Quiet Fireworks

      excerpt from Johnny Sun's book  Goodbye Again                        [Author: French la Vie]
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Ham and asparagus tart

Ken found some nice big green asparagus at the supermarket the other day. Yesterday, I used it in a recipe that we've usually used for white asparagus: ham and asparagus tart. First I trimmed the spears and steamed them until they were mostly done. Then I wrapped two spears in each of four slices of ham and set them aside while I made the custard. Trimmed green asparagus, ready for the steamer. The custard is simple, made with eggs, milk, cream, and grated cheese. I used gouda vieux (aged goud...
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The ridiculous ABC – ANY moron would do a better job of “fact checking”

I’ll rebut this puerile nonsense separately, but for now, I’ve made a screenshot (for some weird reason, is refusing to archive this page). I do NOT forget criminals. The ABC will be shut down if the political parties that I’m working with get to form government in Australia. This organisation is a turncoat, a […]
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Oil nudges down but secures weekly gain on recovery hopes | Reuters

Oil nudges down but secures weekly gain on recovery hopes | ReutersOil settled modestly lower on Friday but secured a weekly gain on a stronger demand outlook and signs of economic recovery in China and the United States that offset concerns about rising COVID-19 infections in other major economies.Brent crude settled down 17 cents, or 0.3%, at $66.77 a barrel. The global benchmark finished up 6% on the week after rising in the past four sessions.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude settled ...
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Five Ways To Travel More Sustainably

The pent-up global demand for travel is undeniable. Travelers around the world are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to pack a suitcase, visit new places, reconnect with the people they love and create new memories. In fact, two out of three Americans plan on traveling following the pandemic, according to a Hilton survey.
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Key Highlights In 2020 | By Peggy Lee, Hok Yean Chee & Chariss Kok Xin

The Republic of Singapore is a metropolitan city-state and island country in Southeast Asia with a total land area of an estimated 714.3 square kilometres. It is situated at the southern tip of the Malayan Peninsula, between Malaysia and Indonesia. With an economy supported by its growing population of approximately 5.7 million people, Singapore has witnessed remarkable record of sustained economic growth throughout the years and bolsters its role as a global commerce, finance and transpo...
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Hospitality Is The Kingdom Of Sensory Marketing | By Dr. Joe Di Donna

Sensory marketing is an essential tool to increase the profitability of the international hospitality industry.
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Great Hotels Of The World Launches #MICEBEAT

Vaccines, ramped up testing, and universally agreed upon social distancing and safety measures are in place. The excitement with a return to travel is undeniable and, according to the March edition of the PULSE survey, partial re-openings in the UK and US caused hotel bookings to nearly reach pre-pandemic levels.
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Accor transforms the guest experience - Opens 1st hotel in Northern Europe offering a 100% digital experience

The 1st hotel in Northern Europe offering a 100% digital experience will open its doors. A big step forward for Accor, whose ambition is to offer a contactless guest journey throughout its network, with the use of the best of technology.
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Oil rises to $67, heads for weekly gain on demand hopes | Reuters

Oil rises to $67, heads for weekly gain on demand hopes | ReutersOil rose to $67 a barrel on Friday and was heading for a weekly gain as a stronger demand outlook and signs of economic recovery in China and the United States offset rising COVID-19 infections in some other major economies.China’s first-quarter gross domestic product jumped 18.3% year on year, official data showed on Friday. On Thursday figures showed a rise in U.S. retail sales and a drop in unemployment claims.“Given the improvi...
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The CDC's suggestion to block middle seats on planes is flawed but I'm still in favor of it after taking 32 flights during the pandemic

My blocked middle seat and me. Thomas Pallini/Insider Airlines are rejecting the CDC's study suggesting blocking middle seats, citing newer findings. Blocking middle seats, however, serve as a peace of mind measure for those returning to flying. Not all airlines are following some of the recommendations of the studies they tout. See more stories on Insider's business page. Airlines seemed to flat out reject a new suggestion from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on We...
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Best Time to Visit Scottsdale

I photographed these cactus flowers last week. Best Time to Visit Scottsdale When is the best time of the year to visit Scottsdale, Arizona? When the leaves are gone from the trees in the northern regions of North America, seniors, travelers, and snowbirds flock to Arizona by the millions. The big draw? The sun, warm temperatures, golf, fabulous resorts, hiking, Sedona, the Grand Canyon, southwest cuisine, and much more. Carol and I moved to Arizona full-time in November of 2006. Hiking in ...
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Five Ways To Improve Service In Your Hotel | By Adam Knight

With everything that the past year has brought, it's completely expected (and normal) that a handful of basics have fallen off but as occupancy starts to pick up and basics aren't brought back in line quickly, your hotel could start to see more negative reviews than normal; and since overall reviews are down, it could be much harder to dig out of a slew of negative reviews, pushing you down the list and making it harder to grow your occupancy at the same (or better) rate than the market.
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Hilton To Donate Over 4,000 Meals In The UAE This Ramadan

In partnership with the UAE Food Bank, 24 Hilton properties will donate more than 4,000 meals during the holy month of Ramadan.
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A 'perfect storm' is causing massive rental-car shortages, and prices are skyrocketing up to $700 a day in popular destinations

Hertz. Cindy Ord/Getty Images A "perfect storm" has created a car-rental shortage across the US, an expert said. Prices have risen to $700 per day in some markets, becoming more expensive than airfare and hotels. If you want to avoid these high prices, plan ahead. See more stories on Insider's business page. A rental-car shortage is pummeling the US and may only get worse as travel increases.Vaccinations and easing travel restrictions have been pushing more people to travel again. Airl...
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Aloha Friday Photos: Lava Lava Sunset

Mahalo to Rainer Wittke for sharing this sunset shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Rainer tells us this photo was taken near Lava Lava Beach Club on September 29, 2019. Lava Lava Beach Club is a popular Big Island spot for sunset drinks and pupus (appetizers.) The setting is fantastic and they usually have live music. Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Photos: Lava Lava Sunset appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.
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Premier Inn, UK’s Largest Hotel Chain, to Woo Back Guests With ‘Rest Easy’ Focus

Premier Inn, the U.K.'s largest hotel chain, has returned to television for the first time in more than three years with a "Rest Easy" message designed to reassure wary travelers it's safe and comfortable as lockdown restrictions ease. The campaign is Premier Inn's first work since Leo Burnett was appointed to be its advertising agency...
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Niagara Falls Top Garden Parks & Nature Areas

Reading Time:  2 minutes - Escape to Niagara Falls’ gardens and nature areas for a much needed break from the day to day. Or just escape virtually by watching the video tours below and learn what our beautiful garden parks and nature areas are all about: Oakes Garden Theatre 5851 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, L2E 6T2 This spectacular garden is the entranceway to Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Parks’ centerpiece that showcases the Falls. Located at the foo...
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Pyramid Hotel Group Announces "Meeting Bubble" Program Facilitating Safe Meetings And Events At Hotels Across USA

Pyramid Hotel Group (PHG), a privately held Boston-based hotel and asset management company, announced an enhanced 2021 health and safety approach to meetings and events. The "Meeting Bubble" initiative follows local and CDC guidelines, implements the PHG protocols and allows groups to book entire or half floors, instead of the typical full hotel buyout. Additionally, each individual hotel offers hybrid meeting options through audio-visual capabilities as well as special perks, programmin...
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Shrinking population to continue to put pressure on #UAE property prices - Arabianbusiness

Shrinking population to continue to put pressure on UAE property prices - ArabianbusinessPre-coronavirus pandemic population levels in the UAE are not expected to return until late 2022 at the earliest, impacting the country's real estate market recovery, according to new research.Knight Frank's UAE Property Value 2021 Movement report said the resulting lower level of demand for real estate will be further compounded by a continuing influx of new supply, particularly in Dubai.This is likely to c...
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Oil climbs to four-week high on strong China data, demand revival | Reuters

Oil climbs to four-week high on strong China data, demand revival | ReutersOil prices extended gains on Friday and were on course for a weekly gain of about 7% with an improved oil demand outlook and strong economic recoveries in China and the United States offsetting concerns about spikes in COVID-19 infections.Brent crude futures rose 30 cents, or 0.5%, to $67.24 a barrel at 0551 GMT, following a 36 cent rise on Thursday.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were 28 cents, or 0.4%, ...
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Mumbai’s Rapid Hotel Recovery Faces Headwinds

Mumbai's rapid hotel performance recovery is projected to return to more moderate levels, according to a recent market forecast from STR and Tourism Economics.
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Bradesco: New BIA Responses Against Harassment

In 2020, BIA received around 95 thousand messages of offenses and sexual harassment. Although she is not a real woman, the number reveals a reality that women face. In the campaign, developed by Publicis Brazil, the interactions are represented by means voice-overs and projections on walls. Then, the film shows the change in tone of the BIA's responses, taking a strong stand against harassment. Previously, when the bank's artificial intelligence received some of those attacks,...
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Five Essentials For Present Day Hotel Operations | By Antoine Berberi

It has been one year since the historical COVID-19 pandemic made its debut, affecting the entire population and economies around the world. It is evident that out of all the industries negatively affected by this economic tsunami, the hospitality industry has been, and will most likely remain, the most impacted and the slowest to recover.
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3 Data-Driven Strategies to Court Travelers as we Emerge from the Pandemic | By Zander Buteux

As we look forward to summer, hotels and rental hosts are going to be challenged with how to market to the cautiously optimistic wave of travelers as they selectively consider options. Online rental search company VacationRenter actively monitors trends in customer searches, and our latest data indicates a new set of travel priorities for summer 2021.
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Healthy & Hearty {No} Beef Chilli Recipe!

Traditional beef chilli gets a little makeover with a no meat, vegetarian version! This vegan version is hearty and tasty losing none of the flavour. Serve it with lime wedges, tortillas and avocado for a hearty, tasty and healthy meal!
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