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THE QUEEN OF SOUL
Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

17 AUG 2018: It is especially heart wrenching when a voice that epitomised and symbolized an era – in this case many eras, decades and generations - is stilled. Aretha Franklin, whose legendary voice gave her an enduring reign as the Queen of Soul, has died at 76.


FAIR WARNING
Your music today may not be for all

10AUG 2018: Today’s music video comes with a warning - there’s a rude word in it. It’s not uncommon, you’ve probably heard it from an irate driver, or used it if you slammed your finger in a drawer, certainly if you’ve heard Cindi Lauper’s ‘it’s the same old xxxxing story’ you know the one I mean. So, fairly warned, if you’re going to be offended don’t click on the icon. If you do and you are offended – I don’t want to hear it!


GALLUPING TOURISM
Heading down Route 66 with the Rolling Stones

03 AUG 2018: A western New Mexico city that bills itself as the gateway to Native American culture is experiencing a tourism boom. Officials in Gallup, New Mexico, say the city has seen a 7 to 10 percent increase in visitation over last year, mostly thanks to foreign tourists. Now this may be an odd juxtaposition but we thought it might be fun to have this week’s music video flash back to 1976 to watch Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones perform Route 66.


THE TRADITIONAL ART OF THE TATTOO

03 AUG 2018: Well before tats became a fashion statement, or a regrettable error after an evening of overindulgence, the practice of traditional tattooing in Hawaii was a sacred ceremony. Here Keone Nunes reveals the protocol and the practice of traditional Hawaiian tattooing on the island of Oahu using original instruments.


A WHALE OF A VIEW

03 AUG 2018: Ever wondered what it's like to see the world through the eyes of a whale? In a world-first, scientists in Antarctica have attached a camera to a minke whale. Meanwhile, one of Iceland's top whaling companies says it has stopped hunting minke whales – but just for this this year. Could it be the cameras?


THE MODEL FOR HEAVEN

03 AUG 2018: In these days when racial intolerance and bigotry are becoming ever more rampant, perhaps we can learn from the example of Mauritius. Nearly all the people of this island nation can speak a minimum of three languages fluently. There is no indigenous population and the 1.2 million Mauritians are descended from immigrants who arrived centuries ago, mostly from India, France, Great Britain, East Africa (Madagascar) and China.


THIS ISLAND IS OUR LAND
The Gray Zone Border between Canada and the US

03 AUG 2018: Machias Island is a tiny outpost about 550 metres long and 250 metres wide, shaped like a tear drop and is entirely treeless. Apart from a lighthouse keeper and a couple of researchers studying the island’s seabird colonies, there are no other inhabitants, and only a little over 1,000 people — mostly avid birdwatchers — visit the rocky outpost each year. However, this is disputed land (and water) claimed by both Canada and the United States.


IMAGINE

27 JUL 2018: Here’s our Friday music video – and aside from being enjoyable it is particularly moving. Moira Kelly is an Australian humanitarian worker who has been recognized for her work both in Australia and globally. Chris Martin stopped by to officially honor Kelly for her work during Coldplay’s scheduled concert stop in Melbourne. And he had a surprise for her.


UP UP AND AWAY

27 JUL 2018: To reach the dazzling view across Switzerland's Lake Lucerne from the top of Mount Pilatus, you can take the Pilatus-Bahn, the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Commissioned in 1889, it boasts a gradient of up to 48 percent, and about 30 minutes travel time.


BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE
Until they get caught and killed

27 JUL 018: We worry about animal welfare, cruelty and preservation, but personally I found this video particularly disturbing both because of the massacre of beautiful insects – yes, I know it’s hypocritical – I massacre them myself (mosquitoes, flies, whatever - as frequently as I can slap them down) – but butterflies are somehow different, and the pointlessness of capturing and then selling the dead butterflies, is very sad.


THE OLD WAYS CAN BE THE BEST

26 JUL 2018:  Tom Pohaku Stone handcrafts traditional Hawaiian surfboards to ride the waves on the windward side of Oahu. Tom’s favorite surfboard is not a modern, fiberglass board. His board is one he has built with his own hands, with techniques that have been passed down through generations. 


WHAT A WEEK
A little light Friday music

20 JUL 2018: You know we always like to end the week on a musical note and as this week has been somewhat hectic and stressful on a global scale, we thought a little upbeat Motown sound would cheer us all up. This seemed particularly appropriate.


A PLASTIC FREE VACATION
How to Eliminate Single Use Plastics on Vacation

20 JUL 2018: We been writing quite a bit about plastics and environmental problems recently. Cutting back on single-use plastics might be easier than you think, suggests travel writer, Marie McGrory. Personally, I didn’t think it was all that simple, though I suppose it would depend on the type of holiday and the destination.


HAWAII SEARCHES FOR SAFE SPOTS TO VIEW LAVA

20 JUL 2018: Authorities in Hawaii want to set up a site where the public can view lava erupting from the Kilauea volcano. But they're finding this difficult to do while keeping people safe. Images of the eruption have captivated people around the world, but it's nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see it. That's squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy.


THE LAST BEST PLACE ON EARTH
360-degree video reveals magnificent Montana

20 JUL 018: Dubbed “the last best place on earth,” Montanans would have you believe that the only traffic jams in the spectacular western state are when an elk heard crosses the road, that cowboy boots count as formal wear, and August is just another word for huckleberry season.


WHAT IN WORLD WAR III IS HE ON ABOUT
Montenegro more puzzled than affronted

20 JUL 2018: Of all the curious (to put it kindly) rhetoric that came from Donald Trump this week, perhaps the most puzzling was his warning/prediction/whatever that the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro in southeastern Europe - which has a military of fewer than 2,000 members - could set off a global war.


ICE, ICE, BABY
Behind the scenes at Disney's Frozen on Broadway

13 JUL 2018: Full disclosure: Frozen is one of the few Disney movies (or plays) I have never seen. I’m old enough to have enjoyed many of them the first time around (I can still remember going to the theatre to see Mary Poppins as a child) and relived most of the repertoire endlessly through my own kids (I would take Jungle Book over Barney any day of the week).


SPIRIT, GUTS AND DRIVE
What It Takes to be a Hula Champion


13 JUL 2018: Hula is a dance of illusions. Behind the grace and the sway there is grit, athleticism, and a knee-breaking, blister-inducing effort to leave everything you have on the dance floor. Every year, the best compete at the Merrie Monarch Festival, the world’s most prestigious hula competition held in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii


EAT YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD
The best foodie destinations

13 JUL 2018: Food is the new tourist attraction according to the Hotels.com Tasty Travels report. With more than half of Canadian millennials admitting a destination’s cuisine is the biggest deciding factor when picking where to holiday, with arts and culture and beautiful beaches being less appetizing in comparison. The younger generation is now even more focused on munching delicious local delicacies on holiday (68 percent) than visiting landmarks (61 percent) and exploring the outdoors (34 percent).


A ROYAL VISIT
Ireland welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

13 JUL 2018: The island of Ireland welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Dublin. After touching down in Dublin Airport, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Government Buildings on Merrion Street, where they met with Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar


PLASTIC POLLUTION PROTECTION

13 JUL 2018: The issue of plastic contamination in the oceans is growing rapidly and sea creatures are dying by consuming plastic or becoming entangled in it. We were therefore gratified to learn that Canada’s federal environment minister says she wants business leaders involved when she and her counterparts from other G7 nations gather in Halifax this fall to discuss how to reduce the flow of plastic waste into the oceans. Catherine McKenna, speaking at a news conference Tuesday in Halifax, said Canadians are throwing out up to $150 billion worth of plastic each year, much of which ends up in the water.


ISLAND IN THE SUN
Nobody does it better than Belafonte

06 JUL 2018: Many, many years ago I saw Harry Belafonte perform at what was then The O’Keefe Centre in Toronto – and fell in love. Belafonte was a regular in this city and I never missed a performance if I could help it. Add his amazing talent and charisma to his advocacy and support of political and humanitarian causes, his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Harry Belafonte commands respect as a performer and a man of integrity and conscience.


IT JUST MIGHT WORK
Plan to Save a Rare Albatross From Extinction

06 JUL 2018: Five hundred miles off the coast of New Zealand, the Chatham Islands are home to the last 5,000 breeding pairs of the Chatham Island albatross.


SCREAM

06 JUL 2018: Here’s another of those things I will never try. Knott's Berry Farm is home to California's first and only dive coaster. Hangtime features a 96-degree drop that's sure to make you scream. It also has a negative-G stall loop that creates a floating sensation.


GETTING HIGH

06 JUL2018: If you're a thrill seeker unafraid of heights, these nine places will satisfy your adrenaline fix. For me, personally, I can hardly bear to watch them.

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