Friday, November 30, 2012


Available on Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 1

Showcasing Exciting Bonus Features Including an All New Coloring App and Interactive Music Videos, The Extraordinary Family Adventure Floats to Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 11

Ahoy, matey! Blue Sky Studios unveils a brand new chapter in one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Bringing together the visually epic and the emotionally powerful, ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT sets sail on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on December 11, just in time for the holidays.

Sub-zero heroes Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon a high-seas adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they try to reunite with their herd. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

Showcasing the coolest cast of all-time, ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, stars Ray Romano ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge), Denis Leary ("Rescue Me"), Queen Latifah (The Secret Life of Bees), Seann William Scott (Planet 51), Josh Peck ("Drake & Josh"), and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead). Joining the familiar Ice Age family for this newest franchise installment are some of the entertainment world’s brightest talents including Jennifer Lopez ("American Idol"), Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation"), Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"), Wanda Sykes (Monster-in-Law), Heather Morris ("Glee"), and hip hop sensations Nicki Minaj and Drake.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Landscape Design Process

Our design consultation begins with an on-site meeting. Our portfolio of past works is available for your viewing. We will listen to your needs and wants, analyze the existing property conditions and surroundings, and assess the scope of work. A design fee will be quoted and you may proceed to hire Neil Pike Ltd. for landscape design services.

The design process will begin with site measurements, collection of existing site inventory, and we will take pictures of the house and property. This will assist in the overall concept and development of the landscape design. We will discuss possible design styles and options and try to get a sense of your likes and dislikes.

 You will receive a master plan with all hardscape and plant material labeled. A revision is included if necessary. Once the design is approved, a detailed landscape construction quote and contract will be provided.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Classic Cookie Dough

1 cup 2 sticks Compliments Churned Unsalted Butter Sticks, room temperature 250 mL

1 cup sugar 250 mL

1 tbsp Sensations by Compliments Pure Vanilla Extract 15 mL

1/4 tsp salt 1 mL

1 egg, room temperature

2 1/2 cups Compliments All Purpose Flour 625 mL


1. Using an electric mixer (stand or hand-held), cream together butter, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth, about 3 min. Scrape down sides of bowl, add egg and mix well. Scrape down sides of bowl again, slowly add flour and mix until a soft dough forms. Dust hands with flour and, in bowl, knead dough by hand until smooth. Prep different cookies based on instructions on following pages.


1. Refrigerate, about 20 min. Dust a piece of parchment paper with flour, place dough in centre, dust top of dough with flour and cover with another sheet of parchment paper. Roll dough to about a 1/4-in. (5 mm) thickness. Remove top sheet of parchment (use it to line your baking sheet).


1. Cut into 1 x 2-in. (2.5 x 5 cm) bars or use cookie cutters to cut into other fun shapes, then place on prepared cookie sheet, spaced about 1 in. (2.5 cm) apart.


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and bake on middle rack until set, 10 to 12 min. Let cool completely before decorating.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Chocolate Sauce

Indulgence of Chocolate!

Nothing seems to beat the luxurious feel, taste and satisfaction chocolate can bring into our lives.
  Stevia and chocolate make a great combination. Follow these tips and recipes to enjoy guilt free seconds of desserts!

  You can replace 1 ounce of baking chocolate in a recipe with 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder & 15 drops of Stevia Max 80 liquid.
  Start off small! Sweetening is sometimes a personal preference. Play around, try new things and end off with what works and tastes best to you

Ingredients:2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 tsp stevia concentrate powder
3/4 water
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp arrowroot
1 TBS water

Dissolve stevia in water and then bring to a boil. Add chocolate and stir until melted. Remove from heat, add vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine 1 TBS water and arrowroot. Add to chocolate mixture and heat until thickened.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

10 slow cooked meals to melt cold Winter day

1. Slow Cooker Chicken n Stuffing Pot Pie

Enjoy a comforting collection of recipes that will warm you up when the cold gets you down.

Hot and hearty! Put a spin on traditional chicken pot pie by using stuffing cubes and by
 preparing it in the slow cooker.  

 Slow Cooker Chicken n Stuffing Pot Pie
8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
6 slices precooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 bag (1-lb size) ready-to-eat-baby-cut carrots, cut in half lengthwise (about 2 cups)
4 medium red potatoes, each cut into 4 pieces
1 tsp (5 mL) dried marjoram leaves
1 can (284 mL/10 FL oz) chicken gravy
1 bag Green Giant* Frozen Cut Green Beans
6 tbsp (90 mL) butter or margarine, melted
4 cups (1 L) herb-seasoned stuffing cubes (from box)

  • Spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Add chicken; cook about 3 to 5 minutes, per side until browned.
  • Spray 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in cooker. Top with bacon, carrots, potatoes, marjoram and gravy.
  • Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
  • Gently stir thawed green beans into chicken mixture. In medium bowl, mix melted butter and stuffing; spoon over chicken mixture. Increase heat setting to High; cover and cook 15 minutes longer or until green beans are tender.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

EPIC Lavender Fest

EPIC Lavender Fest

Victorian High Tea at Serenity Lavender

Come to Serenity Lavender wearing your finest hats and gloves on Saturday, June 23rd from 1-3pm to Serenity Lavender’s Victorian High Tea. Enjoy a delectable array of finger sandwiches, scones, deserts and or course our teas amidst the sereneness of teh lavender blooms. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Seating is limited so call today to reserve your tickets. 519 980-4504

Monday, November 19, 2012

No quick cure for an ailing system

No quick cure for an ailing system

Dr. Peter Lennox and Dr. Sheina Macadam in Vancouver.

Photograph by: Thandi Fletcher , Postmedia News

The ancient Egyptians described it as a "coagulum of black bile" within the breast. In their papyrus writings, dating to 1600 BC, they surmised that getting rid of the excess bile - through surgery, special diets, purging or even attaching leeches to draw out the bad blood - could cure the disease.
In 1889, American surgeon William Halsted, a founder of renowned Baltimore teaching hospital Johns Hopkins, performed the first radical mastectomy on a breast-cancer patient. The disfiguring procedure, which removed the entire breast and pectoral muscle, prevailed as the standard treatment for most of the 20th century.
It wasn't until 1963, with the invention of the silicone gel breast implant, that modern reconstructive techniques emerged.
Over time, breast reconstruction has become less invasive and more refined. With the delicate surgical options that surgeons have at their disposal, women rarely need to live without breasts, if they so choose.
Yet only about one in 10 mastectomy patients in Canada ever undergo reconstruction.
The hurdles women face in getting the surgery are accepted by many as a fact of living in a country with a universal health-care system with its seemingly infinite list of patients and finite pool of resources.
In the last instalment of this series, Canadian plastic surgeons debate solutions for the problems that prevent many women from receiving an important final procedure in their breast cancer treatment.
Ottawa plastic surgeon Dr. Nicolas Guay is a strong proponent of women educating themselves about breast reconstruction to get the most out of the health-care system.
Amid the organized chaos of his office at the Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus are four years' worth of documents that make up the Canadian Collaboration on Breast Reconstruction. Guay launched the website last year as a resource for Canadian women seeking information on procedures.
"In the United States, they know how much they're paying on a monthly basis just to receive care and they shop for their options," he said.
But in this country, "patients tend to let themselves be guided by the normal pathway of consultation that their surgeon has," which can mean waiting years before they ever meet a plastic surgeon.
Through the website, women can search a database of Canadian plastic surgeons who offer breast reconstruction. They can narrow the search based on their criteria, be it shortest wait times, language, or type of breast reconstruction offered. When they have the name of a surgeon, they can call to book an appointment, then secure the appropriate referral paperwork from their family doctor or general surgeon.
"The surgeon finder is what's really innovative. Patients have the tools to select who is going to offer them the care instead of passively waiting for their usual pathway."
The impetus behind Guay's website is its collaborative aspect. More than 100 surgeons responded to his request for information, and are listed on the website. The same collaboration is what Guay believes is the solution to changing how the system approaches breast reconstruction.
"I didn't anticipate it being so important to be a spokesperson for my patients, but you do have to," he said. "If we approach our ministries of health with a collaborative decision, a majority decision on how this care should be given in Canada, we are going to have the ear of the public and have the ear of the politicians, and things will change."
Finding the time to advocate, however, is easier said than done.
"That's where I think sometimes we fail as surgeons, in finding innovative ways to approach the administration, to approach the Ministry of Health and tell them in a very diplomatic and polite way ... that we need more resources for this."
While many surgeons are quick to point to more funding as a solution, Winnipeg plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buchel disagrees.
He said the onus should be on doctors to develop more efficient and cost-effective ways of performing reconstruction with existing resources. The alternative, he said, is leaving the decisions up to the politicians, which would invariably lead to worse care.
In Winnipeg, Buchel has improved efficiency from surgical and administrative standpoints.
"If you were a general surgeon, it might take you an hour and a half to do a mastectomy, and then you could do another case right after that," explained Buchel.
But if a plastic surgeon takes over to begin the reconstruction, which can take up to eight or 10 hours, "then your operating room is down ... and you're not making any money," he said.
Therefore, he introduced a system where plastic surgeons offer their operating room time for immediate breast-reconstruction cases.
"It's about making a very efficient use of the operating room," he said.
Buchel said he has also developed surgical techniques that have increased his operating pace by two or three times. That means he can see more patients, and reduce his backlog of delayed patients.
His increased efficiency impressed the regional health authority, which gave him more operating room time. "We guaranteed that the resources would be used to eliminate a wait-list for any reconstructive surgery."
Buchel has also worked to improve access to reconstruction for Manitoba women. His goal is to ensure all breast cancer patients know about reconstruction before they ever have a mastectomy.
After years of lobbying for change, Buchel said that today any woman diagnosed in Winnipeg is automatically informed of her options for reconstruction.
If a patient wants reconstruction, they see a plastic surgeon for a consultation before their mastectomy, said Buchel. If they are indifferent about reconstruction, they still see a plastic surgeon. Those who are certain they don't want reconstruction don't get a referral.
If the U.S. approach to raising awareness about breast reconstruction is any indicator, the real power to increase surgery rates in Canada lies in the hands of policy-makers.
Some states have passed laws to help bridge the information gap for women undergoing mastectomies.
In New York, for example, cancer surgeons are legally bound to discuss breast reconstruction options with patients prior to their mastectomy, even if they have to refer the patient elsewhere for surgery.
Immediate reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy has also increased in the U.S., in part due to a recommendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons in 2001 to incorporate the practice in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer.
Dr. Steven Morris, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Halifax, believes the onus is on Canadian governments to address the problem here as well, not doctors.
"Although we'd like to, we don't have the control of the different pieces of it to fix it. We're just kind of like the guys on the treadmill working."
To accommodate increasing demands for breast reconstruction, Morris said the "the allocation of resources needs to change."
With an aging baby boomer population, Morris is bracing for the "crunch" on health-care funding.
The problem is compounded by patients becoming better informed through the Internet about cutting-edge medical procedures, which also tend to be more expensive, he said.
A common barrier for mastectomy patients is difficulty navigating the health-care system. Seeking a second opinion on reconstruction from a plastic surgeon isn't easy when there is a significant wait time for a consultation.
Dr. Stefan Hofer, chief of plastic surgery at Toronto General Hospital and head of the University Health Network's Breast Restoration Program, said the solution to lengthy wait lists could be a telephone helpline.
In the Netherlands, where Hofer is originally from, if a person is facing a lengthy wait for an operation, they can call a helpline for assistance in finding a surgeon who can perform the procedure sooner.
"So the agency would actually call the office of the doctor ... and they would place people who had excessive wait times," he explained.
A helpline could also prevent Canadian women from seeking surgery in the U.S. when they face excessive wait times in this country, said Hofer.
There are many surgeons in Canada with the skills to perform breast reconstruction who have shorter wait times compared to some highly sought-after surgeons in busy metropolitan areas, he said.
Dr. Blair Mehling, a plastic surgeon in Edmonton, said he finds it mind-boggling just how much breast cancer survivors are willing to put up with in their quest for reconstructive surgery.
"It blows me away the length of time that women will wait just to see me for a consult and then for the surgery," said Mehling, adding that he has had delayed reconstruction patients wait as long as five years for him to operate. "It's not that they're happy about it, but we're very accepting of the flaws in the system."
He said the problem highlights a need for a shift in health-care policy.
In Alberta, he said, trauma cases - patients needing surgical care of physical injuries - appear to take precedence over cancer cases, which sees breast-cancer patients consistently being pushed to the back burner.
"Right now in Alberta, the wait time target to have a patient in for immediate breast reconstruction is three weeks," said Mehling. "Trauma cases are supposed to be in the operating room within a week of us seeing the consult."
In Edmonton, the main problem is a lack of plastic surgeons who offer breast reconstruction, said Mehling. Of those who do, many are expected to work several on-call emergency room shifts per week, which take up a lot of time that could be spent performing reconstructions, he said.
While the "knee-jerk response" would be to hire more plastic surgeons who do breast reconstruction, Mehling said, "you could equally make the argument that we could solve the problem by getting more plastic surgeons that do trauma."
While they are aware health-care funding is tight, plastic surgeons Dr. Peter Lennox and Dr. Sheina Macadam are adamant that more operating room funding is necessary to deal with the heavy breast-reconstruction patient load in Vancouver.
Both said they are struggling to work through a backlog of delayed reconstruction patients who are waiting two to three years for surgery.
"There's a whole bunch of variables in there," he said. "One is getting another surgeon, but you also need the resources to support it, so that's the hard part."
But in a universal health-care system, Lennox said he realizes requesting more resources is not always possible.
Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Nancy Van Laeken said she wouldn't be opposed to a two-tier health-care system to better handle the volume of breast reconstruction patients.
Van Laeken has privileges at the Cambie Surgical Centre, a private hospital catering mostly to patients with third-party medical insurance. Although patients can pay for some procedures, breast reconstruction is not offered at this point, she said.
"I'm not sure if this is politically correct for me to say, but it would be nice to know that if that patient wanted to have that surgery done in Canada, that they could call up one of us," Van Laeken said. "There are many aspects of the reconstructive piece that would be considered cosmetic, so it would be more accepting to go ahead and do that here because it is not a purely functional issue."
While he is not opposed to the idea of a two-tiered health-care system in Canada, Winnipeg's Buchel said he strongly disagrees with women paying for reconstruction when they have lost their breasts to cancer.
He reasoned that breast reconstruction is no different than many other "covered" procedures, from cardiac bypass to hip replacement surgery.
"Most of the stuff we do, it's all for quality of life," said Buchel. "You know, you're 65 or 70 years of age, and we're spending $10,000 to $15,000 on these people on new hips for them. Very little of that is survival. That's giving them a quality of life."
Buchel is not opposed to a European-style two-tier system, "where there is a safety net, but everyone has the option of having their own private insurance." But does he ever want to see cancer patients paying out of pocket for their cancer treatment?
"No. Never."

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Friday, November 16, 2012

The Body Shop Canada ~ 40% Off Sitewide

The Body Shop® offers a full assortment of naturally-inspired products, including bath & body, men's and women's skincare, and creative gift ideas for a variety of occasions. They also offer classic and unique fragrances, home fragrances, makeup, and accessories.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Anatomist's Wife

Lady Darby Mystery series - by Anna Lee

Monday, November 12, 2012

Don’t let your family history languish as JPEGs this holiday season

Don’t let your family history languish as JPEGs this holiday season
One quarter of Canadians never download photos;
yet most wish they had more photo albums

Toronto, ON  – We’re taking more photos than ever with our digital devices but what are we doing with all these images?  A recent survey by Blurb Canada[1] revealed that more than 90 per cent of Canadians believe that photo books and albums are important ways of preserving family memories yet a full quarter of those respondents admit to never downloading images from their devices.

Downloading images doesn’t necessarily help preserve them, because 19 per cent of survey respondents reported that they lost digital photos of children’s birthdays or holidays because of computer problems or lost memory cards.

“Creating a physical keepsake gives you a different sense of permanence,” said Robin Goldberg, SVP of International for Blurb.  “Taking a collection of your images, stories, recipes and other content and creating a physical book makes something you can treasure yourself or easily gift to family and friends.  And, with Blurb’s platform, another copy is always easily accessible if you ever want or need one.  Complement that with the available ebook offering and you have the best of all options for preserving your family history.”

The Blurb survey revealed that Canadians feel strongly about family photo history:

·         87 per cent cherish family albums
·         If their homes were burning and loved ones safe, 54 per cent would choose to rescue photo albums; before computers (43 per cent); jewelry (26 per cent) and mobile phones (16 per cent)
·         53 per cent wish they had more family photo albums to share with their children
·         59 per cent of Canadians would like to receive photo books as gifts for any occasion

Photo and family history books

The upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to create personalized gifts and preserve your family's memories.   Collect old photos, stories, and scanned hand-written letters and create a Family history book with Blurb, a creative publishing platform that lets you design, publish and share professional-quality books starting at just $4.95.

[1] Zoomerang national online survey of 1,000 Canadians, conducted September 14, 2012. 

About Blurb®

Blurb® is a creative publishing and marketing platform that unleashes the creative genius inside everyone. Blurb’s platform makes it easy to design, publish, market and sell professional-quality print and ebooks. Blurb’s bookstore and online marketing tools enable customers to market and sell their books, and keep 100% of their profit. Blurb’s social and community features allow customers to create and share Blurb books across social channels with ease.

Eileen Gittins founded Blurb in 2005. In 2011, Blurb shipped nearly 2 million books to 70 countries and territories. Blurb authors used the company’s Set Your Price program to earn more than $1 million in profits on books sales approaching 100K print and ebooks. Blurb is based in San Francisco with offices in London. For more info, visit

Friday, November 9, 2012

Easy All Natural Fudge Recipe

This easy and delicious fudge recipe calls for protein-rich almond butter and antioxidant-rich raw chocolate powder, making it a decadent treat that is much healthier than conventional store-bought fudge.  Although this fudge is made with all-natural ingredients, it is best to eat only one or two small pieces at a time, as eating honey-rich foods can stress one's blood sugar-regulating mechanisms.

2 cups almond butter
1/4 cup raw organic cocoa powder, sifted to remove any lumps
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons raw organic honey
1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil, melted (optional)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until well incorporated.

Spoon the mixture into a pan and flatten with the back of a spoon. Place in the freezer for an hour or so, then take it out to cut into bite-size squares or rectangles. Transfer the pieces onto a plate. Keep these covered and stored in the freezer.

An alternative is to spoon the mixture into candy molds and pop them out when they are thoroughly frozen. They have a chewy texture when frozen.

These must be kept in the freezer, otherwise they will become soft and mushy, to the consistency they were at before freezing. So if you take them out to eat, eat them quickly! Also keep this in mind when cutting the fudge and work quickly.
Varieties:  You can also substitute dark cocoa for part or all of the cocoa.  Also, try adding favorite nuts such as whole or chopped pecans, walnuts or almonds.
To see more of our collection of healthy holiday recipes:

The zany advice women were given when they first got their periods

Don’t clean the freezer. Avoid tennis. Watch out for sharks.

-- Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360™ Tampons collects the zany advice women were given when they first got their periods--

 Don’t get a perm, because your hair won’t hold the curl. Only sleep on your side and switch sides every three hours. Don’t swim in the ocean, or sharks will find you. Canadian women are often given advice from mom, relatives and friends when they get their period for the first time. But is the information accurate and informative? According to the zany, hilarious and touching information being shared, perhaps not.

To get the conversation started about ‘that time of the month’, Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360™ Tampons are asking Canadian women on Twitter to share the advice they were first given. Women are invited to tweet their best, zaniest and funniest advice to @PlaytexGG until November 22.

“Our Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360™ Tampons experiment showed us that women were given some very interesting - and occasionally really funny - advice,” says Sohana Samanta, Brand Manager of Playtex Feminine Care. “Some of the advice was clearly very inaccurate, such as: ‘if you swim during your period, your tampon will absorb water and you’ll sink.’ At Playtex, we understand that this is a sensitive topic for many and there might not have been a lot of discussion the ‘first time’, but it is important that women educate themselves on what is really happening to their bodies - and how they can feel confident, comfortable and protected.”

Some of the more entertaining tweets submitted to date are:

Don’t go dancing because your period makes you crazy

Don’t wash your hair because it will give you headaches

Don’t get a filling during your period, it will fall out

Don’t swim in the ocean, sharks may find you

Lay across two chairs to stop your cramps

Switch the side you’re sleeping on every 3 hours

You can’t perm your hair, because your hair won’t curl

Don’t touch or hold ice, or clean out the freezer, it makes your cramps worse

· Do not play tennis or ride a bike

THE NEW PLAYTEX® GENTLE GLIDE® 360 ™ TAMPONS Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360 ™ Tampons have recently been redesigned with triple layer protection This new three-layer design shapes to a woman’s body for a fabulous fit. The comfort shape plastic applicator provides sure fit placement, and the DuraClean™ wrapper is purse resistant for protection on the go. They are available in scented and unscented varieties and come in multiple absorbencies for all protection needs (Light, Regular, Super, Super Plus, Multi Pack).

“Redesigned with three layers, our Playtex® Gentle Glide® 360 ͦ™ Tampons provide great protection,” says Samanta. “Knowing you’re fully protected and feeling comfortable will give you the confidence you need to take on the world, no matter what time of the month it is.”

Women looking for more information about their periods, and tampons, can visit

PLAYTEX® GENTLE GLIDE® 360 ™ TAMPON PLAY ON CONTEST From October 22nd to November 22nd Canadian women are being asked to share the advice they received when they first got their period to be entered to win a $1,000 Visa® gift card*. Contestants can tweet their advice to @ PlaytexGG using #PlayOn daily and their first tweet of the day will count towards the grand prize. 

The winner will be selected after 5 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, November 22nd.

About the Playtex® Feminine Care Brand The Playtex® Feminine Care brand believes that nothing should hold women back, including their periods. That is why Playtex® Sport® and Playtex® Gentle Glide® tampons are the only tampons that feature 360 Degree Protection® designed to fit the life women want to live. Developed for women who lead busy and active lives, Playtex® tampons offer multiple levels of absorbencies to give women confidence and freedom in everything they do.

About Energizer Personal Care Playtex Products LLC, a division of Energizer Personal Care, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of feminine care products including Playtex® Gentle Glide® and Playtex® Sport® Tampons. Playtex and all other trademarks are owned or licensed by Playtex Products, LLC. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

etre Shop

Our Autumn / Winter 2012 collection draws on the understated but characterful traditions of British workwear. It
looks to the best time-tested solutions from the past, pioneering new solutions where history offers no blueprint.
The collection thus includes traditional fishermen’s sweaters, knitted to a pattern familiar to generations of
fishermen’s wives and customised with motifs originating in the centuries-old fishing communities of Polperro and
Staithes, alongside the innovative Etre Touchy and FIVEPOINT gloves, conceived specifically for use with modern
touchscreen devices.

Each piece is lovingly crafted in the British Isles, using responsibly sourced, time-honoured British materials.
Workwear jackets are fabricated from 100 percent Melton wool, manufactured by a 150-year-old family business in West Yorkshire. Gansey sweaters are knitted from the finest 5-ply worsted wool, spun and dyed in Yorkshire mills that have been turning out the same material for generations. Leather gloves are made by a family business
established in 1944, now one of the last surviving British glove manufacturers. Satchels and holdalls, crafted from
the same high quality Melton wool as the jackets, are fabricated by a small Cornish leatherwork company.

Timeless and durable, this is clothing in which to invest emotional energy, each carefully edited piece a component of a uniform for contemporary life that feels special and personal—British workwear for a new generation.

Autumn/Winter 2012 collection // Utilitarian apparel / Made in the British Isles

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's Time to Cheer, POM POMS Fresh Arils Are Here!

POM Wonderful's ready-to-eat pomegranate arils are available just in time for  available just in time for 
National Pomegranate Month in November.

POM Wonderful, the largest grower of fresh pomegranates and producer of pomegranate juice in the United States, announced today that POM POMS Fresh Arils are now in store. Straight from POM Wonderful's orchards in sunny California, POM POMS, a convenient package of ready to eat pomegranate arils, are bursting with a delicious sweet, tart flavor and are perfect for healthy snacking, cooking and entertaining. POM POMS are available in two sizes: a 4.3oz.size that includes its own spoon as well as a larger 8oz. size, perfect for the whole family. POM POMS are in store just in time for National Pomegranate Month in November and will be available at major grocery stores nationwide from now through February.

"POM POMS provide yet another way for consumers to enjoy all the benefits of our POM Wonderful pomegranates," said Marc Seguin, VP of Marketing, POM Wonderful. "We are proud to add POM POMS to our expanding family of pomegranate products."

Healthy Snacking

With the pop of a lid, the delicious snack is good-to-go; toss in your lunch box for a quick fix, munch on the arils on your way to work, or keep POM POMS in the fridge for the perfect afternoon snack. Snacking on-the-go is now easier than ever with the 4.3oz portable container of POM POMS, which comes with a removable spoon. Bursting with a sweet, tart taste, and a unique texture, POM POMS are not only delicious, they also deliver antioxidants and nutrients such as polyphenols, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and fiber. 

POM POMS are also great for festive entertaining and cooking, eliminating the time typically needed to open the fruit. For every day enjoyment, POM POMS can be tossed into a salad, mixed with yogurt and sprinkled over cereal or ice cream. When entertaining, impress your guests with appetizers, entrees and desserts garnished with delicious pomegranate arils. POM POMS are also perfect for adding a touch of flavor and vibrant ruby red color to festive holiday and Valentine's Day dishes and cocktails.
About POM Wonderful
With 18,000 acres of orchards in Central California, POM Wonderful is the largest, fully-integrated, grower and producer of Wonderful variety pomegranates and pomegranate juice in the United States. By managing the entire production process from tree to store, POM Wonderful guarantees that its products come from only one source – 100% California-grown POM Wonderful pomegranates.

Easy Cooking & Entertaining 

POM POMS are available nationally in the fresh cut-fruit section of most major grocery stores now through February, and have a suggested retail price of $3.99 for the 4.3oz. size and $5.99 for the 8oz. size. For more information about fresh pomegranates and delicious recipes developed by top chefs from around the country, visit:

POM Wonderful fresh pomegranates and POM POMS Fresh Pomegranate Arils are available in the produce section of supermarkets nationwide from mid-October through February, while POM Wonderful 100% juices are available year-round in the refrigerated juice aisle of produce departments in supermarkets nationwide.

 To learn more, visit

Monday, November 5, 2012

New Book Reveals the Sensational History of England’s Kings and Queens

The Royal Family's 1000 Year Curse

Author David Maislish is a practicing attorney and partner at the global law firm Duane Morris LLP. He lives in London and is married with five children. Assassination – The Royal Family’s 1000 Year Curse is available in paperback ($16) and e-book ($5) by David Maislish

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” wrote William Shakespeare of the English monarchy. If he had lived another 400 years to read Assassination – the Royal Family’s 1000 Year Curse, he would have discovered that it has been a good deal more than lying uneasily; it has been a never-ending invitation to murder.

In his new book, David Maislish proves a chilling fact: someone has tried to kill every single British monarch and many more attempts than we knew have been successful. At least a quarter, and perhaps as many as a half, of all British monarchs were killed.
“One day, I decided to write about the murders of the ten monarchs everyone knows were killed,” Maislish says. “As I researched deeper and deeper, I discovered that at least eight, possibly as many as thirteen, others may well have been killed. Even more remarkable, whether killed or not, every single one of them suffered at least one assassination attempt.”

In Assassination – the Royal Family’s 1000 Year Curse, Maislish guides readers through English history, beginning with Canute, the first king of all England, who was targeted on London Bridge in 1014, and concludes with Queen Elizabeth II who was targeted in Australia in 1970 and in New Zealand in 1981.

Maislish gives a brief history of each reign, giving context to the assassination attempts, so readers come away not only with a series of murder stories, but also with a good understanding of British and world history, and the history of the monarchy. But the murders are central, and each chapter is built around the assassinations and the fate of the assassins.

Assassination is not your average textbook; instead it captures the reader’s attention by marrying history with a series of true-life royal murder thrillers. It also sets out the personal story of each monarch, their incestuous connections (with family trees for each reign), and recounts little-known anecdotes such as the origin of the passport, chardonnay, the croissant, the cappuccino, the handkerchief, New Jersey, the use of the fork, Staten Island and many more. The book also reveals the various people alive today who would rightly be king or queen if certain usurpations or births had not taken place.

“I have tried to avoid the matters that sent us to sleep in school,” Maislish continues. “Royal history is filled with mystery, murder and excitement – you just need to know where to look.”

Friday, November 2, 2012

Josh Stern

Author of 'And That's Why I'm Single. What good is having a lucky horseshoe up your ass with the horse still attached?

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

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