Coffee News - Vancouver Island

Oct 18 - 24, 2021

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Hungry owls: No one wants to use chemical pesticides to protect crops, and apple farmers in Japan don’t have to. That’s because a natural predator is available to help keep their orchards free of field voles. That predator is the Ural owl (Strix uralensis). These birds build nests in the hollows of trees near the orchards, and farmers even supply man-made structures to attract them. The night hunters do swift work of nabbing voles, which can do considerable damage to apple trees and cut into the profits of the farm.
Inked all over: Some people get a tattoo (or two) somewhere on their bodies, but Kerstin Tristan decided to get her whole body tattooed. The grandmother from Leipzig, Germany, started on her tattoo odyssey in 2015 when she got her first one. Now, her arms, legs, torso, hands, and feet are almost completely covered. The tattoos range from flowers to butterflies to women’s faces to leopard spots to strings of pearls. Tristan has spent, so far, about €30,000 on her body art, and she doesn’t regret it. She intends to keep filling the blank spots with more tattoos.
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Mural mandate: A mural on the side of a building in Warsaw, Poland, helps clear the air of pollutants. Located near a busy metro station, the mural is made of special photocatalytic paint that lures pollutants from the air. The pollutants are then changed into harmless particles, which are washed away when it rains. The mural features flowers with smiling faces, with the foliage wrapped around tall buildings. The project was part of the City Forests campaign. Several other cities around the world are part of the movement, including Bogotá, Columbia; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Melbourne, Australia.
Cat lady: A woman who lives in Muscat, Oman, is a true animal lover. In fact, she loves animals so much that her home has become a shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Maryam al-Balushi didn’t always appreciate animals. Her affection for felines began in 2008 when her son brought home a Persian cat, which she grew to adore. She started taking pity on strays, and today she has nearly 500 cats and about a dozen dogs. It costs almost $8,000 per month for food and vet care, which at first she paid herself, but now donors help her with the bills. She hopes everyone will understand that animals need to be treated with compassion.
“We heed no instincts but our own.” - Jean de La Fontaine 

“Tell him to live by yes and no - yes to everything good, no to everything bad.” - William James
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Esquimalt Celebration of Lights Music Bingo Fundraiser for Dec. 5 Christmas Parade & Carol Sing on Oct, 23, 7pm at the Chief & Petty Officer’s Mess, 1575 Lyall St. $10/person with some great prizes! Must show proof of vaccination to attend & wear a mask when not at your table. Visit:

7th Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival: Now until Oct. 24. Mixes virtual & in-person screenings. In the virtual cinema, the VIJFF presents 5 films, 3 short films & 2 live-streamed conversations with film directors & other panelists. In-person screenings (Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St) include 2 feature-length films, live jazz pre-show performances, complimentary snack boxes by chef Yousef Kayal & a family film for children ages 10 & up. By donation. Info: 250-882-4527.

Halloween Film Camps: In person, for kids & teens. Available in both Nanaimo & Langford locations. October 23rd & 24th. Kids Halloween Acting Film Camp, 9am-2pm, ages 8-11yrs. Teens Full Throttle Film for Halloween, 4-9pm, ages 12-16yrs. $175 + tax. Text 250.714.2555 for more info. No experience necessary.

Family Caregivers of BC has local free support programs for caregivers. To find out more information, contact them at 250-940-4602 or visit

The Wilson’s Group is Hiring! Drivers, Mechanics, Customer Service and Administration roles available. Hiring for full time, part time, and casual positions.Our website: & email resume to:

Pop Up Sale: Sat., Nov. 6, 10am-4pm, featuring new & gently used Christmas items including toys, books, decor, ornaments & more. Our Thrift Store will be open as well Broad View United, 3703 St. Aidan’s St. near Richmond & Cedar Hill X.

Sidney Concert Band - Salute to Our Veterans: The concert will take place on Nov. 7, 2pm at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office number at 250-656-0275.

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:

Please Note: The printed version of Coffee News is currently available in the Parksville/Qualicum, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Duncan and parts of Victoria on Vancouver Island. More areas coming soon.
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1. Which country produces the most tea in the world - China, India, or Sri Lanka?
2. One fathom is equal to 6 ft., 8 ft., or 12 ft.?
3. What is a chanterelle?
4. The Caladrius, the Phoenix, and the Roc are types of what?
5. What creates a phenomenon called a fogbow or white rainbow?
(see bottom for answers)
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Your concentration could be very strong. You might become so engrossed in your work that you may not be able to do anything else until you find the info that you seek. Lucky Numbers: 2, 7, 12, 18, 22, 34.
You may want to pursue the one person you desire. This could be exciting, as romance also might run high. Games or contests may provide you with an extra burst of energy. Lucky Numbers: 11, 18, 20, 25, 38, 45.
Your ability to keep yourself on track may enable you to reach out to new resources for solutions. Your past experiences could help you see past facades to find answers. Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 9, 10, 40, 42.
A new or renewed personal relationship may prove to be romantic and pleasing to you. You might want to look your best and behave in a friendly way. Lucky Numbers: 12, 15, 26, 31, 32, 45.

You may attract what you need by allowing others to approach you. You might be more inclined to go along with situations than to forcefully try to make things happen. Lucky Numbers: 6, 16, 21, 26, 36, 41.
This may be a positive time, especially if you are involved in learning. Your appreciation for the warmth and assurance of a mentor could provide you with much pride. Lucky Numbers: 1, 5, 11, 13, 15, 21.
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Trivial battles may be obstacles. You might need to stop pushing yourself so hard. Your personal need to be nurtured could help you understand the importance of family. Lucky Numbers: 5, 23, 24, 31, 41, 45.
Some intense rivalry or personal conflict may take you by surprise. You might feel that you must stand up for your rights in the face of this opposition. Lucky Numbers: 8, 18, 28, 36, 39, 44.

Interesting connections may unlock new doors. You might want to edit a proposal or in some way adjust your way of communicating in order to come to a mutual agreement. Lucky Numbers: 17, 20, 24, 25, 27, 30.
You may need to talk about past experiences to understand the truth. Old resentments that you might have tried to conceal could resurface and cause you distress. Lucky Numbers: 13, 21, 26, 32, 41, 42.
Your ability to converse may attract the interest of people who matter. Do not allow pressure to push your goals out of focus. Think hard and fast, remembering all the facts. Lucky Numbers: 5, 15, 16, 17, 30, 47.
You may feel an urgency to eliminate negative influences. You might need to show your reliability and your willingness to perform your duties and obligations. Lucky Numbers: 16, 19, 23, 26, 33, 46.

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Famous relative: The famous F. Scott Fitzgerald was named after his distant relative, who may be even more famous. Francis Scott Key wrote the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” America’s national anthem.

Cold lovers: Yakutian horses live in Yakutia (Sakha) Republic, in the Siberian region of Russia, where temperatures in the winter can dip to -70°C (-94°F). These small horses are heavy for their size because they have a layer of fat, as well as a thick mane, to keep them warm.
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Unique design: For a unique, personalized cooking and eating space, people may choose to have a “bespoke” kitchen. That means that the area is custom designed for the owner’s exact preferences.

Runny nose: Having a runny nose is a common consequence of eating spicy foods. That’s because the chili peppers in spicy dishes contain the chemical capsaicin, which is a natural decongestant.

Landlocked: The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, known as Laos, is landlocked and shares borders with China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma (Myanmar). The capital of Laos is Vientiane, and the country’s official language is Lao.
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Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide.

Three men were in a boat. It capsized, but only two got their hair wet. Why? One was bald.

Dentist: “You need a crown.”
Patient: “Finally, someone who understands me!”

Did you hear about the umbrella salesman who saved his money for a sunny day?

A three-year-old had received a severe sunburn that reached the peeling stage. His mother heard him saying to himself as he was washing up for dinner, “Only three years old, and wearing out already.”
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Trivia Answers: 1. China  2. 6 ft.  3. Type of mushroom 4. Mythical birds 
5. Light refracted in fog
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