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What are the odds of that?

Oct 14, 2016 / 11:00 am

We all know the odds of winning a major lottery sit around 100,000,000-1 On the other end of the doom-and-gloom spectrum, the odds of being killed in a plane...

Do you have a plan?

Oct 7, 2016 / 11:00 am

Planning is a curious pastime. It's a little like running. I don’t particularly enjoy the task, but I like the results. As an apparent functional...

Compassionate psychopaths

Sep 30, 2016 / 11:00 am

While I was travelling in the Philippines last week, I had the chance to read a few business books. One was by Andy McNab, the former SAS elite soldier turned...

International cat herding

Sep 23, 2016 / 11:00 am

For some, cat herding is a national pastime. I try to avoid it. I shy away from anything that requires direction for a large number of people. I admire people...

Tiny houses big problems

Sep 16, 2016 / 11:00 am

It probably wasn't the vision of urban planners when the concept of being thrifty, green, and trendy was first talked about. The equivalent of $1,000 per...

Adventures with Sonya

Sep 9, 2016 / 6:00 am

I sat on the top of the hill pretending to make phone calls as Sonya looked on; little did she know that I was making excuses to catch my breath. A few weeks...

Push ups for PTSD

Sep 2, 2016 / 6:00 am

In not quite the same vein as the Ice Bucket Challenge, the most recent trend of doing 22 push ups a day for 22 days is not quite viral, but you probably have a...

How not to parent

Aug 26, 2016 / 6:00 am

Nobody has written a decent book on parenting. That opinion is formed from the fact that I have never read books on parenting. Children are so uniquely...

Happy anniversary! Sorry!

Aug 19, 2016 / 6:00 am

Today is my wedding anniversary — my 31st wedding anniversary — and all I can say to my wife, Jackie, is, whoops, my bad. Several months ago, I...

Selling snake oil

Aug 12, 2016 / 6:00 am

Selling snake oil is the oldest legal profession Several years ago, after I had been ripped off by a con artist for the second time, I made a note to self to...

Driving in the left lane

Aug 5, 2016 / 6:00 am

As I listen to the news or read articles about politics, I wonder if we're in the only sane part of the world. South of the border is a comedy of errors. It...

Column rage on Castanet

Jul 29, 2016 / 6:00 am

Last week’s column turned out to be quite interesting. I wrote a satirical piece on how many people buy a truck, spend a lot of money on it and then fail...

Pickups belong on farms

Jul 22, 2016 / 6:00 am

You have heard the saying I am sure, Big Truck, Little ... well I truly believe it now. I was researching the perception of pickup-truck-driver’s habits...

Is recycling a scam?

Jul 15, 2016 / 6:00 am

You can’t help but read info graphics and memes that pitch hydrocarbon vehicles against electric and overstate the potential damaging effect of both. So...

Culinary dictator

Jul 8, 2016 / 6:00 am

Learning to eat out at a restaurant with your partner can take years to refine. My wife and I know each other so well, yet when it comes to ordering off a menu,...

Divorce, British style

Jul 1, 2016 / 10:00 am

To be or not to be, that is the Brexit. Early next year, we all get to watch the Super Bowl — the pinnacle of American hype and glory. The world cup of...

Look ma, no hands

Jun 10, 2016 / 8:00 pm

If you don't have a chauffeur, just wait a few years. Then, you might have an electronic one because cars will be driving themselves. Or will they? In my...

A matter of perspective

Jun 4, 2016 / 7:55 pm

How many people can fit in to a one-bedroom apartment? I completely understand families and individuals are struggling finding homes to rent in Kelowna. The...

Running from beer

May 27, 2016 / 6:00 am

Oh, good, several new craft-beer bars and breweries are proposed for Kelowna… I quit. No, really. I moved here from the U.K. in 1988, partly to get away...

Range anxiety - silent killer

May 20, 2016 / 6:00 pm

The stupid meme comparing production of batteries to production of oil from tar sands was exactly that, stupid. Whenever one of the infographics comes out on...

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