December 28th, 2020

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Everybody’s Talking

Stone Artist: Akie Nakata is an artist who makes her creations out of the unusual medium of small rocks or stones. As a child, Akie, as she is known, loved to draw animals and birds, and a few years ago she decided to paint them on rocks and stones. She has an uncanny ability to choose exactly the right stone for her subject, be it an owl, a puppy, a pigeon, or a kitten. She never changes the stone by chipping any of it away to suit the design. Instead, she leaves the rock as she found it. Once complete, her creatures seem alive, with the eyes looking out at the viewer.

Weather Dog: During the COVID-19 pandemic, a weatherman in Tampa, Florida (U.S.), got some help with his broadcast from a furry friend. Paul Dellegatto was on camera in his home office, with the cameraman aiming the lens at him from outside his window. Suddenly, Dellegatto’s golden retriever, Brody, entered the frame. In doing so, he nudged the computer, and the weather map blinked off. Dellegatto soldiered on, reading the material instead. Brody then decided to go to the window to greet the cameraman, blocking the camera’s view. No matter – viewers loved the interruption!

Tile Creations: A mosaic artist in the city of Chicago, Illinois (U.S.), not only makes works of art but does a service to his city at the same time. Jim Bachor learned about the beauty and durability of mosaics after taking courses in Italy. Back home, he decided to use the tough material to beautify his neighbourhood while fixing a pothole. One thing led to another, and soon Bachor had become a street artist. He started looking for potholes and designing custom mosaics to decorate them. He uses traffic cones to protect his work while it sets.

Desert Island: An island off the coast of Senegal, in northwest Africa, is home to the Viana Desert. The island is Boa Vista, which is part of Cape Verde, an archipelago of nine islands. The Viana Desert is actually an extension of the Sahara Desert, with the wind carrying sand from mainland Africa. This small desert is about 5 kilometres (3 mi.) long and has dunes, volcanic rocks, and sparse vegetation. The hiking is not difficult for adventurers, and outfitters are available to take visitors on excursions.

Quoteable Quotes

“Light tomorrow with today” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning


“Too low they build who build beneath the stars.” —Edward Young

What’s Happening

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May 13-14, 2021: DigiMarCon Canada West 2021 - Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition

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1601 Bayshore Dr., Vancouver BC

 

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Trivia

1. Cocobolo, Ebony, and Mopane are all types of what product?

Wood

2. Which American poet wrote “Mending Wall”?

Robert Frost

3. Name the person who said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. What is the capital of Somalia?

Mogadishu

5. In terms of navigation, what do the letters GPS stand for?

Global Positioning System

Games

Did You Know?

Buckle Up: Seatbelts were used in aircraft before they were used in automobiles.  The idea of using them in cars was not even presented until the early 1950’s.  The Ford car company started offering them in 1956.

Weather Forecast: A barometer is a tool that meteorologists use to measure the pressure in the atmosphere.  This instrument which is used to make short-term weather forecasts was invented in the 1600’s.

Thorny Story: Colleen McCullough (1937-2015) comes from New South Wales, Australia. The author is best known for The Thorn Birds, which was published in 1997.  It was made into a TV miniseries in 1983.

Skunky Scent: No one wants to get sprayed by a skunk.  If you encounter one of these small, black and white animals and it starts hissing and stomping its feet, get away from it as fast as you can.

Solar System Discovery: Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun.  It was discovered, with the help of a telescope in 1781 by German-born British astronomer William Herschel.

On the Lighter Side

Teacher: “What’s your favourite instrument?”

Student: “The school bell.”

 

Who earns money without working a single day?  The night watchman.

How many opticians does it take to change a lightbulb? Is it One or Two? One… or Two?

Inflation: The process that enables you to live in a more expensive neighbourhood without going into the trouble of moving.

If you think talk is cheap, you haven’t talked to a lawyer.

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