Cunning stunts

Business means business, and that means pulling out all stops to get the customer’s attention.  Being clever with your promotions will bring back untold wealth and even notoriety. Traveling is fun, and, as you might reckon, travel companies do whatever it takes to maintain that vibe:  there’s big money involved if you get it right. So here are some examples…

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Mooooove

Very simply . . . Corsican cows won’t give up beach home to tourists, post lockdown.  Can you blame them? Or, is this a portend of things to come?  Have the non-human species finally had enough, and are collectively fighting back?  Between Covid, murder hornets and mother earth, herself, providing us with one disaster after another, should we, perhaps, start…

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Y’know, homophobia, Seoul style

People are people.  It feels (to us, anyway) that as the world gets bigger and, at the same time it gets smaller (social media) it doesn’t necessarily get any better.  And who would know better than our LGBTQ+ friends?  And their problems can happen anywhere. This article is about how Seoul’s LGBTQ+ district came back from the brink. Read more…

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Wouldn’t you like to ride?

It seems like everyone (except us) is getting into space.  Between, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, the pure and unadulterated great beyond will be host to all sorts of space cowboys. One company, World View is expanding its services to include the launch of the first-of-its-kind, edge-of-space experience. The World View space tourism experience will be affordable, of…

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Ninety days is not enough

If you like Europe (we sure do) you may often find that when you visit for a long time, even ninety days (the current limit) might not be enough.  There’s just too much to do. Of course, you can maximise the rules by staying within the ninety day limit, take a rest for a short while, and then enter the…

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Science!

During the Airlines Confidential podcast, former Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza told an interesting story about trying to figure out whether a new route would be profitable. In normal times airlines have great data – required and reported by the federal government.  But, some looked at telephone data and remittance data to get a sense for ties between the U.S.…

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You can get anything you want

You can get anything you want at the former site of the restaurant immortalized by Arlo Guthrie. ARLO GUTHRIE’S 1967 SONG “ALICE’S RESTAURANT” is a staple of Americana, one that has been synonymous with Thanksgiving ever since a radio station played the nearly 20-minute antiwar tune on the holiday. Deep within the Berkshires, however, Alice’s Restaurant is not just a…

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I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid you can’t write that

Machine-written literature might offend your tastes but until the dawn of Romanticism most writers were just as formulaic. Since its inception in 2015, the research laboratory OpenAI – an Elon Musk-backed initiative that seeks to build human-friendly artificial intelligence – has developed a series of powerful ‘language models’, the latest being GPT-3 (third-generation Generative Pre-trained Transformer). A language model is…

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Robo cops

Do you find yourself going non-linear when it comes to those freaking crank / automated / scam calls that distract us to exhaustion? You’re not alone.  Luckily, Google comes to the rescue again with not one, but two nifty services that you may want to look into. Read more here courtesy of USAToday.com Best Buy have all sorts of gadgets…

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900 year old beer

When you pull up a chair at Sean’s Bar in Athlone, Ireland, you join countless others who have done so before. That’s because the humble pub happens to be the oldest in Ireland — and possibly the world. At Sean’s Bar, they’ll pour you a tipple of Irish whiskey or offer up a pint of Guinness, all while you sit on a…

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Ahh . . . go climb a tree

The pandemic has inspired many  to jump into nature. Over the last 360 days, we have attempted new nature activities like kayaking and spelunking, sought out remote hideaways, and found inner peace on long hikes. Maybe we even hugged (or spoke to) a few trees, because we were just so elated to be out of our homes. Some hotel brands…

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High in the Spanish desert

This is for all 24×7 party people.  2022 is the year to look forward to, and Spain is the place – the Monegros Desert, Aragon, Spain, to be specific. Starting 30 July, 2022, the Monegros Desert Festival commences.  Of course there will be drinks, and music and dancing and, perhaps, nudity.  But the star of the show will inevitably an Airbus…

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How slow can you go?

How many of our readers recognise our main picture? If you’re of a certain age, you may recall “dial-up” to get your Internet.  Modems, blistering 128k transfer speeds, mortgage your child monthly fees. This article talks about speed – but slowing down.  And not as in being lazy, but as in stopping to smell the proverbial roses.  Sit down to…

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A bag tied in the middle

Every so often, a human mass movement comes along that subtly alters the zeitgeist of we humans.  It could have been the art enlightenment in the 1920’s.  Or perhaps it was the peace and love Hippies in the 1960’s.  But one of these movements has persisted – the Chautauqua Institute. Chautauqua was an adult education and social movement in the…

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People, get ready

For years there have been jokes about the “tin foil hats” people:  the doomsayers,  the mountain men, the survivalists, the crazies, the Government Plot believers.  Others would look askance at them, walk to the other side of the street to avoid them. Well, there is no doubt that mother earth is struggling, and we humans may prove to be a…

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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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