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Quick, come SE

Now, this is something! A new concept widebody aircraft has been unveiled by an Alabama startup. SE Aeronautics (the SE standing for Super Efficient) have reworked the entire concept of an airliner, and revealed an innovative tri-wing aircraft that they say will have an 80% lower carbon footprint than similar traditional planes.  This Super-Efficient subsonic…

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When Josie comes home

Spring, winter, summer or fall, British Columbia, Canada, is always a relaxing and sometimes awe-inspiring destination.  From the mountains to the oceans to the cities, BC will keep you busy with things to do.  While you're there, try the Josie Hotel in Rossland. Located slopeside at RED Mountain Resort, The Josie Hotel unearths Rossland ’s…

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Isle de Granville

Granville Island is a de rigueur activity when you visit Vancouver.  There are dozens of boutique shops, selling things like bespoke art, vodka and ... brooms. The main draw - and in many ways you will draw deep breaths - is the Market.  There are dozens of food stalls, but the main attraction is the…

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Viva Lost Vegas

The term "Mole People" conjures up a lot of urban legend style ideas — but it shouldn’t! Underneath the brightly lit Las Vegas Strip, there’s a not so secret society that’s existed for decades. And according to journalist Matthew O’Brien, who researched the area for 12 years, the tunnels “can be quiet and almost boring…

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Ohio, the prehistoric effigy

Ohio, in the United States, is one of those places that can surprise you.  Primarily focused on agricultural endeavors, it does feature three large metropolitan areas:  Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland.  But, it's mostly farmland.  So, it's not surprising that Ohio can hold some . . surprises.  One such feature is the Great Serpent Mound.... The…

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I did it . . . high…way.

The United States of America was one of the first to develop cross-country, high-speed motorways.  Coast to coast, the country is 2800 miles wide / 4,800 km.  It traverses flat land, challenging mountains, vast oceans and scorching deserts.  Kicking off in 1947, the highways are still impressive, but are showing their age.  That being said,…

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Be a Viking now!

.... virtually, that is. If you're not aware, Viking was founded in 1997 and has grown to be the world’s leading river cruise line, and with the launch of its ocean fleet, it has also become the leader in small ship ocean cruising. Viking TV they explore the world from the comfort of home. They…

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Eat as the Norfolk do

Virginia, USA, is not always at the top of travelers' lists, and that's a shame.  One of the oldest states in the US, it featured heavily in the shaping of the country. Norfolk, Virginia is a city on the water, but never watered down. Built on character, by characters, they're a melting pot of people,…

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Here’s a Van plan, man

Our home town, Vancouver, in addition to being one of the most livable cities in the world, also has some rather fabulous places to stay if you're just visiting. Executive Hotels and Resorts are based here and have some delectable properties for your choosing. Whether zipping through the mountains of Squamish and Whistler, prowling through…

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No, that can’t be right.

‘Your answers on this questionnaire suggest moderate to severe depression,’ I said gently. ‘Can I ask how long that’s been going on?’ My client, a middle-aged, widowed military veteran with chronic back pain, looked taken aback. ‘Depression?’ he repeated, in a voice of disbelief. ‘No, that can’t be right. I can’t be depressed.’ ‘I’m sorry,’…

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A wunnerful, a wunnerful

If you're of "a certain age" you may remember Lawrence Welk, who was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted the television program The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large audience of radio, television, and live-performance fans (and critics) as "champagne music." But, as is often the…

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Say it loud and proud!

The LGBTQ+ community are fighting for something that non-LGBTQ+ travellers have always taken for granted. Belonging. The ability for an individual to choose where in the world they feel like they really belong has always been the privilege of those who conform. Discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is an all-too-familiar…

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How to be a genius

Don’t get me wrong – yes, I’m a professor at Yale University, but I’m no genius. When I first mentioned to our four grown children that I was going to teach a new course on genius, they thought that was the funniest thing they’d ever heard. ‘You, you’re no genius! You’re a plodder.’ And they…

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