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     Amazing night at the Met
     Don’t forget Havana
     2011: Fit in fitness

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                                                                                            While the baby-boom generation has                   Meanwhile, over in the La-Z-Boy, things are
                                                                                         done a lot to reshape society’s expectations         looking a bit more desperate. Fifty-eight per cent
                                                                                         about marriage, cohabitation, divorce, and           of divorced, separated or widowed men say it’s
                                                                                         remarriage, most Canadian boomers (68 per            at least somewhat important to them to find a
                                                                                         cent)areeithermarriedorlivingwithapartner—           new partner, and a quarter (26 per cent – points
                                                                                         and many of those who aren’t say they’d like         higher than on the women’s side) say it’s very
                                                                                         to be.                                               important. The fact that single men are more
                                                                                            For some baby boomers who’ve been                 interested than women are in seeking partners
                                                                                         widowed or divorced, life goes on, sometimes         echoes the finding that married men are more
                                                                                         quite pleasantly. After the pain of the marital      interested in spending time with their wives in
                                                                                         rupture or the bereavement of spousal loss is        retirement than vice versa.
                                                                                         past, half of baby boomers (51 per cent) report         Excerpted from Stayin’ Alive (Viking, 2010).
                                                                                         that it doesn’t matter much to them whether          Michael Adams is the president of Environics.
                                                                                         they find another partner or not. They’ve had           Finding meaning at home after retirement
                                                                                         a kid or two, sometimes three, and known the         is a major challenge for many people of both
                                                                   Take Advantage of:    delights and travails of a sacred union … and        sexes; this is one reason why many boomers are
                                                                                         they’re not eager to return to that particular       increasingly opting not to retire at all. Home
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                                                                                         boomers, 48 per cent say it’s at least somewhat       “How important is it to you to find a new
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                                                                                         five (20 per cent) says it’s very important. Many                          Men        Women
                                                                                         of these boomers would agree with the rueful          Very Important         26         15
                                                                                         joke comedian Louis C.K. makes: “I’m in my 40s        Somewhat Important 32             26
                                                                                         and I’m divorced. That doesn’t mean I’m single;       Total                  58         41
                                                                                         it means I’m alone.”
                                                                                            A significant gender gap appears when we
                                                                                         examine the urgency single boomers feel about           The fact that our survey finds women less
                                                                                         reconnecting with a mate. Boomer women               eager than men to pair off again fits with
                                                                                         are relatively contented on their own; men are       behavioural data from Statistics Canada: on
                                                                                         markedly more likely to feel an urgent need to       average, 70 per cent of men remarry compared
                                                                                         pair off once more. Among women, a modest            to 58 per cent of women. This also fits with the
                                                                                         majority say it’s not especially important to        anecdotal data I’ve gathered among my own
                                                                                         them to find a new mate. A third of boomer           friends. The boys tend to be fairly happily
                                                                                         women (34 per cent) describe a new relationship      attached to wife or partner number one, two,
                                                                                         as “very unimportant” in the grand scheme of         or three. Almost all the girls who have divorced
                                                                                         their lives; that’s more than twice the proportion   number one are determined not to make the
                                                                                         (15 per cent) who say it’s “very important.”         same mistake again.

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                                                                  pair of size 34 pants tested came in at                  I get it. The clothing industry was                    Equals 10 Miles.
                                                                  34 inches.                                            not trying to f latter me with false                         This fabric flap, feeding us a false
                                                                    Industry insiders became suspicious                 numbers, they just looked the other                       sense that we are slimmer and fitter
                    William                                       about these miscalculations when the
                                                                  rock star Meatloaf severed his spleen
                                                                                                                        way when I should have been given a
                                                                                                                        five-minute major for fattening.
                                                                                                                                                                                  than we actually are, is outrageous. In
                                                                                                                                                                                  fact, it’s so absurd I can see men rising
                   Thomas                                         while trying on a pair of 52-inch dress
                                                                  pants at Macy’s and children near
                                                                                                                           I was always a size 32 pant size
                                                                                                                        through college, 34 after that and 36
                                                                                                                                                                                  en masse against North American
                                                                                                                                                                                  pant manufacturers and demanding
               FYI LAUGHLINES                                     the change room were hit with flying                  the last 20 years. Or was I?                              shrinkage!
                                                                  debris.                                                  I guess we can no longer make fun                         Says Ott, “The guy who fit a size
                                                                    No doubt about it, the pants people                 of teenage boys who wear their pants                      34 in the eighties, well he still wants

I caught my                                                       have been falsifying our waist sizes
                                                                  since the 1980s. Put another way, for
                                                                  almost 30 years Levi Strauss and Ralph
                                                                  Lauren have been pulling the wool over
                                                                                                                        sized “large,” “extra large” and “room
                                                                                                                        to rent.” Turns out their sizing is more
                                                                                                                        accurate than ours.
                                                                                                                           Without putting too fine a point
                                                                                                                                                                                  to fit that size 34 today.” Ya think?
                                                                                                                                                                                  Hell, most baby boomers just want
                                                                                                                                                                                  to stay awake long enough to watch
                                                                                                                                                                                  The National, but Peter Mansbridge

pants in a lie                                                    our legs.
                                                                    Robert Ott, a Toronto fashion expert,
                                                                  explained it this way. “The customer
                                                                  cares about a size 34 fitting the same
                                                                                                                        on it, apparent ly men are prett y
                                                                                                                        particular when it comes to size. For
                                                                                                                        example, I always thought Roseanne
                                                                                                                        Barr’s great line about men’s ego would
                                                                                                                                                                                  doesn’t trick us by telling us it’s only
                                                                                                                                                                                  eight o’clock.
                                                                                                                                                                                     How sad is that. Now that our pants
                                                                                                                                                                                  are lying to us, the only suit men can
   I understand when politicians lie to me because in many        way today as it did five years ago …                  make for a great book title. The main                     really trust is a paternity suit. There’s
cases, it’s what they do best. When Prime Minister Stephen        so the industry has let his pants grow                title would read Only A Man Can Read                      a test that comes with that one.
Harper lied about not changing the investment rules on            with him, without penalizing him with                 A Map followed by the subtitle Because                       For more, go to
income trusts, it cost Canadians a big chunk of our life          a bigger number.”                                     Only A Man Can Imagine One Inch
savings. I’m still bitter.
   I understand when my Subaru dealer lied to me and I
wound up with $2,600 worth of unnecessary work because                                                                                                                  Canada’s Adult Lifestyle Publication
that’s how you fi nance the parts department of a really well-
made car dealer. I never went back, but I understood.
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   But my pants?! For years, maybe as long as 30 years, my                                                                             Senior Center              137 Frank St.
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                                                                                                                                       Strathroy Age Dispatch 73 Front Steet West
                                                                    Unger Farm Market        1010 Gainsborough Rd.
   According to some recent investigative work, the North                                                                              Shoppers Drug Mart         51 Front St. E.
                                                                    Angelo’s Bakery          755 Wonderland Rd. N.
American manufacturers of men’s pants have been playing                                                                                Libro                      72 Front St. W.
                                                                    Pharma Plus - Rexall      611 Wonderland Rd. N.
                                                                                                                                       Superstore                 626 Victoria St.
fast and, yes, very loose with men’s waist sizes as well as our     A Taste of Britain       1634 Hyde Park Rd.                                                                                    WOODSTOCK
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egos. Industry watchdogs recently took a measuring tape             Shoppers Drug Mart       Cherryhill, 301 Oxford St. W.                                                                         Shoppers Drug Mart
                                                                                                                                                                  395 Carrie Street
                                                                    Chelsea Park             310 Oxford St. West                                                                                     Downtown, 959 Dundas St.
to some randomly selected men’s pants and found that all                                                                               EXETER
                                                                    London Housing           345 Wharncliffe Rd. N.                                                                                Food Basics
the size 34s were actually 35 inches, 36 inches or 37 inches.                                                                          Trailer Park Riverview Estates       20 Kalisch Ave.
                                                                    London Housing           349 Wharncliffe Rd. N.                                                                                  868 Dundas St. at Clarke St.
                                                                                                                                       Town & Country Support Center 125 John St. W.
From Club Monaco chinos to Levi Strauss Dockers, not one            Turner Drugs             52 Grand Ave. and Richmond
                                                                                                                                       Exeter Villa Seniors Center          155 John St. E.
                                                                    Robert Q Travel          105 Wharncliffe Rd. S.                                                                                  Mall, 645 Dundas St. & Young
                                                                    Bank of Nova Scotia      509 Commissioners                                                                                     Sobey’s Supermarket
                                                                                                                                       Ausable Community Center              183 Main St.
                                                                    Zally’s Bagels           785 Wonderland Rd. S.                                                                                   379 N.Springbank
                                                                                                                                       GRAND BEND Cove 5 Grand Cove Estates
                                                                    Robert Q Travel          1304 Commissioners Rd. W.                                                                             Shoppers Drug Mart
                                                                    Golden Griddle           1067 Wellington Rd. at Bradley                                                                          449 Dundas St.
                                                                                                                                       MacKay Center for Seniors 10 Nelson St. E.
                                                                    Canadian Tire            1125 Wellington Rd. S., White Oaks Mall                                                               The Dispensary - Pharmasave
                                                                                                                                       Zehrs                          (beside Wal-Mart)
                                                                    Medicine Shop            312 Commissioners Rd. W. at Andover                                                                     510 Ingersoll Ave.
                                                                                                                                       Goderich Place                 30 Balvina Dr., off Hwy 21
                                                                    Shoppers Drug Mart       900 Adelaide St. & Southdale                                                                          Robert Q Travel
                                                                                                                                       Goderich Signal Star           120 Huckins St.
                                                                    Parkwood Hospital        801 Commissioners Rd. E.                                                                                21 Wellington St. N.
                                                                    Shoppers Drug Mart       1155 Commissioners Rd. E.                                                                             Southgate Senior Centre
                                                                                                                                       Seniors Center Town & Country Support 317 Huron
                                                                    Sangster’s -             Springbank Rd. (Fatty Patty’s Plaza)                                                                    191 Old Wellington St. S.
                                                                                                                                       Robert Q                   45 Albert St.
                                                                    Berkshire Club           500 Berkshire Dr. (471-4590)                                                                          INGERSOLL
                                                                    Forest City Kiwanis      78 Riverside Dr. & Wharncliffe                                                                        IGA Foodland 72 Charles St.W.
                                                                                                                                       Bork Foodland              195 Main St.
                                                                    Memorial Boys & Girls Club 184 Horton St.E.                                                                                    Shoppers Drug Mart
                                                                                                                                       Glencoe Pharmacy           253 Main St.
                                                                    YMCA                     382 Waterloo St.                                                                                        110 Oxford St.
                                                                    Lon. Pub. Library - Central 251 Dundas St.                                                                                     Canterbury Place
                                                                                                                                       Zehrs         Norfolk Mall
                                                                    Royal Canadian Legion 311 Oakland Ave.                                                                                         Ingersoll Seniors Centre
                                                                                                                                       Seniors Center             45 Hardy Ave.
                                                                    Canadian Tire            1975 Dundas St. E.                                                                                      250 Ingersoll St. S.
                                                                                                                                       Coyle’s Country Store Hwy. 19 & Airport Rd.
                                                                    Food Basics              1299 Oxbury St. E., Oxbury Mall                                                                       THAMESFORD
                                                                                                                                       St. THOMAS
                                                                    Loblaws -                The (1740) Richmond North Centre                                                                      Nana & Gramps Restaurant
                                                                                                                                       Shoppers Drug Mart         410 Talbot St.
                                                                    Amica                    517 Fanshawe Park Road West                                                                             153 Dundas St.
                                                                                                                                       St. Thomas Public Library 153 Curtis St.
                                                                    Northland Mall           1275 Highbury Ave. N. at Huron                                                                        Royal Bank 110 Dundas St.
                                                                                                                                       Millcreek Apts.            20 Dunkirk Dr.,
                                                                    Hamilton Road Seniors Centre Hamilton Rd.                                                                                      Pharmasave 141 Dundas St.
                                                                                                                                       Shoppers Drug Mart         204 First Ave.
                                                                    A&P                      Cheapside & Adelaide                                                                                  St. MARY’S
                                                                                                                                       Shoppers Drug Mart         Near Disbrowe Motors
                                                                                                                                                                                                   M&M Variety
                                                                    WINDSOR Various locations - contact Windsor Smart Shopper          Metcalfe Garden’s Retirement            45 Metcalfe St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     6 Water St. at Queens
                                                                    CHATHAM Various locations - contact Chatham This Week              St. Thomas Seniors Center               225 Chestnut St.,
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If you have an event you would like considered for inclusion in our    Alzheimer Outreach Services: Free Caregiver Support Semi-            Are you a senior who knows how to use a computer?: We are
section, please e-mail or mail to: Forever       nars - 4 Tuesdays in January from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Jan 4:            looking for seniors who are interested in helping other seniors
Young, 1147 Gainsborough Road, London Ontario N6H 5L5.                 Safety: A High Priority; an 11: Tax Benefits for Older Adults         learn computer basics. This is a great volunteer opportunity
Deadline is the 10th of the month prior. Please include details        and Caregivers; Jan 18: Partners in Dementia Care Fair; Jan          for seniors interested in computers, as well as teaching others!
of your event and a contact name and number. We are looking            25: Caring for the Mind and Body; Pre-Registration required.         For more information contact Dana at: 519-685-4292 Ext.
especially for free or low-cost events and programs geared to          Email: All seminars held at          42646.
those 50 plus.                                                         Alzheimer Outreach Services of McCormick Home, 2022 Kains
                                                                       Road, London. Call Shelley at 519-432-9336 ext 2347.
                                                                                                                                            Senior Centres – Just Outside London
By Don Biggs                                                                                                                                Ingersoll Senior’s Activity Centre: Numerous activities
                                                                       London InterCommunity Health Centre: Support group                   planned. Travel Club meets once a month beginning at 1 p.m.
Senior Centres – London                                                for Francophone Seniors (50 years +). Join us to share our           Meet with folks who have traveled the globe, share stories and
Hamilton Road Senior Centre: Regular programming includes              strength and resources. Promoting health, through recreation-        destinations. Anniversary Dinner: Wednesday, Jan. 19 begin-
cards, Knit & Chatter, Creative Crafts, darts, bingo and more.         al and learning activities. Have fun in your own language. For       ning at 5:30 p.m. Formal dinner — Black and White attire.
Wednesday, April 6: Shirley Valentine, This is a one woman show        more information, contact Gisele at by e- mail ghauser@lihc.         Only 120 tickets will be sold. Tickets available after Dec. 20.
about a frustrated housewife who takes an external journey to or 519-520 6215.                                                  519-485-3869.
Greece. Back at the centre enjoy with us a roast pork dinner with      North East London Cards, Games & Crafts Club: Come play              Lions Senior Centre (Dorchester): Community Euchre, craft
apple sauce, mashed potatoesand gravy, vegetables, coffee, tea         cards or board games or knit/crochet with us, We meet every          group, hot meals for only $9. Pole walking: combines the aero-
and assorted desserts’ Depart from the centre by bus at 12:30pm;       Monday from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the London InterCommunity             bic and strength building benefits of cross-country skiing with
Afternoon ends at approximately 5:30pm, Cost per person: $55.          Health Centre, 1355 Huron Street, Unit 7. No cost. Light re-         walking. Computer lessons for beginners.
   519-661-5758.                                                       freshments served. All ages welcome, including retirees, home-
                                                                       makers, and those home-schooled. Call North East London              VON FOOT CARE CLINIC:The Foot Care Clinic is held ev-
Horton Street Seniors’ Centre:
                                                                       Community Engagement or email (NELCE)                  ery other month on the second Tuesday, at the Lions Senior
Friday, January 28th 2011, 10am – 1pm. Art Show: fund-                                                                                      Centre from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The cost is $27. For more
raiser for the Horton Street Seniors Centre. Free admission. Art-      519-659-1271 ext. 500
                                                                                                                                            information contact the VON office 519-268-7028.
work, Crafts and Jewelry for sale, door prizes and refreshments.       Seniors Gathering Place: Join us at the new Seniors Gathering
                                                                       Place, Covent Garden Market 2nd Floor Kitchen every Tuesday          Donnybrook 433 Seniors: Euchre every Thursday afternoon
184 Horton Street, London ON. 519-434-9114.
                                                                       morning from 10 am to noon. No membership or registration            from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. They also have bus trips and oth-
Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre: Provides free pro-                                                                                    er socials. For further information about this program and their
grams for seniors every week. Come and join our energetic and          required and plenty of opportunity to relax and meet some
                                                                       new friends or beat an old friend at checkers. Volunteers are        events, call President Carl Baker 519-659-6931
ever-growing group by playing Euchre every Friday @ 1:30- 3:30;
                                                                       needed. For more information, contact Jean Knight, Seniors           SENIOR BOWLERS NEEDED (55+): Mondays at Fairmont.
exercising with the Walking Program Tuesdays and Fridays @ 8-9
                                                                       Community Association 519-963-4567.                                  Contact: Irene Sanderson 268-8364 or Wally Coleman 268-
a.m. 519-668-2745 or visit our web site
                                                                       London Friendship Quilters Guild: London Friendship Quil-            7623
Kiwanis Senior Community Centre: Regular weekly recreation
                                                                       ters Guild meets 2nd Thursday each month (September to               ADULT/SENIOR SKATE: Mondays & Thursdays at the
programs including billiards, cards, bingo, line-dancing shuffle-
                                                                       May), 7 p.m., St. George’s Presbyterian Church, 1475 Dundas          Dorchester Arena. 519-268-2025
board and a unique “tactile tales” program where members help
make books for the blind. Also bus trips and special events. Re-       St. New members welcome. Membership fee $40. Contact                 Thorndale Area Seniors: The Crumlin 50 Plus Club meets ev-
duced rate for membership to 2 centres (Kiwanis and Hamilton           Lorraine Swanson, 519-668-7737.                                      ery 3rd Monday of each month at the Crumlin United Church
Rd.). $3 visit fee for non-members. 519-433-0625.                      Huff N’Puff Seniors Fitness Association:Huff N’Puff of-              for a Pot Luck lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by entertainment or
                                                                       fers over 30 different physical activities for Seniors 55 years      a speaker. A contribution of $2.00 each per month is the only
Oxwell Seniors Activity Centre: The Oxwell Seniors Activity
                                                                       and over. Our nearly 1,500 members enjoy non –competitive            membership fee. All seniors are welcome to join this friendly
Centre hosts weekly meetings for anyone over 55. Enjoy light ex-
                                                                       physical activities such as hockey, slo-pitch, tennis, table ten-    group by dropping by the church on the meeting day. Some
ercises, line dancing, shuffle board crafts, cards, catered lunch and
                                                                       nis, badminton, volleyball, aerobics, aquabics, several different    of the activities available are clogging lessons, Pilates exercise,
free tour on first visit. The centre is located at Oxford and Wel-
                                                                       dances, singing, bus trips, bowling and social activities to name    Tai Chi, yoga, choir, carpet bowling, computer lessons, digital
lington streets @ New St. James Church. Contact Helen McColl,
                                                                       just a few. Head office is at The North London Optimist Com-          camera lessons, pole walking, square dancing, knitting/crochet
                                                                       munity Centre, 1345 Cheapside St. 519-661-5854.                      lessons, quilting, bridge, euchre, line dancing and crafts.
Classes/ Ongoing Programs/Support Groups –                             Fitness in Retirement: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday            519-268-2025.
London and Area                                                        the Retirement Research Association exercises and walks from         Southgate Centre (Woodstock): 191 Old Wellington St.
Fully Alive Program: This is a program where seniors recognize         7:15 a.m. to 8:15a.m. at Thompson Arena. Our aim is a healthy        South, Woodstock. 519-539-9817.
their strengths and build on them, learn new ways of dealing with      retirement for men and women. Come out and join us or
life challenges, as well as make new friends. Taking registrations
                                                                                                                                            Senior Centres – Windsor/Leamington
                                                                       519-472-8875.                                                        East Side Centre-formerly Edward Street Centre (Wind-
now for a 10-week program. Begins Tuesdays, Jan. 11 from 1 – 3         Seniors Help Line: London Distress Centre operates a 24-
p.m at the Kiwanis Seniors Centre, 78 Riverside Drive. Cost $10.                                                                            sor): Senior Reflections (every Mon. 1:30-3:30 p.m.)
                                                                       hour confidential seniors help line for seniors & caregivers.         Half Century Club (Leamington): Breakfast Group (every
Register by calling Third Age Outreach, St. Joseph’s Health Care       519-667-6600.
at 519-661-1621.                                                                                                                            Tues., 8:30 a.m.), Parkinson’s Exercise & Support Group (ev-
                                                                       Manchester United Supporters Club of Canada – London                 ery Tues. 10:30 a.m.), Walking Group (every Wed., 9:30 a.m.),
Gentle Yoga For Seniors: Mon., January 24 to March 7, 10 - 11          Branch: All game live at The Scot’s Corner (Wellington/Dun-
am, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street. Cost: $30 for the 6 week                                                                            Diabetes Self Management Classes (every Thurs., 12:30 p.m.)
                                                                       das). United item raffles, 50/50s and more. Check out www.               519-326-2521.
series. Registration begins January 3. Taught by Certified Yoga for details.
Teacher Angela Savory. Register online or contact the Central Li-                                                                           McEwan Avenue Centre (Windsor): Square Dancing (every
brary at 519-661-5122.                                                 London Rangers Supporters Club: All game live at The Scot’s          Fri. 10:30-11 a.m., only $1), Machine Quilting Class, Wednes-
                                                                       Corner (Wellington/Dundas). Rangers item raffles, 50/50s              days, 1-3 p.m. Stretch, strength, breathe and relax- Mondays
Get Fit For Active Living: 8-week program starting Jan. 10 at          and more. Check out for details.
Glendale Crossing Retirement Community, corner of Wonderland                                                                                from 1-3 p.m. WOW (Women on Weights) Thursdays 10-11:30
and Southdale.and also at Amica Retirement Home Wonderland             Nature In The City 2011: Mark your calendar for next year’s          a.m. Both Centres 519-254-1108.
and Fanshawe Park Rd. This is a Canadian Centre for Activity and       Nature in the City, a free six-part series of illustrated talks on
Aging evidence based exercise and education program for adults         nature within the City of London. Co-sponsors are the London
55+. For more information contact or                 Public Library and Nature London. Tuesdays, January 18th to
519-661-1603.                                                          February 22nd, 2011 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. January 18: Talk-
                                                                       ing Turkey – Karen Auzins; January 25: Invasive Plants – Ian
The London Firefighters Pipe Band: Hosting our 2nd annual               Jean; February 1: The Elusive Badger – Ron Gould; February 8:
Robbie Burns Dinner. Saturday, Jan. 29, Greek Canadian Commu-          Yeasts in the City – Andre Lachance; February 15: The Buzz on
nity Centre, 965 Sarnia Road, London. 3 course dinner including        Social Insects - Graham Thompson; February 22: Meadowlily
roast beef and haggis. Entertainment by Bob Finlay & The Cale-                                                                                                  Because some wishes
                                                                       Nature Preserve-Don Gordon. Everyone is invited to attend
donians and the London Firefighters Pipe Band. Tickets $40 per                                                                                                  can’t wait for someday.
                                                                       at the Central Library of London Public Library, 251 Dundas
person available at Scott’s Highland Supply, 143 Stronach Ave. A       Street, in the Wolf Performance Hall .Go to,
Taste of Britain, 1634 Hyde Park and 746 Wharncliffe Rd. or by                                                                                   1-888-822-9474
email at
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                                M I L E S T O N E S                                               Ice Festival in China
                                                                                                  runs to February
                                                                                                     If Disney were ever to open
                                                                                                  a Winterland, they would have
                                                                                                  a hard time beating Harbin, in
                                                                                                     Since 1963 Harbin has hosted
                                                                                                  the Ice and Snow Festival which
                                                                                                  includes an entire themed city
                                                                                                  cast from ice blocks cut from the
                                                                                                  Songhua river. The festival includes
                                                                                                  an international contest in which
                                                                                                  ice carvers from around the world
                                                                                                  compete for prizes and in the
                                                                                                  process create a huge sculpture
                                                                                                  garden in Zhaolin Park.
                             ter a performance                                                       The festival opens around
            Inside The Met af by Kathia Shieh                                                     Christmas and goes until early
                                                                                                     For more information contact                                              thechinaguid Park
                                                              The Met and                         the Beijing Freedom Travel Agency–                                              
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                                                              COVER STORY                                                                                     January 2011

                                                                                                        the Great                        PLAYFUL AND MAGNETIC,
                                                                                                                                         Dr. Mehmet Oz, host
                                                                                                                                         of the Dr. Oz TV show,
                                                                                                                                         has shot his way to
                                                                                                                                         the top of the daytime
                                                                                                                                         TV ratings and the
                                                                                                                                         best-seller book lists
                                                                                                                                         dispensing health
                                                                                                                                         advice with irresistible

                                                              By Frank Barron
                                                                                    edical TV shows have been a         And good doctor he is, dispensing free medical
                                                                                    big hit over many decades, what   advice for all types of illnesses and injuries, although
                                                                                    with Dr. Kildare and Marcus       he does not endorse particular products, but rather
                                                                                    Welby, and later ER and Grey’s    explains what type of products are the most beneficial
                                                                                    Anatomy.                          – many of them of natural and organic.
                                                                                      Butthebiggesthitforamedical       “He’s a free hour daily doctor’s visit,” says one of
                                                                                    program lately might be the Dr.   the show’s producers.
                                                              Oz Show, now in its second season and syndicated in       On the streets of Manhattan, Dr. Mehmet Oz is
                                                              more than 200 markets. It’s a one-hour “must see” for   mobbed by adoring fans, who scream as though he
                                                              millions of viewers, most of them women, who simply     was a rock star.
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moment he’s introduced, the adulation begins,        the doctor says. “That’s what my show is all about,   who signal their delight with hugs and squeals.         Indeed, he was looking particularly fit at a
the screaming starts, as out to the stage comes      getting (them) to live right now, not because            He also adds the personal element.                gathering of television critics in Los Angeles
Dr. Oz, either in his preferred dark shirt and       (they’re) fearful of disease, but because (they)         In one program, he featured an assistant,         when the syndication company introduced his
trousers, or in scrubs, smiling broadly, shaking     want to feel better today.”                           a lovely, older woman, and later proudly             daytime show.
hands and greeting everyone.                            He does this with straight talk that appeals to    announced: “she’s my mom.” The audience                 CamerasarenonoveltytoDr.Oz.Remembered
   His popularity is also reflected in his fan       the emotions.                                         went wild.                                           for his many seasons as Oprah Winfrey’s go-to
mail, reportedly the heaviest for a non-network                                                               One of his most unusual segments was devoted      health expert, he has also appeared on Good
program.                                               “Most people are really worried                     to DUI (Driving Under the Influence). But it         Morning America, The Today Show, Larry King
   Dr. Oz tapes two shows a day to stay ahead                                                              wasn’t about alcohol, rather various medications     Live and The View. He’s guest-hosted The Charley
of the game and ensure time for his cardiology          about aging,” the doctor says.                     which, taken incorrectly, can cause impairment       Rose Show and was medical director on the
practice and hospital work.                           “That’s what my show is all about,                   and are listed by the police as DUI.                 movie John Q, starring Denzel Washington.
   “I find my Chi (source of energy) in the            getting (them) to live right now,                      Dr. Oz embraces both traditional and non-            As though his plate isn’t full enough with
operation room,” he told an interviewer. “It                                                               traditional medicine. “I think we’re beginning       a TV show and medical career, Dr. Oz takes
humbles me, it relaxes me, and constantly               not because (they’re) fearful of                   to globalize medicine now,” he says. “You have       time to write books. He’s authored more than
reminds me of my mission and purpose.”                   disease, but because (they)                       to take Eastern approaches and bring them to         400 original publications, book chapters, and
   With an undergraduate degree from Harvard,             want to feel better today.”                      the West.                                            medical books including six New York Times
andhonoursfromtheUniversityofPennsylvania                                                                     “Meditationcanbeeffectiveascomplimentary          best sellers. The latest in his series of “You” health
School of Medicine, Dr. Oz is vice-chair and                                                               treatment for those suffering from depression or     books – YOU: Raising Your Child – came out in
professor of surgery at Columbia University            “People do not change because they know             hypertension. And music. Music has an essential      October and a new offering You, a 60 Day Weight
and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and         facts,” he says. It’s taking knowledge from the       effect on how we feel. During surgery I listen to    Loss Plan – is slated for publication in April.
Complementary Medicine Program at New                brain but feeling it in the heart. “Then people are   high-energy songs by Bruce Springsteen; during          He writes regularly in Esquire magazine,
York Presbyterian Hospital. He performs more         motivated to change their lives.”                     recovery, patients are invited to join in music      the Parade weekly supplement, and O, Oprah’s
than 100 heart surgeries per year.                     Nevertheless, they get the facts. “You have to      therapy. Aromatherapy can (have) a calming           magazine. He’s also host of a daily talk show on
   Despite his impressive credentials, Dr. Oz        give people the real anatomy,” Dr. Oz says. “Tell     effect.                                              Sirius Radio’s Oprah Radio.
doesn’t hog his show but invites guest doctors and   them what’s really happening. Don’t break it             “YogaisthefirstthingIdoeverymorning,afterI           On the personal side, Dr. Oz was born in
medical experts to discuss a wide range of topics,   down and baby it.”                                    brush my teeth. It gets my blood flowing and gives   Cleveland, Ohio, to parents originally from
from fitness and obesity to serious diseases like      One of t he secret s of successf u l ly             meanenergyboost,”hesays.“Ialsodo80pushups            Turkey. He and his wife, Lisa, have four children,
cancer, but all with the goal of encouraging         achieving that is to make it fun. “It’s got to        to increase upper body strength. Yoga improves       ranging in age from 13 to 26. The couple live in the
viewers to understand their bodes and embrace        be playful.”                                          flexibility and strength. Stretching improves        same family home in New Jersey they’ve shared
a healthy lifestyle.                                   He enjoys doing exercises and dances with his       flexibility and protects against injury. And it      for almost 30 years.
   “Most people are really worried about aging,”     guests and involving members of the audience,         burns calories.”
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                                                                                                                             ESCAPE                                                                                        January 2011

                                                                        YOUR TRIP to the Cuban
                                                                        seaside must include at least
by John M. Smith                                                        one day set aside for the
   Like most Canadians, my trip to Cuba
meant a week spent at one of Cuba’s
                                                                        capital city, Havana
beautiful beach areas – in our case, the

famous Varadero. For a change of pace one
day my wife and I decided to take a day trip
to Havana – and this proved to be a definite
highlight of our vacation.
   We left our resort in the early morning
on the tourist bus and stopped for several
hotel pickups, making it well over a three-
hour trip into Cuba’s capital. Therefore,
expect your tour to be a full day – we were
gone about 12 hours.
   Upon our arrival in Old Havana,
the capital’s tourist centre and a World
Heritage Site, the first attraction of note
is the Spanish colonial architecture. This
city was, at one time, the most important
Spanish port in the Caribbean. And as
we strolled about the area (for the best
way to explore Habana Vieja is by foot),                                                                                                                                                           El Capitolio Capital Building, Havana Cuba
we saw lots of grand baroque buildings
with barred windows and massive                                         here – and we were certainly encouraged       the downtown area at the end of our day in Havana, children              Over inside the National Capitol
wooden doors, plazas, narrow cobblestone                                to make some purchases. We were advised       were waiting by the tourist buses hoping to receive money or a        building, I climbed many steps to
streets, bicycle taxis, horses and carriages,                           not to buy cigars from street vendors,        trinket from a visitor – and, of course, my wife aims to please all   photograph its beautiful hallway, statues
cocotaxis (yellow, egg-shaped three-                                    for they may be merely selling banana         these cute little ones.                                               and dome. At the Great Theatre of Havana,
wheeled scooters) and old, pre-Revolution                               leaves!                                          While in Old Havana, my wife and I found lots of souvenir shops    I discovered that an opera or ballet could
American cars.                                                             As we wandered about, we saw lots          and a large flea market near Cathedral Square. We also strolled       be seen at a very reasonable price, and then
   We were inevitably led to cigar and rum                              of street vendors – and people wanting        along the river and viewed the fortifications at Morro-Cabana         strolled along the Malecon, a pedestrian
shops, for these are big tourist destinations                           money. I saw a costumed dog, with which       Historical Park and a large statue of Jesus. We saw El Templete,      walkway along the waterfront. We also
                                                                        I could get a photo – for a price – and two   where the first mass took place in San Cristobel de la Habana;        walked by the Ambos Mundes Hotel,
                                                                        fancily dressed “cigar-smoking mamas,”        La Zaragozana, the oldest restaurant in the Cuban capital; the        where writer Ernest Hemingway resided
                                                                        who wanted a peso each for a photo. At the    National Museum of Natural History, located in the Plaza de           for several years, and we saw statues of
                                                                        door of a public washroom, an attendant       Armas, the oldest square; and the Museum of the Revolution,           Carlos Cespedes, Cuba’s first president,
                                                                        tried to hand me a few pieces of toilet       housed in the former presidential palace of Batista, who was          and Christopher Columbus. A must-
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                                                                                Boomers                                      ; iPhones, iPads are
                                                                                intend to
                                                                                postpone                                     selling briskly
Advice from Dr. Oz to kick off 2011                                             retirement                                     Apple sold 3.89-million Macs during
                                                                                                                             the its fiscal fourth quarter ending Sept.
                                                                                                                             25, a 27-per-cent unit increase over the
                                                                                                                                                                          Apple’s CEO.
                                                                                                                                                                          “iPhone sales
                                                                                                                                                                          of 14.1-million
                                          Shopping smarts: With                    As the number of older adults                                                          were up 91 per-
                                                                                                                             year-ago quarter, the computer giant
                                       ob e sit y re ac h i ng ne a r-          continues to outpace that of                                                              cent year-over-
                                                                                                                             announced in October.
                                       e pi d e m i c p r o p o r t i o n s ,   younger counterparts and ever-                                                            year, handily
                                                                                                                               Other sales numbers announced:
                                       remember that what goes into             growing waves of baby boomers                                                             beating the
                                                                                                                               • The company sold 14.1-million
                                       the grocery bag significantly            approach the traditional retirement                                                       12.1-million phones RIM sold in their
                                                                                                                               iPhones in the quarter, representing 91
                                       impacts your health. Shop the            age, concerns focus on a potential                                                        most recent quarter.”
                                                                                                                               per-cent unit growth over the year-ago
                                       perimeter of the supermarket.            worker shortage.
                                       “(T h at ’s) w here f r u it s ,            In York Region, one of the country’s
                                                                                                                               • Apple sold 9.05-million iPods during
                                       vegetables, meats, and dairy             fastest-growing regions northeast
                                                                                                                               the quarter, representing an 11 per-
                                       products are kept. You will find         of Toronto, there are one-million
                                                                                                                               cent unit decline from the year-ago
   “If you are turning 50 this         all the unhealthy packaged               residents and half a million jobs
year, be prepared to give              foods and sodas in the middle            today, numbers that are expected
                                                                                                                               • Apple sold 4.19-million iPads,
one special birthday present           aisles.” Other tips: go with a           to swell to 1.5-million people and
                                                                                                                               introduced just in 2010, during the
to yourself – a screening              list and a time limit to prevent         750,000 jobs by 2031.
                                                                                                                               quarter. (To compare, the Samsung
colonoscopy.”                          idling in those tempting                    “When we looked at those
                                                                                                                               Galaxy Tab reportedly sold one-
   This advice comes from Dr.          middle aisles; never grocery             numbers, we realized that of those
                                                                                                                               million units in its first two months on
Mehmet Oz, cardiologist and            shop on an empty stomach –               half-million people who are already
                                                                                                                               sale this year.)
host of the popular Dr. Oz             have a snack before going or             working, there were 100,000 to
                                                                                                                               “We are blown away to report over
Show, courtesy his website.            carry something like walnuts             150,000 boomers in that group who
                                                                                                                             $20-billion in revenue and over $4-billion
There are 50,000 reasons to            or raisins to avoid “salivating          would be retiring eventually over that
                                                                                                                             in after-tax earnings – both all-time
get that colonoscopy, Dr. Oz           in front of the cookies and              20-year period,” Doug Lindeblom,
                                                                                                                             records for Apple,” said Steve Jobs,
says: “That’s the number of            chips.”                                  director of economic strategy and
people who die each year from             D e n t a l A n t i -A g i n g :      tourism, told CBC radio Toronto
colorectal cancer.”                    Brushing and flossing teeth              Metro Morning host Matt Galloway
   Dr. O z k now s t he                daily, along with regular visits         recently.
truth behind this advice.              tothedentist,canhelpkeepyou                 Earlier this year the region
A c olonos c opy t hat he              young – in “RealAge” terms by            instituted an Aging Workforce
underwent to take his TV               up to 6.4 years – because it can         Study Program, surveying working
viewers through the process,           decrease inflammation in the             boomers and employers. One of
and aired as this season’s             gums and subsequently in the             the interesting findings, Lindeblom
opener, turned up a pre-               arteries, and is good for heart          said, is that fully 70 per cent of
cancerous polyp.                       health as well as nice teeth.            the potential retirees intend to
   “Because of this show, early           Finally, Food: This can be            continue working beyond the normal
detection saved my life,” Oz,          some of the best medicine and            retirement age.
who turned 50 last June, says          anti-aging aid:                             One reason for the decision
on his blog. “If I had waited, it is   • tamarind spice is full of              to continue working is definitely
likely that the polyp could have       antioxidants and may decrease            finances, Lindeblom said. “But,”
developed into full-blown              appetite;                                he added, “a large percentage of
cancer.”                               • mix one tablespoon dry                 the people, responded that they
   The Five-A-Day Rule:                espresso with one tablespoon             actually like working. They want to
Eatingfivefruitsandvegetables          honey and apply to your face             do different things. They want to stay
every day can go a long way            for 20 minutes for age-defying           active. So there’s a real opportunity
towards continued health.              results;                                 we see in the boomers.”
“A diet rich in fruits and             • Asian mushrooms like                      H o w e v e r, t h i s c r e a t e s a
vegetables has tons of well-           shitake, maitake, oyster and             new challenge for employers
known benefits: controlling            enoki boost immunity;                    in accommodating and keeping
blood pressure, preventing             • rub a drop of sesame oil               workers onboard.
heart disease, maintaining             around the inside of your                   “One of the big issues for older
eyesight and much more.… an            nostrils to help soothe irritated        workers will be flexibility. They don’t
apple a day may not guarantee          and stuffy nose and decrease             necessarily want to work 9 to 5, five
to keep the doctor away – but          cold and flu symptoms;                   days a week. They want to phase
five servings of fruits and               • use gin-soaked raisins to           into their retirement (and) most
vegetables can help to improve         fight arthritis – raisins act as a       employers aren’t set up for phased-
your quality and length of             pain reliever and gin has anti-          in retirement.”
life.”                                 inflammatory properties.
p. 10
                                                                                                                                      DIVERSIONS                                                                                                      January 2011

                                                   OUR CANADA SUDUKU

                                                                       Instructions: to solve the puzzle above, all the squares must be filled in with the nine
                                                                       letters that are above the puzzle (in capital letters) so that every row and column
                                                                       contains only one instance of each letter. When the grid is complete you will find the
                                                                       answer either horizontally or vertically to the clue beneath the puzzle inside the grid.
                                                                       by Walter D. Feener

                                                                       Clue: Kurt Browning’s hometown

                                                                                                                                                                              ACROSS                                  DOWN
                                                                                                                                                                                1. Exclamation of surprise              1. Assume an alternative
In budgeting your time in 2011, will you fit in fitness?                                                                                                                        5. Take hurriedly                       2. Cut and dried grass
Will the task of caring for yourself be first on                                                                                                                                9. Run after
                                                                                                                                                                               10. Constellation in the Milky Way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Beginning on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Mortiseís mate
your list or last?”                                                                                                                                                            12 Coloured drawing stick
                                                                                                                                                                               13. Familiar with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        5. Overeater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6. Do very quickly

2011: fit in                                                                                                                                                                   15. Informer                             7. Chimpanzee

                                                                                                                                                                               16. And so ___                           8. Financial plan
                                                                                                                                                                               18. Old Testament book: abbr.            9. Long for
                                                                                                                                                                               19. ___ Aviv                            11. Knife sharpener
                                                                                                                                                                               21. Tennis court divider                12. It has ten legs
                                                                                                                                                                               22. Lowest piece of timber of a ship    14. No more than
                                                                                                                                                                               23. Suit                                17. Says no to
                                                                                                                                                                               25. In partnership                      20. Wicked habits
                                                                                                                                                                               27. Fall in pitch of the voice          22. Rest on bent legs
                                                                                                                                                                               29. Toxic grey element                  24. Summer shade
By Carole Carson                                                                                                                                                               32. Sailboat with two masts
                                                                                                                                                                               36. Plant pouches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       26. Exclamation of distaste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       28. No longer acknowledges a relationship
   Each of us has 525,600 minutes to allocate in 2011.                           your eating and                                                                               37. Sault ___ Marie                    with
That represents a lot of minute-by-minute decisions.                             exercise activities                                                                           39. Darth Vaderís daughter              29. I very much doubt it!
   Looking back at how you spent last year, are you                              and results in a                                                                              40. Actress Lupino                      30. Its atomic number is 86
                                                                                                                                                                               41. ___ Rica                            31. Weighing machine
resolved to make changes? Will you spend more time                               daily journal and                                                                             43. Singer Sadeís surname               33. Makes fun of in a playful way
with family and friends? Learn a new skill? Become                               set aside time to                                                                             44. Come after                          34. Fermented apple juice
healthier? Get control of your spending? Reduce                                  shop for healthy foods and prepare nutritious                                                 46. Winter apple                        35. ___ monde
your debt?                                                                       meals.                                                                                        48. Canadian actress Brooke             38. Former Canadian Film Award
   Just before turning 60, I totally remade my life. After                         T: Talk up your self-improvement program.                                                   49. Alternative                         41. Piece of metal money
                                                                                                                                                                               50. There are seven deadly ones         42. Self prefix
chronicling my 62-pound weight loss – shrinking                                  Telling everyone about your plan and goals will                                               51. Moves along                         45. Roman numeral for 56
from a size 18 to a size 6 – in weekly newspaper articles,                       help keep you accountable. Ask your physician for                                                                                     47. Female
I inspired more than 1,000 people to team up and lose                            advice. Teach others what you learn about your
nearly 8,000 pounds of fat in two months.                                        new lifestyle. Start a walking program, go skiing,
   Now it’s your turn. Ask yourself, “In budgeting my                            buy a gym membership. When your progress
time in 2011, will I fit in fitness? Will the task of caring                     delights you, sharing your joy will inspire others to
for myself be first on my list or last?”                                         join you and reinforce your own commitment.
   Here are three tips to help you keep your                                       Financial uncertainties in the coming year may
commitment to get FIT:                                                           very well command more of your attention than
   F: “First things first” needs to become your mantra.                          usual. As the year unfolds, however, remember to
By taking care of yourself, you can better meet the                              spend some time each day on your number-one
needs of others. You also demonstrate faith in yourself,                         priority – yourself.
which sets a powerful example for everyone around
you.                                                                               Carole Carson (pictured above) is coach of the
   I: Initiative in adopting new habits is critical. Start                       AARP Fat 2 Fit online community and author of
today to become the person you want to be. Make                                  From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of
appointments with yourself to exercise, record                                   Mass Reduction. See
January 2011                                                                                   FOOD                                                                                                                            p. 11

                                                                                                                             cheesemaker). Thus, two batches of the             jams, and grapes.
                                                                                                                             same cheese may not be exactly the same.              “I’m a huge fan of Canadian cheeses but
                                                                                                                             This is, after all, not a Kraft factory. The joy   I like comparisons,” she says. “It’s nice to
                                                                                                                             is in tasting the nuances.                         have one or two Old World classics but
                                                                                                                                Ask the cheesemonger to help in                 there are so many wonderful Canadian
                                                                                                                             selecting about eight or 10 cheeses. You           cheeses on the market these days.”
                                                                                                                             don’t need a great deal of each, only 250             Ask the cheesemonger about each
By Liz Campbell                                                                                                              grams for a group of eight. Try to mix             cheese’s origins and terroir. Terroir refers
                                                                                                                             milks – goat, sheep, cow – and styles. Put         to that which gives the milk its flavour,
                                                                                                                             each cheese on a separate plate with its           which in turn, affects the final taste of the
                                                                                                                             own knife – there’s nothing worse than             cheese, including the breed of cow, sheep
                                                                                                                             mixing flavours.                                   or goat, the grasses or grains on which the
WHY NOT take cheese tasting to the next level? It’s a wonderful excuse to host a                                                Kathy Guidi, dean of the Cheese                 animals have fed, the micro-organisms
                                                                                                                             Education Guild and author of Canadian             which create the cheese.
group of friends, especially in the winter when the barbeque is packed away.                                                 Cheese, A Pocket Guide, is a guru who                 Ask how to hold the cheese if you plan
   I love cheese. What’s not to love about         looked back. “Taste first, judge later” became my new motto.              not only trains fromagiers (cheese                 to store it for a few days. It may need to
milk and microbe in perfect harmony?                   Tasting cheese can be as simple as visiting a specialty shop or       specialists) but also offers courses on            “breathe” and may “die” if stored in air-
But, for years, I eschewed blue cheese –           market. In fact, buy all cheese from a real cheesemonger. These           cheese appreciation for the general public         excluding wrap.
yuck! And I know many people who feel              are people who are passionate and knowledgeable about what                (                         Most importantly, don’t be afraid to
the same way. Then, about 10 years ago,            they sell. In their cases you’ll find wedges of gorgeously-scented           I asked her about tasting cheese.               taste. I’ve heard people say they don’t like
I tasted a really fine blue and I couldn’t         examples of the cheesemaker’s art and any cheesemonger worth                 “I’m a purist – the cheese stands alone.        goat’s milk or sheep’s milk cheese only to
believe what I’d been missing. I realized          his salt is going to offer you a taste before you buy.                    Very little is needed with it – a slice of         find they’ve actually eaten (and loved) it.
I had based my opinion on really bad                   But why not take cheese tasting to the next level? It’s a wonderful   baguette, a few nuts, a little quince paste        For example, feta is usually made with one
blue – and let’s face it, nothing is worse in      excuse to host a group of friends, especially in the winter when          (membrillo),” she says. “Fresh fruit can           of these two milks; romano comes from
the cheese world than really bad blue. It’s        the barbeque is packed away.                                              interfere with the wine, let alone the             sheep’s milk and chevre, that staple of chic
mouldy and nasty.                                      Buy the cheeses no more than a day beforehand – the                   cheese.”                                           appetizer salads, is actually goat cheese.
   I had to be bullied into that first taste – a   cheesemonger sells them at their best and that’s the way you                 She suggests figs with almost any cheese,          If you want to meet other cheese
superb American blue from Minnesota                want to taste them. Remember that cheese is a living thing.               but offers other specifics: roasted cashews,       enthusiasts and learn more about cheese,
– but it was an apocalyptic, eye-opening           Because it is, it changes over time – and not always for the best         pecans or almonds with nutty, semi-                consider joining the newly re-named
revelation. Gorgeously mellow, slightly            if it’s mistreated.                                                       soft washed rinds; dried fruit with aged           CanadianCheeseSociety,anassociationof
nutty, distinctly salty, super creamy – my             Every cheese has just good and simply brilliant batches (you’ll       cheddars. There are also no-noes: salty            cheesemakers, vendors and cheese lovers.
taste buds were thrilled. And they’ve never        never taste the bad ones because they’re thrown away by the               crackers, candied nuts, most chutneys or           Their website is still at

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