What’s old is new again in fashion and furniture

More than a century ago, tonnes of coal rode their way out of the southern Alberta Galt mines on thin ribbons of steel. Long since abandoned, the British-built Canadian Pacific Railway tracks have found a new, and timeless, life in nearby Lethbridge. The historic steel is being repurposed into one-of-a-kind timepieces. “This steel was a piece of history, used to build an entire economy for a city,” says Steve Christensen, owner of Novo Watch, a high-end watch company in Lethbridge. “We thought, ‘wouldn’t it be cool if we could turn it into something else?’” This fall, he launched The Coalbanks – Dowlais 1884, a limited-edition series of 15 watches. They… Read More

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Woodhall: Edmonton getaway wins big for family fun

Like most five-year-olds, my daughter is mesmerized by the magic of Pixar. And to be completely honest, I’ve fallen under the spell as well. From the inspirational storylines and quirky yet relatable characters to the vibrant, mind-bogglingly realistic animation, Pixar pushes the limits of our imaginations and captures our hearts. In fact, it’s our love for films like Finding Dory and Monsters, Inc. that prompted our trip to Edmonton. The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition, a ticketed event running until Jan. 7 at the Telus World of Science Edmonton, is a must-see for animated-movie buffs of all ages. Little ones, like my kiddo, are star-struck posing beside the life-size models of… Read More

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Ivanka Trump’s HQ shared thanksgiving advice on Twitter. It did not go over well

Ivanka Trump’s team attempted to dish out some Thanksgiving decoration tips via Twitter earlier this week. Have no idea how to decorate your Thanksgiving table? Problem solved: https://t.co/2ssrjO7yPlpic.twitter.com/f4T1Oqr5c7 — Ivanka Trump HQ (@IvankaTrumpHQ) November 16, 2017 Look on the bright side, after your guests watch in horror as your seafood appetizer eats the family pumpkin tree, the turkey won’t look so bad. pic.twitter.com/z5IU5Yh7XC — #Resist Trumpism (@TrumpsBane) November 18, 2017 …wow, even the pumpkins are white. — Houston Harker (@htharker) November 18, 2017 of course even the mini pumpkins being eaten by the giant clamshell gotta be ~white~ https://t.co/GBhsfzzHMM — Nicole Chung (@nicole_soojung) November 18, 2017 May I suggest a… Read More

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Last: Fine wines to have on hand for entertaining

As is customary this time of year I like to recommend a small selection of wines that are ideal for entertaining; affordable wines that are delicious but with a low regret factor should a last-minute party invitation pop up or the party decides to come to you on short notice. Opening a bottle with friends and family plays a significant role in the appreciation of wine, but if they are just as happy drinking Periquita, then Periquita it is. Entertaining wines for Geoff Last Nov. 18 column. Canella Prosecco ” data-medium-file=”http://wpmedia.calgaryherald.com/2017/11/canella-prosecco-jpg.jpg?w=86″ data-large-file=”http://wpmedia.calgaryherald.com/2017/11/canella-prosecco-jpg.jpg?w=294″ src=”http://wpmedia.calgaryherald.com/2017/11/canella-prosecco-jpg.jpg?w=86&h=300″ alt=”” width=”86″ height=”300″ srcset=”http://wpmedia.calgaryherald.com/2017/11/canella-prosecco-jpg.jpg?w=86&h=300 86w, http://wpmedia.calgaryherald.com/2017/11/canella-prosecco-jpg.jpg?w=172&h=600 172w, http://wpmedia.calgaryherald.com/2017/11/canella-prosecco-jpg.jpg?w=43&h=150 43w” sizes=”(max-width: 86px) 100vw, 86px”> Canella DOCG Prosecco —… Read More

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Calgary author Simon Rose explores a ‘nasty, horrible dystopian world’ with YA series Shadowzone

The demolition of Calgary’s General Hospital in the 1990s is as good a place as any to find inspiration for a dystopian science-fiction tale. But author Simon Rose says it wasn’t so much the 1998 spectacle itself, orchestrated in a fit of health care “tough love” by our own King Ralph, as the public nature of it that offered the first glint of inspiration for his young adult fantasy/sci-fi Shadowzone trilogy. “I remember seeing it in the news or in the paper,” Rose says. “At the time, the idea was that somebody was taking video of this event and they saw somebody on the film when they got home that… Read More

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