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05 Jul 2015

Afternoon Tea

A British tea in British Columbia? Victoria is the first place that comes to mind, with the Fairmont Empress as the ultimate example. ‘Steeped in tradition since 1908,’ they say. Afternoon tea at the Empress offers hand-made scones, bite-sized pastries, tea sweets and the tea, of course, offered in a

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03 Jul 2015

The Bard And Our Beach

Time to make your English teacher beam with pride. That, or deny ever having met you. ••• 1. Which author is famously known as The Bard or The Bard of Avon? 2. Match the quotes to the plays… a. ‘Many a true word hath been spoken in jest.’ b. ‘If

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30 Jun 2015

Hilary Miles

Marion Crane: “Do you have any vacancies?” Norman Bates: “Oh, we have 12 vacancies. 12 cabins, 12 vacancies.” Hilary Miles has long been a fan of Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller. “I love that movie.” She was thrilled when she was asked to bring her floral wizardry to the set

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28 Jun 2015

Hard Luck Lions

They sit regal, if a little mucky, on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. They watch the goings on in the courtyard and scare off anyone who tries to come in the wrong way. These fifteen ton lions look self-possessed and stern, but they have had a hard-knock life. The

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