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    Hello everyone - hope you’ve had your coffee this morning - here are my drawings for July - all 31 drawings are now posted - http://thursdayfiledrawings.tumblr.com/tagged/tf+orchids+july
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    Hello everyone - hope you’ve had your coffee this morning - here are my drawings for July - all 31 drawings are now posted - http://thursdayfiledrawings.tumblr.com/tagged/tf+orchids+july

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    What do you think of my Orchid drawings for July?

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    #tf orchids  #tf flowers  #tf art  #steve macdowall  #drawings  #drawing 
    New Brunswick Day in Canada / Jour du Nouveau-Brunswick - August 4 2014It’s a holiday in the Canadian province of New Brunswick on the first Monday of August. It is a chance for people to strengthen their local communities by celebrating their achievements, history, culture and landscape.

    New Brunswick Day in Canada / Jour du Nouveau-Brunswick - August 4 2014
    It’s a holiday in the Canadian province of New Brunswick on the first Monday of August. It is a chance for people to strengthen their local communities by celebrating their achievements, history, culture and landscape.

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    #august 04  #New Brunswick Day in Canada  #tf canada  #new brunswick  #TF What is up around us 

    The Perfect Steak
    from Salty Fig
    Serving suggestions: Warm bread, sautéed green beans, pesto, pasta, salad.
    Ingredients:
    steak, we like a bone in Rib Eye
    olive oil
    rosemary, fresh chopped
    black pepper, fresh ground
    salt, Kosher or sea salt
    Garnish: extra virgin olive oil
    Method:
    1 - Heat a grill to high, preferably charcoal.
    2 - Slather the steaks with olive oil, chopped rosemary, fresh ground pepper and allow to rest for 20 minutes at room temperature.
    3 - Season the steaks generously on both sides with salt, just before putting on the hot grill.
    4 - Grill to your desired temperature, we recommend medium rare 125-130 degrees internal temperature.
    5 - Drizzle the steaks with a bit of fine quality extra virgin olive oil just before serving and one more pinch of salt.

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    #TF Recipes  #Perfect Steak  #Rib Eye  #steak  #dinner  #beef  #salty  #TF Food 

     Feminist disappears from public history under Harper government
    Dean Beeby - OTTAWA — The Canadian Press - Published Sunday, Jul. 27 2014
    The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate the War of 1812 and other episodes from Canadian history, but has also erased at least one inspiring piece of the past.
    Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister’s banner.
    The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award, was started in 1982 by the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau.
    It honoured Canadian activists such as June Callwood until it was eliminated — unannounced —by the Harper government in 2010.
    An image of Casgrain and her namesake volunteer-award medal also disappeared from Canada’s $50 bank note in 2012, replaced by the image of an icebreaker on a new currency series.
    An image of the so-called Famous Five women was removed from the same bank note.
    “It was a very difficult thing for the family to see the award disappear all of a sudden,” Michele Nadeau, Casgrain’s granddaughter, said in an interview. “It was a great disappointment.”
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which had administered the Casgrain award, was instructed in 2010 to create a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award in its place, to be handed out in a ceremony each year presided over by Stephen Harper.
    Casgrain fought for the right of Quebec women to vote, which they finally won in 1940. She also became the first female leader of a political party in Canada, heading the CCF in Quebec, and was appointed to the Senate in 1970 by Trudeau.
    A spokesman for Employment and Social Development Canada, the successor department to Human Resources, says the Casgrain award was reviewed in 2010 following the fall speech from the throne, which announced plans for a new volunteer award.
    “Discussions took place with the Casgrain Foundation and it was decided that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada end the … program, rather than re-orient and re-launch it,” Pierre Nolet said in an email.
    “There was no public announcement of its end. The spirit and objectives of the Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award were retained in two national categories of the PMVA (Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award).”
    Nadeau, however, says her family and the Montreal-based Therese Casgrain Foundation, which she heads, were not consulted about whether the award should be eliminated.
    “We were informed of a sort of internal review that was done by the Human Resources Department, and they decided to discontinue. But we were never consulted.”
    “Basically, we were advised that at some point the award would be discontinued. … Members of the family, the grandchildren, etc., the great grandchildren, were rather upset.”
    The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards, launched in 2011, honour 17 Canadians from across the country each year. The awards ceremony was held Feb. 27 this year in Toronto, with Harper personally presenting a medal and certificate to each winner, and having his picture taken with them.
    The Casgrain Award was killed once before by the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney in 1990, but was revived in 2001 by the Chretien Liberals.
    Two members of the Therese Casgrain Foundation sat on the selection committee for the two volunteer awards handed out each year, but Human Resources handled all the administration. Much the same group of public servants now administers the new prime minister’s award.
    The department gave the Casgrain family two commemorative packages about the Casgrain award and its 31 recipients after the demise, including a book and a copy of the medal.
    A $51,000 focus-group study commissioned by the federal government in late 2010 found strong resistance to naming a volunteer award after the prime minister.
    “They (participants) were uncomfortable with the notion that through the reference to ‘Prime Minister’ there was the possibility that the awards might be perceived to be political in nature,” said the Harris-Decima report.
    “Not-for-profit organizations shared particularly strong feelings about this issue.” Few participants felt ‘prime minister’ conveyed any sense of prestige.
    Another volunteer award begun in 1995, the Caring Canadian Award, is handed out by the Governor General each year.
    Other elements of Canada’s past have gone uncommemorated in recent years, notably the 25th and 30th anniversaries of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, signed into law in 1982 under Pierre Trudeau.
    In 2012, Harper suggested “divisions” around the patriation of the Constitution kept the government from commemorating the 30th anniversary, a reference to the fact Quebec did not sign the deal.
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    #TF What is up around us  #tf canada  #Therese Casgrain  #The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award 

    Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali completes race victory
    July 27 2014 — http://www.bbc.com
    Vincenzo Nibali won the 101st edition of the Tour de France as he finished the final stage safely in the peloton.
    The Italian is the sixth man to win all three Grand Tours - the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
    His winning margin of seven minutes, 52 seconds over Jean-Christophe Peraud in second is the biggest since Jan Ullrich won by more than nine minutes in 1997.
    Germany’s Marcel Kittel won Sunday’s traditional final-stage sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
    The Giant-Shimano rider outsprinted Norway’s Alexander Kristoff to win his fourth stage of this year’s Tour, with Garmin-Sharp’s Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas in third.
    The 137.5km stage began in pedestrian fashion in Evry with Nibali, 29, collecting champagne flutes from his Astana team car to distribute among his team-mates and then posing for photographs with race officials.
     The pace finally quickened as the peloton reached the outskirts of Paris for eight laps of a seven kilometre route that had earlier been used for the women’s La Course, which was won by Dutch world champion Marianne Vos.
    France’s Sylvain Chavanel was the first rider to attack on the Champs-Elysees on the opening lap in Paris, while Germany’s Jens Voigt was allowed to race clear on the second lap, in recognition of it being the 42-year-old’s 17th and final Tour.
    There was a slight scare for Peraud, who crashed on the third of the eight circuits of Paris, but Nibali, as Tour etiquette dictates, told the peloton to slow down to allow the Frenchman to rejoin the main bunch.
    Peraud stayed upright for the remainder of the race to finish second overall, ahead of compatriot Thibaut Pinot, who also won the white jersey as the quickest under-25 rider.
    It is the first time in 17 years that a home rider has finished in the top three - Richard Virenque was second in 1997 - and the first time in 30 years that two Frenchmen will finish on the podium - Laurent Fignon beat Bernard Hinault to the title in 1984. Hinault was also the last French winner in 1985.
    Richie Porte, who took over as Team Sky’s leader after Britain’s defending champion Chris Froome crashed out on stage five, was responsible for the day’s biggest break, building an advantage of more than 20 seconds with Tinkoff-Saxo rider Michael Morkov and Lampre’s Jose Serpa.
    Porte raced clear on his own with two laps remaining. However, there was no fairy-tale ending for the Australian - who has endured a torrid Tour - or his British-based team, which has won the previous two editions with Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins. Porte was caught with 7.5km remaining.
    The final lap was all about the sprinters and Kittel was fastest as he won the final stage in Paris for a second successive year.
    Photo I: Nibali posed for several photos on the way into Paris, including with Claire Pedrono, the official Tour timekeeper // Photo II: The race takes in some of the most iconic sights in the centre of Paris // Photo III: The main jersey winners (l-r): King of the Mountains Rafal Majka, young rider Thibaut Pinot, race winner Nibali and points winner Peter Sagan
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    #Vincenzo Nibali  #Tour de France  #2014  #TF What is up around us  #tf france 

    Art: Kieron Williamson paintings fetch £390,000 at Norfolk auction
    July 21 2014 — http://www.bbc.com
    A collection of 40 paintings by an 11-year-old boy has sold for £390,000.
    Kieron Williamson, from Norfolk, saw his watercolours, oils and pastels sell at Picturecraft Gallery in Holt on Friday in just a matter of minutes.
    The child prodigy, who is worth about £2m after selling pieces at auction since the age of seven, was exhibiting his latest work alongside pieces by his East Anglian hero Edward Seago.
    His mother Michelle Williamson said she was “amazed” at the demand.
    "You never know how each year is going to go," she said.
    "Keith [her husband] and I are always a little pessimistic, but it’s really lovely that people still want his work."
    Twenty-nine of the landscapes sold for £265,000 through a pre-exhibition sale on Thursday, with the remaining 11 pieces fetching £125,000 on Friday.
    People in New York, Thailand and Germany were among the buyers.
    The most expensive lots, including the piece Sailor Boy, sold for £22,675 each.
    Gallery owner Adrian Hill said: “It’s stunning in this day and age that someone can sell their work at this speed, let alone when they’re Kieron’s age.”
    Kieron’s next exhibition will be held next year.
    Photo I: Sailor Boy fetched £22,675 in Kieron Williamson’s latest sale // Photo II: Staithes Sunlight was one of 40 new paintings sold in the exhibition // Photo II: Kieron Williamson bought his parents a house from the proceeds of his work when he was eight years old
    Note: home page: http://www.kieronwilliamson.com/
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    #tf Art  #TF What is up around us  #Kieron Williamson  #tf UK 
    Loblaw swings to loss while revenue climbs on Shoppers acquisition BRAMPTON, Ont. — The Canadian Press — Published Thursday, July 24 2014Loblaw Companies Ltd. is reporting a second-quarter net earnings loss of $456-million, or $1.13 per share, compared with net earnings of $177-million, or 63 cents per share in the same quarter of 2013.Revenue was up 37 per cent to $10.3-billion compared with $7.5-billion year-over-year for Canada’s largest grocer.Adjusted earnings, excluding items such as costs related to the acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, was $301-million, or 75 cents per share, compared with $181-million, or 64 cents per share.Analysts had expected adjusted net income of $276.5-million on 67 cents in earnings per share with revenue of $9.59-billion, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.Loblaw says the second quarter results include the full quarter consolidation of Shoppers Drug Mart and related accounting adjustments.Loblaw acquired Shoppers Drug Mart last year for $12.4-billion and has been integrating the country’s largest drug store chain into its operations.Photo I: A father and his children shop for cereal at the Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. - by Matthew Sherwood.——www.thursdayfile.com

    Loblaw swings to loss while revenue climbs on Shoppers acquisition
    BRAMPTON, Ont. — The Canadian Press — Published Thursday, July 24 2014
    Loblaw Companies Ltd. is reporting a second-quarter net earnings loss of $456-million, or $1.13 per share, compared with net earnings of $177-million, or 63 cents per share in the same quarter of 2013.
    Revenue was up 37 per cent to $10.3-billion compared with $7.5-billion year-over-year for Canada’s largest grocer.
    Adjusted earnings, excluding items such as costs related to the acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, was $301-million, or 75 cents per share, compared with $181-million, or 64 cents per share.
    Analysts had expected adjusted net income of $276.5-million on 67 cents in earnings per share with revenue of $9.59-billion, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.
    Loblaw says the second quarter results include the full quarter consolidation of Shoppers Drug Mart and related accounting adjustments.
    Loblaw acquired Shoppers Drug Mart last year for $12.4-billion and has been integrating the country’s largest drug store chain into its operations.
    Photo I: A father and his children shop for cereal at the Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. - by Matthew Sherwood.
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    #Shoppers Drug Mart  #Loblaw  #tf canada  #TF Retail  #tf food  #TF What is up around us