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The number of Brits planning to go to Sochi in Russia for the Winter Olympics in three weeks' time will be minimal. Apart from the usual Russian visa requirements, flights are limited, a special "spectator pass" is required in a bid to combat security threats and prices for accommodation and the top events are very expensive.

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The Patricia cinema was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville.

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Scotland's David Murdoch has been selected to skip the Great Britain rink at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next February.

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British Columbia man saves partner from cougar attack - armed only with a spear

Victim has undergone surgery and is expected to recover following terrifying attack by the mountain lion

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An oil refinery in Alberta separates the crude from tar sands

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Of all the Idle No More protests that sprung up on Wednesday's national day of action across Canada, what may have worried the conservative government of Stephen Harper the most was a gathering of aboriginal young men banging tribal drums outside a hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Go west: fresh tracks on Mount Washington

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