Bunker Boy by Randy Rainbow

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Skip the ad if you want to, but don't miss a second of the 3-minute video!

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Pub Night Tonight At Valley Mills Fire Dept. & Auxiliary

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Have a game of pool or darts and enjoy the music and bar facilities.

Pop, chips and bars will be available from the canteen; free coffee & tea all evening.

Admission $5.00 per person. Ages 19+, ID's requested at the door.

All the best people will be there!


Come To The First Ever Celtic Oktoberfest! Saturday, October 25, 2014 6:30 pm

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You'll want to be a part of the inaugural Celtic Oktoberfest celebrating the burgeoning local micro-brewery industry in Nova Scotia. Not to be missed!

All brews are produced in the maritimes. This event will be held in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. Katelyn MacDonald 902-625-0958

Craft Breweries: 

Big Spruce Brewing

Uncle Leo's Brewery

Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company

Garrison Brewing Co.

Boxing Rock Brewing Company

Hell Bay Brewing Company

The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery

North Brewing Company

Tatamagouche Brewing Co.

Local providers and food establishments, the best of the best in Cape Breton, will be providing a fabulous selection of locally-sourced offerings to enjoy with the beers.

Local Food Establishments:

Clove Hitch Bar & Bistro

Cabot Links

The Dancing Goat Cafe & Bakery

Fleur-de-Lis Tea Room and Dining Room

Miller's Tap & Grill

Haven Coffeebar

Governor's Pub & Eatery

NSCC Culinary

Martin's Fine Bakery

This being Cape Breton, it wouldn't be a party if we didn’t have live Celtic music. Some of the island’s best musicians will take the stage to make this night memorable.


Mac Morin & Wendy MacIsaac 

Party Boots

Don't miss this very special event! Get your tickets before they run out. 

Katelyn MacDonald  |  Marketing & Events Coordinator

Strait Area Chamber of Commerce   |   Cape Breton Partnership

P: 902-625-0958   |   C: 902-577-7119   |   F: 902-625-5985


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Spruce Up The Planet! 22 April 2014 Earth Day Celebration At Light & Bright

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Here's your chance to support local and have a good time. The event will start at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at 2534 Agricola Street. I have no idea where that is, you are on your own finding it.


One More Thing Downton Abbey - A Gingerbread House

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I am a huge Downton Abbey fan and I am impatiently waiting for it to resume on January 6 (I think) after a too-long hiatus. In the meantime, we fans soothe our souls with Downton Abbey-themed entertainment. Nothing I have seen so far has gone so far as Curtis Jensen's Downton Abbey gingerbread house. It's magnificent!

Yes, he made this himself in his kitchen. Click on the link to find the video and watch him create this cookie masterpiece. It's done to the music of Downton Abbey. All things Downton Abbey for dedicated fans.

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Celtic Colours Festival 2012

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The annual Celtic Colours International Festival will kick off on Friday with an opening concert in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. Get your tickets now and don't miss out!

If you can't get tickets, you can always catch the same performers at the Festival Club after the concerts, held at the Gaelic College, St. Ann's. Tickets are half price for those holding a ticket stub from a Celtic Colours performance that day (the exception being the opening night at $10). 
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Right Some Good back on Cape Breton! Help us spread the word! August 18-26, 2012

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Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada (sic) presents the ultimate foodie adventure! Love food? You’ll love Right Some Good!

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, is the place to be for your ultimate foodie adventure.

Sea, sky, soil and seasons bring their delicious, regional ingredients to the heart of every event. An acclaimed international Chef, an inspired local Chef and a talented aspiring Chef will custom create unique menus that will be staged in a unique location around Cape Breton Island. Every event will also be paired with exceptional local entertainment and beverages that bring each event to perfection.

The festival launched last year to incredible local success and international acclaim. The Huffington Post weighed in on the praise, saying; “Being that this was the first time the festival was being held, I was very impressed with this moveable feast..I feasted on dishes ranging from lobster ragout and rhubarb-glazed pork loin to something I hadn’t yet tried- Nova Scotia sea cucumber- along with some fabulous desserts, like roasted white peaches with a pistachio compote.” Others proclaimed that the first-time festival was “going to be a good old time – with some right good food!” or “the most exciting culinary event happening in Canada!”. Every event in 2011 delivered outstanding experiences to sold-out crowds.

Watch last year’s highlights: Now it is your turn! From August 18-26, 2012 join us for a second helping of Right Some Good foodie adventure as we welcome some of the world’s most renowned Chefs to create one-of-a-kind culinary experiences just for you. Each event’s menu will feature local ingredients prepared in interesting ways, focusing on Cape Breton ingredients that are fresh, seasonal and sustainable.

Each day offers a new way to tempt your taste buds and whet your appetite for the beauty all around you. Only here in Cape Breton can every experience be so far from the ordinary.

Come find out just how good Right Some Good can be!

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I Am A Downton Abbey Addict

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I first started watching it last summer, then picked it up again in the fall. It's a soap opera but a very classy one that has pulled in quite a few people. Teh actors are good and I look forward to Maggie Smith's weekly zingers as Violet, the Dowager Countess. Notice the colour of her dress?

The writing may not be brilliant but the costumes, all done in period style, are very well done. The personalities are very slice-of-life and riddled with the usual human frailties. Then there's the Downton Abbey itself, a magnificent building and a star in its own right (Newbury’s Highclere, in real life).

Just for fun, click on the link I have posted here and find the paper dolls that you can cut out. Paper dolls - remember them? I had them as a young girl.

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Be A Locavore: Fresh, Organic Food For All

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Community gardens and farms located throughout neighborhoods improve the quality of life.

Some communities have drawn up rules and agreements, see below for a sample.

Neighborhood Agriculture is any use for food or horticultural production that occupies less than one acre. It includes but is not limited to home, kitchen, and roof gardens. The use of a site for food production may either be “principal” or “accessory” to other uses, such as a private home. These smaller growing spaces must also comply with the following standards:

·      Sales and donation of fresh food or horticultural products grown on site may occur between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  People are allowed to sell produce from their garden/farm but cannot create a storefront in or make commercial improvements to their home that turn it into a defacto grocery store.  They cannot sell value added foods like jams or baked goods.

·      Compost areas must be set back at least three feet from structures on adjacent properties.

·      If fencing encloses the farmed area, it must be wood or ornamental and comply with a section of the planning code that regulates fences.

·      Mechanized farm equipment is prohibited in residential districts except during the initial preparation of the land, when heavy equipment may be used to prepare the soil. Landscaping equipment designed for household use is permitted in residential districts. All farm equipment must be screened from sight.

Obviously, these rules are for a different kind of community from ours but you can develop your own locale-dependant concepts from this template. One problem we won't have here is water supply. Our local water is pristine and abundant. That makes me smile.

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Ask GPS Tours - A New Travel Advantage In Cape Breton

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Enhance your holiday with a private tour guide in the comfort of your vehicle. Supported by a professionally recorded tour played through your car stereo in English, French or German, our GPS unit will pin-point directions to many places on your itinerary and guide you through with short well-researched presentations. We offer multi-language custom tours for various vacation locations in Canada.

Blending regional music with brief and cogent descriptions of places and events, Ask GPS offers a more authentic vacation experience. Each tour has been carefully crafted to bring you numerous points of interest and will alert you to the best accommodations, restaurants and cafes, artisan studios, live music and dance, local festivals, museums, and attractions that Cape Breton Island has to offer.

It will also lead you to locations off the beaten path - hiking trails and whale tours, wildlife attractions and hidden beaches.

This unique new travel aid will enrich your vacation experience, eliminating the headache of planning, locating and navigating to your destination choices. Your GPS Tour Guide will likely be the best decision of your entire vacation. User friendly and effective, in less than five minutes you are on your way!


Country Square Sets

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Sunday afternoon was spent learning a square dance at The Inn On The Canal in St. Peter's. There were 3 full sets plus a few spares.

We missed the first class at the beginning of the month, which was teaching the Inverness Set, one of the more commonly done dances.

This past weekend they were attempting to resurrect the Grand River Set. There was some discussion between old timers who had danced it years ago and frequent adjustments were made to the caller's notes. If not the exact original, at least we have a set of figures that works. Btw, Kit was rather impressed with himself - he said he was one of the better dancers on the floor. That may very well be true.

I have been told that there is a Marble Mountain Set and that it is a distinct set, not merely a variation of the other dances. If you know it or know someone who does, please let us know. We'd love to learn it but, more importantly, record it before it disappears forever.

So far as I know, there are currently no further classes scheduled but I believe that there will be many more, starting in the near future. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning the dances, let us know and we'll be happy to start classes among ourselves.


Take A Look

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Take a look at the cove this morning, it's gorgeous.


Furag Again, By The Bonfire

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Halloween night was so warm that it's a wonder the furag didn't melt. especially as it was by the fire. (Furag - whipped cream with oats mixed in, it's tastier than you think.)

I just remembered - my tea leaves fortune. She saw a kite, which means something good in my life is going to take off, and another dog. Hmmm, what will it be?


Susan Boyle will appear on the "America's Got Talent" finale on Sept. 16

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You know I am a big Susan Boyle fan so I'm excited to see that she will be performing next Wednesday on America's Got Talent. She will be singing a Madonna song "You'll See" and here are the lyrics.

You think that I cant live without your love

Youll see,

You think I cant go on another day.

You think I have nothing

Without you by my side,

Youll see

Somehow, some way

You think that I can never laugh again

Youll see,

You think that you destroyed my faith in love.

You think after all youve done

Ill never find my way back home,

Youll see

Somehow, someday


All by myself

I dont need anyone at all

I know Ill survive

I know Ill stay alive,

All on my own

I dont need anyone this time

It will be mine

No one can take it from me

Youll see

You think that you are strong, but you are weak

Youll see,

It takes more strength to cry, admit defeat.

I have truth on my side,

You only have deceit

Youll see, somehow, someday


All by myself

I dont need anyone at all

I know Ill survive

I know Ill stay alive,

Ill stand on my own

I wont need anyone this time

It will be mine

No one can take it from me

Youll see

Youll see, youll see

Youll see, mmmm, mmmm


The Things People Think Of!

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The Star Spangled banner played on a Louisville Slugger bat by Glenn Donnellan of the National Symphony Orchestra.
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The Ultimate Sheepdog Performance

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Performance Art by LED-covered Sheep?! How do people think up these things? Better yet, how do they pull them off, with appropriate credit to the beyond-amazing dogs. Leave it to the Welsh! I laughed out loud watching this video.

As the site puts it: We've seen LEDs as great green lighting solutions in many cases, becoming more ubiquitous in lightbulbs, lamps and more. Now a new use for LEDs: as performance art for sheep! Artistic collective BaaaStuds recently strapped thousands of LEDs to the backs of hundreds of sheep and choreographed their movements for some pretty impressive visual arrangements. Gives new meaning to the term ‘Environmental Art’! We’ll let the video speak for itself.
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The Poetry of Long-Range Meteorology

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Miscellaneous Spring Sentiments:

High hopes and shattered dreams: this is early spring. A day brimming with untapped potential, its spark extinguished in the gusty breezes of gathering dusk. Vast northern winterscapes shed of their white winter burden, but unable yet to burst into thankful color: this is early spring.

Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde; two-faced early spring. A netherzone cast out from the crystalline castle of fortress winter, yet left to the trespasses of errant blusters awakened from the darkness of the Arctic night.

Touched by spring's first probings; blasted by winter's rebuke: this is early spring.

Kids try out their pitching arms and chilly bats; gloved hands sting: it is early.

Matted leaves jammed into the shrubs, ruts in the lawn, the carefree crocus, dainty daffodils and towering tulips: spring's beginnings.

The sun climbs higher, its penetrating warmth taking hold and telling us to love life... then turning its back on us behind a cloud. This is spring.

Robins setting up housekeeping; geese in chevron flight; it must be early spring.

A hopeful spurt in temperature; a spiteful east wind; gusty blusters straining to strike a truce between winter's fury and spring's softness.

Oh, we know the outcome of this battle, but that in no way foreshortens it.

Played out before us for all our years, early spring is a reflection of our very lives: the strains, the yearnings, the vision, the disappointment and disillusionment, the teasing, the scolding, promotions and layoffs, enchantment and longing, eager anticipation and cautious trepidation, sorrow and tears, the laughter and mirth. We seek out tomorrow but can't leave yesterday; it is only the start of spring.

Posted by Elliot Abrams on Friday, March 20, 2009 7:46 AM http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-blogs.asp?partner=accuweather&blog=Abrams&pgurl=/mtweb/content/Abrams/archives/2009/03/spring_starts_with_snow_in_new_york_city.asp

I think this is even better if you read it out loud, with feeling. Elliott Abrams waxes poetic rather frequently and he is quite good at it.- Mag


In Honor Of St.Patrick's Day on the 17th, Here Is An Old Irish Poem

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Deep Peace

Deep peace of the running wave to you;

Deep peace of the flowing air to you;

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you;

Deep peace, deep peace.

Deep peace of the sleeping stones to you;

Deep peace of the wandering wind to you;

Deep peace of the flock of stars to you;

Deep peace, deep peace.

Deep peace of the Eastern wind to you;

Deep peace of the Western wind to you;

Deep peace of the Northern wind to you;

Blue wind of the South to you;

Pure red of the whirling flame to you;

Pure white of the silver moon to you;

Pure green of the emerald grass to you;

Deep peace of the running wave to you;

Deep peace of the flowing air to you;

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you;

Deep peace, deep peace . . .

This version has been sung to music by Judy Collins and Donovan Leitch, among others.


He's Ba-ack! Stein Bagger’s Bodyguard Shot In Back - I Wonder Why

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Bagger's bodyguard shot in back The personal bodyguard of disgraced former IT Factory executive Stein Bagger was shot in the back while sitting in a cafe located in the city centre this afternoon. Well-known Hells Angels biker Brian Sandberg was shot in a central Copenhagen cafe at 1pm this afternoon.

Sandberg had been questioned by the Public Prosecutor for Serious Economic Crime this morning in connection with the case against Stein Bagger. The Hells Angels member had been hired as a security consultant by Bagger’s company, but according to various reports he was actually the executive’s personal bodyguard.

Thursday, 29 January 2009 14:30 KR News

Read the rest of it here. http://www.cphpost.dk/news/crime/article/155-crime/44599-baggers-bodyguard-shot-in-back.html


Fun Diversions on YouTube

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Can you do this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVgUZCJ7Y7g&NR=1

Here's an inspiring video of a young boy with the voice of an angel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K2EA8SWhh8&feature=related

If you love dogs, you'll love this video of a young girl and her dancing friend as they have a whole lot of fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0jNC_w1tSw&feature=related


SAAB - You Know It's A Great Car

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but look at what these drivers can do with it. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8521999166042642874

Next chapter in the Stein Bagger story (I told you there would be more )

"Bagger has reportedly told family members he was blackmailed into committing fraud by unnamed third parties, claims that Danish police have thus far been unable to verify." Here's the link to the rest of the article. http://www.crn.com/software/212300178 I was introduced to the man in passing when he first came to ITF and I was happy to walk away from his acquaintance without getting to know him further. There was something about the man that made me want to keep my distance. Now I know what that "something" was - he may be a pathological liar and likely more nefarious than that.

Another little tidbit from kaz911.blogspot.com. The home of Stein Bagger and his wife was searched by police yesterday says Danish Newspaper Ekstra Bladet. Stein Baggers “friend” Allan Vestergaards home was searched as well. We will post a follow-up on the relationship between Allan Vestergaard and Stein Bagger later on. Allan seems to be the reason the scam fell through and is a central piece to the whole story.


One sunny day in 2009 ...

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One sunny day in 2009 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench.

He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here."

The old man said, "Okay" and walked away.

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine again told the man, "Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here."

The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.

The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U. S. Marine, saying, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I've told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don't you understand?"

The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it."

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow."


Oidhche nam Bòcan/Night of the Spooks At The Highland Village Museum

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Come and celebrate Halloween with a special evening tour of the Highland Village by lamplight, complete with storytelling, skits and special effects.

The tour is followed by a storytelling session in "The Tuning Room" with fourag, oatcakes and more. This is a family activity enjoyed by all.

Prepaid reservations are required. No refunds or discounts. Cost $12 per adult, $28 per family, or $5 per student. Call (902) 725-2272 for tickets. (7-9 pm each evening).

23, 24 & 25 Diardaoin, Dihaoine, agus Disathairne/Thursday to Saturday



Bruce Guthro returns home for show Oct. 17

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro will return home to a Cape Breton stage Oct. 17 with a performance at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre The Sydney Mines native will perform many of his fan favourites and material from his most recent album, Beautiful Life. It’s the third solo recording by Guthro and marks another evolution in the talents of this songwriter.

Clearly his most personal work to date, he was involved in every level of production on this recording, and stayed true to his convictions and artistic vision. His songs cross the boundaries of pop, folk, and jazz and showcase the vast abilities of the songwriter to put into words, many diverse experiences as though he has lived them all. In addition to his own successful solo career, Guthro is also the lead singer with popular Scottish group Runrig, which has a strong following in Europe and continues to grow internationally. In fact, although he’s currently touring the Maritimes solo, he’ll return to the Runrig gig in November to tour Scotland and England with the group.

On top of being a gifted musician, Guthro has also been seen by national audiences on CBC Television, as host of popular songwriters’ circles. For more about Guthro visit his website at www.bruceguthro.com

There will be cabaret seating for Guthro’s show in Membertou. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are on sale at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre box office or by calling 539-2300. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. - The Cape Breton Post


Punkin Chunkin

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There is an annual punkin' chunkin' held in Delaware http://www.punkinchunkin.com/main.htm and I see no reason why there can't be one here, too, starting next year. Better yet, ours would be free. Anything they can do, we can do. Their festival runs for three days, I think one day will suffice for Marble Mountain.

We wouldn't have the cooking contest, the chili, the crowning of Miss Punkin Chunkin, the live band or other performers but hot cider would be nice. We'll have to work on creating our own anthem.

Planning this far ahead gives us a year to build our trebuchet.