Monthly Archives: April 2007

Fast Food Makes Us Feel Like Crap!….


Nothing like a shocking headline, eh!

Up until yesterday, I was proud to be able to claim, that I had not set one foot in any of the fast food burger joints. That’s nearly 2 years….

Yesterday we buckled, as we were in rush to get from one place to another, ferrying the kids from show, to football to parties….

So, after a disgusting fast food burger, not the usual suspect I have to say, another fast food burger joint, we were still feeling stuffed, bloated and a little depressed (If you’ve seen “Super Size Me”, you’ll know what I mean, if you haven’t, I urge you to check it out….), right up until 10pm last night, almost 8 hours later. And it wasn’t even a large burger!

But to the high point of this whole mess, still a little “delicate” at Sunday lunch time, we thought we’d try something a little lighter. So we had a first go at making some homemade sushi. I say we, I mean Leigh….

Sushi! Home made!

And then, on a serious health kick, we followed up with a fruit salad. I’d never heard of  “star fruits” before, taste a little like apples I thought, although I am open to persuasion.

So needless to say, we have given up burger joints totally. I can’t say I’m going to miss them….

Languages and Numbers….


So, here’s something I throw out to you all:

Pupils ‘are urged to drop maths’ – Pupils are being discouraged from taking A-level maths as schools in England chase higher places in the league tables,scientists have claimed. (Read Full Article Here…)

and, followed up by this…

The government’s exams advisers have told it that its plans for two new maths GCSEs are not going to work. (Read Full Article Here….)

meanwhile the Chinese, are doing this….

Maths enthusiasts are being challenged to answer a sample question from Chinese university entrance tests.

A glance at the two questions reveals how much more advanced is the maths teaching in China, where children learn the
subject up to the age of 18, the society says.

It has sounded a warning about Britain’s future economic prospects which it claims are threatened by competition from scientists
in China. (Read Full Article Here….)

Now, tell me, who are going to be in charge, in this Brave New World?

I’d start teaching your kids Chinese if I was you. I’m getting mine doing it, from a free downloadable podcast. Let me know if you want the details.

Take it easy, folks! As I was told the other day, McDonalds are hiring….


Leave it at home….


Cellphone hijacked during holiday…

His cellphone never left his sight, but a Kelowna man
vacationing in Mexico had his phone number stolen anyway and used to make
long-distance calls.

Thieves used monitoring equipment to pick Jon Maycock‘s
electronic serial number and cell number out of the air when he was in Mexico
earlier this month. They then started selling long-distance calls using his
phone number. It‘s called “cloning” the number.

(Read Full Article)



Samuel snapped this one, whilst we were in the garden the other afternoon. I was listening to a podcast, whilst starting work on a new project with a friend in New Zealand, whilst chatting via Skype, with another friend in the UK. The wonders of WiFi and the web, eh?…


News, from here is that Holly’s glasses are on, she’s good with it and is only using them when she is in class, so that’s good. She’s got a couple of dress rehearsals this week for her show next Saturday, “The Little Mermaid”, which is going to be good. She’s singing, acting and performing all the time at the moment. There’s been a couple of actresses, breaking into Hollywood, from Kelowna. Evageline Lilly, in the tv show “Lost” is one of our local talents and we have just read in the news of another girl, starring in another show, “The Sopranos”, who comes from here in Westbank. So you never know, she may be my pension fund yet!

Speaking of which, our other little “pot of gold”, is starting to make waves in the outdoor soccer league. He may not be a superstar, but he’s certainly THE man on the pitch. His first game was a 5-2 win, him scoring 4, and this week’s game, which was looking like a major defeat was turned around, having gone down 3-1 in the first 1o mins, to be won 5-4. Again, he saved the day somewhat, scoring a hatrick, including the decider and was on his way to a 4th goal when the whistle was blown for full time.

Now if we can just get him to understand the offside rule….

Front Page News!….


So here is the front page of this weeks Westside Weekly, local newspaper. Anybody recognise the two clowns in the water? Must be mad….

 Front Page News....

That’s got to be cold – The water was cold, but the sun was warm for Samuel Evans and his sister Holly who enjoy a spring swim in Gellatly Bay during the Easter weekend”

They are enjoying a “celebrity status” around Westbank today. Loads of parents came up to Leigh this morning, when she took them to school, saying her kids must be mad and then they were recognised by people as we made our way to and around the library.



‘Smith!’ screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. ‘6079 Smith W.! Yes *you! Bend lower please! You can do better than that. You’re not trying. Lower, please! *That’s* better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole squad and watch me.’A sudden hot sweat had broken out all over Winston’s body. His face remained inscrutable. Never show dismay! Never show resentment! A single flicker of the eyes could give you away…” – George Orwell “1984”

So where are we going to stop with this then? Last week police in Middlesbrough unveiled a startling new weapon in the ongoing war against crime: CCTV cameras that shout at you whenever you do something wrong.

I’ve just read the following article in the The Observer, UK newspaper;

I See You Citizen (click to read the full article)

I suggest you do the same.

Food WAS better for you….


Just had an email from a reader in the UK;

“I was watching a TV programme tonight, and they said food WAS more nutritious in the 50’s…to get the same vitamin A – in the 50’s you needed one orange, now, you’d need 8…to get the same vitamin C – in the 50’s you need one tomato, now, you’d need ten.

Why? increased use of chemical fertilisers, and increased transporting times to deliver to supermarkets…..”

I am starting a new venture soon, on organic food and sustainable living. I think I am turning into an eco warrior. Stay tuned….

Fatal fungus spreads in Northwest….


“…. All would become pieces of a medical mystery centered on a tropical disease apparently brought to North America by a warming climate. An alien fungus took root on Vancouver Island eight years ago and has since killed eight people and infected at least 163 others, as well as many animals.Similar cases have been found elsewhere in British Columbia and in Washington and Oregon. Health authorities in the two states say the disease is still too rare in their areas to warrant alarm, but they are watching it.

Scientists say the fungus may be thriving because of a string of unusually warm summers here. They say it is a sign of things to come.”

(Read Full Article)