Monthly Archives: October 2008

Candy Warning for Halloween….


Just had this forwarded to me. I already knew about this, as should you all, if you have been keeping up with the news, but if you haven’t, you have been warned….

Halloween Warning: Candy Made in China May be Contaminated with Toxic Melamine
This Halloween, children across the United States may be poisoned with toxic melamine, a potentially deadly chemical that causes severe kidney damage, liver damage and even death. This chemical is found in chocolates and candy products made in China, which is now embroiled in a global melamine scandal involving eggs, animal feed, candies, infant formula, milk products and much more.
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If you have time, 20 mins, maybe watch the following….

So, tonight, before you let your kids stuff themselves with their candy, take a moment just to look at what’s in there, especially if they are made in China or contain milk powder.

As I was told, when I started banging on about organic food, “Take care of your kids. No one else is going to.” Now might be a good time to bear that in mind.

Take care, and have a a great Halloween, one and all!


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All Hallows’ Even….


Halloween is here again! The kids are getting excited, as is the missus, who has gone off to work today in a convicts outfit….

It is certainly a bug thing here in Canada, our street is full of kids in fancy dress, with their parents supervising. In the 4 years we’ve done it, we haven’t seen any problems at all. People who want to take part decorate the fronts of their houses, so the kids know who is up for some fun. If the lights are off, they don’t want to join in, or they’ve run out of candies. Everyone knows it, everyone respects it.

So, I had to laugh a little when I heard and read this….

Halloween mission for Bond film
Police in Derbyshire have turned to James Bond for help in dealing with trick or treaters this Halloween. They are offering teenagers the chance to see Quantum of Solace for free in order to keep them off the streets and out of trouble.
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Yeah, that’s a good idea. To stop kids from going out, we’ll stick them in front of the TV, or in this case, the cinema. Good plan. I’m sure it’ll work just fine….

Anyway, All Hallows’ Even….

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (Irish pronunciation: [ˈsˠaunʲ]; from the Old Irish samain).[1] The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes[2] regarded as the “Celtic New Year.”[3] Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

(For our Canadian readers, or anyone else for that matter, why not take a moment to read about what Halloween is about. I realised in discussion the other day with some Canadian friends, how little people actually know about it. Click here to read up on it….)

At this point, 11.50am, I have no idea what I am going to do, last year was an absolute blast, as they say. How can I top my outfit and delivering the classic, “I could murder a cup of tea. Or your grandmother….”. We’ll have to see what happens. I’m eyeing up a dress in her wardrobe at the moment. All in the name of fun, obviously….

PS. Head over to Bruce Springsteen’s website, where you can download a free song he’s put up there for people. Click here to head over to The Boss’s site and get your copy of “A Night With the Jersey Devil”….

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Lady Luck Plays Her Hand….


Had a call this afternoon, from the local organic fruit and veg shop we get our stuff from. The jammy little sod had only won the mountain bike….

And the winner is....

Full suspension, 21 speed, it’s a nice bike. Got to set it up for him, but that’s OK.

I would like to think getting him to pick some lottery numbers should have paid off by now. Unfortunately not it would appear….

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The Last Game of the Season….


The last game of the season for the house soccer (football to the Brits) and it was a fight to the finish, that had to be won to secure a place in the playoffs. And the "star", nervous throughout the week, shone….

They went down 1-0 early in the first half, the opposition being a good team and it was looking bad, Sam had plenty of chances though just couldn’t find the net. He was fighting hard, which was good to see. But after the parents vs. kids game on Tuesday all the boys were at least digging in.

With seconds to go in the first half, Sam equalised and the game was on….

Second half, he was fired up, determined. But they scored again, 2-1 only for Sam to equalise short after, 2-2. Now though, he was a different player and the fire of winning was well and truly lit. Every chance he got to get the ball and he was off, passing it to Ben when he was able, going through them if he was on his own. He made it 3-2, then 4-2, powering them past the goalie, still missing some, setting up others but giving it all he had. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the team were digging in two, his classmates, Quinn playing great, "Man of the Match" for the last few games in my book and Addison, almost like a wall in defence, winning almost every tackle  and if he didn’t he sure wasn’t going to be beaten blocking their way to our goal.

But if we were going to win, only one boy was finding the net and running through the other sides defence like they weren’t there. Then it was 5-2. Sam poking the ball under the goalie into the corner. He was putting the ball in the net almost every run now, the game was going to be won and he was taking the team with him. Again, the other team were a damn good team and on any other weekend I would have thought we would have lost, badly, but somehow our boys were fired up, and they dug deep it. They pulled 2 back, making it 5-4, but then, in the last few seconds, Ben, another good little player, having broken through their defences quite a few times during the game, but just not getting the ball in the back of the net, finally did. Final score, 6-4. Great game. All round by far their best game as a team all season. Now, if we can just reproduce this form in the play offs in a couple of weeks….

As you can tell, I, along with Leigh who was screaming from the touchlines, are extremely proud of him after this game. He played the game of his life yesterday and he hasn’t even started with Kelowna United yet. It’s going to be interesting.

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Of Credit Cruches and Bail Outs….


At this precise moment in time, it’s worth watching this documentary again….

…. and then a couple of articles I was sent by a reader….

US Senate backs new bail-out bill
‘The Senate has approved a new version of a $700bn (£380bn) rescue plan for the troubled US financial system. Senators voted 74 to 25 in favour of the emergency legislation, which is designed to buy up bad debts and stabilise financial markets. It includes tax breaks for families and businesses, among other measures designed to win over sceptics.’
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(– so, they basically agree to give money to the banks to loan back to the people at interest… but – woohoo – with ‘tax breaks for families’…The Phantom)

Not one dime!
‘For nearly a year, we have been asking ourselves why the investors and foreign banks that bought up hundreds of billions of dollars of worthless mortgage-backed securities (MBS) from US investment banks have not taken legal action against these same banks or initiated a boycott of US financial products to prevent more people from getting ripped off? Now we know the answer. It’s because, behind the scenes, Henry Paulson and Co. were working out a deal to dump the whole trillion dollar mess on the US taxpayer. That’s what this whole $700 billion boondoggle is all about; wiping out the massive debts that were generated in the biggest incident of fraud in history.’
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