The story of Tempest Storm, a world-famous exotic dancer and sex icon. Now 88 years old, she takes us through her rough childhood and early abusive marriages all the way to international stardom, affairs with Elvis and President John F. Kennedy, and the career-crippling backlash over her interracial marriage.
Airs on Lifetime, June 29 at 9pm and July 2 on Hallmark
Original Melrose Place alumni Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett star as Mick and Olivia. After two decades apart, these college sweethearts are reunited when Mick is booked as the singer at Olivia’s wedding to another man.
The touching story on Spirit of the West frontman John Mann and his battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. With the support of his wife, he and his nearly lifelong bandmates decide to give their fans a goodbye, possibly final, performance at Massey Hall.
Consignment store owner Jennifer Shannon gets involved in another mystery when the owner of a self-storage facility turns up murdered just hours after auctioning off an abandoned storage unit full of unique items to Jennifer.
Cheer Squad Premieres on ABC Spark, July 6 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT
A docu-reality series about The Great White Sharks, an all-girl World Champion cheerleading team from Cambridge, Ontario. It follows the girls through their intense training schedule and the bonds they form to meet the demands of competition and day-to-day life.
Errol Morris’ infamous, acclaimed documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer’s murder in Dallas, Texas in 1976. Randall Adams was wrongly sentenced to death for the murder. Errol Morris’ 1988 documentary exposed the truth of the case, and is credited with overturning Adams’ conviction.
Perfect couple and high school sweethearts John and Abby have fallen out of love. As they are about to announce their divorce, their daughter announces that she is engaged. The two agree to wait until after her wedding to make their divorce announcement, but planning for the event might give them one last chance to fall in love all over again.
Here’s what some of us at Line 21 are bingeing on:
Based on the bestselling books by Diana Gabaldon, Leslie’s latest binge watch is the unique time travel sci-fi series Outlander. The adventure series has WWII nurse Claire Randall transported back in time to 1743. You can watch it on Shomi.
Carolyn is watching the escapades of handsome Don Draper and the rest of the gang at the Sterling Cooper ad agency in Mad Men. Set during the turbulent ‘60s, this show always manages to deliver a shocker. You can watch it on Netflix.
If you like British comedies and you have dealt with computer techs, than Siri’s pick, The IT Crowd, must just be your cup of tea. You can watch it on Netflix.
Dawn likes White Collar, a fun, witty dramedy about an alliance between the FBI and a con man, who might just be conning them too. If you enjoy the cleverness of Suits, you’ll enjoy this one. You can watch it on Netflix.
In Spotless, a police crime-scene cleaner and his brother with a family secret to hide have an even bigger secret to hide when they are blackmailed into cleaning up crime scenes for one of London’s biggest mob bosses. Patricia is watching it on Netlfix.
Michelle is watching the Japanese anime show Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (also known as Erased). It’s a dark drama involving time travel, a murder mystery, and how children perceive events vs. how adults do. You can watch it on Crunchyroll.
Back 1919, Birmingham was terrorized by a gang called Peaky Blinders. They were known for sewing razor blades into their caps and head-butting victims and rival gangs as a means to get what they wanted. Steff has been watching this on Shomi.
Kelly recommends a binge of BC documentaries! There are always tons to see streaming on Knowledge Network. Here’s a short list to get you started!
Part 2 of a 2-part series. Written by Leslie Foster.
Last month, we talked about the idea of combining work and travel, and how you can make that happen. This month, learn about the benefits for you and your company, as well as getting some ideas on where to start!
Sunset Sign at Ao Nang Beach, Thailand
The Benefits of a Workation
Aside from the obvious—you’re out exploring the world, eating fabulous local food, making new friends—there are other benefits to taking some time to travel.
A vacation is a stress release for most. It follows that even a vacation where you have to work a bit should help to reduce stress. Less stress leads to fewer sick days.
A change of scenery can inspire us, leading to more creative work and better productivity. Who can argue with that?
Working remotely from home can be isolating. Working in a cubicle can wear you down. But working poolside, or from a co-working space or from a café (even in your own town!), gives that feeling of being part of the larger world. This is healthy!
Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand
How to Be a Successful Remote Worker
There are certain characteristics of someone who can make working away from the office a successful venture.
Previous experience working from home is a great place to start. Perhaps propose the idea to your boss of working a few hours from home every week to prove that you can do a great job… and then do a great job! If you can’t be productive at home, the added distractions of a new locale will probably be even more difficult. A certain amount of discipline is required to be successful.
Try to schedule your work vacation during a slow time of year. You don’t want to get away and be working overtime, or be leaving someone back home holding the bag.
Before you leave, if possible, take on jobs with flexible deadlines. This gives you some wiggle room for last-minute experiences that might arise that you’d hate to pass up… or for traveller sickness from that Thai food stall.
If you’re going someplace with dodgy internet, plan ahead to see if there are any co-working spaces. These are becoming very popular in certain locales (think Bali!) and offer everything from 24/7 lightning-fast internet to meeting rooms, private Skype booths, a mailing address and locker, and some even offer workshops! These sorts of places are also great for someone who needs a more structured work environment. I’m happy to work poolside, but that’s not for everyone.
Plan to be responsive to your co-workers/clients. You might be nine time zones away from them, but if they need an answer, you better have a plan for getting them one. Some people choose to work at night, others set up alerts if an important email comes through. I chose to check my emails twice, once in the evening and again when I got up, and I scheduled production work for times I didn’t have an activity planned. If I was taking a few days off, I let everyone know I would be unavailable.
Wah Pho Buddhas in Bangkok, Thailand
The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thialand
Benefits of Being a Nomadic Employee (aka The List to Print Off for Your Boss)
By allowing workers to be nomadic, living their dreams, you retain happy workers. Happy workers are more loyal, work harder, and stay longer. Workers that stay longer have more experience and better problem-solving skills, making them more valuable to the organization. It also fosters a tight relationship between staff. They become invested in each other because they’ve known each other for years.
As mentioned above, a new location often equals a new outlook and decreased stress, increasing productivity and reducing sick days.
Not having to pay for office space for an employee means less overhead for your employer.
An employee may opt to have private health insurance, further reducing overhead for the employer.
Gardens By the Bay Light Show in Singapore
There are plenty of jobs for working travellers. Work centring around a computer tends to be the easiest to find and the most lucrative, but don’t dismay if you’re not digitally inclined! I travelled for years with my bartending skills when I was young. Where there’s a will…
Jobs for the Digital Nomad
And for the Analogue Nomad
Hostel Front Desk/Cleaner
House Sitter/Pet Minder
Monkey Temple in Lopburi, Thailand
With some creativity, the desire to shake things up a bit, and a lust to see the world, taking a workation is not as far-fetched as people might think. Sure, you need the right combination of job and employer, if you’re not independent, but you might be surprised what your boss says if you ask. Perhaps try a short stint to see if it’s for you. Or maybe add on to an already-planned work trip and see how that goes. From experience, I can’t recommend it enough! I had a fantastic time in Southeast Asia and am currently planning workations to Scotland, Italy, and Greece! After that? Anywhere there is internet, I’m game!
My Poolside Office in Ubud, Indonesia
Office in a Café in Lopburi, Thailand
Leslie manages the script and transcription departments with Line 21. She’s been loving her job for 18 years and counting! When she’s not working, she likes to drive fast, dance slow, and she has an insatiable sweet tooth. Leslie love to explore—people, places, food, music. She loves live jazz, road trips, and laughing till her head hurts.
Thanks to Leslie Foster for this month’s recipe. You can see Leslie’s blog post about the cooking class she took in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where they made Pad Thai. See Leslie’s Staff Profile.
Pad Thai is considered fast food in Thailand, and you can find it at many a street vendor for pennies. There are variations on how it’s prepared in different parts of the country, but I didn’t find one I didn’t like! This recipe comes from Chiang Mai.
8 oz (225 g) of dry rice noodles
3 T tamarind concentrate
2 T coconut or palm sugar (or use slightly less white sugar)
3 T fish sauce (vegetarian option: soy sauce)
3 T vegetable oil
16 peeled, deveined prawns or 9 oz (250 g) sliced chicken breast (vegetarian: 18 oz tofu instead of tofu below)
1 cup firm tofu cut into 1 cm strips
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup dried shrimp
1 t dried chili flakes
2 cups beansprouts
4 spring onions, sliced
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Pre-soak noodles in warm water for 2 minutes.
Mix tamarind, sugar, and fish sauce together.
Add half of oil to a hot wok or frying pan.
Fry prawns or chicken until cooked through, then remove.
Add remaining oil to pan. Add garlic and tofu and fry together until the garlic is fragrant.
Add dried shrimp and chilis and cook for 20 seconds.
Add the noodles and toss well with the ingredients in the pan. Fry for a minute or two until the noodles soften.
Push the noodle mixture to the side. Crack the egg into the wok. Stir rapidly until egg becomes scrambled. Stir it into the noodles.
Add the tamarind, fish sauce and sugar mixture, stirring well to coat noodles.
Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Need salt? Add fish sauce. Too sweet? Add tamarind. Too tart? Add sugar. Not hot enough? Throw in more chilis.
If noodles are still a bit firm, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water and cook a bit longer.
When the noodles are cooked to your liking, toss in the beansprouts and spring onions.
Garnish with peanuts, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime and enjoy!
Carolyn pulled out her DVD collection and finished re-watching five glorious seasons of Six Feet Under. She says it was just as amazing the second time around. The series finale of this one is legendary!
Siri has been watching the hilarious Brooklyn 99. Great comedic writing and characters on this one! On Netflix.
This series explores stunning design features created uniquely for floating homes – from underwater windows to view the fish to wraparound sundecks and huge picture windows to take in the 360-degree views.
Jean Bastiere’s life is turned upside-down when his outlaw brother, Martin, crash-lands into his world. Set against the backdrop of Jean’s crime scene cleaning business, the brothers must confront dark sins of the past and very real dangers in the present.
Jann Arden narrates this factual series which interweaves the personal stories of three patients each facing their own harrowing medical emergency. Viewers get to understand the patients on a personal level and see the developing relationships with the medical staff who work tirelessly to unravel the mysterious illness or injury that brought the patient to the ER.
Border Security: America’s Front Line follows the work of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agents as they clear travelers at land, air, and marine ports of entry, inspect cargo, and secure America’s borders.
When two commitment-phobic busy professionals with little in common are asked to be the best man and maid of honor at a mutual friend’s wedding, they don’t expect a life-changing romantic experience of their own.
A successful wedding planner who organizes dream fairytale weddings and a financial advisor who tells couples to save their money are paired together to plan a wedding. As the mismatched couple are forced to spend a lot of time together, they find out that they have more in common than they think.
When Jennifer delivers a purchase to a client’s home, she finds him murdered. She can’t help but think there is something familiar about the details of the killing – and soon realizes that the victim’s cold- blooded demise is a re-enactment of a murder in a classic mystery novel.
When Aurora pitches in to help her busy real estate mother, Aida, she quickly realizes she has again walked into a life or death situation. When a body is discovered at her first house showing and a second body is found in another house for sale, it becomes obvious that there is a very cool killer at large.
Thanks to Leslie Foster for this month’s recipe. You can see Leslie’s blog post about the cooking class she took in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where this Green Papaya Salad was one of the dishes she learned to make. See Leslie’s Staff Profile.
I love the sour tang of a fresh, crunchy papaya salad. You can adjust the amount of peppers to your heat tolerance. The Thais like it with five, while I prefer two! I learned how to make this simple salad in Thailand, and it’s delicious. It is traditionally made in a wooden mortar, rather than a stone one, so the veggies don’t get overly bruised, but you can use a glass bowl if you don’t have a mortar and pestle large enough.
This will make enough for two people.
1 green papaya (unripe)
2 cloves garlic
1-5 bird’s eye chilies (small hot peppers, adjust to your preference)
1 teaspoon shrimp paste
½ tablespoon coconut sugar, or you can substitute brown sugar
5 green beans, or if you can get them, a couple of long beans
2 small tomatoes
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons roasted peanuts
Peel and grate papaya until you have two cups. You will have leftovers.
In a mortar, place garlic, chilies, shrimp paste, and sugar, and pound to a paste.
Add beans and pound until bruised.
Cut tomatoes into large chunks. Add to mortar and pound slightly.
Add grated papaya, lime juice, fish sauce, and peanuts. Pound for one minute until the salad is mixed up and the papaya is lightly bruised.
Part 1 of a 2-part series. Written by Leslie Foster.
I would take a gamble and bet that “more travel” is pretty high on most everyone’s bucket list, but with a full-time job and only a couple of weeks of vacation a year, it can seem like an unrealistic dream. I believe it’s possible to make “more travel” a real possibility. With a little advance planning, some discipline, and a small leap of faith, here’s how I’m making it work.
Rice Paddies in Bali, Indonesia
Damnoen Saduk Floating Market in Thailand
Whether you call me a “digital nomad”, “location-independent entrepreneur”, or the more straightforward moniker “working traveller”, my travelling work life started long before I even knew that I was setting myself up for it. I had always been an explorer. The first time in my life I was free to do as I pleased was at the naïve age of 18. I had worked like a dog for over a year, then took myself on a 6-month journey to Europe and Africa. I was hooked! There was so much to see out there. I continued like this, working hard/travelling, for three years until I decided it was time to further my education. Through my studies I continued to travel. I was broke, but I was young and full of energy.
Then life interrupted. Kid, mortgage, real job. Travel was still a part of my life, but not like it used to be, and I missed it. Before I knew it, my boy had grown up. I still had the mortgage, and the real job turned into one I loved and was not willing to walk away from, so I tried an experiment: 10 weeks travelling through Southeast Asia, working 2 days per week.
A Cave in Ao Nang, Thailand
The Flower Market in Bangkok, Thailand
As I mentioned, my years leading up to becoming a working vagabond set me up quite nicely. When my son was young, I worked from home in the evening, which later turned into full-time work. I had a sick relative in Ontario and flew back and forth several times, working late in the evening in the hospital, hitting production deadlines on pure adrenaline and coffee. Then in 2010, I moved from Vancouver to Ontario. Working remotely was my new way of life. I was regularly dealing with a three-hour time zone difference. I was already living the life of a remote worker, just not with the nomadic up sides one imagines.
Georgetown Street Art in Penang, Malaysia
When I decided to hit the road, I approached my employers. Working at Line 21, I’m uniquely lucky to work for a company that not only values travel, but more importantly, recognizes the benefits of having happy, healthy staff. In doing so, they’ve built a staff of loyal, life-work balanced people. In a world where few people work with a company for life, we have several staff members that have been around for well over 10 years, some closer to 20. When they said, “Go for it,” I was off and running.
Wild Monkeys Roam the Streets of Lopburi, Thailand
Setting Yourself Up For Travel
While you can run off with your carry-on and laptop on the next flight to Bora Bora, a bit of pre-planning is recommended before you board the plane:
Beware of time zone differences. If you’re travelling around a lot and hopeless with the math, try using a helpful app like Every Time Zone or World Time Buddy.
Make sure you have a plan to communicate with clients or the office. For audio and video, try Skype or Google Hangout, or Hipchat for group chat and instant messaging.
Download Dropbox or something similar so you can save and share files on the cloud. This is important so documents are available to those who need them in your off hours, and backing up will come in handy if your equipment gets stolen.
Speaking of stolen equipment, insurance is a must. And it doesn’t hurt to encrypt your hard drive to protect your data.
And speaking of insurance, make sure you’re covered for any health-related expenses while you’re at it. One of the most popular companies is World Nomads. Typical employee packages max you out at 30 days and may have limitations. Credit card coverage typically limits you to 14 days and the scope of coverage isn’t usually very broad.
If you’ll be needing large files transferred and don’t use an FTP client like FileZilla, make sure you have file transfer software. Try Hightail or WeTransfer.
My work laptop is heavy. If you can get away with it, why not consider purchasing a smaller, lighter travel computer? I did and loved it. It had a few limitations, but I was able to work around them, and I really appreciated being able to toss my tiny laptop in my bag and cart it around all day if I wanted to.
When you get to your destination, get a local SIM card right away. You can often find them at the airport. The most I paid for a month of data on my iPhone was $12 in Indonesia. Thailand and Malaysia were even cheaper. Alternatively, you could opt for a voice/text/data package for a bit more money. Use Wi-Fi when you can to save even more.
“The Office” for the day at the Singapore Botanical Gardens
“The Office” on the Island of Gili Air in Indonesia
Join us next month for practical tips on how to make a work/travel life a reality, and how it can benefit you and the company you work for!
Leslie currently manages the script and transcription departments with Line 21. She’s been loving her job for 18 years and counting! When she’s not working, she likes to drive fast, dance slow, and she has an insatiable sweet tooth. Leslie love to explore—people, places, food, music. She loves live jazz, road trips, and laughing till her head hurts.
Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences. Tons to see, and audiences every year of over 200,000!
Nettie Wild captures the majestic beauty of the Tahltan territory in northwestern BC. Tahltan people, geologists, big game outfitters, and others express their thoughts and feelings in their own eloquent words on the industrial developments taking place in this once pristinely desolate land.
After a 30-plus-year career as the captivating front man for multi-platinum Canadian folk-rock band Spirit of the West, John Mann at 52 years old faces the challenges of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. From the opening line—”You’ll have to excuse me, I’m not at my best”—to the climactic refrain of “take me home,” the lyrics to the band’s greatest hit, “Home for a Rest,” have taken on new meaning.
She was the girlfriend of Elvis, the mistress of JFK, and a friend of Bettie Page. She’s considered to be the greatest living exotic dancer and a major American sex icon. This is the story of her dramatic rise to fame, her swift fall from grace upon her inter-racial marriage, and her over 60-year career.
View the best of the docs! DOXA is a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences, and can be counted on to bring the unexpected and amazing. Special programs this year include Justice Forum, Rated Y for Youth, Borders and Boundaries, French French, Arab Spring/Arab Fall, and Black Life Is, Ain’t and Still Rises.
We are super excited to be a screening partner at DOXA again this year, presenting Stand By for Tape Backup. Back in the age of the VCR, we all had that one special tape. Whether it contained your favourite Saturday morning cartoons, your child’s first steps, or a movie you looked forward to watching on a rainy day, it meant something special. This is the story of one man’s deep encounter with his late grandfather’s one special tape.
Mixed martial arts superstar Georges St-Pierre is regarded as one of the greatest champions in the history of the sport, but there’s something he loves even more than fighting: dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts. Now, in his first ever break from the ring, Georges is embarking on a globetrotting journey into the heart of modern paleontology.
When a small-town boy’s video “promposal” to a star goes viral, it scores him a date to the prom with his celebrity crush. But when the star begins to fall for the boy’s teacher, things get complicated.
Game of Homes is back for season 2! Four new teams of skilled amateur home renovators fix up rundown houses and turn them into dream homes. The winning teams will win their home, furniture, and a piece of property to put it on.
Hell Below Airs on Smithsonian Channel Canada, Tuesdays at 8pm ET
Hell Below is an event-based series chronicling the stealth game of subsea warfare. Learn about the patrols, games, and greatest submarine battles in World War 2.
The award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary series is back. Viewers will get a direct and uncensored look into the everyday drama of the emergency department in Vancouver General Hospital. With its unprecedented access, the stories and characters in Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH will make you squirm, laugh, and cry.
Travelling along the Pacific Northwest coastline from LA to Vancouver, this stunning documentary showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist architecture and the homes that have become their legacies.
In late ’70s and early ’80s Vancouver, punk music reared its ragged, rancid head and let forth a rebel howl. Director Susanne Tabata’s Bloodied But Unbowed, the first in-depth chronicle of Vancouver’s original punk scene, captures the raw essence of a time and place, with music and stories from the surviving stars who made it happen.
Line 21 is fortunate to employ some extremely talented people. Last month, we introduced you to the impressive abilities of half of our staff. This month, we round out the list with the talents/skills/credentials with which the rest of our staff are gifted, beyond those you are already familiar with from their work. Here—in alphabetical order—a small sampling…
BIRD-WATCHER. From October 2012 to April 2013, she hosted a very rare bird in her own backyard. An immature male Bullock’s oriole took up residence, drinking from her hummingbird feeder, eating the grape jelly and the homemade suet she left out for it. Birders from near and far came to see her guest when they heard of its unlikely appearance.