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reflections on a year of piano lessons by a dedicated (and untalented) student

The covid lockdown began on March 17, 2020. On March 20, I began piano lessons.I took piano lessons from age 6-10, before switching to violin (a mistake), then quitting. I later resumed piano lessons as a teenager -- a very positive experience that ended when I left home for university. It was always assumed that I would one day inherit our family piano. That didn't turn out as planned, but that magnificent heirloom has stayed in the family, and in a wonderfully random way, I ended up with a p...
Tags: Travel, Music, Personal, Laura K, COVID-19, Pianote, Lisa Witt


Live it Well

  I see trees of green Red roses too I see them bloom For me and for you And I think to myself What a wonderful world I see skies of blue And clouds of white The bright blessed day The dark sacred night And I think to myself What a wonderful world The colors of the rainbow So pretty in the sky Are also on the faces Of people going by I see friends shaking hands Saying, "How do you do?" They're really saying "I love you" I hear babies cry I watch them grow They'll learn much mor...
Tags: Travel, Louis Armstrong, French la Vie


Playing Apple Valley At Rumbling Bald On Lake Lure

The post Playing Apple Valley At Rumbling Bald On Lake Lure appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog. For the first round of my Spring Break 2021 North Carolina Swing, I played a round on the Apple Valley Course at Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure The post Playing Apple Valley At Rumbling Bald On Lake Lure appeared first on GolfBlogger Golf Blog - A daily golf blog featuring golf news, golf course, equipment and book reviews, essays, golf lifestyle and musings. Proudly Made In Michigan, America's S...
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The quiet calm of Tokyo shrine maidens

The hustle and bustle of Tokyo is often mesmerising, but every now and again, quiet moments are as essential as they are soothing.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Religion, Culture, Tokyo


Torta Pasqualina - Easter Spinach & Ricotta Pie!

Torta Pasqualina is a wonderful and absolutely delicious spinach or chard and ricotta pie that is traditionally served for Easter. It's made with a mix of sautéed greens and ricotta cheese with whole eggs baked into it and a wonderfully layered pastry. If you're looking for a delicious Easter centrepiece, this is a pushy recipe Dear Reader! And best of all this is best made the day before!
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China Picks #UAE as Mideast Vaccine Hub to Make Millions of Doses - Bloomberg

China Picks UAE as Mideast Vaccine Hub to Make Millions of Doses - BloombergChina is partnering with the United Arab Emirates to make millions of doses of its state-backed Sinopharm vaccine, in a deal that takes manufacturing of the shot overseas for the first time and deepens Beijing’s influence in the Middle East.A newly-created joint venture between Sinopharm CNBG and Abu Dhabi-based G42 aims to produce up to 200 million doses annually at a new plant that will become operational this year, th...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Beijing, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Gulf, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, G42, China Picks UAE, Mideast Vaccine Hub, Sinopharm CNBG, Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries PSC, Hayat Vax Hayat


The Marais

The area of Paris called the Marais is full of beautiful architecture. I loved these types of door. This type too. Part of what is now a museum. A Spring sunrise. Strawberries and asparagus signal the beginning of Spring.
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Vinh’s Fruit Stand

This is Vinh. She lives on our street in Mililani. Her house on the corner is surrounded by fruit trees. For months now, we’ve seen her set up a small sidewalk stand to sell fruits, with a handmade sign, a scale, and an extension cord-powered light. She’ll often sit outside from dusk to 10:00 p.m. Once in a blue moon, I’ll see someone stop, but for the most part she’s out in the dark by herself for hours. Struck by this scene, I finally went over to say hello. I learned her name, a...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Photography, People, Fruits, Vinh, Mililani, Streetphotography, Fruitstand, Humansofhawaii, Persononthestreet


Major Gulf markets gain as Suez Canal jam continues

Major Gulf markets gain as Suez Canal jam continues | 路透Major stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Sunday, as investors shrugged off the Suez Canal jam on hopes for a global economic recovery.Oil prices, a key catalyst for the Gulf region’s financial shares, rose more than 4% on Friday on worries global supplies of crude and refined products could be disrupted for weeks as workers try to dislodge the vessel blocking the Suez Canal.Suez Canal salvage teams were alternating between dredging a...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Gulf, Emirates NBD, Suez Canal, Saudi Telecom Company, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudi Basic Industries, Qatar Navigation, Abdullah Al Othaim Markets, International Holding Company, COVID


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

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #SaudiArabia #Qatar close [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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I recently took 3 flights with Delta as an elite status holder and managed to snag $800 in free upgrades despite seat-blocking policies - here's how

Flying Delta Air Lines during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider Having elite status on Delta typically means free first class upgrades for the most frequent flyers. Fewer seats are available in premium cabins, however, thanks to Delta's pandemic seat-blocking policy. I took three flights on Delta and still got seven times worth the value of my ticket in upgrades. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Loyalty has its perks, even during a pandemic. I earned elite st...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, Flying, Delta, South America, Airbus, Salt Lake City


#SaudiArabia: $3.5bn fraud case set to define crown prince’s anti-graft campaign | Financial Times

Saudi Arabia: $3.5bn fraud case set to define crown prince’s anti-graft campaign | Financial Times Once one of the most powerful security officials in Saudi Arabia, Saad al-Jabri was feted by western powers. He was integral to multibillion-dollar counter-terrorism efforts and advised senior members of the Saudi royal family before falling foul of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power and going into exile in 2017. He would later accuse the prince of sending a hit squad to Cana...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Istanbul, Financial Times, Mohammed, Ontario, King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman, Interior Ministry, Jabri, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Public Investment Fund, Jamal Khashoggi, al Jabri, Saudi Arabia Saad


Avenue Hospital, Glenferrie Private Hospital, Masada Private Hospital – 7 August 2020 circular

Someone’s sent this piece of evidence [apparently it was circulated on Facebook but it looks authentic enough to me – unless these hospitals contact me to claim that this is false]. This suggests that when hospitals don’t know the cause of elderly patient’s deaths, they list it as covid as required by the government.   […]
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Current Affairs, Bad Ideas


Wheel life with the ladies in the van

Many middle-aged American women are selling up and shipping out, taking to the roads alone in their mobile homesSarah Gabriel found her life’s meaning in a small town in Kansas on a cold autumn morning in 2020. It was the hour before dawn in a Walmart car park and the 63-year-old rolled back the strip of floor underlay that serves as makeshift curtains on the windows of her 2008 Honda minivan to the awesome sight of a full moon looming above the spectral white of Walmart’s security lights.“Here ...
Tags: Travel, Women, Walmart, Life and style, Society, Kansas, Middle age, Honda, Dorothy, Sarah, Camping Holidays, Gabriel


#Dubai stocks claim back investors | Markets – Gulf News

Dubai stocks claim back investors | Markets – Gulf NewsDubai stocks rebounded after five days of trading in the red with key property stocks supporting the rally, while other GCC markets moved little in the absence of a clear direction to the investors.Dubai Financial Market traded 0.3 per cent higher at 2,503 points, bottoming out from a series of five-day losses. Real estate shares led the way with DAMAC Properties topping the list of gainers and Emaar Properties eking out 0.3 per cent.The ral...
Tags: Travel, GCC, Dubai, Emaar Properties, DAMAC Properties, Dubai Financial Market, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Gulf NewsDubai


Mubadala to invest in Germany’s ophthalmic lens manufacturer Rodenstock | The National

Mubadala to invest in Germany’s ophthalmic lens manufacturer Rodenstock | The NationalMubadala Investment Company is investing in Germany’s Rodenstock Group, a premium ophthalmic lenses manufacturer, as it continues to expand its global medical technology and life sciences portfolio.Abu Dhabi's strategic investment arm will take a minority stake in Rodenstock along with funds advised by British equity firm Apax Partners, the company said in a statement on Sunday. It did not disclose the size of ...
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China Signs 25-Year Deal With #Iran in Challenge to the U.S. - Bloomberg

China Signs 25-Year Deal With Iran in Challenge to the U.S. - BloombergChina and Iran signed an overarching deal aimed at charting the course of their economic, political and trade relations over the next 25 years.Beijing plans to invest in Iran while buying oil from the Islamic Republic, further straining its relationship with the U.S. which has already been frayed by China’s imports of covertly-shipped Iranian crude.The “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” agreement, signed in Tehran on Satur...
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China, Russia, #SaudiArabia Make Foreign Policy a Sordid Business - Bloomberg

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia Make Foreign Policy a Sordid Business - BloombergWould you sit down to dinner with a mobster? We know Frank Sinatra did, but that was different. Most of us have scruples about mingling with crooks.Nations are different, however. Our political leaders are obliged to rub shoulders with people who kill people, or at least order them to be killed — think­ of the evidence pointing to Russia’s Vladimir Putin. All nations make daily compromises, devil’s bargains, in the inte...
Tags: Travel, Vladimir Putin, Washington, Russia, Bloomberg, West, Donald Trump, Frank Sinatra, China Russia, Francis Fukuyama, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, China Russia Saudi Arabia


One more time!

Primroses. Again. But the weather is getting better and I'll be able to take the camera out more. In fact, starting today we're moving into a warmer pattern. I like that. Colorful. There's so much to do, outside and in. Spring cleaning. That includes windows. Getting the vegetable garden going. That means tilling soil and planting seeds. I could go on, but you get the picture.We moved the clocks ahead last night. Tonight's sunset happens at 20h19 (8:19 pm if you're on a 12-hour clock). I like ...
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Weekly Top Posts: 2021-03-28

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#AbuDhabi Wants To Revolutionize How the Middle East Sells Oil - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi Wants To Revolutionize How the Middle East Sells Oil - BloombergTucked between the Gulf of Oman and a craggy mountain range, the dusty port Fujairah isn’t an obvious base from which to try and revolutionize the Middle East’s oil markets.But on Monday, when Abu Dhabi begins selling futures contracts for its oil and then shipping the barrels from Fujairah, it will mark an aggressive shift by the emirate. It hopes to change the way nearly one-fifth of the world’s crude is priced.Persian G...
Tags: Travel, Singapore, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Gulf, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Vanda, Saudi Arabia Iraq, Vandana Hari, Middle East Sells Oil Bloomberg


Mideast Equities Rise as Traders Weigh Volatility: Inside EM - Bloomberg

Mideast Equities Rise as Traders Weigh Volatility: Inside EM - BloombergMost equities markets in the Middle East climbed on Sunday as investors weighed volatility in the oil markets as the Suez Canal remains blocked by a container ship.Gauges in Oman, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Qatar gained while Kuwait’s index slipped. The volume of shares traded was below average in most exchanges.Tugs working to refloat the Ever Given vessel in the Suez Canal managed to shift the stricken con...
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Doha Bank closes $500mln bond issuance with yield at 2.431% | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Doha Bank closes $500mln bond issuance with yield at 2.431% | ZAWYA MENA EditionQatar-based Doha Bank said it completed last week a $500 million 5-year senior unsecured bond at a yield of 2.431 percent per annum, which is equivalent to a credit spread of 150 basis points over 5-year mid-swap rate.The transaction was executed under the bank’s $2 billion Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) Issuance Program which is listed on London Stock Exchange, the lender said in a bourse filing Sunday.Investor demand...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, London Stock Exchange, United Kingdom, Middle East, Mena, ING, Doha Bank, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, QNB Capital


Mideast Stocks: Major Gulf markets gain in early trade | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Major Gulf markets gain in early trade | ZAWYA MENA EditionMost major stocks in the Gulf gained in early trade on Sunday, as hopes for a global economic recovery overshadowed the continued blockage of one of the world's most vital shipping lanes by a giant container ship.Oil prices, a key catalyst for the Gulf region's financial shares, rose more than 4% on Friday on worries global supplies of crude and refined products could be disrupted for weeks as workers try to dislodge the ...
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Secular pilgrims: why ancient trails still pack a spiritual punch

Where kings and abbots walked, tourists now follow. Are these increasingly popular trips just another holiday or are we getting more religious?The numbers are striking and puzzling in our secular, sceptical age when organised religion in the west is in steep decline. In the early 1980s, the annual tally of those walking the Camino, the thousand-year-old Christian pilgrim route from France to Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain, had dropped to a few thousand at best. By 2019, before Cov...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Fitness, France, Religion, Spain, Life and style, World news, Health & wellbeing, Walking, Santiago De Compostela, COVID


Exploring Haleakala, Maui’s “House of the Sun”

We’ll take a look at the wide variety of activities and experiences available that are centered around Haleakala Crater on Maui. The list is practically endless. We’ll stick to some general themes about the “House of the Sun” and how you can best plan a trip to make the most of it. As we have […] The post Exploring Haleakala, Maui’s “House of the Sun” appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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