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Jan 17 - 23, 2022

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Big cell phone: When his newly purchased cell phone arrived on the doorstep in a large, unwieldy box, a young Thai man might have figured that something wasn’t quite right. The fellow had ordered the phone online because the price was so low. Unfortunately, he didn’t read the small print before adding it to his online cart and paying for it. What arrived at his house was definitely not the mobile phone he’d been waiting for. Instead, the box contained a coffee table. But the coffee table was shaped like a cell phone, complete with an on-off button and rose gold edging. The lesson here is to carefully check the details before buying!
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Big bug: A woman from Brisbane, Australia, got the shock of her life while on an outing in the surrounding area with her husband and grandson. Pam Taylor discovered the biggest moth she had ever seen on a tree branch. In fact, it was larger than her outstretched hand. She took a photo of the insect beside her hand and posted it on social media. Members of the Facebook group called Amateur Entomology Australia identified the moth as a giant wood moth scientifically known as Endoxyla cinereus. Viewers of the post were amazed at the sight of the beautiful insect, which is common in the eastern coastal areas of Australia, although the specimen found by Taylor was larger than most.
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River house: The Loire River meanders its way through France and empties into the Bay of Biscay on the country’s Atlantic Ocean coastline. In the middle of this waterway near the town of Lavau-sur-Loire, a building is tilted and appears to have been caught in a flood. In reality, the structure is a large-scale work of art created by Jean-Luc Courcoult for the Estuaire Art Exhibition in 2007. Known as La maison dans la Loire (The House in the Loire), this building catches the attention of riverbank strollers. The building is secured to the riverbed so it won’t float away. At night, a light comes on in one of the windows, eerily glowing over the waterscape.
Timeline: Two islands in the Bering Sea belong to different countries: Big Diomede and Little Diomede. The former belongs to Russia and the latter to the United States. Although less than five kilometres (3.1 miles) apart, the time on Big Diomede Island is almost a full day ahead of that on Little Diomede Island. So, when it’s noon on a Thursday in Little Diomede, it’s 9 a.m. on Friday on Big Diomede. That’s because the International Date Line runs right between the two islands. So, if someone stands on Little Diomede (“Yesterday Island”) and looks west, toward Big Diomede (“Tomorrow Island”), they are looking into the future, and vice versa.
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“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” - James Howell

“No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.”
- Robert Burton
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Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants: We can help you find a career in BC that matches your professional experience & education. Career planning, financial support, networking, mentorship & skills development. For more info & to register, or call 250-753-6911, ext 102.

Attention Quilters - We Need You! Quilts are desperately needed for our injured Canadian Military Members, especially during this Covid crisis. Anyone interested in helping out with this shortage, please contact me: or visit our website:

Cowichan Valley Probus Club: Retired or nearly retired? Come join us at our exciting new location: Arbutus Ridge Golf Club. First Tuesday of each month, 10:30am. Visit or 250-212-8239.

Enjoy Virtual Bingo From the Comfort of Your Home: This event supports the Valley Seniors Organization. Held every Friday, 6:30pm.  In house bingo now open every Tuesday at 8:45am, 198 Government St., Duncan. Info 250-746-443
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1. In what year did the U.S. federal government set up the Peace Corps?
2. One cup of chickpeas has a protein count of about how many grams?
3. What is a wordsmith?
4. The letters RDA on a bottle of vitamins stand for what?
5. What does the term nouveau riche mean?
(see bottom for answers)
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There may be an opportunity to present your ideas to others and solicit their cooperation. However, make sure that clear expectations are set for both parties or problems may arise later. Lucky numbers: 6, 10, 13, 27, 30, 44.
If you have been subjected to sudden and/or unexpected events for a while, the situation may settle in the near future. What have you learned as a result of these experiences? Lucky numbers: 1, 11, 18, 28, 39, 31.
You may have the opportunity to be a catalyst for others in their journey. If you decide to manifest this potential, do so consciously and be sure to ask for their permission. Lucky numbers: 2, 9, 11, 13, 19, 38.
Recent events may have shaken loose a longstanding pattern in your life. How do you want to take advantage of this change to move things forward in your life? Lucky numbers: 4, 29, 31, 34, 41, 46.

Leos can be the Pied Pipers of the zodiac. Your natural enthusiasm may attract followers to your cause. Just be sure your efforts result in a win-win for all involved. Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 9, 11, 34, 36.
At this time, there may be an opportunity for inner balance. If true, this is a good moment to explore any emotional issues keeping you from expressing your authentic self. Lucky numbers: 17, 24, 42, 44, 47, 48.
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The circumstances surrounding you may encourage you to make an adjustment in some aspect of your life. Trust that making this change will be in your best, long-term interest. Lucky numbers: 9, 10, 11, 15, 26, 40.
Continuing from last week, you may still be feeling overly busy and stressed. If so, it would be good to find a way to relax and lower your emotional temperature. Lucky numbers: 2, 8, 9, 16, 33, 37.

You may feel it is finally time to deal with longstanding issues that have been holding you back. Find a role model in someone who has successfully navigated your challenge. Lucky numbers: 12, 29, 30, 33, 38, 42.
You may be having conflicting feelings about what you want. Try to understand what is motivating this discord so that you may formulate a solution that makes you happy. Lucky numbers: 3, 10, 17, 24, 26, 48.
Your thought processes may be particularly quick and clever now. If you are experiencing this dynamic, utilize it to help with conversations where you need clear communication to prevent mishaps. Lucky numbers: 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 22.
Pisces sometimes have difficulty making sense of all the intuitive information they regularly receive from their environment. Now, though, things may begin to point more clearly in a particular direction. Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 24.

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Lucky numbers this week:  This week’s odds favour Virgo winners with the luckiest number being 17.
Southern constellation: The Southern Cross, also called Crux, is a well-known constellation in the southern hemisphere. People living south of the equator can see it all night, all year round. The brightest star on the Southern Cross is called Acrux.

Best nest: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a 1975 American movie starring Jack Nicholson. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.

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Song makers: Tim Rice’s full title is Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice. An English lyricist, he worked extensively with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to produce music for many productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

No votes: From 1908 to 1912, The Anti-Suffragist magazine was published in the U.S. state of New York. At the time, women were advocating for the vote, and the editors of this magazine were opposed to the idea.

Dwarf planet: The first asteroid to be discovered was Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It was discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi, an Italian astronomer, in 1801.
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Ted: I know a monster with one eye called Cyclops.
Ned: What is his other eye called?

Patient, with a cucumber up his nose, a carrot in one ear, and a banana in the other ear: “What’s the matter with me?”
Doctor: “You’re not eating properly.”

Why do cows cross the road? To get to the udder side.
Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Handsome. Handsome who? Handsome of those cookies over here. I’m hungry.

Why do skeletons stay so calm? Because nothing gets under their skin.
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Trivia Answers: 1. 1961  2. 10 to 15  3. Skillful writer  4. Recommended Dietary Allowance  5. New to wealth
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