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Staying fresh: Imagine buying grapes at the grocery store and being able to keep them fresh for several months. Farmers in Afghanistan employ an age-old method to do just that. It’s called gangina, a technique that involves using two layers of wet soil as a container for the fruit. The soil, which is formed into the shape of a saucer, is dried in the sun, and the grapes are sealed inside. The airtight saucer is then stored in a cool place, sometimes even underground. The fresh grapes placed inside the container must not be spoiled, squashed, or broken, or the rest of the healthy grapes will spoil as well.
Tiny fruit: Coconuts, those large balls with the brown shells and the white milk and meat hidden inside, bring thoughts of warm climes and interesting cuisine. But big, familiar coconuts aren’t the only variety available. A relative of the coconut is the coquito. This marble-sized fruit is also called pigmy coconut or dwarf coconut, and grows on Jubaea chilensis palm trees that are common in Chile. Unlike the fruit, these trees are huge and can live for many decades. The tiny fruit looks and tastes like its bigger counterpart, but doesn’t have milk inside the shell. A coquito can be used in a variety of dishes, including desserts, snacks, and drinks.
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Wild chickens: There are feral cats and there are feral dogs, but feral chickens? On the Hawaiian island of Kauai (U.S.), these wild birds do, indeed, exist. They can be found everywhere, from the beach to the street to parking lots, which is an odd sight for visitors who are accustomed to seeing chickens in chicken coops. According to the locals, these free-roaming chickens and roosters came into existence after two hurricanes in the 1980s and 1990s wrecked the coops. The homeless domestic birds then mated with other wild fowl already on the island, leading to a poultry population boom.
Water tower home: Lots of people make homes out of abandoned buildings, such as old churches or schoolhouses. But a pair of cousins from Nieuw-Lekkerland, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, made a unique transformation. They turned an unused water tower into a home. The cousins are Sven and Lennart de Jong, who lived near the tower as children. When the tower came on the real estate market, they bought it, then spent 10 years making it into beautiful living quarters with their own hands. In the middle of the renovation, they both met and married their spouses, both of whom loved the idea. Now, the two couples and their children each have their own living spaces in their distinctive home.
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“Common sense is not so common.” - Voltaire

“The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one’s eyes.”  - George Sand
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McLean Mill Lights up for the Holidays! Festival of Trees returns to raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital. The national historic site is bringing back its Heritage Light-Up event for three weekends in December: Dec. 3, 4 & 5; Dec. 10, 11 &12; Dec. 17, 18 & 19. Live music every night & Santa will be on site for photo opportunities. The event will have a timed entry system & reservations. For info or to reserve, visit: www.mcleanmill.ca

Milner Christmas Magic: December 3-5, 10-12 & 17-19. Entry by donation 5 to 8pm, with viewing until 8:30pm. 2179 West Island Hwy Qualicum Beach. For info: milnergardens.viu.ca/special-events

Coombs Country Christmas: 2 days, 2 venues & over 80 local vendors! Bradley Centre & the Coombs Fairgrounds are hosting ‘Coombs Country Christmas’. Shop the Bradley Centre, 10am-3pm & Coombs Fairgrounds, 10am-4pm on Dec. 4th & 5th. Proof of vaccination required.
1. Honus Wagner was a famous basketball, soccer, or baseball star?
2. Jellyfish are 95% water - T/F?
3. Grape Nuts cereal was created by Charles Post in 1897, 1920, or 1950?
4. What is a sailor’s emergency signal?
5. Orange is the combination of what two colours?
(see bottom for answers)
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You may have a strong drive to take a big risk to go after what you desire. It may be better to develop a strategy rather than making an impulsive move. Lucky numbers: 3, 29, 30, 43, 45, 46.

You may feel stymied in your efforts right now. Have a discussion with those you trust on where an adjustment in your plans could give you a better result. Lucky numbers: 8, 10, 15, 22, 25, 27.

Your usual ability to readily pick up information from your environment may be on the fritz right now. If so, you will need discernment in your judgment of upcoming situations. Lucky numbers: 4, 9, 23, 24, 37, 45.
You may be currently focused on how best to keep the home fires burning smoothly. Think through where your viewpoint may need to be changed to achieve this outcome. Lucky numbers: 1, 2, 6, 10, 40, 45.
You may easily communicate your ideas to others. However, don’t self-identify so strongly with those ideas that you end up arguing with others. Listen to their viewpoints as well. Lucky numbers: 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 35.
You may be uncertain about what you want in a situation. If so, decide what next step is best in alignment with your heart’s desire, and the uncertainty should recede. Lucky numbers: 6, 17, 20, 23, 38, 46.
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You may be experiencing a calm, smooth environment right now. If so, you may want to take this opportunity to expand outside of your comfort zone to do something different. Lucky numbers: 3, 6, 7, 19, 22, 27.
Your plans may not be manifesting as you hoped. If so, be careful of getting angry, which may only make matters worse. Better to wait and reassess the situation. Lucky numbers: 2, 14, 18, 19, 35, 42.
This time holds a potential for achieving your deeply felt hopes and wishes. To do so, let go of any old karmic patterns and beliefs that are holding you back. Lucky numbers: 4, 7, 18, 23, 31, 43.
A focus on your relationships may be ongoing. If so, be aware of your emotions and feelings. How are they influencing your interactions with others? What changes need to be made? Lucky numbers: 1, 10, 14, 35, 36, 46.
Your focus may be on how to improve the lives of others. If so, you may need to wait a bit before the conflicting elements of your plan come together. Lucky numbers: 2, 6, 11, 14, 18, 48.
Your energy level may be low, leaving you feeling tired. If so, think of where you can reduce your commitments so that you can lower stress and get more rest. Lucky numbers: 3, 5, 7, 25, 36, 48.

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Rock star: British rock star Rod Stewart was born in London, England, in 1945. He was involved in several bands during his youth, including the Jeff Beck Group and The Faces, before becoming a solo artist with such singles as “Maggie May” and “Tonight’s the Night.”
 
Ouchy elbow: Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, means the forearm muscles are being overused, causing damage and pain in the tendons. The condition is caused by repetitive motions, such as painting, repeatedly using a tool and, yes, playing tennis.
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Lovely linen: Many people may wonder where the linen fabric in their sheets, suits, and napkins originates. This fabric comes from the flax plant. Its fibres are woven to make a durable, moisture-resistant material.

Tough game: While most people are familiar with 5-pin and 10-pin bowling, there is also a game called candlepin bowling. The pins in this game are tall and slender and are frustratingly hard to knock over with the small bowling balls used in the game.

Migrating mammals: Another name for the wildebeest is the gnu. These hooved mammals live in the open plains of Africa, such as the Serengeti. They eat grasses and seasonally migrate to find food.
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What do you get if you cross an octopus with a piece of furniture? An arm, arm, arm, arm, arm, arm, arm, armchair.

Instructor: What is the most common reason for dry skin?
Medical student: Towels.

Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Hiatus. Hiatus who? Hiatus lunch and now the school bully is after me.

Where did the smart cat go to school? Purr-due.

Why did Dracula run out of the garden? He saw sunflowers coming up.
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Trivia Answers: 1. Baseball star  2. True  3. 1897  4. SOS  5. Red and yellow
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Noisy home: Living beside a busy highway isn’t most people’s idea of peace and quiet. A woman in Guangdong province, northwest of Hong Kong, doesn’t seem to care about that. Known as Ms. Liang, the woman refused to take a payout from the government to sell her house so the Haizhuyong Bridge in the city of Guangzhou could be built. Many other homeowners and businesses took the compensation, and the construction proceeded. To accommodate the house, which is located in a pit, four lanes of traffic had to be split to go around it.
Rare pasta: The island of Sardinia, Italy, is home to the rarest pasta in the world. Called su filindeu, which means “the threads of God,” this pasta has been made for centuries to feed pilgrims who pass through the area. Today, however, not many people know how to make by hand the slimmer-than-angel-hair threads of pasta from semolina flour, water, and salt. One of those people is 60-something-year-old Paola Abraini, whose niece and sister-in-law also know the tricks of the trade. Abraini wants to teach others before making the noodle becomes a lost art, but su filindeu is so arduous to create, that few will step up to the challenge. Su filindeu could be called an “endangered pasta.”
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Attic antics: No one wants to discover that a stranger might have taken refuge in their home’s attic, but that’s just what happened to Monica Green of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. The mother of three had noticed a few signs that something might be awry, such as missing food and a disabled security system. But one day, she arrived home to find the door open, the TV on, and a plate of food on the kitchen table. She called the cops, and they discovered that someone had been living in the attic, possibly for as long as three weeks. Green has changed the locks, but still feels a little weird knowing that a stranger had been hiding in her attic for a while.
Try, try again: No matter where one lives, getting a driver’s licence is a rite of passage for most people. The trouble is that many fail the test the first time (or even the second or third time) before finally gaining the right to drive. But for a man in England, the third time trying his driving theory test was just the beginning of his attempts. He finally managed to pass the test after failing it 157 times. These many efforts made quite a hole in the man’s bank account; trying, and trying again, cost him over £3,000. His next step was getting through the practical exam. Hopefully he’s better at actually driving than at the written test.
“To be awake is to be alive.” - Henry David Thoreau

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” - James Baldwin
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CWL Craft Fair: Sat., Nov. 27, 10am-3pm. Join us for our first in-person fundraising vendor fair! There will be crafts, home-based businesses, baking, even a balloon artist! Snacks, drinks & hot lunch available from the on-site kitchen. All monies raised from the table-rentals & food sales will go to support the charitable causes of the Catholic Women’s League. Covid safety plan in place, vaccine passport & masks required for entry. Interested in being a vendor? Please call the church office at 250-723-8912 for more information! 4731 Burke Road.

Coombs Country Christmas: 2 days, 2 venues & over 80 local vendors! Bradley Centre & the Coombs Fairgrounds are hosting ‘Coombs Country Christmas’. Shop the Bradley Centre, 10am-3pm & Coombs Fairgrounds, 10am-4pm on Dec. 4th & 5th. Proof of vaccination required.
1. Which Starr was a member of The Beatles?
2. What is the main ingredient in coq au vin?
3. If a text is abridged, is it translated or shortened?
4. A full moon’s face is fully illuminated by the sun’s light - T/F?
5. When was the first episode of the TV show Seinfeld aired - 1989, 1999, or 2009?
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An opportunity exists for a deeper understanding of old wounds and to seek new information to help heal any lingering effects. Approach others gently in a discussion of these issues. Lucky numbers: 8, 15, 18, 25, 46, 47.
You may experience an unexpected event. The situation may require discipline and hard work to address. Efforts you make now in this regard may reap benefits down the road. Lucky numbers: 3, 16, 17, 18, 21, 33.
Your direction and purpose may be on your mind. Research and gather information on new opportunities & be aware of your emotional response. The right one should generate an “aha” moment. Lucky numbers: 4, 12, 17, 21, 37, 44.
You may have been focused for a while on dreams about your ideal situation. Perhaps you want to wait a bit to develop your plans, until you feel more grounded. Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 35.

Your natural charm and easy connection to others has the potential to be enhanced now. Focus on this energy as a way to move past any obstacles that may occur. Lucky numbers: 5, 8, 22, 41, 42, 47.

You may feel confused or believe that you are being deceived by others. If so, find the belief that is controlling this pattern. Use your practical nature to implement a solution. Lucky numbers: 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 35.
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Your heart may want to rule at this time. Your Libra energy is best used in artistic endeavours or playing the diplomat who can bring together people at odds. Lucky numbers: 3, 8, 12, 44, 46, 48.

You likely have the drive and energy to work hard at achieving goals, particularly ones that spotlight you. Be sure to recognize the contributions of those who may assist you. Lucky numbers: 1, 6, 10, 15, 39, 43.
The Sun has returned to Sagittarius. Therefore, your natural optimism & communications skills have the potential to be enhanced right now. Be careful, though, of overreach when taking risks. Lucky numbers: 7, 27, 29, 40, 43, 47.
If you are focused now on your relationship, use this time as an opportunity for growth. This applies to the relationship itself, as well as to you and your partner. Lucky numbers: 2, 8, 23, 27, 28, 48.
You may be of two minds: one voice encourages stability while the other wants change. Use your innate creativity to find a compromise that bridges the gap between the two. Lucky numbers: 5, 9, 14, 16, 33, 37.
Neptune is taking a long journey through Pisces. You may feel strong intuition, great empathy, or just confusion and anxiety. Trust that all of it is shaping a better you. Lucky numbers: 6, 8, 11, 36, 39, 43.

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Ode to poetry: English poet John Keats (1795-1821) wrote six odes in 1819, including “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and “Ode on Melancholy.” No one knows the order in which he wrote them.

Tooth talk: Parents will say that their baby is teething when the little one’s teeth start to come through the gums. The medical term for teething is odontiasis.
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Loud call: The bird with the loudest call is the male white bellbird. This bird lives in South America and is only about the size of a pigeon. But its call can hit 125 decibels, which is not safe for human ears to hear. It’s as loud as a fire truck siren.

Food lover’s delight: The Mercado de San Juan (San Juan Market) is a famous traditional market in the centre of Mexico City. It is known for its high-quality offerings of fruit, vegetables, and meat, some of which can be quite striking, such as iguana and lion.

Fish food: A fish-shaped food item in Japan, called taiyaki, isn’t very fishy at all. It is actually a sweet treat made of a crispy flour shell with sweet bean paste inside. Traditionally, it’s served warm.
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Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Europe. Europe who? Europe early. Good morning!

What do teddy bears eat? Nothing. They are too stuffed!

Did you hear about the circus that caught fire? It was “in tents.”

Teacher: All the other students in class forgot to do their homework. Did you forget, too?
Student: No, but tomorrow I’ll try harder.

Why did the hen cross the road? Because she saw what you did to her eggs.
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Trivia Answers: 1. Ringo  2. Chicken  3. Shortened  4. True  5. 1989
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