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10 eco initiatives for greener city living

10 eco initiatives for greener city living

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Imagine a world where cities are designed sustainably with an aim of positive living for all. The Ideal City, published by Gestalten (£24) and available to purchase at gestalten.com, celebrates forward-thinking urban initiatives that contribute to a brighter future. Spilling with big, bold ideas, this beautiful but digestible coffee-table book was created with Copenhagen-based research geniuses SPACE10. It includes stories of visionary innovation and hope-stirring wisdom from architects, designers, entrepreneurs and community leaders about game-changing projects in 52 cities in 30 countries. We spotlight some of the smartest solutions where leftfield designers have approached construction and infrastructure in such a way that micro innovations have potential to influence on a macro scale.
10 Important Ways to be a RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER in 2021 – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

10 Important Ways to be a RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER in 2021 – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

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Welcome to our simple and proven guide on how to be a responsible traveller in 2021. Here are 10 ways to help you become a responsible traveller. Besides creating a more authentic travel experience for yourself, you are also helping someone create a better life for themselves. We must keep in mind how important it is to show respect to those local customs and traditions when we travel. Start discussions about responsible travel with people in your hostel, hotel or who you are on tour with.
10 Climbing Tips for Beginners

10 Climbing Tips for Beginners

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After you’re done climbing, don’t use lotion on your hands. When you’re climbing, though, you want to keep your hands as dry as possible. Climbing TermsWhen you start spending time in the gym, it will sometimes feel like people are speaking a different language. Equipment:Rock Climbing Shoes – pretty self-explanatory, but they are tight shoes necessary for climbing. feet of textured climbing surface, there is a yoga studio, showers, social areas, and a gym to help you train.
10 European Discoveries for 2021

10 European Discoveries for 2021

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The last several years, my New Year tradition has been to assemble a list of 10 European Discoveries. And that’s the theme of my 2021 European Discoveries: 10 places where you might want to settle in for a week, or a few, and really get to know a fascinating corner of our planet. Where are you hoping to slow down and savor our world in 2021? We wanted to savor the delightful market days (jours de marché) that hop from place to place around the bucolic Provençal countryside. If you have the means to travel, as soon as it’s safe, consider booking a return visit.
10 sustainable destinations we'd love to visit in 2021

10 sustainable destinations we'd love to visit in 2021

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Also worth celebrating for their green and ethical ways…Rwanda gets high-fives for saving the wild mountain gorilla from extinction as does Seychelles for its work boosting biodiversity. All hail Switzerland for its super-slick waste management – it might not sound sexy, but 900 wastewater treatment plants and a recycling rate of 53 per cent is impressive. In the Netherlands, Rotterdam is another winner when it comes to exemplifying circular-economy ways. New Zealand gets points for announcing it intends to have a carbon-neutral public sector by 2025. Now read:10 of the most sustainable cities in the world10 of the most sustainable cities in the world Destinations 10 of the most sustainable cities in the world10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects Places To Stay 10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projectsThe most peaceful countries in the world
10 UK destinations to visit instead of Cornwall

10 UK destinations to visit instead of Cornwall

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KentBest for: food loversIt’s true: Cornwall has one of the most exciting foodie scenes in the UK right now. Luckily, those in search of a restaurant-hopping weekender can find farm-to-fork dishes and inventive chefs in a growing number of places around Britain. Bristol is a safe bet for artisanal producers and cutting-edge food spots, while Cumbria has become known for its Michelin stars and local ingredients. Away from the well-established fine-dining scene, 2020 arrival The Pig at Bridge Place brought with it the brand’s food-obsessed ethos, opening a restaurant that sources most produce from its kitchen garden. Where to stay: The Pig at Bridge Place has cosy rooms painted in deep maroon and navy, or bed down at The Albion Rooms in Margate, a seaside B&B turned creative hub.
10 Important Ways to be a RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER in 2021

10 Important Ways to be a RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER in 2021

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Welcome to our simple and proven guide on how to be a responsible traveller in 2021. Here are 10 ways to help you become a responsible traveller. But even if you are not highly qualified, you can still find beneficial ways to volunteer. 10) Educate Others to Be Responsible TravellersBeing a responsible traveller might come naturally to some, but others may just not be aware of the implications their actions can have when they are abroad. Start discussions about responsible travel with people in your hostel, hotel or who you are on tour with.
11 Incredible Things to Do in Jackson Hole Wyoming

11 Incredible Things to Do in Jackson Hole Wyoming

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1450 US-89, 83001, mapWe met early morning at Sands Whitewater & Scenic River Trips and got into the river 25 miles south of the city. Ours felt like the perfect mix of enjoying the scenery and an adrenaline rush, which made it one of our favorite Jackson Hole activities. The rapids are typically class 2-3, and they run tours May to September depending on the water levels. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, you can opt for the scenic float trips down the river. The water is warmer and there are the most rapids.
15 things to do with kids during February half term 2021 in London and the UK

15 things to do with kids during February half term 2021 in London and the UK

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Mudlarking on the ThamesBest for: ages 10+Trudging about in the mud by the river is a pretty cool pastime – but it’s also educational. If you keep your eyes peeled, you can uncover all sorts of gems washed up by the ebb and flow, from Victorian clay pipes and Georgian tiles to Mesolithic flints. Geocaching all over London, the UK and the worldBest for: ages 11+Who knew that looking for tiny containers in your local area could be so thrilling, and take you to places that you never knew existed? If you’re not up to speed, now is most definitely the time to discover geocaching. Download the Geocache app, and use GPS navigation and clues to unearth ‘treasure’ – this means anything from bottle caps to toy Smurfs, but finds can be more substantial.
17+ Fun Things to Do in Chattanooga TN

17+ Fun Things to Do in Chattanooga TN

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At Presencia, we work with a team of young leaders from the Buford Highway neighborhood in Atlanta to tutor and mentor the children of immigrants. In addition to their work with Presencia, our staff navigates violence in their homes and neighborhood, immigration issues, poverty, and all the normal challenges of growing up. The city of Chattanooga was the obvious first choice to make this happen. From major tourist attractions to rugged outdoor adventures, Chattanooga, Tennessee is a great city for new experiences. Esther and Jacob met up with the Presencia staff in Atlanta, and we all traveled to Chattanooga, where we learned about ourselves and each other while tackling four challenging new experiences together.
17 Awesome Things to Do in Antarctica (2021 Guide)

17 Awesome Things to Do in Antarctica (2021 Guide)

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From kayaking with whales to swimming in the caldera of an active volcano, here are 17 awesome things to do in Antarctica. The Best Things To Do In AntarcticaThe best things to do in Antarctica reads like an ultimate bucket list for just about any traveller. If you’re getting ready for a trip, or even just thinking about it, don’t miss out on these 17 epic things to do in Antarctica. Nothing will take your breath away quite like watching a humpback whale breach right next to your kayak – one of the best things to see in Antarctica! Hang Out with PenguinsIf there’s one thing everybody wants to do when they visit Antarctica, it is hang out with penguins.
15 BEST Things to Do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2021 Guide)

15 BEST Things to Do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2021 Guide)

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READ MORE: Here’s our guide to the best things to do in Tashkent! From left to right, we have Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah and Sher-Dor Madrasah. Khodja Abdi Darun ShrineNot as popular as the other best things to do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, but still worth a visit, is Khodja Abdi Darun Shrine. After your time exploring the best Samarkand points of interest, you have quite a few options on where to go. READ MORE: Check out our brand new guide to the best things to do in Bukhara!
18 Fun Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

18 Fun Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

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This means that as crowded as the National Parks can get, there are lots of trails and land that rarely get explored. But now, we always try to get a backcountry permit too and get off the path most traveled… err, hiked. Things to know about backcountry camping in Grand Teton National ParkBear canister: First, know that you’ll need to carry a bear canister to keep all of your food and toiletries. Backcountry permit: In order to camp in the backcountry, you’ll need to obtain a wilderness permit. It is possible to reserve your backcountry permit online, but there are limited permits available and you must know your exact dates.
20 travellers protecting the planet: the Green List 2021

20 travellers protecting the planet: the Green List 2021

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Tica MinamiTHE AMAZON SPOKESPERSONIndigenous communities are stewards of an estimated 65 per cent of the earth’s land, hosting 80 per cent of all biodiversity. ‘They hold the fate of humanity,’ says Tica Minami. In her role as campaign director at Greenpeace Brazil, she works with indigenous people on the frontline in the fight against deforestation. ‘The Amazon is referred to as the lungs of the world, but I think of it as the beating heart that drives global weather systems,’ she says. It is crucial to diminish this pressure, down to questioning if the food we are eating is connected with the clearing of the rainforest.
24 BEST Places to Visit in Kyrgyzstan (2021 Expert Guide)

24 BEST Places to Visit in Kyrgyzstan (2021 Expert Guide)

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The Best Places to Visit in KyrgyzstanWe love Kyrgyzstan! For some culinary variety, this is absolutely one of the best places to visit in Kyrgyzstan. Want to visit Kyrgyzstan on a unique and adventurous small group tour? However, it’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Kyrgyzstan. And it’s one of the less common places to visit in Kyrgyzstan so you’ll probably need to take a private taxi.
19 AWESOME Things to Do in Banff, Canada (Epic 2021 Guide) – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

19 AWESOME Things to Do in Banff, Canada (Epic 2021 Guide) – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

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READ MORE – Don’t miss out on our complete guide to the best Banff hikes. Photo credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography. Rafting on the Bow River – Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography. 11) Hike Around Lake Louise and the Nearby TeahousesOne of the true gems of the region, Lake Louise is almost as iconic as Banff itself. If you head out into the Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park, your chance of seeing some wildlife goes up drastically.
30 of the best honeymoon destinations

30 of the best honeymoon destinations

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Amalfi, where the light makes your heart sing, and the vertiginous mountain road leads from one beauty spot to another? Tuscany, where the sunshine bathes the hills and your lover in its golden haze? And Italy has some of the world's most romantic hotels. Check into Santa Caterina on the Amalfi Coast, the hotel with the best views in the area, or at Le Sirenuse in Positano. WHEN TO GOSummers are beautiful but more crowded – visit Tuscany in autumn, when the landscape turns golden, or plan a spring trip to Venice.
3 Days Kayaking in Abel Tasman (Everything You Need to Know)

3 Days Kayaking in Abel Tasman (Everything You Need to Know)

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This is what it’s like to spend 3 days kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park. With the logistics taken care of, now all we had to do was get to Abel Tasman National Park! Looking out over Te Pukatea Bay, one of the stunning beaches you can find in Abel Tasman National Park. The team at Abel Tasman Kayaks (ATK) had organised for us to get a transfer from our hostel right to their office, the launching point for adventures in Abel Tasman National Park, at Marahau. Tips For Kayaking In Abel Tasman National Park With ATKUnless you’re very experienced with sea kayaking, you’re looking for some tips about what it’s like to paddle around Abel Tasman National Park.
9 Painful Things You Can Do In The Winter

9 Painful Things You Can Do In The Winter

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With seemingly three-quarters of the country currently experiencing winter with a capital W, we thought back to this charming essay/list of some of the sharper sides of winter, and wanted to share it. Winter brings all sorts of fun: powder days, fatbiking on snow, quiet snowshoe trails, the strange Cro-Magnon appeal of losing track of time absentmindedly watching logs burn in a fireplace. Ice SkatingIce skating can be a beautiful thing in the hands of professionals, or even practiced amateurs. But if you’re new to it, have had several beers before you try it, or just kind of suck at it, you might note that falling is quite painful. ShovelingSix inches of fresh snow is awesome when you’re looking down at it between your skis from a chairlift.
A Fervent Call to Protect ‘America’s Amazon’

A Fervent Call to Protect ‘America’s Amazon’

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Wonders like this are the heart of environmental journalist Ben Raines’ book Saving America’s Amazon: The Threat to Our Nation’s Most Biodiverse River System. The Mobile River Basin, that is, a branching network of rivers and creeks that drains part of four neighboring states and most of Alabama into Mobile Bay. More than a third of all known freshwater fish species in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico call Alabama home. Saving America’s Amazon is Raines’ devotion to these riches and an earnest call to arms. I grew up in a small town on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay.
30 EPIC Things to Do in Easter Island (2021 Guide)

30 EPIC Things to Do in Easter Island (2021 Guide)

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Politically Easter Island belongs to Chile, but geographically the island is over 4000km away from the South American continent. We visited here in May 2017 and spent a week trying to discover all the things to do on Easter Island. Things To Do In Easter IslandMost people visit Easter Island on a short trip from Santiago, or from the other alternative at Tahiti. Travel Guide Easter IslandNow that you know all Easter Island attractions you must visit, next thing to decide is where to stay in Easter Island! Coupon: AGODANMD10Best Luxury Hotel In Easter Island – Hangroa Eco LodgeIn our opinion a visit to Easter Island is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and if you can afford it you should do it in style.
A Beginner's Guide to How the U.S. Prison System Actually Works

A Beginner's Guide to How the U.S. Prison System Actually Works

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Activists currently argue that mass incarceration not only perpetuates inequalities, but that the underpinnings of the prison system are racist, capitalist, sexist, colonialist, ableist, and transphobic. From the school-to-prison pipeline to the privatization of prisons, mass incarceration remains inherently intertwined with everyday facets of American life. ), renowned professor and activist Angela Davis explores why the prison system is so ingrained in our culture and how exploitive it has become. She delineates why the prison system is no longer feasible and imagines what decarceration would look like in practice. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness by Michelle AlexanderPublished in 2010, The New Jim Crow has been considered the seminal work on mass incarceration.
A Few Thoughts on Camping With Kids

A Few Thoughts on Camping With Kids

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We would be a camping family from the very beginning – two out of three of us swore on it. Whether the kids wanted to make a fort inside the van or search the woods for walking sticks, I was equally happy. The van had become home, and car camping was becoming our thing. Soon they were begging me to spend night after summer night on their own in wilds between the porch light and the back wall. “This makes car camping look stupid.”A burning star streaked overhead, but I didn’t make a wish.
A Peek at the Script for my New European Art Series – Rick Steves' Travel Blog

A Peek at the Script for my New European Art Series – Rick Steves' Travel Blog

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And I wanted to share a sneak peek of what will be episode two of our upcoming six-hour series on Europe’s art and architecture. I’m collaborating with my amazing co-author for the series (Gene Openshaw) and leading editors (Cameron Hewitt and Simon Griffith) to get this script tight and to time. Drawing from our rich archive of Europe’s greatest art — compiled in the field over the last two decades — it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous. This is a long process, but we’re committed to debuting our six-hour art series in October of 2022. Pick up the full-color coffee-table book I wrote with Gene Openshaw, “Europe’s Top 100 Masterpieces” — and satisfy those art cravings with a chronological tour through Europe’s greatest paintings, sculptures, and historic buildings.
A Spicy Peanut Sauce So Yummy You Can Put it on Anything and Everything

A Spicy Peanut Sauce So Yummy You Can Put it on Anything and Everything

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Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, I am pretty sure that you take a little peanut butter with you whatever kind of trip you’re on. Since peanut butter is such a common ingredient in the backcountry pantry, making a peanut sauce is an easy way to add flavor to any basic meal. The No Recipe way of making peanut sauce when you’re camping is just to throw in a little peanut butter and soy sauce into whatever dish you are preparing, then mix it in. In this recipe, the peanut sauce is used to douse a bowl of simple sautéed vegetables, but feel free to use it on whatever you want. Once you’ve sautéd the vegetables, you will need to put them aside while you prepare the peanut sauce.
A Symphonic Journey: France’s Call for Freedom

A Symphonic Journey: France’s Call for Freedom

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No tour of Europe, musical or otherwise, is complete without a stop in France, home of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and, in a lot of ways, the birthplace of modern Europe. Its struggle was a domestic one between the haves and the have-nots, between royals and aristocrats and peasants, between elites and commoners. Through its revolutions — and they had several — the French led the call in Europe for the end of the old regime notion of divine monarchs. Until then, most people just accepted the notion that some people were born ordained by God to be rulers and the vast majority were born to be ruled. The revolutionary slogan of the day was “Liberty, equality and fraternity.” And this slogan inspired those who longed for freedom all over romantic 19th-century Europe.
Ancient Rome’s Appian Way, Catacombs, and an Aqueduct

Ancient Rome’s Appian Way, Catacombs, and an Aqueduct

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The Appian Way — Rome's gateway to the East — is fun to explore on a rented bike. Tombs of ancient big shots lined the Appian Way like billboards. But of course, early Christians didn't have that kind of money. Further along the Appian Way is Rome's Aqueduct Park and a chance to see how the ancient city got its water. Without water Rome basically shriveled up.
Airbnb Owners are Now Flipping Their Successful Properties for a Premium

Airbnb Owners are Now Flipping Their Successful Properties for a Premium

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The listing mentions that, as an Airbnb, the little one-bedroom bungalow raked in about $6,000 per month at a 70-percent occupancy rate. As cities continue to pass legislation that makes it harder to operate an Airbnb or short-term rental, markets like Joshua Tree, where no such regulations exist, are increasingly flooded with turnkey Airbnb properties for sale. In cities across the country, listings that mention Airbnb potential are priced higher than neighboring houses. And in Phoenix, a three-bedroom house that mentions Airbnb potential is currently listed at $789,000—at least $200,000 more than similar listings in the same neighborhood. The turnkey properties sell too fast and at too high a price, and an influx of cash offers from investors and potential Airbnb hosts from LA make financing offers look weak.
Anti-Nazi Resistance in World War II

Anti-Nazi Resistance in World War II

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The Dutch Resistance Museum gives a glimpse of life under fascism. Propaganda movie clips tried to make Dutch Nazis look like winners. With this corset, stuffed with ration cards, a woman who looked pregnant helped feed both hidden Jews and resistance fighters. If resistance fighters weren't killed in battle, they faced dire consequences if captured. In this small town, deep in the heartland of France, late in World War II, fighters of the local resistance killed a Nazi soldier.
An Epic Brooks Range Bikepacking Packrafting Trip

An Epic Brooks Range Bikepacking Packrafting Trip

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The Brooks Range is a huge expanse of very remote, geologically old mountains stretching 700 plus miles east to west across Northern Alaska and into Canada’s Yukon Territory. Its use would bookend our trip, providing a quick, albeit sketchy ride in, and a Cadillac smooth 100-mile river trip out from the heart of the range. A vast wilderness lay ahead, so vast that our trip would disappear into it and barely scrape the surface. Fortunately, we were at the low elevation point of our trip, and the higher we got the better the riding got. It’s not if you will see a bear on a Brooks trip, it’s when.
And the Biggest Losers From Trump’s Pardon Sweepstakes Are…

And the Biggest Losers From Trump’s Pardon Sweepstakes Are…

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The QAnon ShamanThe standout Capitol Hill rioter, whose real name is Jacob Chansley, reached out to Trump for a pardon through his lawyer last week. Trump’s decision not to pardon Giuliani looks like retribution for Giuliani’s bungling inability to secure Trump a second term, Michael Cohen, Trump’s estranged former private attorney, told VICE News. Trump’s legal team lost over 60 court decisions while pursuing phony claims of voter fraud. Lawyers for Exotic were so optimistic about a Trump pardon that they put a 38-foot long “Monster Ram Truck Limo” on standby to pick him up. And it wouldn’t have helped Trump where he needs it most.
Asian Americans Are Calling on Allies in Response to a Wave of Violence

Asian Americans Are Calling on Allies in Response to a Wave of Violence

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In light of recent events, the Asian American community is continuing calls for action that began with the surge of anti-Asian violence last year. (In response, President Biden signed an executive order condemning anti-Asian racism shortly after his inauguration.) In their social media posts, Kim and Wu pointed to the history of anti-Asian violence in the US. “The skyrocketing number of hate crimes against Asian Americans continues to grow, despite our repeated pleas for help,” they wrote. The first case involving an Asian American victim to use the Civil Rights Act, “the Vincent Chin case forced Asian Americans into the civil rights discourse,” Roland Hwang, co-founder and former president of American Citizens for Justice, previously told NBC News.
Berlin, Memorials, and Memories of Hitler

Berlin, Memorials, and Memories of Hitler

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Berlin is dotted with memorials and reminders of its troubled 20th-century history. For a man with such megalomaniac ambitions, it’s striking how little survives of the world Hitler created. This spot, once the most feared address in Berlin, documents the methods and evils of the Nazi regime. In early 1945, as Allied armies advanced on Berlin and Nazi Germany lay in ruins, Hitler and his inner circle retreated here. The statue of a pietà, Mother with her Dead Son, is by Käthe Kollwitz, a Berlin artist who lived through both World Wars.
Behind Her Eyes filming locations: where the Netflix thriller was filmed

Behind Her Eyes filming locations: where the Netflix thriller was filmed

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A psychological thriller with more twists than Italy’s Stelvio Pass, Behind Her Eyes is Netflix’s latest lockdown-binge hit, with some incredible filming locations. When they move to London their paths cross with single mother Louise (Simona Brown) and secrets are made and uncovered. We see her walking along the seafront and then visiting a café, filmed at Cosiez on Upper St James's Street. Style & Culture Where was 'The Dig' filmed? Style & Culture Where is ‘Bridgerton’ filmed?
Best-selling writer Jung Chang on the pull of her hometown

Best-selling writer Jung Chang on the pull of her hometown

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Instead I watched its lockdown on YouTube: a concrete network of mammoth streets, eerily empty, with no sign of life. When I think of her in Chengdu, instead of picturing her in the nondescript block of flats where she lives, I see us going for walks along the alleys outside. I love those that are grown only on the Chengdu plane and have flavours I can’t taste anywhere else. The vendors also sell spring blossoms in straw-tied twigs, usually still with traces of the gentle rain in the night. These alley-ways have been immortalised in classic poetry and survived modern times, and they are what the real Chengdu is for me.
Breac House, Donegal review: An Irish bungalow turned B&B

Breac House, Donegal review: An Irish bungalow turned B&B

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Breac House is set on a slope of the dramatic Horn Head peninsula and has far-reaching views of the wind-combed landscape, Dunfanaghy village, Sheephaven Bay and cloud-snagged Muckish mountain. Read next The county with some of the best beaches in Ireland Destinations The county with some of the best beaches in IrelandSleepThe trio of bedrooms is restrained, with white walls, wooden floors and private terraces. Views from Breac.House, IrelandRead next The best Airbnbs in the Lake District Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in the Lake DistrictWho comes here? Horn Head is also on the scenic, 1,553-mile Wild Atlantic Way. Address: Breac House, Horn Head, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal, F92YC56Price: Doubles from about £265 per night (two nights minimum)Book your stayRead next The best Airbnbs in Wales Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in WalesLike this?
Cairo's Upper-Class District, Dining with Egyptian Friends

Cairo's Upper-Class District, Dining with Egyptian Friends

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Rick: So how do you say — in France, you would say, "bon appétit" —Heba: Bon appétit, yeah. This is moussaka; this the stuffed vine leaves…Rick: Stuffed vine leaves…Heba: OK, and this is okra with tomato sauce…Rick: Okra! Heba: …very delicious, and this is Egyptian beef with onion sauce, and this is of course, rice, and this is, then, rokak…Rick: Rokak. Rick: I was going to say, moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, and tzatziki — a Greek would say, "that's my food" — but it's Egyptian also? Heba: Yes — American ones.
Brenner Pass, Tolls, Castles, and Trade

Brenner Pass, Tolls, Castles, and Trade

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The Brenner Pass has been the easiest way over the Alps since ancient Roman times. Today, the Brenner Pass is easier than ever to cross, as drivers arc gracefully along one of the engineering wonders of Europe. Empires from Roman times to World War II understood the strategic value of [the] Brenner Pass. From the looks of the sumptuous green room, medieval life for the nobility was pretty comfortable. Two castles like these, strategically straddling the valley, could control much of the trade passing between Germany and Italy.
Can these farmers save the planet?

Can these farmers save the planet?

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Soil conservation and regeneration is the headline benefit of this agroecological approach – and arguably one of the greatest needs of the planet. Grazing also enhances the microbiology of the soil thanks to the animals’ enzyme-rich saliva, and their tread turns the topsoil. Better soil drains more effectively and stores more water, depending on the season, with minimal human manipulation. And it leaves a better taste in your mouth knowing you're eating ingredients that hail from a positive-impact system which is better for people and planet. The Biggest Little Farm is a sweet documentary about a couple who leave LA to farm the land using traditional, eco-friendly methods (watch trailer).
Can You Go on Erasmus During the Pandemic?

Can You Go on Erasmus During the Pandemic?

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I decided to do Erasmus in Greece, because I love the country and I speak the language – I am half-Greek. When I was planning it in the spring, Greece had prevented the spread of the virus pretty well. I have been trying to keep myself busy: doing my online lessons, exercising and going for walks in the park nearby. But if I hadn’t built online relationships with other Greek and Erasmus students, I would probably forget I’m even on an exchange programme. I was lucky to start this before the lockdown, but an entire semester of Erasmus in the world as it is right now would defy its fundamental goal, which is to discover another country and learn its culture.
Best Travel Camera: How to Choose in 2021

Best Travel Camera: How to Choose in 2021

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At a basic level, a DSLR is a camera body with a lens attached—just like a mirrorless camera. We’ve used all Canon lenses as an example. DSLR camera bodies range from entry-level camera bodies to professional level. The images are sharp and I love the perspective.”—Frances Beatty, Professional Wedding PhotographerIf you’re sporting a Nikon camera, consider the D lenses. Kelly Moore The Kate Canvas Camera Bag Kelly Moore makes camera purses and bags that don’t look like your average camera bag.
Cairo's Egyptian Museum, Filled with Art of the Pharoahs

Cairo's Egyptian Museum, Filled with Art of the Pharoahs

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A visit to Cairo's Egyptian Museum helps bring the country's many ancient sights to life. Along with the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, this museum shows off the best collection of ancient Egyptian art anywhere. This ancient art is so well-preserved because most of it was hidden away for 4,000 years, dark and dry, in tombs. A remarkable thing about ancient Egyptian art and society as a whole was its stability. Akhenaten replaced all the gods of the Egyptian pantheon with one all-powerful being, the sun god, whom he called "Aten."
Bridal Veil Falls Trail [CLOSED]

Bridal Veil Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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This trail is reported closed for rehabilitation: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bridalveilfalltrail.htm A great, quick paved trail for the whole family. Bridal Veil Falls is a 607-foot, double cataract waterfall. The last portion up to the falls is more difficult with wet and loose rocks. There used to be a tram located near the trailhead that took people up to a restaurant located on the cliffs above the falls. The trail may be slippery or muddy by the falls.
Chamonix, Mont Blanc, and the Aiguille du Midi

Chamonix, Mont Blanc, and the Aiguille du Midi

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From Lyon, we drive east into the Alps — into a valley dominated by Mont Blanc, Europe's tallest peak. Statues celebrate famous mountaineers with their sights set on Mont Blanc. Within minutes, the powerful cable car sweeps us up 10,000 vertical feet from Chamonix to a pinnacle called the Aiguille du Midi. At nearly 16,000 feet, Mont Blanc is the top of Europe. And you can look down on the classic hundred-mile trail that circles Mont Blanc — part of which we'll be hiking later.
Climber Jamling Tenzing Norgay on protecting The Himalayas

Climber Jamling Tenzing Norgay on protecting The Himalayas

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The son of the first person to summit Everest alongside Edmund Hillary, climber Jamling Tenzing Norgay now leads the effort to clean up the peaks with Swiss fashion house Bally. Jamling Tenzing NorgayWhat is your earliest memory of the mountains? ‘I was eight years old when I followed my father, Tenzing Norgay, on one of his many journeys into the Himalayas. We continue to work together in the Himalayas as part of the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation and my father’s namesake charity, the Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Foundation, through which the label sponsors community-led clean-ups and educational programmes. I am dedicated to sharing my time and understanding about the Himalayan environment with those who live on the shoulders of these great summits.’Jamling Tenzing Norgay is a spokesperson for the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation.
Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes with Apricot and Fig Compote

Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes with Apricot and Fig Compote

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We all know everyone is in it for the sweet taste of maple syrup. But how many of you are lugging bottles of maple syrup with you on trips? But let’s get back to the discussion of maple syrup. Why is maple syrup so good? While you might not carry maple syrup on the trail, I bet you carry some dried fruit, and in that case, you can make something that’s on par with maple syrup: fruit compote.
Confronting the ‘Failure’ of Miscarriage as a Trans Man

Confronting the ‘Failure’ of Miscarriage as a Trans Man

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A column about being a pregnant trans dad, and all the prejudices, healthcare challenges, personal dilemmas, and joys that come with making a family in 2021. On New Year’s Eve, I drove for two hours for a blood test to check HCG levels. We took cold walks together and shared warming meals, helping time pass quicker until a second blood test. You need two for comparison and hopefully, a conclusive answer; HCG rising = still pregnant, HCG falling = miscarriage. On the morning of the second blood test, the bleeding was heavier.
Chamonix's Shrinking Glacier, the Mer de Glace

Chamonix's Shrinking Glacier, the Mer de Glace

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One of the first, this two-car cogwheel train — inaugurated in 1909 — transported turn-of-the-century visitors to the edge of the Mer de Glace glacier. The Mer de Glace is France's largest glacier — four miles long. In the 1600s, the glacier extended much farther downhill — actually threatening to block off the valley. For me, this shrinking glacier is one of the most poignant. When I first came here, back in the '80s, the Mer de Glace was hundreds of feet higher than it is today.
Daily Dose of Europe: El Greco’s “Burial of Count Orgaz”

Daily Dose of Europe: El Greco’s “Burial of Count Orgaz”

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We’re standing before El Greco’s most beloved painting, which couples heaven and earth in a way only “The Greek” could. This 15-foot-tall masterpiece, painted at the height of El Greco’s powers, is the culmination of his unique style. El Greco considered this to be one of his greatest works. On the handkerchief in the boy’s pocket is El Greco’s signature, written in Greek. Looking directly out at the viewer is the painter, El Greco himself.
Delicious, Filling, and Easy: Spicy Red Lentil Dal

Delicious, Filling, and Easy: Spicy Red Lentil Dal

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Red lentils are a versatile ingredient when it comes to savory camp meals. If you’re on a shorter trip and can carry fresh ingredients like leafy greens (perhaps a little kale or chard? ), those will work great in here as well, just shred and toss them in a few minutes before the lentils are finished cooking. When it comes to quantities, no matter how much you are cooking, you want about a 1:3 red lentil to water ratio. Depending on your preference on levels of spiciness, gauge how much or how little to use.
Dick Cage Maker Says IoT Chastity Belt Is Safe After New Penetration Test

Dick Cage Maker Says IoT Chastity Belt Is Safe After New Penetration Test

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The vulnerabilities were found last year by the security firm Pen Test Partners, which specializes in finding bugs in Internet of Things devices. The distributor says it contracted with a third party to do an additional penetration test of the cock cage's app. "The security issue reported by Pen Test Partners was in the QIUI app, not the CELLMATE chastity device. To support this claim, Jansen referred to a third-party security assessment (called a penetration test) which they showed Pen Test Partners. Jansen declined to share the third party pen test.
D-Day Landings in WWII Normandy

D-Day Landings in WWII Normandy

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During the D-Day invasion, American troops and their allied partners courageously assaulted the German-occupied cliffs using grappling hooks and ladders. The small town of Arromanches was ground zero for the D-Day invasion. Officially named the Memorial for Peace, it puts the Battle of Normandy in a broader context. You start with a downward spiral stroll, tracing (almost psychoanalyzing) the path Europe followed from the end of World War I to the rise of fascism and into World War II. You’ll get a thorough look at how World War II was fought — from individual weapons to floating airports to the two-ton V-I — the unmanned predecessor of today’s smart bombs — to the D-Day landings.
Dingle, a Gaeltacht in Southwest Ireland

Dingle, a Gaeltacht in Southwest Ireland

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The dramatic Connor Pass leads to the scenic southwest tip of Ireland, Dingle Peninsula. Dingle Peninsula offers an ideal mix of far-and-away beauty, archaeological wonders, and desolate walks or bike rides — all within convenient reach of its main town. [Irish lesson]And here, Irish songs are sung in Irish. [Irish song]And old churches do double duty as concert halls where those enthusiastic about traditional music share their art. Although a popular tourist destination, Dingle still has a relaxed feel.
Dodge Came So Close To Kickstarting American Off-Road Van Market in the ’90s

Dodge Came So Close To Kickstarting American Off-Road Van Market in the ’90s

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Dodge Came So Close To Kickstarting American Off-Road Van Market in the ’90sLegendary minivan designer creates fabulous off-road version of venerable family hauler, only to have the idea torpedoed by jealous Jeep dealers. That’s it, that’s the pitch. A frustrating story for the ages, if you like vans and off-road travel. But when Jeep dealers got wind, they feared people would rush to the vastly more practical Caravan and Jeep sales would plummet. They were probably right, but they deprived us of a brave new world of outdoor-ified production vans long long before #vanlife, or hashtags, or social media, were on anybody’s mind.
Do Chicken Sexers Still Exist and Why?

Do Chicken Sexers Still Exist and Why?

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But as he begins his first growing season, he and his wife Monica (Yeri Han) spend their days at a local hatchery, working as chicken sexers. And it mirrors Chung’s own experiences: Like the Yi family, Chung grew up in Arkansas, where his father did chicken sexing for 19 years while also establishing a farm that grew Korean medicinal herbs. A chicken sexer, however, can tell the difference between “the nearly identical genitalia of male and female hatchlings and, in an instant, makes the call,” McWilliams explains. And with fewer young people interested in the job, Japan had just a “few hundred” chicken sexers in 2010, as opposed to over 1,000 chicken sexers in previous decades. In 2015, CNBC reported that in the U.K., chicken sexing had become a “$60K a year job nobody wants,” with only 100 to 150 chicken sexers in the entire country.
Edinburgh’s Cathedral and John Knox

Edinburgh’s Cathedral and John Knox

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Look into the eyes of John Knox's statue and think of the Reformation struggles of the 16th century. Knox, the great reformer and founder of austere Scottish Presbyterianism, first preached here in 1559. Thanks partly to Knox, it was Scottish minds that led the way in math, science, engineering and medicine. Rick: Excuse me, sir, do you know where John Knox is buried? Man: Yes…By the way, John Knox, Scotland's great reformer, is buried just out back — with appropriate austerity.
Down a Bumpy Road Toward the Light

Down a Bumpy Road Toward the Light

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We’re piecing it together for now, for the love of climbing and the freedom of the road, but it comes with sacrifices. Yet there’s a freshness about life on the road, one that I worry I’ll miss in more stable chapters of my future life. So for now, I’m on the road, returning to the Black Canyon with Whitney and her Subaru following behind. ?The stopper hanging from my rearview mirror bats against the glass and I head down the bumpy road, towards the light. Down a bumpy road, towards the light.
Dominion Voting Systems Is Suing Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 Billion

Dominion Voting Systems Is Suing Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 Billion

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Dominion Voting Systems is suing Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 billion, claiming Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer carried out a “viral disinformation campaign” against the company by spreading lies on, Twitter, Fox News, and his podcast. Giuliani led Trump’s effort to get the November election result overturned, and increasingly embraced baseless conspiracy theories in order to do so. Central to his effort were numerous conspiracy theories about Dominion and its employees—rumors that first emerged from the QAnon fever swamp before being embraced by Trump and his team. In late December, Dominion sent Giuliani a letter warning that the company was keeping a record of all statements by the former New York City mayor. But Giuliani ignored the warning, and continued to disparage the company.
Editor's letter: Melinda Stevens on getting back out there

Editor's letter: Melinda Stevens on getting back out there

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AdvertisementFor a person who used to be on a plane or train every week (can that really be right? Certainly every other week), the fact that days now pass without me leaving the house is astonishing. But also that we mustn’t forget what’s happened hereIt is late at night. But also that we mustn’t forget what’s happened here. We mustn’t forget what we’ve seen.
Ed Abbey, the Desert Rat, Would be 94 Today—We Raise a Glass

Ed Abbey, the Desert Rat, Would be 94 Today—We Raise a Glass

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A high school friend had suggested Abbey one afternoon while we wrenched on his old ’72 Bronco, drinking Rainiers pilfered from his dad’s workshop fridge. I wouldn’t want to live like Abbey, often alone, way, way out there, pleasantly pickled on beer and salt pork. What would come, would come, and it would be beautiful, even if it was death. What would come, would come, and it would be beautiful, even if it was death. That’s not a metaphor for anything, Abbey isn’t the bear in this story, but my own backyard became infinitely stranger after I read Abbey.
Egypt's Temple of Abu Simbel

Egypt's Temple of Abu Simbel

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An ancient garrison town famed for its granite quarries, today it's embraced tourism, taking full advantage of its attractive riverfront. To visit that temple, tourists catch a short flight from Aswan. The Temple of Abu Simbel, while originally built by Ramses II in about 1250 BC, was relocated here only about 50 years ago. Abu Simbel was saved from being submerged in the lake and lost forever after an international outcry. Thanks to a heroic effort, in 1968, this ancient temple was cut into huge blocks and relocated to this spot — high and dry for at least another 3,000 years.
Ehrenberg, a Ruined Castle in Austria

Ehrenberg, a Ruined Castle in Austria

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A hike up to the stark and brooding ruins of Ehrenberg Castle provides a striking contrast to Ludwig’s fantasy castles. We start here in the Middle Ages with Ehrenberg, we have a Gothic element in the valley, we have a Baroque castle, and we have a brand-new fortification system of the 18th century. We’re visiting two castles of the ensemble — the 13th-century Ehrenberg and, higher on the right, the 17th-century Schlosskopf. A steep hike takes us up to the bigger and more modern Schlosskopf Castle, which Armin and his crew have just recently started uncovering. This became clear in the early 1700s when, by cover of darkness, local Tyroleans wheeled two canon up here and pulverized Ehrenberg Castle, which was occupied by their enemies, the Bavarians.
Escape Routes Podcast: Borneo

Escape Routes Podcast: Borneo

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‘Mysterious, wild…. This is nature for the vigorous, the sybaritic and those in search of solemn awe.’Malaysia Airlines connects travellers to Malaysian Borneo, Langkawi, Penang and beyond – find out more at malaysiaairlines.com. This podcast is sponsored by Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, which is the best way to fly to, from and around the country, jetting from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on board the state-of-the-art Airbus A350. The company is a member of Oneworld, so travellers can also collect and redeem Avios, as well as earn Tier Points, when booking flights to South-east Asia and Australasia. For more information, visit malaysiaairlines.com
Escape Routes Podcast: Malta

Escape Routes Podcast: Malta

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Like many island nations, Malta has been shaped by the ebb and flow of its neighbours’ intrusions: ‘invaders and settlers that left behind tidal flats of language, buildings and food,’ says Jordan. Grapes wine bar on the neighbouring island of Gozo Manuel Gomes da CostaTo book your next holiday to Malta, visit kuoni.co.uk/malta. AdvertisementMusic by harpist, Olivia Jageurs: @15secondharpThis podcast is sponsored by Visit Malta. Cast between Sicily and North Africa, Malta – including neighbouring islands Gozo and Comino – is famed for its average of 300 sunny days a year, making it a destination for every season. From top-notch diving to head-turning art galleries, Michelin-starred restaurants to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the archipelago is packed with discoveries.
Escape Routes Podcast: Koh Lanta, Thailand

Escape Routes Podcast: Koh Lanta, Thailand

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The search for the perfect Thai isle, the one to match The Beach-fuelled fantasies, is a well-trodden path. ‘It’s not as if Koh Lanta is some hidden paradise, an untouched spot where no one but the most intrepid backpacker has ever set foot,’ says von Simson. ‘But it is, in the grand scheme of Thai islands, deliciously unspoilt…. Thailand is one of more than 150 countries that Malaysia Airlines flies to – find out more at malaysiaairlines.com. This podcast is sponsored by Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, which is the best way to fly to, from and around the country, jetting from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on board the state-of-the-art Airbus A350.
Electric Cars’ Very Big Problem Continues to Loom

Electric Cars’ Very Big Problem Continues to Loom

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If successful, this bold move will be an industry game changer, making electric vehicles competitive with conventional counterparts. But the announcement also underscores one of the fundamental challenges that will complicate the transition to electric vehicles. ADVERTISEMENTBut electric cars have their own dirty little secret: Every electric vehicle, and most hybrid vehicles, rely on large lithium-ion batteries weighing hundreds of pounds. None of the lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles are recyclable in the same sense that paper, glass, and lead car batteries are. There are no clear prohibitions against exporting used lithium-ion batteries or selling used vehicles with degraded batteries to low-income countries at fire-sale prices.
Finally: Fed Tax Credit for E-Bikes Proposed

Finally: Fed Tax Credit for E-Bikes Proposed

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They’re great, the tax credits. The main roadblocks preventing non-avid cyclists from trying out an e-bike, especially a cargo version that can largely replace a car, is the cost. ADVERTISEMENTThe Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act, sponsored by Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), would give tax credits of $1,500 for any new e-bike purchase. The individual part of the bill means multiple family members could get them at once. If I could add one more piece to this legislation, I’d bump up the credit to $2,000 or even $2,500 for a cargo e-bike.
Firefall Returns to Yosemite This Week But You’ll Need a Reservation

Firefall Returns to Yosemite This Week But You’ll Need a Reservation

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Firefall Returns to Yosemite This Week But You’ll Need a ReservationFirefall, that ephemeral magic that happens in February, when Yosemite’s Horsetail Falls catches the afternoon sun just so and ignites into a brilliant fuming sweep of reds, pinks, and oranges, a lick of flames shooting down bare granite, looks likely to begin this year on February 12. If you haven’t seen it in person, it may seem like a quant regionalism. It’s a phenomenal experience to see a waterfall turn from white to blazing orange just as the sun begins to set out west of the mouth of Yosemite valley. You will, however, need a permit to enter the park if you’re interested in checking it out. They went on sale yesterday, so if you haven’t bought one yet, and intend to check out the show, head here, right away.
France’s Amboise, Home to François I and Leonardo da Vinci

France’s Amboise, Home to François I and Leonardo da Vinci

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Straddling the Loire River, Amboise is an inviting town with a pleasing old quarter below its hilltop château. It just made sense: The ultimate French Renaissance king invited the ultimate Renaissance Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci, to join his court. In 1516, Leonardo da Vinci left Rome, accepted the position of engineer, architect, and painter to France’s Renaissance king, and moved in. Enjoying the patronage of the French king, Leonardo pursued his passions to the very end. Five hundred years ago, when Leonardo was looking for work, the résumé he sent to kings touted his engineering skills.
Escape Routes Podcast: Ubud, Bali

Escape Routes Podcast: Ubud, Bali

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Join the Zen seekers, digital nomads and self-improvement gurus in Bali’s green heart as author and BBC Radio 4 presenter Quirke unravels its unwavering magnetic pull. ‘Ubud is always vivid,’ she says. Malaysia Airlines operates flights to Bali via Kuala Lumpur – find out more at malaysiaairlines.com. This podcast is sponsored by Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, which is the best way to fly to, from and around the country, jetting from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on board the state-of-the-art Airbus A350. The company is a member of Oneworld, so travellers can also collect and redeem Avios, as well as earn Tier Points, when booking flights to South-east Asia and Australasia.
France’s Fontainebleau, Palace of Divine Monarchs and Napoleon

France’s Fontainebleau, Palace of Divine Monarchs and Napoleon

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The palace is richly decorated in royal and imperial symbolism, and its walls are hung with exquisite tapestries. Louis XIII was born here, Louis XV was married here, and after the anti-monarchy chaos of the French Revolution, Napoleon reigned as emperor right here. Fontainebleau has more Napoleon Bonaparte connections than any other palace, with his personal apartments and an adjacent museum. Napoleon’s throne room is the only French throne room that survives with its original furniture. A tent-like room is dedicated to Napoleon at war, with his small but iconic battle coat and hat, field-cot, and first-class camp gear.
Frescoes by Giotto in Padova’s Scrovegni Chapel

Frescoes by Giotto in Padova’s Scrovegni Chapel

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Padova’s Scrovegni Chapel, with its precious 14th-century Giotto frescoes, is one of Italy’s most beloved art treasures. Wallpapered with Giotto’s beautifully preserved cycle of frescoes, the glorious chapel — painted in about the year 1300 — depicts the lives of Jesus and Mary. Giotto, considered the first modern painter, painted scenes that were more realistic and human than anything that had been done for a thousand years. Moving beyond medieval 2-D and gold leaf backgrounds, with these realistic ground-breaking frescoes, Giotto introduces nature — rocks, trees, animals — as a backdrop for religious scenes. These frescoes are considered by many to be a precursor of the Renaissance to come.
Germany’s Medieval Walled Town of Rothenburg

Germany’s Medieval Walled Town of Rothenburg

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The Catholic army took the Protestant town of Rothenburg, and, as was customary, they planned to execute the town leaders and pillage and plunder the place. And when peace finally came, Rothenburg was never again a major player. They came here to paint and write about the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. But some of the townfolk needed a more physical form of guidance, as displayed in Rothenburg’s Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum. Glorious woodcarvings and cruel and unusual punishments shine a light on medieval life, but my favorite trip into medieval Rothenburg is with the Night Watchman.
Guest Bed, Dog Haven, Therapy Couch: An Ode to My Coleman Camping Cot

Guest Bed, Dog Haven, Therapy Couch: An Ode to My Coleman Camping Cot

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In 2016, I found myself needing a guest bed for a small space on short notice. Sign up Feel free to opt out at any timeA compact guest bedI originally bought this cot as an extra bed for guests. Just having the cot set up in my office is a nice visual reminder to plan for breaks. It’s Sleep Week at Wirecutter! Read more about the best Sleep Week deals on our expert-recommended mattresses, bedding, and more for your bedroom.
Glasgow: Gritty Industry and Feisty Scottish Culture

Glasgow: Gritty Industry and Feisty Scottish Culture

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Local: A person from Glasgow has more fun at a funeral than a person from Edinburgh does at a wedding. Local: They're honest, they're friendly, and they'll go out of their way to do anything for you at all. Don't know if that's red wine…Rick: This is a very Scottish thing, to walk around with your golf clubs. I don't actually play golf, I just walk around with these. For more Scottish art, we're heading inside and visiting Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Good Friday, as Commemorated in Italy, Greece, and Slovenia

Good Friday, as Commemorated in Italy, Greece, and Slovenia

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In Slovenia, the medieval town of Škofja Loka is famed for its Easter play. Back in Italy, at Cantiano’s Passion Play, the main square becomes a stage. Because Eastern Orthodox Christians use a different calendar than Western Christians, Orthodox Easter usually falls on a different Sunday. The Greek Orthodox ritual may feel exotic and mystical to many Western eyes and ears. After being carried around the church, Jesus is lovingly decked in flowers.
Getting into the stride: Walking in Kenya's Loita Hills

Getting into the stride: Walking in Kenya's Loita Hills

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Almost 50 years ago, in The Tree Where Man Was Born, Peter Matthiessen wrote of the Loita Hills as ‘roadless and little known... that epic Africa of hope and innocence’. In the Loita Hills the impression is one of congestion and enclosure. Yet the same forces affect the virtually unknown Loita Hills. Dry riverbed Julien CapmeilThe black rhinoceros, once abundant across southern Kenya, is no longer found in the Loita Hills. Yet glance away from a walking Maasai for a minute and he will have disappeared over the horizon.
Haarlem, Frans Hals, and a Grand Pipe Organ

Haarlem, Frans Hals, and a Grand Pipe Organ

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Just down the street, Haarlem’s top museum features the work of its most famous son: the great portrait artist Frans Hals. Here, in a room full of his masterpieces, we get a good taste of Protestant Dutch art. Dutch society was a merchant society, and now artists worked for a new kind of customer…Merchants. Haarlem’s Grote Kerk, or “great church,” towers over the market square as if to bless all the business that takes place below. Haarlem’s towering organ has been giving worship here an inspirational soundtrack since 1738.
Hall in Tirol and the Historic Importance of Salt

Hall in Tirol and the Historic Importance of Salt

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Actually, too traditional if you're trying to accomplish anything more than a leisurely lunch from noon till two, when everything closes. The town's name, Hall, means "salt." Hall was so important because it was a center of salt mining and trade. Back when salt was money, Hall was loaded — its seal features a barrel of salt. The town's elegant architecture and rich church make it clear that in its day, Hall was a local powerhouse.
Hacker Tried to Poison Florida City's Water Supply, Police Say

Hacker Tried to Poison Florida City's Water Supply, Police Say

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Sodium hydroxide is also known as lye and can be deadly if ingested in large amounts. Advertisement"The hacker changed the sodium hydroxide from about one hundred parts per million, to 11,100 parts per million," Gualtieri said, adding that these were "dangerous" levels. In smaller quantities, sodium hydroxide can cause severe skin burns and eye damage. That instance of remote access was brief, but then it happened again at 1:30 p.m., and the hacker changed the sodium hydroxide levels, Gualtieri said. AdvertisementJessica Mackesy from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office told Motherboard in an email that the remote access software used was TeamViewer.
Hamburg and Its Destruction in World War II

Hamburg and Its Destruction in World War II

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Hamburg is Germany’s second-largest city. A century ago, Hamburg's port was the third-largest in the world, with strong connections both east and west. Heavy damage in World War II devastated the commercial center. Its bold architecture and maritime atmosphere gives this northern-most Germany city an almost Scandinavian feel. You’d hardly know that this was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany in World War II.
Here’s how you can help London restaurants right now

Here’s how you can help London restaurants right now

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Order a deliveryFor now, a handful of London restaurants are still operating their own contactless doorstep delivery systems, although those with team members not living within walking distance are generally shutting down to keep staff from travelling unnecessarily. Bao’s new offshoot, Rice Error, will be up and running soon, delivering roast chicken and rice boxes that make use of Taiwan’s chishang rice to Soho, Fitzrovia, Southwark and Hackney. Mediterranean opening Oren will deliver across East London and Yard Sale and Pizza Pilgrims are both still dropping off pizzas, with a 50 per cent discount for all NHS staff. Meanwhile, deli-slash-wine-bar Provisions on Holloway Road is sending out orders costing more than £60 with free delivery across the city. Browse more takeaways from London's best restaurants
Here’s a Guy Skiing Down a Wave Mountain at Mavericks

Here’s a Guy Skiing Down a Wave Mountain at Mavericks

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Here’s a Guy Skiing Down a Wave Mountain at MavericksLast week we posted a clip of Pete Mel riding one of the best waves of all time at Mavericks, the big-wave break in California that’s put on quite a show this winter. Once you’re towing, surfboard design is a wildly different beast than when you’re paddling. This is not a new thing for Patterson, he’s been at this skiing in the ocean game for years now. This is a great wave for him though, and can’t possibly be as easy as it looks. Again, video is from Powerlines Productions, an outfit with hours of incredible Mavericks footage.
He Built Homes for the Homeless. So the City Sued Him

He Built Homes for the Homeless. So the City Sued Him

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A Toronto carpenter, whose work to build miniature, winterized shelters for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic has received immense public support, is speaking out after the city requested an injunction against further construction of the shelters. The problem is that Toronto’s most vulnerable people are falling through the cracks,” Seivwright said, adding that unhoused people have told him they have “nowhere to go” and they “no longer trust” the city’s shelter system. “Is the capacity in the emergency shelter system very high? The ultimate goal is to get people permanent housing through the city’s Streets to Homes program, and the encampments complicate that transition, Ross said. “It’s painful to see the city weaponize the (threat of fire) against the life-saving capacity that tiny shelters have, because the amount of lives that they have saved is huge at this point.”
Here’s Why Women Are Less Likely to Have Gone In on the GameStop Gambit

Here’s Why Women Are Less Likely to Have Gone In on the GameStop Gambit

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As last week’s Reddit-driven Gamestop stock drama dragged financial market participation into the cultural spotlight, it gave way to another anomaly. AdvertisementIt’s no secret that, on average, women make less money than men do—or that the gulf widens for most women of color. A September 2020 report from the National Partnership for Women and Families found Latinas making a measly 55 cents, Native American women making 60 cents, and Black women making 63 cents to a white man’s dollar. Johnson highlighted the ways Black women specifically can benefit from investing in the stock market, given the $15,000 annual income gap between Black and white women and the way Black-owned businesses have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the realities of income inequality for women and people of color really blunt the GirlBoss, Lean In feminism of “ladies, you gotta get into the stock market!” plugs.
Hikers Are Missing at Already Mysterious Dyatlov Pass, a Bizarre Turn

Hikers Are Missing at Already Mysterious Dyatlov Pass, a Bizarre Turn

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Hikers Are Missing at Already Mysterious Dyatlov Pass, a Bizarre TurnThe pieces we’ve written about the mysterious death of nine hikers in 1959 at Russia’s Dyatlov Pass are some of the most read, most shared, and most argued over articles in the AJ archive. Briefly: Nine hikers died, some brutally, after making camp after becoming lost attempting to cross a snowy pass in the Ural Mountains. Some where crushed, some died of hypothermia, the camp was torn to shreds. Just last week, we covered some new information about what may have killed the hikers, a small, localized avalanche, but even that information was greeted with skepticism by those who suspect something malicious or far weirder killed the hikers. They were due back on Wednesday, and have yet to appear.
Hoh Rainforest Trail Olympic National Park

Hoh Rainforest Trail Olympic National Park

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The Hoh Rainforest Trail in Olympic National Park was long hike with very little elevation change. Although the views inside the rainforest were incredible, the overall topography didn’t change very much throughout our hike. It wasn’t like any other hike I’ve been on, and I felt completely lost in there. Photos from the Hoh Rainforest Trail hike:PinPinWe spotted some elk while we were driving to the trial head. Not a fan of either of the ones pictured below, but I do like the Spicy Thai Chili flavor.
How a Year of Too Much Drinking, Stress, and Sitting Affects Your Body

How a Year of Too Much Drinking, Stress, and Sitting Affects Your Body

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Will your body ever recover from a year of basically no moving around at all? Are the fortunate survivors of this extremely deadly pandemic all going to die early, because of the habits we adopted to cope with 2020? Advertisement“As humans, we are all very resilient,” Leah Whigman, associate professor at UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso, told VICE. More drinking“Excessive drinking,” according to the CDC, means eight or more drinks per week for women, or 15 or more per week for men, based on average body size. But one year of drinking two beers per night isn’t necessarily going to take years off your life, Whigman explained.
Honoring Heritage in a Renovated Barn

Honoring Heritage in a Renovated Barn

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Over time, a structure’s function melds with physical signs of use and emotions that filled the space. Off in the foothills of the eastern Cascades, in Washington, is a renovated barn that, through maintaining the dignity of its original purpose, has avoided such a fate. When the 3,875-square-foot barn was repurposed into a home, the essence of its origin was maintained – physically and in spirit. All of the siding, paneling and flooring were repurposed from the original barn or nearby structures facing demolition. The repurposed barn, designed by MW Works Architecture+Design, displays the convergence of form, function and sentimentality in every corner.
How Beirut's urban scene has bounced back

How Beirut's urban scene has bounced back

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The pool at Arthaus Hotel in Beirut Guillaume de LaubierDebs and his wife Zoe were set to launch their Arthaus hotel on that ill-fated day. Instead, they found themselves dealing with massive destruction to the historic 25-room property in Gemmayze, one of the hardest hit spots. Now partially reopened, Arthaus is meant to be an experiential creative hub, not least because of its location. AdvertisementA bar at Arthaus, Beirut Guillaume de Laubier‘This whole district is really avant-garde; it’s a concentrated area of innovative people who went about rebuilding immediately after the blast,’ says Debs. The art-collecting pair fought back the way they know best: gathering about 50 artists for a fundraising exhibition in the hotel, Beirut Year Zero, as well as a charity auction held by Christie’s New York.
HIKING in PATAGONIA – The Ultimate Guide to the Best Treks

HIKING in PATAGONIA – The Ultimate Guide to the Best Treks

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Home | Adventure | HIKING in PATAGONIA – The Ultimate Guide to the Best TreksEverything you need to know about hiking in Patagonia. Just the thought of hiking in Torres Del Paine National Park sends shivers down my spine. Also it’s necessary to know that weather in Patagonia is so varied and can change at any time, which can very quickly alter your Patagonia hiking trip. Hiking In Torres del Paine National ParkWhen it come to hiking in Patagonia, no trip would be complete without spending at least a few days in Torres del Paine National Park, the crown jewel of Chile. If you are after a really magical experience spend the night in the park and start hiking up in the dark.
Holy Week, Leading up to Easter, as Celebrated in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, and Spain

Holy Week, Leading up to Easter, as Celebrated in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, and Spain

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While Palm Sunday kicks Holy Week off with grand spectacle, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are quieter. In fact, all of Holy Week is a school vacation. It’s a time of music, blessings, and community as Holy Week builds to Easter Sunday. Back in Spain, in Sevilla, various religious fraternities parade on different days during Holy Week, so preparations continue all week long. The entire Holy Week in Spain is a glorious spectacle.
How This Guy Traveled From Singapore to Canada Without Flying

How This Guy Traveled From Singapore to Canada Without Flying

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Before enlisting in the military, he took a trip to Europe where he hitchhiked for the first time. Then it hit him: with 10 months left before he starts university in Canada , why not go there without flying, and visit other cities along the way? I’ve been addicted to it ever since then.”Though he did not plan it, that was like training for his 9-month trip from Singapore to Canada. “I really wanted to do something that not many people have done, or maybe even no one has done before,” he said. He went to places like China, North Korea, Iran, and Germany, while only riding trains, buses, cars, and boats.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Nap

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Nap

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A decade of working from home and afternoon energy slumps set the perfect trap, and now that I’ve started, I don’t plan to stop. Set aside time and embrace failureThe most useful advice I found about napping was to be okay with not falling asleep. Set the sceneThe things that make you comfortable and able to nap will doubtless be different to those used by other people. Let your partner or roommates know you’re napping so they won’t bug you. This side effect will often be worse after a long nap rather than a short one.
How Do Afghans Relax in a War-Torn Region? Go Hiking

How Do Afghans Relax in a War-Torn Region? Go Hiking

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A young man named Hamidullah, a good friend of Ramesh, my translator, has invited me to go hiking in Sholgara. Combat has ebbed but never ended, and small, locally based detachments of the two militias still clash here from time to time. “Where I am taking you, it is secure.”Mazar-e-Sharif to SholgaraAfghanistan’s blood-drenched history, ancient and recent, rolls past the car windows. SholgaraWe pull up to a pedestrian rope bridge sagging over the murky Balkh River, leave the car, and cross the bridge on foot. The mountains are white, then blue, then gray, then green as they swell toward us.”I love you, Afghanistan!” Hamidullah exclaims.
How Sex Toys Became the New Celebrity Fragrance

How Sex Toys Became the New Celebrity Fragrance

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But Allen’s announcement was the launch of “The Liberty”, a suction sex toy released in collaboration with the German sex toy company Womanizer. The actor became an investor and co-creative director of Maude, a sex toy brand known for its “sculpture-like sex toys”. Google searches for “sex positivity” boomed between 2015 and 2017, and publications began reporting the rise of sex positive influencers in 2017. “They should back up their communication with rich, sex positive, educational content.”The pivot to sex influencing comes with other issues, too. Topher Taylor, a sex educator and brand manager for queer sex shop Clonezone, says he’d like to see celebs who promote sex positivity address censorship on social media.
How to Get Internet While Traveling On the Road

How to Get Internet While Traveling On the Road

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During our 3 months living on the road in an Airstream, the hardest part was not having good or consistent Internet. Panera ending having really fast internet that was equivalent to home cable/DSL, but they were hard to find and the costs of a meal were much higher. Panera ending having really fast internet that was equivalent to home cable/DSL, but they were hard to find and the costs of a meal were much higher. Rent a desk for a few hours, day, or week and get all the fast internet you need. Rent a desk for a few hours, day, or week and get all the fast internet you need.
How to Escape the Confines of Time and Space According to the CIA

How to Escape the Confines of Time and Space According to the CIA

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The left hemisphere then dishes the carefully prepared data to the non-critical, holistic, pattern-oriented right hemisphere, which accepts everything without question. There, stimuli can reach the sensor and motor cortices of the right brain, which corresponds to points in the body. 3) Biofeedback, on the other hand, uses the left hemisphere to gain access to the right brain’s lower cerebral, motor, and sensory cortices. With repetition, the left brain can reliably key into the right brain, and strengthen the pathways so that it can be accessed during a conscious demand mode. The left hemisphere then compares it to other data, reducing it to its 2D form.
How to Have a Sexy, Romantic Night In When You Also Have Roommates

How to Have a Sexy, Romantic Night In When You Also Have Roommates

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A fun, sexy little date night at home is no exception. But that doesn’t mean that creating a sensual vibe is anything other than essential to having a good date night in. Just be mindful of the sounds/sights/scenes involved as they relate to your roommate's night, too. Don’t freak if your date night doesn’t go exactly as you’d planned it. That means crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s in preparation for your date night doesn’t mean everything will go off without a hitch—on your end or your roommates’.
How to Drive Iceland’s Ring Road: The Ultimate 800-Mile Road Trip

How to Drive Iceland’s Ring Road: The Ultimate 800-Mile Road Trip

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Europe’s best road trip circles Iceland, from Reykjavík to Reykjavík, on the 800-mile Highway 1 — the Ring Road. But if you can spare more time, it’s worth investing a full week (or more) in driving the Ring Road. The Ring Road is an 800-mile loop. I did the entire Ring Road in a dinky Hyundai and never felt unsafe or underpowered. The Eastfjords, while majestic, represent the most tedious part of the Ring Road drive.
How YouTube's Ambience Artists Create Vibes, Virtually

How YouTube's Ambience Artists Create Vibes, Virtually

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What draws me to these ambience videos isn't just the sound, but also the uncanny valley visuals. Unlike Chilled Cow's simple graphics (the often-memed "study girl"), the images in these videos look real, but something's not quite right. There's overlap between the 3D art world and the YouTube ambience niche, it turns out. AdvertisementIn non-pandemic times, ambience videos provided windows into other worlds or calming background noise for studying and working. As McLean sees it, the visual surreality of these ambience videos can actually be part of the appeal.
How to Make Safe Decisions When Avalanche Danger Looms

How to Make Safe Decisions When Avalanche Danger Looms

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ADVERTISEMENTMuch like how we’re all navigating daily risk assessment during the pandemic, making safe, conservative decisions in avalanche terrain is a matter of life or death. Much like how we’re all navigating daily risk assessment during the pandemic, making safe, conservative decisions in avalanche terrain is a matter of life or death. Largely because of COVID, experts are predicting a significant increase in backcountry travelers this winter. “The simplest way to mitigate avalanche hazard is to avoid avalanche terrain altogether,” the AIARE 1 course manual advises. But we can, and should, employ regular processes to check in with ourselves and others when it comes to making safe decisions.
How to make the best pancakes in the world with Wolfgang Puck

How to make the best pancakes in the world with Wolfgang Puck

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Wolfgang Puck, chef founder of CUT at 45 Park Lane in London, opened his first restaurant, Spago, in Hollywood, California in 1982. We met with him at CUT at 45 Park Lane to learn how to make the best pancakes in the world. Wolfgang Puck at 45 Park Lane PressAdvertisementAn interview with Wolfgang PuckAre you a breakfast person? AdvertisementWolfgang Puck and David McIntyre at 45 Park Lane PressHow do you deal with jet lag? AdvertisementThe 30 best hotels in London Places To Stay The 30 best hotels in LondonThe best brunch in London for delivery 2021 Eating & Drinking The best brunch in London for delivery 2021
How to Use Maps to Avoid Avalanche Danger

How to Use Maps to Avoid Avalanche Danger

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You should not travel in avalanche terrain until you and your partners undergo avalanche safety training and are competent in the use of avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe). ADVERTISEMENTThis article covers how to identify avalanche terrain by observing: Aspect and Elevation; Topography; Terrain Traps; and Avalanche Paths. A Short Primer on Avalanche TerrainIf you aren’t familiar with identifying avalanche terrain, the Avalanche Canada online terrain identification tutorial is a great place to start. Many avalanche forecast centers use an avalanche danger rose to forecast the distribution of the different avalanche problems at different aspects and elevations. Key points to keep in mind before you venture into avalanche terrain:• Get avalanche safety gear.
Iran’s Shiraz, Poets, and Dinner with Iranian Friends

Iran’s Shiraz, Poets, and Dinner with Iranian Friends

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A couple more hours to the southwest is Shiraz — a booming city of over a million people. Another center of Persian culture, Shiraz is a sophisticated city. Shiraz is famous as the home of beloved Persian poets. Gardens sprawl out from the poets' tombs with tranquil corners provided to ponder the mystical brilliance of these prophets of love. Guide: Nooshe jan.Other man: Yeah, nooshe jan.Rick: Nooshe jan, nooshe jan.Guide: The same as bon appétit.
If We Care About Public Lands We Absolutely Must Reform the BLM

If We Care About Public Lands We Absolutely Must Reform the BLM

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The Bureau of Land Management is the federal agency that controls the largest acreage of federal public lands, especially in the West and Alaska. My district comprised nearly 3 million acres and included two BLM national monuments and eight statutory wilderness areas. BLM lands can, and should, be a big part of achieving this goal. We see this in the BLM national monuments established under the Antiquities Act. For a great primer on public lands, pick up a copy of That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America’s Public Lands.
Ireland’s Kinsale and a Big Battle

Ireland’s Kinsale and a Big Battle

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Kinsale mixes history and cuteness better than any town on Ireland’s south coast. As Ireland’s self-proclaimed gourmet capital, Kinsale merges friendly old-fashioned Irish hospitality with quality restaurants. And for travelers, that means excellent guides — like Don Herlihy in Kinsale — are available in any historic town. They suddenly realized the significance of this perfect harbor of Kinsale on their doorstep. Star fort, state of the art, 17th century, huge.
I’m an ER Doctor. Here’s What I Feel OK Doing as My State Reopens.

I’m an ER Doctor. Here’s What I Feel OK Doing as My State Reopens.

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Each of us will decide, with a certain degree of arbitrariness, what we consider safe and important. That would clearly just not be safe right now. People have done integrated strategies to mitigate their risk of COVID even as they march and kneel in the streets. So I will also ask myself, will this activity allow me to tread lightly upon the earth, and if it doesn’t, do I really need to do it? I still don’t really know, and that uncertainty is something we will have to learn to live with too.
Is the All-New Ultralight Jetboil Stash Ultranecessary?

Is the All-New Ultralight Jetboil Stash Ultranecessary?

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ADVERTISEMENTThe new Jetboil Stash ($130) though can split that difference, at least, to some degree. Because of that heat exchanger, it’s definitely faster than a pot with a flat bottom, but not nearly as fast as the standard Jetboil if that’s what you’re used to. The titanium burner and aluminum pot combo (barely) tip the scales at 7.1 ounces. If you’ve ever used a backpacking stove, you’ve basically used the Jetboil Stash. You can easily find a titanium pot that weighs less than the 5 ounce Stash pot, and a lightweight titanium burner that together will cost and weigh less than the Jetboil Stash.
How to Move like a Pro: Moving Tips and Checklist

How to Move like a Pro: Moving Tips and Checklist

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In the past 5 years, we’ve moved to 5 different cities and learned a few things about the art, or shall we say, pains of moving. Hopefully, these tips will teach you how to move like a pro and help your move go smoothly. Moving ScamsThere are moving scams out there and you’ll have to do the research the be sure you find a reputable company. We’ve moved in a big truck, in just our sedan, and we’ve rented a van for our most recent move to NYC. MOVING CHECKLIST AND TIMELINEClick image for full PDF Click image for full PDF Pin Pin LET'S GO!
Is the Dyatlov Pass Mystery Finally Solved?

Is the Dyatlov Pass Mystery Finally Solved?

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Is there a movie of the Dyatlov Pass incident? Realizing their mistake after a time, Dyatlov decided the group should make camp for the night where they were, though they were quite exposed. To sum it up: A small avalanche, about the size of an SUV, is likely what killed the hikers. The Dyatlov Pass researchers found data from old car crash testing in which GM stuffed cadavers in cars and rammed them into walls. Photo: Wikipedia***For more, check out Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
Israelis and Palestinians: The Struggle to Share the Holy Land

Israelis and Palestinians: The Struggle to Share the Holy Land

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In the Middle East, Israel and Palestine share the land west of the Jordan River. Israel is the predominantly Jewish State, while Gaza and the West Bank are Palestinian — mostly Muslim and Arab. The Muslims and Jews who call this region home share a family tree that goes back nearly 4,000 years. And today, most Arabs here are Muslim — a religion that arrived much later with their prophet, Mohammad, in the seventh century. Today, the combined population of Israel and Palestine is about 12 million — roughly half Jews and half Arabs.
Italy's Alps, the Dolomites

Italy's Alps, the Dolomites

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The Dolomites, with their distinct and jagged peaks, offer some of the best alpine thrills in Europe. The Italian part is called "South Tirol." That's why I feature it in my Italy guidebook as the ideal home base for exploring the Dolomites. Here in the region of South Tirol, even though we're in Italy, locals speak German first and Italian second. Kastelruth is the gateway to Europe's largest alpine meadow, the Alpe di Siusi [a.k.a.
It’s Been Five Years and These SoCal National Monuments Are Still Standing

It’s Been Five Years and These SoCal National Monuments Are Still Standing

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It’s Been Five Years and These SoCal National Monuments Are Still StandingOn February 12, 2016—five years ago today—fellow left-hander Barack Obama picked up his pen and created three new national monuments and protected 1.8 million acres of land that belong to you and me. Those three monuments are Castle Mountains, Mojave Trails, and Sand to Snow, and across Southern California, as best they can in these covid days, people are celebrating the anniversary. Spanning 1.6 million acres, more than 350,000 acres of previously congressionally-designated Wilderness, MTNM is comprised of a mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, and spectacular sand dunes. It protects Native American trading routes, World War II-era training camps, and the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66. The monuments survived the four years of Sauron’s administration without reduction, thankfully, but threats remain, including groundwater pumping, development encroachment, climate change and more.
Italy’s Padova: City of Galileo, Learning and Faith

Italy’s Padova: City of Galileo, Learning and Faith

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Like the rest of the Veneto, Padova was ruled by Venice from the 15th century until Napoleon came — at about 1800. Four hundred years ago, the great scientist Galileo — notorious for disagreeing with the Church’s views on science — enjoyed that academic freedom. With 60,000 students, Padova’s university is always lively, and you’re likely to stumble onto some kind of spirited school event. The main drag leads to one of the most important pilgrimage churches in all of Europe: the Basilica of St. Anthony. For nearly 800 years pilgrims have flocked here to venerate the tomb of St. Anthony of Padova.
Jerusalem: Holy for Jews, Muslims, and Christians

Jerusalem: Holy for Jews, Muslims, and Christians

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But its historic core, the Old City — home to around 35,000 — feels lost in time. The pilgrims’ journey ends in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Calvary Hill, or “Golgotha”. Only a few steps away, under a grand dome, pilgrims line up to enter the Holy Sepulchre and place a candle near the tomb of Jesus. While complete Muslim control of Jerusalem is unrealistic, many Arabs envision an independent Palestinian state, with this part of Jerusalem — East Jerusalem — as their capital. These are the homes of Jewish families staking out this bit of the Old City for their community.
LA’s Rich Somehow Got COVID Vaccines Meant for Minority Communities

LA’s Rich Somehow Got COVID Vaccines Meant for Minority Communities

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A man gets his first dose of the Moderna vaccine from Connie Castro, a Los Angeles Unified School District nurse, as LAUSD's first vaccination site opened at the Roybal Learning Center, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. More than 2,000 community organizations have contacted the state about participating in the program, California Office of Emergency Services (OES) spokesperson Brian Ferguson told the Times. AdvertisementBut after those codes became available last week, wealthier people in Los Angeles began getting the codes via group chats and messages, the Times reported. AdvertisementThe Los Angeles situation shows how the well-documented problems with vaccine signups persist. After Massachusetts expanded its COVID-19 eligibility last week, the state’s vaccine appointment locator website crashed for more than two hours, according to Boston.com.
Love in the Time of Corona

Love in the Time of Corona

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Call me a romantic, but I don’t believe some rude little virus should get in the way of love, or, at least, in the way of dating. Host a remote movie dateUnder less cataclysmic circumstances, I love seeing a movie in a theater on a date. In lieu of going to a theater, schedule a remote movie date. Take a (virtual) museum strollGoing to a museum is another great date option that corona wanted to ruin but CAN’T. If your date is 420-friendly, you can both light up and pretend you’re in Amsterdam at the Van Gogh Museum.
Make Your Campsite Breakfast Better with Freshly Made Biscuits

Make Your Campsite Breakfast Better with Freshly Made Biscuits

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Maybe it’s because the idea of having something freshly baked on a camping trip seems so foreign to most people. Let’s get one thing straight: camp biscuits are probably not going to have the same form as biscuits made in your kitchen. You are eating freshly made biscuits after all, who cares what they look like? Eat them straight off the frying pan, and when you split them open, they are warm and a perfect vehicle for a healthy dose of jam or honey. This recipe makes a biscuit that can go just as well with breakfast as it can with dinner; essentially any time you are craving something freshly baked and have a few extra minutes to spare on the frying pan.
Marfa, Texas, Surprises Us Again

Marfa, Texas, Surprises Us Again

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Marfa, Texas, was destined to be a funky desert town in the proverbial middle of nowhere. It’s certainly quirky, and there are likely at least a few hermits and misanthropes around town, but Marfa has evolved into a compelling, cultural West Texas outpost. Inspired by the starkness of the landscape, Marfa produced – and still cultivates – a strong minimalism movement in the art world. The Marfa weeHouse was designed by Alchemy, a Minnesota-based architecture firm that pioneered this particular style of tiny (and not-so tiny) home. The Marfa weeHouse is 440 square-feet of horizon-watching relaxation.
Lyon, France's Proud Second City

Lyon, France's Proud Second City

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Along with its characteristic Old World lanes, Lyon has grand quarters with 19th-century architecture that feels much like Paris. Virginie: In the first century, the Roman city of Lyon had a population of 50,000 people — which is four times as big as Roman Paris. This church, the Basilica of Notre-Dame, was ready for worship just in time for the outbreak of the next war, World War I. The streets of Old Lyon are lined with well-preserved Renaissance buildings. Virginie: There are more than a hundred of those passageways in the Old Lyon.
Leon Crane Survived a Plane Crash and 80 Days in the Alaskan Winter

Leon Crane Survived a Plane Crash and 80 Days in the Alaskan Winter

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ADVERTISEMENTLt. Leon Crane’s ordeal began 25,000 feet above that lonely stretch of the Yukon on December 21, 1943. Crane watched Pompeo’s parachute drift over a nearby ridge before he landed up to his waist in snow. After calling out to no response, Crane starting pushing through the snow making for the smoking crash site, some 1/4 mile away. Crane managed to start a fire next to the frozen river using a letter from his father warmed in his breast pocket. Crane survived over 80 days in the Alaskan wilderness, with no training, no experience in the Arctic, and no survival skills.
Meet, and Save, Slim Pickins, A Very Cool Outdoor Shop

Meet, and Save, Slim Pickins, A Very Cool Outdoor Shop

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Meet, and Save, Slim Pickins, A Very Cool Outdoor ShopIn downtown Stephenville, Texas, a small town smack in the middle of the state, there’s an old Recall Drugs storefront that, in 2017, became Slim Pickins, the nation’s first Black-owned outdoor gear shop. Jahmicah pondered leaving the town, a traditional cowboy-centric Texas place, but decided to make his, and his family’s stand right there in Stephenville. A dedicated angler, Dawes wanted a shop that the Black community could feel comfortable walking into, maybe learning a new skill, a new way to be. Together with The Outbound Collective, Slim Pickins put together a great short film about their shop, their community, and, whether they meant to or not, the film taps into that love we all have of our own gear shops. The film is below, and if you feel so inclined, here is a link to their GoFundMe page.
Meet the Decal That Can Return Your Lost Gear to Your Doorstep

Meet the Decal That Can Return Your Lost Gear to Your Doorstep

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Meet the Decal That Can Return Your Lost Gear to Your DoorstepPretty much every well-used trailhead in or near any outdoorsy town has a little lost and found section. You buy a decal for $4, it has a QR code printed on it. Scan the code, enter your info to create an account, and now the gear can be traced back to you. Drop your fishing net, trekking pole, etc., and somebody finds it, they see the decal, they scan the QR code indicating they’ve found it, and Karmik pings you to let you know. The finder also gets a reward from Karmik, anything from an entry for free gear to Karmik-branded swag.
Martin Luther’s Experience as a Pilgrim in Rome

Martin Luther’s Experience as a Pilgrim in Rome

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Imagine Luther, the weary yet wide-eyed young pilgrim, trekking for weeks… and finally cresting this hill and seeing Rome. Passing through the gates of the city, he dropped to his knees and said, "Hail, holy city of Rome!" While today’s basilica was built shortly after Luther’s visit, stepping into the grand church, Luther would have had an experience much like pilgrims do now. In Rome, Luther came face to face with this worldly corruption at its worst. Like any devout pilgrim, Luther immersed himself in the holy sights of Rome and visited a long list of relics.
Neo-Nazi Terrorists Planned Fortified Compound in Michigan

Neo-Nazi Terrorists Planned Fortified Compound in Michigan

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Following a joint FBI and Michigan State Police investigation, Watkins was charged with gang membership for his association with the Base and using computers to commit a felony. “We are buying houses and land and fortifying them,” said Watkins under an alias on the encrypted chat app, Wire, in early 2020. The chatroom was a place where members of different affiliations mingled and discussed the state of their violent movement. In early 2020, the Base was hit with a series of high-profile arrests of many of its most prominent members. But in the midst of the chaos, its Michigan cell, led by Watkins, remained intact.
Mumbai: female entrepreneurs changing rules in the city

Mumbai: female entrepreneurs changing rules in the city

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Suhani JalotaThis isn’t just a revolution played out through creative circles; young Indian women are challenging the status quo in every aspect of the female experience. Suhani Jalota’s Myna Mahila Foundation, whose mission is to break down taboos around menstruation and end period poverty, is tackling wider challenges in Mumbai’s slums. It offers education, a support network and financial independence by empowering women through employment. ‘I see a lot of that “I’m not going to take s*** any longer” attitude now,’ adds Charanjiva. Now read:The best things to do in Mumbai, India10 Amazing Things to Do in... Mumbai City Breaks 10 Amazing Things to Do in... MumbaiFive charitable organisations empowering local women in IndiaFive charitable organisations empowering local women in India Inspiration Five charitable organisations empowering local women in IndiaThe best shopping in Mumbai
My Favorite Hair Care Tool Is a Silk Pillowcase

My Favorite Hair Care Tool Is a Silk Pillowcase

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When people talk about silk, they’re usually referring to Mulberry silk, which is produced by a species of silkworm called Bombyx mori. A high momme count: Momme (mm) is the unit used to measure the weight of silk. A 30mm silk pillowcase will cost more than a 19mm pillowcase because the 30mm case has the thickest silk threads woven tightly together, which gives it a hefty density. A 30mm silk pillowcase will cost more than a 19mm pillowcase because the 30mm case has the thickest silk threads woven tightly together, which gives it a hefty density. A frustrating reality of silk pillowcases in particular is that most of them are sold individually, not in sets of two.
Nestlé’s Cookie AI Looks Creepy As Hell, But Could Improve Your Baking

Nestlé’s Cookie AI Looks Creepy As Hell, But Could Improve Your Baking

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I'm feeling slightly judged by the face staring back at me. AdvertisementRuth does not seem amused by my unrelated speech; she’s here to talk about cookies, and I keep stalling. She gives me two options, for a recipe walkthrough or to customize my cookies, and it begins: I have entered the portal into Nestlé’s new Cookie Coach helpline. She was created in response to recipe troubleshooting questions that came into Nestlé’s customer service line, as Nestlé’s head of digital strategy & innovation Orchid Bertelsen announced on Twitter Tuesday morning. As a proficient baker, I’m not sure I need quite this much guidance personally, but I’m slightly reassured and amused to know that there’s someone there to troubleshoot the baking process with me, even if Ruth’s surreal appearance unsettles me a little.
Michelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 list

Michelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 list

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The Green Star, or four-leaf clover, marks sustainable dining and will appear in all future additions of the 121-year-old Michelin Guide. The symbol celebrates the restaurants holding themselves accountable for both their ethical and environmental standards. Lots of these joints work with eco-conscious producers and suppliers to avoid waste and reduce or even remove plastic and other non-recyclable materials from their supply chain. Check out our list of Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK and Ireland to see the 2021 winners. Now read:2021's new Michelin-star restaurants revealed2021's new Michelin-star restaurants revealed Eating & Drinking 2021's new Michelin-star restaurants revealed10 Michelin-starred lunches for under £35Advertisement10 Michelin-starred lunches for under £35 Eating & Drinking 10 Michelin-starred lunches for under £35The most beautiful restaurants in London
Meet the Gen Z campaigners fighting for environmental justice

Meet the Gen Z campaigners fighting for environmental justice

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Climate justice has increasingly grabbed headlines since, and many of those driving positive action to protect the environment are still at school. Just as with the topic of sustainability as a whole, the cause of climate change is complex. There are no humans without the earth.’AdvertisementOluwaseyi MoejohTO SOLVE THE CRISIS WE NEED GLOBAL CITIZENS. Ask the University of Buenos Aires political science student what he thinks the biggest causes of climate change are and you won’t hear clichés. ‘To solve the crisis, we need global citizens.
New Videos Show BLM Protester Running Away From Cops Before Being Fatally Shot

New Videos Show BLM Protester Running Away From Cops Before Being Fatally Shot

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Screenshot of surveillance video of Jorge Gomez' fatal shooting at the hands of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Police say Gomez was also carrying a handgun in his backpack, which violates Nevada’s open carry laws. Police say they asked Gomez, who attorneys say was headed toward his parked car, to comply with orders to leave. After a brief exchange, one of the officers, who Gonzalez identified as Officer John Squeo, shot five non-lethal beanbag rounds. Police say Gomez raised his gun toward the four officers who had just arrived, prompting them to shoot at the man 19 times.
Nicholas Clinch Proved American Teams Could Make First Ascents Too

Nicholas Clinch Proved American Teams Could Make First Ascents Too

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Despite a nickname that makes it seem diminutive, Hidden Peak soars to over 26,500 feet the Karakoram range in northeast Pakistan. It’s also the only 8,000-meter peak with a first ascent nabbed by an American climbing team. That drive got two men to the top of Hidden Peak in the spring of 1958, before anyone else: Pete Schoening and Andy Kauffman. As in: “The plane ticket cost me five squirrels.”In 2006, a peak near Mount Vinson, reaching 15,900 feet into the sky was named Clinch Peak. ***You can still find copies of Clinch’s account of the Hidden Peak climb, A Walk in the Sky: Climbing Hidden Peak.
'Nomadland': where was it filmed?

'Nomadland': where was it filmed?

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Frances and David Strathairn McDormand in Nomadland © 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PROPERTY OF SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES. A road movie set among the van-dwelling nomad community of the American West, it’s based on a non-fiction work by journalist Jessica Bruder. AdvertisementFrances McDormand in Nomadland © 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PROPERTY OF SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES.
No Word From Winter K2 As Sleepless Summit Push Enters Third Day

No Word From Winter K2 As Sleepless Summit Push Enters Third Day

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They last spoke to their base camp manager at nightfall Friday, approximately 6 p.m., telling him they were pressing on for the summit. Snorri and the Sadparas started from base camp Wednesday morning, climbing to Camp 2 that day and arriving in Camp 3 early Thursday afternoon. Sherpa Pasang Norbu, who on Thursday morning began an audacious bid to climb base-to-summit-to-base in one go, has returned to base camp after reaching Camp 3. Skatov’s fiancé, who was in base camp with him, flew with the body to the regional capital Skardu. Top Photo: Muhammad Ali Sadpara on the summit of K2, summer 2018
Norway’s Lofoten Islands: Cod Only Knows Their Beauty

Norway’s Lofoten Islands: Cod Only Knows Their Beauty

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The Lofoten are a chain of spiky islands way up at the northern end of Norway, well above the Arctic Circle…comparable to the northern reaches of Alaska. To reach the islands, we went to Oslo (already at Alaskan latitudes), then flew due north for about an hour and a half. From there, we side-tripped into the main town of the Lofoten, Svolvær, where we took an RIB (rigid inflatable boat, a.k.a. Enlarge photo Enlarge photoOur favorite stop was the town of Reine, in the middle of a fjord immersed in the most spectacular stretch of Lofoten scenery. However, in a full week in the Lofoten, we never once encountered a single other American.
Norway’s Natural Wonders: Mountains, Fjords, and Glaciers

Norway’s Natural Wonders: Mountains, Fjords, and Glaciers

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Norway's lunar-like mountain-scapes and deep fjords were shaped by glaciers that covered most of the Continent 10,000 years ago. Rivers of ice like this carved huge valleys creating the defining feature of Norway's landscape — the fjords. And the visual highlight of this ride, Nærøyfjord is ten miles long and breathtakingly narrow — as little as 800 feet wide. Man: Long way down. Romantic painters and writers were inspired by the mountains plunging into the fjords and by the dramatic light.
Olympic National Park Hall of Mosses

Olympic National Park Hall of Mosses

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Inside the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park, there was a short 3/4 mile loop called the Hall of Mosses. Initially, we skipped the short loop, because we thought the scenery would be comparable to the longer hike. Plus, we wanted to see how far we could get on the rainforest trail first. Photos from the Hall of Mosses in Olympic National Park:PinThere were mossy trees on the hoh rainforest trail but none like these. PinPinThis short loop highlighted the best of the Hoh Rainforest.
Nürnberg Rallies: The Stage for Hitler’s Propaganda

Nürnberg Rallies: The Stage for Hitler’s Propaganda

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Nürnberg, so steeped in German history, was nicknamed the "most German of German cities." And it was here, in Nürnberg, that Hitler declared the Third Reich — a powerful German empire to last a thousand years. When Hitler took power, he made Nürnberg's Zeppelin Field the site of his enormous Nazi Party rallies. Inspirational images from Leni Riefenstahl's propaganda movie Triumph of the Will were filmed at the 1934 Nürnberg rallies, and then shown in theaters and schoolroom throughout the country. Nürnberg shows the enormous power of fascism's secret weapon-: propaganda.
On Day One, Biden Moves to Undo Trump’s Environment, Public Lands Policies

On Day One, Biden Moves to Undo Trump’s Environment, Public Lands Policies

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On the schedule for President Biden’s first day on the job? Moving quickly to reverse Trump’s business and energy-first environmental policies. According to Gina McCarthy, President Biden’s national climate advisor, Biden will move immediately to sign more than a dozen executive orders today, one of which will direct federal officials to tackle 100 different projects meant to undo Trump’s environmental legacy. Biden will also immediately cease construction of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a giant relief to conservationists in the Southwest, outraged by the construction of a wall through a sensitive and wild ecosystem. Within his broader push to undo Trump’s environmental decisions, Biden will also restore Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments to their original sizes, reversing the Trump administration’s shrinking and opening of them to oil and gas drilling.
On Winter K2 The Search For Missing Climbers Comes To Reluctant End

On Winter K2 The Search For Missing Climbers Comes To Reluctant End

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Five days after Muhammad Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto launched their summit bid on Winter K2, and more than 100 hours since they were last seen from base camp, the search for the missing climbers has effectively ended. A fourth climber, Ali’s son Sajid Sadpara, 22, descended Saturday to base camp in winds as high as 60 miles per hour after waiting overnight for the others. Their departure marks the bitter end of a season that on January 16 saw the first winter ascent of K2. “When I was putting the regulator on, the oxygen started to leak because it didn’t fit well,” Sajid Sadpara said. Sajid Sadpara believes they reached the summit and met an accident on the way down.
One Man's 16-Year Journey to Release an MMO Made Entirely By Themselves

One Man's 16-Year Journey to Release an MMO Made Entirely By Themselves

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Long before the video game industry was interested in making tools accessible for the average person, software like RPG Toolkit was absolutely essential. He was 10 years old at the time, and it would be several years before Johansson started on Key to Heaven. Johansson started making single-player adventures in RPG Toolkit, before feeling his ambition grow. Key to Heaven was an MMO, and an MMO needs players for it to function. "I ended up searching online using Google and 'top 100' lists to find '2D open world online RPG games,'" said Fisher.
North Carolina Claims Prisoners Who Died of COVID Didn't Die of COVID

North Carolina Claims Prisoners Who Died of COVID Didn't Die of COVID

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Bingham was the ninth prisoner to die of COVID-19 in North Carolina—or at least, he would have been counted as such. The death certificates confirmed the deaths due to COVID-19 that North Carolina’s prison system announced, through September 20, when the deadliest months for North Carolina prisoners were yet to come. North Carolina has had relatively few prisoners die of the virus compared to other states, such as California and Michigan. Known as the Office of Corrections Ombuds, it has provided independent reports on state prison conditions and data throughout the pandemic. This decision about whether a prisoner’s death is COVID-19-related is made internally, by the prison system’s chief medical officer, according to Bull.
One Woman’s Mission to Visit Every Single Big Thing in Australia

One Woman’s Mission to Visit Every Single Big Thing in Australia

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Some of the more niche entries include The Big Deck Chair, The Big Lobster, The Big Purse, the Big Axe, The Big Galah, The Big Bull, The Big Kangaroo—you get the idea. Originally from New Zealand, Shez has travelled extensively around Australia, visiting some 250 big things over the past five years. Shez at the Big Hay Wagon and Bales in Kojunup, Western AustraliaVICE: Hey Shez, do you remember the first big thing you ever visited? The Big Deck Chair, Winton, QueenslandWhat have you learned about Australia’s national character while visiting big things? For people who have come to Australia and seen something like The Big Kangaroo or The Big Galah, they’re symbols of Australia; they’re part of Australian culture.
Paris’ Rodin Museum: Impressionism in Stone

Paris’ Rodin Museum: Impressionism in Stone

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A short walk takes us to the palatial mansion, studio, and garden of another great impressionist: Auguste Rodin. Rodin was a modern Michelangelo, sculpting human figures with powerful insight, revealing, through the body, their deepest emotions. With his groundbreaking Bronze Man, Rodin came into his own, and was recognized as an artistic force. The Kiss was the first Rodin work the public loved. Leaning slightly forward, tense and compact, every muscle working toward producing that one great thought, Man contemplates his fate.
Our editor-in-chief on our commitment to the planet

Our editor-in-chief on our commitment to the planet

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And yet I don’t mind being at home, I don’t mind it at all. Humans are rather remarkable, the way they love with such rigourRead next The ultimate road trip around Tuscany, Italy Inspiration The ultimate road trip around Tuscany, ItalyAnd I wander. So after many months and many discussions, here is our edition focused on exactly the most important matter at hand. This is when the true commitment begins, for our planet and for the people who live on it. He looks at me, holds up his fist, gives a smile and says, ‘Come on, let’s go again.’
Opinion: ‘Look At Me’ Culture Leaves Too Many Marks

Opinion: ‘Look At Me’ Culture Leaves Too Many Marks

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The ranger showed a picture of rock art, or “ancestral inscriptions” as archaeologists often refer to the practice. Isn’t it just modern rock art?” she asked. Why are 800-year-old handprints sacrosanct, but not if hacked onto rock walls on public land today? Stacking up rocks, painting rocks, scratching poetry into the walls — it’s all part of the “look at me!” culture. Modern graffiti is often deposited over centuries-old rock art, and in some parts of the country, rock art has been used for target practice.
Parler Is Coming Back Online, But Its Users Have Already Moved On

Parler Is Coming Back Online, But Its Users Have Already Moved On

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In the weeks when Parler was offline, many moved to Telegram, Gab, MeWe, and other fringe platforms. Advertisement“Fuck Parler” was a common refrain on Patriots.win, a rabidly pro-Trump forum formerly known as TheDonald. But Parler, whose user interface mimics Twitter’s, tapped into a desire for a new online space for people who felt persecuted by Silicon Valley. On Monday after the site went live again, the new CEO sought to reassure users that Parler was back for good. Even when Parler was online, they simply mirrored their posts on other platforms rather than engaging in any meaningful way.
People Take Care of Public Parks If They Feel They Have a Stake In Them

People Take Care of Public Parks If They Feel They Have a Stake In Them

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Based on my research in this area, I’ve found that it is possible for people to feel a sense of ownership toward parks and other public places without actually owning them. While people often intuitively feel this happens all the time, we directly measured its occurrence while conducting a series of four studies. Next, we asked half of the cross-country skiers at a public park to plan out their route on a park map. We tested the impact of “Welcome to your park” signs and an attendance sign showing the number of visitors to a hypothetical park. We hope that the managers of public parks take advantage of our findings.
People Told Us About the Last Time They Hooked Up With Complete Strangers

People Told Us About the Last Time They Hooked Up With Complete Strangers

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One of life’s great pre-pandemic pleasures was kissing near or total strangers in public. I ended up ghosting him right after because I was gunning on hooking up with a different friend in the group, oops. — Brent, 23Puke-and-runAbout three years ago, I was at a bar in Austin with my friends during our senior year of college. Once I found her, she told me some older guy was harassing her. I'm not sure if he knew exactly why I pushed him, but I felt like the toughest person in the club.
Place of Women in Iranian Society

Place of Women in Iranian Society

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In fact women outnumber Iranian men in both universities and in many respected professions. There was no real student union center, just a small commons in each department…with a snack bar for men and an adjacent one for women. Rick: I would like to take a picture (that’s a good looking hat). Iranian women live under strict Muslim laws in public. Local surveys indicate that about 70% of these women would dress more freely in public if allowed.
Pocket Outdoor Buys Outside Magazine, Other Brands In Huge Shakeup

Pocket Outdoor Buys Outside Magazine, Other Brands In Huge Shakeup

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For years, Larry Burke, who has owned Outside Magazine since 1978, had offers to buy the outdoor media flagship. As of today, Outside Magazine is now part of Pocket Outdoor Media, which already owned a bushel of outdoor titles, including Backpacker, Climbing, Ski, and Beta, the newly launched mountain bike magazine formed from the ashes of Bike Magazine. Nobody at Outside Magazine is expected to be laid off in the transaction. It’s a tough world out there for independent media these days, with ad revenue shrinking. It’s also a tough world for magazine lovers who value independent publications, with another biggie entering another big media brand tent.
Possession of All Drugs Is Decriminalized in Oregon Starting Today

Possession of All Drugs Is Decriminalized in Oregon Starting Today

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Oregon has become the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all drugs effective today. The measure does not make it legal to produce and sell drugs in Oregon. Today, Oregon shows us a better, more just world is possible.”Portugal decriminalized small scale possession of all drugs in 2001. In Canada, the federal government is in talks with Vancouver—which is ground zero for the opioid overdose crisis—to decriminalize personal possession of drugs there. Montreal has also asked the Canadian government to decriminalize simple possession of drugs nationally.
Preserving the Shackleton and Scott Huts

Preserving the Shackleton and Scott Huts

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For an over a decade, conservationists of the Antarctic Heritage Trust–a Christchurch, New Zealand-based historical preservation organization–endured year-round harsh conditions to preserve three iconic Antarctic explorers’ huts and their possessions. Known as the Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition, two parties intended to sledge boats from either side of the landmass, meet at Beardmore Glacier, and proceed to Ross Sea. With excessive persistence, Shackleton and a few of his men rescued the team’s second half–the Ross Sea Party, which was likewise stranded–19 months later. Buried under snow, warped by ice and threatened by deterioration, the outposts that were once occupied by Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party and Captain Robert Falcon Scott had been redlined as endangered sites on the World Monuments Fund watch list. Photos courtesy of the Antarctic Heritage Trust
QAnon Thinks Trump Will Become President Again on March 4

QAnon Thinks Trump Will Become President Again on March 4

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See More →Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 19th president of the United States on March 4, 2021. When that doesn’t work, followers of the sovereign citizen movement have reacted violently. Now, QAnon followers have latched on to the theory and adapted it to suit their needs. QAnon followers believe that Trump will become the president of the original republic, and not the corporation that they believe the 1871 act created. While there was some crossover between QAnon and the sovereign citizen movement prior to Trump’s election loss, the conspiracy theory has gained a lot of traction in recent days, as QAnon followers struggled to reconcile their beliefs with Biden’s inauguration.
Quarantine hotels in London: Which airport hotels will be included?

Quarantine hotels in London: Which airport hotels will be included?

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How do quarantine hotels work? Which are the quarantine hotels in London? Read next Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWhen will quarantine hotel restrictions be lifted? Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the government may decide to lift the quarantine restrictions. Now read:AdvertisementQuarantine hotels UK: everything you need to knowQuarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWhy you should think about booking a holiday nowAdvertisementWhy you should think about booking a holiday now Inspiration Why you should think about booking a holiday nowAre UK hotels and Airbnbs open?
Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know

Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know

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Part of this could mean mandatory quarantine for travellers entering the country, who would be required to stay in government-approved hotels. Having said that, relatively few people are travelling right now because of UK lockdown rules forbidding holiday travel. Getty ImagesAdvertisementHow long would you have to quarantine in a hotel for after travelling outside the UK? We don’t know yet which hotels will be part of the scheme. UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridorsAdvertisementUK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridors Coronavirus travel advice UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridorsWhat the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel
Remember the Blue Dogs From Russia? Now Look at These Green Dogs From Russia

Remember the Blue Dogs From Russia? Now Look at These Green Dogs From Russia

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Another pack of colourful stray dogs has gone viral in Russia, but this time they’re a rather sickly shade of green instead of vibrant blue. Stray dogs with a distinct green hue found in the city of Podolsk. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesLast week, pictures of the blue dogs blew up on Russian social media site VK. The Russian Society for the Protection of Animals told state news agency RIA Novosti that the green dogs were otherwise healthy. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesRegional food and agriculture minister Sergei Voskresensky said that according to government veterinary specialists, the green dogs were not aggressive.
Rome: Italy's exquisite, shape-shifting city

Rome: Italy's exquisite, shape-shifting city

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I was thinking about Rome and the way it unlocked every kind of feeling and that private notion that it belonged to us. I love the way Italian designers incorporate inspired modern elements in architecture whose roots lie in the centuries before Christ. Arched ceiling in St Peter’s Basilica Jenny ZarinsWe felt the city belonged to us, as if it was our own private realm. Read next 10 eco initiatives for greener city living Inspiration 10 eco initiatives for greener city livingCastel Sant’ Angelo Jenny ZarinsBut this past spring has been different. It is a rare moment – a moment of reflection, when you may just feel that the city is yours.
Rewilding: the UK initiatives helping save our countryside

Rewilding: the UK initiatives helping save our countryside

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The plan to undo years of land mismanagement is the most extensive conservation project in the UK. Somerleyton Hall, the home of Wild East founder Lord SomerleytonThe most recent of the country’s regeneration projects, Wild East was set up in 2020 by Somerleyton, Ollie Birbeck and Argus Hardy. But debate is still welcome, which is why a lynx – a potential reintroduction to East Anglia – sits defiantly on the Wild East logo. Rotating crops, restoring heathland, introducing bison (something of a heavyweight rewilding pin-up, despite not being native to England). What does seem sure is that, while many rewilding projects feel out of reach, everyone will be welcome to join the Wild East mission; an approach that’s long overdue.
Rotterdam and the Dutch East India Company

Rotterdam and the Dutch East India Company

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Back in the 17th century the Dutch East India Company, which did business in ports around the world, was, in a way, the first great multi-national corporation. Today, the Dutch, with little in the way of natural resources, still make their serious money in trade. After mighty Rotterdam, the tiny but historic port of Hoorn (a couple of hours to the north) seems quaint. But in its day, it was one of six trading cities that joined forces to create the Dutch East India Company. Here, you feel the pride and the power of the Dutch — when they dominated world trade and brutally capitalized on their far-flung colonial empire.
Scotland’s Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness Monster

Scotland’s Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness Monster

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And, shortly after that, with the advent of steam trains, the Caledonian Canal became almost useless…except for Romantic Age tourism. The most famous part of the Caledonian Canal route is the long and skinny Loch Ness. While the lake is, frankly, boring, the local tourist industry thrives on the legend of the Loch Ness monster. And, finally, we have the environmental message, in terms of the record within the Loch Ness sediments. I would like our visitors to go away thinking about what could live in Loch Ness, when we have explained Loch Ness.
San Marino: A Small, Proud Republic in Italy

San Marino: A Small, Proud Republic in Italy

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The Republic of San Marino brags it's the world's oldest and smallest republic. A leader of the Italian unification movement, Garibaldi hid from his enemies here in San Marino. This trio of fortresses has done its part to keep San Marino free and independent over the centuries. Ever since a key victory back in the 15th century, the crossbowmen of San Marino have been a part of state celebrations. As if celebrating their bulls-eyes, the San Marino Crossbowman Federation enlivens their mountain top republic with traditional fanfare.
Sex Workers Are Fighting to Get the COVID Vaccine

Sex Workers Are Fighting to Get the COVID Vaccine

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But many sex workers have been economically ravaged by the coronavirus and driven to work in-person, sometimes without adequate PPE. Some sex workers who’d paid taxes as independent contractors can be eligible for unemployment, but that still leaves out wide swathes of people. “Sex workers have been cut out of a lot of benefits and are not able to make ends meet and so are going back to sex work,” D’Adamo said. That includes sex workers, who do not have the option to mitigate a lot of the risks.”AdvertisementIn the early days of the pandemic, during the first shutdown in the spring, researchers led by the University of Illinois, Chicago surveyed 21 sex workers in their city. The deplatforming was a gut punch to sex workers, who relied on online forums to find and vet clients as well as share “bad date” lists, which warn other sex workers against dangerous clients.
Siena: A Gothic Powerhouse and a Joy Today

Siena: A Gothic Powerhouse and a Joy Today

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The historic junction of Siena’s various neighborhoods, or “contrade,” it fans out from City Hall as if to create an amphitheater. And these sights have a consistent theme: The Republic of Siena is independent and perfectly capable of ruling itself. The Mangia Tower [City Tower], built nearly 700 years ago, remains one of Italy’s tallest secular towers. For a portrayal of that “good government” in action, drop by the historic hospital of Santa Maria della Scala. The city, rather than the Church, ran this hospital, illustrating how far secular society had come in Siena by the 1400s.
Since When Do You Have to Be Stylish on the Trail?

Since When Do You Have to Be Stylish on the Trail?

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I ran into them some 20 years ago as they were wandering the high country of Washington’s North Central Cascades. ADVERTISEMENTI thought of them recently while considering the slow transformation of trail style over the last decade or two. Are we no longer allowed to look like slobs when we’re on the trail? REI, the co-op outdoor store of the people, had become the store of the affluent. Another artificially created expense for the trail walker seems to be trekking poles.
Siracusa: Urban Sicily Drenched in History

Siracusa: Urban Sicily Drenched in History

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Like so much of Sicily, Syracuse has ancient Greek origins. The Temple of Apollo, marking the center of old Syracuse, was the first stone Greek temple in Sicily. With its shabby-chic vibe, delightful back lanes, and breezy sea views, old Siracusa is for me the most enjoyable urban environment anywhere in Sicily. It was built into an ancient Greek temple. In Sicily, you hear the same basic story of the parade of civilizations over and over — ancient temple, church, mosque, church.
Sol Duc Falls » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

Sol Duc Falls » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

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I wasn’t aware of this before our trip, but Sol Duc Falls (Olympic National Park WA) is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in the northwest. The falls, fed by the Sol Duc River, stand 48 ft tall and has a very unique shape where it can split into four channels depending on the time of year and water volume. PinPinPinPinPinPinPinPinVisiting Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park WA:It’s a good waterfall to visit all year round, but it flows best during March to July. The sign at the beginning of the trail said “Soleduck Falls” because prior to 1991, it was spelled that way. Some people also refer to it as Medina Falls because of a famous photograph.
Sophie Showed Me The Cybernetic Divinity of Being Trans

Sophie Showed Me The Cybernetic Divinity of Being Trans

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When Sophie was asked "do you believe in god" during a 2018 interview with Paper Magazine, the avant-garde pop musician responded simply:“Yes. Sophie’s tragic death was felt especially hard by the trans community, which the once-mysterious pop star had embraced since coming out of self-imposed obscurity with the 2018 release of The Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides. Tracks like “Faceshopping” embrace body modification and plastic surgery as a form of self-determination—an undeniably trans narrative. It was through Sophie’s music that I began to see my own transness as a kind of beautiful cyborg divinity. I remember leaving early with my then-girlfriend, both of us exhausted and assured that we would get a chance to see the enigmatic pop star perform again.
Star Party on Mount Potosi Las Vegas ▶ Local Adventurer

Star Party on Mount Potosi Las Vegas ▶ Local Adventurer

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This past weekend we got to attend our very first star party on Mount Potosi, which is an hour and a half southwest of Las Vegas. If you’ve never heard of a star party, you’re probably not nerdy enough. ;P A star party is where a group of amateur astronomers get together to observe the sky and nerd out over all the cool stuff they see. There were 6 being set up by a few folks from the Las Vegas astronomy club. Tips for going to a Star Party (some specific to Mount Potosi Las Vegas):Bundle up!
South Dakota Voters Said Yes to Legal Weed. This Judge Threw It Out.

South Dakota Voters Said Yes to Legal Weed. This Judge Threw It Out.

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South Dakotans will have to wait a bit longer to learn the fate of legal cannabis in their state. The amendment approved by a majority of South Dakota voters legalizes cannabis and orders the state Department of Revenue to issue licenses to businesses. Klinger wrote that the amendment was unconstitutional, according to the Argus Leader, because it violated an amendment voters approved in 2018 mandating that constitutional amendments only concern a single subject. “Due to the intermingling of multiple subjects within Amendment A, it is not possible for this court to ascertain which sections of the amendment the South Dakota voters supported,” Klinger wrote. Brendan Johnson, a former U.S. Attorney for South Dakota representing South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, told the Argus Leader that his group was preparing to appeal its case to the state Supreme Court.
Super Yum: Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

Super Yum: Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

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If you’re looking for something hearty, comforting, and healthy the next time you’re out camping, you need to try this vegan sweet potato peanut stew. If you’re looking for something to warm you up on a cold winter’s evening, then this stew is for you. During these brisk desert evenings having a campfire is nice, but having campfire with a simmering stew on top of it is even better. This particular recipe was inspired by an African peanut stew we saw while leafing through the amazing Oh She Glows cookbook. New Mexico chili powder gives this stew a smoky flavor with just a hint of spice to it.
Surviving the World's Most Dangerous Hike

Surviving the World's Most Dangerous Hike

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Everything you need to know about hiking Mount Huashan, better known as the ‘world’s most dangerous hike’, or the ‘plank walk’, in China. Check out our video of the World’s Most Dangerous Hike on Mount Huashan at the bottom of this article! She too was keen to tackle the world’s most dangerous hike. The thrill of surviving the world’s most dangerous hike was as immense as the mountain we had just scaled. The entire journey, including trekking on the world’s most dangerous hike, can be done in a day trip.
Ted Alexandro Said SNL Stole His Joke, So He Asked for a Million Dollars

Ted Alexandro Said SNL Stole His Joke, So He Asked for a Million Dollars

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“All the messages had varying ways of phrasing ‘they stole your joke’ or they took your joke’ or ‘they did the same joke,’” Alexandro told VICE. AdvertisementThe SNL sketch in question is a produced digital short, featuring the week’s special guest, Dan Levy, as well as several cast members. Alexandro has a 2019 bit with the same premise, which also name-drops Zillow. The SNL sketch sounded familiar enough to several people that they flagged the sketch to Alexandro. Upon review, Alexandro also saw the similarities, so he cut together a side-by-side clip, and asked NBC to Venmo him a million dollars.
The 23 best hotels in the Maldives

The 23 best hotels in the Maldives

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Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa AtollBest for: total privacyWide-brimmed straw hats off to the Four Seasons. With this five-acre, seven-bedroom, profoundly private island it has raised the proverbial bar. How much or how little you make of Voavah is likely to be your main - your only - concern. You've got the splendours of the Baa Atoll lapping at your shores and your own yacht on which to explore it. It serves to draw your eye outwards, back into the sublime, saturated colour and endless space of sea and sky beyond.
Switzerland's Jungfrau, Schilthorn, and Lauterbrunnen Valley

Switzerland's Jungfrau, Schilthorn, and Lauterbrunnen Valley

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Its Lauterbrunnen Valley, which stretches south from the city of Interlaken, is a wonderful springboard for some of my favorite Swiss Alp experiences. Lauterbrunnen Valley, with its vertical sides and flat bottom, is U-shaped — a textbook example of a glacier-shaped valley. While the main town, also called Lauterbrunnen, sits on the valley floor, neighboring towns hang on cliffs high above. And perched on a saddle between two of those mountains is the Jungfraujoch station — and that's where we're going…by train. The Jungfraujoch [station] is like a small resort perched on a mountain ridge.
The 8 most beautiful places in Arabia

The 8 most beautiful places in Arabia

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With Saudi Arabia only recently opening up to international visitors, its beauty spots aren’t yet as recognisable (or overrun) as they perhaps deserve to be. The destination is home to Nabatean tombs to rival Petra, pristine dive spots that compete favourably with any of Egypt’s and great canyons that are as awe-inspiring as the well-trodden ones populating several American national parks. The landscape is as diverse and layered as the country's ancient culture of traders, poets, pilgrims and prophets, which can be experienced in the souks of gleaming modern cities as well as around the desert homes of prophets and poets, princes and pilgrims. Much of the south-eastern region is covered by the vast Empty Quarter, the world’s largest sand desert. Here are eight spots you shouldn't miss.
The Alternatives to Instagram-Ready Desert Art

The Alternatives to Instagram-Ready Desert Art

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Art in the desert went viral last fall with the debut of a bewitching spear of reflective metal in southern Utah. When Desert X returned two years later, artworks that contrasted starkly with their environs proliferated again. The Painted Desert Project, an ongoing street art exhibition on the Navajo Nation, has a similar effect. (Desert X itself has expanded more controversially, bringing the biennial to Saudi Arabia last year; the show drew international condemnation, given the Saudi government’s human rights abuses.) Top photo: An installment of the The Painted Desert Project in Bitter Springs, Arizona, created by Jetsonorama in 2009.
The best bars in London open for delivery right now

The best bars in London open for delivery right now

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By day, it’s a casual café, workspace and recording studio; by night a bar, restaurant and venue for label launches and DJ residencies. FOODBy day, freelancers and tech bods are fuelled by millennial-friendly avocado and sourdough, freekeh salads and salt beef miso mustard sandwiches. For pudding, there’s a deliciously dense chocolate brownie or strawberries with a huge dollop of clotted cream and black pepper syrup. VERDICTThis may be a happy-making place for music lovers, but you don’t have to be a die-hard audiophile to enjoy it. By Teddy WolstenholmeAddress: Spiritland, 9-10 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4ABPhone: +44 20 3319 0050Website: spiritland.comThe best live music bars in London
The best brunch in London for delivery 2021

The best brunch in London for delivery 2021

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After trying the simple, fresh flavours at supper we were desperate to return to try more of the menu. After the hype had died down, we did just that: rolling up for brunch. More brunch classics also get an Ottolenghi twist: green shakshuka comes with duck egg and focaccia, and avocado tops jalapeño cornbread for a classy take on avo toast. At brunch the semi-circle bar is buzzy without being heaving. You’ll leave feeling smug for having eaten so well and been somewhere so cool, early on a weekend.
The best cocktail delivery services in London

The best cocktail delivery services in London

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The Sun TavernThis handsome, whisky-focused Bethnal Green bar’s wares are now stocked by hospitality collective The Umbrella Project. The Quarantini kit is available for nationwide and international delivery, with a choice of two bottles from the Banana Daiquiri, classic Negroni, Old Fashioned, Toreador with Ocho Blanco tequila, Margarita, brandy-based Sazerac, Rob Roy and Boulevardier. Forza WinPeckham’s buzzing rooftop Italian bar and restaurant branched out into local delivery and pick-up last year, and has now helpfully bottled its digestivi for nationwide dispatch. The very collectable range of four includes a Negroni, limoncello, amaretto and clemencello – like limoncello but with clementines; it’s delicious with soda – all with retro labels. You won’t get the views from the Bussey Building while cracking one open on the sofa, but la dolce vita vibes are guaranteed.
The best eco-friendly restaurants in the world

The best eco-friendly restaurants in the world

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SAINT PETER, SYDNEYA SEAFOOD BUTCHERY LEADING AUSTRALIA’S GILL-TO-FIN MOVEMENTWhen it comes to fish restaurants in this city, it’s hard to make a splash, but Saint Peter and its scale-to-tail ethos is different. Here, lesser-known Australian species are celebrated, often wild-caught, and 90 per cent of the fish – eyeballs! – are put to use, in comparison to an average of less than 50 per cent in most seafood restaurants. By Chloe SachdevAddress: Saint Peter, 362 Oxford Street, Paddington, New South Wales, AustraliaWebsite: saintpeter.com.auKeep scrolling for more images...Like this? Now read:Why it's important to diversify where you eatWhy it's important to diversify where you eat Eating & Drinking Why it's important to diversify where you eatMichelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 listMichelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 list Eating & Drinking Michelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 listThe most beautiful restaurants in the world
The best food and travel shows to watch right now

The best food and travel shows to watch right now

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Breakfast, Lunch & DinnerIn this offshoot from his Ugly Delicious show, the preposterously busy David Chang hits the road for four hour-long adventures with comedians. He’s in Vancouver with local lad Seth Rogen, fishing and giggling, getting lost in a maze and above all revelling in the city’s Asian food emporia. Then he’s in Marrakech with Chrissy Teigen and in LA with Lena Waithe before the best of the bunch, visiting Phnom Penh with Kate McKinnon. We get Conan being tall, zany and actually pretty witty in the usual places Americans are interested in: Cuba, Korea, Mexico, Israel, Haiti and Italy. Don’t expect to get all the references but give it a go.
The Best Pajamas for Women and Men

The Best Pajamas for Women and Men

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The women’s set we received wasn’t flannel; it was actually a thin cotton lawn that we can’t find listed anywhere on Target’s site. The fit on both the women’s set and men’s pants was off, too—both pants were too long, and the women’s top was very tight. Salvage Women’s Flannel PJ Set we tested didn’t have inclusive sizing, and the quality was poor compared with the L.L.Bean women’s flannel set. The Munki Munki Fleece Union Suit (what the company used to call a onesie) was warm and comfy, but it’s been discontinued. Other Munki Munki pajamas we tested did not hold up to a year of use, which made us less confident in Munki Munki PJs overall.
The best hotels on the Amalfi Coast

The best hotels on the Amalfi Coast

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The Amalfi Coast is home to some staggering hotels precariously perched along a beautiful shoreline of rugged cliffs and sandy coves. Here we review the grande dames as well as the secret boutique hotels and an amazing villa to take over as your own. Monastero Santa Rosa, AmalfiThis 17th-century former monastery dominates the shoreline about a kilometre from Amalfi. Some have terraces, but all are furnished with a mix of custom-made pieces and 19th-century antiques collected by the American owner. There are lots of quiet spots in the gardens, but it's the spa that will be the real pull.
The best places in the Peak District

The best places in the Peak District

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The Peak District is a national park with a split personality. In some places it is an untouched Arcadia of leafy dales, blustery heaths and tumbling streams. In others, the land is crisscrossed by railway lines, its hillsides quarried and rivers dotted with mills. Contrary to popular belief, Peak doesn’t refer to hills but supposedly derives from the Peaklanders, an Anglo-Saxon tribe. These are some of the most beautiful spots in the Peak District to explore.
The best restaurants in Clapham

The best restaurants in Clapham

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Joe PublicThis no-frills pizza joint does a roaring trade as a pit-stop for hungry commuters – the smell of wood-fired dough is the first thing that hits as you emerge from Clapham Common tube station. Address: Joe Public, 4 The Pavement, London SW4 0HYTelephone: +44 207 622 4676Website: joepublicpizza.comKnifeHuddled between residential flats on a busy Clapham backwater, Knife feels like a delicious neighbourhood secret, permanently packed with in-the-know carnivores. Load up on sides, too: there’s an uber-indulgent Stinking Bishop macaroni cheese, sugary-sweet roasted-corn crème brûlée and lip-smackingly good buttery truffle mash. Address: Knife, 160 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7DETelephone: +44 207 627 6505Website: kniferestaurant.co.ukKeep scrolling for more pictures of the best restaurants in ClaphamLike this? Now read:The best restaurants in BrixtonThe best restaurants in Brixton Eating & Drinking The best restaurants in BrixtonOur Peckham neighbourhood guideAn insider's neighbourhood guide to Peckham Neighbourhood guides An insider's neighbourhood guide to PeckhamThings to do in London this weekend and week
The best shopping in Hong Kong

The best shopping in Hong Kong

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LOCAL KNOW-HOWGLORIA CHUNG, FOOD EXPERT AND WRITER‘Traditional wonton noodle shops are slowly disappearing, so I really cherish them. Mixologist John Nugent changed my mind about Irish coffee – his version is so creamy and light! There are also mini cocktails – great for a sip after work.’‘I never thought the old-fashioned Eaton Hotel could transform into such an edgy design destination. Make sure to try its amazing Yat Tung Heen restaurant.’Keep scrolling for more images...Like this? Now read:10 Amazing Things To Do in... Hong Kong10 Amazing Things To Do in... Hong Kong City Breaks 10 Amazing Things To Do in... Hong KongSandra Choi's guide to Hong KongSandra Choi's guide to Hong Kong Style & Culture Sandra Choi's guide to Hong KongRosewood Hong Kong review: First In
The best romcoms with stunning locations to travel vicariously through

The best romcoms with stunning locations to travel vicariously through

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Available to stream on YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google PlayIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – SingaporeIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – UKIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Annie Hall (1977) – New York CityIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Roman Holiday (1953) – ItalyIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies.
The Best Things We Bought in 2020 (Or How We Learned to Cope in a Pandemic)

The Best Things We Bought in 2020 (Or How We Learned to Cope in a Pandemic)

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No more fussing with pulling out large glass bottles, and it’s much easier to dispense the exact amounts I need. And if you’re thinking you can already do that on a sheet pan, I have two words for you: pan juices. —Lesley StocktonTurn food scraps into garden goldVitamix FoodCycler FC-50 ($400 at the time of publication)This summer my mom bought my partner and me a Vitamix electric composter that turns our food scraps into ready-to-use fertilizer for our garden. It’s small and quiet, and it works through a whole batch (about 2 liters) in just a couple of hours. Our staff also found some creature comforts in nostalgic sweet snacks, such as L.L.Bean’s box of mini Wicked Whoopies.
The best travel movies for kids and teens

The best travel movies for kids and teens

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The Boy Who Harnessed the WindLocation: MalawiWhen bad weather and tobacco corporations end his father’s farming job in Wimbe, east of Kasungu in Malawi, 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (Maxwell Simba) uses his love of mechanics and an old library book to find a solution. This inspiring true story, adapted in 2019 from William’s own book by Chiwetel Ejiofor, was filmed in Wimbe itself, using his school and the house next door to the one where he grew up. While the realities of village life are intense, there are panoramas of huge skies and empty vistas too. Almost wholly shot outdoors, it used Auckland and surrounding towns for the pair’s brushes with civilisation and found Hec’s remote farmhouse in Puhoi, on the north-east of the North Island. Most of the action, though, takes place deep in the bush of the Waitakere Ranges, west of Auckland, and among the snow-capped peaks of the volcanic Central Plateau.
The BEST Travel Cameras in 2021 (Every Budget and Type)

The BEST Travel Cameras in 2021 (Every Budget and Type)

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Home | Photography | The BEST Travel Cameras in 2021 (Every Budget and Type)We’ve spent years working as professional travel photographers, and are proud to have put together this definitive guide to the best travel cameras in 2021 for every budget, based on actual hands-on experience. In fact this article is going to save you time and money by diving straight into the best travel camera for every budget. This great little travel camera does it all, and for the price, it is the best travel zoom camera out there. GoPro Max – Best 360 Travel CameraWith virtual reality becoming more and more popular, it might be no surprise that one of the best travel cameras for 2021 is actually a 360-degree camera! Instead just use this guide to the best travel cameras to find out exactly what is the best choice you can afford.
The best wellness spots in Paris

The best wellness spots in Paris

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Dover Street Parfums MarketTHE PERFUMERYImagine a gallery in which bespoke fragrances and products replace artwork, and that goes some way to explaining the Dover Street Parfums Market. Sculptural vials illuminate the shelves and range from artisanal labels Byredo and Ormaie to legendary names Helmut Lang and Nina Ricci. The vast beauty section has Gucci’s latest foray into cosmetics alongside sustainable and organic hair and skincare brands from around the globe. Address: Dover Street Parfums Market, 11 bis rue Elzévir, 75003 Paris, FranceWebsite: doverstreetparfumsmarket.comKeep scrolling for more images...Like this? Now read:The best spas in the worldThe best spas in the world for 2020 Spa Guide The best spas in the world for 20203 ideas for the ultimate day trip to Paris3 ideas for the ultimate day trip to Paris Inspiration 3 ideas for the ultimate day trip to ParisThe best shopping in Paris
The Birth of Ancient Rome and the Forum

The Birth of Ancient Rome and the Forum

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In its glory days, the word Rome meant not the just city but what Romans considered the entire civilized world. In actuality, the first Romans mixed and mingled here — in the valley between the famous Seven Hills of Rome. In 509 BC, they tossed out their king, established a relatively democratic Roman Republic, and began what was perhaps history's greatest success story — the rise of Rome. But the Republic was finished, and Rome became the grand capital of a grand empire. The Capitoline Hill — which rises majestically from the busy streets — has long been the home of Rome's city government.
The Capitol Riot Zip-Tie Guy Had Quite the Arsenal at Home, Prosecutors Say

The Capitol Riot Zip-Tie Guy Had Quite the Arsenal at Home, Prosecutors Say

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Law enforcement also found a safe containing 15 guns, including a sniper rifle, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said. Munchel and his mother, 57-year-old Lisa Eisenhart, were arrested in Nashville earlier this month following the insurrection on Jan. 6. They have both been charged with conspiracy, civil disorders, knowingly entering a restricted building, and violent entry on Capitol grounds. Munchel took video during the riot, according to the prosecutor’s memo. I’d rather die and would rather fight.” The article was included in the prosecutor’s memo.
The Caribbean's most romantic holidays

The Caribbean's most romantic holidays

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For foodies and off-grid explorersWhere St Lucia has a strong French Creole flavour – in its food, style and language – Antigua and Barbados also display their British influence. Parish churches could have sprung up from rural Dorset, afternoon tea is an enduring ritual and the gardens are English country by way of the tropics. Energetic couples can take to the waves for deep-sea fishing or jump on mountain bikes to discover an off-grid part of Antigua with Island Routes Luxury Caribbean Adventure Tours. For water babiesGrenada is the final island in Sandals’ address book, which like St Lucia has carved its own individual identity through a curious mix of British and French cultural influences. The rooms have a romantic West Indian feel with mahogany furniture, old-school fans and wooden shutters.
The COVID Vaccine Rollout Is Leaving Black People Behind

The COVID Vaccine Rollout Is Leaving Black People Behind

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Latinos, who make up 29% of the city’s population, have received 15% of the vaccines where racial data was reported. (The city said data was missing for 40% of those who’ve received the vaccine.) In Philadelphia, fewer than 15% vaccinated are Black despite Black Philadelphians being 40% of the city’s residents over the age of 75 and 45% of healthcare workers. White people make up 68% of the population but 82% of those who’ve received a first dose. In a Pew survey published shortly before the beginning of the vaccine rollout, fewer than half of Black American adults said they would get a vaccine if it were available.
The Dead Sea, Lowest Place on Earth

The Dead Sea, Lowest Place on Earth

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Produce vendor: Yeah, fresh dates. The road ends where the Jordan River does: at the lowest place on earth, the fabled Dead Sea. Israel re-drew the border to control the entire Dead Sea shoreline. But, when tensions are low, Palestinian families who can afford the admission are welcome to enjoy Israeli Dead Sea resorts. Whether caked in mud or bobbing in the sunset, it’s fun to bring life to your Dead Sea experience.
The Enduring Mystery of Critchfield’s Spruce

The Enduring Mystery of Critchfield’s Spruce

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White spruce fossils from along the Gulf Coast seemed to contradict this view. The cones were twice the length of modern white spruce cones, and the wood was “peculiar,” the growth rings unusually narrow. But the Delcourts didn’t pursue the question, and the spruce fossils’ true identity remained a mystery. Earlier botanists had assumed that the fossils were white spruce, because that was the modern spruce that the cones most resembled. The reason that white spruce fossils seemed to contradict their settings was because they did — the fossils weren’t white spruce.
The Gentleman Badass: Conrad O’Brien-ffrench Was the Real James Bond

The Gentleman Badass: Conrad O’Brien-ffrench Was the Real James Bond

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Conrad O’Brien-ffrench. It was March 1938, and O’Brien-ffrench had just alerted his British comrades that German troops were invading Austria. Conrad Fulke Thomond O’Brien-ffrench was born in London, the year 1893. Not only did this cover give O’Brien-ffrench priceless intel, he could climb, ski, and party in the mountains for work. The couple moved to Banff, Alberta, where Conrad continued to climb and ski in the Lake and Fairhome ranges.
The Map, the Rider, the Wind, and the Cows

The Map, the Rider, the Wind, and the Cows

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This week’s trip through the AJ archives find us way, way back in 2013, winding through what we can only assume is Marin County, California—West Marin, more specifically, an enchanted land of impossibly green pastures, towering pines, and the rich bounties of Tomales Bay. After the schoolhouse, you turn right. I tucked the map in the front of my bibshorts and followed the fence lines to the first winding climb. The wind tugged at it, trying to spirit it away, that one link I had to the world I’d left. The map said to turn right after the schoolhouse, so that is what I did.
The Island Where American Women Have to Fly 4,000 Miles for an Abortion

The Island Where American Women Have to Fly 4,000 Miles for an Abortion

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It takes eight hours, give or take, to fly across the nearly 4,000-mile stretch of ocean between Guam and Hawaii. “She induced an abortion on herself by inserting a sharpened stick coated with local herbal medicines into her uterus. Since mid-2018, Kaneshiro and Raidoo said that, between themselves and their colleagues, they’ve seen just between five and 10 abortion patients from Guam. “They are usually, understandably, devastated that they can’t get the care they need,” Raidoo said. In 2019, the island was rocked by the case of a local 12-year-old girl who’d been raped, impregnated, and unable to secure an abortion.
The Mid South Gravel Race Goes Incredibly Socially Distanced

The Mid South Gravel Race Goes Incredibly Socially Distanced

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The Mid South Gravel Race Goes Incredibly Socially DistancedThe Mid South is a big one. For 2021, there will be no big gathering in Stillwater for the Mid South. Ride With GPS is helping with organizing a challenge board that will keep track of riders and distances. You’ll receive an email with information about joining the Ride With GPS challenge before event weekend. • Any time over event weekend, March 12-14, record your ride or run and upload it to the Ride With GPS challenge board.
The most beautiful cities in the UK and Ireland

The most beautiful cities in the UK and Ireland

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Once home to the city’s butchers, it’s now something of a showpiece with its fairy-tale-esque quality. History buffs can eye up Roman and Viking relics as they wind through the misshapen alleyways in town and amble around the old City Walls. And from the top of Clifford’s Tower – the largest remaining part of York Castle – originally built by William the Conqueror, there are panoramic views. In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Now read:The most beautiful places in EnglandThe most beautiful places in England Destinations The most beautiful places in EnglandThe best weekend breaks in the UKThe best weekend breaks in the UK Inspiration The best weekend breaks in the UKThe best Airbnbs in the UK and Ireland
The most beautiful restaurants in the world

The most beautiful restaurants in the world

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QUADRI RESTAURANT, VENICEA grand café reinvented on St Mark's SquareOver the years this grand café gained a list of regulars that included Lord Byron, Alexandre Dumas and Marcel Proust. The Max and Raf menus highlight each of the brother’s personalities; Max is the innovative one, Raf the more traditional. Yet it is only this year that the restaurant’s 250-year-old interior caught up with the kitchen’s contemporary attitude. And on shelves above the doors, whimsical taxidermy rabbits and foxes are ready to take flight, a nod to the winged lion that guards the city. Reserve a table by the window on the first floor for a front-row view over the square, high above the crowds – because this is once again the most-coveted spot in Venice.
The Motorcycle Queen of Miami Was More than Fast Enough

The Motorcycle Queen of Miami Was More than Fast Enough

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For a Black woman to do this in 1930 is of an order of magnitude more risky, more dangerous, and ten orders of magnitude more badass. She eventually made it across the continent, the first Black woman to ride a motorcycle nationwide, solo. She was the only woman motorcycle courier in her division. Almost immediately, she butted heads with local police who weren’t pleased with the idea of a Black woman riding a motorcycle alone around their city. ***For more, pick up a copy of Hear Me Roar: Women, Motorcycles, and the Rapture of the Road, by Ann Ferrar.
The Nomad Life Was Never Part of Their Plan, But it Works

The Nomad Life Was Never Part of Their Plan, But it Works

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When you arrive at a campground, it can be difficult to tell who’s there on vacation, and who’s there simply living. It’s not a vacation for them, not a game, but their life. That’s the premise of the new Frances McDormand-helmed film Nomadland, getting rave reviews and Oscar nods, and available to stream widely. Rather than continue to work his ass off just to pay for a dreary apartment, he cut down his work week, moved into a van, and spent more time outside, doing what he wanted. He started working only 32 hours a week, and since every weekend was a three-day weekend, he spent more time camping with his kids, which “tremendously helped” his mental outlook on life.
The Oneonta Gorge Hike to Lower Oneonta Falls

The Oneonta Gorge Hike to Lower Oneonta Falls

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While living in Portland, we’ve done this Oneonta Gorge hike several times. Overall the Oneonta Gorge hike is quick but has some fun obstacles. ONEONTA GORGE HIKE TO LOWER ONEONTA FALLSDistance: 1.0 miles round tripElevation Gain: 0 FeetDifficulty: Moderate-DifficultSeasons: August to OctoberWhat You See: Lower Oneonta Falls, Swimming Hole in High SummerTrailhead Coordinates: 45.58948,-122.07531 1.0 miles round trip0 FeetModerate-DifficultAugust to OctoberLower Oneonta Falls, Swimming Hole in High SummerPinNote: What used to be once a local spot or hidden treasure has become a huge tourist attraction. PinPin PinPinPin PinPinPin PinPinPin PinPinPinPinPin PinPinPinJacob’s cousin traversed over and kept relatively dry, but we saw several others try and fall in. For Oneonta gorge directions, here’s the destination point on google maps.
The prettiest views in London

The prettiest views in London

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Woodberry WetlandsThe name is suggestive of some happy-skippy place out of a Rupert Bear story rather than its actual, rather gritty Manor House setting. But this Victorian-era reservoir, reopened by national treasure David Attenborough a few years ago as an urban nature reserve, has been a godsend recently. From here you can look south to the spires of Stoke Newington and across to another reservoir for wild swimming and sailing. Tower blocks loom nearby – this is no bucolic escape but an essential city pocket of otherness. Now read:The best walks in London right nowThe best walks in London right now Inspiration The best walks in London right nowThe best neighbourhoods in LondonThe best neighbourhoods in London Destinations The best neighbourhoods in LondonThe 30 best hotels in London
The Right to Repair Movement Is Poised to Explode in 2021

The Right to Repair Movement Is Poised to Explode in 2021

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Whether it’s John Deere’s efforts to make tractor repair costly and annoying, Apple’s bullying of independent repair shops, or Sony and Microsoft’s attempt to monopolize game console repair, US corporations have done an incredible job the last few years driving bipartisan public interest in the “right to repair” movement. The surge in interest in right to repair isn’t great news for companies keen on perpetuating the waste inherent in planned obsolescence. In Massachusetts, the auto industry reverted to running ads that falsely claimed that right repair rules would somehow embolden sexual predators. In reality, companies largely just fear diminishing repair revenue, competition from independent repair shops, and a loss of control, activists say. “Despite the broad popularity of right to repair among legislators and voters of both parties, it's a battle,” he said.
The roadside restaurants upping their game

The roadside restaurants upping their game

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While most of the USA is au fait with a car-park dinner, it reaches its zenith in the South-west. Newer to the scene in the UK is Mark Hix, who shuttered his five restaurants across London and Lyme Regis in response to the pandemic. Now read:The cheapest, nicest restaurants in the world – according to our editorsThe cheapest, nicest restaurants in the world – according to our editors Eating & Drinking The cheapest, nicest restaurants in the world – according to our editorsAre road trips the best way to travel? AdvertisementAre road trips the best way to travel? Inspiration Are road trips the best way to travel?
The PERFECT 3 Days in New York City Itinerary (2021 Guide)

The PERFECT 3 Days in New York City Itinerary (2021 Guide)

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The OculusSpending 3 days in New York City without seeing the stunning architectural wonder of The Oculus would be a shame. This is a must-do during your New York City itinerary. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is a perfect way to ease into the evening at the end of your first day in New York City. Going for a walk in Central Park is not to be missed on any New York City 3-day itinerary. New York City HallA short 15-minute walk from Chinatown is the City Hall of New York, which happens to be one of the oldest ones in the entire US.
The sustainable safari to know about: Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana

The sustainable safari to know about: Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana

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AdvertisementSunken Lily Lounge at Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana Adriaan LouwThe 12 new elevated suites, most of them facing the floodplains, still blend into the hardwood forest, despite being much bigger and more spread out, but that’s where any similarity to the original ends. AdvertisementGazebo at Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana Adriaan LouwThe commitment to human sustainability runs alongside these efforts, with a focus on preserving cultural heritage and supporting community-owned artisan businesses. Hand-carved table at Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana Adriaan LouwMany items were made from reused materials. The latest lockdown rulesKeep scrolling for more pictures of Xigera Safari LodgeMavros Safaris offers three nights at Xigera Safari Lodge from £6,600 per person, full board, including flights, game drives, excursions and yoga. Now read:What it's like to be on safari during lockdownWhat it's like to be on safari during lockdown Destinations What it's like to be on safari during lockdownBotswana: six incredible safari lodgesAdvertisementBotswana: six incredible safari lodges Places To Stay Botswana: six incredible safari lodgesWhy you should be seeking out black-owned safari camps
The Songs That Made This Never-Ending January Worthwhile

The Songs That Made This Never-Ending January Worthwhile

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SZA, "Good Days"Adding "Good Days" to this month's Best Songs list might be cheating, considering SZA first teased the single at the end of the "Hit Different" video last summer. "Good Days," featuring Jacob Collier, feels like a worthy offering for 2021 after the year we've had. "I still wanna try, still believe in good days," she sings. And while the overarching theme of "Good Days" is optimism, SZA spends much time reflecting on the feelings that make her feel less than sunny. She sings, “We’re changing against our will / I knew that one day we would / Change for good / Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.” It’s been three years since Joy released her last EP and whatever’s in store for her in 2021 is already worth the wait thanks to this track.
The Tour du Mont Blanc, Hiking around Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc, Hiking around Mont Blanc

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Europe has many iconic long-distance hikes, and one of the most popular is the Tour du Mont Blanc. Cassandra: Tour du Mont Blanc circumnavigates Europe's highest peak. The Tour du Mont Blanc is partly in wooded farmland and partly above the tree line in the company of glaciers. The culture of the Tour du Mont Blanc is one of respect for nature, a joie de vivre, and an international camaraderie. Clearly, cheese is the energy bar of the Tour de Mont Blanc.
The Traveller guide to keeping kids entertained at home during lockdown

The Traveller guide to keeping kids entertained at home during lockdown

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But give up on that milk-bottle Elmer (the kids did after two minutes anyway) and elevate your output with a little help from the professionals. Tate Kids has a raft of projects from DIY kaleidoscopes and a Picasso-inspired fortune teller to Play Dough sculptures and Warhol-like Pop Art. What the latest lockdown rules mean Inspiration When will we travel? Older kids can do some more serious spotting: birds, trees, flowers (plant identifying apps such as PictureThis and PlantSnap are fun). The book 101 Things to Do For Kids to Do Outside is a great fallback when inspiration flags.
The UK holidays to book for 2021

The UK holidays to book for 2021

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So in 2020, the UK staycation was embraced – from glamping in yurts and country-house breaks to slow travel on a canal-boat trip. If you book, you do so at your own risk.' We spoke to insiders in the hotel and travel industry to find out how UK staycations are shaping up – here are the key things we learnt. When it comes to booking holidays, no prizes for guessing that July and August are the most popular months. ‘There is now limited availability for summer holidays in many destinations,’ says Oliver Bell, co-founder of luxe holiday-rental outfit Oliver’s Travels.
The Unkindest Cut: Shepherds, Mud, Dogs that Bite, and Cheesy Polenta

The Unkindest Cut: Shepherds, Mud, Dogs that Bite, and Cheesy Polenta

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He’s brought us here to visit a very traditional shepherd settlement, where people still make rustic cheese as they have for centuries. “Their bark is worse than their bite.” Over the chorus of yelps and growls, the shepherd yells something to Teo in Romanian. Teo explains that every goat and sheep is different, so the shepherds gradually figure out the preferred technique for each one. After 15 minutes, the shepherds dip in a cheesecloth to skim out the curds. Popping it into my mouth, I bite into a decadent, creamy texture — halfway between cheese and polenta — and taste the pungent kick of goat cheese.
The wellness retreats that are helping to protect the planet

The wellness retreats that are helping to protect the planet

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FORESTISDOLOMITES, ITALYPeople have sought out the apple-cheeked, health-boosting benefits of South Tyrol’s mountains for centuries. ‘I was always so impressed when travelling in Japan and India that the people there had held onto ancient practices. So yoga is replaced by wyda, a series of movements and meditation carried out beside rushing streams and in the cool, quiet forest. Meanwhile, the zero-waste kitchen turns out delicately plated ingredients that are foraged (forest spinach; pickled pine sprouts) or sourced from the hotel garden or nearby producers. By Grainne McBrideHealing Holidays offers a three-night Peace Of Mind programme from £1,199 per person, half board, including flights and transfers.
There Are Tons of Shirt Jackets Out There, But This One Might Be the Best

There Are Tons of Shirt Jackets Out There, But This One Might Be the Best

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There Are Tons of Shirt Jackets Out There, But This One Might Be the BestIn Northern California, my closet is 90% flannels and shirt jackets, sometimes called “shackets.” You know, a button shirt down that’s thicker, roomier, and has pockets, so it can double as, well, guess. They work with pants and shorts, on the town and on the trail. Ever since I received it, the Maloja Badin has been the only one I’ve worn. I wear it hiking all the time, but also mountain biking on cold days, or just riding a bike around town. Maloja is named after a small Swiss mountain town with an ancient rope tow to access some uncrowded powder stashes.
There's a Hidden Binary Message on Perseverance's Mars Parachute

There's a Hidden Binary Message on Perseverance's Mars Parachute

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NASA released stunning new footage of the Perseverance rover’s touchdown on the surface of Mars on Monday, revealing the robot’s skyward view of the supersonic parachute that allowed it to slow down enough to safely land on the red planet. In addition to the general awe of witnessing the final descent to an alien planet, the video contained a hidden message: keen-eyed space enthusiasts on social media noticed that the parachute displayed an unusual red-and-white pattern. AdvertisementTo the delight of the subreddit r/nasa, redditors and others online were able to decode the pattern as a deliberate message written in a parachute version of binary code. The supersonic easter egg reads “dare mighty things”: the motto of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), home of the Perseverance mission team. A Twitter user who also cracked the code posted an explanation adding that the large sections of 1s (all red) could be ignored.
The Western United States Is a Hotspot for Snow Droughts

The Western United States Is a Hotspot for Snow Droughts

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The most notable area was the western United States, which saw a 28% increase in the length of periods of snow drought. Snow droughts can also have far-reaching effects on agriculture — and economies. A snow drought in Afghanistan in 2017-2018 triggered crop failures and livestock loses that left 10 million people food insecure. The most notable area was the western United States, which saw a 28% increase in the length of periods of snow drought. Better understanding of how to measure and track snow droughts can give water managers another tool to help plan for similar droughts and to better manage this changing resource.
There’s a Lifted, Meaner-Looking Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Coming in 2022

There’s a Lifted, Meaner-Looking Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Coming in 2022

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There’s a Lifted, Meaner-Looking Subaru Outback ‘Wilderness’ Coming in 2022The Subaru Outback (as well as the taller, shorter Forester) already has impressive off-road chops from the factory. 8.7 inches of ground clearance, a terrific AWD system, plus X-Mode, a sophisticated software suite that outthinks terrain for even more traction. Most crucially, they need highly visible externally mounted shovels. They are reportedly releasing a Wilderness version of the Outback starting in 2022. There appears to be a much tougher roof rack, no doubt to support rooftop tents without having to buy aftermarket rack equipment, and to show off that externally mounted shovel, of course.
They Called Him Snow Leopard

They Called Him Snow Leopard

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His first gig was as a low altitude porter servicing mountaineers ascending Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest peak in the world. After 15 years as strictly a porter, Ang Rita took on guide duties, and began assisting mountaineers climbing Everest. “He challenged science and human physiology,” Ang Tshering, the former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, and a one-time partner of Ang Rita’s, said of the snow leopard. None of whom could match Ang Rita’s record for high altitude climbing breathing only with the power of his own lungs. “But I have always consoled myself that it is the way of a mountaineer’s life.”The snow leopard had three sons, a daughter, and eight grandchildren.
Things to do in London this week during lockdown: 1 – 7 February 2021

Things to do in London this week during lockdown: 1 – 7 February 2021

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Find the prettiest views of London in your local areaIf you’re looking for inspiration for your daily excursion, look no further than our round-up of the prettiest views in London. The prettiest views in London Destinations The prettiest views in London10. Focus on activities that will be useful beyond the realms of lockdown, such as learning how to take great photographs for your next holiday. Nikon is offering online photography workshops that you can do from home. Now read:The best takeaways in London for deliveryThe best takeaways in London for delivery Eating & Drinking The best takeaways in London for delivery12 memorable lockdown birthday ideas12 memorable lockdown birthday ideas Eating & Drinking 12 memorable lockdown birthday ideas8 of the best Masterclasses for people who love to travel
This Capitol Rioter Claimed He Was a Top FBI Agent. Here's Why He Probably Wasn't.

This Capitol Rioter Claimed He Was a Top FBI Agent. Here's Why He Probably Wasn't.

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According to Plofchan, Caldwell is a decorated Navy veteran who has held “Top Secret” security clearance since 1979 and served in a senior position in the FBI. And national security experts told VICE News that some items on his record don’t add up. “Turn on gas.”It’s not unusual for militia members to fudge their military or national security credentials for clout. It makes sense that Caldwell held Top Secret security clearance at least at one point in his career. “For Top Secret, the review is every five years,” Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer, explained about security clearances.
This Company Wants to Replace Therapy With Wearable Tech

This Company Wants to Replace Therapy With Wearable Tech

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Whereas mental health wearables were once the brainchildren of niche startups, Amazon and Fitbit now want in. AdvertisementA few manufacturers of mental health wearables have aimed for a higher FDA designation, and the agency has signaled a willingness to consider them. AdvertisementA central goal of many mental health wearables is to harness physiological signs of stress. “There are no biomarkers for mental health that are used in a consistent way,” said Torous. We just don’t have a signal like that.”AdvertisementStill, mental health metrics have moved from niche companies into the marquee products of tech giants.
This Ex-Cop Says He Only Stormed the Capitol to Check Out the Art

This Ex-Cop Says He Only Stormed the Capitol to Check Out the Art

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Two days later, he resigned from his post at the Houston Police Department, after 18 years on the force. But federal investigators quickly uncovered his lies and arrested him for unlawful entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds on Wednesday. After letting agents look through his phone, however, they found photos and videos of Pham inside the Capitol Building in his recently deleted folder. Pham said that he had attended a pro-Trump rally with his wife and a friend at 7 a.m. and later decided to follow a crowd headed for the Capitol Building, according to court documents. That’s when he thought, why not take the opportunity to appreciate some of the fine art on display.
This Open Air Vermont Art Gallery Requires Skis or Snowshoes to Visit

This Open Air Vermont Art Gallery Requires Skis or Snowshoes to Visit

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This Open Air Vermont Art Gallery Requires Skis or Snowshoes to VisitTypically, nature is its own kind of art gallery when you’re traipsing around in skinny skis or snowshoes. But at the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro, Vermont, to see the art, you gotta strap in. “We had to have a hard look at what art would be like during the winter months in Vermont,” said Keisha Luce, the executive director of the Highland Center for the Arts. “We wanted to engage with our community and engage with the artists in our community and give them a spotlight. It’s probably something that we never would’ve thought of if it was not for the pandemic.”There’s video of “gallery” goers snowshoeing through the installations here.
This T-Shirt Has Embarked on a World Tour Because You Can't

This T-Shirt Has Embarked on a World Tour Because You Can't

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Cooped up indoors through most of 2020, most people wanted to leave and travel as far as they could. That’s when Agarwal came up with the idea of Project HOPE: the travelling t-shirt. A T-shirt that travels across the world, I bet you haven’t heard of that one before. Many agreed, and that’s how the journey of Hope, the Travelling T-shirt began. To ensure the variety of content that is created as part of this project, Agarwal scoured social media to find offbeat artists that represent the signature art of their city.
Tragedy and Triumph on Winter K2 as Sherpas Claim Last Great Himalayan Prize

Tragedy and Triumph on Winter K2 as Sherpas Claim Last Great Himalayan Prize

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According to preliminary accounts, Mingote fell while descending below Camp 1 (19,965 feet) after a night spent higher on the mountain. K2 is the last of the word’s 14 highest peaks to be scaled in winter, an accomplishment many regarded as the last great first in Himalayan mountaineering. That prize now goes to a team composed mostly of Sherpa men who started their climbing careers as high-altitude porters. The summit team also included Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Geljen Sherpa, Pem Chhiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Kili Pemba Sherpa, and Dawa Tenjing Sherpa. Mingote was descending to base camp when he fell from a point below Camp 1 almost to Advanced Base Camp.
Traditional Dutch Life: Sailing the Zuiderzee to Marken

Traditional Dutch Life: Sailing the Zuiderzee to Marken

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While the modern world threatens traditional ways of Dutch life, this creative museum strives to keep them alive for future generations to appreciate. In one corner, people are living as if still in a remote fishing village back in 1905. We're sailing to the fishing village of Marken in a traditional fishing boat. Captain: The purpose is a fishing boat, it's a working boat. Captain: It was salt water, because there was no dike in the north, so it was salt water.
Travel During COVID-19

Travel During COVID-19

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New Travel Requirements: All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Do NOT travel if you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick or you test positive for COVID-19. All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Check CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip. All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States.
Travellers Entering Canada Will Have to Pay $2,000 for a Hotel Quarantine

Travellers Entering Canada Will Have to Pay $2,000 for a Hotel Quarantine

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AdvertisementIn the coming weeks, international travellers will receive a mandatory COVID-19 test when they land. The quarantine expense for travellers awaiting test results will be $2,000. Over the last two weeks, at least 139 flights entering Canada have reported a known case of COVID-19. For weeks, Trudeau has suggested he would implement even more stringent travel restrictions, and has repeatedly urged people to avoid all non-essential travel, including between provinces. As of January 7, anyone boarding a flight en route to Canada has to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure.
This Year’s Conservative Agenda Is Still All About Trump

This Year’s Conservative Agenda Is Still All About Trump

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President Donald Trump kisses the American flag after speaking at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Despite President Trump now being former President Trump, the GOP’s agenda at its annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) still includes a lot of him—and the issues his administration prioritized. The American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, released its schedule on Sunday for the “America Uncancelled”-themed conference, which is being held in Orlando this year and begins Thursday. AdvertisementNot only is Trump delivering the keynote speech, but several of the events—like "So You’ve Been De-platformed. Now What?”—are clear signs that the conservative movement will continue to talk about the culture war issues Trump emphasized during his time in office.
Trip Way, Way Out in the Desert in ‘Desert Oracle’

Trip Way, Way Out in the Desert in ‘Desert Oracle’

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The book is Desert Oracle, by Ken Layne. The introduction begins with this: “Within these pages are many mysteries of the desert. One tantalizing lede after another across all 33 stories that ramble and wander through the desert, but never stumble, never get lost. Take Layne’s hand, walk into the desert and be greeted by a host of dreamers, mystics, and wanderers. Boundaries between civilization and a kind of hostile, unknowable nature blur and shift at the margins of desert towns.
Trump Is One Step Closer to a Possible Criminal Case for That Georgia Phone Call

Trump Is One Step Closer to a Possible Criminal Case for That Georgia Phone Call

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Former President Trump’s infamous Georgia phone call is coming back to haunt him. AdvertisementThe probe presents the absurd vision of the Georgia secretary of state investigating a phone call to … the Georgia secretary of state. The office’s investigation is technically “fact-finding and administrative in nature,” Walter Jones, a spokesman for the Georgia secretary of state, told VICE News Monday evening. Advertisement“All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensperger. David Worley, a local Georgia Democrat on the board, sent a letter to other members asking for an investigation.
Trump’s New Lawyers Have Some History With Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Cosby

Trump’s New Lawyers Have Some History With Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Cosby

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Former President Trump’s entire impeachment legal team bailed on him over the weekend, and the two guys he picked as their replacements are bringing some, um, interesting baggage. One of the lawyers, David Schoen, has made headlines for insisting that the infamous accused sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein was murdered in jail. The change-up occurred just a week before Trump’s impeachment trial is due to start on Feb. 9 in the Senate, giving the new guys a tight window to prepare his defense. Schoen said he’d agreed to represent Epstein and was still sorting out final details at the time that Epstein died. That’s not what this impeachment trial is about.”
TV Review: The Unique Catharsis of 'It's a Sin'

TV Review: The Unique Catharsis of 'It's a Sin'

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Readers who need COVID to help them fully empathise with the AIDS crisis for the first time? I ask because the majority of those who buy the Guardian are over 50; in other words, people who lived through it. The news media was the ringmaster: a world of us (or “we”) and them (the filthy AIDS people). The Sun’s headline blared: “It’s A Sin viewers shocked by drama’s explicit sex”. In the same week, the paper described the much more explicit heterosexual rutting in Bridgerton as simply “the hottest sex scenes ever”.
Uber Founder Launches Luxury Airline So Rich People Can Go on COVID Vacations

Uber Founder Launches Luxury Airline So Rich People Can Go on COVID Vacations

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A new luxury airline is beckoning wealthy vacationers while health officials push for tighter restrictions on nonessential travel. Lee said there is no safe way to travel at this stage of the pandemic, especially with new variants emerging that are significantly more contagious. I get that, because we’re a year in and we keep getting told what we cannot do,” Lee said. Even if the flights were virus-proof, there are risks travelling to and from the airport and mingling at vacation destinations. It keeps getting re-seeded and spread about… It’s just that small group (travelling) because the policies allow them to do it.
UK travel quarantine destinations: The latest news on hotels and corridors

UK travel quarantine destinations: The latest news on hotels and corridors

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What’s the latest UK travel news? Read next Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWHAT COUNTRIES ARE EXEMPT FROM THE UK QUARANTINE RULES? As of Monday 18 January, no countries are exempt from UK quarantine rules. What the latest lockdown rules meanWould I need to take any quarantine period as a holiday? What the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel
Up to My Earlobes in Hot Water, in Budapest’s Best Bath

Up to My Earlobes in Hot Water, in Budapest’s Best Bath

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The Széchenyi Baths are Budapest’s ultimate thermal spa experience. And before I know it, I’m in my swim trunks and up to my earlobes in hundred-degree water — milky with minerals and steamy with geothermal heat. Feeling the steaming cascade pound and pound and pound against my shoulders, I slip into a meditative trance, losing all track of time and place. It’s the opposite of water torture…it’s water bliss. But it’s comforting to know that the Széchenyi Baths will always be here.
Vaccine passports: everything you need to know

Vaccine passports: everything you need to know

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What are Covid vaccine passports? So if there is a requirement, any viewer can then ask for their vaccine certificate, in the way that we do pre-departure test certificates now.’AdvertisementWhen might vaccine passports be introduced? Now read:What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? Inspiration What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowAdvertisementQuarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWhen will we travel?
Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to know

Vaccine passports for travel: everything you need to know

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What are Covid vaccine passports for travel? When might vaccine passports for travel be introduced? AdvertisementWhat has the government said about vaccine passports for travel? An alternative to a vaccine passport would be a digital certificate showing the holder had a recent negative test. Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowAdvertisementQuarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWhen will we travel?
Vatican City, a Tiny Country with a Billion Citizens

Vatican City, a Tiny Country with a Billion Citizens

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We'll start at Vatican City, drop by San Marino, hike up to Liechtenstein, speed over to Monaco, and finish high in the Pyrenees at Andorra. The Vatican City. Vatican City is embedded in the city of Rome. The Vatican is built on the memory and tomb of the first pope, St. Peter. If you're pondering eternity, try covering the Vatican Museum thoroughly.
Venice and St. Mark’s Basilica

Venice and St. Mark’s Basilica

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According to legend, St. Mark actually traveled here, personally bringing Christianity to the region. The grand church of St. Mark’s was built in a distinctly Eastern style. These much-coveted and exquisitely cast bronze horses are a trophy befitting the city’s power. The remains of St. Mark lie beneath the high altar. St. Mark’s bell tower — or campanile — soars 300 feet over the square.
Venice: Its Power, Architecture, and Art

Venice: Its Power, Architecture, and Art

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Get ready to be immersed in the wonder of this continent’s most romantic city: Venice. Venice, more than any other city, is the place to get out early and stay out late — to be swept away. And, until the 16th century, when explorers like Vasco da Gama and Columbus opened up the world leaving Venice stuck in a geographic hole, Venice did dominate. Along with economic might, the splendor of Venice was built upon a foundation of military power. While the Frari has great art in situ — for me, the entire city is art in situ.
Vienna’s Heurigen, the New-Wine Ritual

Vienna’s Heurigen, the New-Wine Ritual

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And, amidst the famous vineyards, they gather for the ritual of tasting the new wine. The uniquely Viennese institution of the Heurige is two things: it’s a young wine, and a place to drink it. A long time ago, when the Habsburg Emperors allowed Vienna's vintners sell their young wine tax-free, several hundred families opened up these wine-garden eateries clustered around the edge of town — and a tradition was born. Today, there are more than 1,700 acres of vineyards within Vienna's city limits, and countless Heurige. Many locals claim that it takes several years of practice to distinguish between the young Heurige wine and vinegar.
What Happens When You Mix Antidepressants with Recreational Drugs?

What Happens When You Mix Antidepressants with Recreational Drugs?

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Just under one in six of England’s adult population are on antidepressants, while one in ten admit to using illegal drugs. This crossover poses a few potential problems: when combined, antidepressants and recreational drugs come with their own set of side-effects and risks. But even though there are strong links between drug use, dependence and depression, there is little information out there about what happens to your body when you mix these drugs. Tom, 25, was on antidepressants from the age of 16 to 22, and used to smoke weed daily. Different drugs and doses will react in different ways to varying types of antidepressants.
What it’s like to stay in a quarantine hotel in Mauritius

What it’s like to stay in a quarantine hotel in Mauritius

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I was obviously still a little apprehensive, as I had no idea what the hotel room or food would be like. How much does it cost to quarantine in a hotel in Mauritius? Bedroom at Trou aux Biches Beachcomber, Mauritius Sarah BridgeAdvertisement'The entire hotel was designated as a quarantine hotel. There was a weekly menu to choose from, and every day the hotel staff would phone up and get your selection for the next day. What advice would you give to anyone who is about to go through hotel quarantine?
What it's like on the Isle of Man with no Covid restrictions

What it's like on the Isle of Man with no Covid restrictions

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Condé Nast Traveller’s Natasha Callin was born on the Isle of Man, working in London but heading home before borders were closed. Coastal views from Isle of Man Nick HorsthuisWhat is the very first thing you did after lockdown that you couldn’t do during it? Coastal views from Isle of Man Nick HorsthuisRead next 10 UK destinations to visit instead of Cornwall Inspiration 10 UK destinations to visit instead of CornwallHow have things changed since before lockdown on the Isle of Man? Beach on Isle of Man Nick HorsthuisAdvertisementDo you think the experience has had a lasting impact? AdvertisementDouglas at sunset from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Ferry Getty ImagesAre you still wearing face masks?
When will we travel? What the latest lockdown rules mean

When will we travel? What the latest lockdown rules mean

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The latest lockdown rules Places To Stay Are UK hotels open? These travel quarantine rules apply to anyone arriving by air, plane or sea. What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? AdvertisementWhat does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel? Inspiration What does the latest Covid vaccine news mean for travel?
Where 'Groundhog Day' was filmed

Where 'Groundhog Day' was filmed

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Bill Murray’s memorably excellent 1993 comedy Groundhog Day is an evergreen classic, but it’s gained extra significance under lockdown, with the expression ‘It’s just like ‘Groundhog Day’’ repeated, well, on what seems like a daily basis. That particular day is 2 February, otherwise known as Groundhog Day, when the American tradition of a groundhog predicting the start of spring takes place. Here’s where Groundhog Day was filmed…AdvertisementIllinois, Woodstock ShutterstockPENNSYLVANIAPunxsutawney in Pennsylvania does exist in the real world, but anyone visiting in search of the film’s location would experience a disappointing absence of déjà vu. ‘It’s a quintessential, little beautiful town,’ said the film’s location manager, Bob Hodgins, in an interview with The Woodstock Independent. ‘Groundhog Day’ can be streamed on Google Play, Amazon Prime, YoutubeRead next The best romcoms with stunning locations to travel vicariously through Style & Culture The best romcoms with stunning locations to travel vicariously throughLike this?
Where is hot in September? Our top 10 destinations

Where is hot in September? Our top 10 destinations

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LOS ANGELES, USAAVERAGE SEPTEMBER TEMPERATURE: 28°CThe summer never ends in Southern California – particularly Los Angeles, which is basically a sun-drenched party packed with good-looking people year-round. Venice Beach, Los Angeles: the neighbourhood guide City Breaks Venice Beach, Los Angeles: the neighbourhood guideFor where's hot in other months, see our guides below:WHERE IS HOT IN JANUARY | WHERE IS HOT IN FEBRUARY | WHERE IS HOT IN MARCH | WHERE IS HOT IN APRIL | WHERE IS HOT IN MAY | | WHERE IS NOT TOO HOT IN AUGUST | WHERE IS HOT IN SEPTEMBER | WHERE IS HOT IN OCTOBER | WHERE IS HOT IN NOVEMBER | WHERE IS HOT IN DECEMBERIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Now read...Where to go in SeptemberWhere to go in September: 25 top destinations Inspiration Where to go in September: 25 top destinationsWhere is hot in October? Where is hot in October? Our top 10 destinations Inspiration Where is hot in October?
Where is 'Line of Duty' filmed?

Where is 'Line of Duty' filmed?

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The wait is nearly over: Season 6 of our favourite police procedural is imminent, with a March 2021 screening promised. Though no new locations have been revealed yet, shooting has been sighted across the series’ adopted city of Belfast. While we await more details, catch up on the highlights of Seasons 1-5 on BBC iPlayer, and continue reading to find out more about where the previous seasons were filmed. Line of Duty - Season 6 BBC/WorldWhere was 'Line of Duty' seasons 1-5 filmed? Of the many mysteries posed by the BBC’s gripping and wholly addictive Line of Duty, one stands apart.
Where is 'Lupin' filmed?

Where is 'Lupin' filmed?

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and The Bureau led the way, the US-made Emily in Paris upped the game, but now Lupin has made the French capital the certified hottest location on screen. South-west of Paris near Versailles, it’s close to Omar Sy’s hometown of Trappes, and also to the college in Andrésy where flashback scenes of Assane’s school days were filmed. Now read:12 of the most celebrated movies filmed in Paris12 of the most celebrated movies filmed in Paris Style & Culture 12 of the most celebrated movies filmed in ParisWhere is 'Emily in Paris' filmed? AdvertisementWhere is 'Emily in Paris' filmed? Style & Culture Where is 'Emily in Paris' filmed?
Where to find the best oysters in the world

Where to find the best oysters in the world

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Half-shell Jamie Chung / Trunk ArchiveIn the 1800s, with the arrival of sophisticated farming methods, oysters became a food for all. Read next The best food and travel shows to watch right now Style & Culture The best food and travel shows to watch right nowAnd so this mollusc has firmly established itself at the crossroads of style, sustenance and sustainability. Just follow these steps: Take an oyster knife and a thick cloth, folded, to protect your hand. Cancel the rest of the day.’ 34south.bizRead next The best cocktail delivery services in London Eating & Drinking The best cocktail delivery services in LondonONDINE, SCOTLAND‘This Edinburgh classic serves a variety from Cumbrae with chipolata sausages straight from the grill. Now read:Why honey is the world's best superfoodWhy honey is the world's best superfood Eating & Drinking Why honey is the world's best superfoodWhere to find the world's best breadAdvertisementWhere to find the world's best bread Eating & Drinking Where to find the world's best breadHow to make poached peaches
Where to ski in March

Where to ski in March

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Åre, SwedenBest for: A taste of upscale Scandi skiingThe effortlessly stylish Åre, by a lake in Sweden’s chilly centre, is the one ski retreat that genuinely rivals the best of the Alps. The pistes and Nordic tracks tend to be populated by gnarly freeskiers, rosy-cheeked ski tourers and the occasional Sami reindeer herd. In March, you’ll still have the best of the snow and a decent chance of spotting the Northern Lights. Åre may have been a ski site since Victorian times, with a creaking, century-old funicular, but it nonetheless feels more forward-thinking than many Alpine resorts. To try and fit in, the shops are well stocked with native outdoor brands like Haglöfs, Lundhags and J Lindeberg.
Where to go on holiday in May: 20 top destinations

Where to go on holiday in May: 20 top destinations

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The Dodecanese islands, a chain of 12 larger islands (Rhodes is the best known of them) and lots of little ones, are all these clichés and more. For a real taste of Greek life, the volcanic island of Nisyros is wonderfully welcoming and a haven for artists. Probably the simplest way is to take the Eurostar to Paris, followed by a TGV to Munich (seven hours), and from here the overnight Lisinski sleeper train to Zagreb. Next day, take a train to Belgrade (seven hours), and spend a night and day in the Serbian capital. An overnight train will then take you to Thessaloniki, from where you can enjoy a very scenic journey on an InterCity train to Athens (four hours).
Where was 'A Promising Young Woman' filmed?

Where was 'A Promising Young Woman' filmed?

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Even before its four Golden Globe nominations – for drama, screenplay, director and actress – Promising Young Woman was already being talked up as an award winner. 'Promising Young Woman' is scheduled for release soonAdvertisementLike this? Now read:Where was 'The Dig' filmed? Where was 'The Dig' filmed? Style & Culture Where was 'The Dig' filmed?
Where was 'The Dig' filmed?

Where was 'The Dig' filmed?

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LARRY HORRICKS/NETFLIX © 2021AdvertisementIn The Dig, we see the county mostly via Brown’s cycle journeys to and from work. Two of these were then used for the early stages of the dig, and a third for the discovery of the ship, which was recreated in fibreglass. However, the process was in fact filmed in reverse, with the open site created first and then filled in for authenticity. Tranmer House in Suffolk Getty ImagesTHE HOUSE: NORNEY GRANGEPretty’s Suffolk home, Tranmer House, sits on the Sutton Hoo estate and is now a museum. Built in 1910 in Tudor Revival style, it is historically significant but aesthetically no match for the house employed as its stand-in for The Dig.
Where was 'The Serpent' filmed?

Where was 'The Serpent' filmed?

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Style & Culture Where was 'Sex and the City' filmed in New York? ‘Would it help to have the Eiffel Tower or would that give the game away?’'The Serpent' is streaming on BBC iPlayerLike this? Now read:Read next The best travel movies for kids and teens Style & Culture The best travel movies for kids and teensThe best film and TV dramas filmed in BritainThe best film and TV dramas filmed in Britain Style & Culture The best film and TV dramas filmed in BritainWhere is ‘Bridgerton’ filmed? Style & Culture Where is ‘Bridgerton’ filmed? Where is 'We Are Who We Are' filmed in Italy?
Which countries are open to vaccinated travellers?

Which countries are open to vaccinated travellers?

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The UK is currently in lockdown, meaning international travel isn’t allowed; looking forward, we’re not yet sure when we’ll travel again. The good news, though, is that some countries have said they’ll allow travellers to enter once they’ve been vaccinated, something the UK is hoping to achieve for the entire adult population by autumn 2021. What the latest lockdown rules meanWhich 33 countries are on the UK's travel ban red list? Coronavirus travel advice Which 33 countries are on the UK's travel ban red list? The latest lockdown rules
Why Biden's ICE Is Still Deporting People

Why Biden's ICE Is Still Deporting People

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Title 42 is a previously little-used public-health rule that dates to the 1940s. Most of the people on the flights to Haiti were Title 42 expulsions, according to DHS. On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that Title 42 would continue to be invoked. The ACLU has sued under multiple lawsuits to block Title 42 for children and families. A tent city for unaccompanied children is planned for Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Why We Need Aldo Leopold’s ‘Land Ethic’ Now More Than Ever

Why We Need Aldo Leopold’s ‘Land Ethic’ Now More Than Ever

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In the broad arc of Western conservation history, the land ethic represented a move away from viewing land as a commodity to be exploited and toward something more aligned with Indigenous views on intergenerational obligations and human kinship with other species. I believe it may contribute to further progress in realizing an ethic of responsibility and reciprocity among people, and between people and land. Based on that understanding, he worked to advance an ethic of care that united humans’ need for justice and compassion toward one another and toward the living land. The land ethic as Leopold framed it was not elitist or exclusionary. Leopold composed “The Land Ethic” in the summer of 1947 as the clouds of World War II were still dissipating.
Why We Travel #1: For Fun and Excitement

Why We Travel #1: For Fun and Excitement

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We travel as tourists, to have experiences, to have fun. Of course, travel is fun — relaxing with abandon, not acting our age, going for broke, joining the party. My earliest travel experiences — captured on the road decades ago in journals and postcards — remain some of my most treasured memories. Travel can change our perspective — we discover there's more to life than increasing its speed. This is why we travel — we travel for the experience.
Will a Biden Administration Actually Wean America Off Big Oil?

Will a Biden Administration Actually Wean America Off Big Oil?

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The White House has reportedly prepared documents that would pause new oil and gas auctions offshore and on federal land while the new administration reviews the programs. The moratorium will have no effect on existing leases, meaning drilling will continue on public lands and offshore. So the kerfuffle over oil and gas leasing on public lands is about the future. Actually breaking the deep symbiotic bond between government and big (fossil fuel) energy, or even loosening it, is a massive undertaking. Energy, grazing, and mining interests are joined at the hip with the agencies that oversee their use of federal land.
Win a five-night holiday to St Lucia

Win a five-night holiday to St Lucia

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The winner and a guest will spend five nights at East Winds, an island retreat that spans 12 tropical acres on the north-west coast of St Lucia. A four-course supper is served each night in the oceanfront restaurant, with locally farmed or caught ingredients such as fish of the day, St Lucia stew and seared lamb with mint and cumin. The Pitons, a day trip from East WindsThe island of St Lucia, one of the Caribbean's eastern islands, is known for its beautiful beaches, dramatic volcanoes and lush rainforest. Also included in the prize are two return World Traveller British Airways flights from London Gatwick to Saint Lucia. What is the name of the two volcanic spires near the town of Soufrière in St Lucia?
Why We Travel #3: To Appreciate Art and Culture

Why We Travel #3: To Appreciate Art and Culture

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Art proclaims faith — frescoes painted as a form of prayer, a crucifix painted as the artist wept. And art proclaims joy — timeless joys: the love of life, the love of love. Dance is art — art in motion. Travelers learn that art and history mix and meld into culture. This is why we travel — we travel to learn, to touch that soul.
Win a summer weekend at Gstaad Palace in Switzerland

Win a summer weekend at Gstaad Palace in Switzerland

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The prize-winner and a guest will check into Gstaad Palace, a century-old castle-hotel which sits on a hill overlooking the glitzy Alpine town of Gstaad, during the peaceful summer season. Jacuzzi at Gstaad PalaceAlso included on one evening is supper for two at Le Grand Restaurant, the hotel’s elegant fine-dining spot with views of the peaks. The prize must be taken during Gstaad Palace's 2021 summer season: between 19 June 2021 and 12 September 2021. For a clue, see our edit of the best hotels in Switzerland. Now read:Read next Win a two night stay at Cliveden House Holiday competitions Win a two night stay at Cliveden HouseCity break: Zürich, SwitzerlandCity break: Zürich, Switzerland City Breaks City break: Zürich, SwitzerlandThe best hotels in SwitzerlandAdvertisementThe best hotels in Switzerland Places To Stay The best hotels in SwitzerlandA road trip from Lausanne to Milan
Win a weekend in the Italian Dolomites

Win a weekend in the Italian Dolomites

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The winner and a guest will stay at Forestis, an eco-friendly retreat in the clouds about 6,000ft above sea level. The prize includes two nights in a vast Tower Suite with its own terrace overlooking the rocky Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the South Tyrolean Alps of northern Italy. Read next Win a summer weekend at Gstaad Palace in Switzerland Holiday competitions Win a summer weekend at Gstaad Palace in SwitzerlandTwo economy return flights from the UK are included. AdvertisementIn which year did UNESCO declare the Dolomites a World Heritage Site? Now read:Read next Win a five-night holiday to St Lucia Holiday competitions Win a five-night holiday to St LuciaWellness retreats helping to protect the environmentThe wellness retreats that are helping to protect the planet Inspiration The wellness retreats that are helping to protect the planetThe Dolomites, Italy: a guide to South TyrolAdvertisementThe Dolomites: Italy's rugged, slow living region Inspiration The Dolomites: Italy's rugged, slow living regionThe prettiest small towns in Italy
Win a two night stay at Cliveden House

Win a two night stay at Cliveden House

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One supper for two is included at The Cliveden Dining Room. The elegant dining room is the setting for a menu of seasonal ingredients such as tuna carpaccio, twice-baked cheese soufflé and south coast Dover sole. Daily breakfast will be taken in the stately dining room, and includes freshly baked pastries and cooked-on-the-spot eggs. AdvertisementWhich high-profile bride-to-be stayed at Cliveden House the night before her wedding? Now read:The best sustainable hotels in the UKAdvertisementOur favourite sustainable hotels in the UK Places To Stay Our favourite sustainable hotels in the UKThe most romantic hotels in the UK and Ireland
You Can Now Get a COVID ‘Passport’ for $19.95

You Can Now Get a COVID ‘Passport’ for $19.95

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Its creator, North Carolina-based tech company CastleBranch, says the digital vaccination card is the first to become available to the public. Neither should advertisers or corporations.”CastleBranch is just one of many companies attempting to distribute COVID “passports.” Earlier this month, the company launched its physical identification card that travelers can carry as proof of COVID vaccination. Chicago-based United Airlines announced Monday that it plans to release an update to its travel app that allows COVID passport compatibility. United is the first major airline to move toward accepting such a document and has said it’s willing to accept COVID passports from different companies. Digital-liberty experts are also imploring extreme caution when gathering sensitive health data from a massive portion of the population.