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WHERE ON EARTH
21 SEP 2018:  In researching YouTube for videos on travel for this edition we were astounded to find a number of them pertaining to the relative ignorance of people today when it comes to geography.  This is not limited to any one country, but we have selected three videos to illustrate the generally dismal state of world knowledge.   MORE

ONE YEAR LATER
Dominica gets back on track
21 SEP 208: One year after Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica, the island nation is rebounding. Dominica’s airports – Douglas-Charles and Canefield – are fully open for commercial operations with same-day connectivity with international carriers to and from Douglas-Charles. Several cruise lines are planning calls to Dominica in 2018 and 2019 and the ferry service operated by L’Express des Iles is also available. MORE

SPIRIT UNFORGETTABLE
Cheers to John Mann
14 SEP 2018: While Canada lost a music icon before his time in Gord Downie in October last year, no less a tragedy has been the decline of John Mann, the Juno award-winning singer, songwriter and actor best known as frontman for Vancouver-based folk-rock band Spirit of the West. MORE

SOMETHING NEW AT SEA-TAC
SEP 2018: The estimated cost for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's new International Arrivals Facility has reached almost $1 billion. In 2013 Port of Seattle commissioners estimated the project would cost $300 million. MORE

OVER THE RAINBOW
Thinking about Hawaii and remembering awesome IZ
A recent whale watching excursion in Charlevoix led us to recall a similar experience in Hawaii. And Hawaii, as it always does, reminded us of IZ, the late great singer/songwriter/ukulele player and local treasure more formally known as Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole. (VIDEO). MORE

SPACENET WEDDING
Ryan and Kim Jenk planned a unique destination wedding in Utah. They honoured some traditions, the bride walked down the ‘aisle’ in a gown with a long train and the groom wore a suit. The ceremony took place on a space net 122 meters (400 ft) above the desert near Moab. Members of the wedding party wore tutus and took off from the cliff in paragliders. Ten flower girls jumped, wearing parachutes and dropping flower petals on their way.(VIDEO). MORE

ENOUGH WITH THE GIRDLE CHECK
Its hard to say what was worse, having to wear a girdle or having it checked by your employer. Barbara 'Dusty' Roads  championed a crusade against sexism ending the practice of flight attendants having to weigh in at work and retire from their career at the golden age of 32. (VIDEO). MORE

GLAMPING IN CAPE LAHAVE
So good it yurts
If you have ever had a yearning for a yurt, salivation for seafood or a penchant for paddle boarding, you might want to consider glamping on the east coast. Sure, these guys make it look easy but certified guides oversee the adventure of hiking, kayaking and sleeping under the stars. And a wilderness chef makes sure you are not heating canned beans over the campfire. (VIDEO) MORE

TAKE IT EASY
The Eagles moonwalk past Michael Jackson
24 AUG 2018: We’re delighted that so many of you are enjoying the Friday music video – eclectic though our choices may be. This week’s selection follows an announcement that Michael Jackson’s Thriller – long the bestselling album of all time, has now been topped by – yes, it’s true -The Eagles Greatest Hits. (VIDEO) MORE

CATAPULT EXPERIENCE LAUNCHED
Literally. Yes, they took off.
24 AUG 2018: AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand co-founder Henry van Asch has revealed a new world-first adventure tourism experience – the Nevis Catapult. Not for the faint-hearted, The Catapult sees thrill seekers experience up to 3G of force and speeds of almost 100km per hour in 1.5 seconds, as they are propelled 150m out across a ravine before dropping suddenly towards the valley floor and experiencing a series of jaw-dropping bounces. (VIDEO) MORE

IS IT THE MAGIC BRIDGE
24 AUG 2018: A NASA satellite has detected something unusual in the Indian ocean – a chain of largely submerged objects running between India and Sri Lanka. Scientists estimate the chain to be approximately 30 miles long, one likens it to a ‘string of pearls. The questions begin. (VIDEO)   MORE

ST MICHAELS MOUNT
Take a stroll from Penzance at low tide
24 AUG 2018: St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall is an island for sixteen hours a day but, during low tide visitors can walk to the mount via not-too-long cobblestoned causeway. If the tide comes in while you’re there – don’t worry you can take a small ferry back to Penzance. The Duchy of Cornwall in south west England is full of wonderous and fascinating sights and attractions. It’s one of my favourite parts of the country with craggy rock faces and gorgeous secluded beaches. Walking over to St. Michael’s Mount was a great thrill. (VIDEO) MORE

THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL
17 AUG 2018: And here’s our last musical video this Friday. Elvis Presley died on the August 16, 1977. I remember exactly where I was – at Club 22 at the Windsor Arms, in Toronto, with a couple of friends at the piano bar listening to pianist Paul Drake. “What do you want to hear girls?” Asked Paul (we were regulars). A man sitting across from us said, “He’s dead. So, play something of Elvis Presley.” We weren’t amused, and let him know it, but turned out he was right and Paul, who usually sang standards and show tunes – sang Presley standards all night as we sang along, drank along, and shed a few tears. MORE

UNPREDICTABLE. CONTRADICTORY. FASCINATING.
Madonna turns sixty
16 AUG 2018: It’s musical Friday so we’re making the most of it. Madonna turned 60 on August 16. Yes, sixty. The material girl is a mature material woman. But love her or hate her, (there’s not many inbetween) Madonna has invented, reinvented and re-reinvented herself so often and so dramatically, that really, one has to admire her consistent inconsistency. MORE

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. MORE

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! MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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? MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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.  MORE
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