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Kelowna United, U12 Boys, ’09….

Soccer is officially over for the season….

Kelowna Utd U12 Boys....

In the pot, Port Moody, Calgary and our team A and team B. After the first day we were laying in 2nd place, on goal difference, winning one and drawing the other.

We had to take on our team mates, team B on the 2nd morning, needing only a drawer to make the final. We got that…. just. After leading the whole game 2-0, team B fought back to make it 2-2 with minutes to go. Typical!

We made the final, getting pipped by the better team on the afternoon, Port Moody. They fought well, but couldn’t get through to score and we defended well right up to the last 10 mins, keeping it 0-0. But the boys were tired and couldn’t keep Port Moody out, being pressured the whole game. They were passing better than us and thinking a lot more about their passes, which finally got them the break they needed.

Got the silver medal though, which his nibs is chuffed about.

Try outs again in September, we’ll see if the boys can all get in again, I guess….

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The Next Experiment….

Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

And what, I hear you ask, is the “next experiment”?…

Well, after much discussion, arguing, soul searching and agonising over what to do next, the NoGoingBack entourage are moving on. We’ve thought about it for ages, but things have been coming to a head over the last few months and the time has come to “jump” again…

The adventure continues, dear readers. Stay tuned….

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Fluoride News…

I see that in the UK, dumping fluoride into the drinking water debate is still raging…

Health Secretary calls for universal water fluoridation
http://tinyurl.com/lbka7d
Andy Burnham, new Health Secretary, has called for universal water fluoridation despite protests over ‘mass medication’ and concern over links to cancer and bone disease.

I particularly like the “Mr Burnham was accused of a ‘conflict of interest’ as he has been a supporter and vice-president of the British Fluoridation Society for a number of years” part….

….. so, with that in mind, I bring the following article to your attention and as always, make sure you are informed by reading up on this subject before you agree to allow your children, not to mention yourselves, “mass medicated”…

A Fluoride-Free Pineal Gland is More Important than Ever
http://tinyurl.com/mv434c

There has been some controversy over the activity of adding synthetic fluoride to municipal water supplies and elsewhere, but not enough. The seriousness of this issue is more than what most realize. Fluoridation ranks with GMO’s and tainted, forced vaccinations among the great crimes against humanity.

What needs to be understood is the difference in fluorides. There are two types of fluoride. Calcium Fluoride, which appears naturally in underground water supplies, is relatively benign. However, too much consumed daily can lead to bone or dental problems. Calcium is used to counter fluoride poisoning when it occurs. This redeeming factor indicates that the calcium in naturally formed calcium fluoride neutralizes much of fluoride’s toxic effects.

On the other hand, the type of fluorides added to water supplies and other beverages and foods are waste products of the nuclear, aluminum, and now mostly the phosphate (fertilizer) industries. The EPA has classified these as toxins: fluorosilicate acid, sodium silicofluoride, and sodium fluoride.

End Fluoridation, Say 600 Physicians, Dentists, Scientists And Environmentalists
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/79326.php

‘In a statement released recently, over 600 professionals are urging Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted. They cite new scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks … Signer Dr. Arvid Carlsson, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine, says, “Fluoridation is against all principles of modern pharmacology. It’s really obsolete”.’

HCC Fluoride/Infant Formula Warning
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0708/S00131.htm

‘The Policy and Strategy committee last night resolved to advise parents and caregivers … of advice issued by the American Dental Association (ADA) with regards to fluoridated water. In a November 9th 2006 email alert sent to all of its members, the ADA noted that “Infants less than one year old may be getting more than the optimal amount of fluoride if their primary source of nutrition is powdered or liquid infant formula mixed with water containing fluoride.” The ADA went on to advise: “If using a product that needs to be reconstituted, parents and caregivers should consider using water that has no or low levels of fluoride”.’

And don’t just take their word for it. I’m not aware of the ministers scientific qualifications, so let’s hear from an expert, (Do a search on google for more info and see what the other experts are saying)…..

Fluoride may be destroying our bones, our teeth and overall health… it doesn’t need to be added to our water and we may be taking unnecessary risks by doing so. – Dr. Hardy Limeback, a leading Canadian fluoride authority, former fluoride advocate. Now a Professor of Dentistry at the University of Toronto.

Puts that “conflict of interest” in a new light eh….

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The Meaning of Insanity….

It might be the 8th safest place to live in the world, but there are times when I do wonder about Canada. Well, BC mainly…..

Police campaign targets careless cyclists in Vancouver
(I like the careless bit. It’s careless to stand up to pedal…..)
http://tinyurl.com/ncljub

Vancouver cyclists face ticketing blitz
http://tinyurl.com/nhqzdj

At a time when we are told we need to stop using our cars so much, the RCMP are out and about issuing tickets.

So, this is the province/country where you can be fined $109 for not sitting on your bike, but standing as you pedal.

This is the country where you be fined for using your cellphone, again, $109, whilst riding your bike, but do so, either making calls, or more dangerously, texting, in your car and you are breaking no law.

This is the country where you can be fined $109 for not having a bell on your bike, but nothing for driving a car/truck with your pet dog sitting on your lap…..

Insane, not to mention frustrating. I’m afraid, at times, I just don’t get this place.

Although, I suppose the 2010 Olympics funding shortfall needs to be found from somewhere….

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The Tomat Talent Show ’09….

The Talent Show arrived today. A few weeks of practice, all came down to this morning….

The Talent Show Gig #2....

The Talent Show Gig #2....

A little nervous as she started, it was her first time singing on her own, in front of a crowd. It’s always been with the choir, or on the stage with the whole group. So today, she had to put her nerves aside…

The Talent Show Gig #1....

The level of concentration was intense, as you can tell!…. it was first time in front of a crowd for me, in nearly 5 years. I was hoping not to fluff it too, and hence put her off….

The Talent Show Gig #4....

In the end though, the practice paid off. As we played, I noticed a few teachers and parents in tears! Even the principle came over at the end and said he was “welling up with tears” as we played. And he’s a big guy!

The Talent Show Gig #5....

A “job well done!”, as they say. We wanted her to shine and she did. One mum came over at the end to say, “We didn’t know Holly had such a great voice. We do now!”

That’s it then, I’m off to get a new mixing desk this weekend. “The Star” has a bunch of her own songs she wants to record now and make her own CD. What Pandora’s Box have we opened, I wonder….

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Wow!!!….

Sitting on the beach, last weekend, in the Okanagan Campsite, just past Peachland….

South Campsite...

There’s 2 parts to this site, a north and a south. Both a great little sites, but the north part is terraced down to the lake, although the beach is beautiful. The south is all flat and the beach ain’t too bad either. Take your pick, the sites in both parts were excellent in my book, all with tables, fire pit/BBQ’s, some secluded, some open allowing you to meet your “neighbours”.

In true Canadian fashion, as we walked round the bay, back to our bench, we got talking to a couple of guys, a pilot and his old man, down on the dog part of the beach, with a couple of labradors. It didn’t take long before we were offered a beer and we stayed chatting for an hour, as the kids joined in keeping the dogs entertained. They were regulars, on this stretch of beach every weekend, hurling huge sticks into the lake for their dogs to fetch, whilst drinking a few cans and chatting, even apparently in the depths of winter.

We walked back along the beach with them and got the campstove crank’d up and fried some organic smokies, that we have discovered at the Farmers Market, homemade by a German couple. (They make a great breakfast roll, which has now become part of the whole Saturday morning market experience, forgoing the usual toast and cereal. A bit of a habit now actually….)

Organic Smokies...

Sam took this one, as I was handed mine….

Wow!

…. they were bloody tasty though! Wrapped up with tomatos, lettuce and cucumber, a definite hit.

And as we ate them, we had this view, from the camp table, as the sun went down behind us….

South Campsite Beach...

With sites like this, the tent is great, but I’m considering a caravan. Nothing fancy, just with 4 beds is enough. All we need is somewhere to sleep and store the food. Just being able to pull in to sites like this one, for $12 a night, (6 quid, in the UK, roughly….) is tempting. Think about it, a lakefront property for $12! All summer holiday long. Some of these sites even have wifi now, which means I can get some work done as well, whilst the kids play on the beach….

…. I’m off up the caravan showroom tomorrow.

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A Jetty @ Peachland…

We pulled over, hopped out, got the rod and tried our luck….

Peachland Jetty

…. nothing taking though. We were hoping for at least one kokanee salmon to take, being the first day of the salmon season and all. But, it wasn’t to be. I’ve got a couple in the freezer now, so that’ll keep us going for a couple of weeks.

Other news? The temperature out here is now in the high 20’s, predicted 31C tomorrow, so we’re hoping for the lake to hurry up and warm up. A few hardy souls have been seen jumping in, not us though, not yet.

School has a couple of weeks left and Sam is off on the school camping trip next week, his mum going with him, which should be good. Kayaking, swimming in the lake, if it’s not too cold, zip lines and so on.

The plants are coming on, the tomatos starting to appear and the strawberries too. They seem to like the organic compost we’ve used this year, so that’s good.

Looking forward to seeing my uncle this Friday, who I haven’t seen since coming out to Canada, nearly 4 years ago. Not sure what we’re going to be doing, although rumour has it he’s going to be off on my mountain bike, so I guess we’ll be going to some “runs”….

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Safety First…

Interesting statistics. Canada comes in at number 8.

I was having a discussion with a friend (Nigel, you’ve made the blog!) as to the safety of some South American countries. Funnily, they seem to be ranking as safer than the UK not to mention the US.

Global Peace Index Rankings
The table provides the GPI rankings for the 144 countries analysed in 2009. Rankings for the 140 countries analysed in 2008 and the 121 countries analysed in 2007 are also included. Countries most at peace are ranked first. A lower score indicates a more peaceful country.

Click here to find out where your country comes in the league…. should you be considering a move, it gives a few things to think about.