The Challenge of Being Fortunate

                                    I am fortunate. I have a good life. I have a family who loves me, food to eat, a roof over my head. I am healthy and in no pain. I have running water, more than enough to water the flowers in my garden and easily it turns hot. I am safe, bombs are not falling from the sky. Decisions are easy, what should I make for dinner? They are easy to ask too: "Would you like sugar in your coffee?" I have time to blog. I have a computer and two hands. When I had ovarian ...
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Top 5 Easter Egg Recipes!

Easter Eggs are such a quintessential part of Easter! Take a look at these 5 fun ideas for Easter eggs from chocolate coconut filled eggs, naturally dyed Easter eggs, popcorn and marshmallow "lambs" made out of eggs, Scotch "eggs" and a version of Cadbury creme eggs but with chocolate mousse and dulce de leche!
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An illustrative fear-removal experiment in Newcastle, NSW by Mark Armstrong

REPORT RECEIVED BY MARK ARMSTRONG. EVERYONE CAN DO IT. The above [below] signage I have been using in Australia day 2021 in Newcastle NSW. I have been doing the same thing on most Sunday afternoons for maybe 2 or 3 hours. The small flag upside down as a sign of our nation in distress, but […]
Tags: Travel, Australia, Current Affairs, Newcastle NSW, Public Policy, Mark Armstrong

France submits the baguette for UNESCO world heritage status

The Ministry for Culture said its decision is to protect traditional savoir-faire as the number of bakeries across France has...
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On 4 January 2021 I wrote a piece in Times of India and made a video a few days later re: CCP’s role in the hysteria and other events of 2020. This was followed by a 40-page Open Letter which I co-signed and other article/info – see this. On 17 March 2021 I published this […]
Tags: Travel, Australia, Current Affairs, Ccp, Times of India, Public Policy

Gulf investors poised to snap up Britain's new $687m sovereign sukuk - Arabianbusiness

Gulf investors poised to snap up Britain's new $687m sovereign sukuk - ArabianbusinessThe UK government has issued £500 million ($687 million) of sukuk – seven years since it became the first country in the western world to issue sovereign Islamic bonds.The treasury on Thursday said the sukuk had been sold to investors based in the UK and in the major hubs for Islamic finance in the Middle East and Asia.The second UK sukuk offering is more than double the size of the first issuance in 2014, incr...
Tags: Travel, Asia, UK, Britain, Middle East, UK UK, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Rishi Sunak

#Saudi stock exchange opens short selling to all investors | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Saudi stock exchange opens short selling to all investors | ZAWYA MENA Edition Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, Tadawul, has widened access to short-selling and stock-lending, while tightening other rules related to the activities.As of March 25, all eligible investors in the Saudi market are permitted to sell any stock short, Tadawul said in a statement on the bourse website.However, new rules stipulate that the short ratio to average daily traded volume of any security should not exceed 10...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Gulf, Tadawul, MSCI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, ZAWYA MENA Edition Saudi Arabia, MSCI Inc Abu Dhabi, Securities Depository Center Edaa

Zain KSA, Mobily get #Saudi nod for telecom towers merger | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Zain KSA, Mobily get Saudi nod for telecom towers merger | ZAWYA MENA Edition Leading  Saudi telecom services operators - Mobile Telecommunications Company Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) and Etihad Etisalat Company (Mobily) - have announced plans to set up a consortium to acquire the telecom towers owned by the two entities and merge them under a registered commercial entity, Towers Company, in Saudi Arabia. The duo said that they have received in-principle approval from the board of Commu...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Tadawul, Mobily, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Zain KSA, Information Technology Commission CITC, Zain KSA Mobily, Etihad Etisalat Company Mobily, Towers Company, Raidah Investment Company Al Raidah, IHS KSA

'It's impossible': Spain's flamenco bars face an existential threat

Plummeting audience numbers fuel calls for government assistance as famed tablaos struggle to surviveA little after 7.30pm on Wednesday night, a small crowd gathered in a dark, brick-lined bar in central Madrid to sit at candlelit, socially-distanced tables and lose themselves for an hour in the sweat, shouts and blurred hands, hems and heels of a flamenco show.The 16 people in the audience at the Cardamomo tablao, or flamenco venue, were in luck – but then so were the eight performers on stage....
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Primroses again

I just can't get over how many primroses there are on our property this year. So here is another photo. It probably won't be the last. Purple, lavender, and white. Yesterday I ventured out to the hardware store to get a new parasol umbrella for our deck. The old umbrella came from Pier One in San Francisco and we've had it for at least twenty-five years. It's starting to show its age. I got a catalogue from the hardware store the other day and saw what they call un parasol demi-lune (half-moon...
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Beyond the Pandemic

I was asked to participate in the fifth and final episode of a series of town halls marking the anniversary of the pandemic, hosted by Hawaii News Now. The panel included Avi Mannis, Senior VP of Marketing, Hawaiian Airlines, Tiffany Huynh, Director Of External Affairs, Elemental Excelerator, Daniel Anthony, Executive Director, Hui Aloha Aina Momona, and Jahstyce Ahulau, a Campbell High School sophomore. We examine what’s next and discuss how Hawaii will handle the next year of the pandemic. ...
Tags: Travel, Media, Hawaii, Hawaii News Now, Campbell High School, Hawaiinewsnow, Pandemic, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid19, Hui Aloha Aina Momona, Jahstyce Ahulau

We need to steer away from cynicism and negativity

This is one of the most cynical hypotheses I've read. I don't agree with this at all. @timurkuran 's book, Private Truths, Public Lies, gives us confidence that people are ultimately rational and DO overthrow leaders who have misled them. — Sanjeev Sabhlok (@sabhlok) March 27, 2021 I'm not sure. That's all too cynical. […]
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