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Roman Holiday

By John Thomson on Jun 2, 2017

Hollywood idols Gregory and Audrey may have had the run of the place in the 1950s, but we found modern Rome packed with people; try as we may, we couldn’t always escape the hordes. Read more...


The Long Run

By John Thomson on Dec 1, 2016

“Lonesome Mary” kicks off the Chilliwack road show these days. The iconic BC band continues to thrill boomers and millennials alike with 20 to 25 engagements a year (primarily at fairs and festivals) belting out hits such as “Lonesome Mary,” “I Believe” and “Crazy Talk.” And of course their signature tune, “My Girl Read more...


Pamela Martin: On the Move

By John Thomson on Sep 1, 2016

“I had a dream childhood,” says former news anchor Pamela Martin of her early days in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Now, working as an advocate for the BC Liberals, Pamela has traded her anchor desk for advocacy Read more...


Cue the Champ

By John Thomson on Aug 1, 2016

Cliff Thorburn, former World Snooker Champion, Member of the Order of Canada and inductee into numerous sports halls of fame cuts a striking figure when dressed in a tux and bowtie, the hallmarks of his trade. Read more...


Restoring the Gift of Sight

By John Thomson on May 1, 2016

Dr. Hugh Parsons, chief of surgery at Surrey Memorial Hospital, chafes at being called a miracle worker, but to 67-year-old Don Carter and others like him, BC’s pre-eminent eye surgeon is definitely a hero. Read more...


A Helping Hand

By John Thomson on May 1, 2016

Indonesia, Algeria, Qatar – pit stops in the busy career of retired civil engineer Brian Boone. And now Haiti. As a member of Vancouver-based Builders Without Borders, Brian is helping to rebuild a trade school heavily damaged in the devastating Haitian earthquake of 2010. Read more...


Wild Child

By John Thomson on Apr 1, 2016

“I’m a show-off. I can’t help it,” admits Vicki Gabereau, the former host of *Gabereau* on CBC Radio for 12 years and CTV’s *Gabereau Live* for eight, “and the more wild the situation gets, the wilder I get. Read more...


Dutch Treat

By John Thomson on Dec 1, 2015

We had decided to treat ourselves to a two-day layover between Spain and Canada and because it was a spontaneous decision, we hit Amsterdam without consulting the guidebooks, travelling rough, you might say, and learning about the city on the fly. Here is our list of DOs and DON’Ts for travellers with a limited amount of time at their disposal. Read more...


All in the Family

By John Thomson on Dec 1, 2015

Talk about bonding through a common interest. Kelowna grandmother Donna Nicholas and her daughter, Linda, are cycling buddies, united in a common activity and pursuing a similar goal - to be the best they can be. Read more...


More Than Meets the Eye

By John Thomson on Nov 2, 2015

Jim attributes his plucky, life-affirming attitude to his Catholic parents and a warm and stable upbringing in St. Louis, Missouri. Religion factored in his home life; his cousin was a nun, but music figured prominently, too. Read more...


At the Top of His Game

By John Thomson on Nov 1, 2015

Robb Lucy, co-founder of Make-A-Wish Canada, the organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases. Make-A-Wish fulfills their dreams to visit interesting places, go behind the scenes or meet celebrities. Read more...


It’s a Wrap

By John Thomson on Oct 1, 2015

“I was totally surprised. I felt very, very honoured,” says 87-year-old Betty Jean (BJ) McHugh, of being asked to kick off this year’s edition of the 55+ Games in North Vancouver. The 55+ Games, formerly called the BC Seniors Games, started August 25th and concluded August 29th. Read more...


Real Estate Relief

By John Thomson on Feb 1, 2015

Selling a primary residence, whether downsizing or moving into a residence, can be a big deal, especially for folks who haven’t done it for a while. Fortunately help is at hand. Read more...


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