Upside down sandwich

Small towns and cities everywhere are always looking for ways to bring in tourists and the cash that they often have.  You’ll find lots of odd attractions, created just for you, and your wallet. But here’s an odd one for you… an old, stale sandwich locked away in a Washington state museum is drawing fresh attention to an aviation daredevil…

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Battleship holiday

Here’s another article for those who have seen it before and have done it before. You’ve seen it in James Bond’s Skyfall and all over the media. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Nagasaki Prefecture‘s abandoned Hashima Island, better known as Gunkanjima (or “Battleship Island”), has attracted attention for its post-apocalyptic appearance. Well,as you might expect, we…

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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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Uncertain holidays

So, you think you’ve seen it before and you’ve done it before?  Good luck booking flights . . . but it can be done. Well, check out this Pathé footage compilation detailing a list of countries that ceased to exist as actual countries in the 20th century including:  Siam Yugoslavia Ceylon Soviet Union Tibet United Arab Republic Czechoslovakia East/West Germany.…

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We’re going to be late!

Do you “take your time”?  Are you ultra-relaxed?  Do you have time-management problems?  Are you often “a day late and a dollar short”? Being on-time is rather important when it comes to flying.  Missing a flight and then discovering that the ticket was unrefundable is not one of life’s joys. Well, if this is you, we may have some respite…

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Duty now for the future

It’s October, 2021 and we’re still writing about Covid-19.  We won’t weigh in on how some of our fellow humans are approaching the pandemic, but there is no shortage of information to prove that it’s still here and it’s still a threat. But, as humans, we must press on.  And, organisations are trying to help us fashion something that resembles…

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There’ll be blue skies

We love aircraft here at Matouring.  All kinds of aircraft, especially those that have been lovingly maintained or restored.  And we’re not alone.  You can too.  Visit the Royal International Air Show at Fairford, UK in the south Cotswolds (July 15-17, 2022), which next year will be celebrating the United States Air Force’s 75th anniversary in spectacular style and also,the…

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Some builders would do anything

More than 1,600 years ago, close to the southeastern coast of the Korean Peninsula, laborers were hard at work building a palace for a fledgling kingdom. They finished the foundation layer of the massive western rampart and then paused before beginning the next construction phase, a stone wall. The foundation, made from packed shells and earth, was complete from an…

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Don’t fence me in

If you live in a housing complex with dozens of units, take heart. An apartment building in St. Petersburg, Russia, (population five million) houses 18,000 people. We’re all for efficiency, but we have to wonder about the logistics of managing a place like this.  Parking?  Elevators? As some people have noted, how would the wifi not melt-down? “Hi, neighbour!” KLM…

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Here’s looking at you, kid

Conspiracy theorists, look away now. Think about it for a minute: if you’re willing to hold a camera to your eye, why not have a camera attached to it that can snap away, by voice instruction, instead of finger on the shutter? That’s the premise of Facebook’s new $299 camera glasses that also play music and podcasts. And if you…

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Boris & Chief Kamanawanalea

This is a different kind of cold war. Russian Fort Elizabeth is a National Historic Landmark and is administered as the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park just southeast of present-day Waimea on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. It is located at the site of the former Fort Elizabety, the last remaining Russian fort on the Hawaiian islands, built…

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SOM thing to behold

New York is, of course, a marvel.  Like so many other super-cities around the world, you never really run out of things to do, even if you live there.  And, as always, there is constant change. But, what is equally as interesting is the “hidden” places that can fascinate.  One such “hidden” place is actually contained in one of New…

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Bloom where you’re planted.

To many of us, this may come as a surprise, especially in this day and age of corporate efficiency. For decades, KLM Airlines have been creating miniature ceramic collectibles of Amsterdam canal houses, and they share them with loyal customers.  Each house is a miniature replica of an existing house, almost all of them in the Netherlands. Every year, in…

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Red sky at night, traveler’s delight

China is set to enter the space tourism business. This should come as no surprise to anyone who is awake in this day and age.  We wonder why we haven’t seen this kind of offering sooner than this:  the Chinese know how to get things moving. ANU astrophysicist and cosmologist Dr Brad Tucker says it is “not surprising” China is…

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We can see your dreams

Even today, scientists don’t know why we dream. But now psychologists have found a way to communicate with lucid dreamers – people who can take control of their dreams – in the hope that they might help us explore what goes on with our brains at night. Read more here courtesy of BBC’s ScienceFocus.com  Sweet dreams – at Hilton Orrington/Evanston.…

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Man, oh, mannequins

Perhaps it’s the time of year (in certain parts of the world) where Hallowe’en takes place, but here’s a place where terror can be on view year-round, especially if you’re squeamish. In Lincolnshire, England, Roz Edwards  is known as the “Mannequin Lady.” Over the past fifteen years, Edwards has built an impressive  collection of some 15,000 human-like forms. She regularly…

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Go forth to the north

To most of us, North Korea is a mystery.  We sometimes get directives from governments about visiting or even understanding the country, but can we actually even trust our own administrations? So what is it all about? In this article, Hong Kong native Ted Lau’s new book tries to understand everyday life in the ‘dystopian utopia’ of a totalitarian country shrouded…

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How old is old?

There are places in Europe that are well-known:  Rome, Paris, London etc. They’re all wonderful, but you really begin to fall in love with the hidden places. One such place is Wales – specifically North Wales, and even more specifically Llangernyw.  Here there is a church that has a tree, and that tree is special. This yew tree lives in…

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Mind, blown

Some things are easier to comprehend.  But, when governments – especially those who may not agree with each other – make decisions, sometimes you just have to scratch your head and go back to bed. May we present two islands in two countries, two miles and twenty-one hours apart. Not much else to add here, but pay attention to the…

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