For the benefit of non-Brits, conkers are the seeds of the horse chestnut tree. Unlike sweet chestnuts, they are not for human consumption, but can be utilized for other things, namely, the game of conkers, which requires two players. After finding a source of conkers, kids seek out the hardest and most symmetrical to drill […]

This blog will be somewhat inactive for the next three days. That is because, for the next three days, I will be fully occupied with the Great Okanagan Book Sale. This annual occurrence (now in its twenty-sixth year and, yes, I’ve been to all of them), consists of a church hall being filled to the […]

Here are some historic and/or spooky October viewing suggestions. The Ghosts Of Berkley Square (1947) The Ghost Of Flight 401 (1978) The Halloween Tree (1993) (Animated: Origins of Halloween) Lonesome Ghosts (Disney, 1937) (Animated) Madeline’s Halloween & Other Spooky Tales (2000) Mostly Ghostly: Who Let The Ghosts Out? (Disney, 2008) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Disney, 2010)

Question: What famous tug-of-war features the world’s biggest straw rope? Answer: The one taking place this weekend at the Naha Festival on Okinawa Island in Japan. The two-hundred-metre, forty-ton rope made for this centuries-old annual event got into the Guinness Book of Records in 1997 and still hold the title. Harking back to the days […]

The first official World Series took place in 1903, with the Boston Americans triumphing over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The World Series has taken place every year since, with only two cancellations (one in 1904, the other in 1994). Despite the inclusion of the word ‘World’ the only non-American baseball teams to play in the series […]

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