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Do you remember this post where I announced that the CBC were all a bunch of jerks because no one had answered my email about international viewers not being able to watch Village on a Diet? It’s true, no one answered my email, but they did make a comment on that same post. Sigh! That one little comment completely restored my faith in public broadcasting. So if you are looking to understand their residency restrictions you can read what they had to say.

More importantly, I thought, was that they directed me to YouTube for some clips from their show. Admittedly there isn’t much there, in fact it’s mostly commercials and a single scene from the show, which shows Melissa,  the pizzeria owner, making pesto with the chef. So if you want to see it, I hope you enjoy it.

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I am one of the biggest CBC geeks in the country. My love for Canada’s national public broadcaster started with Fraggle Rock, deepened when I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea, matured with Kids in the Hall and finally was solidified with Being Erica.

I would never say that CBC can do no wrong, because we’ve all seen CBC programming go completely awry, but there is one thing CBC does better than any other broadcaster in the country: documentaries. In particular, CBC does some really entertaining prime time documentaries otherwise known as infotainment. The one that people might be most familiar with is The Week the Women Went, which documents the trials and tribulations that men in two small rural communities have to overcome while all the village’s women leave for a one-week vacation.

The newest primetime documentary is called Village on a Diet, and it follows the residents of Taylor, BC, Canada’s most obese community (according to the show’s website) as they try to lose 1 ton over the course of 10 weeks. Of course residents will have access to trainers, doctors, dietitians and psychologists  as they battle the bulge and aim for a healthier life. The jury’s still out for me, obviously I’ll need to see a couple of episodes before I can decide if I like it or not, but being on CBC I have high hopes that this show will present the challenges of weight loss in a more realistic, less sensational manner. It might not be as entertaining as something like the Biggest Loser, but I am hoping that it can be more sensitive and help motivate others to lose weight as well.

As I mentioned before the holidays I intend to take full advantage of every resource I have available to me, so I will be sure to be there every Wednesday night as the story unfolds.

If you want to read more about this show, or if you’d prefer to watch it on the web, you can check it out here:

https://mediasales.cbc.ca/content/msmcontent.aspx?folderid=1509&contentid=29286&locale=4105

If you end up checking it out I hope you’ll let me know what you think.

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This has been the most depressing Christmas week I’ve had in a long time. No one seems to be aware that Christmas is coming on Saturday. But then, maybe that’s the problem; maybe if Christmas was coming on Sunday or Monday it might be a little different. Everywhere I look I see people busily working away on their day-to-day stuff, many people don’t even mention Christmas. My office doesn’t have a single cookie or festive sweet.

Then at lunch time, as I ventured out with my friends and co-workers for a slice of holiday pizza, I heard the theme music (Christmas Time is Here) from the Peanuts Christmas special. I stopped and looked up, smiling because I intend to surprise my mother with a CD/DVD copy of her favourite Christmas special; as I was standing there I saw a group of people skating on an outdoor rink. That’s right, I stepped into the Peanuts Christmas special. I stopped and gave myself a moment to enjoy this one perfect moment where pop culture and Christmas collide in the parking lot of a business park and outdoor shopping centre. The song soon ended and I came back to reality

It was the perfect way to push me out of my funk. It was a brilliantly sunny, (reasonably) warm day. There’s no reason to feel depressed, in fact, I should be elated. I decided that this week could still be magical, and from there I took matters into my own hands, and created my own Christmas magic.

I decided to take the dog for a big walk, so that we could enjoy this glorious weather. When we got home I made a big batch of mincemeat tarts. Yummy, and super festive. The only problem is that I put too much filling in each pastry, so I didn’t enough to make all 24 tarts.

Oh well, I guess that means that I’ll have to make more for New Year’s Eve…I may also need to do some skating to burn them off.

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, and to all of you too!

 

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