Amazing Race Canada S4 E2

Episode 2 of the Amazing Race Canada played last night on CTV and things are looking up for the series. After the mishap of one of the detours on the first episode they bounced back with some good challenges in Calgary and even a close sprint to the finish.

The episode began with them in Jasper receiving their first clue of the leg. Three buses were departing for Calgary and only three teams could get on each bus. No one managed to get lost so the bus order stayed the same as the previous finishes. Jill and Emmett, Steph and Kristen, and Stephane and Antoine were the first bus load. They arrived in Calgary to be greeted by the Mayor, the ever popular Naheed Nenshi. Continue reading

Amazing Race Canada Season 4

The biggest question for me heading into this season is whether they will finally go for a full international season. I get it, Canada is a great country, there are lots of amazing and varied places to see, but for me one of the most interesting parts is the travel around the world. I’m sure they’re trying to promote travel and tourism in Canada but to me by keeping it all within Canada they’re eliminating interesting aspects from the game. It’s one thing getting lost in your own country, it’s a whole other dynamic trying to navigate the streets of India, or China. Perhaps it’s a budgetary issue, the US is obviously a much larger country than Canada. However Amazing Race Canada is touted as one of the most successful Canadian television shows of all time, I think they can probably afford it. Not to mention there was an Australian version of the show that went for a few seasons and that series was international for every season. Fun fact: Australian actress Rebel Wilson’s brother and sister (Ryot and Liberty) were on the first season.

It becomes apparent within the first ten minutes that this season won’t be international *sigh* hopes dashed. It’s not like I won’t still watch it though…

It’s also apparent within a few minutes that the Amazing Race producers have once again attempted to make the contestants as diverse as possible. And they seem to want a girl-girl team to win. Of the ten teams there are five girl-girl teams, two guy-guy teams (now only one), and three mixed girl-guy teams. In three seasons so far only guy-guy teams have won, with Mickey and Pete somehow topping the very dominate Natalie and Meaghan. It took the US version of the Amazing Race seventeen seasons to have a girl duo win, I think the producers don’t want to wait that long. But maybe I’m reading too much into this… Continue reading

Book Release Updates

I get excited about new books coming out from my favourite authors so I like to follow potential release dates. Even though they aren’t necessarily followed it does give you a sense of excitement, thinking about what’s to come.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – July 31, 2016. Available for pre-order, obviously I’m not the only one excited for this, it’s been almost ten years since the last Harry Potter book came out. I’m going through withdrawal, and I have unsatisfied desires of going to Harry Potter world.

Oh She Glows Everyday – September 6, 2016. Available for pre-order now. This is the second cookbook from Angela Liddon at the Oh She Glows blog. I have the first cookbook and follow her blog, so I’m excited to see what comes out with this one.

The Fate of the Tearling – November 29, 2016. Book 3 of the Queen of the Tearling Series, excited to see what happens next with this one. Also there’s currently a movie in development potentially staring Emma Watson so can’t miss that. Continue reading

Mission Blue

I recently watched the documentary Mission Blue on Netflix, part biography of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, part call to action to save the oceans. Marine conservation seems to be a hot topic as of late, with ocean salinity and coral bleaching an oft referenced issue. It’s easy to see what we are losing through dramatic shots of dead coral and barren ocean compared with shots teeming with life. You can see the sorrow on the face of Sylvia Earle describing the dramatic decline she’s witnessed in her lifetime.

Overall, I enjoyed the film, it progressed as a history of Sylvia Earle’s life juxtaposed with the life and decline of the oceans. It told a nice story, had lots of beautiful underwater shots and gave you the sort of call to action that made you want to get up and do something. Only they never really gave you anything to do. They spoke of Sylvia Earle’s idea of hope spots, sort of an extended national park system for the oceans. There are some Marine parks that already exist amounting to about 1% of the Ocean, Dr. Earle has the lofty goal of 20% by 2020. Continue reading

June Book Round-up

The monthly book round-up is going to be a regular column on my blog. I’ve ¬†often been told that I have a rather unusual ability to read at ridiculous speeds (You mean it’s not normal to go through a book in a single day?) so I am going to put that to use here. I won’t be mentioning every book I read, but definitely the ones that stand out to me. Just a warning, I have very unusual taste in books, so the books will likely be all over the map. I also have a tendency to read multiple books at the same time as my mood affects what type of book I feel like reading at the moment. I always like book suggestions so if you have any, send them my way!

Red Rising – Pierce Brown (Red Rising Book #1)

I am at a loss of what category to put this book in, is it teen fantasy? Is it Adult Science Fiction? Not sure about this one. The author himself has come out to say that it is not a YA (young adult) novel and yet it inexplicably reads like one. In fact I’ve started the second book now and it seems to be following the general progression of most YA trilogies. The first book, usually on a smaller scale (often set in a school-like environment) has a more local plot with mostly young characters, then it all expands in the second book. Suddenly these young people are charged with solving the fate of their world. Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent, they all follow this same sort of pattern. However, in terms of the violence and brutality, it’s almost on par with Game of Thrones. So I rest, unable to put this book in either category.

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