Digital devices are everywhere. Cell phones, tablets and laptops have—especially for young people like my two daughters, aged 11 and 14—replaced cable television for entertainment. All the content you could imagine is available through YouTube, Netflix and other video streaming services. These amazing devices also allow instant communication, via Snapchat, WhatsApp and plain “old fashioned” texting, and incredible, often addictive games to suit every age group and taste. (more…)
Easter means different things to different people, to some of you it will be significant for religious reasons, for others it may be all about the Easter Bunny, for many it’s a combination of both – or just a choc fest.
For almost everyone though, it’s about spending time with family so here’s a fun quiz everyone can take part in. (more…)
What do we do to celebrate on St Patrick’s Day.
Wear our green and feel Irish for the day, drink green Guinness, Smithwicks, Kilkenny or Harp, and celebrate with stories and songs like “Oh Danny Boy”. The pubs are decked out with shamrocks, serve Irish fare and play Irish tunes. (more…)
It’s that time of year again when love is in the air. Hotel Zed (Accent Inns’ rebel sister hotel) is inviting couples back for a ‘Nooner’ and extended lunch break. This cheeky offer gives fun-loving guests a room between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for $50. Accent Inns doesn’t offer a similar deal, but overnight stays at great prices are very popular on Valentine’s Day and the weekend closest to the day itself. (more…)
It’s that time of year again when we have to try and figure out what we’re going top buy our loved ones for the holiday season. The pressure is on and I’m already feeling stressed, I tend to fall back on the old standards when it comes to gifts; sweaters, purses, books, perfume, you know, the same old same old. This year however I thought I’d go online and see if I could come up with something a little different. An hour or two on the Internet was all I needed to come up with everything from quirky but really cool, to silly goofy presents and from very strange to completely weird. (more…)
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…)