• december-2013-recipe upside down pear cake

    Pear Upside-Down Cake

    December 1, 2013

    INGREDIENTS: 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan 5 large ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and quartered [..]

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    December 2013 Events

    December 1, 2013

    December 7th –  Alpha Christmas Party December 14th – Alpha Children’s 3rd Annual Christmas Party December 18th – Christmas Open House in The Alpha Conference Centre 2:30- 4:30 pm. Christmas Auction will start at 3:30pm. December 19th – Alpha Movie Night December 25th – Christmas December 26th – Boxing Day [..]

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    Alpha Charitable Scholarship Fund Recipients

    December 1, 2013

    Congratulations to all the students at the Michener Institute for their dedication and hard work in ensuring a better tomorrow. [..]

  • december-2013-christmas-party

    Alpha Christmas Party 2013

    December 1, 2013

    Alpha Christmas Party 2013 Saturday December 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm at the Donalda Club [..]

  • january-2014-events

    January 2014 Events

    January 1, 2014

    January 1st – A New Year Has Begun January 14th – Give Up on New Year Resolutions January 23rd – Alpha Movie Night January 31st – Chinese New Year: Year of The Horse [..]

  • january-2014-trivia

    Horse Trivia

    January 1, 2014

    The horse has the largest eyes of any land animal. A horse can also see completely around its entire body except for small blind spots directly in front of its face, underneath its head, and directly behind itself. [..]

  • january-2014-recipe skillet cornbread

    Skillet Cornbread

    January 1, 2014

    If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, use a 9-inch square baking pan; cool bread in pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then invert and cool 10 minutes more before serving. PREP: 10 minutes TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes SERVINGS: 10 [..]

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    Christmas Party Photos

    January 8, 2014

    Check out the pictures from our Christmas celebration! [..]

  • Chinese New Year 2014

    Chinese New Year 2014

    February 1, 2014

    Come Celebrate Chinese New Year With Us! Date Change Due to Weather: Thursday February 6, 2014 Alpha Conference Centre 4:00 pm [..]

  • february-2014-trivia groundhog day

    Groundhog Day

    February 1, 2014

    Differences between gophers and groundhogs. A gopher is a type of rodent which is native to North and Central America while a groundhog, which is also known as a woodchuck, is native to the United States. Gophers show their teeth even when their mouths are closed, [..]

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    February 2014 Events

    February 1, 2014

    February 2nd – Groundhog Day February 5th – Chinese New Year Celebration. 4:00pm @ Alpha Conference Centre February 14th – Valentines Day February 17th – Family Day February 20th – Alpha Movie Night February 22nd – Ski Day [..]

  • february-2014-upcoming-ski-trip

    Alpha’s 5th Annual Ski Day

    February 1, 2014

    Alpha’s 5th Annual Ski Day When: Saturday, February 22nd Please fill out and return the attachment by Friday, February 14th. Where: Snow Valley [..]

  • february-2014-recipe toffee bananas

    Toffee & Sesame Bananas

    February 10, 2014

    SKILL LEVEL: Easy PREP: 10 minutes TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes SERVINGS: 8 Traditional toffee bananas are deep-fried, but this is a lighter version, served with caramel sauce. [..]

  • february-2014-ski-trip 2013

    2013 Alpha Ski Day

    February 10, 2014

    Check out the photos from our ski trip back in 2013! [..]

  • march-2014-events

    March 2014 Events

    March 1, 2014

    March 9th – Daylight Savings Time: Spring Forward March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day March 27th – Alpha Movie Night [..]

  • march-2014-trivia st. patrick's day

    St. Patrick’s Day

    March 1, 2014

    The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737. Green is associated with Saint Patrick’s Day because it is the colour of spring, of Ireland, and of the shamrock and is the true colour of beer. We just dye beer yellow 364 […] [..]

  • march-2014-trivia march origins

    March Trivia

    March 1, 2014

    The word ‘March’ comes from the Roman ‘Martius’. This was originally the first Month of the Roman calendar and was named after Mars, the god of war. [..]

  • march-2014-recipe chicken paella

    Chicken Paella

    March 12, 2014

    SKILL LEVEL: Easy TOTAL TIME: 1 Hour 10 minutes SERVINGS: 6-8 INGREDIENTS: olive oil 2 raw iberico chorizo sausages, approximately 250g in total, thickly sliced [..]

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    April 2014 Events

    April 1, 2014

    April 1st – April Fools Day April 18th – Good Friday April 21st – Easter Monday April 24th – Alpha Movie Night [..]

  • april-2014 april-fools taco bell

    April Fools Day

    April 1, 2014

    TACO BELL APRIL FOOLS PRANK was published in 7 Daily Newspapers on April 1, 1996. The news went as follows: [..]

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    Unbaked Cookie Nests

    April 1, 2014

    SKILL LEVEL: Easy PREP: 10 minutes TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes SERVINGS: 12 My mom made these Unbaked Cookies often when I was growing up, so they hold a certain youthful charm that puts me in the Easter mood. [..]

  • may-2014-events

    May 2014 Events

    May 1, 2014

    May 11th – Mother’s Day May 19th – Victoria Day May 29th – Alpha Movie Night [..]

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    Mother’s Day

    May 4, 2014

    The earliest Mother’s Day Celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. [..]

  • recipes_may2014

    Cheesy Corn on the Cob with Lime and Paprika Mayo

    May 10, 2014

    Ingredients: 6 corn on the cob, with husks intact 4 tablespoons quality mayonnaise, made with free-range eggs Extra virgin olive oil 2 limes 1 teaspoon smoked paprika [..]

  • june-2014-events

    June 2014 Events

    June 1, 2014

    June 10th – Alpha Movie Night June 15th – Father’s Day [..]

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    Father’s Day

    June 5, 2014

    The origins of Father’s Day. It was while listening to a Mother’s Day Sermon in 1909 that the idea of Father’s Day suddenly struck Spokane, Washington resident Sonora Dodd. She wanted to honor her own father, William Smart, who was well-deserving of a special day as a widowed farmer left […] [..]

  • recipes_june2014

    Danish Pickled Cucumber

    June 19, 2014

    Ingredients: 2 Medium cucumbers, thinly sliced 1/3 Cup cider vinegar 1/3 Cup water 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar 1/8 Teaspoon pepper 1 Tablespoon minced dill weed or 1 tablespoon parsley [..]

  • july-2014-events

    July 2014 Events

    July 1, 2014

    July 1st – Canada Day July 15th – 43rd Alpha Anniversary July 24th – Alpha Movie Night [..]

  • trivia_july2014

    Canada Day

    July 1, 2014

    Canada became The Dominion of Canada on July 1st, 1867. Each year July 1st is a national holiday called Canada Day. Before 1982 Canada Day had been known as Dominion Day, First of July or Confederation Day. Canada Day celebrates the events that occurred on July 1, 1867, when the […] [..]

  • recipes_july2014

    Chicken Tikka Skewers

    July 10, 2014

    Ingredients: 150g pot low-fat natural yogurt 2 tbsp hot curry paste 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed 250g pack cherry tomatoes 4 wholemeal chapatis, warmed, to serve [..]

  • party_july2014

    Alpha Healthcare Celebrates 43rd Anniversary

    July 19, 2014

    Alpha Healthcare Celebrating 43 years in healthcare innovation. xxx xxx [..]

  • trivia_aug2014

    Marilyn Swims Lake

    August 1, 2014

    Marilyn Bell was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario and later swam the English Channel. Bell started her swim across Lake Ontario at virtually the same time as world famous USA long-distance swimmer, Florence Chadwick. The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto had offered Chadwick $10,000 to swim […] [..]

  • recipes_aug2014

    Jollof Rice with Fried Plantains

    August 1, 2014

    Ingredients: For the rice: 1 tbsp olive or vegetable oil 2 large onions, sliced 2 x 400g/14oz cans plum tomatoes 1 red pepper, diced 4 tbsp tomato purée 1⁄4 tsp cayenne pepper or chilli powder [..]

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    A New Great Honour to Alpha

    August 1, 2014

    Shaker Farhat, department head of clinical microbiology, has been invited to present his research at one of the top and most prestigious U.S. medical schools, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York), on August 8th, 2014. Alpha’s efforts and collaboration for the advancement and [..]

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    August 2014 Events

    August 1, 2014

    Aug.04 – Civic Holiday Aug.21 – Movie Night [..]

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    Against All Odds

    September 8, 2014

    Can a car chase be exciting even if there are no cops involved and nothing crashes? Taylor Hackford’s Against All Odds proves that it can be, with this mad race along Los Angeles’ Sunset Boulevard between a Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole and a Porsche 911SC. The scene looks seamless but […] [..]

  • september-2014-trivia

    September Trivia

    September 1, 2014

    The name September comes from the Latin septem for seven, since this was the seventh month of the Roman calendar. The month was named during a time when the calendar [..]

  • september-2014-recipe tomato and basil sauce

    Tomato & Basil sauce

    September 1, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 400g can chopped tomatoes 1 tsp vegetable stock powder or ½ crumbled stock cube [..]

  • september-2014-bbq-party

    Alpha’s Annual BBQ Party

    September 10, 2014

    Holding on to Summer When: September 16th, 2014, 12:30pm – 2:30pm (for daytime staff) Join us in “Holding on to Summer” at our Annual BBQ Party! [..]

  • september-2014-events

    September 2014 Events

    September 1, 2014

    September 1st – Labour Day September 18th – Alpha Movie Night – The Fault in our stars [..]

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    Alpha’s Children’s Christmas Party 2015

    December 1, 2014

    VIEW THE IMAGES FROM LAST YEARS EVENT! [..]

  • december-2014-events

    December 2014 Events

    December 1, 2014

    December 6th – Alpha Christmas Party December 13th – Alpha Children’s 3rd Annual Christmas Party December 17th – Christmas Open House in The Alpha Conference Centre 2:30pm – 4:30pm. Christmas Auction will start at 3:30pm. December 18th – Alpha Movie Night December 25th – Christmas December 26th – Boxing Day [..]

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    Wings Edition: 50 Styles to Munch On, Part 3

    March 6, 2014

    Spread 3 pounds chicken wings (split at the joints, tips removed) on 2 oiled rimmed baking sheets and roast at 425° F until very crisp, about 45 minutes. Roasted Wings [..]

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    Wings Edition: 50 Styles to Munch On, Part 4

    February 6, 2014

    Grill 3 pounds chicken wings (split at the joints, tips removed) over medium heat, turning, until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. GRILLED WINGS [..]

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    Wings Edition: 50 Styles to Munch On

    January 6, 2014

    Working in batches, deep-fry 3 pounds chicken wings (split at the joints, tips removed) in 375° F vegetable oil until golden, about 15 minutes. Drain on paper towels. [..]

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    Pub Style Chicken Wings

    May 6, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: 4 lbs chicken wings, split and tips discarded 1 cup flour (or rice flour) 1 tbsp salt 1/2 tbsp pepper [..]

  • the-basics-eggs

    James Bond’s Scrambled Eggs Secret Recipe

    May 6, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: 12 fresh eggs 6oz of butter chives or fresh herbs salt & pepper [..]

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    Gordon Ramsay’s Perfect Scrambled Eggs

    May 6, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: 6 large free-range eggs 3 tablespoons ice-cold butter diced 1-2 tablespoons crème fraîche(I find this optional) Freshly ground sea salt and pepper [..]

  • the-basics-mac-cheese

    World’s Best Mac and Cheese

    June 6, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: Butter or vegetable oil, for baking dish 6 ounces penne 2 cups Beecher’s Flagship Cheese Sauce 1 ounce cheddar cheese, grated (1/4 cup) [..]

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    Spanish Style Fried Eggs

    May 6, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: 1 egg good quality extra virgin olive oil kosher, or sea salt freshly cracked black pepper [..]

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    Oeufs en Cocotte

    April 6, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: Salt and pepper, to taste 1 bunch fresh watercress, leaves removed 1 bunch fresh asparagus, ends snapped off, and spears cut into 2-inch pieces 2 tablespoons crème fraîche [..]

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    Wings Edition: 50 Styles to Munch On, Part 2

    July 6, 2014

    Working in batches, deep-fry 3 pounds chicken wings (split at the joints, tips removed) in 375°F vegetable oil until golden, about 15 minutes. Drain on paper towels. [..]

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    Bonfire Bangers & Beans

    September 6, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: 3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, finely chopped 4 rashers streaky bacon, chopped 1 tbsp tomato purée [..]

  • december-2014-trivia coca cola santa

    Santa’s Connection to Coca-Cola

    December 1, 2014

    In 1931, the company began placing Coca-Cola ads in popular magazines. Coca-Cola commissioned Michigan-born illustrator Haddon Sundblom to paint the ads. For inspiration, Sundblom turned to Clement Clark Moore’s 1822 poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”. [..]

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    Vegetable Poêlée and Poached Eggs

    September 6, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: For vegetables: 1 lb 2 oz zucchini 1 orange pepper 1 red pepper 10.5 oz cherry tomatoes or Roma tomatoes [..]

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    Two-Way Smoked Salmon and Caviar Pate

    September 6, 2014

    Tinned Salmon Mousse INGREDIENTS: 7.5 ounces can red sockeye salmon 1 teaspoon Grey Poupon mustard 1/4 cup unsalted butter 2 egg yolks 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice [..]

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    P.J. Groenke Racing Update – September 26, 2014

    September 10, 2014

    Dear Sponsor, P.J. Groenke Racing completed our second full season of competition in the Pirelli World Challenge Series from Thursday, September 11th to Saturday, September 13th headlining the Energy Solutions Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park located in Tooele, UT. [..]

  • Baby Announcements

    Welcome to the World, baby Evan!

    October 2, 2014

    Welcome to the World, baby Evan James! Born on September 25, 2014, at 7:00 am Weighting 9 pounds 6 ounces. Congratulations to the happy Grandparents ,John and Anastasia! [..]

  • Baby Announcements

    Welcome to the World, baby Joanna!

    October 2, 2014

    Welcome to the World, baby Joanna Faith! Born on September 20, 2014 at 2:14 am Weighting 6.4 pounds. Congratulations to the Joseph Zabala family! [..]

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    Linguine and Clams

    September 30, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: 400 Gm dried linguine ½ Cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 Cloves of garlic, finely chopped 675 Gm clams (vongole), soaked in lightly salted water for 15 minutes 1 Fresh red birdseye chili, seeded and finely chopped 1 Tbsp dry white wine 1 Tbsp thinly sliced flat-leaf parsley, plus extra […] [..]

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    Sweet and Sour Tuna (Tonno Agrodolce)

    September 1, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: 1 Kg tuna, cut into six 2.5cm-thick steaks (about 160gm each) ½ Cup olive oil 2 Stalks celery, strings removed, thinly sliced 2 White onions, thinly sliced 2 fresh bay leaves 1 Tbsp granulated sugar ½ Cup red wine vinegar 125 Ml sweet Marsala, Madeira or dessert wine [..]

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    The Most Famous RB 928, Part 1

    September 30, 2014

    The dream is always the same. In the mid 1990s, Lewis Johnsen began searching the internet for pictures of the 928 used in Tom Cruise’s breakout film, Risky Business. Johnsen, who talked his older sister into taking him to see the film when he was but 14 years old, had […] [..]

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    The Most Famous RB 928, Part 2

    October 18, 2014

    The Risky Business crew sourced its “primary driver” from Lee Klinger Porsche in Chicago — the same dealership that appears in the movie. At the time, more 928s were sold through Lee Klinger — known as the Porsche Exchange today — than anywhere else in the country. Says Johnsen: “Before they […] [..]

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    The Most Famous RB 928, Part 3

    October 18, 2014

    The second of two 928s used for driving scenes was a 1979 928 with a five-speed manual transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, and an all-gold interior. Avnet claims to have taught Tom Cruise how to drive a stick-shift in this car. Since it was a pre-1981 model, it didn’t come with […] [..]

  • thmb-risky-business

    The Most Famous RB 928, Part 4

    October 18, 2014

    Now that Johnsen knew exactly how many 928s were used for the film, he set out to track down the “primary driver,” the 1981 automatic car — with VIN number in hand. After a total of eight rejection letters from the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles and countless unsuccessful internet […] [..]

  • thmb-risky-business

    The Most Famous RB 928, Part 5

    October 18, 2014

    “I didn’t have much money left to spend, so I brought the car to a local Maaco paint place and had a single-stage paint job done on it,” says Johnsen. “It kind of worked out, though, because it only had a single-stage paint job on it when it was in […] [..]

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    Cashing In On Tom Cruise’s ‘Risky Business’ Porsche 928, Part 1

    October 18, 2014

    How much is a celebrity pedigree worth? In the case of a 1979 Porsche 928, about $40,000. One that Tom Cruise drove in “Risky Business” — most memorably in a chase scene with Guido the pimp—sold for $49,200 at a recent auction of Hollywood memorabilia. That’s roughly five times more […] [..]

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    Cashing In On Tom Cruise’s ‘Risky Business’ Porsche 928, Part 2

    October 18, 2014

    In “Risky Business,” Tom Cruise’s character Joel kicks o the chase scene with Guido the pimp by turning to his friends and saying, “Miles, I think I can take him.” The car was green when it first arrived on set, but was painted gold by the film’s production department, the […] [..]

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    Cashing In On Tom Cruise’s ‘Risky Business’ Porsche 928, Part 3

    October 18, 2014

    He considered the Porsche 911, on the other hand, to be too mundane, as it is relatively common for a high-end sports car. The larger, more luxurious 928 split the difference perfectly. Today, however, a 928 is much less desirable than a 911 of the same vintage. Though pricing can […] [..]

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    Magnum P.I. Ferrari 308 GTS, Part 1

    October 18, 2014

    Ferrari 308 GTS Details Years: 1979, 1981, 1984 Make & Model: Ferrari 308 GTS (1979), 308 GTSi (1981), 308 GTS QV (1984) Engine: 3.0 liter DOHC (2 and 4 valve) mid-engined V-8 rated at 214-255 hp Carburetor: Weber Carb (1979) and BOSCH K-Jetronic fuel injection (1981, 1984) Transmission: 5 Speed […] [..]

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    Magnum P.I. Ferrari 308 GTS, Part 2

    October 18, 2014

    The ’80 GTSi featured Bosch Digiplex fuel injection (replacing four Weber carburetors). This dropped the HP to 205 (from 240), but also decreased emissions. The ’84 QV introduced four valve cylinder heads for the Dino 3-liter V8 engine, which increased the HP to around 230 (but also added more weight). […] [..]

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    MAGNUM P.I. FERRARI 308 GTS, PART 3

    October 18, 2014

    FERRARI 308 GTS Specs: 1978 308 GTS Year(s) Horsepower 1977-1980 240 HP Weight Torque 3,160 lbs. 181 lbs. @ 5000 RPM Top Speed 0-60 151 MPH 7.0 seconds —- 1980 308 GTSi Year(s) Horsepower 1980-1982 205 HP Weight Torque 3,225 lbs. 181 lbs. @ 5000 RPM Top Speed 0-60 146 […] [..]

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    Magnum P.I. Trivia

    October 18, 2014

    All of the original Magnum P.I. Ferraris were auctioned o when the series ended in 1988. Larry Manetti bought one of the early GTS’. He reportedly still owns it. One of the cars, a ’78 308 GTS, is on display at the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum in Keswich, Cumbria, […] [..]

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    James Bond and History of Aston Martin, Part 1

    October 18, 2014

    IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE JAMES BOND BEHIND THE WHEEL OF ANYTHING BUT AN ASTON MARTIN. IT’S A LOVE AFFAIR BETWEEN TWO BRITISH ICONS THAT’S SET TO LAST, SAYS DAVE CALHOUN. THE PAGES OF IAN FLEMING’S NOVEL GOLDFINGER — the author’s seventh James Bond novel — are where the enduring romance […] [..]

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    James Bond and History of Aston Martin, Part 2

    October 18, 2014

    After Goldfinger, Aston Martin models would make nine more appearances in Bond films, although some were more fleeting than others. The DB5 returned in Thunderball (1965), now featuring a rear-facing water cannon and, most memorably, a jetpack in the boot that allowed Connery’s Bond to lift off at a crucial […] [..]

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    James Bond and History of Aston Martin, Part 3

    October 18, 2014

    The film used both the coupe and volante versions of the car. The Bond films, of course, have always had to compete with the ever evolving technologies of other movie genres, so the car was also fitted with a laser straight from sci-fi that could destroy other vehicles from a […] [..]

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    James Bond and History of Aston Martin, Part 4

    October 18, 2014

    In his last film as 007, Die Another Day (2002), Brosnan drives a new Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. The car was as stylish and iconic as ever and was equipped with some remarkable new gadgets. When Q (John Cleese) shows Bond the car (“the ultimate in British engineering”), he also […] [..]

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    James Bond and History of Aston Martin, Part 5

    October 18, 2014

    With Casino Royale in 2006, the producers took the Bond story back to the beginning, telling how Bond acquired the DB5 by winning the car in a poker game. Elsewhere in the film, he drives the brand new DBS—rolling it seven times in one record-breaking stunt (an air-pressure gun underneath […] [..]

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    Aston Martin 1969 DBS

    October 18, 2014

    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Aston Martin DBS A new-age Aston for the new-age Bond… Text: Keith Adams November 2008 ‘There’s no need to hurry; we have all the time in the world’ – a line delivered with such emotion at the end of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service that […] [..]

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    Aston Martin 1986 Vantage: The Living Daylights

    October 26, 2014

    At the start of the film, James Bond, played for the first time by Timothy Dalton, is driving ‘B549 WUU’ a V8 Volante with Cumberland Grey coachwork and upholstered in black leather. This car was in fact the personal transport of Victor Gauntlett, the Chairman of AML. This car, even […] [..]

  • thmb-aston-martin-vantage-v8 1986

    Aston Martin 1986 Vantage: The Living Daylights, Part 2

    October 26, 2014

    According to special effects supervisor, John Richardson, the decision to use Aston Martin occurred late into production, resulting in problems obtaining? vehicles. With an 18 month waiting list for Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage Volante, the production team sourced and bought three used Vantages for filming. While one was being outfitted with […] [..]

  • thmb-aston-martin-vantage-v8 1986

    Aston Martin 1986 Vantage: The Living Daylights, Part 3

    October 26, 2014

    Just like the DB5 before it, the V8 had many gadgets. Jet engine booster rocket, behind the rear number plate Ice tyres with spikes emerging through the treads by compressed air Retractable outriggers for use on snow and ice, which emerge from the sills A pair of heat seeking missiles […] [..]

  • thmb-aston-martin-vantage-v8 1986

    Aston Martin 1986 Vantage: The Living Daylights, Part 4

    October 26, 2014

    Technical Specifications: The ‘Aston Martin V8 Volante’ was hailed as “Britain’s First Supercar” after it’s release in 1977, with a top speed of 170 mph (270 km/h) and an engine shared with the Lagonda. Exterior: Cumberland Grey Interior: Black Leather Body Style: 2 Door Coupe /2 Door Convertible Engine: 5.3L […] [..]

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    Aston Martin 1986 Vantage: Prince of Wales

    October 26, 2014

    During the build run of Vantage Volantes 27 rather special cars appeared. Based on styling requests submitted by His Royal Highness, the Prince Charles, they became known as Prince of Wales (P.o.W.) specification Vantage Volantes. Visually they were more subtle in appearance, but not in performance. The Volante’s elegant lines […] [..]

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    Aston Martin DB5 Model Sells for £55,000 in Online Charity Auction

    October 26, 2014

    17 September 2014 – Tonight, on the 50th anniversary of the World Premiere of Goldfinger, a unique 24k gold-plated third scale replica of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 was sold in a special online sale to benefit the NSPCC by Christie’s and EON Productions for £55,000. It was bought […] [..]

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    Golden chance to own a James Bond Aston Martin DB5

    October 26, 2014

    A unique Aston Martin DB5 is going under the hammer for charity on September 17 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 007 caper Goldfinger – the first James Bond film to feature the famous British sports car. Bond film creator EON Productions has commissioned a one-off, 24 carat gold-plated […] [..]

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    Aston Martin DBS: Casino Royale

    October 26, 2014

    The Aston Martin DBS V12 is a high performance GT sports car from the UK manufacturer Aston Martin. Aston has used the DBS name once before on their 1967-72 grand tourer coupe. The modern car replaces the 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish S as the flagship of the marque. The Aston […] [..]

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    ASTON MARTIN DBS: Quantum of Solace, Part 1

    October 26, 2014

    Behind-the-scenes on Quantum of Solace Remember that epic car chase between Bond’s DBS and pursuing Alfa 159s? We had a look during filming… Reality can get a bit slippery on a film set. An Italian with the kind of face you’d find on a Roman bust, has just emerged from […] [..]

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    ASTON MARTIN DBS: Quantum of Solace, Part 2

    October 26, 2014

    Gary Powell, stunt co-ordinator on the film, doesn’t need me to point that out. He knows that even the most meticulous planning isn’t fool-proof, that a calculated risk is still a risk. But having come from a family of stuntmen, Powell was being thrown off horses and out of vans […] [..]

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    ASTON MARTIN DBS: Quantum of Solace, Part 3

    October 26, 2014

    “We’re not going hand-held, like with the Bourne films. We want a different effect with Bond. But we want to be close, see the tension in the eyes.” So more polished, then, but not the high gloss of a film like GoldenEye. Some Bond fans remain uncomfortable with this, believing […] [..]

  • thmb-aston-martin-dbs-QoS

    Bond’s Aston Martin crashes into lake

    October 26, 2014

    Dry Another Day: Bond’s Aston Martin crashes into lake – on its way to movie set As the £134,000 Aston Martin plunged into Lake Garda, onlookers might have been forgiven for thinking they were watching filming for the new James Bond movie. In fact, they weren’t far wrong. Except that […] [..]

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    For Your Eyes Only: Lotus Esprit Turbo

    October 26, 2014

    Perfect for its time… “Oh, I see you’ve managed to get the Lotus back together again,” Bond quips to Q after being presented with his second Esprit of the film. Once again, Bond found himself a Lotus owner: this time a more potent Esprit Turbo – Hethel’s alternative to the […] [..]

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    Spy Who Loved Me: LOTUS ESPRIT S1

    October 26, 2014

    The Lotus Esprit S1 (or Series 1) is a sports car that was built by Lotus in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 1978. The S1 was launched in October 1975 at the Paris Auto Show, and went into production in June 1976, replacing the Europa in the Lotus model lineup. […] [..]

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    Modern Underwater Cars

    October 26, 2014

    The Rinspeed Splash The Rinspeed Splash is a concept amphibian vehicle with hydrofoil design capable of 45 knots on water or nearly 200 km/h on land. Propelled by a 750 cc two cylinder turbo-charged engine burning natural gas which supplies 140 hp (100 kW) at 7000 rpm and weighing just […] [..]

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    Tesla founder Elon Musk buys James Bond’s Lotus Esprit submarine car

    October 26, 2014

    Tech billionaire and Hyperloop creator pays nearly $1m for iconic vehicle with plans to make its movie transformation a reality Billionaire tech entrepreneur and investor Elon Musk has bought James Bond’s iconic Lotus Esprit vehicle from The Spy Who Loved Me, with the intention of making its movie transformation from […] [..]

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    Land Rover Debuts Invisible Car Technology

    October 26, 2014

    Land Rover reveals Transparent Bonnet virtual imaging concept. New level of driver awareness with a ‘see-through’ augmented reality view of the terrain ahead, making the front of the car ‘virtually’ invisible from inside the cabin. Technology provides full visibility of what is underneath and in front of the car, with […] [..]

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    Invisible Car: Mercedes-Benz

    October 26, 2014

    As first reported by Mashable, Mercedes-Benz has created a new commercial to promote a vehicle that uses F-CELL hydrogen technology. Designed to advertise the car’s ability to produce zero emissions and protect the environment, Mercedes-Benz covered the automobile in several mats of LEDs on the driver side of the car […] [..]

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    Thanksgiving Day

    October 1, 2014

    The pilgrims didn’t use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers. What does a President traditionally do for a turkey? He pardons it. Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to The President. [..]

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    Traditional Pumpkin Pie

    October 1, 2014

    INGREDIENTS: 1 sugar pumpkin (about 4 pounds), halved, or 3 cups solid-pack canned pumpkin (not pumpkin-pie filling) 1 1/2 recipes Pate Brisee, divide dough into 3 disks All-purpose flour, for dusting 7 large eggs [..]

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    World’s first real-life Batmobile up for sale

    October 17, 2014

    JORDAN CHITTLEY The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Nov. 17 2014, 11:21 AM EST Last updated Monday, Nov. 17 2014, 4:30 PM EST The world’s first real-life Batmobile, a custom car built in 1963, is looking for a new home and is about to go under the hammer. The car, which started […] [..]