Some/Any/Every/No

One of the things that can be complicated in English is using “any/some/no and every”, both as part of compound words like everywhere or nobody, as well as on their own.  Take some time to watch a couple music videos to listen for the words, and take a good look at the grammar that is used.  Unfortunately, the video for “Everybody” that shows the band singing is very poor quality, so it’s easier to just listen to the song and pay attention to the words.  “Somebody to Love” was a hit by the super-group “Queen”.  Their songs were written by the lead singer, Freddie Mercury and guitarist Brian May.  Freddie Mercury died in 1991, so their songs are not new, but they’re still very popular.

 

STABILO LYRICS

“Everybody”
Doesn’t _______________ know how to walk ____________?
Doesn’t _______________  know what a radio is for?
Doesn’t _______________  wear their hair down low?
Doesn’t _______________  know? Doesn’t _______________  know?

Doesn’t _______________  hate it when the streetlight turns red?
Doesn’t _______________  want five more minutes in bed?
Doesn’t _______________, doesn’t _______________  have a letter to send?
Doesn’t _______________  wish they had just one more friend?

‘Cause _______________  wants, and _______________  needs
_______________  asks for one more piece
_______________  wants to hear someone say please
‘Cause _______________  takes, and everybody steals
_______________ cries when _______________  feels
_______________  is looking for the drug that heals

Doesn’t _______________  wanna take another shot at me?
Go ahead the gun is loaded and the bullets are for free
Doesn’t _______________  spray perfume to cover up a smell?
Doesn’t _______________  know where to go to get some help?

‘Cause _______________  wants, and _______________  needs
_______________  begs for self esteem
Why don’t you get your mind out of the past?
And _______________  takes and everybody steals
_______________ ‘s been kicked by other heels

Please raise your hands up in the air

Oh in the air yeah
Why don’t you raise your, raise your, raise your hands in the air?
Why don’t you raise your hands up in the air?

‘Cause _______________  wants

Doesn’t _______________  know how to walk _______________?
Doesn’t _______________  know what a radio is for?
Doesn’t _______________  wear their hair down low?
Doesn’t _______________  know? Doesn’t anybody know?

‘Cause _______________  wants

 

Somebody to Love

Queen

 

Can _______________  find me _______________  to love?

Ooh, each morning I get up I die a little
Can barely stand on my feet
(Take a look at yourself) Take a look in the mirror and cry (and cry)
Lord what you’re doing to me (yeah yeah)
I have spent all my years in believing you
But I just can’t get no relief, Lord!
_______________  (_______________) ooh _______________  (_______________)
Can _______________  find me _______________  to love?

I work hard (he works hard) every day of my life
I work till I ache in my bones
At the end (at the end of the day)
I take home my hard earned pay all on my own
I get down (down) on my knees (knees)
And I start to pray
Till the tears run down from my eyes
Lord somebody (_______________), ooh _______________
(Please) can _______________  find me somebody to love?

_______________  (_______________)…

 

https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/determiners-quantifiers-some-any-no.htm

Upcoming Winter Fun

There are quite a few festivals and special events in Edmonton this time of year.  One festival that happens this weekend is “All is Bright” the Christmas season opener on 124 Street.  The street will be closed to traffic and there are many things to enjoy up and down the street.

All Is Bright 124 Street

At the other end of downtown, the annual Santa Claus Parade will happen at 5 pm:

Santa Claus Parade

An event that I look forward to, every few months, is the Edmonton Public Library’s “Books2Buy” event at Stanley Milner Library, downtown.

Books2Buy

This 3-day sale offers thousands of books, CDs, and DVDs for sale at $1-2 each!  This is an excellent place to get reading material about anything and everything that interests you.

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Next week, the annual Festival of Trees will be held at Shaw Conference Centre.

Festival of Trees

This is a massive display of Christmas decorating and it’s a huge fundraiser for the University of Hospital Foundation.  The funds are used to purchase a lot of specialized equipment for the hospitals.

Don’t just stay at home this time of year!  Get out and have some fun!

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Winter’s coming back!

It’s nice to have days when you don’t have to dress up in all of your warmest clothes just to head to work in the morning.  However, it’s the middle of November, so it’s time for some snow, hopefully, snow that doesn’t melt right away.  I have my downhill and cross-country skis ready, and skates and snowshoes are waiting in the back of my car.   Flakes are falling tonight.  It’s a good time to share some ideas and experiences from my biking buddies, who cycle year-round.  The Winter City people came out to meet us last winter, and they included a piece based on interviewing three of the cyclists.  Here’s what they said:

Winter biking advice

As well, there’s a really large guide to winter adventure that’s available online:

Winter Excitement in Edmonton

 

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Record Supermoon and 9 More Can’t-Miss Sky Events in November

Take a good look at the sky this month!  There are a lot of exciting events coming up.  It’s a little bit colder to stand around outside during November, but the night sky is around for so much longer!  You won’t have to stay up until the wee hours to watch a lot of these events.  Just step outside after supper, or when you get up in the morning.  The super-moon in September was just gorgeous!

Get ready to see lunar pairings, meteor showers, and more this month.

Source: Record Supermoon and 9 More Can’t-Miss Sky Events in November

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Hypothermia and How to Avoid it.

If you have been reading my stories about my hiking and canoeing adventures, you may have read about my canoe trip in Lakeland Provincial Park, on the September long weekend. For this trip, I joined the lovely people of Fort MacMurray’s Borealis Canoe Club, and we had a lovely adventure.  However, on our first day, I became mildly to moderately hypothermic.  In the morning, I was locked out of my car for several hours, so I was cool and I didn’t eat a very hearty breakfast (my food and cooking supplies were in my locked car.  After meeting the crew, we started portaging and then canoeing to our campsite in cold and rainy weather (a few degrees above freezing).  I was okay for the first couple of hours, but then my “waterproof breathable” jacket and all of my clothing became completely saturated with cold water.  When I arrived at the campsite, I knew that I was in trouble and I set up my tent and changed into dry clothing as quickly as possible.  I came out when I was dry to eat some lunch, but I returned to the tent very quickly when I realized that the rain and wind were continuing to be very heavy.  I knew that I would be in serious trouble if my dry clothing became wet.  For the next 16 hours, I stayed in my tent, trying to get warm again.  The combination of a little food, low temperatures and being completely wet made this very difficult for me.  I slept for about 6 hours, wearing all my warmest clothes and my sleeping bag.  Finally, I was warm again.  Even the next morning, I had almost no appetite.  Luckily, I felt fine the next day, and no evacuations were necessary.  There is a lot of information in this article about preventing, recognizing, and treating hypothermia.

What is hypothermia? How do you get hypothermia? How do you avoid hypothermia?

Source: Hypothermia and How to Avoid it.

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Gallery

Winter words: vocabulary for winter equipment

This gallery contains 36 photos.

Edmonton winter can start very early some years, and very late other years.  However, this year, our winter has already started! On Friday, the beginning of the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, the snow started to fall, all the way from Edmonton … Continue reading

High Level Bridge in the snow Video

Edmonton transportation: videos

It’s interesting to watch videos and TV shows that are filmed in your hometown, when you can recognize many of the landmarks and objects in the video.  Here are some videos that were filmed in Edmonton.  They are very useful for reviewing a lot of the vocabulary that relates to different kinds of transportation.  Enjoy!

Edmonton Airport Below Zero

The TV show was all filmed during one day at Edmonton International Airport, and shows many of the different problems that happen at an airport.

Martin Kerr’s music video was all filmed on the LRT train system in Edmonton, as well as at some stations.  People from Edmonton should be able to recognize many familiar locations.

City of Edmonton coat of arms

Thursday night in the big city (Edmonton)

Early in September, I started teaching an evening LINC class, 3 nights/week.  LINC stands for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada.  The students in this program are immigrants to Canada. The classes are quite interesting because they students choose the topics that they really want and need to study, and the teacher chooses material that will help them understand that subject better.  Students taking LINC4 often have a goal of becoming a Canadian citizen, since that’s the required proficiency level.  So, we’re working on a lot of information about Canada and the government (3 levels).  I’m really fond of taking field trips since they offer so many chances to practice vocabulary, grammar, and phrases that students have learned in class.  I’m also really fond of the Alberta Gallery of Art (AGA) as a beautiful and interesting place to visit.  On the last Thursday evening of every month, admission to the art gallery is free.  So, we started to plan a trip to the art gallery.

The art gallery is located downtown and our class is located in Northeast Edmonton, so we planned to meet at the Art Gallery, instead of the school.  We spent time looking at information and watching videos about how to take the LRT (train) to Churchill Square, as well as how to park using the EPark machines downtown.  It’s not that easy to figure out, so we spent a couple of classes making instructions for meeting at Churchill Square.  Luckily, it worked and almost everyone from the class joined us in the lobby of the art gallery.  We found out that night that “event parking” prices were in effect, as they will be every time there’s an event at Edmonton’s new downtown arena.  Unfortunately, that information wasn’t available on the City of Edmonton website.  My parking at City Hall cost $14!!  That’s a bad surprise.

However, everyone made it, and nobody got a parking ticket or a $250 ticket for taking the LRT without a validated ticket!  We explored the art gallery for over an hour, and there were many interesting things to see there.  On the main floor, the touch gallery was a really interesting image of life under the sea.  Everything was made with ordinary household objects and it was okay to touch everything (gently)!  On the top floor, there is always an exhibit of modern art, and this father and son exhibit was extremely colourful and interesting.  We had fun looking for gnomes, which were included in many of the paintings and sculptures.

On the second level, there was a small, modern exhibit which was just really “interesting”!  There’s not really any other way to explain it.  Next door, the large gallery was really amazing!  the walls were painted with deep, jewel colours.  The paintings were all from the Victorian era: later 1800s and early 1900s.  There were many gorgeous pictures to see in this area.

After the art gallery, it was time for a break, and some students picked up food at one of the food trucks.  We met again in the Stanley Milner Library, on the other side of Churchill Square.  There is a lot to see in the library, but many of the books are beginning to be moved to a temporary location at Enterprise Square (above Bay Station on the LRT).  We spent time exploring the children’s library, where the librarian was SO friendly and helpful!  She shared a checkers set and students took turns challenging each other.  She helped another student learn how to borrow and return a book.

After the library, we went back across Churchill Square, where there was a rap and hiphop concert taking place.  We enjoyed practicing our dance moves, while the DJ spun a few records.  The square also has a ping pong (table tennis) table, a giant chess set, and a basketball hoop that visitors can use.  The pools at City Hall are closed for swimming and wading now, but soon, they’ll be used for outdoor skating.

Finally, we took a quick look around City Hall, which is still open to the public in the evenings.  It’s a beautiful building, with lots of public art.  We stopped by to say “Hi!” to Mayor Don Iveson, but his office was locked for the day.  Time for a few photos and then it was time to return to our homes, by train or by car.  It was a fun adventure!

Immigrants say thank you to Canada | The Province

Thanksgiving is a unique holiday because we don’t give presents and there aren’t any large, public celebrations.  Most people use the time to meet family and friends for a large meal, as well as to reflect on the good things that have happened in the previous year.  Click the link to read and hear what the immigrants below say about their new lives in Canada

On Thanksgiving weekend, 11 recently arrived immigrants from eight different countries tell us why they’re thankful.

Source: Immigrants say thank you to Canada | The Province

Where to go and What to Do on Free Admission Day in Edmonton| 9/25 #yeg #yegkids #yegfamily – Raising Edmonton

Every year, there are a couple of days when you can try out a lot of special places around Edmonton for FREE!  One of those days is Family Day, in February, and another is this coming Sunday when it will be Free Admission Day at many of the City of Edmonton facilities.  The recreation centres will have a lot going on.  The zoo and Muttart Conservatory will be very crowded, but worth visiting, to save the usual costs.  I see something new this year: golf! The Kinsmen Pitch & Putt golf course is a really fun place to try out golfing, because the distances are shorter than a standard golf course.  Borrow or rent equipment, and see if you can book a tee time, or just show up.

Free admission day provides a great day to explore the facilities and activities Edmonton has to offer, without paying the full admission costs for the entire family (because those can get expensiv…

Source: Where to go and What to Do on Free Admission Day in Edmonton| 9/25 #yeg #yegkids #yegfamily – Raising Edmonton

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Kinnaird Lake

Lovely Lakeland! Late season paddling

I’ve already posted about two trips to Lakeland Provincial Park, and I hope that there are many more in my future.  It’s just wonderful to be able to paddle around lakes where nobody can drive to the edge.  There are a few smaller motorboats on the lakes, but they’re generally busy fishing and they don’t do much to interrupt the peace and quiet in this lovely area.  In fact, we also realized on this trip that there are some great trails, with picnic areas and outhouses for cross-country skiing in the winter, so I may be able to enjoy another season in the area!

This trip was interesting for me because it was organized by the Borealis Canoe Club, in Fort McMurray.  I “joined” several canoe clubs around the province on their Facebook pages, so that I would have more opportunities to join in on trips. I had never met anyone from this club, but I posted a lot during the Fort McMurray fire when I found helpful information about services that were available for evacuees. They apparently have a tradition of visiting Lakeland every year for the Labour Day weekend, at the beginning of September.  As soon as they posted this trip, I signed up.  After my canoe rack broke, I checked back to see what I should do.  I could have rented a rack in Edmonton, but it would have cost a huge amount of money.  Luckily for me, the club offered to bring one of their boats down with them, carrying 2 canoes on one vehicle.  Their plan was to leave Fort McMurray around 6 am Saturday, arriving at Jackson Lake around 9 am.  I reserved a site at Beaver Lake, on the road to Lakeland for Friday night.

Friday, I organized and packed all my gear, after spending a couple of weeks evaluating what I really needed and didn’t need. I knew that it was likely to be pretty cold and wet. I picked up groceries and gas on the way, stopping for a little while in Lac la Biche. I checked in to the campground just before the office closed at nine, and it was very dark by that point.  It was also raining extremely heavily. I decided that I didn’t want to pack up a wet tent in the morning, so I settled down in my car for the night, inflating my Thermarest and getting out my sleeping bag.  I actually slept quite well, although I got completely soaked when I got out of my car to pee during the night.  I had locked my car before going to sleep, and it was awkward in the morning because my doors were locked.  Finally, I reached into the front seat to unlock all the doors.  After I heard the click, I hopped out of my car, closed the back door, and went to open the front door.  There was a lot of swearing after that!  Instead of unlocking all the doors, I had locked them all.  My keys, purse, food, and phone were all inside the locked car!!  It was about 7 am.  Luckily, I had dressed in warm, dry clothing just before that.  I searched for a way to get into my car, but nobody had a wire coat hanger, and that didn’t work, once I found one.  Luckily, my neighbours in the campground took pity on me.  They let me use their phone to call AMA (the Alberta Motor Association) to get a locksmith to come out, and then they let me check my Facebook, to find the phone number of my new-to-me paddling partners.  Luckily, they were still on the road because there’s no phone service at the parking lot.  Finally, around 9:30, the locksmith arrived (he had to help someone who had locked a baby in the car!) and he opened my car.  I grabbed a quick snack and then drove to meet my fellow paddlers.

When I arrived at the Jackson Lake Staging Area, I was still pretty stressed, so I tried to take my time packing up my gear.  I hadn’t unpacked very much the night before.  Everyone else was ready and waiting, and they were very calm and patient while I got ready.  Finally, we started out on the 3-kilometre+ portage with our canoes and gear loaded onto carts.  As soon as we got started, the rain began again, and it didn’t finish until late that night!  After our portage, we paddled to the middle of Kinnaird Lake.  For about 20 minutes, we battled huge (to me) waves and heavy wind on Jackson Lake.  As soon as we got under the bridge, onto Kinnaird Lake, the wind and waves stopped.

One of the group members had started out ahead of us, to make sure that we had a campsite in Kinnaird Lake.  When we arrived, most people pulled out food, and started eating, but I went straight to set up my tent and change into dry clothes.  It took me awhile, and when I finished, I realized that I had no more warm, dry clothing, other than what I was wearing.  I came out to join everyone to eat a little bit, but even under a tarp, the wind and rain meant that I would be wet again very quickly if I stayed outside.  I gave everyone my regrets and crawled back into my tent, wrapping up completely in my sleeping bag and fleece liner.  At that time, it was only about 3 pm.  For the next 5 hours, I slept, waking up occasionally to change position, but I didn’t take off any clothes or layers until at least 8 pm.  I could hear the others saying goodnight around that time, but I wasn’t willing to come back out into the rain.  I read for an hour or two and then went back to sleep until 7 or 8 in the morning.  At 3 am, I could hear that the rain had stopped, so I stepped out to go to the bathroom, then crawled back into my sleeping bag.  In the morning, I had a headache from eating so little, but I still didn’t have an appetite!  Apparently, I was pretty hypothermic the day before!

 

Unlike Saturday, Sunday was an excellent day for being outside.  The weather was cool and cloudy, but there was NO rain!  After all of us prepared and ate our breakfasts, the group decided that we would attempt to make a full inner circuit of the lakes, while our gear stayed in camp.  I would highly recommend this method of making a circuit of the area since it’s a WHOLE lot easier to portage unloaded canoes!  One of the group members brought an excellent cart for our portages, and another member seems to prefer carrying his canoe on his shoulders! We paddled to the bottom of Kinnaird and found carts available for the 600-metre portage.  At the end, there was a further detour of about 200 metres which wasn’t passable with the carts.  Next, we were in Blackett Lake, and paddled to the longest portage, about a mile long (1.6K).  A kayaker was here after going to the other end to pick up a cart.  We used what we had and this trail was relatively smooth to portage.  Now we were in McGuffin Lake, and we visited a large campsite in the NE part of the lake, taking a short walk to visit the memorial cairn for Squadron Leader W. C. McGuffin, a Calgarian who was killed in WWII. It was interesting to see that a minimum security work crew (prisoners) had created their own “memorial” at the site, paving a small picture of a wolf.  This campsite is located on a trail system, which may be groomed for cross-country skiing in the winter (accessible from Shaw Lake staging area).  From McGuffin, there was one more short portage (300 metres) into Jackson Lake.  Along the shoreline, we gathered firewood, now that we didn’t have to carry the canoes anymore.  There were a number of dead birch and spruce trees that were pretty easy to saw branches off of.  The last stretch was a longer paddle, but preferable to more portaging.  The water was quite calm.

Sunday evening, we all prepared larger meals and enjoyed a great campfire.  Throughout the last 2 days, we saw a great variety of birds, including migrating sandhill cranes and Canada Geese, Bald Eagles, a kingfisher, many loons, and some grebes and gulls.  There were plenty of rose hips on the bushes, and a wide variety of mushrooms and fungi, none of which I can identify.  There were no mosquitoes or horseflies and sunscreen wasn’t necessary.  I took a quick dip after supper, to clean off.  The water was brisk but tolerable.

Monday, we got started by 7:30 am, in order to have enough time to take care of everything.  People packed up pretty quickly after breakfast and we had a pretty easy paddle back to the Jackson Lake portage.  Once we were on the water, the sun put on a show for us.  It wasn’t a hot day, but it was sunny!  The final portage seemed like it got longer while we were on the lakes!  Back at the parking lot, everyone was excited to change into clean, dry clothes.  I opted to sponge off in the bathroom at the Lac la Biche Boston Pizza.  We had a fabulous lunch there before my new companions returned to Fort McMurray, and I came home.  Alberta has so many highways, so I drove on a route that was new to me, with no traffic to worry about.  I stopped at Linda’s Market Garden in Smoky Lake to load up on the last of the lovely fall veggies and fruit.