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August 15 - 21, 2022

Greater Victoria Edition

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Running reds: If your ex-partner is mad at you, be sure they have no way to rent your car. A man from Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province, China, learned that the hard way. The man, known as Qian, had broken up with his girlfriend Lou. Not happy with the situation, Lou enlisted a friend of hers named Chen to rent Qian’s car, through the car-sharing app that she knew he used. She and another buddy took off in the vehicle, blasting through 49 red lights in the hopes she’d get Qian in trouble with the law. Unfortunately for her, the police caught up with Lou through the car rental agreement, and she had to face charges.
Abandoned project: Turkey is home to a ghost town like no other. The town of Burj al Babas, located between Istanbul and Ankara, is an odd sight: hundreds of “castles” sit in the hilly and forested region, but no one lives in any of them. The dwellings were supposed to become luxury vacation accommodations for rich tourists, but the developers ran out of money before the buildings were all completed. Today, the ornate facades, complete with turrets and balconies, hide many unfinished interiors. Hopefully the economy will turn, and enough of the homes will be sold to pay off the debt, which could bring some life back to this ghostly place.
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Weird TV show: Everyone has a favourite television program, whether it is a sitcom, a crime drama series, or a nature documentary. For many living in Japan, that never-to-be-missed TV show lasts only six minutes, comes on well after midnight, and features one thing: a woman running up a steep hill. It’s a different woman every night, and she could be someone famous. The show is called Zenryoku Zaka, which has been airing from Mondays to Thursdays on TV Asahi for 15 years. It’s filmed in or around Tokyo, using various streets as the backdrop for the running woman. The show may soon start to feature men running up steep hills.
Small suite: Put a bed in a bathroom and - voila! - it’s a micro studio apartment! A landlord in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, tried to do just that. The “suite” was advertised to attract a single renter looking to live in the downtown area of the city. However, the listing didn’t work out well because the floor space is only 15 square metres (about 160 sq. ft.), less than the requirement set out in the city’s micro dwelling development guidelines. The guidelines also say that the bathroom must be separate from the living area. The landlord had hoped to get $680 (CAD) per month for the unit, an indicator of the expensive housing market in this coastal city.
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“Often continuity is visible only in retrospect.” - Mary Catherine Bateson

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
- Confucius
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Digital Duos: A five-week program pairing seniors 55+ with tech savvy volunteers aged 15-50, aimed towards increasing digital literacy through technology mentoring. Next intake Aug 24th. Apply to be a Mentee or Mentor.
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Victoria Grandmothers for Africa Virtual Cycle Tour: Held Aug. 13 - Sept 9.  To raise funds for physical & mental health support for resilient Grandmothers & their families devastated with the consequences of the HIV & AIDS pandemic in Africa.  Women over 55 are welcome - any level, any bike. Register today at www.VG4a.ca/event-4762470

Music in the Park: Held every Sunday in July & August, 2-4pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Aldwynd Rd. A free, family-friendly event featuring local bands & musicians who perform songs in a variety of genres. Bring your own blanket or chair, or just dance!

West Coast Amateur Radio Association Swap Meet: Radio gear for sale Sept. 25, 1pm, at Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St. Victoria. Visit: www.ve7vic.ca

Peninsula Newcomers Club welcoming women to the Peninsula since 1987. Membership enquiries: peninsulanewcomers@gmail.com For event dates/info, visit www.peninsulanewcomers.com

Neighbours  Lunch: St. Andrews Church Hall, 9691 Fourth St., Sidney on Wednesdays, 11am-12:4pm. There is no charge & guests are asked to wear a mask except when seated & eating.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Victoria Stroke Recovery is inviting new members & volunteers. We meet on Fridays, 10:30-1:30. Please call Zoe at 250.897.4340 for info.

James Bay Community Market: Until Sept. 24, 9am-3pm, corner of Menzies & Superior. Produce, food & crafts.

2022 Esquimalt Farmers Market: We’ll be here for you 4:30-7:30 on Mondays at Gorge Park, 1070 Tillicum Rd.,  & Thursday’s Memorial Park, 1200 Esquimalt Rd. Running April 3rd til September 8th. Our team is on a mission to build sustainable communities, strengthen our local food system & business community & encourage community gathering & relationship building.

Gamblers Anonymous Meetings held Friday’s at 7pm at Emery Hall, 537 Glencairn Lane Colwood.

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: wilsonstransportation.com & email resume to: erin.smith@gowilsonsgroup.com
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1. Giant sequoia trees can live to be as much as 1,000, 2,000, or 3,000 years old?
2. Which U.S. president publicly shared his dislike of broccoli?
3. The capital of Bhutan is what?
4. Who invented the first remote-controlled boat?
5. What is the name of the dog on the box of Cracker Jacks?
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You may want to impulsively jump into a new love connection. Feel free to enjoy the moment, but also consider whether you have enough shared values to support a long-term relationship. Lucky numbers: 7, 9, 21, 43, 44, 47.
In the midst of recent changes in your life, you may feel that you are existing on constantly shifting sands right now. This week could provide some much-needed relief. Lucky numbers: 6, 14, 21, 27, 28, 43.
Late this week, your emotions may heighten your quick and intellectual nature. The next several weeks might be fast paced and busy. Try to be sensitive to the feelings of others. Lucky numbers: 18, 21, 26, 30, 31, 34.
Nurturing yourself and others can be a major life theme for those born under your sign. Perhaps if you focus on this now, a hidden potential or opportunity may surface for you. Lucky numbers: 4, 17, 19, 24, 33, 39.
In a world that is often chaotic, you may be feeling a moment of considerable optimism. Try to take advantage of it to add more joy into your life in the near future. Lucky numbers: 20, 27, 33, 41, 43, 44.
Virgos often strive for logical, grounded arguments, and this may be particularly true for you this week. Try to remember to have sympathy for those who don’t share your skills. Lucky numbers: 3, 9, 11, 25, 32, 37.
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At the beginning of the week, you may find that your thoughts and feelings are not in sync. Waiting a few days before acting on your emotions might be the best choice. Lucky numbers: 9, 10, 21, 30, 33, 35.

You may want to carefully evaluate any information you receive now. Consider how you might be able to use it positively to help you deal with your fears, rather than adding to them. Lucky numbers: 5, 8, 14, 15, 20, 45.
Sagittarians often hold strong beliefs about philosophical questions of how the world operates. Perhaps now is a good time to avoid arguing with others whose world views conflict with yours. Lucky numbers: 2, 13, 21, 23, 31, 42.
You still may be in a period of transformation, tearing down and rebuilding your sense of who you are. This week could provide a moment of strong encouragement about your progress. Lucky numbers: 10, 12, 22, 35, 38, 40.
Are you trying to accomplish something that requires a cooperative effort with others? If so, you might want to consider an adjustment in your approach to those whose help you need. Lucky numbers: 8, 10, 16, 17, 21, 25.
You may find your interactions with others are confused this week. Your intuitive qualities might be out of sync with their more grounded nature. Try not to let that disturb you. Lucky numbers: 1, 12, 16, 29, 32, 48.
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Lucky numbers this week:  This week’s odds favour Leo winners with the luckiest number being 33.
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House in a barn: On a property near Bay Port, Michigan (U.S.), a couple built a house inside their grandfather’s dairy barn, and they run it as a vacation rental. On display in this unique house are many old farm relics.

Real name: He is known as the Wizard of Oz, but in the book by Frank Baum, his legal name is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. The character says he only uses his first two initials because the rest of them together spell “Pinhead.”

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Ham and pineapple: Those who like ham and pineapple pizza can thank Sam Panopoulos, a Greek-born, Canadian restaurateur. In the 1960s, he added pineapple to a ham and bacon pizza because he thought the sweet and savoury mix would taste good.

Holding a grudge: Don’t do anything to anger a crow! Biologists have figured out that crows are smart enough to recognize human faces, and if someone annoys them, crows can hold a grudge for years.

Northern lights: Sleeping through a chance to see aurora borealis, or the northern lights, would be disappointing. That’s why some hotels in Iceland offer an optional wake-up service to customers in case the spectacular event appears after they have gone to sleep.
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Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Sizzle. Sizzle who? Sizzle hurt you more than it will hurt me.

Someone stole my mood ring. I don’t know how I feel about that.

A witch published a book of potion recipes, but it was useless. She forgot to spell-check.

Nit: “Haven’t I seen your face before?”
Wit: “I don’t think so. It’s always been between my ears.”

Why do kings have royal seals? Because royal walruses eat too much.
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Trivia Answers: 1. 3,000  2. George H.W. Bush  3. Thimphu  4. Nikola Tesla  5. Bingo
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August 8 - 14, 2022

Greater Victoria Edition

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Pebbly pictures: Combing the beach for colourful, oddly shaped stones is always fun. For Justin Bateman, an English artist, the stones come in handy for his creations: mosaic pictures that he puts together right on the beach. He uses stones of all shapes, sizes, and colours to reproduce such masterpieces as “Mona Lisa” and “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” His work is eye-catching, but viewers have to be quick because the pieces don’t last long in their rugged, natural environment. Bateman can spend from one or two days to several weeks completing one of his stone works of art. He currently resides in Thailand; his artwork can be seen on beaches and surrounding areas.
Tunnel road: Guoliang is a remote village located high in the Taihang Mountains in China’s Henan Province. People in the village had been quite isolated until the 1970s, when they decided to hand-dig a tunnel so cars could come and go from the scenic location. Using hammers and chisels, they succeeded in building a tunnel that is 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi.) in length. The task took five years to accomplish and was completed in 1977. Before the tunnel’s construction, the only way in and out of Guoliang was via the “Sky Ladder,” a difficult climb up the mountain. Today, the tunnel is a tourist attraction, and the villagers are enjoying a more robust economy.
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Unique pizza oven: Those wanting to enjoy a unique pizza might want to head to the Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala, where Chef Mario David García Mansilla uses lava from the active volcano to cook his gourmet pizzas. His restaurant is called Pizza Pacaya, and it moves according to where cooling lava can be found. The lava forms a kind of cave as it cools, creating a sort of oven where the chef can bake his pies. He also cooks the pizza directly on top of molten rocks. In either case, he wears protective gear while at work. Patrons can make a reservation for their slice of volcano-cooked pizza. Mansilla got the idea for his restaurant when he saw tourists roasting marshmallows over lava.
Two heads: The diamondback terrapin turtle is a threatened species in the United States, so researchers were excited when a two-headed specimen was born. Now in the care of the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts, the turtle is doing well. It has six legs instead of the usual four, along with two heads that move in and out of the shell independently. A barium test revealed that each head has its own gastrointestinal system, and scientists are looking for ways to learn more about this interesting creature. The turtle is growing well, with the heads seeming to work together to swim and find food.
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“Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.” 
- Jack Nicklaus

“Long after an experience... it is seen quite differently.” - Doris Lessing
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11th Annual August Plant Sale! Hosted by Compost Education Centre on Aug. 6, 10am-1pm, Haegert Park, 1202 Yukon St. Bring a blanket or a picnic so you can enjoy the music in the shade of the giant Sequoia tree. Entry by donation or free for CEC members. Dogs welcome.

Girls Summer Confidence Workshop: Free workshop for girls ages 8-12 on Sat., August 13, 1-4pm, Rogers Society, 765 Rogers Ave. Valuable discussions, activities & empowering guest speakers. Register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/388300726927

Victoria Grandmothers for Africa Virtual Cycle Tour: Held Aug. 13 - Sept 9.  To raise funds for physical & mental health support for resilient Grandmothers & their families devastated with the consequences of the HIV & AIDS pandemic in Africa.  Women over 55 are welcome - any level, any bike. Register today at www.VG4a.ca/event-4762470

Music in the Park: Held every Sunday in July & August, 2-4pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Aldwynd Rd. A free, family-friendly event featuring local bands & musicians who perform songs in a variety of genres. Bring your own blanket or chair, or just dance!

West Coast Amateur Radio Association Swap Meet: Radio gear for sale Sept. 25, 1pm, at Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St. Victoria. Visit: www.ve7vic.ca

Peninsula Newcomers Club welcoming women to the Peninsula since 1987. Membership enquiries: peninsulanewcomers@gmail.com For event dates/info, visit www.peninsulanewcomers.com

Neighbours  Lunch: St. Andrews Church Hall, 9691 Fourth St., Sidney on Wednesdays, 11am-12:4pm. There is no charge & guests are asked to wear a mask except when seated & eating.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Victoria Stroke Recovery is inviting new members & volunteers. We meet on Fridays, 10:30-1:30. Please call Zoe at 250.897.4340 for info.

James Bay Community Market: Until Sept. 24, 9am-3pm, corner of Menzies & Superior. Produce, food & crafts.

2022 Esquimalt Farmers Market: We’ll be here for you 4:30-7:30 on Mondays at Gorge Park, 1070 Tillicum Rd.,  & Thursday’s Memorial Park, 1200 Esquimalt Rd. Running April 3rd til September 8th. Our team is on a mission to build sustainable communities, strengthen our local food system & business community & encourage community gathering & relationship building.

Gamblers Anonymous Meetings held Friday’s at 7pm at Emery Hall, 537 Glencairn Lane Colwood.

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: wilsonstransportation.com & email resume to: erin.smith@gowilsonsgroup.com
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1. What is the only even prime number?
2. The Argentine flag has these two colours and this celestial body.
3. Who wrote the novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
4. What shape depicts psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs?
5. What Mexican holiday originally celebrated the Battle of Puebla in 1862?
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You may want to consider making an adjustment in your style of communicating with others. This could change the way that people see you, and eventually might lead to new opportunities. Lucky numbers: 4, 5, 14, 15, 26, 33.
An unusual or unexpected event in your life may be frustrating to you right now. Taking a deep breath and reflecting on your next steps before acting may be helpful. Lucky numbers: 14, 17, 24, 25, 33, 37.
Are you willing to fight for some specific issue? Gemini’s ability to integrate information that may be conflicting can be useful in presenting a convincing argument on the matter. Lucky numbers: 17, 21, 22, 31, 37, 46.

This week your heart may be in one place and your head in a different one. Waiting to act on anything until this dynamic passes by may be helpful. Lucky numbers: 3, 15, 19, 20, 41, 42.

During the next month, the potential exists to reassess your values. What type of legacy do you want to leave for others, and what can you do to manifest it? Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 12, 25, 27, 48.

Are you having difficulty clearly communicating with your partner right now? If so, initiating a discussion about it between the two of you may be helpful in moving forward. Lucky numbers: 8, 17, 19, 33, 37, 43.
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Libras often prefer for others to be in the limelight, rather than themselves. Right now, though, stepping into the spotlight yourself may be more comfortable than standing in the wings for others. Lucky numbers: 7, 10, 12, 14, 23, 40.
An old, karmic issue may be resurfacing in your life right now. What might be helpful would be to resolve the prior consequences of this matter before trying to move forward. Lucky numbers: 12, 16, 18, 28, 29, 41.
Right now, there may be an opportunity to light a fire under the plans to achieve your life’s dreams and wishes. However, you may need to proactively reach for it. Lucky numbers: 1, 4, 6, 16, 20, 27.
A trait of many Capricorns is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other until they get where they are going. Events this week may reinforce that pattern. Lucky numbers: 2, 4, 8, 17, 21, 31.

The full moon in your sign may provide a strong potential for you to bring a project to completion. Then you might be able to begin planning for the next six months. Lucky numbers: 22, 25, 36, 39, 40, 44.

Have you been in a pattern of having a difficult time getting out of your own way? You may find more endurance now to break through the obstacles that have impeded your progress. Lucky numbers: 15, 16, 19, 28, 29, 38.
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Couples only: Switzerland has many laws in place to protect animals, even guinea pigs. It’s illegal to own only one. These mammals are highly social, so having only one lone(ly) guinea pig is considered animal abuse.

Waiting until the end: Going to the movies means sitting through lots of movie previews, so why are they called “trailers”? In the early days of showing movies, these film clips were shown after the main show, therefore they trailed it.

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Living on air: Air plants come in many shapes and sizes, but the common denominator is that they don’t need soil to grow. Just submerge and soak them for a while to water them, and mist them between soaks.

Fastest man: A rare genetic disorder caused Zion Clark to be born without legs. In February 2021, he broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest 20 metre (65 ft.) walk on hands alone, finishing in under 4.8 seconds. His triumph took place at his former high school gym in Massillon, Ohio (U.S.).

Spectacular falls: The Zambezi River flows between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and its claim to fame is the magnificent Victoria Falls. The water cascades down a ledge that is 1,708 metres (5,640 ft.) wide, into a gorge 108 metres (354 ft.) below.
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I was accused of being a plagiarist. Their words, not mine.

Waiter: “What’s the matter with the soup?”
Customer: “I asked for barley soup, not barely soup!”

What goes trot-dash-trot-dash-dash? Horse code.

Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Decay. Decay who? Decay is after the J in the alphabet!

Did you hear that the fire-eater got engaged? He ran into an old flame.
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Trivia Answers:1. Two  2. Blue, white, sun  3. Truman Capote  4. Pyramid  5. Cinco de Mayo
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