Friday, 24 April 2009

Fancy a new boat?

If you're in the market for something just that little bit different, take a look at this "small ad" from BC Ferries:
With the decommissioning of the Queen of Prince Rupert from its fleet yesterday, BC Ferries announced that three surplus vessels are now currently for sale. The Queen of Vancouver, Queen of Saanich and Queen of Prince Rupert are all being offered for sale. The vessels range in age from 43 to 47 years old.

Last year, three new Coastal Class vessels joined the fleet. This year the MV Island Sky, an intermediate size ship entered service in February and the Northern Expedition, a 600-passenger northern ship will enter service next month. These new ships allow for the retirement of some of BC Ferries’ older vessels.

“These ships have served our passengers well for over four decades. We are pleased to welcome new state-of-the-art ships with enhanced customer amenities and modern technological and safety features to our fleet,” said David L. Hahn, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “At the same time, we recognize the many years of outstanding service that were provided by the Queen of Vancouver, Queen of Saanich and Queen of Prince Rupert.”

BC Ferries is seeking expressions of interest from prospective buyers. Market demand will dictate the price. Prospective buyers should contact BC Ferries immediately at

Friday, 17 April 2009

Advertising rules, ok?

When I'm away from Gabriola, I check the web most days to see what's happening around BC. After watching the recent TV documentary about the impending Tsunami, it's good for reassuring me that my island home will still be there when I get back!

This morning, a headline in the Nanaimo Daily News caught my eye. "Surrey woman likely killed by laptop". Ouch! How could this happen? Read further and it appears that the poor lady has been in a road collision and her own laptop has struck her head - with fatal consequences.

Sensitively reported by the Nanaimo Daily News, it's a pity that their webmaster wasn't a little more sensitive in selecting the on-line advertising to accompany the article. Follow the storyline.....