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Wednesday, 23 August 2006
Top Coffee Shop In The World

This award would go to Tim Hortons Coffee Shops. "Timmy" restaurants and drive-throughs are located in practically every town and city across Canada(even in the U.S.).

You'll also find Tim Hortons service areas in gas bars and company cafeterias. We have one where I work in the Mississauga postal plant.

When we bought our house in Brampton,  a Tim Hortons shop was located in an Esso station close by. It's only a ten minute walk from our home.

My coffee fix consists of two "Timmys" a day.

I must add, however, that "Country Style Donuts" has better donuts and muffins than Tim Hortons.

The original Tim Horton was a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey player. He died in a car crash in 1971.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Hortons (Tim Hortons Are Here To Stay)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Horton (Tim Horton, The Hockey Player)

http://www.countrystyle.com/ (Country Style Donuts)


Posted by qualteam at 11:11 PM EDT
Tuesday, 22 August 2006
Canadian Beer: My Top Ten Brands
Mood:  celebratory

While other Canadians love killing a 6, 12 or 24 pack on a warm summer's evening, I'm content to have one or two beers a night.

Nothing beats a cold beer when you're thristy on a humid day. Here's my top ten:

1. Lakeport Pilsener( Nice flavour at a buck a beer)2. Molson Canadian(The king of beers, but a little on the pricey side)3. Alexander Keiths(Makes the best draught around.)4.Sleemans(Premium brew at a premium price)5.Moosehead(With a name like that, how can you not like it?)6.Molson Golden(A great beer that isn't made anymore.)7. Black Horse(Great Newfoundland Lager)8.Labatt's Blue(Really, it's great p--- water)9.President's Choice Draught(Great cheap draught)10. Creemore Springs(I never tasted it, but I like the name.)

What's your favourite brew? E-mail me at qualteam@yahoo.com

http://www.realbeer.com/canada/ (Real Beer For Real People)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_and_Doug_McKenzie (The Great White North)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_am_Canadian (What Is A Canadian?)


Posted by qualteam at 10:53 PM EDT
Monday, 21 August 2006
Who's Philo Farnsworth?
Mood:  surprised

No, he's not the geek that looks after my computer or any other computer for that matter.

He's the genius who invented television back in 1927. If you haven't heard of him, it's probably because people from RCA stole his patents and pushed him out of the picture. It's highly likely there will be a TV movie about his life and conflicts in the near future.

His wife died at 98 in April of this year still seeking to get recognition for her husband's invention.

Television was one of the greatest communication devices of the 20th century. The man who invented it should be on the same level as Bell, Edison and Marconi.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philo_Farnsworth (The Father Of Television)


Posted by qualteam at 10:55 PM EDT
Sunday, 20 August 2006
The CNE: A Canadian Tradition
Mood:  party time!

It's been 10 years since I last went to the "EX".

I started off badly at the Midway games which were too difficult for the coordinately challenged like myself. At the Casino, I broke even at "Blackjack" while Irene won $50. It's exciting to play as long as you don't lose too much money.

While the Human Cannonball was a brief interesting sideshow act, the IAMS Superdogs were genuinely entertaining with their tricks and racing speed.

The star superdog was the dancing miniature Collie. She "danced" equally well backward as well as forward. She was a pure delight.

The star of the CNE, however, was hypnotist, Mike Mandel. He mixed hypnosis with comedy that had his subjects doing a wide range of ludricous things like quaking in fear when he made a face, complaining about being pinced when he snapped his fingers and becoming weird superheroes when he said "superhero". 

The subjects were mostly teenage girls and he didn't get them to do anything lewd or in poor taste. Four stars.

Unfortunately, we never got to see the Chinese Lantern Festival at Ontario place because it costs $15 a person in the evening.(Ontario Place is free in the morning and afternoon if you come through the CNE fairgrounds at that time.)

I'll give the CNE three stars. It's well worth a visit if you're in Toronto in the latter part of August.

http://www.superdogs.com/ (The IAMS Superdogs)

http://www.helpms.ca/mikemandel.htm (Who Is Mike Mandel?)

 


Posted by qualteam at 5:06 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 20 August 2006 5:14 PM EDT
Saturday, 19 August 2006
Favourite Blog Entries
Mood:  special

Out of the 927 entries in this blog, I've managed to pick some of my favourite material. These are located on the right hand side under "Personal Favourite Blog Entries", "Message Statements" and "Some Top Ten Lists"

Putting together  "The Best Of The Barron Blog" is quite a task. I'll probably have to wait for my next weekly vacation in September to complete this project.

My blog covers my different areas of interest and reality, both personal and universal.


Posted by qualteam at 10:18 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 19 August 2006 10:31 AM EDT
Friday, 18 August 2006
Last Day Of A Week's Vacation
Mood:  a-ok

Over the week, I managed to catch up with my chores somewhat. I trimmed my mother's hedges. I broke down dead branches in her backyard and placed them in large paper pages.

At home, I did work on our back lawn by putting top soil, fertilizer and grass seed on the burnt areas. I also weeded our garden, ironed shirts and drove my step son to work everyday. My wife, Irene, usually does this but I gave her a break so she could sleep in a few extra hours before going to work.

I still have two and a half weeks of vacation left. I spread it out over the year.

Irene and I plan to go the Canadian National Exhibition tomorrow as well as the Chinese Lantern Festival at Ontario Place. There's always lots to do in Toronto. Check it out:

http://www.answers.com/topic/canadian-national-exhibition (The CNE is 128 years old.)

http://www.chineselanternfestival.ca/ (Ontario Place)

www.cartoonworld.ws (Have you been to Cartoon World yet?)

 


Posted by qualteam at 11:11 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 18 August 2006 11:17 AM EDT
Thursday, 17 August 2006
Ceasefire Starts A New Beginning In Lebanon

The Israeli attacks only increased Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah's popularity as a resistance fighter. Primarily, this is a political group that is trying to take over Lebanon by demonstrating that it can defend the Lebanonese and help rebuild hospitals and homes.

Obviously, the secret of defeating the Hezbollah lies in lowering its popular appeal amongst the Lebanonese people. The citizens of Lebanon must be made aware of the the negative aspects of this  so-called "resistance movement".

  • Hezbollah used Lebanonese citizens as human shields in the battle with Israel.
  • Instead of going through diplomatic circles to resolve disputes with Israel, they attacked the Israeli military on their own soil. 
  • Carrying arms from another country(i.e Iran)compromises Lebanonese sovereignty and promotes armed clashes inside and/or outside of Lebanon. 
  • Lebanon has its own armed forces. It has no need for warlords like Hassan Nasrallah and his personal militia.

The present Lebanon Government could make Hezbollah an illegal political party unless it disarms itself. An amnesty could be offered to the militia at that point. Resolving disputes with Israel in a fair and non-violent way would be part of this solution.

If diplomacy fails, U.N. peacekeepers should be empowered to take away the weapons of the Hezbollah militia.

http://www.nysun.com/topics.php/Israel (Links On Lebanon)


Posted by qualteam at 11:36 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 17 August 2006 12:23 PM EDT
Wednesday, 16 August 2006
Top AIDS Activists At The Toronto Conference
Mood:  on fire

It warms my heart to see how many people are involved with the AIDS movement around the world. This is medical stewardship of mankind at its highest human level. Unfortunately, there are still billions of people who don't give a damn about this disease because it hasn't affected their families, YET.

Louise Binder: Louise has been HIV-positive for over 14 years. She was one of the first to organize woman against this disease. She was honoured with the Order of Ontario for her successful battle to get vaccines covered for HIV-positive children.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060811.wlivebinder0818/BNStory/AIDSCon/home (Louise Binder talks to the Globe and Mail)

Stephen Lewis: He's our special envoy for AIDS with the U.N. Formerly, a political leader in Ontario. He has become Canada's most passionate voice against AIDS in Africa. If you get a chance to hear him talk, listen to him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Lewis (Who Is Stephen Lewis?)

Bill Gates: The founder of Microsoft contributed 500 million dollars to the cause this week. He may have helped to get Warren Buffett on board as well.

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/default.htm (The Gates Foundation)

Bill Clinton: He's definitely the main visionary in this conference. Check out what he said: "If we could turn the tide of this epidemic, it will unleash a burst of energy and belief in human potential that I think will spill over into tuberculosis, malaria, economic development, climate change and anything we can possibly imagine."

http://www.clintonfoundation.org/index.htm (The Clinton Foundation)

Our prayers and best wishes go with all the delegates at the AIDS conference. 


Posted by qualteam at 11:51 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 16 August 2006 12:10 PM EDT
Tuesday, 15 August 2006
Visions Of Heaven

It's a place of connecting where all of life is in harmony. It's a place of understanding where the secrets of the universe are revealed. It's a place of peace in infinite time and space.  It's a place within the soul that radiates spiritual/life energy in this life and the next.

http://www.near-death.com/experiences/research18.html (Heavenly Experiences)

 


Posted by qualteam at 10:55 PM EDT
Monday, 14 August 2006
Visions Of Hell From This Writer

It's like being caught in a violent video game that you just can't win because you run out of lives. You may do good at the lower levels, but in the upper levels, humans don't have the speed to do well. "Grand Theft Auto" and "Resident Evil" are two outstanding examples of these games.

The almost continuous wars in the Middle East could be one version of "Hell on Earth". Some of these wars like the 1956, 1967 and 1973 conflicts became board games.

In the 20th century, they were board games. In the 21st century, they were computer games. In the 22nd century, probably, virtual reality games. We all want to leave the game a winner, but with war games on higher levels that may be difficult to do. Make sure you have lots of lives.

The basic universal "Hell/Gehenna Game" is still around somewhere. You have to maintain your memory through many lifetimes to win it. Here a preview: www.hellfun.com . My version of it, of course.

Having lost at hellfun, there's no doubt, some evil spirits try to recover their losses by using humans as pawns in a game called "Body Count". This is a sad, degraded game where religious control is used to kill bodies and collect lost souls.


Posted by qualteam at 11:19 AM EDT

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