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Pretty in pink: A woman from Romania loved trucks so much that she decided to become a driver. But in the male-dominated industry, the woman, whose name is Georgeta, wanted to show her femininity by decorating her truck the way she desired: in pink! As trucking companies would not be amenable to such a colour scheme, Georgeta bought her own truck and is now working for herself. Her truck has a pink paint job, both inside and out. Even the steering wheel and dashboard boast her favourite colour. On her long drives, Georgeta has the company of her two cats: Norocel and Pisy. Georgeta has become known as Trucker Barbie.
Hotel stay: The cost of accommodation is going up everywhere, but a large family in China figured out a way around it. From Nanyang, Henan province, the family of eight moved into a luxury hotel suite that has two bedrooms and a living area. Because they no longer have to pay utilities like heat, electricity, water, and parking, the family can afford this option more easily than living in an apartment. Mu Xue, a family member, claims that everyone loves living in the hotel because it is convenient and comfortable, and that they may stay forever. The hotel gave the family a special rate of ¥1,000 (CNY), approximately $188 (CAD), because of their indefinite stay.
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Mistaken identity: For years, the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania (U.S.), showcased a painting thought to be the work of a student from the studio of legendary Dutch artist Rembrandt. However, a routine cleaning and restoration project unveiled a secret hidden beneath layers of old varnish. Advanced imaging techniques showed brushstrokes that experts say unmistakably identify the piece as belonging to Rembrandt himself, promoting “Portrait of a Young Woman” from a mere curiosity to a multi million-dollar masterpiece overnight. This discovery not only redefined the museum’s collection, but also reminded the art world of the mysteries that can hide in plain sight​.
Seeing things: Most people who are thinking about getting a tattoo don’t consider an image in 3D. But that’s what a tattoo artist from Portland, Oregon (U.S.), has started to make famous. Known as Winston the Whale, this artist uses inks of red and blue to create simple pictures on people’s skin. By overlaying the image in both colours, he produces the 3D look that moviegoers used to see when they wore specially designed glasses. Usually Winston the Whale’s designs are quite simple, ranging from a cactus under a half-moon to spaceships, mountain scenes, a piece of pizza, or a skull. In any case, the viewer’s eye sees what appears to be a three-dimensional image.
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“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Art is not a reflection of reality; it is the reality of reflection.”
- Jean-Luc Godard
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Global Village Nanaimo Pop-up Store: Non-profit fair trade held at Nanaimo North Town Centre, open until June 1st.

Kaatza Spring Art Show: Centennial Hall, Lake Cowichan on Victoria Day Weekend. May 17, 1-7pm; May 18 & 19, 10am-4pm. Paintings, jewellery, mixed media, wood-art, etc.

Swing into the Weekend! Canada’s only Big Band Swing Music festival, May 17 - 19 at Port Theatre! Dancing optional. 

Spring Garden Tour: Held by Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society. Five private gardens open for the public to view on May 18, 10am-4pm. Tix $20 & available at Dinters Nursery, Buckerfields, Volume 1 Bookstore, Crazy Daisy Garden Shop & Old Farm Garden Centre. For more information, visit:

35th Annual Denman Island Pottery Studio Tour: Sat., May 18 & Sun., May 19, 10am-5pm. Visit: for more information.

Spring Garden Tour: Held by Cowichan Valley Rhododendron Society. Five private gardens open for the public to view on May 18, 10am-4pm. Tix $20 & available at Dinters Nursery, Buckerfields, Volume 1 Bookstore, Crazy Daisy Garden Shop & Old Farm Garden Centre. For more information, visit:

Spring 2024 Art Show & Sale: Held Friday, May 24, 5-8pm; Sat., May 25, 10am-4pm & Sun., May 26, 10am-4pm at Saltair Community Centre, 3850 South Oyster School Rd.  Oil, acrylic, mixed media, watercolor & more.

Brechin for Bargains Yard Sale: Sat., May 25, 9am-1pm at Brechin United Church, 2020 Estevan Rd.

Marine Swap n Shop Duncan: Do you have used marine stuff to sell? Book your spot now for the May 25 swap & shop. Info email: Karen at

Completely Creedence - A Tribute to CCR: Held at 193 Beachside Dr., on Sat., May 25, 6:30pm. Tickets:

Springtime Fashion Show & Lunch: Saturday, May 25,  12-2pm at Trinity Community Hall, at 5th & Angus St., Port Alberni. For more info, call Alison: 250-724-2580. Tickets are $25 & can be picked up at The Funk Trunk.

Medford Singers present "A Touch of Broadway" Sun, May 26, 2pm at Duncan United Church, Duncan and Sun, June 2, 2pm at St Christopher's Anglican Church, Lake Cowichan. Tickets $20, children under 12 free. Available at Volume One Bookstore, Duncan United Church, Choir members or at the door.

The Bradley Centre’s 100 Mile Fleece & Fibre Fair: Sun., May 26, 9:30am-3pm, 975 Shearme Rd, Coombs. Entry by donation, silent auction & door prizes!

Knox presents ‘Big Hank & The Smokin Hot Toasters’:  Sun., May 26, 2pm. Tix $25:, Close To You, Fireside Books, Edge Outdoors.

G Michael Smith is Reading his New Novel ‘A Kestrel Circles’:  Held May 30, 7pm at Qualicum Museum, 587 Beach Rd. Free. Book draw. Info:

Interested in Attending a Free Downsizing Seminar? Reserve your spot & bring a friend on Friday, May 31, 1-3pm at Nanaimo Golf Club, 2800 Highland Blvd. Learn how to downsize your home following my step by step plan. We will discuss purging, knowing your limits, maximizing your new smaller space & more.

Terror in the Square! This is an exciting new exhibit at the Qualicum Beach Museum, 587 Beach Road. Celebrating over 20 years of skateboarding history in our community. Opening day is June 1, 10am-4pm. Grand opening is June 4, 3-5pm. Honoring past, present & future skateboarding in Qualicum Beach.

Black Ty Gala 2024: An evening in 24 Karat Gold. The biggest fundraiser of the year with music, live & silent auctions, dinner & more. Held at Echo Community Centre, Port Alberni, June 1, 6pm. Dress code is cocktail/formal. Info: 250-723-4478. Tickets at AV Hospice Community Office.

Free Community Event: Hosted by Sunrise Preschool, a non-profit preschool in Parksville on Sunday, June 2, 1–3pm at the Parksville Outdoor Theatre, 193 Beachside Dr. Gerry Barnum & the Kerplunks will perform. Face painting, tattoos, button making & party hat stations.

Diamond Jubilee Flower & Garden Show: Celebrating 75th Anniversary on Sat., June 8, 9am-2pm. Help support local charities. Shop, dine, learn & admire the beautiful exhibits. Cobble Hill Hall, 3550 Watson Ave. Adults $2; children free. Presented by Mill Bay Garden Club.

Lions Free Swim presented by Nanaimo Lion’s Club every Saturday at Nanaimo Aquatic Center, until June 29 (except June 15) 1-2:30pm.

Silver Adventures Cafe: A free seniors program at ‘Volunteer Nanaimo’ held Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons, 1-3pm. Email for a calendar of upcoming activities or call Gwen at 250-667-1803.

Prom Closet Nanaimo: Formal wear that has been gently pre-worn is available at no cost to students graduating from any high school. Requirement is that they are graduating & attending a formal event. By appointment only. Submit a request form to:

BCSS Youth Between the Ages of 8 & 18? Have a loved one with a mental illness? Join our mental health literacy groups for education & coping strategies in your community. More info at or email

Independent Living Cowichan is promoting a new perspective on disability. Disability resource centre, handicap parking placards, medical equipment loans & personal tax preparation. We offer educational sessions & peer support. For more info: 250.746.3930 or 

Moving, Cleaning, Downsizing? NanGo Grannies are collecting clean, unused, good quality fabric (minimum 1/2 meter or yard) & yarn for their fabric sale at the Nanaimo Curling Club on Sept. 21. Call 250-756-2429 or 250-753-3371 to arrange pickup or dropoff. Visit

UK Pension Transfers: Personal/company pension left behind in the UK? Contact us to discuss options. Sterling Advisory, 1-250-863-7766 or email:
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1. Where are the islets of Langerhans?
2. What is sought in the opera Parsifal by Richard Wagner?
3. The Leonid meteor showers were named for a Russian scientist - T/F?
4. In 1666, the Great Fire of this city started in a bakery.
5. Whose wife, in the nursery rhyme, could eat no lean?
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This may be a good time to engage with others about projects that are important to you. However, be sure to remember the adage to think before you speak. Lucky numbers: 14, 17, 21, 43, 45, 46.
Your grounded nature may be spotlighted this week. Seek opportunities to improve your finances or love life. Whatever you pursue should align with your highest values. Lucky numbers: 6, 15, 16, 27, 32, 48.
A lot of energy will be in Gemini for the rest of this year, particularly the next month. This may be an opportunity to highlight your talents, if you choose to seek it. Lucky numbers: 17, 21, 24, 38, 44, 45.
Cancer-borns may tend to prioritize their heart over their head. For a few days at the end of the week, the potential exists to balance your feelings and thoughts. Lucky numbers: 1, 10, 17, 21, 34, 43.
Your natural optimism may be supercharged for the next month. This could be a good time to initiate opportunities to expand your efforts, but be careful of overreaching. Lucky numbers: 5, 17, 19, 24, 25, 35.
For the next month, those around you may be swirling in a flurry of activity. Be sure to recognize when to follow their lead and when to go your own way. Lucky numbers: 11, 12, 14, 37, 41, 44.
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Libras like to talk out all aspects of an issue, sometimes ad nauseam. For the next few months, however, you may find that others are more willing to do so than usual. Lucky numbers: 4, 11, 17, 19, 27, 35.
At midweek, you may feel very uncomfortable. Taking a few days to examine your emotions may invite some important information that could trigger a significant breakthrough. Lucky numbers: 9, 16, 21, 24, 32, 34.
Did you develop a new set of goals at your birthday about six months ago? If so, what progress have you made since then? Where might you need to correct your course? Lucky numbers: 3, 15, 24, 26, 32, 40.
Capricorns often wish to build a stable and successful foundation in their lives. For a few days at the end of the week, the energy will support this cherished effort. Lucky numbers: 10, 12, 14, 25, 29, 43.

Is there a fear or other issue that has held you back from who you really are? The energy this week is conducive to personal transformation. How might you use it? Lucky numbers: 2, 9, 13, 19, 47, 48.

Your intuitive and psychic abilities may be heightened this week. Planning a positive outlet could help avoid the potential to be overwhelmed by incoming information. Lucky numbers: 8, 12, 13, 14, 31, 42.
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Lucky numbers this week:  This week’s odds favour Gemini winners with the luckiest number being 17.
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Twisting fun: The game “Twister” involves dots on a floor mat and people as the playing pieces. Like its title, people do a lot of twisting. Reyn Guyer invented it in 1964. Charles Foley and Neil Rabens helped with artwork and design.

Lawyer first: American author John Grisham has published more than 50 books. Before writing novels, he was a lawyer, which is why most of his books feature lawyers as main characters. His first bestseller was The Firm.
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Blown away: During Paris Fashion Week in 2007, both audience and models were “blown away” by the runway design. Using cyclone technology from his vacuum cleaners, James Dyson created wind machines to blow air at the models.

Sweet goodness: Germany is the home of authentic marzipan, a sweet dessert loved by many. It’s made of only ground almonds and sugar, but many recipes call for other ingredients like egg whites and almond extract.

Big Ben: The clock tower in London, England, affectionately known as Big Ben opened in 1859. The tower’s formal name is Elizabeth Tower. The nickname actually refers to the clock’s 13.7-metric tonne bell inside.
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Where did Napoleon keep his armies? Up his sleevies.

A long shot was leading the big horse race, but not furlong.

Did you hear about the podiatrist who ran for mayor? He was de-feeted.

Customer: “I’ll have a hamburger.”
Waiter: “With pleasure.”
Customer: “No, with pickles and onions.”

Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Disguise. Disguise who?  Disguise the limit!
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