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Coming Up April 30 & May 1

Sat Apr 30

Rachel Aberle is a playwright and actor. Her new play, Still/Falling is about youth and mental health issues. It is presented by Green Thumb Theatre.

The Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra is celebrating their 30th anniversary. Cooper Reed is a flutist with the GVYO, Trevor Hoye plays the bass trombone, and Brandon Chow is a former percussion player turned composer. Their tour takes them to Victoria on May 1 at 2:30, Fort Langley on May 3, Nelson on May 6 and Kimberley on May 8.

Children's author, Chris Tougas has just released a new book, Dojo Daycare which will be showcased at the Vancouver Island Children's Book Festival next Saturday May 7 in Nanaimo.

Richard Hebda  is the curator of Botany and Earth History at the Royal BC Museum. Richard, armed with plant specimens from the Peace River Region, is currently building a case that will change the way we understand BC's pre-history. Richard will be lecturing on the topic in fort St. John on May 4 and in Tumbler Ridge on May 5.

Sun May 1

Michael Best is a professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria and the coordinating editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions, an open-access archive of the writings and performances of Shakespeare. 

Alan Twigg is an author, a champion of authors and this year's recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. He will be receiving his award this weekend.

Diana Sanderson has been developing the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island for the past 30 years. 

Willow Yamauchi continues with her series, Lost and Found, asking our listeners to help solve the mysteries behind lost and found people and things.




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Lost and Found

Willwo Yamauchi's new series Lost and Found connects people with people and the things they've lost. 

Listeners send in their stories about something or someone they've lost and then Willow, along with NXNW listeners, tries to solve the mystery.

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On the first episode of Lost and Found, Willow herself told us about her long lost Big Sister Georgie and within hours of airing that story, NXNW listeners were able to reconnect them. 










Now Willow is out to help Sue Davies find the rightful owner of a letter she found.
Here is the e-mail that Sue sent:

While going through  papers from my late husband's family I found a typed letter written on the 17th of Sept. 1916  by JA Tennyson - Smith Lewis Gun Officer 10th. R.W.K. Regt. To  a Mrs. Bennett telling her of her son's death.  It reads;

 

Dear Mrs. Bennett,

I am most awfully grieved to write to you of your son's death. I can't properly express my proper feelings as they must be so much greater than mine, but believe me I feel Bennett's death very much. He has been with me  over a year now as a Lewis Gunner and has always been one of the most willing men with me. He was No. 1 of the gun, that he was in charge of the gun.

                On Tuesday morning he was carrying the gun to a new position, a German Sniper saw him and Bennett was shot through the head. His death was absolutely instantaneous. We buried him and I have let the Battalion Orderly Room know the position of the grave.

                It hurts me to write to you like this, but I want to express my deepest sympathy with you in your grief.

                                                Yours Sincerely

                                    (signed)  J.A. Tennyson Smith

 

                                   Lewis Gun Officer,

                                  10th. R. W. K. Regt.


There is no signature on the letter.

 

I also have a magazine published by the Gravesend and Dartford Reporter Ltd. It is titled "Peace Souvenir and concise history of the war - 1914 to 1918.

The magazine contains articles, photos and one section dedicated to "our fallen heroes" with photos of men from that area who were killed during the war.

There is one  photo of a Cpl. R. Bennett (Denton R.W.K. killed Sept. 12. 1916).

We have also found on the internet information on Lieutenant John Allen Tennyson -Smith from the West Kent Regiment who was killed in action at St. Eloi on  March 7th. 1917.

 

This is a bit of a mystery to me as no one in the family seems to know where the letter came from. George's mother came to Canada as a small child in 1907 from Gravesend Kent and this is the only connection I can find. I have emailed the paper in Kent to try and get some information but no response.

 

I would love to be able to send this letter where it belongs so any help would be very much appreciated.


If you can help, send an e-mail to nxnw@cbc.ca.


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Susan Musgrave's Welsh Cake recipe

From  A Taste of Haida Gwaii by Susan Musgrave

Welsh Griddle Cakes

3 cups (700 mL) all­purpose flour

1 1⁄2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder

1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda

1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) salt

1 scant cup (240 mL) sugar

1 tsp (5 mL) freshly ground nutmeg

1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) ground mace

1 cup (240 mL) butter

3⁄4 cup (180 mL) currants

1⁄4 cup (60 mL) candied peel, finely chopped

2 eggs, beaten

6 Tbsp (90 mL) milk

What You Do:

1. Sift dry ingredients together.

2. Cut in butter until the texture of fine crumbs is formed.

3. Add currants, peel, eggs and milk; mix to a stiff dough.

4. Roll out to 1⁄4 inch (6 mm) thickness ­ try to handle the dough as little as possible ­ and

cut out in 2­inch (5 cm) rounds with a fluted cookie cutter. (The landlady at the

MacKenzie House B&B in Fort Macleod made a batch of Welsh cakes for me when I

arrived. She insisted the traditional shaped cookie­ cutter was fluted, but I don't think

anyone is going to hold it against you if you use any less traditional shape!)

5. Cook on low heat on a lightly greased preheated griddle, cast ­iron frying pan or electric

frying pan set at 250°F(120°C). Cook 4 minutes per side until golden brown.

6. Serve hot, by themselves, or with butter, jam or cheese. Serve them cold, cookie ­style,

after flavours have mellowed. Toast them, and then sprinkle with icing or berry sugar.

Tip: I have seen some recipes for Welsh cakes that use half lard/half butter. My grandmother

used bacon fat in all her baking ­ rock cakes, scones, even in the loaves of white bread she

baked every day. I think this is what made her baked goods so tender and flaky. They never

tasted of bacon, either.

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Sunday April 24

Outdoor Guy, Frank Ritcey takes us from tics to tequila as he talks eco systems.

Life Coach, Rebecca Hass  talks mindfulness and meditation.

Ashley Spires is a children's author and illustrator.  She's going to be at the Vancouver Island Children's Book Festival in Nanaimo on May 7.



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Saturday April 23

Amber Dawn's latest poetry collection is called Where the Words End and My Body Begins.  

Christopher Gaze, of Bard on the Beach, helps mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.

Susan Musgrave is the author of A Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World.


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Saturday April 16

Vancouver poet, Jeff Steudel, reads a couple poems from his collection Foreign Park, which has been nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

Longevity columnist, Sharon Basaraba, on the health perks of coffee.

Mike Elliott, owner of Kettle River Canoes in Grand Forks shares how to restore your old canoe for the intrepid canoe lover.

Biliana Velkova's exhibit Fake Plastic Trees, being put on this month as part of the Capture Photography festival, explores the commodification of Canadian landscapes.



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Sat April 16 and Sun April 17

Saturday

Vancouver poet, Jeff Steudel, reads a couple poems from his collection Foreign Park, which has been nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

CBC music producer, Michael Juk, explores extremes in music through a two part music column: soft/LOUD. This week he looks at how soft, quiet, and even silent sounds have been used by great composers. Next week, he tackles loud.

Longevity columnist, Sharon Basaraba, on the health perks of coffee.

Mike Elliott, owner of Kettle River Canoes in Grand Forks shares how to restore your old canoe for the intrepid canoe lover.

Biliana Velkova's exhibit Fake Plastic Trees, being put on this month as part of the Capture Photography festival, explores the commodification of Canadian landscapes.

Sunday

Cookbook author, Nettie Cronish, has a new book out called Nourish with 100 different ways to include seeds, nuts and beans in our diets. 

June Goldsmith, classic music columnist, on the significance of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

It's been almost a year since Luke Marston's sculpture Shore to Shore was unveiled in Stanley Park and he fills us in on what he's working on now.



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Sunday April 10

A visit with chef and award winning cook book author Bill Jones at Deerholme Farm  for some foraging.

A conversation with poet Ali Blythe about his debut collection Twoism.

More word play from our Puzzling Professor, Jonathan Berkowitz.


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Saturday April 9

David Hatfield talks about the power of spontaneous, improvised singing. 

Egan Davis, our garden guy, is back to talk about watering, getting vegetable gardens ready and
about dealing with pests.

We'll meet Duncan Silverside and Annie McLeod, two students with projects in the Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair.


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Sunday April 3

A visit with potter Cathi Jefferson 
to her studio on the banks of the Cowichan River as part of the Cowichan's Artisans studio tour running from April 15-17.

Author John Cherrington on his book Walking to Camelot, which details a 300 mile or 482
kilometre walk through some of England's most celebrated walking paths, and all the characters and history he ran into along the way.

Hot Thai Kitchen is the name of one of the hottest YouTube cooking shows available and now the creator and host, Pailin Chongchitnant, has a brand new cookbook of the same name. Here is the link to the Lemongrass Soup recipe

Celebrating the cherry tree with urban forest correspondent David Tracey

More word play with our Puzzling Professor Jonathon Berkowitz


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Saturday April 2

Life Coach, Rebecca Hass gives some bite size offerings on how to lead a more fulfilling life.

A visit to Salt Spring Wild Cider on Salt Spring Island to meet the owners Gerda Lattey and Micke Lachelt.

Poet Alexandra Oliver talks about her new collection Let the Empire Down.

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