I was watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin and John Candy, recently and was struck by how important it was for these two completely different Americans to get home for Thanksgiving – more so I think than if they had been Canadians (I realize Candy was actually born in Canada). It made me wonder what other differences there are between the two special days. (more…)
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I was thinking the other day about all the movies that have been made in B.C. At the time I was watching the Disney made-for-TV movie The Descendants, which was shot in Victoria and excited to see scenes shot inside and outside Hatley Castle at Royal Roads University, where I used to work. Hatley Castle has been used as a location for over 20 movies and television programs including recent Netflix favourites Witches of East End, and The Killing. (more…)
These are three that Mozart began but never finished. Two are Italian comedies, and the third a German romance. In just over a year, City Opera presents our reconstruction of these ‘lost’ fragments, now set in the 21st Century. The music is wondrous. (more…)
Recently I had the awesome pleasure of being invited to the Canadian launch party for APTN’s newest cooking show, Moosemeat & Marmalade, here in Victoria BC. Previewing the first 2 episodes I came to the conclusion that this is far more than just a cooking show. Yes there was indeed some fabulous meals prepared by the London Chef Dan Hayes and bush cook Art Napolean but they also shared stories and knowledge about their culture, history and the landscapes they were in. To complete the entrée each episode is spiced with the perfect amount of humor. (more…)
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…)