Brussels and Angela Merkel are responsible for destroying the dream of EU.

The EU must change.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Doc Film-"Angry Inuk"-Sealing is Important to Inuit

The doc film, Angry Inuk, 85 minutes. Rating: NNNN is currently being shown in Toronto, Canada.
May 2, 7 pm,    TIFF 2
May 4, 1 pm      Isabel Bader;
May 7, 6:45 pm TIFF 1

Sealing is very important to Inuit for food, clothing & trade.
I look forward to seeing this film after it has been viewed at major film festivals in Europe and USA.

Angry Inuk director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril hopes to change minds on seal ban
'Something had to be said ... about how unfairly we've been treated by anti-sealers'
CBC News
Posted: May 04, 2016 5:51 AM CT
Last Updated: May 04, 2016 8:54 AM CT

An Iqaluit filmmaker's documentary that looks at Inuit and the sealing industry is being screened at the HotDocs film festival this week in Toronto.

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril spent eight years on her film Angry Inuk, inspired in part by Aaju Peter's work to bring the voice of Inuit to the debate over seal product bans in Europe.

Who is the angry Inuk?

Also, in the past, qallunaat [white] filmmakers for a very long time now, a hundred years, have portrayed Inuit as very happy little simple people, sometimes in a condescending way. So the title is kind of poking fun at that stereotype of us and I think part of that stereotype exists because of the way we express anger. I called it Angry Inuk for that reason, because the anti-sealers have been so wrong and treated us so wrongly and I want the world to understand that just because Inuit aren't screaming and yelling and fighting back and throwing bombs and protesting in the streets, it doesn't mean that we're not upset about how we've been treated.

What is the message that you hope comes out of your documentary?

I want the world to know that sealing is extremely important to us as a people for food and for sealskins; that there are thousands of Inuit in Canada and Greenland that sell sealskins and are part of the commercial sealskin market, because the world tends to think of us a people who just hunt for food, and of course many, many Inuit only hunt for food, but there are also thousands of Inuit who sell sealskins.

I didn't realize before I started this film how many Inuit there are who sell sealskins. There's lots! Lots! So we're commercial sealers, too. Just because we hunt seals one or two at a time doesn't mean that the cash from those sealskins isn't important. Many of us who get seal meat for free from hunters who share it so generously, many of us don't realize that those same hunters are selling the sealskins from that seal so they can buy more gas and bullets to go hunting.

When will you be showing Angry Inuk to the general public?
It's really important to me to show it at home, I can't wait to do that but I want to ask my fellow Inuit to be patient, because I'm hoping this film will change the minds of millions of people across the world and in order to do that they have to see it in Europe and the United States and the south of Canada. The major film festivals, they prefer to only show films that haven't been seen anywhere else before. They want to be the first place it's been seen in Canada, and the first place it's been seen in Europe. They like to have those big premieres. And in order to reach as many people as I can and change as many minds as I can, I want to get to the big major festivals.

I hope people will be patient. It will be probably be fall or winter before I can show it at home.
Angry Inuk
NOW Toronto

by Susan G. Cole
Posted: 29 April 2016 5:12 PM

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuit furious at animal lovers opposed to the seal trade.

This doc makes it easy to understand why. The director takes her crew to her home village of Kimmirut, where hunting seals has been essential for survival. The Inuit eat the meat, often communally, wear the fur that’s essential for their protection and are economically dependent on the commercial seal trade.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Video-Little boy driving small boat built by his dad

This video is adorable of a little boy driving a small boat that his dad, Mart Whyte, built for his children in Australia.

The boy has a life-jacket on and 2 adult men are in the water keeping an eye on the child.

Briefly at the end, you see a little girl driving this boat.

Thought I'd share another clip of the mini ski boat I built for my kids.

To answer the 10000 emails/msgs I get everyday about it,
No, I didn't buy it anywhere.
100% built from scratch in the back shed here in Australia.
all aluminium.
powered by a 26cc 2 stroke engine.
No, I don't have any plans for sale or parts
(most common question I keep getting)
It was built for my kids as a replica of my father-in-law's Lewis boomerang ski boat (as seen in the last part of this clip)
Lewis Boats - The Australian Ski Boat Company

Of course, here in Canada, a parent would have to watch out for the Transport Canada authorities who look after the Pleasure Craft Operator rules. 

Chances are that some killjoy would report the parents if children played in a very public place.

However, Canada is a very big country with lots of lakes & ponds with privacy.
Good neighbours, friends & relatives would warn parents if authorities or busy-bodies were approaching the area.  So easy to do with cellphones nowadays.
Personally, I would consider the risk of a rare fine of $250 trivial and no deterrent at all.
Pleasure Craft Operator Card

QUOTE:           (bolding & red colour was done by me)
everyone who operates a motorized pleasure craft must carry proof of competency on board.
This includes all types of motorized boats, no matter their size or horsepower of the engine (this includes small boats with electric motors.)
Pleasure Craft Operator Card

QUOTE:           (bolding & red colour was done by me)
The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations which fall within the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 require operators of pleasure craft in Canada, fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes, to have proof of competency on board with them at all times. The regulation applies to sailboats that are fitted with auxiliary motors and to personal watercraft, not just to motorboats. A fine ($250, in the form of a ticket) can be levied by a law enforcement officer upon an operator who fails to show proof of competency (as prescribed within the federal Contraventions Regulations / Contraventions Act).

Since September 15, 2009, all persons operating a pleasure craft that is fitted with a motor require proof of operator competency, regardless of that person's age, the size of the pleasure craft, or the size of the motor.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Support Honey Bees-Free Veseys Wildflower Seeds from General Mills Canada

Canadians can get free Veseys wildflower seed packs from General Mills Canada to help honey bees survive.

Honey Nut Cheerios Bee Is Missing From The Box For A Very Good Reason
The Huffington Post Canada
by Jesse Ferreras  
Posted:     03/15/2016 9:57 pm EDT
Updated:  03/16/2016 6:59 pm EDT

General Mills Canada has removed Buzz, its iconic mascot, from the front of Canadian boxes in an effort to raise awareness of disappearing bee colonies around the world as part of its #BringBackTheBees campaign.

Its aim is to give away as many wildflower seeds as there are Canadian residents.
"This is the first time in the brand's history that we've taken 'Buzz' off the box," General Mills Canada director of marketing Emma Eriksson told AdWeek.

"With ongoing losses in bee populations being reported across Canada, we wanted to leverage our packaging to draw attention to this important cause and issue a call to action to Canadians to help plant 35 million wildflowers—one for every person in Canada."

Below is link to online form to receive free Wildflower seeds & enter contest

Get your seeds and enter contest !
Enter for a chance to WIN 1 of 5 $5000 wildflower garden makeovers
and get free seeds from our partner Veseys.

Below is link to Vesey's webpage re wildflowers where you will find links to info re growing wildflowers
Bee Feed Mix Wildflowers - Annuals & Perennials

Below is a link to a CBC article re the free Veseys wildflower seed packs from General Mills Canada

Honey Nut Cheerios teams with P.E.I company to bring back Buzz
Everyone who enters the online contest receives a package of 500 wildflower seeds
CBC News

by Lindsay Carroll
Posted:              Mar 17, 2016 7:00 AM AT
Last Updated:   Mar 17, 2016 3:09 PM AT
For several years, Veseys has been producing personalized seed packages for a wide range of individuals and organizations.
From wedding favours to corporate advertising, we can supply you with a custom package to fit your needs.
On orders over 5,000 we'll even print a unique custom full colour package!
You can have a personalized message on any one of our special selection of varieties available for custom packaging.
Please note that we require a minimum order of 100 packages.
Your cost (2016) is as follows:
•2500 packages or less:     85 cents per package
•2501 to 4999 packages:   65 cents per package