I wasn’t really naked. I simply didn’t have any clothes on.

PRUDES:  look away now. Inspiration comes from the most unusual places.  You can never predict what an artist will do to make a statement or grab your attention. Art comes in all styles, from the Romans to the Renaissance the Impressionists and beyond.  And so much of it has been saved for us by museums, collectors and, now, electronic media.…

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They walk among us

Do you fully recognise that “they are among us?”  Do you fashion yourself as an extraterrestrial hunter?  Do you have the knowledge, desire and hardware to search for them? The US Pentagon says there’s no explanation for “unidentified aerial phenomenon” detected by pilots over the years. But scientists use tools such as the SETI Allen Telescope to research the possibility…

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Try not to drool

AirBnB, constant bad press notwithstanding, has created a wonderful new model on how to travel.  Almost everyone wins. VRBO, an Expedia company (and one of our valued affiliate friends,) have taken the model and successfully given AirBnB a run for their money:  in some recent months, they have marched past AirBnB in bookings. But, this post is about something similar,…

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The Sylvia Path

We’re not sure if Sylvia Plath ever stayed at Sylvia’s Restaurant and Lounge in Vancouver, but we’re sure she would have felt at home. The Sylvia Hotel is a designated heritage building – there aren’t too many of those in Vancouver  – ideally located on English Bay, beside Stanley Park and just 5 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Built in 1912,…

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Are we there yet?

Either by design, or by bad planning, or if you’re simply a glutton for punishment, here is something to dread, or spend months preparing for. What are the world’s longest non-stop routes between July and December this year (2021)? The aviation world has changed greatly and we wanted to offer an updated list of these ultra-long-haul journeys. Read more courtesy…

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Hot, hot … rot

Even if you’re a climate denier, you can’t deny that the earth is sending all sorts of messages to us.  Read the news – we don’t need to explain it here. The National Geographic has been following this for a long time.  They say that weather and climate patterns around the world are already shifting because of human-caused climate change. …

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If you’re goin’ to San Francisco…

…be sure to visit SFO.  The airport itself is a wonderland, especially since the team there have lovingly and carefully  been saving artefacts, toys and more.   And you can see them.  There are dozens of exhibitions happening at SFO. The San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum provides unique opportunities for learning about the development…

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Not for beginners

If you have trouble standing on a chair to clean the curtains, then look away now. There is a “stairway to heaven” made of steel cables and it is the highlight of a climbing tour of the Donnerkogel, in Austria’s Salzkammergut resort area. The 43-meter long sky high ladder is stretched over an abyss some 700 meters below. Climbers who’ve…

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Expo, Expo – read all about it!

Every so often, the world has an Expo. Montreal in 1967, Milan in 2015,  while Kazakhstan held the most recent specialised Expo in 2017. Expo 2020 will be happening in Dubai, and tickets will go on sale worldwide starting July 18, 2021, with the event occurring from Oct. 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. As you might imagine, it will…

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Back to the future and back

If you’re into technology, or even futuristic films, you will no doubt be longing for the day when we can all have flying cars (I guess to go along with our floating apartments.) There have been many attempts at this kind of tech, but they never seem to go anywhere, pun intended.  As you can imagine, the hurdles must be…

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Flying underground

Las Vegas is always an explosion of over-the-top showmanship, high technology and – well, more, more more! If you’re a business person, you might have visited for one of their legendary conventions.  And you may have had to traipse from one building to another in the scorching Nevada sun.  Well, they have come up with a fun – and free…

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Gimme Shelter Hall

For those who haven’t visited Britain’s city of Brighton, be sure to put it on your list. Arguably the second most groovy city it England (behind London, of course) Brighton harkens back not only to its Royal past, but it is also one of the most open and friendly cities on the planet.  Boasting a long, but pebble beach, it…

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God’s Own Junkyard

Art is always something that should be celebrated, especially if it breaks new ground, or reinvents itself.  Or maybe, in this case, it is art that accumulates purely from the artist’s love of art. God’s Own Junkyard is the baby of Chris Bracey, who has  been the Neon Man for 37 years creating iconic art pieces for David la Chappelle,…

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Amazon transit

Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund has committed to provide below-market financing to support the transit-oriented development of affordable housing in Seattle and Washington DC, with the aim of ensuring that moderate to low-income families can afford to live in areas with easy access to employment, schools, healthcare and education. ‘Housing and transit are the first and second largest expenses for most…

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Oscar de la Rental

We’re excited to announce that we’ve become affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World group, a marketing organization, representing more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries. And a key attribute is that they feature some of the most luxurious and exclusive properties around the world.  In addition to booking through our existing affiliates, such as Booking.com, Matouring can…

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SAF and sound

It’s starting to happen. Companies are taking it seriously.  We can’t continue the way that we have.  We must get green. An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliner winged its way from Tokyo to Osaka late last week using a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that blended traditional jet fuel with fuel made from microalgae. The flight came on the same day…

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You can leave your hat on

So a pickpocket went to a nudist beach… He hated it…. We would imagine that there are some people who, after being held captive in their homes due to the pandemic, are looking for a way to break free.  Even if it simply means walking outside without a mask. Likely though, there are those who want more, more more.  Nudist beaches…

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Weave got the beat

This might be an odd question, but what do neurons prefer?  They do react to sounds, you know.  And sometimes they gravitate to certain kinds of stimuli. Some even respond to music, like we humans. Why are we talking about this?  Because these are questions that informed neuroscience specialists.  These scientists capture the “spikes” that the neurons emit. Through this,…

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Do I have clearance to ask you out on a date?

WARNING – look away now if you are allergic to bad naughty humour. “After being deprived of two of my favorite activities — travel and sex — over the past year, one thing I’m looking forward to as both become more feasible is that inexplicable wave of horniness that reliably overcomes me when I’m on a plane.” Apparently this is…

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As if you need incentives . . . retire here

Are your “sunset years” approaching?  Do you find yourself longing for something completely different?  Do you wake up at night pondering how you will continue to maintain that 8 bedroom house of yours?  Or, do you simply want to “go off the rails” and take a 180 degree turn in your life? What better time to shake up your life…

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