Life as a Human

The Allure of Tres Leches

When I first met Tres Leches, I was aloof and disinterested. Left alone in a room together, however, we were forced to get to know each other better. It beckoned me closer. Tempted, I leaned in. It brushed my lips softly and against my will I savored its sweetness. It was love at first bite.

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 2:00 pm

CTV News

Rail spill in Tennessee forces thousands from nearby area

A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory issues and nausea.

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 3:24 am

Vancouver Sun

Photos: Typical prices for Metro Vancouver homes

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says the benchmark, or typical price, for a detached home in the region has climbed to $1,123,900, a 14.8 per cent increase from June 2014. Here are 10 homes in Metro municipalities priced in the current bench-mark range.

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Posted on 4 July 2015 | 3:16 am


Mounties charge Edmonton man in work camp deaths

FOX CREEK, Alta. – An Edmonton man has been charged in the deaths of two people at a work camp in northwestern Alberta. RCMP say a 37-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were stabbed early Tuesday morning at the oil … Continue Reading

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 5:28 am


The new Bubble Wrap is losing its pop

Bubble Wrap is one of mankind's greatest inventions. It protects our online orders from becoming rubble in a delivery van, but more importantly, it doubles as pure, joyous entertainment. Pop, pop, pop. There's nothing quite like it. That's why we wer...

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Posted on 4 July 2015 | 3:06 am

Ottawa Citizen

Millions in military gear goes to scrap heap instead of Ukraine

Canada is moving ahead with the destruction of surplus anti-tank missiles and other equipment worth hundreds of millions of dollars despite a plea by Ukraine for such equipment to help it fight separatists. Among the items declared surplus are more than 5,400 Eryx anti-tank missiles, according to a 2014 Department of National Defence documents leaked to the Citizen. In addition, there are 10 Husky and Buffalo vehicles, used to clear routes of improvised explosive devices. Those vehicles were purchased in 2007 for use in Afghanistan. Also surplus are four specialized landmine detection systems and 194 LAV-2 or Light Armoured Vehicles- 2 surveillance vehicles scheduled to be taken out of service this year, according to the documents. Liberal defence critic Joyce Murray said the stockpiles raise questions about Defence Minister Jason Kenney’s earlier claims that Ukraine’s beleaguered army can’t be provided with useful Canadian equipment because no such gear exists. Ukrainian officials came to Ottawa in September looking for anti-tank missiles, surveillance gear and armoured vehicles. They say their forces are outgunned by separatists equipped with Russian tanks and other weapons. But Kenney recently told the Globe and Mail newspaper that Canada has nothing to offer. He ordered an inventory of weapons be done earlier this year and that determined the Canadian Forces did not have useful surplus equipment that could be shipped to Ukraine. Ukraine’s soldiers use Russian-designed weapons so armaments sent from Canada could not be used, he added. Canadian military officers say that is the case for small arms and other such weapons. But Canadian anti-tank missiles could be used, surplus armoured vehicles could provide protection for troops, and the Husky and Buffalo vehicles would be valuable in dealing with roadside bombs, military sources noted. Asked specifically about the missiles and other equipment, Kenney’s spokeswoman Lauren Armstrong stated that the minister had already made his comments about the issue. She referred questions to the Department of National Defence. The Department of National Defence in an email acknowledged the stockpiles of surplus equipment existed. But spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier pointed out Friday that in some cases the equipment would either require too much training for the Ukrainians to use or would have to be refurbished for combat operations. In other cases the vehicles are equipped with machine-guns that use NATO ammunition not in Ukraine’s stockpiles. Canada tried to sell the stockpile of 5,400 Eryx anti-tank missiles but couldn’t find any buyers. So the missiles are now being destroyed, according to DND. The launchers and other related gear are also being destroyed. “The small number of systems involved would not justify creating the maintenance (spare parts and tools) infrastructure Ukraine would need to operate them,” Le Bouthillier stated. “(Ukraine’s forces) would have to conduct a significant amount of training to enable the use of the system.” DND also tried to sell some of the Husky and Buffalo vehicles but with no success. Those vehicles, part of a $30- million deal in 2007, will now be destroyed. Some of the LAV-2s will be sold or destroyed while a disposal strategy for the rest still has to be worked out, according to DND. The DND hasn’t figured out what to do with the landmine detection systems. Liberal defence critic Joyce Murray said she is not surprised there is usable surplus equipment available despite what Kenney claimed. “The minister is saying one thing and we’re finding the opposite is true,” she said. “We never get a straight answer from this government, whether it’s on equipment, whether it’s on procurement, whether it's about the defence budget.” In February the Stratfor Global Intelligence organization noted, “a significant portion of the anti-tank weapons Ukraine owns are old and likely inoperable.” Anti-tank missiles “could give Ukrainian troops a credible capability against separatist and Russian heavy armour,” the private intelligence firm, with close links to the U.S. defence establishment, pointed out. Other needed equipment included armoured transport vehicles and battlefield surveillance gear, Stratfor added. Canada also has 415 thermal imagers from the Eryx anti-tank weapons, according to the documents. Such devices can detect the heat given off by armoured vehicles and can be used for surveillance. Canada is a key supporter of Ukraine and has denounced Russian involvement in the ongoing crisis in the region. The Conservative government has provided more than $570 million worth of aid to Ukraine. Included is non-lethal equipment such as helmets, bulletproof vests and night-vision goggles. But in August 2014 Vadym Prystaiko, then Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada, told the Citizen that his country needed Canada and its allies to act immediately by providing “real” military support. Prystaiko noted Ukraine’s wish list included fighter jets, surveillance equipment and light armoured vehicles. Ukraine troops have also faced improvised explosive devices such as those Canadian soldiers dealt with in Afghanistan with their Husky and Buffalo vehicles. DND also had around 2,000 TOW 2 missiles, worth $100 million, as part of its surplus stocks, according to the documents. Those missiles, purchased in 2009, have been disposed of but DND could not provide details about whether they were destroyed or sold. The Canadian Army decided to get rid of the missiles as it tried to deal with cost-cutting measures brought in by the Conservative government.    

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 9:26 pm

Government of Canada

Statement Regarding Sergeant Nanson's Home Modifications

Major General (Retired) Mike Ward, Associate Director General of Morale and Welfare Services issued the following statement:

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 10:00 pm


Scientists 'Resurrect' Woolly Mammoth Gene in Human Cell

We all know that woolly mammoths are modern-day elephants’ distant shaggier cousins, but why, exactly, were mammoths so different? That’s a tough question, but scientists believe they have some answers after performing the first comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome. Not only did scientists uncover the genetic changes that allowed mammoths to thrive in the Arctic, they also resurrected a mammoth gene by transplanting it into a human cell. If the Genes Fit To home in on wha

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Posted on 2 July 2015 | 8:33 pm

Open Media

Techdirt: MEP Cavada doesn't want you to share your photos for free

The so called freedom of panorama was included in MEP Julia Reda's copyright report, but a troubling amendment voted it out. Speak out now to push back against those powerful interests who want to restrict and censor our right to link online:

Article by Glynn Moody for Techdirt

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 11:25 pm

Mark Steyn

Where the Libyan Buck Stops

On Thursday I kept my weekly date on The Hugh Hewitt Show. Mein host wanted to chew over foreign affairs: HUGH HEWITT: Mark Steyn, I talked a lot about Iran today with Ambassador Oren. I'm curious if you think that this President will give the Iranians

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 2:00 pm


Is the ukulele really, truly, honestly here to stay this time?

'How long can you call something a fad before you just have to admit the thing is just here?'

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 1:55 pm

Huffington Post

Canadians Need to Ask Big Questions About Our Society

A national election is months away, but campaigning has already begun. While party leaders talk issues of economy and security, no one is asking the big question: what kind of society do we want?

Canada is no longer one of the top five countries for integrating immigrants, a European think-tank announced in May. Health care for refugees has been slashed, and new rules make it much harder for immigrants to bring their families with them.

The same month, a report found Canadian youth facing mental health crises increasingly turning to emergency rooms for help. There aren't enough community care facilities to accommodate the growing demand.

Meanwhile, our mother -- like so many across Canada -- struggles to find a good, caring residential home for an ailing, elderly relative. The wait lists are years long.

Immigrants, youth, elderly -- three different groups, three different problems and one common thread: Canada's capacity to care.

For decades, we've heard that Canada is a "just society" -- based on equality and freedom for all upheld in laws. We've built our just society, but is Canada becoming a less compassionate one?

Canadian author and humanitarian, Jean Vanier, offers a simple definition of a compassionate society: "It simply means all other people are important."

Vanier is the founder of L'Arche, a global organization that embodies compassion in its communities where fully functioning caregivers live with mentally disabled adults, providing support and friendship. In 1998, Vanier delivered a series of lectures entitled Becoming Human for the CBC Massey Lectures series. We listened with fascination as he broke down society into its fundamental building blocks. Society, he explained, is based on interdependence, so compassion -- caring for the needs of others -- is essential.

"Western culture is not a culture of compassion. It is a culture of teaching people to aim for individual success," Vanier recently lamented to us. "Everybody is encouraged to go up the ladder, to win, to make more money."

Those who are not in the game to get ahead -- the elderly, the ill, the mentally handicapped -- are shunted aside, Vanier says, because they are not seen as contributing to success.

We grew up with our grandfather living in our house, being cared for by our family. You see that less and less today. Immigrants often bring with them a strong culture of caring for their elders. Yet we have observed, by the second or third generation born here, that culture is all but gone.

While there are many programs for special needs youth, initiatives like L'Arche, which supports adults, remain relatively rare. Yet Vanier says the need for them is as great as when he started the organization in 1964.

"Canada is not seen as a place of compassion by the rest of the world anymore," says Vanier, who now lives in France and frequently travels around the world.

Consider these recent examples.

A 2013 poll found that almost two-thirds of us believe aboriginals are responsible for the many challenges they face, and shouldn't get any more government support.

Canada is admitting just 13,000 of the millions of refugees fleeing the horror in Syria. Compare that to the early 1980s when Canada welcomed 50,000 Vietnamese "boat people." And the majority of the cost burden for Syrian refugees will fall, not on government, but on individual Canadian sponsors.

In January, the parliamentary budget officer said Canada's spending on aid for developing countries is plunging to record lows.

This election year, let's ask the big questions: What kind of society do we want? Do we want a country in which individual success is all that matters? Is it enough to have a "just society" based on rights and equality?

Or do we want the richness of a compassionate society, where every person is valued and cared for? Is that how we want the world to see Canada once again?

Canada is overdue for an election that's not just about policies and leaders, but about presenting a vision of the society we want.

Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger founded a platform for social change that includes the international charity, Free The Children, the social enterprise, Me to We, and the youth empowerment movement, We Day.


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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 11:21 am

CTV Atlantic

N.S. RCMP searching for missing Greenwood woman

Police in Nova Scotia are looking for a missing 64-year-old woman from Greenwood whose family is concerned for her well-being.

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Posted on 2 July 2015 | 11:34 pm

1000 Awesome Things

#210 When one of your paintings or school tests makes it onto the fridge

There is no limit. When you get the itch to go for it you can keep going all the way to the top. No one will tell you to stop. You can study and study and try and try and … Continue reading

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 4:01 am

Voyage of the Glacier aptly-named

ON BOARD THE STAR PRINCESS — Like any cruise destination, Alaska offers multiple modes of transportation to see its attractions. In Alaska’s case, the cruise ship can be enough. All summer, Princess operates its Voyage of the Glaciers cruise, each […]

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 3:00 am


The top 10 pizza in Markham and Richmond Hill

pizza markhamPizza is universally loved and if you find yourself in the Markham or Richmond Hill area there will certainly be no shortage of options. Whether you're after gourmet or takeout, authentic or off the wall, good pizza is plentiful in these parts.

Here are my picks for the top pizza in Markham and Richmond Hill.

Abruzzo Pizza
The go-to for pizza in Richmond Hill, this take-out spot has an expanded dining room allowing you to enjoy their spectacular pizza on site. The sauce here is what makes their pizza so good, with the perfect blend of herbs.

Cucina Locale
This cozy restaurant off Highway 7 is all about authenticity. While they may be known for their Italian sandwiches, their pizza is equally as good. With traditional toppings like prosciutto, rapini or grilled eggplant this pizza will deliver big flavour.

Nonna's Oven
Their stone oven makes all the difference. With a great mix of pizza and panzerotti options, choosing will be the hardest part. For something different try the 'Firenze' which comes with potato, caramelized onion, goat cheese, and black olives.

Marca Trattoria
This Main St. Markham gem boasts three locations and with good reason. The menu here consists of Italian classics including stone oven pizza. With a few mainstays and a daily feature the pizza and panzerotti here are real winners.

Nonna's Original Italian
Nonna's is a Markham favourite for all things Italian. Their pizza options are simple, with a focus on authenticity. The handful of pizza combinations such as margherita or primavera are served on a thin crust with the perfect ratio of cheese to toppings.

Levetto's brand is growing, now with 5 locations across the province. While the homemade pasta is noteworthy, the pizza is just as impressive. Square slices full of traditional toppings make this a must for your next pizza craving.

This warm, dine-in restaurant has an excellent pizza menu with options of white or whole wheat crust. Prosciutto, sausage, grilled chicken and brie cheese are among the toppings available making for some interesting and endless combinations.

Fellini's Italian Eatery
This family run restaurant provides a vast menu of home-style Italian classics. Thin or thick crust pizzas are available with plenty of traditional toppings to choose from. They have great take out deals and pizzas of all sizes.

That's Italian Ristorante Express
A casual off-shoot of their Woodbridge location, That's Italian Express has an impressive number of pizza options. Whether you're creating your own or choosing one of their combos you'll get fresh ingredients in a relaxed setting.

Smash Kitchen & Bar
Smash is all about comfort food. Their coal fired pizza boasts eclectic options ranging from BBQ chicken pizza to a Greek inspired pizza. If you're watching your bank balance, drop in on a Monday when all Pizza's are $10.

These are my picks for the top pizza places in Markham and Richmond Hill. Is your favourite spot missing? Add your suggestions to the comments.

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 5:08 am


Phil Kessel didn't work out in T.O. -- who's at fault?

Kessel didn't work out in T.O.

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 4:56 am

Metro News

Explosion at chemical plant in South Korea kills 6 workers

SEOUL, South Korea – An explosion at a chemical plant in South Korea killed six workers on Friday, fire officials said. The victims were doing welding work when the blast tore down a waste storage facility at a chemical plant … Continue Reading

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 6:29 am

The Province

RCMP now overseeing investigations of bomb threats against WestJet flights

Some aviation experts said it didn’t make sense to have disparate police forces investigating threats against the same airline. The RCMP now appears to agree, announcing Friday that the force has stepped in to oversee all the investigations.

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Posted on 4 July 2015 | 3:16 am

Rabble CA

A happy Canada Day would be a Harper-free Canada! This week's blogs roundup

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 10:19 pm


Extra, Extra: Amir Johnson Says Goodbye, Pals For Hire, and Taxi Drivers are Frustrated

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. In perhaps the most bittersweet Canada Day to date, as Raptors favourite Amir Johnson took to social media Wednesday night to bid adieu to his Canuck fans after signing a two-year, $24 million deal with the Boston […]

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Posted on 2 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

Quirks and Quarks

We're on Summer Hiatus - No new Podcasts until September

Visit our Website for more downloads of previous episodes of Quirks & Quarks.

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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 4:00 am

Sun Columnists

Ending ‘rape culture’ on campus

Dalhousie University’s report on misogyny sparked by its dentistry students’ offensive Facebook posts last fall is a step in the right direction.

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 12:40 am

The Progressive Economics Forum

Economics for Everyone: Second Edition

This week marks the official publication release of the second edition of Economics for Everyone: A Short Guide to the Economics of Capitalism.  In this blog I explain my motivations in writing the book, and promoting critical economic literacy more generally; the commentary was originally published by Pluto Books (the international publisher).  The book is […]

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Posted on 25 June 2015 | 4:00 pm

Religious News Blog

Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers

cult leader Lia Eden

Cult leader Lia Eden claims that a UFO piloted by the archangel Gabriel wants to pick up her followers.

She has therefore requested that Indonesia's President and Jakarata's Governor grant the UFO permission to land at the country's National Monument.

Full story: Cult leader Lia Eden wants UFO to pick up her followers

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Posted on 1 June 2015 | 7:12 am

Much Music

Dive Into This Shark Hole In Honour Of Shark Week 2015

We cannot get enough of sharks. They are the most alluring, terrifying and mysterious creatures on planet Earth. They are held up in pop culture as the ultimate villain from the animal kingdom but are actually more complicated in real life. Sure they are nature’s greatest killing machines but they also are so beautiful giants […]

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 7:27 pm


A guide to cottage insurance

No year-round road access? You'll pay extra for that

The post A guide to cottage insurance appeared first on MoneySense.

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 4:38 pm


Paul Bernardo applies for day parole in Toronto

Paul Bernardo applies for day parole

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 2:15 pm

National Post Blog

California television reporters robbed, cameraman pistol whipped during live broadcasts

News crews from two San Francisco Bay Area television stations were robbed at gunpoint and a cameraman was pistol whipped during live broadcasts on Thursday

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 3:08 pm

Eureka Science News

Seafaring spiders depend on their 'sails' and 'anchors'

Spiders travel across water like ships, using their legs as sails and their silk as an anchor, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. The study helps explain how spiders are able to migrate across vast distances and why they are quick to colonise new areas.

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 1:33 pm

The Toronto Star Columnists

Councillors urged to reject Andy Pringle on police board

The composition of the Toronto Police Services Board should better represent the city’s diversity, say critics who are urging councillors to reject Andy Pringle’s reappointment to the high-profile civilian oversight body.

The civic appointments committee is recommending that council, at next week's meeting, choose the Toronto businessman as its appointee on the seven-member board. However, critics disagree.

“Good governance demands that appointees to our boards and commissions are reflective of the diversity of the population served,” Bev Salmon, a former Metro Toronto councillor, wrote in an email sent to the city clerk with instructions to forward to Tory and 44 councillors.

“We need fresh energy on the board to deal with the challenges of policing in Canada’s most racially diverse city. The black community needs a representative voice on the board at the decision making process, particularly when impacted directly, as we strive for excellence in policing.”

Former Toronto mayor John Sewell, head of the Toronto Police Accountability Coalition, wants council to refer Pringle’s recommendation back to the city’s appointments committee. The watchdog group is suggesting the committee come forward with the name of someone “who is knowledgeable about and can speak for the communities of people of colour, to ensure they receive fair policing,” Sewell wrote in a letter to councillors.

“Perhaps someone who has experienced carding first hand,” the letter says.

Pringle, 65, is Tory’s longtime friend and served as his chief of staff at Queen Park. “He’s an intelligent, thoughtful, diligent member of the board,” Tory said recently. “Andy Pringle is one of our most distinguished citizens in terms of his community service. I think about the only bad thing that he seems to have on his résumé is that he knows me.”

Council picked Pringle as its appointee under the previous Ford administration in 2011. He replaced Councillor Michael Thompson (open Michael Thompson's policard), the lone black person on the board and on city council, as vice chair after Tory rebuffed Thompson’s wish to stay put. If council picks Pringle, he’s expected to serve as interim chair after Alok Mukherjee steps down Aug. 1.

The TPSB has seven members, including the mayor or council designate, two city councillors, three provincial appointees and one public member appointed by city council — in this case Pringle, subject to council approval.

A key issue facing the police service will be how the force reforms its contentious carding policy, which it refused to do under Chief Bill Blair and while Pringle sat on the board. Tory has promised to stop officers from putting information into a database collected from people not suspected of a crime, a practice that statistics show disproportionately targets young black men.

Province-wide carding reforms are due in the fall, following summer consultations, and clear regulations will set out rules for police services across Ontario who now engage in a form of carding or intend to do so.

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Posted on 4 July 2015 | 1:21 am

Canadian Tech Blogger - MobileSyrup

Is this BlackBerry’s first Android phone?

We’ve heard rumours and seen concepts of BlackBerry’s first Android phone, but according to (purportedly retired) leaker extraordinaire, @evleaks, we may need to look to the past to see the future....

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 1:36 am

The Daily Galaxy

Today's 'Galaxy' Insight --"Seeing the Future of the Universe"

"Do you realize that if you fall into a black hole, you will see the entire future of the Universe unfold in front of you in a matter of moments and you will emerge into another space-time created by the...

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 3:16 pm

The Movie Blog

Steve Jobs Official Trailer

Got damn, Steve Jobs was a dick. I have never met  Mr. Jobs. But, I am just basing my opinion on what the trailer has shown me. And, what I...

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Posted on 3 July 2015 | 11:27 am


From the vault: Feeling emotional

A look back at some of our most popular articles.

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 8:00 am