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Coffee News - Vancouver Island

May 10 - 16, 2021

Cowichan Valley/Ladysmith Edition

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Raining chocolate: People might use the expression, “It’s raining cats and dogs,” but no one ever says, “It’s raining chocolate!” That’s what happened in the town of Olten, Switzerland, recently. Many people reported seeing chocolate powder in the air, and others mentioned that vehicles were covered with an accumulation of the sweet, brown stuff. Turns out that there was a logical reason for the phenomena. The town is home to a chocolate factory that had a problem with its ventilation system. The chocolate powder made its way outside and was blown around by strong winds.

Working the land: Apartment dwellers in cities expect to look out their windows to see such things as parking lots, malls, stores, and gas stations. At one apartment complex in Lublin, Poland, the view is a little different. At harvest time, the buildings’ occupants can look out and see a farmer in a combine harvesting the crop. While other farmers in the area sold their land to urban developers, this one decided to keep his property so he could keep farming. Most people living in the nearby buildings don’t seem to mind at all; they like seeing agriculture in action, rather than asphalt and urban sprawl.
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Artsy hairstyle: Clients who get haircuts from stylist Truong Xuan Tuan wish their hair would never grow again! That’s because the stylist, of Hanoi, Vietnam, creates works of art on the backs of people’s heads using razors and trimmers. He might trim hair to form a celebrity’s face, a cartoon character, a spider, or an urban scene. Because he cannot simply rub out any mistakes, he only creates designs that he has practiced making in the past. Those coming into his shop can browse through a portfolio and pick something they like. Warning: the designs become a bit fuzzy as the person’s hair grows back!

Manhole lights: City planners in Tokorozawa, Japan, have a novel idea to decorate manhole covers. They outfitted 27 of these necessary, but usually unattractive, pieces of the city’s infrastructure with solar-powered LED lights. The lights reveal designs that incorporate anime characters, which are popular in Japan. The 27 artistic designs are illuminated every evening at 5 p.m., and those who are out late can enjoy them until they turn off at 2 a.m. Another motive that inspired the city’s planners is that the extra lighting may help prevent nighttime crime. See them here:
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“The plants have enough spirit to transform our limited vision.”              
- Rosemary Gladstar

“To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.”
- Mark Twain
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FREE listings for non-profit community events. Please email, 25 words or less, to: (no attachments). Deadline Tuesdays noon.

Enjoy Virtual Bingo From the Comfort of Your Home:  This event also supports the Valley Seniors Organization. Held every Tuesday at 10am or on Friday’s at 6:30pm. Call 250-746-4433 for all the details.

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants: Your bridge to career fulfilment in your pre-arrival profession! Career planning - financial support, networking - mentorship, skills development. For more information & to register, please email: or call 250-753-6911 ext. 102. Visit:  Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society.

Become a Host Family & Make an Impact! Transitions is seeking safe, supportive, substance-free homes for youth participating in treatment. A steady income provided for those who make a difference. For more info, call 250-714-8167. Funded by Island Health, NARSF Programs Ltd.

Wild About Woodpeckers Event: May 16 at Wildwood Ecoforest 11am-3pm. Join us for a family-friendly woodpecker walk at Wildwood Ecoforest in Ladysmith! Pre-registration required by May 14 at

Long Live Bees is committed to furthering importance of bees & other pollinators to the long term security of us, our planet & food. Simple & enjoyable act of keeping a few super pollinating mason bees in our gardens, ensures that our gardens stay in abundance & you do your bit to save the planet. Check us out at Blue Orchard, Chemainus Public Market. Email

UK Pension Transfers: Personal or Company pension left behind in the U.K? Contact us to discuss your options. Sterling Advisory, 1-250-863-7766 or

Your Neighbourhood Place to Discover Health & Wellness! Visit Lynn’s Vitamin Gallery, 4 - 180 Central Rd. Building a stronger, healthier community. Curbside pickup available via phone or email. Let our highly trained staff help you safely discover natural remedies. Call 250-748-4421. Mon - Sat., 9:30 - 5:30. Closed on stat holidays.

Duncan Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday, year round, 10am-2pm, rain or shine. Visit the Duncan Farmers’ Market in downtown Duncan for the freshest local fruits & vegetables, baking, jams & jellies, honey, crafts, clothing, pet treats & more! 200 Craig Street.

Have You Had a Hip or Knee Replacement? Are you having problems with walking or dressing? You may be entitled to the disability tax credit of up to $50,000 in benefits & refunds. COPD, arthritis & many other disabling conditions that cause restrictions in walking or dressing, may also qualify. For expert help, call 1-844-453-5372.

Please Note: The printed version of Coffee News is currently available in the Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Duncan and Victoria regions of Vancouver Island. More areas coming soon.
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1. Zane Grey was a popular American author of what type of novel?
2. What are small plates of Spanish appetizers/snack foods called?
3. What is the favourite food of pandas?
4. In which sport would you see a “flying mare”?
5. The ATM is a feature of most banks today. What does ATM stand for?
(see bottom for answers)
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Adapting to new information may be a challenge for you. While you might be excited about new ideas, you may be hesitant to embrace them. Lucky Numbers: 8, 11, 16, 22, 24, 34.

You may have important discussions with people you are very close to. Connecting with your roots might be the theme, with an emphasis on looking objectively at the past. Lucky Numbers: 1, 2, 9, 12, 32, 42.
You may be more perceptive than usual. You could see other people’s true colours more clearly, and you might discover the hidden aspect of the situation. Lucky Numbers: 6, 19, 24, 36, 40, 47.
Superficial answers may not satisfy you. This might be an ideal time to look for something that could have been hidden, in order to learn more about your true feelings. Lucky Numbers: 11, 16, 21, 26, 31, 36.
You may start to feel as if you have been following the crowd for far too long. You might now seek a more spontaneous and creative lifestyle for yourself. Lucky Numbers: 5, 15, 25, 30, 35, 40.
Your efforts may be well received, allowing your inner harmony to prevail. You could move forward with creative projects and express yourself more comfortably. Lucky Numbers: 14, 27, 29, 35, 41, 47.
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You may want to beautify your home. You might decide to paint or rearrange furniture, done simply, but to your tastes. Changes now could be good for you. Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 10, 13, 33, 43.
You may need feedback from others. Conversations with your partners and friends could be critical. You might have to really listen and learn from others. Lucky Numbers: 6, 8, 17, 23, 30, 42.
Making decisions may be favoured right now. Reaching out to others who can help you take care of business in an orderly way could happen. Lucky Numbers: 10, 12, 15, 30, 35, 47.
This may be a good time to reach out to people and to get their input or counsel. Listen to your partner or a friend who can enlighten you on the situation. Lucky Numbers: 9, 19, 20, 29, 39, 49.
Your life’s direction may come into greater focus. You might gain a stronger sense of purpose, which could energize your efforts to move toward your goals. Lucky Numbers: 2, 22, 27, 32, 37, 42.
You may want to reveal your concerns regarding a professional matter. Contact with those in charge might be appreciated and could be a positive for you. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 21, 36, 41, 45.

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Lucky numbers this week:  This week’s odds favour Gemini winners with the luckiest number being 6.

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Powerful quote: The phrase “Knowledge is power” is often attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, in 1597. He was an English philosopher, statesman, and essayist, and known for ardently supporting the scientific revolution.
Transparent car: For the 1939 World’s Fair, General Motors built the Ghost (or Glass) Pontiac, billed as the first transparent car. Created in partnership with the Rohm and Haas chemical company that invented plexiglass, the Ghost Car offered a clear view of the vehicle’s engine.
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Big bill: A shoebill is a large bird with stalk-like legs and a huge bill that resembles a shoe. These birds live in parts of East Africa, usually close to where they can find fish and other small prey, such as frogs and snails.

Old gum: When enjoying your next stick of gum, here is something to think about. The oldest chewing gum ever found dates back to between 5,000 and 10,000 years! Well-defined teeth marks have been found in a lumps of bark tar.

Take a swing: It’s generally agreed that the modern game of golf originated in Scotland during the 15th century. But there’s also evidence that stick-and-ball games were played in other parts of Europe, and in Asia and Africa.
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Can You Spot All 10 Differences?

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Teacher: “I hope I didn’t see you looking at Fred’s test paper.”
Student: “I hope you didn’t see me either.”

Stop playing at being so serious and start playing seriously.
If it’s zero degrees outside today, and it’s supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold it is going to be?

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

What did the two strings do in the race? They tied.
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Trivia Answers: 1. Westerns  2. Tapas  3. Bamboo  4. Wrestling 
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