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Try it and within a few hours you should easily get the hang of the technology. Whether or not you’ll continue to use it afterwards is another story.

Serving it Right goes online

If you’re looking to get a job in the bar or restaurant industry you’ll need more these days than tight pants and the ability to memorize a list of daily specials. In B.C. you also need your Serving It Right certification, a provincial program designed to teach bar staff how to safely serve alcohol to patrons.

With an increasing number of lawsuits against bars and restaurants for over-serving customers, Serving It Right grants establishments some legal protection, while simultaneously helping bars to avoid some of the drama, vomit and violence that occurs when customers drink too much.

Go2, a human resources centre for the tourism industry, recently put the Serving It Right program online at www.servingitright.com . Although the Whistler Chamber of Commerce offers courses ( www.whistlerchamber.com ), the online option might work best for people with tight schedules or are looking to start a new job tomorrow.

How Lance does it

With a record seven Tour de France victories in his back pocket, Lance Armstrong has retired as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

How does he do it? Obviously he’s very determined, as his recovery from cancer can attest, and many cycling observers have commented that, physiologically, Lance might have the perfect body for cycling – partly genetic and partly conditioned from all his years in the saddle.

For people who want to know more, the Human Performance Lab and the University of Texas has studied Lance over seven years using a variety of technologies.

For example, they found that his heart is about 30 per cent larger than that of an average five-foot-ten person, roughly proportional to a man six and a half feet tall, and continues to perform well at over 200 beats per minute. Only 100 other athletes have similar heart performance, and just two of them are cyclists.

Armstrong’s lungs have been conditioned to absorb twice the normal amount of oxygen while his well-toned muscles only produce half as much lactic acid, and disperse it more quickly to speed his recovery in the mountain stages.