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Remember That Time You Almost Ran Away?

By | Neil Morrison, News

Read a story recently about a 12 year old Australian boy who found himself in another country after a disagreement with his parents. Here’s what happened: Argument with mum and/or dad and the young man threatened to run away – and he did. Before just storming out and just jumping on his bike like many kids would have done, the kid did his homework. First thing he did before taking off was looked up the laws of flying commercially under-age. Once he saw that he could fly, he them went and grabbed his parents credit card and took of to the Sydney Airport. He flew across Australia to Perth and then on to Bali – all on his parents credit card. No idea what the final bill for his trip was after his mother flew to get him and bring him home. And, oh yeah, he’s in trouble. But you have to give the kid some credit for getting further than the top of his street because he didn’t want to miss dinner in half an hour – run away. 

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TIME’S TOP 100

By | Neil Morrison, News

Time Magazine just reeled their 100 Most Influential People for 2018. The have changed the list from just one, ‘most influential’ to ‘100’ for some reason. But what they’ve also done is they’ve asked some well known influences and celebrities in their own right to write a shirt story about the 2018 Influential person. For instance, The 5 teens who are the faces of the Parkland Shooting – they are on the list – Barack Obama does the write up. Elton John writes about Prince Harry, Ted Cruz – Donald Trump (yep, he made the list ) Some other names of note: Meghan Markle, Nicole Kidman, Roesanne Barr, Jimmy Kimmel, Jennifer Lopez, Rhianna, Kehsha, Oprah, Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder) and Tesla founder Elon Musk – who is half Canadian. 

Canadians on the list include Justin Trudeau, and Shawn Mendes. To see the entire list go to www.time.com  

You can read all my blogs at pulsefm.ca

Neil

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Are You Ready???

By | Neil Morrison, News

It’s called, ‘Mayochup’ and the internet is losing it’s mind over it. Since Heinz announced a few days ago the possibility of releasing a ketchup-mayonnaise mix – as long as half a million americans voted yes to it by Sunday. As of right this moment over 350,000 americans have voted, ‘YES’ to, ‘Mayochup’. Some are crying foul as apparently a couple states in the mid west have something called ‘Frysauce’ which is apparently similar to half ketchup, half mayonnaise. Don’t expect to see, ‘Mayochup’ in Canada anytime soon. Our taste buds clearly just not as, ‘civilized’ or, ‘refined’ compared to our neighbours pallets to the south. Besides, isn’t mayonnaise on French Fries pretty much the same as – say – mustard on French Fries…or worse?

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By | Neil Morrison, News

How did we get to be so funny? Canadians are known internationally as some of the friendliest and most pleasant people in the world…who say sorry a lot. I remember years ago being in Europe and seeing two women with backpacks on with Canadian Flags on them. I went up a struck up a conversation asking where they were from and after awhile they finally they weren’t Canadian. After a moment of silent confusion they explained they were actually American but by saying they are Canadian they were treated, ‘far better’. Internationally, we are known for being great companions and fun people. And in case you were unaware, we’re also very funny. Get us props and we’re apparently even funnier. And nothing drives that point home better than SCTV. The sketch comedy show filmed in Toronto, then Edmonton, then Toronto is getting some well deserved acclaim courtesy of world famous director Martin Scorsese and Netflix. Netflix announced earlier today they will be inviting Jimmy Kimmel and the surviving members of SCTV for an interview next month. Martin Scorsese will use that footage and add classic moments from the infamous show that ran from 1976 -1984. A documentary is going to be made that will stream on Netflix in the future. And for those of us who remember the sheer brilliance of the show, can’t happen a moment too soon. 

 

Neil

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You Just Can’t Fix Stupid

By | Neil Morrison, News

One of the dumbest things I ever did was at an airport in St. Petersburg, Florida in the 1990’s. While being frisked by security I may have made reference to the possibility of carrying a concealed weapon. Not smart. I was immediately hand-cuffed and taken into a room that had a huge sign on the wall that said something to the effect of, ‘threats made can lead to prosecution and a prison sentence of up to 20 years.’ Needless to say I apologized profusely and eventually was let go and made my flight home. Again, a very dumb move but this was pre 9/11. Anyone who says anything like that nowadays not only faces an entirely different attitude and is going to get into big trouble. And here’s proof: A member of the Green Bay Packers was at LAX over the weekend being asked if he was carrying any weapons or explosives. The man turned to his his female companion and said, ‘Yes. Did you pack the explosives?’ A 24 year old man was arrested and released on $15,000 bail. He’ll be back in court next month.

You just can’t fix stupid. 

Neil 

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LET ME GET THIS STRAIT…

By | Neil Morrison, News

…a report released this past Thursday regarding the overdose numbers in the province tried to sneak in a tidbit of info we weren’t told before this report. Two thirds – 66% – of all of those who overdosed in this province from January 2016 and January 2017 were, ‘at some point in their lives in custody or under community supervision.’ That means they were in jail at the time or were in the system at some point. Funny, in the government’s commercials currently running they say nothing of that staggering fact – two thirds of all OD’s were people in trouble with the law. The same people we support over and over again when they OD are the same people that break into our homes and vehicles time and time again – which, in turn, feeds their addiction and costs us money. Anyone else see there’s something terribly wrong here? As I write this, I am 4 days smoke free after many many years. No help. I’m doing it on my own because I need to do it for my own good. These people need our help, we know that. It’s one thing to offer help, it’s another thing to have it feed a vicious cycle of addiction, theft, prison…lather, rinse, repeat.  Surely there’s a better answer for everyone.  

 

Neil

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Your Dream Home Awaits

By | Neil Morrison, News

Have an extra $28.8 Million lying around? Like a Tuscan style home? No need to go anywhere, there is a place for you right here in Surrey. Built in 2014 and sitting on almost 80 acres, the 13,000 sq/ft Mansion comes with a few aded amenities like:  A Helipad, Two Lakes, Amphitheatre, A White Sand Beach, a 10 acre Vineyard, 8 bathrooms, 8 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms. It is the most expensive listing South of the Fraser. Frankly, unless you’re a family of 15-20, why would you need something like this? Perhaps it’s because I grew up in a smaller modest home – it’s all I need. and, if we’re being frank, if you had that kind of money, would Surrey be your first chaise to build such a property? The Real Estate agent says there have been bids and all over the asking price. And all Canadian buyers. Not surprised, who could afford the foreign tax on such a Palace? And f you’re wondering why the owners are selling after budding the property on 4 years ago, they say they’re looking to downsize. Perhaps they’ll go as far 10-12,000 square feet? 

Neil

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SALE SALE SALE

By | Neil Morrison, News

H & M stores are offering steep discounts at their stores due to weak sales over the winter, they say. Company announced yesterday, ‘substantial clearance sales’ due to, ‘an unusually cold winter.’ Being honest, it was a particularly cold winter everywhere else but in the L.M this past season, but is it only the weather that’s to blame for poor sales? Let’s think back to January when H&M apologized after a racist ad ran – the picture of young black boy wearing a hoodie that read, ‘Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.’ The Weekend said he would no longer sell his brands thru H&M, and I’m pretty sure many people said they would never shop there again. Combine that with complaints that clothes sold by the Swedish company have been described as cheap and they don’t stand up to many washes, and you may have the perfect storm in the competitive and cut-throat world of fashion.  

Buyer beware?

Neil 

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ORANGE SNOW

By | Neil Morrison, News

You’re familiar with the saying, ‘Don’t eat yellow snow’, but what about if the snow is orange? In parts of Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, and northern Greece, they have orange snow. How does that happen? The answer is the Sahara Desert. Every 5 years or so particles of sand get blown across the Mediterranean Sea and lifted into the atmosphere. Eventually the clouds fill-up and precipitation falls. In Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece they get orange snow. I don’t think they eat that colour either. 

Neil

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THE WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT 2018

By | Neil Morrison, News

The 170 page 2018 World Happiness Report was released this past Wednesday. The United Nations Sustainable Development Network put the report out every year and ranks 156 countries throughout the world based on a number of things including GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption. According to the report, Finland is the happiest country on the planet. According to the report Finland also was number one when they added a new category this year – the happiness of foreign born immigrants. According to a professor at UBC, that is a, ‘most striking finding’. Second happiest country was last years number one: Norway, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Canada (7th) New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia rounded out the top 10 Happiest Countries according to the UN. In case you were wondering, the USA was 18th on the list. Down 4 places from this time last year. 

Neil

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