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Giant ice island breaks off Arctic shelf….

An ice island the size of a small city is adrift in the Arctic after breaking free from one of Canada’s largest ice shelves, scientists said today.

The ice island is 37 metres (120ft) thick and measures 9 miles by 3 miles, according to the CanWest News Service. It broke clear from Ellesmere island, about 500 miles south of the North Pole, 16 months ago, triggering tremors so powerful they were picked up by earthquake monitors 155 miles away. (Click here to Read Article)

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So that was Xmas….

Our second Christmas in Canada, we had a white one at last!

Panoramic View 1

(I’ve been testing out some new software, so we can take panoramic photos on the camera and Leigh can get cracking on a new creative project. More news soon….)

We spent the days leading up to it at various other peoples parties, one of which had us meet possibly the funniest Canadian we have met so far, although the entire group wasn’t exactly made of quiet, shy retiring types.

Hosted by the local Mission Hill Winery chef, he was cooking small treats from the minute we arrived to the minute we left, from hand made, home made pizzas, to goats cheese sausages and meats. And he was drinking at the same time. One of his guests turned up with a tuna steak, the size of which boggled our minds, to which he piped up later in the night, "Right, lets cook the tuna!", as if we were realistically going to get a turn! He was a whirlwind of action as he whisked some kind of sauce to cook it in and then was out in the garden, surrounded by snow, firing up the BBQ. Needless to say, it was delicious, despite him being a little uncertain as to what he had exactly added to the sauce.

A great night was had, as we tucked into superb grub and raided his newly built wine cellar! Leigh even ate his mushroom nibbles, a sight I never thought I would see. And she didn’t have just one either….

On Christmas Day, after eating, drinking and trying to work out what the hell Webkins are, we ended up in the hot tub, a year long plan!

Christmas Day '06 In the Hot Tub!

So with New Years approaching fast, it’s time to get those resolutions sorted out.

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Last Minute Xmas Presents….

A web based business, based around a hobby, an interest or skill. If that doesn’t beat last years socks, I don’t know what will…..!

If you’re stuck for a ideas for any last minute presents, I have a special offer for readers of the blog and it could well be your best investment for a child, relative or friend (Or even a treat for yourself of course…). This offer ends 25th December, so get your skates on. You could be packing your job in, in 2007!

The people over at Sitesell are letting me offer a "buy one get one free" package, of their tremendously popular web business design software. You don’t need to know anything about computers, apart from turning them on obviously, as the software takes you trhough everything from brainstorming the best ideas and themes for your wbe business, to getting the search engines to take note of your site amongst the millions of pages out in cyber space. It really is an "all in piece of kit", as a recent client said to me.

And this little pressie will still be paying off long after the batteries have died down on the latest must have gizmo! (Click here to be taken to the offer page)

(Want a video tour of what SBI is all about? Click here)

Xmas Offer

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Holiday Rules to live by….

Just received this from Chris, living in Switzerland, thought it deserved a post!

Holiday Rules to live by…

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit.  In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately.  Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can.  And quickly.  Like fine single-malt scotch, it’s rare.  In fact, it’s even rarer than single-malt scotch.  You can’t find it any other time of year but now.  So drink up!  Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip?  It’s not  as if you’re going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something.  It’s a treat.  Enjoy it.  Have one for me.  Have two.   It’s later than you think.  It’s Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it.  That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on.  Make a volcano out of  your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy.  Eat the volcano.  Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk.  If it’s skim, pass.  Why bother?  It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat  other people’s food for free. Lots of it.  Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s.  You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do.  This is the time for long naps, which you! ‘ll nee d after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound  plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge.  Have as many as you can before becoming the centre of attention.  They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes.  If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies.  Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat.  Have a slice of each.  Or if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin.  Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert?  Labour Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake?  Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost.  I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip:! If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention.  Re-read tips;  start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.  Remember this motto to live by:

 “Life should NOT be a journey to the  grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a  ride!”

Merry Christmas and have a great holiday season!

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How to claim back penalty charges….

OK, one for the UK readers mainly, I have ni idea if this will work anywhere else in the world.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to claiming back your bank account, credit card and store card penalty charges. We have also provided you with templates for form letters that you can send to your lender.  (Click Here to Read Article)

Good luck, anything you can get back is better off in your pocket than theirs….

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Start with a cage containing 5 apes….

Start with a cage containing five apes.

In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it.

Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water.

After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result – all the apes are sprayed with cold water.

Turn off the cold water. If, later, another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes will try to prevent it even though no water sprays them.

Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one.

The new ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other apes attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new one.

The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest ape.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced.

Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs.

Why not?

“Because that’s the way it’s always been around here.”

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Welcome to the Brave New World….

Last week I was reading about the fingerprinting of children at school, and now this. At some point in time, I hope common sense will return to the general populace and that they may wake up from watching reality tv shows to what is going on around them.

Civil liberties campaigners have expressed concerns over a senior policeman’s idea that taking DNA from babies could help solve crimes. (Read Article)

If anyone can educate me as to the need to have new born babies DNA logged, as if they were criminals before they have even leave the hospital I would love to hear from you.

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President Bush maintains that he is fighting a war against threats to the “values of civilised nations”: terror, cruelty, barbarism and extremism. He asked his nation’s interrogators to discover where these evils are hidden. They should congratulate themselves. They appear to have succeeded. (Read Article)