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Return to the now – Chapter one

Silence – what is it and where does it come from? Like the empty coffee cup, is it actually empty or waiting? Contrary to popular belief, the empty cup and saucer is not necessarily a bad thing. It offers optimism, hope and light at the end of that seemingly endless tunnel called life. For me, […]

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Thanksgiving – Life in the coffee time-tunnel

Way back in 2008, I popped into Cafe Roma on Commercial Drive in Vancouver – a cafe that has more than a little history for this old part of Vancouver and for me, a big piece of childhood memory too! One sunny mid-week Spring day, Dave, a contributor to the CoffeeCrew.com website, and I sample […]

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Talking coffee health studies with Natasha Hall of NewsTalk 800 CJAD Montreal

Podcast – Talking coffee with Natasha Hall of CJAD 800 NewsTalk – Montreal – We were talking coffee with Natasha Hall of NewsTak 800 – Montreal on the topic of those seemingly endless health studies on the dire (or wonderful) effects of caffeine and coffee (in general) on your body! This podcast (interview) is around […]

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personal

Talking Ham Radio on CBC Spark with Nora

Social media and its evolution – where did it begin? And where is it going? We enjoy a spectrum of social media tools and experiences in the 21st Century and rightfully so. We have the tools and the technology to make great things happen. But how did we get to where we are today? Humans […]

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travel

Book review – Straddling the Hound – The Curious Charms of Long-Distance Bus Travel

When humanity first put one foot in front of the other and locked its gaze on the horizon, the force of curiosity and exploration would inevitably build nations. Without a curious nature and desire to follow the sun, we would be an entirely different people living in an entirely different world. Retired medical doctor, Trevor […]

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pop culture

Social media 101 – 10 things about todays internet

25 years ago the World wide web was born. In the beginning it all seemed simple enough: Web pages were 100% information. Eventually they would include photos and multi-media. At that point the entire resource became limitless as a medium for knowledge deployment, information sharing and instant global communications. I am fortunate enough to have […]

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food

Food, drink and smoking Summer 2016

Having saved up for a house, back-yard and BBQ for going on 20 years, you can imagine my delight when all of this actually came true! I now have the house and back yard and a very beat up but serviceable Weber Genesis 3-burner 300 series BBQ that is still cooking away (and over ten […]

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personal

A slight book review – Adventures in Solitude

One would hardly think that we could improve on the relative paradise of Kona, Hawaii – a coastal village often basking in a seemingly endless summer sun, caressed by a cleansing surf and feeling the gentle quiet of the off season. Despite this perfection, we did. And we did it with a book no less. […]

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local

And now a moment of shameless self promotion

The highlight of 2007, for me, was recording a CD worth of music… something I have always wanted to do. I grew up in a house that had a fair amount of music in it – A Heinztman piano from the 19th century was a household fixture and I started playing it when I was […]

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food

Summer Cooking 2016 Chapter 1 Butter Chicken

I am a huge curry fan – the hotter the better. This is a very easy recipe to build – and you can heat it up or cool it off however you see fit. Marinade: 1 cup plain yoghurt Greek style High fat content 2 TBL lemon juice 2 TSP Tumeric powder 4 TSP Garam […]

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