family and friends reunion road trip: day three: an amazing day in southern oregon

We've run out of adjectives to describe the day. Amazing, incredible, awesome. A celebration. A love-fest. It would have been special and meaningful any time, but coming after the pandemic, it was profound.After a quick breakfast in the cottage, we headed straight to my mother's place. She lives in a retirement / assisted living community in Ashland, about 15 minutes from where we're staying -- and more importantly, 15 minutes from the rest of the Oregon family (all transplants from the eastern ...
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When Your Children Are Happy and Well …

godspeedcine is the name of Sacha’s and his friend Conrad’s business.                  [Author: French la Vie]
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The Importance of Financial Advice in Family Law Matters

In this edition of the Australian Family & Fertility Law Podcast, Page Provan, Managing Director and Accredited Family Law Specialist, Bruce Provan talks with Adam Lomsargis, Wealth Coach at Sentinel Wealth Partners about the importance of financial advice post-separation. Transcript Intro: You’re listening to the Australian Family and Fertility Law Podcast. Here’s your host, Bruce Provan. Bruce Provan: Welcome to the Page Provan Family and Fertility Podcast. My name is...
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No, I don’t yet find evidence of any orchestrated plan to wipe out the world’s population with a vaccine

Someone raised an issue re: WEF’s plan to reduce world population and whether the vaccines are tool for that. My response: === 1) The WEF is a well-funded think tank, no more. Let’s not read too much into its idle ramblings. None of its ideas ever flowed into official pandemic plans. Everything we are doing […]
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Tips for booking Hawaii Activities

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Question for my existing email subscribers

This is only meant for those who have subscribed to this blog via email. Feedburer is shutting down its email service but it is not clear from the language on its page whether existing subscribers will continue to get email notifications. For new email subscribers I’ve moved to a new service and 4 people have […]
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Pancit Lumpia Savoury Birthday Cake With Spring Rolls & Noodles!

So it's your birthday and you don't like sweets? I've got a delicious savoury birthday cake for you! This Spring Roll & Noodle Birthday Cake is based on the delicious Filipino Pancit noodle and Lumpia spring roll cake. It's a delightfully festive surprise birthday cake and is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Disney Cruise Line resumes US sailings from Florida in August with Disney Dream

The first Disney cruises in the USA since the pandemic began will sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, to Disney's private island in the Bahamas.        [Author: USA TODAY]
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A Hotel

The Lutecia Hotel is nearby the upscale Bon Marche Department store. They refurbished the interior a few years ago and I looked forward to seeing it but found it rather cold and austere. I met a friend in the bar there and didn’t change my opinion but it was nice to look around. This was in the Bon Marche-getting ready for summer. Giant stuffed sea creatures for sale in case you wanted a nine foot lobster on your bed. There’s the hotel. The entrance. The symbol o...
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The world has had to deal with the Wuhan virus of 2019 (aka Covid-19) for over a year and a half. Diverse policies have been tried to deal with it by various public and private entities. Of the lot, the… Continue reading →
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Unesco adds Madrid's Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park to heritage list

The famous Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park are symbols of the Spanish capital's history.
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#AbuDhabi slashes business set-up fees by more than 90%

Abu Dhabi slashes business set-up fees by more than 90% Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, in partnership with other government entities, cut business set-up fees by 94 per cent to Dh1,000 as the emirate seeks to increase its competitiveness and attract more investors.The new fees are applicable to six activities within the business licence and will cover all fees from Abu Dhabi government entities such as Added, the Department of Municipalities and Transport, membership fees for Ab...
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Psiri Athens – a neighbourhood guide – for street art and nightlife

The bohemian neighbourhood of Psiri in Athens is a cool place to visit, if you want get a more authentic and less touristy feel of Greece’s vibrant capital city. It’s one of the oldest areas of Athens, close to all the major attractions, with artisan shops, coffee bars and street art to see in the day. After dark, the area is transformed into a buzzing nightlife district, as bars and restaurants come to life.
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The Guardian view on restoring the golden age of rail: green glamour | Editorial

The restoration of a Spanish ‘railway cathedral’ reminds us how seductive train travel can beEarlier this month, a 12-metre-long model train carriage was deposited at Barcelona’s El Prat airport, which the Spanish airports authority controversially plans to expand. “More trains, less planes” was the accompanying message from Greenpeace activists, who intend to take their model on a European tour in the coming months.As they do so, a celebratory stop-off at the French-Spanish border might be in o...
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Shame On, And For, Both Liverpool And UNESCO

The citizens of Liverpool should be on the same side as UNESCO. “They have the same enemies: the shoddy and contemptuous treatment of the world heritage site, over years, both by the city’s government and private property companies.” – The Guardian (UK)
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MIDEAST STOCKS #AbuDhabi hits record high as most Gulf markets gain | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS Abu Dhabi hits record high as most Gulf markets gain | Reuters Most Gulf bourses ended higher on Sunday, as they reopened after a long Eid break, with the Abu Dhabi index hitting a record high.During holidays in the Gulf, traders typically cash in shares and are generally cautious of any developments in global markets while their bourses are closed.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) gained 0.8%, with Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) rising 1.1% and Saudi Arabian Mining Company (1...
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Madrid's Retiro Park, Prado Avenue Join World Heritage List

Madrid’s tree-lined Paseo del Prado boulevard and the adjoining Retiro park have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
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UNESCO Grants World Heritage Status to Madrid's Paseo Del Prado and Retiro Park

MADRID (Reuters) - UNESCO added Madrid's historic Paseo del Prado boulevard and Retiro Park to its list of world heritage sites on Sunday.The...
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The Standard Model

“In 1967, Weinberg published a seminal paper laying out how two of the universe’s four fundamental forces — electromagnetism and the weak nuclear force — relate as part of a unified electroweak force. “A Model of Leptons,” at barely three… Continue reading →
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A 3D-printed concrete tiny home is now on Airbnb - see what it's like to stay inside the $130 per-night stay

The Fibonacci House. Twente Additive Manufacturing Take a tour of the Fibonacci House, a 3D-printed concrete tiny home that's now available on Airbnb. The home was designed, created, and sold by a Dutch company, Twente Additive Manufacturing. The Fibonacci House is Canada's first 3D-printed home and Airbnb's first 3D printed concrete tiny home. See more stories on Insider's business page. Vacationers have been flocking to Airbnb's "unique stays," and searches for these ...
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A 132-night cruise around the world sold out in under 3 hours - see what it will be like aboard the ship

The Seven Seas Mariner in Kotor, Montenegro. Regent Seven Seas Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 132-night 2024 World Cruise sold out in under three hours. Its the third year in a row the world cruise has broken Regent Seven Sea's "world cruise opening day booking record." Take a look at what the cruising experience will be like. See more stories on Insider's business page. Does over 100 nights at sea sound appealing to you after over a year of being stuck at home? The Seven...
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I flew on JetBlue founder's David Neeleman's new airline and saw how it's nothing like his old one - but it isn't supposed to be

The inaugural flight of David Neeleman's Breeze Airways. Thomas Pallini/Insider Breeze Airways is the latest brainchild of JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman. The two airlines couldn't be any more different, however, despite having the same founder. Breeze's strategy is completely diffeent from JetBlue but still works even though it offers a different product. See more stories on Insider's business page. JetBlue Airways revolutionized air travel in the US when it...
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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)]
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OPEC+ Decision, Earnings Drive Mideast Market Gains: Inside EM - Bloomberg

OPEC+ Decision, Earnings Drive Mideast Market Gains: Inside EM - Bloomberg Most stock markets in the Middle East advanced after a week-long break on Sunday, the first day of trading since OPEC and its allies agreed a deal to boost production. A recovery in earnings also boosted regional equities. Saudi Arabia’s benchmark Tadawul All Share Index rises 0.8%, the most since June 13 Al Rajhi Bank +1.1%; Saudi Electricity +5.2%; Maaden +5.1%; Saudi Research +10% The Tadawul Materials sub-index ri...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Bloomberg, Middle East, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Emirates NBD, Emaar Properties, QNB, Qatar Islamic Bank, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, ADCB, Al Rajhi Bank, Maaden, Harshjit Oza

Weekly Top Posts: 2021-07-25

French-ness My Cousin Julie When the Sunshines Life is Good
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The Prettiest Places in Cornwall: Unbelievably Beautiful Places to Visit

Bookmark the prettiest places in Cornwall and plan your next trip to England's southwest collection of unbelievably beautiful places. Originally from Inside the Travel Lab.
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And speaking of daisies

These are some domesticated standard garden variety daisies in our yard. We have a patch (un massif ?) that comes back every year. They're about three feet tall and look wonderful when they flower. Once the flowers fade they look a little sad, then in the fall they turn brown and die back. I have to cut and remove the dead stems before they re-sprout the following spring. Daisies in the garden. We're expecting some rain today. We'll see how much we get. I may have to turn on the soaker hose fo...
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OPEC+ #Saudi-#UAE Split Won’t End Until the World Goes to Green Energy - Bloomberg

OPEC+ Saudi-UAE Split Won’t End Until the World Goes to Green Energy - Bloomberg The friction between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that had held oil markets hostage finally ended last week, with an announcement that the Emirati quota from which production cuts are calculated will be increased. Thus ends the latest drama within the ranks of OPEC+, but the curtain did not fall before giving us a preview of how that consortium is likely to ultimately unravel. The trigger won’t be the...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Gulf, Emirati, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Green Energy Bloomberg

Mena equity fund raising more than doubles in first half

Mena equity fund raising more than doubles in first half Adnoc Distribution's issue of new shares and convertible bonds were the main driver behind a doubling of equity capital market issuance in the Middle East and North Africa in the first half of 2021, according to Refinitiv data.The amount raised on the region’s capital markets increased 138 per cent to $2.1 billion, which was a three-year high, the financial data company's Mena Investment Banking Review showed. Issuance related to Abu Dha...
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Mideast Stocks: #Saudi leads major Gulf bourses higher in early trade | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Major stock markets in the Gulf rose in early trade on Sunday, as the bourses reopened after a long Eid break, with financials and petrochemical shares boosting the Saudi index.During holidays in the Gulf, traders typically cash in shares and are generally cautious of any developments in global markets while their bourses are closed.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index advanced 1.1%, with Al Rajhi Bank rising 2%, and petrochemical maker Saudi Basic Industries putting on 1.3%.Elsewhere, Yanbu National ...
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