In Wine, Accidental Superstars Abound
By David White Tuesday, September 1, 2015
“Born to Run,” the album that catapulted Bruce Springsteen into the national spotlight, celebrated its 40th anniversary last week.
Lambert and Stamp a fascinating look behind The Who’s scenes
By Jim Bray Thursday, August 27, 2015
Fans of The Who will want to see Lambert and Stamp, a new documentary by director James D. Cooper that gives us a look at the duo who took a raw and unpolished gem of a rock band and honed it into the legendary musical and cultural force it became.
Wine Versus Beer Drinkers- Who’s Healthier?
By Jack Dini Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wine drinkers live longer. Previous studies have shown that wine had significantly lowered mortality from both coronary heart disease and cancer when compared with non-wine drinkers. In fact, wine drinkers reduced their risk of death by one-third compared to non-drinkers. People who drank beer and other alcohol had a 10 percent decrease in mortality compared to non-drinkers, so this group showed beneficial effects of moderate alcohol consumption, too, though not as much as the wine drinkers. (1)
Food Flavorings and Obesity
By Jack Dini Saturday, August 22, 2015
Journalist Mark Schatzker has released a new book titled, The Dorito Effect: The Surprising Truth About Food and Flavor, which details how increasingly flavor packed junk foods like soda and chips have made regular food seem bland. (1)
The Unbeatable Beet
By Wes Porter Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Sales of beetroot soar to £1-million a week as it becomes the latest healthy superfood, proclaimed Brit-based Daily Mail a few weeks hence. Entrepreneurial foodies have seized upon the opportunity to create everything from soups and salads – even drinks.
Threatened Joshua Trees
By Wes Porter Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Early in the movie 4 for Texas, Frank Sinatra demonstrates to Dean Martin that his carbine has a longer range than Dean’s revolver. The duo’s duel takes place in front of spaced out ionic Joshua Trees. Found mainly in California’s Mojave Desert, they are mainstays of movies, fashion shows, advertising campaigns and wedding ceremonies, warns the Los Angeles Times. But drought and climate change are doing a number of them.
British artist exhibits in Japan this September
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Diversification is important in business and it is no different in the art world.
The World According to Eddy Z
By Edward Zawadzki Friday, August 7, 2015
It’s been a long time since a sports team here in Toronto has generated as much electricity as the Blue Jays have in the past 2 weeks or so. In an exciting and expensive trading flurry that’s reminiscent of the Pat Gillick glory days, which saw them win back to back World Series in ‘92 and ’93, they have dealt for some big name stars at the trade deadline. That will ensure that the Jays will be in a legitimate playoff hunt this season. Acquiring all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies and then ace pitcher David Price from the Tigers has the city going Blue Jay crazy. These acquisitions have definitely made the team a fearsome force to contend with and already in possession of the most explosive offense in the game should make them one of the favorites to win.
Hopetoun House pulls in punters for art exhibition
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Over £1,000 worth of sales were reported in the first day of a Creative Coverage joint exhibition at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh, Scotland, with both artists selling work and securing commissions.
Australian wine has fallen out of fashion
By David White Tuesday, August 4, 2015
In the late 1990s, Americans became obsessed with wines from the Land Down Under. For most of this millennium’s first decade, fruit bombs with quirky names and eye-catching labels flew off the shelves of U.S. retailers. But sales soon began free-falling. Between 2008 and 2013, the U.S. market for Australian wine declined by more than 20 percent.
Dog Days, Garden Etiquette, Rose Scent
By Wes Porter Sunday, August 2, 2015
The sultry summer dog days are well and truly here. CBC’s meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe was right when she predicted back in early May that from coast to coast, this summer would be ‘hot hot hot!’ Rather than water the garden with the sweat of your brow, it is time to take advantage of your previous labours, lay back and watch the sprinklers swish back and forth.
Fifty Shades of Grey . . . Garden
By Wes Porter Saturday, August 1, 2015
Like a certain popular pornographic novel, monochrome gardens have had their detractors. Nevertheless, as recently as summer of 2011, Julia Hess, a senior horticulturist at the celebrated Missouri Botanical Gardens in St Louis created a sensational black-and-white display in the five acres of grounds surrounding the residence of the garden’s director. Whether she was inspired by the black-and-white themed artists’ ball so ably directed by Vincent Minnelli in An American in Paris, reprised with equal success a few years later in the screen version of My Fair Lady, Hess isn’t saying. What she has admitted is that, if ever she repeated such a planting, she would add more silver plants to the palette or, more prosaically, shades of grey.
Work by British artist features in new book
By Tim Saunders Thursday, July 30, 2015
The work of a British artist features in a new book.
Sculptor has major installation in Edinburgh this AUGUST
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Sculptures and ceramics by Liz Watts are being exhibited at EDS Gallery in Edinburgh between August 9 and August 30.
E-cigarettes may be as addictive as traditional ones
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigs” have been touted as a tool smokers can use to wean themselves off of traditional cigarettes, which many believe are more harmful than their “e” counterparts. But because e-cig liquid also contains nicotine and emits carcinogens, is that perception really true? One team now reports in the ACS journal Chemical Research in Toxicology that much of the nicotine in e-cigarettes is the addictive form of the compound.