August 17, 2020

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Everybody’s Talking

Noisy Neighbours: The new neighbours of Dominique Douthe, who lives in the Landes region of southwestern France, are very annoyed. They don’t like the racket made by the flock of ducks and geese Douthe keeps in her back garden, so they took her to court. The judge on the case said the flock could  stay, but asked for more information, including an acoustic audit to  scientifically test the level of noise. Douthe’s lawyer thinks that the judge is buying time and hoping the two parties will work things out between them.

Scaring Monkeys: Farmers in India worry about their crops been ruined by bands of monkeys. But Srikanth Gowda, a farmer in Karnataka, has found a  way to solve the problem: he dyed his dog’s hair to look like a tiger’s stripes.  When the monkeys caught sight of the dog, named Bulbul, near the coffee crop, they ran away. Before taking this action, Gowda had tried stuffed tigers,  which worked for a while, and then the monkeys caught on. Now, Gowda uses his tiger dog, along with large pictures of tigers, to keep the monkeys away. 

Unique Cheese: A creamy delicious cheese made in Sweden is called  Västerbottensost. Well-loved by many, this cheese is made in the village of  Burträsk, in the northeastern part of the country. Interestingly, Burträsk is the only place where this cheese can be properly made. The dairy tried to expand its production of Västerbottensost to other locations in Sweden, but the cheese crafted elsewhere didn’t taste the same. Many legends and rumours explain why this is so, but no one actually knows, so the mystery remains.

To The Rescue: A dog and koala bear were rescued from a mine shaft near  Ipswich in Queensland, Australia, by emergency services personnel, who were called to the scene by the dog’s owner. The owner thought her pooch might have been chasing the koala when both fell into the derelict shaft. The team of rescuers couldn’t go down the shaft due to the danger, so they used ropes and safety nets. The dog responded well, but the koala didn’t cooperate as readily, and it took extra effort to get him out. Veterinarians checked both animals, and neither had any broken bones.

Quoteable Quotes

“The most momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or to evil.”

~ Pythagoras

“No act of kindness, however small, is wasted.”

~Aesop

What’s Happening

THURSDAYS - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

Aug. 19: Long Term Care Transitional Self-Help

A Long Term Care Transitional Public Forum

For care partners of a family member that has had a recent admission to Long Term Care.

 

Topics to be discussed:

– When and how to visit your loved one in Care

– Meaningful visits and communication

– Working with Long Term Care staff

– Loss and grief

 

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

August 17-31 Niagara Pumphouse Online Fundraising Auction

Be ready to place a bid in the online fundraising art auction on August 17-31st. Included in the auction are paintings, photographs, sculptures Muskoka seating by Ontario artists. Visit niagarapumphouse.ca for more details.

Trivia

1. .Scientist Isaac Newton is best known for what?

Three Laws of Motion

2. What does the Italian term “La dolce vita” mean?

The Sweet Life

3. How many bushels are in a peck?

Four

4. Wisdom teeth are our third set of molars—T/F?

True

5. What does it mean “to spill the beans”?

Divulge a secret

 

Games

Did You Know?

Resort Hotel: The Banff Springs Hotel is located in its namesake town in the  Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. It has become known as the “Castle in  the Rockies.”

Long Life: The mountain gorilla, an endangered species, lives in high altitude forests in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They live in  “troops” or “bands” and have an average life span of 35 years when living in the wild.

Famous Artist: Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a famous Canadian artist. Her 1912  painting, Street, Alert Bay, recently sold for $2.4 million (CDN) at auction.  The subject of the painting is a First Nations village in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Teatime: Tea is the most popular beverage in the world. China is the country that produces the most tea, closely followed by India and Kenya. Other big tea-growing countries are Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Turkey.

Bad Government: Kleptocracy is the word used to describe a government whose officials use their positions of authority to steal public money for their own use. In other words, it means the government is corrupt.

On the Lighter Side

How far can a fox run into a grove? Only halfway—then he’s running out of it!

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. Now you know why they call it a workstation.

How many computer programmers does it take to change a lightbulb? None. That’s a hardware problem.

If number two pencils are so popular why are they still number two?

How was copper wire invented? Two lawyers were arguing over a penny.

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