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Water, water, everywhere….

For the car wash and golf courses, but not a drop from a hose, for the veggie garden….

How the hell is it not OK for me to water my veggie garden using the hose, which would be a fraction of the amount used by this car wash alone, not to mention the golf courses, which are apparently exempt from the hose pipe ban?

Better to keep the car clean, and whacking tiny balls, than to let me grow my own food. Right. I forgot, got to save the planet and all that….

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Hummingbird….

As we sat on our little deck amongst the trees, sipping a glass of wine, a multitude of hummingbirds were diving, fighting and playing around us.

This guy seemed to be the boss though….

Seemed like a good opportunity to test out the HD video on the little Canon Elph300 we just bought, so I sat patiently just by the feeder, as a number of hummingbirds hovered so close to my face, I could feel the draft caused by their wings.

Expect more of the same, should I remember to have the camera to hand, now I know how to use it….

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Camping?….

With a break in the footie schedule, and the weather the right side of pretty good, a camp trip may be in order….

…. especially, now we have the excellent portable BBQ. Or should I put the boat licence to good use and take the old man’s little boat out for a run to the other side of the lake? Decisions, decisions…..

On this particular topic, I recently found myself in conversation with the parents of a students I am tutoring, and their plans for this coming long weekend. They were planning on camping, in their oversized trailer (caravan for my European readers!) at a local site.

There’s nothing to do there, but it’s close enough for us to come home for a shower if we want to, and we have other things to do. But it’ll be nice to get around a campfire for an evening with the kids.

I can’t say I am any the wiser on why they wouldn’t go further, but I think I’m getting a better handle on the Canadian camping mentality.

And they are right. Sitting round a fire as the stars come out, on a clear evening, so that the night sky takes on a bluish tone (which in itself, is something to behold), as opposed to a street lit orange is one of life’s little pleasures. We still remember the night we looked up and saw just how many stars up there you can actually see with the naked eye, when the sky isn’t “polluted” with shopping mall car park illuminations. Breathtaking, you’d be amazed.

So an evening under the stars may very well be in order.

Plus the mutha in lore turns up for her annual visit on Sunday, so we can’t go too far.

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Danger! Watermelon Warning!….

Look out! There’s a new threat in town!….

Exploding watermelons put spotlight on Chinese farming practices
New food scandal as fields of watermelons are destroyed after farmers mistakenly apply growth accelerator
Read Full Article @ http://tinyurl.com/3t2p2kl

Amazing. Please, I’m all ears, please, someone explain to me the health benefits of a water melon, laden with growth hormones and why an organically grown water melon and when I say, organically, I mean "like wot dey yous 2, innit", wouldn’t be a better method of growing ’em, not to mention, a healthier option, especially for children…..

No really…. I’m all ears…. but not growth hormonally developed ones…..

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BC Sled Dog Cull….

Mass sled dog killing probed in B.C.
Read Article @ http://tinyurl.com/66fle55

1. I see in the comments, some people equating these dogs to cows and pigs. It’s a bit different, in that cows and pigs are eaten, believe it or not. So, if you overstock on them, you kill them and sell off the meat, no?

2. When the Olympics were over, what were you planning on doing with 300 sled dogs, when everyone had gone home and the demand for your service was down? This is also why it’s not the same, pure money making greed meant you took on way more dogs than you needed and now, you’re stuck with them.

Well, that’s wrong, you’re not. Your "manager" culled them. Barbarically, if the reports are true. I for one won’t use this tour company, should I ever decide to go on a sled trip and I can only hope that others do the same.

Canada, eh. It’s not all sunshine and snow, like they tell you in the emmigration papers…..

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An Early “Oops” for Jan 1st 2011….

Our Fight Against Global Climate Change
Temperatures are increasing, glaciers are melting fast, and sea levels are rising. The entire planet is affected by global warming, and polar bears in Antarctica aren’t the only ones facing changes.
http://tinyurl.com/35mar84

…. er…. slight problem…. I think polar bears only live in the “Arctic”.

If they’ve been concerned about the lack of polar bears in the “Antarctic”, I think I can see why the numbers are down a bit….

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Lightbulbs….

Genius….

B.C. switches off incandescent bulbs in 2011
Read Full Article @ http://bit.ly/eu5juq

A new green initiative taking effect Saturday in British Columbia will mean residents of the province will soon say goodbye to some incandescent light bulbs.

But the shift is being made despite longstanding concerns about the environmental hazards posed by the alternative — the compact fluorescent light.

Somehow, I missed this one coming through here in B.C. I know it was done in the UK, but I thought, for the time being, we were some way off…. I was wrong.

For reasons why this is madness, watch the following video, and don’t worry about the balaclava. He’s just shy….

For dem dat couldn’t manage da video, here are da main points….. we is gonna go from da lightbulbs that we can safely dispose of and dat pose no immediate health threat, to ones that contain mercury and could pose health issues, such as brain and kidney damage in us peeps, along with increased environmental damage such as 5mg of the stuff, the amount contained in each one of da bulbz should it not be got shot of safely, polluting 6000 gallons of water a time, you know, dat stuff wot you get out of dee tap, innit.

Eco-bulbs ‘a health hazard for babies and pregnant women due to mercury inside’
Read Full Article @ http://bit.ly/etfSzh

Energy-saving light bulbs were at the centre of a fresh health scare last night after researchers claimed they can release potentially harmful amounts of mercury if broken.

Levels of toxic vapour around smashed eco-bulbs were up to 20 times higher than the safe guideline limit for an indoor area, the study said.

It added that broken bulbs posed a potential health risk to pregnant women, babies and small children.

It might be wise to make sure you know what risk you’re taking with these things, wouldn’t you say?

In 2010 it was transmitting water meters that will allow them to “cut you off” if you use to much along with the bins that can squeal on you if you put the wrong bit of rubbish in the wrong bin, even if you didn’t and it was some passer by, only for, in 2011, lightbulbs that could put me into a migraine at best, brain damaged at worst. Marvellous.

Nothing like starting off the new year, with the blood pressure low, eh…..

UPDATE….. Should be good for a while, I’ve stocked up on the little blighters. No mercury for Chateau Boom, not yet anyway…… after which we’ll be on candles…..

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Ice Age….

This guy seems to be beating the UK’s MET Office, the one the taxpayers fund, you know, with their own money, with a worrying accuracy that the so called “experts” can only dream of….

It might be worth listening to what he has to say….

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Garbage….

Oh, marvellous…. and there was me thinking I’d left all this behind….

Big Brother Interested In Your Garbage (Castanet)
Read Article @ http://tinyurl.com/28sszbm

Kelowna Council will be asked Monday to pony up approximately $1.50 to $1.70 per household per year for on-board computers, software, data collection and data hosting services not included in the initial phase of the project.

In his report for council, Utility Services Manager Don Degen says along with collecting basic data, the system makes it easy for collection drivers to gather additional information that may result in further contact with the customer, or constitute an offence such as an illegal item in the cart, a cart in a bike lane or an overloaded cart.

Er…. “illegal items” in the cart?

Now, assuming they are still going to be unlocked allowing them to picked up and emptied, and they are still left at the roadside, what happens when someone walks down the street and decides to put something in the nearest bin, being mine, for example, not intentionally, but nonetheless “illegal”? What happens? I’m fined? It’s happening in the UK, so please, get your head out of the clouds….

Also, when you tell me it’s for all our benefit, making life “easier”, bear in mind that’s also what you told me when the radio transmitting water meters were installed, only to find out a couple of months ago that there were after all, ulterior motives….

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Two Brush Fires, in Kelowna….

So, after we had the Peachland fire a couple of days ago, an ominous plume of smoke strated rising on the horizon, on the opposite side of the lake, about half an hour ago….

Kelowna Fire

Kelowna fire department and Ministry of Forests crews are at the scene of two separate brush fires near the end of Lakeshore Road at the border of Okanagan Mountain Park.

Forestry has sent one attack crew and two helicopters.

The fires, described as rank two out of six, were called in shortly after 1 p.m. They are in the area of the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park Fire.

The nearest home is several hundred metres away, however, residents in the area are not being allowed to access their homes.  Residents that are in homes in the area are being asked to leave.  RCMP have set up roadblocks on Lakeshore Road at the entrance to Bertram Creek Park.

Winds in the area are relatively calm, coming out of the south at 17km/h with gusts to 37km/h.

More news, as we get it….