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Shanda Deziel October 29 2001
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Shanda Deziel

Amy Cameron

Over and Under Achievers

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Mike Harris: Say what you will about his record, Ontario’s premier at least knew enough to get out before it all went sour— most pols don’t.

Dave Moffatt: Say what you will about his records, keyboardist for Victoria boy band The Moflatts, reported to have quit, knew enough to get out— most teen pinups don’t.

^Jean Chrétien: Adrienne Clarkson precedes him in visiting navy in Halifax, diluting media impact of PM’s visit two days later. Chrétiens instincts, or advisers, have been letting him down lately.

Etching history on h0||0w shells

With a paintbrush, an X-acto knife and a skill learned at his grandfather’s side in pastoral China, David Xui paints and etches portraits onto hollow eggshells-an art form that can be traced back to the 4thcentury artistic calligraphy of the Jin dynasty. Since coming to Canada in 1994, Xui has mostly culled his subject matter from Canadian political history. His egg portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were accepted by Buckingham Palace. Alberta Premier Ralph Klein keeps his egg image in his office; former Calgary mayor AI Duerr displays his in his dining room; and Xui plans to give a Pierre Trudeau egg to the former prime minister’s family soon.

But lately, the 39-year-old Calgarybased artist, who is also a full-time § picture framer, has been working on a I more personal project. Xui lost his friend Lin Wei-Rong in the World I Trade Center attack and has recently I found a way to assuage his grief and Jr pay tribute to the firefighters who died

trying to save Wei-Rong and thousands of others. Inspired by the heroism of the 343 fallen rescuers, Xui has begun to etch their faces onto eggshells. He will present the collection to the city of New York next year.

It takes Xui three hours to paint each brown egg-using brown ink— and scratch in the lines and shading

of the face. “This is the only way I can show my respect, my admiration," says Xui. “What I really want to do is pour all my emotion into the artworks and let the artworks speak.” Xui adds that his unusual canvas is fitting for this particular memorial: “The egg is symbolic. It means new life.”

Ethan Baron

Is Manley pulling a Manning?

II e was bland, now he’s bold. He ■ Iwas in the shadows, now, on most post-Sept. 11 news days, he’s in the spotlight. John Manley’s image has been coming into focus this fall. Whispers that the foreign affairs minister might be a leadership contender when-make that if-Jean Chrétien retires no longer sound so outlandish.

And it doesn’t hurt that he’s looking, well, prime ministerial. His for-

mer appearance-an unfortunate combination of unruly hair and a

lazy eye behind unflattering glasses-earned him the nickname “Beaker,” after the startled-looking puppet from The Muppet Show. Lately, though, Manley is neatly groomed, buff and unbespectacled. But his political team is aghast at talk that their guy has undergone a Preston Manning-style image overhaul. “This is not a makeover,” insists

one top aide, How, then, to explain his new, im-

proved packaging? Here’s the official explanation. His hair is shorter

because, as a serious long-distance runner, Manley finds it more comfortable for training. Far from having switched to a slick salon, he remains a loyal, longtime customer of the old-style Victoria Barber Shop

just off Parliament Hill. As for discarding his glasses, Manley was advised-after surgery to correct his lazy eye last December-to get rid of them to exercise his vision. (He still wears them for reading.)

So títere you have it a couple of unrelated little changes that add up to one big improvement in the telegenic qualities of an energeticand ambitious-politician. And it all came together just in time for Manley’s unexpected star turn on the national political stage.

Life’s like a box of chocolates

Bryana Ganong has been blessed by genetics. Legend has it that her great-grandfather used to eat three pounds of chocolate a day. Her greatuncle reportedly ate between one and two pounds per day. The svelte 28-year-old greatgreat-granddaughter of James Ganong, the co-founder of Ganong chocolates, has inherited her ancestors’ sweet tooth. “My favourite one changes a lot,” she says. “But I never get sick of chocolate.”

Bryana is the new face of Ganong Bros. Ltd.-a New Brunswick institution since 1873-and is featured in a series of commercials touting its new line of premium gift chocolates. It’s a job that she never imagined she’d have. “Even though five generations have worked at the company,” she says, “I didn’t always assume I would end up working there.”

As the ambassador for her family’s chocolates, Ganong has her work cut out for her. Outside of Atlantic Canada, many are unfamiliar with the company’s 128-year tradition. But back in New Brunswick, it’s a different story. “Everywhere I go,” says Ganong, “people expect that I’ll bring chocolate.”

Tanya Marissen

Mother of Pearl strings the hits

For five years, the Vancouverbased jazz quintet Mother of Pearl has gathered the history of “the gals who preceded us,” says Colleen Savage, vocalist for the allwoman group. The role of Canadian women in jazz was largely untold until Savage, Brenda Baird, Karen Graves, Lauri Lyster and Wendy Solloway set it to words and music. The result is a wildly eclectic show called Sbebopf-which Mother of

Pearl premiered in Vancouver and hopes to tour. In its research, Mother of Pearl uncovered some interesting quiz-show-like facts:

Q: Who wrote Frank Sinatra’s first hit? A: Toronto pianist and music-store employee Ruth Lowe, a widow in her early 20s, poured her grief into her 1939 song I’ll Never Smile Again. A year later, Tommy Dorsey arranged the song for Sinatra.

Q: Who wrote the first Canadian song to sell a million copies?

A: Vancouver nurse Elizabeth Clarke was inspired by a young patient’s excitement at spotting a bird at the window. Her song There’s a Bluebird on Your Windowsill became a hit for Doris Day, Bing Crosby and others.

Q: Who is the author of the Hockey Night in Canada theme?

A: Vancouver-born Dolores Clamana composer of advertising and theatre scores-wrote the durable tune In 1968.

Absolutely frightening

Five years after downing their last bottle of champagne, Pats and Eddy are back! The two alcohol-swilling, cigarette-smoking divas of the hit British comedy series Absolutely Fabulouswhich has been off the air since 1996-return for a new season of overindulgence starting Nov. 2 on The Comedy Network. In this fourth instalment of Ab Fab, Patsy Stone

(Joanna Lumley) and Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) revert to their wicked ways-battling age, weight and fashion trends with characteristic sarcasm and black humour. Here’s some vital statistics from the first few episodes of the forthcoming season. Some average numbers, per episode:

8.6 Ciggies smoked

4.3 Glasses of champagne consumed

6.7 Fashion crimes committed 2 Attempts at self-improvement botched

13.2 Minutes spent obsessing about weight

12.5 Minutes spent obsessing about age

0 Minutes spent working