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wondering what to do with all that privilege and surplus good luck? try #write4rights 2020

Here we are in the middle of a global pandemic, and I feel (to paraphrase my favourite baseball player) like the luckiest person on the face of the earth.*I'm healthy, my partner is healthy, and no one in our extended families has gotten covid.Thanks to my union, and to my partner's very decent employer, we have a comfortable income, and we didn't lose any income during the pandemic.I have a safe, comfortable, spacious place to ride out the lockdown and the pandemic in general, with plenty of in...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, Activism, Environment, US, Amnesty International, Death Penalty, Indigenous Peoples, Laura K, Lgbt Stuff, Amnesty Canada, COVID-19, Write For Rights, Write for Rights in Canada Write for Rights


The tiny shift and a giant revolution

Human history is dotted with numerous incidents that felt like tiny, insignificant nudges at the time but fast forward a few years and these tiny nudges were found to be the tipping points of revolutions that shifted the way us humans move around. One such tiny nudge happened a couple of days ago when I got myself a sub-15K, Android Phone.Now, this sounds like a tiny thing. Even trivial. After all, more than 89% of the country has these sub-15K phones and they seem to be getting by fine. I am de...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Android, Money, Life, Nike, Rant, Mobile Phone, Crocs, Jimmy Choo, Jimmy, Apple Computers, sgEchoChamber


A Japanese woman in Shinjuku’s shadows

Heading towards the light or into the darkness?
Tags: Travel, Photography, Shinjuku


Raspberry Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Hello Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies! Could you dream up a more perfect Christmas cookie? These red velvet chocolate chip cookies are Santa's dream. With the perfect amount of chocolate chips and a fudgey, soft texture these cookies will please everyone! If you love red velvet with a twist of raspberry these are a pushy recipe!
Tags: Travel, Santa


Dutch Oven

The photo shows a Petromax Dutch oven. Time to resume blogging here. Covid and other activities have been the cause of slow to non-posting. I want to share a rare phenomenon. Dutch Oven. Quite well know in the USA and in other countries, but not so well known in The Netherlands itself, the country where the Dutch live… A Dutch oven (not to be confused with masonry oven) is a thick-walled cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. Dutch ovens are usually made of seasoned cast iron; however, some ...
Tags: Food, Usa, Washington, Hotels, United States, Netherlands, Bristol, The Netherlands, Paul Revere, Northwest, George Washington, Lewis, Clark, Darby, James Thomas, Texas Utah


Coronavirus vaccines in Hawai`i: where are we, when are they coming, who can get them?

The COVID-19 vaccine is right around the corner, and it won’t be one vaccine, but several…maybe lots.What do we know about them?The old school way to get immunity to a disease is to get the disease. When I was a kid and had the mumps, all the neighbors sent their kids to visit, so they could get the mumps, too. Safer to get mumps as a child than as an adult.Another way to get immunity is to be exposed to a weakened form or inactive actual virus—which promotes the immune system to respond, but do...
Tags: Travel, England, Technology, Washington Post, Government, China, United States, United Kingdom, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, AARP, Johnson Johnson, Centers for Disease Control, United States Russia, Novavax


Night

I was up in Montmartre the other night visiting friends and, since it gets dark so early here now, with even earlier sunsets until December, I took the chance to go take a few photos. It was cold and crisp, just right for walking around. It’s much different at night. I took a photo here during the day not too long ago. The cars aren’t supposed to be parked there and sort of ruin my shot. Getting closer to the top where Sacre Coeur sits. I have to say, from a photographers poin...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Christmas Lights, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Night Shots


Sunday Thankfulness

The last roses in our courtyard. Goodbye, beautiful fragrant roses. Hopefully, I will see you next spring.                         [Author: French la Vie]
Tags: Travel, French la Vie


52 Things to See and Do in Basilicata

  The First Complete Guide on Basilicata in English We have lived in Basilicata for ten years and visited the far reaches of this unique region. Drawing on our experiences and after extensive research my wife Valerie has published the only completely comprehensive guidebook on this region.  It digs into the history, cuisine, culture and the people to show you 52 things, and more, to see and do in the land called Lucania. The book is available in paperback and e-book format at your fa...
Tags: Travel, Basilicata, Bryan, Valerie, Amazon Apple, Lucania, Unica Italia, My Bella Basilicata, Travels in Italy, Towns of Basilicata


Embraer's brand-new $21 million private jet that can fly non-stop from New York to London just entered service with Flexjets as its first operator

Flexjet's first Embraer Praetor 600. Embraer Flexjet just took delivery of the world's newest private jet, the Embraer Praetor 600.  The $21 million jet can seat nine passengers in Flexjet's configuration and fly over 4,000 nautical miles, enough to fly from the US to Europe.  Embraer announced the plane in 2018 with Flexjet scooping up the first models as part of a $1.4 billion order.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The world's newest private jet has touched down ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, London, Air Travel, Life, Planes, US, Trends, Canary Wharf, Features, Flying, New Jersey, Brazil, Airbus


Doha Stocks Rally on #SaudiArabia, #Qatar Talks: Inside EM - Bloomberg

Doha Stocks Rally on Saudi Arabia, Qatar Talks: Inside EM - Bloomberg Stocks in Doha rallied after Saudi Arabia and Qatar said they were making progress toward ending a three-year long rift, providing the latest spur to a region being buttressed by a jump in oil prices and improved investor sentiment toward emerging markets.Qatar’s benchmark QE Index gained as much as 1.8%, with all but one of its 20 members rising. Equities gauges in Dubai and Abu Dhabi also jumped as trading resumed after a ho...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Qatar, Bloomberg, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Equities, Doha, Saudi Arabia Qatar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, United Arab Emirates Shares, Shuaa Securities, Bloomberg Stocks


I paid $20 to ride Amtrak's famed high-speed Acela train for the first time during the pandemic and it was the perfect alternative to flying

Riding Amtrak during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Acela is Amtrak's only high-speed rail line in the US, operating between Washington and Boston on the Northeast Corridor. Though it's not as fast as European high-speed rail, the service is clean, comfortable, and brings in a profit for Amtrak.  I rode on Acela for the first time in November to see how it stacked up to flying.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amtrak's Acela trains are the closest thing A...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, Washington, Boston, Trains, Massachusetts, New York City, US, America, Trends, Features, Pennsylvania, Washington Dc, Connecticut, Rail Travel


European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close  [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Bloomberg UAE Kuwait Israel


OPEC: Oil Markets Need a SWAT Team. They Got 23 Battalions - Bloomberg

OPEC: Oil Markets Need a SWAT Team. They Got 23 Battalions - Bloomberg A little over a week ago I wrote that oil producers need a mechanism allowing them to respond quickly to changes in the oil market that could be both big and fast. I’m pleased to see that’s what they’ve tried to create, even if it isn’t quite what I had in mind.My colleague Alaric Nightingale suggested the OPEC+ alliance should assemble a small SWAT team that could take swift, tactical action. Instead, it has decided to mobil...
Tags: Travel, Opec, United Arab Emirates, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Alaric Nightingale, Battalions Bloomberg, Saudi Arabia Russia Iraq


Oil News: Saudis Raise Crude Pricing to Asia as Vaccines Buoy Oil Market - Bloomberg

Oil News: Saudis Raise Crude Pricing to Asia as Vaccines Buoy Oil Market - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia raised oil pricing for customers in its main market of Asia after optimism over coronavirus vaccines caused crude prices to rise to an eight-month high last week.The increase, the biggest in five months, indicates the world’s largest oil exporter is confident global energy demand is strong enough to absorb a small boost in output from OPEC+ members next month and that markets will remain tight even ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Opec, Bloomberg, Aramco, Saudi Aramco, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Vaccines Buoy Oil Market Bloomberg, Vaccines Buoy Oil Market Bloomberg Saudi Arabia


A pumpkin patch

It's all gone now, but this plot of land down in the valley was planted mostly with pumpkins, potimarrons (red kuri squash), and sucrines (a winter squash similar to butternut) this year. There was also a row of tomatoes in the far corner. Next spring, whoever owns this plot will likely plow it up and replant, as they've done for as long as I've been walking by. Looking across the valley toward the river. That big concrete building in the upper right is a grain elevator, even though in misty w...
Tags: Travel, WCS, Cher Valley, Montrichard, St Aignan


#Qatar Insurance's medical unit seeks to raise $180 million through share listing | Reuters

Qatar Insurance's medical unit seeks to raise $180 million through share listing | Reuters Qatar Insurance Co’s QLM Life and Medical Insurance Co plans to list on the local stock exchange and raise 659.4 million riyals ($180 million) in an initial public offering.The company, the largest provider of group medical insurance in Qatar, is offering 210 million shares, or 60% of its outstanding stock, at 3.15 riyals per shares, Qatar Insurance said in a statement.QIC will keep a 25% stake in QLM afte...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Reuters, QIC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Qatar Insurance, Reuters Qatar Insurance Co, QLM Life and Medical Insurance Co, Qatar Ports Management Co


NMC founder challenges Indian immigration's move to prevent him flying to #UAE | Reuters

NMC founder challenges Indian immigration's move to prevent him flying to UAE | Reuters The founder of troubled hospital operator NMC Health has filed a legal challenge against a move by Indian immigration authorities to prevent him from departing to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last month, according to his court petition seen by Reuters.BR Shetty’s NMC, listed in London and UAE’s biggest hospital group, went into administration in April following months of turmoil over its finances and the co...
Tags: Travel, London, Uae, Bengaluru, Karnataka, Reuters, United Arab Emirates UAE, NMC, Shetty, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, NMC Health, Reuters BR Shetty


Gulf Stocks Rally on #SaudiArabia, #Qatar Talks: Inside EM - Bloomberg

Gulf Stocks Rally on Saudi Arabia, Qatar Talks: Inside EM - Bloomberg Middle East stocks rallied after Saudi Arabia and Qatar said they were making progress toward ending a three-year long rift, providing the latest spur to a region being buttressed by a jump in oil prices and improved investor sentiment toward emerging markets.Qatar’s benchmark QE Index gained as much as 1.8%, with all but one of its 20 members rising. Equities gauges in Dubai and Abu Dhabi also climbed as trading resumed after...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Qatar, Bloomberg, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Equities, Doha, Saudi Arabia Qatar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, United Arab Emirates Shares, Shuaa Securities


#Oman Starts New Energy Company as It Seeks to Leverage Oil Block - Bloomberg

Oman Starts New Energy Company as It Seeks to Leverage Oil Block - Bloomberg Oman established a new government-owned energy company as it seeks to use its largest oil block to raise debt.The firm, to be called Energy Development Oman, will own a shareholding in Petroleum Development Oman LLC as well as an interest in Block 6, according to a government gazette on Sunday. The company will “undertake hydrocarbon exploration and production operations” and can borrow money “in any manner,” according ...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Oman, JPMorgan Chase Co, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Petroleum Development Oman, Oman Starts New Energy Company, Leverage Oil Block Bloomberg, Leverage Oil Block Bloomberg Oman, Energy Development Oman, Petroleum Development Oman LLC


Weekly Top Posts: 2020-12-06

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OPEC Wrangle Puts #UAE’s Ambitions on Display - Bloomberg

OPEC Wrangle Puts UAE’s Ambitions on Display - Bloomberg Just days before a high-stakes OPEC meeting to support an oil market ravaged by coronavirus, the United Arab Emirates’ state oil company told the world it planned to spend $122 billion to boost production capacity.That set the stage for a standoff at a meeting of the cartel this week. A compromise was struck but ambitious plans to maximize energy wealth may keep stirring tension—in particular with its largest neighbor Saudi Arabia.The UAE...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Opec, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Uae, Mohammed bin Salman, Mohammed bin Zayed, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Display Bloomberg, Saudi Arabia The UAE, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh


Mideast stocks: #Qatar leads major markets higher after progress on Gulf rift | Reuters

Mideast stocks: Qatar leads major markets higher after progress on Gulf rift | Reuters Major stock markets in the Gulf traded higher early on Sunday, with Qatar’s index leading the gains following a report that a resolution to a dispute with some of the country’s Arab neighbours seemed “within reach”.In Qatar, the main index advanced 1.7% with all the shares in the index were in positive territory including Qatar National Bank, the Gulf’s largest lender, which was up 1.6%.Saudi Arabia, the Unite...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Doha, Gulf, Reuters, Mideast, Reuters Major, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Al Rajhi Bank, Qatar National Bank the Gulf, Emaar Properties The Abu Dhabi


Interrailing at 50: reliving our backpacking days … in style

The European rail pass offers two friends a second bite at their youth, as they savour bars, views and food from Amsterdam to Copenhagen It’s 2am on a Monday in the Oosterbar nightclub in Amsterdam, and Dolly and I are looking at each other more than a little fuzzily as the DJ shows no sign of letting up. In our bleary gazes is the unspoken recognition that our train to Berlin leaves at 7am. Was this midlife-crisis decision to relive part of our misspent youth by going Interrailing such a good i...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Berlin, Rail Travel, Amsterdam, Food And Drink, City Breaks, Copenhagen, Cultural Trips, Hostels, Europe Holidays, Amsterdam Holidays, Copenhagen Holidays, Berlin Holidays, Dolly, Hamburg holidays



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