A massive group of 12,000 solar panels are set to become Europe's largest floating solar park when they finish taking position on top of the Alqueva reservoir this year.

Supplying a third of the  eletricity to the nearby towns of Moura and Portel - they look to continue taking advantage of Portugal's nice year-round weather that has seen the nation become one fo the leading renewable-powered nations in Europe.

Portugal set to start up Europe's largest floating solar park

The advantage of floating solar is that it doesn't take up limited land space in the small country. Unused electricity that can't be used pumps water into the reservoir, which can be fed through the hydropower system of the dam to create additional power.

In Pics | Portugal set to start up Europe's largest floating solar park

By 2030 Portugals principal utility provider (EDP) hopes to offer 100% renewable electricity across all infrastructre, while currently producing 78% of its power from solar, wind, and hydropower.

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A message of love and tolerance in a boy's haircut – Lincoln High School  Statesman


Meet these two pint-sized preschoolers who wanted to trick their teacher. They are in the same class. They both love to play, and they both have a lot of energy.

Are they indentical? They sure think so.

So when Jax's mom Lydia told her son that he needed a haircut, he had a fun idea. He'd shave his hair short to look like his friend, Reddy.


5-Year-Old Gets The Same Haircut As His Friend To Trick Their Teacher So  She Won't Be Able To Distinguish Them


Jax said he couldn't wait to go to school on Monday with his hair like Reddy's so that his teacher wouldn't be able to tell them apart. 

Just one thing: Jax is white; Reddy is black.  Turns out, that didn't matter.

When the buddies, ages 4 and 5, showed up to class on Monday with matching haircuts, their teacher played along, pretending to confuse the two. Soon other classmates were swapping places with each other.


Black and white friends try to trick teacher with matching haircuts | CNN


Lydia decided to creat a post of her son and his best friend and it has been shared 79,000 times.

"It's total insanity" explained Lydia, "I just made the post because my kid is hilarious and cute. I never anticipated this. It just struck me as funny that Jax doesn't even notice that Reddy is a different colour. When he describes Reddy, he never mentions it. I thought with at the hate in the world today, we should use this lesson from an almost 5-year old.


5-Year-Old Boy's Haircut To Look Like Friend Goes Viral – CBS Miami


Reddy, and his older brother, Enock, were adopted from Africa when they were 2 and 4 years old by Kevin and Debbie Weldon, who are white. They say family isn't limited by race and nationality.

As for the boys, neither seems to think he's made a statement about overcoming racial differences. They're just a couple of friends.


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Meet the man with Britain's lowest fuel bill as he drives the world's smallest car, which costs just $9 (Cnd) to fill up.

Alex Orchin, the 5ft 11ins car enthusiast can be seen driving around in his tiny 53 inch long, 39 inch wide and 39 inch high car with a 5 litre gas tank. 

Alex, and eccentric 31 year old avid motoring collector loves driving around in his tiny three-wheeler.

Last year he drove the length of the UK in the car, which has a top speed of just 23mph.

Alex got fixated on this idea of having a P50 just because it was so tiny, but when he saw an original price tag of $131,000, the idea was killed.

Then about 4 years ago he bought one of the newer ones from the Isle of Man as the second owner. He says the car always get attention - it is quite staggering because to Alex, it's just a tiny car.



It much smaller than it appears. You can fit a shopping bag down the left of the car by the handbrake, but nothing else. 

The vehicle was built in 2017, but it based on the original design from the first production models in the 1960's, and in 2010 the model was named the smallest production car ever built in the book of Guinness World Records.



Alex said, "I 've owned a lot of cars and none of them get as much attention as this one. Normally if I pull up in a Morris Minor, it is car  people and enthusiasts that want to come and talk to me. But my Peel P50 attracts absolutely everyone, including people who  aren't interested in cars. They think it's hilarious and children love it! Especially under-ten-year-olds.


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Strollers for refugees in Medyka, Poland.


Parents in Poland have left their baby strollers and blankets at railroad stations for the Ukrainian mothers fleeing the war with their babies and newborns.

This is what it's all about. Simply amazing!

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3,816 Rising Interest Rates Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images -  iStock


The Bank of Canada raised interest rates last week as expected, including the overnight rate, which is now 0.5%, double the rate seen during public health measures, but still considered a very low rate. Back in 2017 0.5% was considered rock bottom.

Borrowers will feel the impact of the higher overnight rate immdediately, especially those with variable-rate mortgages, or buyers applying today. For every 25 basis point increase to the overnight rate adds roughly 15 basis points to variable-rate mortgage interest.  More clearly, a 15 basis point increase on a mortgage works out to about $7 per $100,000 in mortgage debt. For a typical home in January with 10% down, buyers will pay about $55 more per month. Not exactly earth-shattering, and unlikely to cause defaults. Recently variable-rate mortgages became the majority of borrowing.

One rate hike isn't likely to have a big impact on the market, but we may see many rate hikes coming. The forcast is that the overnight rate will rise to at least 1.50% over the next year.


Interest rate increase Pictures, Interest rate increase Stock Photos &  Images | Depositphotos®


This might seem like a lot, but it's probably just a path to normalization. Most of us don't remember that dropping from 1.75% to 0.25% was the equivalent of 6 rate cuts in 2020.

Forcasts are not perfect, but this is the pace to curb elevated inflation.

These higher rate may lead to slower home sales and/or growth as buying power adjusts. Fixed rates have been rising for the past year, but failed to slow the market down much. This is largely due to variable rates not following, like they typically do. 

We have been expecting this first rate hike for a year now, since it talkes 18 to 24 months to be fully realized.

Some people argue that higher interest rates will erode affordability, but research from the Bank of Canada shows the lower rates were actually responsible for the decline in affordability. 

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Lufa Farms workers in Laval join a union | CTV News


Can you imagine a city that grows most of its food on its very own rooftops, where tomotoes ripen on the vine year round - even in the dead of  winter.  That's the idea behind Lufa Farms, which operates 4 rooftop greenhouses in and around Montreal and delivers more than 25,000 fresh picked vegetabe baskets to its customers every week.


Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell of Lufa Farms


Founded in 2009 by Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell, Lufa sprouted from the idea that urban farming could grow crops where people live, without using any new land, and deliver food without the carbon footprint of long distance transportation. 

'When you buy a tomatoe in the winter, you're probably getting one that's been trucked in from California or Mexico,' says Lauren. 'We deliver ours right to you the day after they are picked.'


Lufa Farms Drives Efficiency With Current Growing System | Current


Hydroponic technology helps Lufa's greenhouses operate sustainably, recylcing about 90% of the water used by the plants. In lieu of pesticides, ladybugs and parasitic wasps devour aphids and other pests. Using residual heat from the building below, each farm requires half the energy of greenhouses on the ground. Meanwhile, the company's programmers keep operations nimble with greenhouse automation. Software manages delivery logistics while allowing customers to tailor their own baskets, choosing from 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables, plus other items, lke bread and cheese from local producers.


Lufa Farms Rooftop greenhouse | Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation,  Architecture, Green Building


Lofa Farms in one of many similar urban-farming projects around the world, with commercial greeenhouses and gardens springing up in places like London, Paris and New York. It is predicted that city-grown crops could eventually make up 10% of the global food supply. 


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There are a number of strata units in Vancouver that could easily suit the needs of those who cannot afford bigger homes at this time, especially first time buyers.



In the West End, living in smaller units is somewhat easy because of the convenience of the location. For example there is currently at 416 square foot, fully furnished studio, just steps from Stanley Park, restaurants and shopping with an asking price of $619,800.



Homes such as this fit the need for many in Vancouver, looking for small spaces, micro-condos, micro-suites or whatever you would like to refer to them as. These people are active and spend little time at home, and appreciate the lower taxes and maintenance fees that these units provide.



Who said you have to spend a million plus to live in a beautiful Vancouver neighbourhood?




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Here are a few weird and (somewhat) interesting facts that I was completely unaware of. How many did you know?


Pink flamingo, Aruba island


Flamingos bend their legs at the ankle, not the knee

They essentially stand on tip-toe. Their knees are closer to the body and are covered in feathers.


Cereal background.


Froot Loops loops are all the same flavour

No point in eating around the purple ones - all Froot Loops taste like froot.


Red Apples At Market


Supermarket apples can be a year old

These weird facts might have you changing the way you eat. Those fresh apples aren't all that fresh. They are usually picked between August and November, covered in wax, hot-air dried, and sent into cold storage. After 6 to 12 months, they finally land on your grocery store shelves.


Girl covers nose with hand showing that something stinks isolated on gray background


It's impossible to hum while holding your nose

You just tested it, didn't you? Normally, when you hum, the air is able to escape through your nose to create the sound, and of course, it can't do that when you're holding it shut.


Trooping The Colour 2018


The British royal family is named after Windsor

You would think Windsor Castle was named after the House of Windsor, but it's the other way around. The royal family changed its name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1917 so it would sound less german and chose Windsor because they had ties to the English town.


The Statue of Liberty from Liberty Harbor.


The Statue of Liberty used to be a lighthouse

About a month after the statue's 1886 dedication, it became a working lighthouse for 16 years, with its torch visible from 24 miles away.



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Who Invented the Internet? | Britannica


The internet has fundamentally changed our life. It helps us navigate through our days, it connects us with other people across the world and it's having some unexpected effects on our brain.

Thanks to innovations like smartphones, tablets and social media, technology will likely continue to re-shape the way we communicate, feel, and think.

Here are just 3 ways the internet is changing how we think. There are many more.


It's shortening our attention spans.



We have been concerned about the internets effect on concentration for years, and according to a 2015 study, those fears of becoming 'digital goldfish' may have already been realized.

The average goldfish famously has an attention span of approximate 9 seconds, but humans had an attention span of 12 seconds - unti 2000,when it suddenly dropped to 8 seconds. That startling change has been traced back to the advent of the mobile phone.

There seems to be a generational divide when it comes to attention spans as well. Nearly 80% of 18-24 year olds surveyed admitted to picking up their smartphone 'when nothing is occupying their attention, compared to only 10 of people over 65.


It's trapping us in a state of perpetual distraction.



How often do you check your phone? A 2016 study found that the average  smartphone user checks their phone over 2,600 times a day. That adds up to a million times a year, and that number is likely to keep increasing as people become even more dependent on their devices.

What the internet is doing to our brains has been described as 'a state of perpetual distraction and constant disruption', the price people pay for having 'unlimited information at their fingertips'.

It is said that 'if you exist in a perpetual state of distractedness, you'll never tap into your deepest source of human insight and creativity.


It's making long-term memory worse.



Constant browsing, scrolling, and clicking can potentially impact a person's ability to retain and remember information. If you are constantly distracted and taking in new information, you're essentially pushing information into and out of your conscious mind. You're not attending to it in a way that is necessary for the rich consolidation of memory.

In 2011 there was a study published that noted how people remembered less information, since they knew they could easily Google it later. In other words, access to the internet can encourage a lazy mind.


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In regards to an article in The Vancouver Sun, rent for one-bedroom  apartments in Vancouver rose more than any other major Canadian city over the past year.


The cost of a one-bedroom rental in Vancouver has risen more on average than in any other major Canadian city


According to the latest National Rent Report, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom home in Vancouver rose 13.2% to $2,179 from December 2020 to December 2021.

The cost of a 2-bedroom unit in Vancouver was $2,983 - an increase of 9.7% compared to December 2020.

The increase in cost of a 2-bedroom rental apartment in Toronto was 11.64% during the year. However, the largest jump in that category was in Gatineau, Quebec, that saw an 18% increase in the two-bedroom category.

Across the country, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment rose 2.73% and a two-bedroom rose 3%.

Rents actually fell during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic but have now recovered.

The lowest point was in April 2020, a month after the pandemic was declared in Canada, with a 9% drop from December 2019.

The average cost of a one-bedroom home rental in Victoria rose less that 1% to $1,566 a month over the past year.


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DIY movers inadvertently help track population movements when they rent one-way U-Haul trucks.


When the pandemic began in 2020, larger cities across Canada saw a mass exodus of people heading to smaller towns and rurul areas. One company keeping track of all this movement is U-Haul, the do-it-youself truck rental company.

This study appears to be an effective gauge of how well cities are both attracting and maintaining residents.


126 Uhaul Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStock


Alberta has been the best province to make home, where there are initiatives to create more job opportunities and attract residents.

Of the top 25 Growth Cities in the country, 3 are in Alberta. Red Deer-Lacombe came in 8th, Medicine Hat-Redcliffe 15th and Airdrie 24th. 


It has hurt us emotionally': Young couple moving to B.C. loses everything  after U-Haul theft | CTV News


In B.C., Kelowna hit 6th on the Growth Cities list, Kamloops 11th and Penticton 21st. None of the three were on the previous year's list. Apparently reflective of the more expensive real estate, people  bypassed the cities of North Vancouver, which slipped to 10th spot from 2nd in 2020 and Abbotsford to 22nd from 11th. Chilliwack just missed the Top 25 list. Vancouver plummeted to 23rd from 7th.


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snowy day


The snow seems to be dissappearing again and hopefully for a while, but I am guessing this isn't the end of it this year. Here are a few simple tricks to protect your home from damage from the snow.


How To Remove Snow From Your Roof by Amazing Home Contractors


Remove the Snow on your roof, especially deep snow because when it melts it can back water up between shingles and flashings increasing the potential for leaks inside. But be very careful. Don't slip!


When Should I Remove Snow from My Roof? -Ice Dam Guys®: Best-Rated Ice Dam  Removal Near You & in USA


Icicles on your roof edge may be the result of inadequate insultation. Something you wouldn't necessarily realize until you experience wet, freezing weather.


Why icicles on your roof could mean trouble


Snow should never get  piled up against your house (eg siding). When it melts it may increase the potential for leaks inside.


7 Ways Snow and Ice Can Damage Your Home | Family Handyman


The ground around your home should always have the snow shoveled clear and snow melt should be directed away from your foundation. Puddling against the home may increase potential for leaks.


Shoveling Snow Dos and Don'ts | The Weather Channel - Articles from The  Weather Channel | weather.com



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I must admit, my music taste varies and I don't really get into preferred genres.

I spend a lot of time listening to different radio stations on ITunes, whether it be hard rock, mellow rock, instrumental jazz, country...  My wife loves country, so we listen to quite a bit of 93.7 JR Country and my go to station in the car would be 102.7 The Peak for their alternative playlist.

My favourite songs for 2021 changed a number of times throughout the year (I am quite fickle) but as the year came to a close my 3 favourite songs were:


The Truth About Nathaniel Rateliff's Divorce


Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats - Surviver


BOY GOLDEN – Six Shooter Records


Boy Golden - KD and Lunchmeat


Dayglow: "With all this new attention on me, I started to feel like I was  living in a sitcom" | Dork


Dayglow - Can I call you tonight?


Looking forward to a lot of great music in 2022!

What were your favourite tunes of 2021?


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16 Stunning Photos of Vancouver Covered in Snow - Inside Vancouver  BlogInside Vancouver Blog


This year we have experienced a number of unheard-of-weather events in and around Vancouver, and there just might be one more rare event coming.

Odds are good for a white Christmas in Vancouver this year.

'It's very likely, it's nearly a 100% chance that we will have a white Christmas this year for Metro Vancouver', says Environment Canada meteorologist Doug Lundquist.


10 places to take photos of the snow in Metro Vancouver | Curated


December is the coldest month of the year in Vancouver, but that doesn't often translate into snow on the ground on December 25th. But thanks to some Arctic and Pacific air meeting in the area for the next few days, it's almost certain snow will fall and stay for Christmas.

Currently, the forecast is calling for temperatures to drop to -4C on Christmas Eve, with snow falling, and we might not see temperatures above freezing until December 27th.


This is what Metro Vancouver's first snowfall of 2020 looks like (PHOTOS) |  News


Lundquist notes that Vancouver often see this happen this time of year, but it only settles in for a few days. This year it just happens to fall on the right days.

The coldest days are looking like Christmas Day into Boxing Day and then it warms up a little bit as early as the day after Boxing Day.


Vancouver weather alert: City set to see snow Sunday night | News


This all lines up to create a winter wonderland for those staying in their homes on Christmas, but Lundquist notes it'll also wreak havoc on the streets in the city, and cold cause real problems for anyone traveling on the highways.

Highway 3 and 99 into the interior are open again/ These roads are scary at the best of times in the winter. Please be carefull and check Drive.BC for conditions and dress warmly.


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The pandemic has changed a lot of real estate trends, one of the lesser known of which is multigenerational living in luxury homes.



This usually consists of 3 generations and are most common in Sino and Indo Canadian communities. However, the COVID-19 crisis has taken it to a whole new level.

With the pandemic, people want to have all their family members under the same roof for security purposes, for lack of confidence in long-term care facilities.

Because we are having 3 generations under 1 roof, the homes tend to be no smaller than 6,500 square feet, and typically come with large bedrooms, amenities like home gyms,  pools and tennis courts, and there's even demand for home elevators to accomodate the elderly.

Will this trend continue after the pandemic subsides? Or will it ever subside?

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Emily Carr — The Group of Seven


Renowned Canadian artist and writer who was inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast would have been 150 today.  Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until she changed her subject matter from Aboriginal themes to landscapes - forest scenes in particular. As a writer she was one of the earliest writers of life in British Columbia. She has been described at a 'Canadian icon'.


Emily Carr


Emily was born in Victoria on December 13, 1871, the year British Columbia joined Canada. She was the second youngest of nine children. Her family home was on Birdcage Walk (now Government Street), in the James Bay district of Victoria, a short distance from the legislative buildings.


Emily Carr, Vanquished, 1930 | Art Canada Institute


In 1898, at the age of 27, Emily made the first of several sketching and painting trips to Aboriginal villages. She stayed in a village near Ucluelet and recalled that her time there made a lasting impression on her. Her interest in indigenous life was reinforced by a trip to Alaska. Even though Emiliy left the villages of the Pacific Northwest, the impact of the people stayed with her. She adopted the indigenous name, Klee Wyck and she also chose it as the title of one of her works of writing.


Beaverbrook Art Gallery


In March 1912 Emily opened a studio at 1465 West Broadway in Vancouver, but when locals failed to support her radical new style, bold colour palette and lack of detail, she closed the studio and returned to Victoria. That summer, Emily again traveled north, to Haida Gwaii and the Skeena River, where she documented the art of Haida, Gitxsan and Tsimshian.

A British Columbian we can all be proud of. Happy Birthday Emily!


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Latest on Cruisers, Custom Motorcycles, Choppers and More | Motorcycle  Cruiser


With all the harsh weather and devastation we have seen and experienced over the past few weeks it hardly seems right to reminisce. But we hang onto our memories and dream of times back on the road again. As many of you know, I ride a Kawasaki Vulcan Cruiser and like most motorcycle riders - I love the open road.


One of my favourite rides with my buds was the Pacific Marine Circle Route on Vancouver Islands' Juan de Fuca Highway/BC-14W. from Sooke to Port Renfrew and back out through Lake Cowichan.

The road is nicely paved and curvey and passes through some beautiful scenery.

Make sure you stock up on gas and munchies in Sooke because it will be a little while before you can fill up again. 


The Sooke Potholes, just one of many great viewpoints along the Pacific Marine Circle Route on Vancouver Island.


Explore the windswept coast of East Sooke Park, and then a little further down the road are the Sooke Potholes. A popular place for swimming in the river rock pools when the water levels are low in the summer.


Whiffin Spit in Sooke is one of the best easy hikes along the Pacific Marine Circle Route on Vancouver Island.

Only about 2km after the round about in downtown Sook you will find Whiffen Spit. Take a walk a check out the great views of the calm Sooke basin on one side and the wilder Juan de Fuca straight on the other.


The exterior and patio of the Shirley Delicious cafe on the Pacific Marine Circle Route

About 20 minutes past Sooke you'll see a little A-frame cabin on the left hand side. That's Shirley Delicious. It's a nice cafe, bakery and coffee shop and everyone says its a must-stop. Unfortunately it wasn't open when we rode by.


The government dock in Port Renfrew. Port Renfrew is the perfect overnight stop on a road trip of the Pacific Marine Circle Route on Vancouver Island.


We eventually made it to Port Renfrew, where we spent the night. It's a gritty little  logging town that is slowly transforming itself into a nice eco-tourism hub thanks to the new reputation as the tall tree capital of Canada.

There is a small general store in town and the Port Refrew Pub is open year round, where we had a delicious meal with some of the locals.

This all took place on a warm sunny weekend in July, but the route definetly has its own weather system. Yes, a lot of fog and mist in July. But a ride I will never forget, and look forward to doing again.


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It's that time of year again.  Hampton Cove in Ladner, where my wife and I live was all lit up on Monday for our annual 'Light The Night' where families go for a nice walk-about armed with a hot chocolate in hand. A great neighbourhood get together.

This year Surrey has a number of fantastic displays. I have compiled a list below, but it's by no means all of them.


14612 106A Ave

House has about 20 inflatables of all different sizes. A family of snowmen and reindeer. Lights are on all day and night.


14612 106A Ave., Surrey


7311 194th St

Fun for children of all ages.


7311-194th St., Surrey


Kimble Light Show - 6116 163A St

A display synced to music, which starts at the top of the hour. The light show goes for approximately 35 minutes, followed by a static display o the lights for the remainder of the hour. Charity: Parkinson Society BC


Kimble Light Show


Frosty and Friends - 17022 62nd Ave

A beautiful display featuring thousands of lights and decorations timed to music. Lights are on nightly from 5pm to 11pm. to Dec 31. Donations collected for the Surrey Food Bank.


Frosty & Friends.


Whoville Corner - 16468 104 Ave

Enjoy this walk-through display featuring 'Moose' the moose,  'Pink Fluffy Unicorn Dancing on Rainbows', a light tunnel and more. Non-perishable food items and donations accepted to Surrey Food Bank.


Whoville Corner


Totally Sleighed It - 15967 19A Ave

Synced to music, this family Christmas light display runs nightly to 10pm. Tune into 87.9 FM and enjoy the show from the comfort of your car. Donations collected for Jessie Lee Elementary School.


Totally Sleighed It.


Art & Lous Christmas Lights - 15097 90A Ave

Enjoy this nightly walk-through or drive-by until 10pm until Jan 1st. More than 10,000 lights and a nativity scene are featured. Santa will make a special pre-Christmas visit on Dec 18th. between 6:30 and 9:30 p m.


Art & Lou’s Christmas Lights.


Gold-Des Family Christmas Display - 35-1818 168th Ave

A nice townhouse with a display packed with more than 60 handmade Christmas characters and lots of lights.


35 – 18181 68 Avenue, Surrey


Mike and Cass's Holiday House - 9762 130th St.

Visit their holiday house to enjoy some Christmas spirit and smiles, with  lots of lights and inflatables. Donations for the BC Cancer Society.


9762 130th St., Surrey


Neighbourhood Lights - 15175 62A Ave

This row of townhouses has done a fantastic job of lighting up the street. The neighbour on 62A ave go all out with the light displays. Each yard has a different theme, and the whole street is lit up!


15175 62A Avenue, Surrey


More areas to come.


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The 'people's car', designed by Ferdinand Porche in 1938, a curvy, affordable, practical and reliable car built in Germany. The Type 1, as it was known had a rear, air cooled engine and borrowed design elements from an earlier Porche car - the type 12 and several models from the Czechoslavakia automaker Tatra.


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In 1946, following the war, the factory was put under British control and by the end of that year more than 10,000 cars were manufactured. A decade later, one million had been sold.


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In 1959, under the supervision of William Bernback of the New York advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), copywriters Julian Koenig and Helmut Krone created the now legendary 'Think small' ad for Volkswagen with a tiny Beetle in a plane  of white space. "Maybe we  got so  big because we thought small," the ad touted. Forty years later, Ad Age named it the best advertising campaign of the 20th century.


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The Type 1 was officially given the name 'Beetle' in 1968, (from 'der Kafer,' German for beetle, which was used in brochures). That year, Disney released the first of six movies featuring Herbie the Love Bug, an anthropomorphic 1963 Beetle with a racing style number 53 on the hood. In 2018, one of the cars used in the 1977 movie Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and 1982's Herbie Goes Bananas set a record for a Beetle at auction, selling at Barret-Jackson for $128,700.


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In 1971 Volkswagen introduced a premium model know as the Super Beetle. The car had a new front suspension and more trunk space - under the hood. The next year, on Febrary 17, 1972, Beetle No. 15,007,034 rolled off the assembly line, surpassing the record held by the Ford Model T for four decades as the best selling car in the world.


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In 1998, after 60 years, VW gave the car its first major update with lines that recalled the Type 1 on what was basically a Volkswagon Golf platform. The car came with a 115-hp 2.0 litre, four cylinder engine, and in a nod to its flower power roots, the dashboard had a small vase. The following year, Mike Myers drove this version in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me known as 'The Shag Mobile'.


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With sales having declined since 2013, Volkwagen announced that the Beetle had reached the end of the line in 2018. The last two models, the Final Edition SE (starting at $25,995) and the Final Edition SEL (beginning at $29,995) - both available as convertibles.

So is it really the last ride for the beloved Bug? 'Never say never.'


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Holiday DataViz: Happy Hanukkah 2018 | Michael Sandberg's Data  Visualization Blog


Light - Our beacon of hope. We lit the first candle on the Hanukkah Menorah last night as we set off to celebrate 8 days of light, warmth and celebration.

There are a number of activities scheduled in and around Metro Vancouver. 



This Wednesday you can celebrate the Miracle of Light and learn about the holiday of Hanukkah through songs, stories and fun in Richmond at the Public Library and Cultural Centre at 7700 Minoru Gate from 7PM to 7:45PM



Also on Wednesday Gordon Neighbourhood House will be partnering with the Jewish Seniors Alliance and Neighbourhood Small Grants to host a Hanukkah community event. It's for all ages and will run from 5PM to 7PM at 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver. It will include live music, latkes and sufganyot, plus dreidel spinning competitions.



On Thursday you can take part in a Menorah Lighting at the West Vancouver Community Centre, where you can join them for stories and songs and delicious sufganiyot, jelly donuts. It takes place from 6PM to 7PM at 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.


A 25-Foot Tall Menorah Is Going to Light Up Richmond This Month


On Sunday from 2:30PM to 4:00PM you can venture back to Richmond and join them for the last night of Hanukkah when they light the 25ft Menorah, accompanied by fun and entertainment. Again at the Richmond Public Library and Cultural Centre at 7700 Minoru Gate.



Then you can join in for A Celebration of Light on the 'Highway to Heaven', where the Richmond Jewish Day School invites you to an evening of warmth, snacks, songs and festivities through a celebration of diversity with members of the Richmnd community around the theme of light. From 6:30PM to 8PM at the Richmond Jewish Day School at 8760 No 5 Road, Richmond.

However you decide to celebrate - Happy Hanukkah. 

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