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It’s officially the start of the Holiday season, at least in my calendar that is, and what better way to officially kick it off than a musical dedicated to Christmas?! Alasdair and I went to check out the opening night performance of White Christmas – The Musical at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville Island in Vancouver and it was fantastic! Both the renovated theatre and the musical and its performers are a sight not to be missed!! The show is being presented by the Artsclub Theatre Company and is running from December 8 through January 2, 2011.

I’ll admit that I didn’t know much about the show or the original Paramount Pictures film; however, it didn’t take me long to be swept up in the glory of the musical. The opening scene takes place in 1944 in the middle of World War II focusing on two lieutenants, Bob Wallace played by Jeffrey Victor, and Phil Davis played by Todd Talbot, in the army serving in the 151st command (or something along those lines – I’m going off memory here folks). The story quickly progresses through the end of the war and jumps to 1954, ten years later, with both men now performing in a duo song and dance troop that’s taking the US (and the Ed Sullivan Show) by storm. The men are introduced to a set of singing sisters, The Hanes Sisters that quickly enrapture their attention and hearts. The storyline carries the four protagonists to Vermont for a performance at a small inn on Christmas. The magic that unfolds with a few surprise twists of fate along the way is the quintessential platform for this heartwarming musical.

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Book Review: Mockingjay

In: Dan, Random Reads

It is complete, and I have been amazed. That is the simplest way of stating the effect that the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins has had on my mind. A few weeks ago I began reading the Hunger Games, unbeknownst as to what lied ahead. Quickly, I was swept up in the story of Katniss Everdeen and her devastating life in District 12. The first book, aptly titled The Hunger Games explained and explored ideas of the ruling Capital, the yearly tortuous event of The Hunger Games and result of being a tribute and surviving the worst game known to the country of Panem.

Believe me, it is worth cycling back through my previous two book reviews of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, to gain even a slight understanding of my love for this trio of brilliant literature. The third, and currently final edition of the trilogy, Mockingjay, is the perfect summation of what each unique character within the story had to face up to this point and the exquisite continuation of telling the story.

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Damn You Auto Correct!

In: Calan, Gadgets & Tech, Random Reads

I have found my new daily “makes me laugh out loud” site, and all iPhone users can relate. I was at my friends this past weekend enjoying some fun talk when we decided to have an impromptu party at about 11pm. Before we knew it there was 7 of us hanging out playing Mario Kart 64 (for old school sake) and having a grand time. Some of us may have been heavily drinking and others, like myself, we’re just enjoying the antics. I thought this would be the perfect time to tell my story from earlier in the day.

I had been at the gym with a friend of mine taking her through my abs routine when she texted a friend, “Hey I’m at the gym right now with a buddy and he’s totally licking my ass!” WHAT!? Her friend was seriously confused and immediately my friend responded “KICKING! KICKING MY ASS!” We laughed so hard we gave our abs a double workout. After this story another friend at the impromptu party introduced us to what I like to think is going to become the new FML.com, Damnyouautocorrect.com.

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What Are The Most Popular Baby Names of 2010?

In: Donovan, Random Reads

For the sixth year in a row, the most popular name parents are using to name their baby boys is Aiden. BabyCenter.com compiled hundreds of thousands of parents who divulged their baby name choices in 2010. In order to rank true popularity, they factored in all the misspellings silly parents can think of like Ayden, Aidan, Aden, Aydan etc… Parents, let’s keep it simple. There’s nothing that annoys me more when someone says, my name is Tiffany but with an “y” and an “i” ergo Tyffani. So annoying!!!

For the girls, Sophia claimed the top spot, knocking off last year’s winner, Isabella. Who knew there were so many “Golden Girls” fans out there. My niece’s middle is Isabella, so I guess my bro and his wife are on trend. Seems like a lot of my friends are. For a couple of years, it seemed like all my friends having baby girls were naming them either Ava or Emma. Both names appear in the Top 10 for 2010.

view the top boy and girl names after the jump, in addition see which TV Show is inspiring baby names

Quiznos’ Facebook Superbowl Contest

In: Dan, Random Reads

If you know me well then you know I love me some coupons and contests. The simple idea of getting a discount or winning a prize for absolutely no reason at all gives me this warm feeling inside that I can describe as none other than EXTREME EXCITEMENT!

Lucky me (and best moment of the day), as I find myself stumbling across a unique contest with a platform I personally have never seen before. Quiznos, the company whose sandwiches I’ll never eat as I don’t like toasted bread surrounding my meat, has put together a Facebook contest to send one person and their best friend to the 2011 Superbowl in Dallas, Texas. Heck yeah!

What makes this contest so unique?

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FIFA World Cup is by far one of the most amazing sporting events in history, and undoubtedly the most watched sporting spectacular, amazing people and nations around the world. With the 2010 FIFA World Cup launching South Africa into the spotlight with their infamous vuvuzelas, and the amazing finale watching Spain narrowly defeat the Netherlands. The epic run up to the final match, watching the top ranked teams beaten out by unsuspecting rivals made the event the most google’d term in 2010!

On December 2nd, the governing body selected the host nations for FIFA World Cup 2018 and 2022. The span of nations for the every-four-year event was impressive, once again spreading across cultures and the world. One of the best parts of the selection process are the nomination videos, where each country has the opportunity to showcase their culture, the awe they will inspire in people around the world, and most importantly, the spectacular sporting arenas they will erect to house the dozens of games throughout the month-long tournament.

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New Bacteria Changes Everything

In: Patrick, Random Reads

Whoa – super interesting! Scientists reported today that they have discovered a new bacteria (Halomonadaceae) that can thrive on arsenic, which as you know is generally considered toxic to humans. All life on earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulphur…but this new bacteria uses arsenic instead of phosphorus, substituting one element for the other. Now the whole outlook on life and how it is sustained and might be found in the rest of the universe has totally changed accorded to the NASA funded-researchers.

“Life as we know it requires particular chemical elements and excludes others. But are those the only options? How different could life be? The microbes and bacterium strain we have found named GFAJ-1 are now pointing to new life and expand what could be living out there.”

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On the way up to Grouse Mountain this weekend, my cousin Shauna told me about an event that she would be co-hosting called Pacifica Beat, a fund-raising concert for the Pacifica Treatment Centre here in Vancouver. The event is being put on to not only promote hope and recovery but bring light to the disease of addiction.

I had to chance to talk with Kerry Dennehy, CEO of Pacifica Treatment Centre today to learn more about what Pacifica Treatment Centre is all about and what he hopes will come from this event.

“Pacifica Treatment Centre is the oldest co-ed treatment centre for addictions in the lower mainland and not a lot of people realize that. My goal as CEO is to raise the profile of addictions and destigmitize it so that more people will come forward and get treatment.”

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