Trend watch: popular Hallowe’en costumes for 2010

Through my Halloween experiences, I have come to the realization that there are three groups of people who enjoy Halloween. The first group consists of persons who dress up as a witch every year because naturally, they already have the costume–why not, right? The second group consists of persons who put even less effort or thought into their costumes, by choosing to wear cat ears with their regular jeans or a hoodie.... Continue Reading

Signal when changing lanes

This is Jeff Groat. He’s the Runner’s sex columnist. He has only one qualification for the job: his last name sounds like a dirty word. That’s good enough for us. ... Continue Reading

Tom Jackson’s Great Live Show

Held at Kwantlen’s Langley campus on Saturday Oct. 16, the Foundations for a Great Live Show was a three-hour event that focused on the factors distinguishing great live performances from good ones.... Continue Reading

Full moon frenzy

Almost every backpacker has heard the stories that surround the mythical full moon parties hosted in Ko Phan Ngan, Thailand. These parties are a place for friends, music, light shows, fireworks, great food and, obviously, copious amounts of liquor and beer.... Continue Reading

In photos: Oktoberfest

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Waiter... why is there pink in my beer?

My love for flavored beer first developed when I started a serving job at the German influenced bistro, Uli’s Restaurant. I had heard some old-wives-tales in regards to this sweet colorful delight but I could never bring myself to believe such a fabricated fable was true. Some told me it came in strawberry, some claimed it came in raspberry, some were even bold enough to say there was a chocolate beer roaming around out there.... Continue Reading

Lederhosen: the pants behind the party

There are misconceptions surrounding the Bavarian mystery that is Lederhosen. Not many people know exactly where these leather luxuries originated or for what purpose they served.... Continue Reading

Have a beer and kill a zombie

EXP Entertainment’s Oct. 1 free downtown public gaming event succeeded in bringing gamers together and giving them the things they like: video games, booze, pulsing electronic music and free prizes.... Continue Reading

A homage to steampunk: The 35th annual Vancouver sci-fi and fantasy convention

From Alchemy to Zeppelins was the theme of this year’s Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, which took place in Richmond from Oct. 1-3. The convention was all about the little known genre of a special kind of science fiction: Steampunk.... Continue Reading

Merida, Mexico: The split city

Merida is truly a city of two distinctly different worlds. There is an undeniable European feel to the city, largely because the majority of the buildings were built in a colonial Spanish style of architecture. This makes it unique and beautiful to explore.... Continue Reading

Jammin’ with ginger

This is Kristi Alexandra. She loves music. She’s also a ginger. And she does have a soul. And she likes music with soul, too.... Continue Reading

Groat in the sack

This is Jeff Groat. He’s the Runner’s sex columnist. He has only one qualification for the job: his last name sounds like a dirty word. That’s good enough for us. ... Continue Reading


He shoved the bodies away, finding that he no longer winced at the way they lifelessly bobbed against the walls in zero gee. In the small radiation safe room, it wasn’t long before he had to shove them away again.... Continue Reading

Shifting Ice Chapter 14: A Kingdom For A Foxhole

Vintis was awoken by the sound of the door chime. It stirred awake, reaching over for Klezyp but failing to find it. It took a second for it to remember that Klezyp was off to the southernmost settlement to count the local Oulu. Groggily, it got out of bed, stretched, and then donned the specially made robe that allowed its back fins to be exposed to the feeding lights strewn throughout the ceiling. It switched those lights on as the door chimed again.... Continue Reading

Tofino’s hidden historical gem

We had been hiking for 45 minutes and still there was no sign of our end goal. The trail had been long and treacherous, at times our advancement was slowed to only a half dozen feet per minute.... Continue Reading