Thursday, February 26, 2009

Home Health Tests!!


How's your health? Most people assume they're doing fine when they FEEL fine, and get regular check-ups. But even if you see your doctor on a regular basis, some things can slip through the cracks. So here are four general health tests that you can do YOURSELF . . .

#1.) TEST YOUR BALANCE. People with bad balance are much more likely to have their ankles or knees give out. To test yours, stand with your feet heel to toe and your arms at your side. Close your eyes and count to ten. If you wobble, you're off balance.
--Practice standing on one leg. Your balance will improve as the stabilizing muscles in your legs get stronger.

#2.) TEST YOUR EARS. Have a friend stand three feet from you . . . facing the other way . . . then have a conversation. If you miss the ends of words or sentences, get your ears checked. People who listen to music through headphones are much more at risk.

#3.) TEST YOUR LUNGS. Hold a lit candle at arm's length, then open your mouth and try to blow it out without pursing your lips. If you can't do it, you might have a respiratory problem like chronic bronchitis or early-stage asthma.

#4.) TEST YOUR POSTURE. Stand like you normally do, then have someone take a photo of you from the side. Your head should be in line with your shoulders . . . not leaning forward or back . . . and your shoulders should be in line with your ears.

--Bad posture can cause hip and back problems. To improve yours, stand in a doorway, and hold the sides of the door frame at the 9 and 3 o'clock. Lean forward and stretch for several seconds, then put your hands higher on the door frame and repeat the stretch.

How'd you do?

No Big Cometic Surgeries For Us!

WOMEN DON'T WANT MAJOR COSMETIC OVERHAUL: Given a choice, more women would opt for simple nonsurgical cosmetic procedures over drastic changes, a study in the European Journal of Plastic Surgery reports. Here's a look at what procedures women hope for, rated on a scale of 0 (no way) to 7 (hell ya):
Teeth whitening: 4.10
Body-hair removal: 4.04
Facial-hair removal: 3.40
Acne scarring reduction: 3.15
Minimization of sun damage or scarring: 3.14
Liposuction or fat removal: 2.38
Tummy tuck: 2.27
Eye-bag removal: 2.14
Ear pinning: 1.99
Anti-wrinkle eye treatment (e.g., Botox): 1.98
Breast enlargement: 1.36

Which treatmen t would you opt for, if any?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How long will condiments last?

TABLE OF CONDIMENTS:If you’re like most people, there are likely condiments in your fridge and/or cupboards you haven’t used in months ... perhaps years. Here’s a sampling of their typical shelf-life, according to the online ‘Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad’ ...
• Hollandaise sauce ... 1 day.
• Guacamole ...
2 days.
• Gravy ... 3 days.
• Sour Cream ... 3 weeks.
• Mayonnaise ... 3 months.
• Relish ... 6 months.
• Syrup ... 8 months.
• Steak Sauce ... 1 year.
• Tabasco ... 2-5 years.
• Black Pepper ... 4 years.

You’ll find a full listing of 75 condiments here ...NET:

What's the oldest thing in your fridge or cupboard? Check the expiry date and let us know.

Fed Up With Snow Plows (or a lack thereof)

Here's an email from a listener. Care to comment?

Hi, I heard you mention the snow removal budget on the news this morningand I may have some insight as to why we are always over budget. Lastnight as I finally got to bed (after studying for a job interview, which is today) I had just fallen asleep when I was awakened by that most annoyingwarning sound of a truck backing up, you know the BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.

Do they really have to be so loud that they can be heard from miles away?Anyway, I waited for the sound to stop so I could go back to sleep and it did stop - for a minute. After about five minutes of this I got up to lookout my window and there was a snow plow and a Bobcat. The Bobcat was scooping snow from a snowbank on my neighbor's lawn and putting it into the snow plow. This went on for over an hour.

I wondered why these guys were being paid overtime to remove a snowbank from someone's lawn that was not hindering anyone's driving ability. There are plenty of snowbanks around that are preventing us from seeing around corners when we're driving - this as not one of them.

I am on a quiet cul de sac. My husband suggestedthat maybe they were removing the snow to clear the storm drains. Okay,the snow has been there for.........a month? Is it an emergency that they have to do this at 12am? As the night went on, there were numerous Bobcats and snow plows driving around our street clearing snowbanks, one of whichwas a hindrance to driving. If this were any other kind of noise that was keeping the neighborhood awake, the police would have come and put a stop to it.

I don't get it - could this not have been done at 8 or 9 thismorning when they are on regular paid hours? I hoped that when I drove mykids to school this morning that the roads would be cleaned up since there was all that activity last night. But no, some of the streets around my neighborhood are still only wide enough to get one car through at a time. Dutch Village Road has one lane that is about 3-4 feet wide. The noisefinally stopped around 1am which is well past my bedtime. If I don't getthe job I'm interviewing for today because I'm too tired to think, I'll be knocking on HRM's door. : )

That's my rant for the day. Love your show, have a good day.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Facebook may have it's silly list of 25 things people don't know about you, but a better list is the one on the 'net that asks: "What advice would you give the 20-year-old you?"

There's no minimum, or maximum. No right answers, no wrong. Here are some of the more popular things people are posting on their blogs, MySpace and Facebook pages:

"Stop being afraid of what people might think."
"Your career is not nearly as important as your life. Don't sacrifice the latter for the former."
"Save all the money you can, and buy land."
"Study what you love the most and use that to further yourself."
"Love yourself and others will love you intuitively."
"I am not as smart as I think I am, and I won't be until I realize how little I know."
"Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life."

Yesterday's Question of the Day results.

We read a survey that said 1 in 5 people are embarrassed to use store coupons. The survey led us to ask the question yesterday and here's what you think. 95% of those people who answered our question yesterday said they are not embarrassed to use store coupons. I guess the survey we read didn't apply to Nova Scotians!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Yesterday's Question of the Day results.

Yesterday we were talking about the fact that there are now 5 provinces who have a February holiday. We asked if you thought we should have one in Nova Scotia. It was no surprise that we had an overwhelming response of people saying yes, 94% in fact. 6% of respondents said no.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Favourite Romantic Movies

What's your favourite romantic from movie. We're looking for some suggestions we can pass alongf to C100 listeners.

David After Dentist

Everybody's talking about the David After Dentist youtube video. Here it is:

Monday, February 9, 2009

Little White Lies

Last February, a 43-year-old guy from Madrid, Spain, named Cathal Morrow decided to find out just how much he relied . . . on LYING.
--So, in order to do that, Cathal swore to tell the truth about everything . . . even when it was tough . . . for an ENTIRE YEAR.
--For example, when Cathal's wife, Patti, would ask him if a certain item of clothing made her look fat, and he actually thought it did . . . he would tell her.
--Or if Patti caught him checking out another woman, Cathal would admit that he was trying to figure out how she'd look with no clothes on.
--Or if Patti asked Cathal what he was thinking about, he'd have to admit that he was daydreaming about getting-it-on with an ex-girlfriend. (Daily Mirror)

--So you know, Cathal's experiment is almost over . . . and his wife hasn't divorced him yet. But they both admit his honesty was tough to deal with. In other words, lying saves marriages. But you already knew that, didn't you?
--Is there anyone out there who'd be willing to try this? We'd love to hear how it goes.

Moya's Australian Adventure-New Post!

Hi Everyone,

I know we just chatted but I thought I'd let you know what I 've been up to lately. We took a few days and went away from Hobart to Freycinet National Park. I asked my sister, why we were leaving her gorgeous year round beach front home, however once we got to Coles Bay I understood. I have to tell you, Tasmania is absolutely gorgeous, the weather has been spectacular, (I'm assured that I've hit a good spell of weather. From what I can tell, Tasmania has summers like we experience in Nova Scotia). Anyway once we got to the North East part of the Island I was blown away with the mountains and beaches. We walked to Wineglass Bay, the photo is attached. You can only get there by hiking over an hour over a mountain by-pass, no vehicles can get to this area. Once we were there the beach was beautiful, we swam and had a picnic, walabee's sat with us, we didn't feed them because feeding wild animals in Australia is frowned upon, but boy, the animals don't seem that wild here that's for sure. It was quite something actually to see these wallabee's come right up to us and have a seat right next to us. Anyway, as you can see, from the photo, Tasmania has a lot to offer, we stayed and swam and hiked for a few days, it was a great get away for all of us.

The new school year begins tomorrow in Hobart. My sister is the Deputy Principal of a private girls school with over 1000 students. They have just finished their summer holidays, today was Regatta Day, a holiday in Hobart, they had a wooden boat festival, over 1,000 wooden sail boats visited the harbour. Lots to see for the tourists.

Another spectacular sight which I forgot to mention is that I got to see a penguin swimming in Coles Bay on Friday. It was a Fairy Penguin, so cute and so close, I was really amazed. I've seen hundreds of parrots and cockatoo's by now and from what I am told, they are considered pests by some people, because they travel in such large groups. I have to tell you about a breed of cows here, they are really neat to see, they actually look unreal, they are black on the front and hind quarters and face but their entire midsection is pure white, they are called Banded cows or Oreo cows, it is really something to see a herd of them. While travelling up to the North East of Tasmania, I was able to see many wine vineyards, Tasmania has a very large wine industry. We get loads of Australian wine in Halifax but I don't think there is any from Tasmania, I'll have to check when I get home. Grapes, cherries, olives, hops, apricots all big agriculture here in Tasmania. They grow all year round here, and something I have really enjoyed seeing work here in Hobart is a community garden where many people do their own growing in one big community area.

My sister and her family have chickens in their back yard. They've had two for a few years and as the chicks are getting older and laying fewer eggs they've decided to get more chicks. There are now 5 chicks in the chicken coop in the backyard, something a lot of people do in Hobart. It is something that is allowed in the city here, it seemed odd to me at first but the chicks are really great and they wake me up in the morning, although they are not roosters they still greet the sunrise!!

Anyway, I have only scratched the surface of all what I have done in the last couple of weeks, but now my journey is coming to and end, I leave on Wednesday and make my way to Sydney where I'll spend a day. I plan to do all of the touristy things like walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge, swing by the Opera House, check out some museums and take a couple of Harbour ferries so I can see different parts of the city. It will take me two days to get home to Halifax and I'll have the weekend to try and get back into our time zone. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday it'll be a big week as we prepare to raise tons of money for the IWK Radiothon, I look forward to seeing you all then, have a great week.

Lots of love and best wishes from Tasmania,

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tall Ships Volunteers

The Tall Ships are coming back to Halifax. There will be twice as many tall ships in our harbour this summer than last time they were here in 2007.

The dates are July 16-20, 2009. The organizers are looking for hundreds of volunteers.

Here's a website to check out for more information:

Have fun!


This week Google unveiled ‘Google Ocean’, a new online application that allows users to navigate underwater without a snorkel, exploring shipwrecks and reefs, and confronting amazing marine life. (Be careful you don’t get cyber-bends when you surface!)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Hi Gang,

Boy, you guys have been busy, sorry to hear about the bad weather. I went to my e-mail today and you had quite the response to your Hot Topic. I couldn't get over the different views on the subject. I understand it's still messy out there, I was looking at the highway cams. Anyway I hate to rub it in, but today was one of the nicest day's I've had yet, gorgeous and hot and not a cloud in the sky. I did feel guilty while I was laying on the beach!!!

We are going away in the morning for a few days, we are heading to the east coast of Tasmania, we are going to Cole's Bay. Coles Bay is situated at the northern edge of the Freycinet National Park, it's a couple of hundred kilometres North East of Hobart great for coastal scenery, beaches and swimming and bush walking. The roads here are so twisty-turny that it will take about 3 hours to get there, we are staying until Saturday. I've seen the area on the internet and it looks quite spectacular. Cawley tells me it's the area I'll probably see spiders and snakes, really enticing me to want to go with her!!

Yesterday we went to Mount Fields, it's another National Park and has real rainforest and some of the tallest trees in the world. It was the most amazing sight, trees that were more than 97 metres tall, and fern trees that were incredible heights. The sounds in the forests were something else with all the different animals, we saw wild wallabee's, cockatoos and parrots, we searched very hard for platapus but no such luck. I'd whistle in the forest and birds would copy me, apparently it's the lyrebirds that imitate sounds, it was really quite fun.

We went to another Atlantic Salmon farm yesterday and then went on to see the Botanical Gardens, another spectacular sight here in Hobart.

I have to tell you about something I saw yesterday that I had never seen in my life. Hops farms! they were on our journey to Mount Fields, needlesss to say I had to get out of the car and go inspect what hops look like and how they grow. I even took pictures for you all to see, it was neat. Wasn't there a shortage of hops last year? After the fields and fields I saw yesterday I doubt there will be this year, at least in Tasmania. Maybe we could tell the gang at Alexander Keiths that they could get some from here!!

Anyway, I'm getting tired, off to bed as you start your day.

As always, I'm thinking of you all,

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Too Many School Days?

Here's an email we received this morning. Want to add your two cents worth?

Good morning guys,

I listen to you as I drive to work at 6:45am and then when I get there everyday. Except today when we have yet another snow day. I have lived in several cities in Canada Edmonton Winnipeg and the GTA and never have I experienced school closures like they have here! Bus cancelations yes but outright school closure? It is pretyy hard to keep your job if you need to take off one day per week because the kids can't go to school.
Yesterday I actually overheard a teacher exclaiming " Isn't it great I think it will be ANOTHER SNOW DAY Tommorow. "

I realise that my childrens safety comes first but thre have been several so called snow days that were a joke, and the fiasco early closing on Jan 14 was really poorly done. The roads were really bad in the morning but were fine by the time school was actually closed later that day.

I wish you would bring this topic up as open discussion. What are we to do? I work retail and if I pay for child care for my kids on snow days I am actually paying to go to work! My boss can deal with this once in a while but not every week

Love the show

What do you think about what this woman has to say? Leave a comment

Monday, February 2, 2009

Jennifer Hudson Sings

Did you miss Jennifer Hudson sing the American national anthem last night at the Superbowl. Here it is:

Superbowl Ads

Missed the Superbowl ads. Don't fret. They're all right here

Have fun and tell us which one you liked the best.

Moya's Australian Adventure

Hi Gang,

I miss you guys but I am definitely have the trip of a lifetime which I'm sure will never be duplicated. We had a beach day yesterday and when we came back to the house a few of Cawley's friends joined us and we were looking at the Atlas, they wanted to see where I had travelled from. It's really amazing, I couldn't get any further away from Nova Scotia. It would have been the same distance if I had travelled over Europe to Hong Kong, to Sydney to Hobart as it was the way I went via Vancouver! Anyway, I am making the most of the trip but I'll need a vacation once I get home, my sister has me worn out.

Here's what we've been up to lately, I took my neice shopping on Friday, we spent the entire day touring downtown Hobart, it is a gorgeous city, very friendly, not threatening at all. Sooo clean! The buildings are gorgeous, some are very old and historic mixed amongst the new buildings. Peter you'd love it here, so many antique shops and even shops that don't sell antiques have antiques as their counters and display cases. Anyway, it was a very fun day. Saturday the shopping wasn't finished we went to the market here, it's called Salamanca Market and it is very popular, like the market in Halifax but much larger with hundreds of vendors, we walked for 5 hours amongst all the wares, the majority of which are made in Tasmania or grown in Tasmania. I can only say that I would be bringing so much more home if only I had the space!

Salamanca Market is on the waterfront and had so many sights, set amongst the sandstone facades of Hobarts historic warehouses, so many sounds, all the buskers playing through out the vendors, so much food like fresh fruit, organic veggies, crepes, ice creams, coffees and baked goods, the list goes on and on but it definitely highlights Tasmanian art and craft. I noticed the Aussie hats and a lot of wood items, but honestly I kept saying I''ll come back to this booth and by the next booth I had forgotten about the last.

After the market my sister took me to the waterfront where there is an art school and an art hotel (each room features art by a different artist and on Sundays there are tours) we also saw an Aboriginal Gallery with the most amazing Aboriginal Art, many pieces have the story of the art you are looking at described by the artist on the back. Aboriginal Art is really something else and has the price tag to show it, however I could have stayed there for hours looking at it all. We also went to another gallery that had an amazing display, imagine this room full of birds flying amongst you and their perches were electric guitars! The electric guitars were turned on and sounds from every bird landing on the guitars were coming through the amplifiers! As we walked around the display the birds would fly around and land in different spots. I am not doing it justice by trying to explain this but I hope you get the picture.

Today we took a catamaran trip to Peppermint Bay, again a spectacular day, it took about 5 hours and we saw so many things, dolphins, sea eagles feeding very near the boat, Atlantic Salmon farms which they started with Salmon from Nova Scotia, (part of the audio presentation told me that), anyway another incredible day in Tasmania.

I am amongst the academics here in Tasmania, my brother in law is Gustaaf Hallegraeff who has spent 30 years studying microorganisms in the sea he's a prof at the University of Tasmania.
Here's what he does, his research interests 'range from limnological and oceanographic field surveys of phytoplankton populations, taxonomy by light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, to biochemistry of microalgal pigments, lipids and toxins, micropaleontological studies of cysts in sediment cores and molecular genetics of cultured algal strains.' HUH?
Anyway, the reason I'm telling you about Gustaaf is that Sarah Mclaughlin's dad invited Gustaaf to Dalhousie the first time he came to Halifax. Apparently's Sarah's dads speciality was seaweed and Gustaaf's is plankton, the second time Gustaff went to Dal, her dad had retired. Neat huh?
Hope I haven't bored you too much. Take care and I'll keep you posted. By the way they drive on the wrong side of the street down here and I keep trying to get in on the drivers side. They drive like maniacs as well, already 9 fatalities on the highway in the first month of the year!
Lots of love,