Sixty and Counting

  Becoming friends with aging. Yes. Accepting it for what it is. Embracing history as a prize. Not thinking ahead, nor behind. Well, that is a goal. Holding the sag, the wrinkles, the extra weight, the thing called post-menopause as an achievement. Letting beauty be where beauty is. But when I saw two, not just one, but two white hairs growing long and proud in my eyebrow I stared them down held the tweezer up aiming for an attack, then reconsidered those two white hairs matched my fake blond h...
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Making Decisions – Where Next?

There are three framed pictures just above the couch, just above my head since I’m sitting here, working. It’s the kind of generic wall art you’d buy at IKEA to “personalize” your living space, conveniently forgetting that it’s unlikely it will look unique since thousands of customers had the same idea and grabbed the same cheap posters. One of them is a close-up of a woman’s eyes. Watercolour was applied to the black-and-white picture, covering it with various shades of pink. The other two are ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Canada, Ikea, Brazil, Argentina, Patagonia, Uruguay, Skype, Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Watercolour, Mark, Rosario, Mendoza, Montevideo

Where to travel for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day. If those two words just sent a chill down your spine, we feel you. We haven’t booked any plans on our end yet, either. But we do have a few ideas to help you earn hero status by sweeping your partner away for a last-minute getaway. Check out these five options for a quick weekend jaunt that won’t break the bank. Aphrodisiac oysters and chocolate — Portland, Maine Photo: John A. Anderson/Shutterstock Maine is already on the radar of any seafood-loving and nature-appreciati...
Tags: Travel, Utah, New York, Hollywood, Texas, La, US, Los Angeles, Austin, Valentine's Day, Maine, Portland, Miami, John, Salt Lake City, Ryan Gosling

The best places to travel in March

March, for many, is the best month of the year. It’s the month when the perpetual freeze of winter moves away, slowly making room for sunshine, flowers, and all that happy stuff you dream about when snow’s literally blocking your front door. It’s also the month that brings us spring break, spring training, and festivals with burning statues, throwing paint, and Aussies jumping in a river. And then there’s that holiday on the 17th where everybody is suddenly Irish and nobody goes back to work ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Florida, Australia, California, Washington, Virginia, India, Angels, America, Qatar, Nepal, Idaho, Arizona, Cambodia, Royals

Parkson Is Closing Down Suria KLCC Outlet

The Parkson departmental store will be closing down the Suria KLCC outlet soon. They are one of the earliest tenants in Suria KLCC. Parkson opened in 1998 and they will be closing down on 18 February 2019. There was a notice on its Facebook Page yesterday (which they removed it later on), Parkson will be having ‘moving out sale’ on its Suria KLCC outlet until 17 February. The notice stated everything must go and maybe it is time to revisit Suria KLCC for last minute shopping for Chinese ...
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How to Get the Best Value Out of Your Touring Holiday

Guided touring offers a great value alternative to independent travel. You can choose the style of tour that suits your preferences and your budget, from a luxury journey to more economical budget tours, and pay for the majority of your holiday before you leave. This way, you’ll know what to budget for while you are away and have a good idea of just how far your holiday fund will get you. Here are some ways to make that piggy bank stretch even further and get the best value out of your touring ...
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What Went Wrong With This Delta Sky Club Day Pass Fiasco to a Reader of The Gate?

A reader of The Gate — whose identity will be kept anonymous for now — sent a letter to me pertaining to “the Delta Sky Club Day Pass miasma” in which she was inadvertently caught. She thought she was paying $59.00 each for two day passes to Delta Sky Clubs — but when she received her bill, she found out that she was being billed for significantly more that that... ...and she is still being billed to this day on a monthly basis. So what happened? The post What Went Wrong With This Delta Sky Club...
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Cryptocurrency taxation – Take 2

I had written this around 18 months ago: How governments can benefit by imposing a range of taxes on cryptocurrency I’ve completely changed my mind regarding capital gains tax on the increase in the value of cryptos. Competitive neutrality requires that the government NOT tax the increase in value of cryptocurrency. If it were to do […]
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South America Day 24 Bariloche

Today we return to El Calafate for our flight to Bariloche. Its 125 miles to the airport but Hertz insist the car is returned with a full tank which adds a further 20 miles to our drive. The distance between things is difficult for a Brit to get used
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7 reasons to visit St Ives, Cornwall, England

Holidays in St. Ives are some of the most sought after in England as it’s considered the most beautiful gem in the crown of Cornish resorts. The boundless ocean, rugged cliffs, cosy bays, old buildings, art galleries, and snug restaurants – this is what St. Ives is all about. This town is one of the...
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Best hotels for whale watching

Whale watching is never a guarantee. Sometimes you step off the lido deck of a luxurious cruise ship and are greeted by a pod of frolicking orcas. Sometimes you take a janky boat through choppy waters freezing your ass off for an entire morning and don’t even get a lousy tail flip. Whales are fickle creatures. Of course, there are places with better odds of seeing these big boys than others, and certain hotels in those places have packages, amenities, and tours tailored towards whale watching...
Tags: Travel, Google, US, America, San Francisco, Maine, Hawaii, Portugal, West Coast, Monterey, Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Ocean, Lisbon, Whale Watching, Maui, All

Why you need to see Granada, Spain

“ If I were not afraid of being charged with excessive local patriotism I would try to describe Granada, since I have the opportunity. However, such is its fame that there is no sense in speaking at length about it.” — Ibn Juzayy (Ibn Battuta’s 14th-century ghostwriter) Angkor Wat, Mt. Rushmore, and the Taj Mahal are places so famous that the cities that fall under their shadow are usually left out of the story or, at least, often go underlooked. They’re global must-sees, where steady streams ...
Tags: Travel, India, Africa, Spain, Barcelona, Sierra Nevada, Valencia, Granada, Western Europe, All, Granada Spain, Elvira, Alhambra, Mediterranean Sea, Ibn Battuta, Darro

CleanseBot to eliminate travel germs

For all the germaphobes out there, this might be a dream invention. No one likes checking into a hotel room and finding remnants of the guests who stayed there before you. The new CleanseBot is designed to give you peace of mind while traveling, especially if you’re staying in a rather sketchy accommodation. According to the company, a third-party study from the Guang Zhou Institute of Microbiology found that CleanseBot kills 99.9 percent of E.coli. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the pa...
Tags: Travel, Germs, All, Cleasebot, Travel Germs, Travel-sized Cleaner, Guang Zhou Institute of Microbiology

Google Trends Super Bowl foods

Lists along the lines of “the favorite thing in every state” are fun. They’re fun to identify with and even more fun to argue about. That’s why so many publications (including the one you’re reading now) write them. There’s just one problem: It’s all too easy to get lists about the top/best/favorite thing in all 50 states wrong. Case in point is a Google Trends map about what everyone is eating for the Super Bowl. The map purports to show the “uniquely searched Super Bowl recipes by state” in...
Tags: Travel, Google, Utah, Florida, New York, Minnesota, Mississippi, Colorado, California, Montana, Washington, Kentucky, Oregon, Massachusetts, US, Alabama

Florida Man Does Doughnuts Near Runway and How to Fake a Trip on Instagram

A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading Florida Man Does Doughnuts Near Runway and How to Fake a Trip on Instagram...
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Torres Del Paine southern Patagonia 31 January 2019

Thursday 31 January What a day we had today We spent from 4.30am waking to 9.30pm on a tour to Torres del Paine a beautiful National Park in southern Patagonia which encompasses mountains glaciers lakes and rivers in southern Chilean
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Punta Arenas 28 January to 2 February 2019

Punta Arenas Falklands South Georgia Antarctica and Southern Patagonia 28 January to 2 March 2019 Tuesday 28 January to 2 February 2019 In an excited state at 5.00am we caught an Uber to the airport to catch
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Cuba Day 12 Matanzas

Day 12 Matanzas. 1 February 201936 miles of flat roads today. But what a night. Awoke at 4am with severe stomach cramps which continued on and off until 7am. Here we go again. John is the same. I have never been almost all over the world and never e
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Cuba. Day 11. Playa Larga

Day 11. Cuba. Playa Larga Thursday 31 Jan 1933 miles of flat country. Another bright day and a look around the local souvenir market setting up on the street before we go by coach to our start point. We left a scruffy village in 42 degrees and head
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Touring Reykjavik and the Aurora Borealis

ReykjavikDay OneWe arrived at the airport a little late about 7AM rather than 530 AM as scheduled. For us it was no problem as we were not traveling onward to those however with connections it was near tragic. WOW Airlines is a budget
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Snopes quits and AP pauses work in Facebook’s fact-checking partnership

Two of Facebook’s four fact-checking partners in the U.S. have stopped working for the program: Snopes, which recently rebuffed reports that its relationship with Facebook was strained, and the Associated Press, though the latter said it is in negotiations to resume its role. Snopes joined Facebook’s group of third-party fact checkers in 2016, at first volunteering its services and the next year accepting a lump $100,000 payment for their work. But the company said in a statement that it’s re...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Facebook, Ap, Associated Press, Fact Checking, Afp, David Mikkelson, Facebook It, Danny Green, FactCheck, Mikkelson, Snopes

February 2019 Desktop Wallpaper

This month’s image was taken in the old town of Cáceres, Spain Tablets | iPhone 6/7/8 | iPhone 6/7/8 Plus | iPhone X Most Desktops (will adjust for size) | Large High-Resolution Format The post February 2019 Desktop Wallpaper appeared first on Everything Everywhere Travel Blog.
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Australia 2019

The weather in the last 2 weeks has been ideal highs of 26C and lows of 23C. Some days are a little hot with the humidity but much more temperate than other parts of Australia particularly South East that are experiencing extreme heat. Weve had quite
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#Emirates Is Said to Weigh New Boeing 777X Order in Fleet Shakeup - Bloomberg

Emirates Is Said to Weigh New Boeing 777X Order in Fleet Shakeup - Bloomberg:Emirates is weighing a fresh order for Boeing Co.’s behemoth 777X twin-aisle plane as part of a complex series of transactions that would remake its fleet plans and likely spell the end of Airbus SE’s A380 superjumbo jet, people familiar with the matter said.The moves probably wouldn’t be a ringing victory for Boeing or a total defeat for Airbus. Emirates is considering at least 20 of the 777X planes while weighing the ...
Tags: Travel, Emirates, Tim Clark, Dubai, Airbus, Boeing, Boeing Co, Rolls Royce Holdings PLC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Airbus Emirates, Weigh New Boeing, Fleet Shakeup Bloomberg, Dreamliners

Oil Has Short-Sellers On the Run, Helping Fuel New Year's Rally - Bloomberg

Oil Has Short-Sellers On the Run, Helping Fuel New Year's Rally - Bloomberg:Oil’s rally is driving doubters out of the market, with hedge funds abandoning more than half of their short-selling bets in just four weeks.With Brent crude enjoying its best month in almost three years, money managers slashed bearish bets on the global benchmark price by another 27 percent in the week ended Jan. 29, data showed Friday. The flight of the pessimists continued to be a dominant factor in oil’s rebound, wit...
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8 Guidelines to The Great Window Shade Debate

Yet another debate by members of FlyerTalk over the proper etiquette pertaining to window shades aboard airplanes was launched back on Thursday, November 17, 2016 — and it became contentious enough for the discussion to be closed only two weeks later by a moderator to further posting of content. The topic of window shades has been — and remains to this day — one of the most controversial topics amongst frequent fliers for many years and has caused as much angst as the debates over armrests and r...
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Exclusive: #Qatar, Exxon to proceed with $10 billion Texas LNG project - sources | Reuters

Exclusive: Qatar, Exxon to proceed with $10 billion Texas LNG project - sources | Reuters:Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil Corp are expected to announce plans next week to proceed with a $10 billion project that will expand a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Texas, three people familiar with the transaction said.ConocoPhillips, the third partner in the existing import terminal, plans to sell its 12.4 percent stake and does not plan to participate in the expansion, the people said.LN...
Tags: Travel, Texas, ConocoPhillips, Reuters, Exxon Mobil Corp, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Exxon, Texas LNG

Eni keeps foot on the gas in high-speed Gulf drive | Reuters

Eni keeps foot on the gas in high-speed Gulf drive | Reuters:In less than 12 months Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi has turned the Middle East from a sideshow to a strategic hub for the Italian energy major. And the shift is not over.Since last March the 63-year-old has clinched nine deals in the United Arab Emirates, gained a toehold in Bahrain and expanded in Oman to reshape the group’s future.In the latest deal on Sunday, Eni pledged $3.3 billion to buy part of the world’s fourth-biggest refinery in...
Tags: Travel, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Uae, Gulf, Reuters, Eni, Claudio Descalzi, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

#UAE's Noor Capital says it bought 3 tonnes of gold from Venezuela | Reuters

UAE's Noor Capital says it bought 3 tonnes of gold from Venezuela | Reuters:Abu Dhabi investment firm Noor Capital said on Friday that it bought 3 tonnes of gold on Jan. 21 from Venezuela’s central bank, at a time when President Nicolas Maduro is seeking to keep his crisis-stricken government solvent.Noor Capital said in a statement it would refrain from further transactions until Venezuela’s situation stabilizes and its purchase was in accordance with “international standards and laws in place”...
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Oil prices up on strong U.S. jobs data, Venezuela sanctions | Reuters

Oil prices up on strong U.S. jobs data, Venezuela sanctions | Reuters:Oil prices rose about 3 percent on Friday on upbeat U.S. jobs data and signs that U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan exports have helped tighten supply, then extending gains after weekly data showed U.S. drillers cut the number of oil rigs.Brent crude oil futures rose $1.91 a barrel, or 3.14 percent, to settle at $62.75 a barrel. The international benchmark notched a weekly gain of about 1.9 percent.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI...
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