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Go there on holiday.  spend your money with small local businesses whenever possible, rather than large multinationals (although even that helps – they still employ Greeks). Your tourism is a form of resistance. You will have the time of your life while helping a nation brought to its knees by international monetary interests.

I just got back from 2 weeks in Portugal’s Algarve. So, how did it feel to take a vacation in a country that is suffering so badly in the Euro zone meltdown and is basically broke? Slightly weird, is the answer. Portugal’s financial crisis began as part of the world financial crisis of 2007-08, and continues as part of the European sovereign debt crisis. With the population being told to expect more and more sacrifices to try and avoid another bailout. Unemployment is currently at 17.6% and there are approximately 932,000 people without jobs. Thousands of graduates and skilled people…

When I was first approached to partner with RBC, I couldn’t understand what the fit would be from the perspective of an interior designer.  I was directed to RBC’s Your Future By Design website, which I found to be a very interesting part of design I hadn’t really thought of before.   The philosophy they’re espousing suggests you should really think what the picture of your retirement will look like, not how you’re going to finance it.  Start going crazy with your dreams, your hopes and your wishes and then figure out what you can financially support afterwards.  Thinking about how long you’re going to…

I love this article of architecture inside some of the world’s best opera houses: photographer David Leventi visited 40 opera houses to capture the extraordinary venues for his new book – My favourites are the one’s looking out to the audience from the artist’s perspective. The book, named simply Opera, is designed by Pentagram’s Luke Hayman and manages to capture the theatrical nature of what’s inside; the cover is a trompe l’oeil rumple of red curtains from the Palais Garnier in Paris which open to reveal the large-format photographs. For those who live in New York City, the photographs are also currently on…

It’s been a couple of weeks since Valentine’s Day. The chocolates are all on clearance, flower shops are counting their profits and in most cases the sweet nothings and romantic gestures have become all but non-existent. To add to that, this Polar Vortex has come and gone and recently, back again with a healthy stronghold that have many lovers trapped indoors. Before cabin fever sets in, and all the Valentine’s Day effort you put in place to re-kindle the romance in your relationship fizzles, couples often need to find ways to keep the passion alive and the love boat sailing…

Many families are planning summer vacations and in Canada, camping is a very popular way to spend those long summer nights! My camping experiences have been miserable. Beginning with my mother sending us off for summer camping with Forest School Camps. I swear the tents were WW1 army surplus. Heavy, leaky, canvas. English summer being what they are, I endured squelchy, wet, cold, miserable weeks under the canvas. The food was horrible. I have memories of porridge for breakfast that had a consistency of mortar. We should have built a house rather than try to eat it! In spite of…