Hi Guys, John Espley here. Although my nickname is the “Mountain Man”, many folks don’t know I used to be a music student. I enjoy all sorts and styles of music but must admit that I’ve only attended a few operas in my time. I am so glad that one of those operas was the recent premier of Pauline. Pauline was written by the very special author, Margaret Atwood joined with the incredible talents of Tobin Stokes providing the musical composition. This was obviously a partnership destined to do great things. (more…)
Now that we are in February, often thoughts will go to Valentine’s Day. For the next few weeks young couples start getting more “smoochy” than usual. Wives begin saying to themselves, “will he remember this year?” And of course husbands, well husbands just don’t think anything yet. As fun and cute as this all may sound, here in B.C. we now have something else, perhaps more important to think of in February. Family Day. (more…)
There is a line in a song by the British rock band Chumbawamba that says “Pass it along by word of mouse” This is not just a great lyric but a statement that pretty much defines our world today.
Within moments of taking a photo, receiving a video, a joke or a special offer, we pass it along to all those folks on our contact list without a moment’s though. But should we perhaps give it a moment’s thought?
How many of us pass it along without removing the email addresses of those dozens of people who have passed it along to us? How many of us pass it along to people we barely know without a moment’s thought as to their political or religious views, their workplace email policies or even the validity of the content? (more…)
The Royal Canadian Legion launches their Poppy Campaign October 26. As it should, it sparks me to reflect on what remembrance day means to me and to our society.
As with many of us, I’ve had family members serve in our Canadian Military and some made the ultimate sacrifice. I even did a short stint in the army reserves myself so yes I have a bias towards supporting our military men and women both serving today and those that have passed beyond.
Let me say that I am a very proud Canadian. That’s one of the reasons why people tell me I “ooze” pride when I talk about working for a locally owned company. I know I’m not the only one who thinks Canada is the best place on earth but why is it that we don’t show that pride more, especially when it comes to our Military? (more…)
The following is a reprint from Friction Zone Magazine and we thank them.
Mr. Motorcycle. Nearly everyone in Canada knew Frederick Trevor (Trev) Deeley by that nickname. After all, by the time he passed away at age 82 in March of 2002, he had six solid and very successful decades behind him of racing, selling, collecting, customizing, designing, and well, just generally promoting all things motorcycle. Trev Deeley was one of those individuals who managed to combine his birthright with passion, shrewd business acumen, fearlessness, and intelligence so spectacularly that he left behind not only an empire, but also a hefty legacy. In his case, the empire he built rests on Fred Deeley Ltd., which is the sole Canadian distributor (and the only one in the world not partially or wholly owned by the factory) of Harley Davidson motorcycles and branded merchandise. On the legacy side, Deeley also left behind Canada’s largest private collection of motorcycles—a 280-strong (and still growing) dream garage of machines that ranges across 60 marques and illustrates the long history of the Deeley’s involvement in the industry. (more…)
If you’ve ever fancied yourself to be a bit like Indiana Jones searching for ancient artifacts or Jacques Cousteau combing the ocean floor for pirate treasure, you may be interested in a slightly more modern version of these activities – the garage sale.
That’s right. Today’s garage and yard sales are the way that modern urbanites get an opportunity to study both the current and past lifestyles through the discarded treasures of their fellow man (and more often their fellow woman).
When visiting another city, there are plenty of opportunities to see the place as the city officials wish you to – tourist attractions, scenic walks, restaurants and hotels – but attending a garage sale gives you the opportunity to view those city dwellers in their natural habitat. You may even get a glimpse of their private gardens, their pets and their friends. (more…)
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Taking a good look into the mirror
Travelling in British Columbia this summer never looked so good
August 07, 2012, Victoria, BC – Accent Inns’ easy-to-spot, iconic blue roofs haven’t changed, but just about everything beneath them has– from the renovated exteriors, updates to the interiors of all five properties — and a very cool change in the brand image and story.
Now sporting refreshed exteriors in shades of, taupe, grey and green, entrance pillars refinished in natural stone and glass balconies to open up the views, Accent Inns has a warmer, more welcoming West Coast feel and is working harder than ever to live their new “stay local, stay real” tag line.
“As we finished our renovations late last year, we felt it was time to check in and see what our potential customers thought of Accent Inns,” says Mandy Farmer, president of Accent Inns. “The focus group results were shocking. Going by our name and look, many people thought we were an American owned run of the mill chain. For a company that is owned and operated by a BC family, we were heart broken. It was time to become better at telling and living our brand story.” (more…)
For some people BC Day (Aug 6, 2012) is just another excuse for a long summer weekend. But for many, it means much more than that.
People who grew up in BC may sometimes take this province for granted but for those of us who are here by choice, it is really a very special place. We came here for many reasons but no matter the reason, most of us are totally enthralled by the weather, the natural beauty, the diversity of the population and the healthy lifestyle. Whether we moved from the East Coast, the Middle East or the Far East – British Columbia is special in so many ways.
Anybody who has ever visited BC goes away with tales of the beauty of the mountains, the ocean and the parks. But for those of us who live here, there is a great deal more to celebrate. We may get used to living in such amazing beauty. We may even complain about the weather. But given the choice most of us would not live anywhere else. (more…)
This is a great time in our lives when we’re able to travel on our own as well as go on trips with our wonderful grandchildren. We can include the kids parents (our children) or not, and gear our travel and activities to our grandchildren of all ages. Sometimes the kids are even more well behaved without their parents! However having the parents included is less responsibility on us and creates great quality family time. The grandchildren are so appreciative and it is absolutely fantastic to strengthen our rapport with our younger generation. The wonderful memories created on these trips will stay with them for the rest of their lives, and long after we have gone.
Most grandparents are a little intimidated about keeping the youngsters occupied, so I have
attempted to list a number of activities at all our hotels throughout this magnificent province of ours. The only thing you have to do is match up which activities are most appropriate for the ages of your
grandchildren and then call our central reservations and book your trip.