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December 2006 Archives

Beatles to make appearance on U.K. stamps

The Fab Four are set for another U.K. honour in 2007, with the Royal Mail announcing on Thursday an upcoming postage stamp series featuring famous Beatles album covers.

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New auction yields $25,200 for Velvet Underground album

A Montrealer has sold his rare recording of The Velvet Underground & Nico on eBay for $25,200 US ($29,073) to an unknown bidder.

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Edmonton liquor store asks: Cash, credit or Canadian Tire money?

There's a new place to spend that wad of Canadian Tire money you've been saving up — an Edmonton liquor store. But it may not last.

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The weather outside is (frightfully) warm

You have to pity the Ontario government. It's running new winter tourism ads showing people enjoying winter sports, while in the streets of Toronto, kids have been sporting shorts.

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No plaids for the lads

Great Scot! A shortage of ceremonial kilts could leave thousands of soldiers without a stitch of plaid to wear as they parade to the skirl of the bagpipes.

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Humane Society finds retailers selling faux fur that's real

Macy's has been selling a coat made from genuine animal fur while advertising it as a faux version, outraged representatives from the U.S. Humane Society charged Friday.

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How to be good at regifting

It's fine to rewrap something received as a gift and give it to someone else - as a gift - or so etiquette mavens like Peggy Post say. But there are some rules.

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Velvet Underground record up for auction again after bogus bid

A rare Velvet Underground recording will be back on the online auction site eBay on Thursday after an earlier bid proved to be bogus.

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Text message info on endangered fish for diners

South African diners whose environmentalism is as discerning as their palates now can turn to technology to help make the right menu choices.

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Bid for Velvet Underground rarity bogus

Forty years after it was made, the Velvet Underground's first recording has become a financial hit — in cyberspace. Bought for 75 cents four years ago at a Manhattan flea market, the rare recording of music that ended up on the influential New York band's first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, sold on eBay Dec. 8 for a closing bid of $155,401 US. But now it turns out the bid may be bogus.

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Attention shoppers: 'It's a fire, not a fire sale'

An electrical fire that filled a department store with thick smoke didn't deter holiday shoppers, and firefighters had to block the doors to keep customers from entering, authorities said.

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Patent-proving Edison lightbulbs to go under hammer

A box of 23 lightbulbs used by Thomas Edison to defend his patent is expected to fetch up to $600,000 US at auction later this month.

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State says no to beer label with pint-wielding Santa Claus

Trouble is brewing in Maine over a banned beer label featuring – wait for it – Santa's butt.

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