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Brave and Reckless’Advice for New WordPress Bloggers– Part 1 — Brave and Reckless

It wasn’t so long ago that I was a brand new blogger at WordPress. I started my blog at the beginning of October with no real goals in mind other than making one particular piece of writing publicly available for sharing. I chose WordPress because we use it at work and several friends spoke highly of […]

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India’s MobiKwik is raising new funding at $1B valuation to battle payment rival Paytm — TechCrunch

With high-profile investments from Alibaba and SoftBank fueling an impressive growth story since demonetization last year, you could be forgiven for thinking that Paytm has India’s payments market sewn up. But at least one company will agree to differ on that. MobiKwik, the mobile payments startup that is number two to Paytm in India, is…

via India’s MobiKwik is raising new funding at $1B valuation to battle payment rival Paytm — TechCrunch

The Wealthiest City In Each US State — Houston’s MIX 96-5

Have you wondered where the wealthiest cities in the country are? A study from GOBankingRates defined the “wealthiest” cities as those with high median home values and median incomes. The criteria to find the wealthiest city was using data from Zillow to locate the cities with the highest home values. Then, use the household median…

via The Wealthiest City In Each US State — Houston’s MIX 96-5

UPS Gunman Had Filed Overtime Grievance Before Shooting — TIME

(SAN FRANCISCO) — A United Parcel Service driver who opened fire during a meeting with co-workers had filed a grievance that he was working excessive overtime and appeared to specifically go after the three drivers he killed before fatally shooting himself. Jimmy Lam, 38, filed the grievance in March complaining of too much overtime and…

via UPS Gunman Had Filed Overtime Grievance Before Shooting — TIME

A Guy Who Robbed a Bank to Get Away from His Wife Was Sentenced to House Arrest — Houston’s MIX 96-5

I am sure if you have been married for a while there comes a point where you need to get away from your spouse. In fact, you may have uttered the words, I would do anything to get away from you right now. Well, back in September 71-year-old guy named Lawrence Rippled robbed a bank…

via A Guy Who Robbed a Bank to Get Away from His Wife Was Sentenced to House Arrest — Houston’s MIX 96-5

Anthony Michael Hall Revealed Which Brat Pack Member Got The Luckiest — Houston’s MIX 96-5

Anthony Michael Hall was on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and played a Brat Pack version game of Plead the Fifth. Most people actually end up pleading the fifth on Plead the Fifth, but Hall never did. Side note: The Morning Mix has some serious opinions about Anthony’s answers, regarding Ally Sheedy. Ally…

via Anthony Michael Hall Revealed Which Brat Pack Member Got The Luckiest — Houston’s MIX 96-5

Supercharge Your Site With a CDN — Wilmington, NC SEO, Website Design, and Digital Marketing Services

As a web designer, you already know that great design is essential for a website—it’s the concept of design you trust, unless a website looks absolutely amazing, it’s going to be hard for new visitors to trust that site. That’s how essential great design is to a website. However, there’s another essential part of having […]

via Supercharge Your Site With a CDN — Wilmington, NC SEO, Website Design, and Digital Marketing Services

sraeli Author David Grossman Wins the Man Booker International Prize — TIME

(LONDON) — Israeli author David Grossman has won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar. The award was announced Wednesday in London. Grossman beat out five other finalists, including fellow Israeli author Amos Oz for the counterpart to Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize. Grossman’s novel is about a failing…

via Israeli Author David Grossman Wins the Man Booker International Prize — TIME

The Taliban Dismisses ISIS’ Claim of Capturing Osama Bin Laden’s Tora Bora Hideout — TIME

(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The Islamic State group said its fighters have captured Osama bin Laden’s infamous Tora Bora mountain hideout in eastern Afghanistan but the Taliban on Thursday dismissed the claim, saying they were still in control of the cave complex that once housed the former al-Qaida leader. Earlier, IS released an audio recording, saying…

via The Taliban Dismisses ISIS’ Claim of Capturing Osama Bin Laden’s Tora Bora Hideout — TIME

North Korea Says U.S. Student Otto Warmbier Was Freed on ‘Humanitarian Grounds’ — TIME

(SEOUL) — North Korea said Thursday it released an American university student over “humanitarian” reasons in its first official comment since he was returned to his home state of Ohio in a coma. The state-run Korean Central News Agency said Otto Warmbier had been serving hard labor but didn’t comment on his medical condition or…

via North Korea Says U.S. Student Otto Warmbier Was Freed on ‘Humanitarian Grounds’ — TIME

No More Survivors Are Expected From London High-Rise Blaze, Fire Chief Says — TIME

(LONDON) — Firefighters extinguished the last of the flames in the devastating west London blaze as they searched for more victims Thursday, a day after the high-rise apartment building fire that killed at least 12 people. Entire families were missing, and the death toll is certain to rise. Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said authorities genuinely…

via No More Survivors Are Expected From London High-Rise Blaze, Fire Chief Says — TIME

Deli Clerk Injured After Being Attacked With Avocados — TIME

(NEW YORK) — A Bronx deli clerk has a broken jaw after two men hurled avocados at him during a dispute caught on security video. WNBC says the men also smashed watermelons and threw bunches of bananas before fleeing. The 21-year-old victim also suffered a severely bruised eye and underwent surgery on his jaw Friday.…

via Deli Clerk Injured After Being Attacked With Avocados — TIME

Southern Baptists Condemn ‘Alt-Right White Supremacy’ — TIME

At an annual convention, about 5,000 Southern Baptists voted to show their opposition to the “alt-right” Wednesday. The vote against the alt-right, a movement that has been tied to white supremacy, came after it was previously decided a similar legislation would not be voted on the day before, according to the Washington Post. Barrett Duke,…

via Southern Baptists Condemn ‘Alt-Right White Supremacy’ — TIME

The Best Late-Night Jokes About President Trump’s Birthday — TIME

President Donald Trump turned 71 years old on Wednesday, and nearly every late-night television host had something to say about it. On the Late Show, Stephen Colbert presented Trump with three different gifts. “I wanted to give Donald something very special,” Colbert said. “After all, as a late-night host, he’s given me so much.” Colbert…

via The Best Late-Night Jokes About President Trump’s Birthday — TIME

Gambia Volleyball Federation Concludes Referee Refresher Course — newfanzone

A two day volleyball referees course ended in Banjul on this weekend under the supervision of Gambia Volleyball Federation. Speaking at the closing ceremony Kalilu Bajo the Referees Committee Chairman thanked the trainer for a job well done. He emphasised the need for commitment from the trained referees and urged them to be united and […] […]

via Gambia Volleyball Federation Concludes Referee Refresher Course — newfanzone

‘At Least 100’ Dead Bodies Were Seen By People Fleeing the Besieged Philippine City of Marawi, Official Says — TIME

A Philippine politician said Thursday that people fleeing the besieged city of Marawi claim to have seen at least 100 corpses on their way out of the provincial capital that has been wracked by weeks of bloody battle. Reuters reports that Zia Alonto Adiong, an official in Lanao del Sur province, told reporters that between…

via ‘At Least 100’ Dead Bodies Were Seen By People Fleeing the Besieged Philippine City of Marawi, Official Says — TIME

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Lubbock Is Home To The Most Savage And Funniest Business Sign Wars In History — AMP 1037

Lubbock is home to a couple of things. Most famously, Texas Tech University. Second, the greatest sign war in the history of food and retail. Two companies are at the forefront of this battle: Wendy’s who is pretty well known for it’s social media prowess, and the Pure Water Ice

via Lubbock Is Home To The Most Savage And Funniest Business Sign Wars In History — AMP 1037

Neo Nazi in Florida planned to bomb nuclear reactors — nuclear-news

Florida neo-Nazi plotted bombings at nuclear reactors and synagogues: prosecutors, HTTPS://WWW.RAWSTORY.COM/2017/06/FLORIDA-NEO-NAZI-PLOTTED-BOMBINGS-AT-NUCLEAR-REACTORS-AND-SYNAGOGUES-PROSECUTORS/ BRAD REED, 13 JUN 2017 A federal document filed by prosecutors this week alleges that a Florida-based neo-Nazi planned to kill civilians by planting explosives at targeted sites ranging from synagogues to power lines to nuclear reactors. The Tampa Bay Times reports that prosecutors are alleging Tampa resident Brandon Russell […]

via Neo Nazi in Florida planned to bomb nuclear reactors — nuclear-news

The risky jobs of closing down 200 nuclear reactors around the world — nuclear-news

Here’s what dismantling a nuclear reactor involves: Robots, radiation, risk IEA says about 200 nuclear reactors around the world will be shut down over the next quarter century http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/here-s-what-dismantling-a-nuclear-reactor-involves-robots-radiation-risk-117061200298_1.html Reuters | Muelheim-Kaerlich, Germany June 12, 2017 As head of the Muelheim-Kaerlich nuclear reactor, Thomas Volmar spends his days plotting how to tear down his workplace. The best way to do that, he […]

via The risky jobs of closing down 200 nuclear reactors around the world — nuclear-news

The risky jobs of closing down 200 nuclear reactors around the world — nuclear-news

Here’s what dismantling a nuclear reactor involves: Robots, radiation, risk IEA says about 200 nuclear reactors around the world will be shut down over the next quarter century http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/here-s-what-dismantling-a-nuclear-reactor-involves-robots-radiation-risk-117061200298_1.html Reuters | Muelheim-Kaerlich, Germany June 12, 2017 As head of the Muelheim-Kaerlich nuclear reactor, Thomas Volmar spends his days plotting how to tear down his workplace. The best way to do that, he […]

via The risky jobs of closing down 200 nuclear reactors around the world — nuclear-news

Josh Brolin Recreates ‘Goonies’ Role For 80’s-Themed Party — Houston’s MIX 96-5

Here’s how to be the coolest kid at the 80’s theme party: dress up as the character you actually played in one of the most popular 80’s movies of all time. That’s exactly what actor Josh Brolin did over at a costume party he went to. Josh played Brand in the 1985 classic “The Goonies,”…

via Josh Brolin Recreates ‘Goonies’ Role For 80’s-Themed Party — Houston’s MIX 96-5

Kim Kardashian To Launch Her Own Beauty Line, “KKW Beauty” — AMP 1037

As if we didn’t have enough Kardashian in our lives, big sister Kim announced yesterday the launch of her very own beauty line KKW Beauty. SHOP https://t.co/32qaKbs5YG • 06.21.17 pic.twitter.com/ecufNSqmlO — KKW BEAUTY (@kkwbeauty) June 13, 2017 https://t.co/32qaKbav78 06.21.17 pic.twitter.com/fKcahoQQ2t — KKW BEAUTY (@kkwbeauty) June 14, 2017 We know very little about the line, other…

via Kim Kardashian To Launch Her Own Beauty Line, “KKW Beauty” — AMP 1037

Inturn raises $22.5 million to help you buy clothes at a discount — TechCrunch

Managing inventory is one of the most challenging parts of running a retail business. It’s not easy to predict exactly how popular each item will be. That’s why retailers often offload their unsold clothing and products to other businesses. Some of these designs find their way into”off-price” stores like T.J. Maxx or Ross, known for…

via Inturn raises $22.5 million to help you buy clothes at a discount — TechCrunch

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Suit Up Again in Dodgeball Reunion Video — TIME

Over the years, there have been dozens of sports movies pitting the lovable underdogs against the seemingly unbeatable elites — it’s a classic American story. But none were perhaps as big of a surprise hit as 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the film starred Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller…

via Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Suit Up Again in Dodgeball Reunion Video — TIME

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Lubbock Is Home To The Most Savage And Funniest Business Sign Wars In History — AMP 1037

Lubbock is home to a couple of things. Most famously, Texas Tech University. Second, the greatest sign war in the history of food and retail. Two companies are at the forefront of this battle: Wendy’s who is pretty well known for it’s social media prowess, and the Pure Water Ice

via Lubbock Is Home To The Most Savage And Funniest Business Sign Wars In History — AMP 1037

Neo Nazi in Florida planned to bomb nuclear reactors — nuclear-news

Florida neo-Nazi plotted bombings at nuclear reactors and synagogues: prosecutors, HTTPS://WWW.RAWSTORY.COM/2017/06/FLORIDA-NEO-NAZI-PLOTTED-BOMBINGS-AT-NUCLEAR-REACTORS-AND-SYNAGOGUES-PROSECUTORS/ BRAD REED, 13 JUN 2017 A federal document filed by prosecutors this week alleges that a Florida-based neo-Nazi planned to kill civilians by planting explosives at targeted sites ranging from synagogues to power lines to nuclear reactors. The Tampa Bay Times reports that prosecutors are alleging Tampa resident Brandon Russell […]

via Neo Nazi in Florida planned to bomb nuclear reactors — nuclear-news

The risky jobs of closing down 200 nuclear reactors around the world — nuclear-news

Here’s what dismantling a nuclear reactor involves: Robots, radiation, risk IEA says about 200 nuclear reactors around the world will be shut down over the next quarter century http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/here-s-what-dismantling-a-nuclear-reactor-involves-robots-radiation-risk-117061200298_1.html Reuters | Muelheim-Kaerlich, Germany June 12, 2017 As head of the Muelheim-Kaerlich nuclear reactor, Thomas Volmar spends his days plotting how to tear down his workplace. The best way to do that, he […]

via The risky jobs of closing down 200 nuclear reactors around the world — nuclear-news

The risky jobs of closing down 200 nuclear reactors around the world — nuclear-news

Here’s what dismantling a nuclear reactor involves: Robots, radiation, risk IEA says about 200 nuclear reactors around the world will be shut down over the next quarter century http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/here-s-what-dismantling-a-nuclear-reactor-involves-robots-radiation-risk-117061200298_1.html Reuters | Muelheim-Kaerlich, Germany June 12, 2017 As head of the Muelheim-Kaerlich nuclear reactor, Thomas Volmar spends his days plotting how to tear down his workplace. The best way to do that, he […]

via The risky jobs of closing down 200 nuclear reactors around the world — nuclear-news

Josh Brolin Recreates ‘Goonies’ Role For 80’s-Themed Party — Houston’s MIX 96-5

Here’s how to be the coolest kid at the 80’s theme party: dress up as the character you actually played in one of the most popular 80’s movies of all time. That’s exactly what actor Josh Brolin did over at a costume party he went to. Josh played Brand in the 1985 classic “The Goonies,”…

via Josh Brolin Recreates ‘Goonies’ Role For 80’s-Themed Party — Houston’s MIX 96-5

Kim Kardashian To Launch Her Own Beauty Line, “KKW Beauty” — AMP 1037

As if we didn’t have enough Kardashian in our lives, big sister Kim announced yesterday the launch of her very own beauty line KKW Beauty. SHOP https://t.co/32qaKbs5YG • 06.21.17 pic.twitter.com/ecufNSqmlO — KKW BEAUTY (@kkwbeauty) June 13, 2017 https://t.co/32qaKbav78 06.21.17 pic.twitter.com/fKcahoQQ2t — KKW BEAUTY (@kkwbeauty) June 14, 2017 We know very little about the line, other…

via Kim Kardashian To Launch Her Own Beauty Line, “KKW Beauty” — AMP 1037

Inturn raises $22.5 million to help you buy clothes at a discount — TechCrunch

Managing inventory is one of the most challenging parts of running a retail business. It’s not easy to predict exactly how popular each item will be. That’s why retailers often offload their unsold clothing and products to other businesses. Some of these designs find their way into”off-price” stores like T.J. Maxx or Ross, known for…

via Inturn raises $22.5 million to help you buy clothes at a discount — TechCrunch

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Suit Up Again in Dodgeball Reunion Video — TIME

Over the years, there have been dozens of sports movies pitting the lovable underdogs against the seemingly unbeatable elites — it’s a classic American story. But none were perhaps as big of a surprise hit as 2004’s Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the film starred Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller…

via Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn Suit Up Again in Dodgeball Reunion Video — TIME

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Season 7 Spoilers: Is Mona A.D.? — Heavy.com

It’s been many months of wondering who the uber villain AD is on Pretty Little Liars and many people have been revealed as being involved with AD. Lucas had a small part in the corruption, Jenna and Sydney were involved and now Aria is one of AD’s reluctant minions. At the end of last week’s…

via ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Season 7 Spoilers: Is Mona A.D.? — Heavy.com

Magic Johnson’s Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know — Heavy.com

(Getty) Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s net worth is estimated at $600,000 million, according to the Celebrity Net Worth website. Johnson started playing basketball in high school, where he earned his nickname, “Magic.” It happened after he scored a triple double with 36 points, 18 rebounds, and 16 assists. A local Michigan sportswriter called him “Magic,” and…

via Magic Johnson’s Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know — Heavy.com

READ: Singer Austin Jones Arrested on Federal Child Porn Charges — Heavy.com

(Instagram) Just before boarding a flight at O’Hare International Airport on June 12, Australian pop singer Austin Jones was arrested by federal agents on suspicion of producing child pornography. Jones, who rose to fame primarily through the use of social media, was charged with two counts of production of child pornography after he allegedly used…

via READ: Singer Austin Jones Arrested on Federal Child Porn Charges — Heavy.com

Uber Board Member Apologizes for ‘Disrespectful’ Joke About Women at Sexual Harassment Meeting — TIME

Billionaire businessman and Uber board member David Bonderman apologized Tuesday for making a “disrespectful” joke about women at an all-hands meeting intended to address the company’s problems with sexual harassment. As fellow board member Ariana Huffington was explaining the benefits of having more women on Uber’s board, Bonderman said that, “Actually, what it shows is…

via Uber Board Member Apologizes for ‘Disrespectful’ Joke About Women at Sexual Harassment Meeting — TIME

Advertising giants leave little room for adtech startups, and VCs are noticing — TechCrunch

Since the earliest days of the commercial web, there was a Faustian bargain struck between users and content publishers: Users got free access to online content in exchange for tolerating ads sold by the very same publishers delivering the latest words, images, and videos. And, by and large, it’s a bargain that’s worked out well…

via Advertising giants leave little room for adtech startups, and VCs are noticing — TechCrunch

Why Donald Trump Was Low-Hanging Fruit for the Public Theater’s Julius Caesar — TIME

The election returns were still coming in when Oskar Eustis, artistic director of New York City’s famed Public Theater, knew what he must do. Seven months later, the deed is done: the first play of the season at Shakespeare in the Park features the assassination of a Donald Trump look-alike by a gender-neutral cast of…

via Why Donald Trump Was Low-Hanging Fruit for the Public Theater’s Julius Caesar — TIME

Here Are All the Ways President Trump Praised the GOP Health Care Bill — TIME

President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized the House-passed health care bill, calling it “mean” in a meeting with Republican senators and urging them to develop a “more generous” version. But just over a month ago, the president repeatedly praised the GOP-sponsored legislation, describing it as a “great plan” after a vote confirmed the bill’s approval…

via Here Are All the Ways President Trump Praised the GOP Health Care Bill — TIME

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Alex Jones Interview With Megyn Kelly: Date, Time

Next Sunday, I sit down with conservative radio host @RealAlexJones to discuss controversies and conspiracies #SundayNight June 18 on NBC pic.twitter.com/7bVz6Fobf5 — Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 11, 2017 Megyn Kelly’s upcoming interview with radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has already been creating quite a stir. The interview will air on NBC‘s Sunday Night…

via Alex Jones Interview With Megyn Kelly: Date, Time

New Crayola Experience Coming to Shops at Willow Bend in Plano — AMP 1037

Pennsylvania-based Crayola is bringing its interactive Crayola Experience to The Shops at Willow Bend. The store will include dozens of hands-on activities and, of course, a 5,000 square-foot store with endless Crayola products. “When we visited Plano, we saw a friendly, growing, family-oriented community, and we can’t wait to be a dynamic and colorful part…

via New Crayola Experience Coming to Shops at Willow Bend in Plano — AMP 1037

‘Super Mario Odyssey’: Five Fast Facts You Need to Know — Heavy.com

Super Mario Odyssey is the latest Super Mario game from Nintendo. It’s coming to the Nintendo Switch October 27, 2017. Here’s everything you need to know. 1. Mario Travels to New, Wacky Worlds Collecting Moons You’ll be riding aboard the Odyssey ship riding off to different kingdoms collecting Power Moons instead of Power Stars. Locations…

via ‘Super Mario Odyssey’: Five Fast Facts You Need to Know — Heavy.com

Accessibility and communication apps take FCC honors — TechCrunch

It may seem strange to see a headline with “FCC” in it that doesn’t concern net neutrality. But the Commission has a wide variety of responsibilities, among which is promoting and enabling tech that empowers people with disabilities to take advantage of the internet and its many services. Several companies creating such tech just got…

via Accessibility and communication apps take FCC honors — TechCrunch

New Crayola Experience Coming to Shops at Willow Bend in Plano — AMP 1037

Pennsylvania-based Crayola is bringing its interactive Crayola Experience to The Shops at Willow Bend. The store will include dozens of hands-on activities and, of course, a 5,000 square-foot store with endless Crayola products. “When we visited Plano, we saw a friendly, growing, family-oriented community, and we can’t wait to be a dynamic and colorful part…

via New Crayola Experience Coming to Shops at Willow Bend in Plano — AMP 1037

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Tea consumption leads to epigenetic changes in women — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring

Tea consumption leads to epigenetic changes in women Epigenetic changes are chemical modifications that turn our genes off or on. In a new study from Uppsala University, researchers show that tea consumption in women leads to epigenetic changes in genes that are known to interact with cancer and estrogen metabolism. The results are published in […]

via Tea consumption leads to epigenetic changes in women — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring

ICEE Chugging Contest Ends With An Epic Brain Freeze — AMP 1037

Whose terrible idea was it to have an ICEE chugging contest? The Memphis Redbirds, a AAA baseball team, caught the most epic brain freeze on camera after pinning two kids against each other in an ICEE chugging contest. To a kid, this probably seemed like a great idea. It’s an ICEE…they’re delicious, nothing bad can…

via ICEE Chugging Contest Ends With An Epic Brain Freeze — AMP 1037

Witnesses Say Bachelor In Paradise Star Corinne Olympios “Was On A Whole Other Level” Drunk — AMP 1037

Looks like there are witnesses to corroborate Corinne Olympios’s story. Less than twenty-four hours after the cancellation of Bachelor in Paradise, Corrine Olympios came forward with her side of the story. The show was apparently “shut down” after too much sex, in which there is footage of Corinne and DeMario Jackson getting intimate in a…

via Witnesses Say Bachelor In Paradise Star Corinne Olympios “Was On A Whole Other Level” Drunk — AMP 1037

It Comes at Night (USA – 2017) – Short Review — Cinetalk

Sandro Forte for Cinetalk.net It Comes at Night is Trey Edward Shults’ second feature starring Joel Edgerton (Black mass, Midnight special) Carmen Ejogo (Selma, Alien: Covenant) and Christopher Abbott (A most violent year, James White) A world threat, coming under the form of a virulent disease, forces a family to isolate itself under a set […]

via It Comes at Night (USA – 2017) – Short Review — Cinetalk

President Trump’s Allies Suddenly Begin to Question Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation — TIME

(WASHINGTON) — Criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller used to be off limits. No more. Some of President Donald Trump’s closest allies — including one of his sons — have begun questioning whether Mueller’s wide-ranging probe is becoming too political, as the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election intensifies. The effort to muddy…

via President Trump’s Allies Suddenly Begin to Question Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation — TIME

A History of the Mayflower Hotel in 5 Scandals — TIME

Once again, the Mayflower Hotel is at the center of a political scandal. On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee that he did not have any private meetings or recall any private conversations with Russian officials at an April 2016 event at the storied Washington hotel. “Let me state this clearly:…

via A History of the Mayflower Hotel in 5 Scandals — TIME

Detroit Rappers Film Music Video That Has A Carjacking Scene, Police Fire Shots At Rappers Not Knowing It Was Fake — AMP 1037

A music video shoot in Detroit went very wrong after Detroit PD roll up on the scene believing it was an actual carjacking in progress. Police officials said they received several calls Saturday afternoon about what appeared to be a carjacking of an Aston Martin on Six Mile Road in Detroit. When police arrived, the…

via Detroit Rappers Film Music Video That Has A Carjacking Scene, Police Fire Shots At Rappers Not Knowing It Was Fake — AMP 1037

Austin Jones Arrested: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know — Heavy.com

Austin Jones is a singer, songwriter, and YouTube star. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, however, he is now under arrest on federal charges and two counts of child pornography in the state of Illinois. Federal police report that Jones pressured a 14 year-old girl into sending him sexually explicit videos to “prove” she was his…

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a vegan in Singapore — Cook the Beans

Being a vegan in Singapore is just pure heaven, you can find lots of great options anywhere. In December 2016 Peta named Singapore the second most friendly vegan city in Asia, so that should mean something 😀 Singapore’s food combine Chinese, Malay, Indian, Western influences, Japanese and Thai, and is rich in vegetarian options. For me the best places were […]

via a vegan in Singapore — Cook the Beans

Golden State Warriors Beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to Win the NBA Title — TIME

(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast-and-furious, Finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10…

via Golden State Warriors Beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to Win the NBA Title — TIME

Panama Just Forged Ties With China, While Ditching Relations With Taiwan — TIME

(PANAMA CITY) — Panama established formal diplomatic ties with China and broke with Taiwan on Monday in a major victory for Beijing that bolsters its claims of sovereignty over what it regards as a renegade island. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said in a televised address Panama was upgrading its commercial ties with China and…

via Panama Just Forged Ties With China, While Ditching Relations With Taiwan — TIME

Indonesia’s Military Chief Says ISIS Cells Are in ‘Almost Every Province’ of the Country — TIME

The Islamic State group (ISIS) now has a pervasive presence in Indonesia, the country’s military chief warned, where so-called “sleeper cells” are believed to have been established all over the Southeast Asian archipelago. Reuters reports that Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo said Monday that clandestine networks linked to the terror group have popped up “in almost every…

via Indonesia’s Military Chief Says ISIS Cells Are in ‘Almost Every Province’ of the Country — TIME

The Senate Has Agreed to Impose New Sanctions on Russia, While Curbing the White House’s Power to Ease Them — TIME

(WASHINGTON) — Senate Republicans and Democrats reached agreement late Monday on a new package of sanctions on Russia amid the firestorm over Russia’s meddling in the presidential election and investigations into Moscow’s possible collusion with members of President Donald Trump’s campaign. Top lawmakers on two committees — Banking and Foreign Relations — announced the deal,…

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Watch Live: Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Panel in Russia Investigation — TIME

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday amid the panel’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The public testimony comes just days after former FBI Director James Comey riveted Washington with his own explosive testimony about the agency’s investigation and his interactions with President Donald…

via Watch Live: Jeff Sessions Testifies Before Senate Panel in Russia Investigation — TIME

‘Agenda of Hate’: President Trump Goes After Courts, Media in New Tweets — TIME

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Tuesday — outraged over the latest blow to his travel ban as well as the media’s coverage of his Administration. Just hours after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court unanimously upheld the decision blocking Trump’s revised travel ban, the President suggested this case, too, will face the Supreme Court.…

via ‘Agenda of Hate’: President Trump Goes After Courts, Media in New Tweets — TIME

Review: The New iPad Pro Is Apple’s Best Laptop Replacement Yet — TIME

For the most part, Apple has long kept its desktop and mobile experiences distinct from one another. Contrast that with Microsoft, whose Windows 10 software now runs across all manner of devices, from desktop computers to funky 2-in-1 hybrids. But ever since it launched the gargantuan 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2015, Apple has shown signs…

via Review: The New iPad Pro Is Apple’s Best Laptop Replacement Yet — TIME

Does Logic Apply To Hearings? — Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

The problem of mining text for implications 2016 RSA Conference bio, speech Michael Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee the other day about President Donald Trump. He was jointed by other heads of other intelligence agencies who also testified. Their comments were, as one would expect, widely […]

via Does Logic Apply To Hearings? — Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

Hinder To Release New Album “The Reign” In August — Metal Anarchy

Hinder have announced that their new album “The Reign” will be released on August 11. They said the following about that: “The constant emotional expenditure that an artist must do in order to always be creating and the ups and downs of a career in music tends to lead to substance abuse and suicides. Unfortunately, […]

via Hinder To Release New Album “The Reign” In August — Metal Anarchy

The Golden State Warriors Look to Win 5th Championship — Heavy.com

Steph Curry has been a big reason the Warriors are consistent title contenders. (Getty) Heading into the 2017 NBA Finals, the Warriors had won four NBA championships. Their championship pedigree dates back to the franchise’s stint in Philadelphia where the team got their start. The Warriors won the NBA’s inaugural championship. To put things into…

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Austens in Bermuda and Nova Scotia — Sarah Emsley

Later this month, Sheila Johnson Kindred and I are giving a joint lecture for the Jane Austen Society, UK conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia on “Charles and Francis Austen: Jane Austen’s Sailor Brothers on the Royal Navy’s North American Station,” so I’ve put together a collection of photos of Austen-related sites in Bermuda and Nova […]

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(MENIFEE, Calif.) — Lottery officials say they still don’t know who bought the winning $447.8 million Powerball jackpot ticket from a Southern California liquor store and encouraged the holder to seek sound financial and legal advice. California Lottery spokesman Russ Lopez said Monday that no one has come forward yet to claim the seventh-largest jackpot…

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Are Friends Better For Us Than Family? — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring — David Falor

Summary: As we age, the value of friendships grows stronger and may be more important to us than family relationships, a new study reports. Source: Michigan State University. The power of friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, indicates new research by a Michigan State University scholar. In […] […]

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Cameron Diaz Reveals Why She Hasn’t Starred in a Film Since 2014 — AMP 1037

Have you noticed Cameron Diaz hasn’t been in any movies lately. Did you know she hasn’t starred in a single film since 2014. She’s been missing from the big screen for a while now, but recently she was part of a panel at the Goop Wellness Summit on Saturday where she took questions. According to E!Online…

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WATCH: ‘Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’ E3 2017 Story Trailer — Heavy.com

So imagine everyone’s surprise when a new Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite trailer hit the screen during Sony’s E3 2017 games showcase. Thanks to the leaked roster list that got passed around a few weeks back, fans already had a good idea of who would pop up. A couple of returning characters from Marvel vs. Capcom…

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‘Angie Tribeca’ Renewed or Cancelled: Is Rashida Jones Back for Season 4? — Heavy.com

(Doug Hyun/TBS) The third season of TBS‘ Angie Tribeca finished up tonight, with Rashida Jones’ title character searching Los Angeles for serial killer Calvin Sniglet (Rob Riggle). So you might be wondering if the show has been renewed for another season. Sadly, TBS has yet to announce if the show will get a fourth season.…

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New ‘Destiny 2’ Trailer and PS4 Exclusive Content Revealed — Heavy.com

Destiny 2 is perhaps one of the biggest games of the year and players have been itching to get their hands on this MMO/FPS hybrid title. Announced back in late March, Destiny 2 took the internet by storm as thousands of Guardians tuned in to learn about the fate of not only the Vanguard but…

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‘God of War’: Release Date, News, and Updates — Heavy.com

God of War, developed by Santa Monica Studio, made another appearance at Sony’s E3 press conference this year. This time we have a trailer which gives us a better idea of how the game plays. The game was first announced at Sony’s press conference last year. The game retains its beat-em-up, action roots but with…

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Gavin DeGraw Announces ‘Raw’ Fall Tour Dates — Houston’s MIX 96-5

By Abby Hassler Gavin DeGraw announced dates for his first-ever “raw” tour across the U.S. this fall. The Gavin DeGraw Tour kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 16 and continues through Oct. 7 in Santa Cruz, California. The tour will showcase organic arrangements of DeGraw’s entire musical catalog, presenting them in their truest live form.…

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The Japanese House — Make Wealth History

Japan was devastated by the Second World War. Over four million houses were destroyed, and after the war there was a major rebuilding effort. With so many homes needed as quickly as possible, there was a lot of experimentation with modular buildings, prefabrication, and new materials. There was also a revolution in style. Traditional Japanese […]

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Vitamin B12 is important in the utilization of carbohydrates — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring

This report consists of a brief summary of experimental studies which emphasize (a) the dominant role played by vitamin B12 in the utilization of carbohydrates, (b) interrelationships between vitamin B12 absorption and endocrine function, and (c) some relationships of vitamin B12 to diabetes mellitus. (1) Weanling rats fed a diet, rich in carbohydrate and low […]

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The Chainsmokers Have Now Landed A Major Fashion Deal With Tommy Hilfiger — AMP 1037

Beyond dominating the 2017 Billboard Music Awards with 22 nominations, the award winning EDM duo The Chainsmokers are making their mark in fashion as brand ambassadors for Tommy Hilfiger. A series of black-and-white images snapped by fashion photographer Lachlan Bailey in San Francisco is set to debut this fall, when Alex Pall and Drew Taggart will represent the all-American label’s classic and fresh menswear collections, including Hilfiger Edition, Tommy Hilfiger Tailored, and Tommy Hilfiger sportswear.…

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Grant McCartney: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know — Heavy.com

Tonight, Grant McCartney will be competing in the Los Angeles Qualifiers as part of season 9 of American Ninja Warrior. McCartney got his start on season 7 of American Ninja Warrior and competed on season 8 last year. He made it all the way through to the Vegas finals both years, but hasn’t been able…

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How Naomi Campbell Convinced Donald Trump to Give Her Money: ‘I Know Something About Ego’ — TIME

When Naomi Campbell asked Donald Trump to donate money to Fashion for Relief in the mid-2000s, the then-business mogul jumped at the opportunity. Speaking at the Dorchester Hotel in London during the Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit on Monday, the 47-year-old supermodel said that when she approached the media and individuals about her charity…

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Giving up a career to care for elderly parents — Kopitiam Bot

(Source: http://www.straitstimes.com) When her mother fell seriously ill in 2010, Ms Janet Koh Hui Kheng says she was initially “in denial” that her mum would need full-time care. “I was 54 then. I didn’t want to give up work,” says Ms Koh, now 61. Having worked as a secretary for more than 30 years, she […]

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Are Friends Better For Us Than Family? — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring

Summary: As we age, the value of friendships grows stronger and may be more important to us than family relationships, a new study reports. Source: Michigan State University. The power of friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, indicates new research by a Michigan State University scholar. In […]

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‘Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle’ is Holding a Selfie Contest — Heavy.com

If you thought Rabbid Peach in Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the only one taking selfies for the game, you’d be wrong. Ubisoft is holding a contest where people create a selfie using PNG assets of Rabbids Kong. At least one person can take a picture, add the PNG file of their choice, and…

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Western Diet Increases Alzheimer’s Pathology in Genetically Predisposed Mice — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring

Summary: Diet and lifestyle changes could lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease for those who are genetically predisposed, a new study suggests. Source: SfN. Obese mice with a particular version of a gene strongly associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in humans show increased Alzheimer’s pathology, according to new research published in eNeuro. The study […]

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Older Adults Are Good Samaritans to Strangers — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring

Summary: A new study reveals older adults tend to be more generous to strangers. This may be an avenue for emotional gratification and purposes as we age. Source: NUS. Greater generosity in late life may be an avenue for emotional gratification and sense of purpose for the elderly. People tend to become more generous as […]

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Chris Ruddy: President Trump Is Considering Firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller — TIME

A close friend of President Trump said on Monday that the President is considering firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel who is leading the federal investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media and a longtime Trump friend, told PBS’s Judy Woodruff that Trump is weighing whether…

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US House to vote on Obamacare repeal bill on Thursday — Peace and Freedom

The Republican majority of the House of Representatives believes it has enough votes to pass the repeal to the Senate. The bill allows states to opt out of a requirement to charge the healthy and sick the same rates. Republicans in the US House of Representatives believe they have enough votes to pass a repeal […]

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National Museum of African-American History and Culture: A People’s Journey — Tuesday Justice

The one thought that kept permeating my mind was that my ancestors, the African people, although ripped from their land, brought over on slave ships, separated from their families, humiliated, brutalized, killed and beaten, had endured it all and survived!

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Bilingual Children Are Better at Recognizing Voices — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring

Summary: According to researchers, bilingual children perform better at voice recognition and processing than monolingual children. Source: NYU. Bilingual children are better than their monolingual peers at perceiving information about who is talking, including recognizing voices, according to a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The findings, published in the […]

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Bilingual Children Are Better at Recognizing Voices — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring

Summary: According to researchers, bilingual children perform better at voice recognition and processing than monolingual children. Source: NYU. Bilingual children are better than their monolingual peers at perceiving information about who is talking, including recognizing voices, according to a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The findings, published in the […]

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Senate is fast-tracking a vote to repeal Obamacare — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring

POLITICO reports that the Senate is fast-tracking a vote to repeal Obamacare! We urgently need to hear from you before the Senate votes >> Should Republicans repeal Obamacare? YES NO There’s no time to waste, Connie b: Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are racing to vote on repealing Obamacare. The bill that passed the House […]

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National Museum of African American History

(Getty) The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. was evacuated on June 12 as authorities investigate a suspicious package. However, a short time later, police reported that the package was cleared. The popular museum recently reported that a noose was found in its segregation exhibit. The museum takes visitors down…

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‘American Ninja Warrior’ Season 9 Premiere: What Time

Tonight is the season 9 premiere of American Ninja Warrior, where some of the best athletes in the country will take on the nation’s most challenging obstacle course in the hopes of walking away with the grand prize of $1 million. This evening’s premiere will feature fan-favorite veterans Kevin Bull and Grant McCartney, who have…

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$250-$350 per 24-hr caregiving service for terminally ill seniors or stroke patients — Senior care, Health Concierge and Monitoring

In the comfort of their homes, seniors hire non-medical in home caregiver to be with them 24 hrs since their families need relief from caregiving. Most of the time, the family members can no longer take care of their love ones 24 hrs a day and seven days a week. A 91 yr old female […]

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‘Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge’: What Time

(Photo by: NBCUniversal) Tonight, season 2 of Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge returns to NBC after the season 9 premiere of American Ninja Warrior. Teams will face off on some of the country’s most challenging obstacle course races together. The show brings teams of five together– two men and two women, and an “elite Spartan athlete”…

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‘Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle’: Legendary Composer Grant Kirkhope is Composing the Music — Heavy.com

Grant Kirkhope officially confirmed that he is composing the score for the officially announced Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle. ME writing music for MARIO!!!! ….. beyond excited !!!! — Grant Kirkhope (@grantkirkhope) June 12, 2017 The BAFTA nominated British composer is behind some of the most iconic scores in video game history, including Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey…

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Congressman Proposes ‘COVFEFE Act’ to Preserve President Trump’s Tweets — TIME

A Democratic congressman has introduced a bill that aims to preserve President Trump’s tweets to make sure they are archived as part of his presidential records. Dubbed the COVFEFE Act in reference to Trump’s mysterious late-night tweet in May, the bill would add “social media” as an amendment to the Presidential Records Act, which ensures…

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Buyer’s Guide for Simplifying HR and Payroll — brandshoppingnetwork

Are you no longer sure your current HR and payroll provider is the right partner? Maybe you already have a payroll solution, but are hesitant about how well it fits. In this buyer’s guide, you will learn:How to assess your organization’s HR and payroll needsThe three most important things to look for in a providerHow […]

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IBMC #3-Risk for a Random Challenge — radhikasreflection

The 3rd of the 10 series challenge hosted by Prakash of itsphblog.wordpress.com. It’s a challenge to see how random can you be. Write ten sentences where there is no connection to each other. Go as random as you can get. Show the creativity in the paragraph and surprise the reader. The story sure need not […]

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Indians in Hollywood: The Diversity Dilemma — contemporary women

Now more than ever before, the West is seeing the rise of Indians and people of Indian heritage in Hollywood, and it’s glorious. Lately, the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Dev Patel, Lilly Singh, Mindy Kaling and Aziz Ansari have been taking the entertainment industry by storm. Back in 2012, Mindy Kaling paved the way for Indians on television, being the first […]

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Vegas on a Beer Budget — roads bel travelled

Las Vegas offers a lot of enticements and unless you gamble heavily; it does end up being one of the most affordable escapes from reality. If you ever signed up for free rewards membership for Caesars group of hotels, Venetian’s Grazie, Cosmopolitan’s Identity, and many others; you are probably aware that they give out comps […]

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RA Challenge ♡ #25: Favourite Prop — Guylty Pleasure

Hands down, this is an easy question: The gloves. Because they are a recurring theme. Exhibit 2 3: And in full motion double whammy: Need I really say more??? Just this one thing: I am sometimes wondering whether these little gems have become a bit of a nudge-nudge moment for RA, cheekily giving his fandom a […]

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Netflix Review: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) — MovieBabble

Over the course of his career, George Clooney has turned himself into one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. While he mostly pegged as a suave, stylish man in Hollywood, he certainly hasn’t been afraid to be a little kooky in some of his roles, as seen by his character in O Brother, Where […]

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Mini Reviews : the cute L.A contemporaries edition —

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends! For this reviewing day I’m back once again with the mini-reviews format. Okay maybe they’re not that short but…sorry not sorry. I LOVED these books. There are no spoilers in these reviews. Tell Me Three Things, Julie Buxbaum I’m all for sweet contemporaries you can read in one […]

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What’s for Dinner? — Musings of a Random Mind

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 14 April 2017 Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson As a waitress and single mother, Olivia could barely make ends meet. What kept her going was her faith she’d make it big in Hollywood someday. Most days, she made do with leftover food. Today was no different. She was ecstatic when a […]

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ABC Thinks You’re Stupid, Stupid, Stupid! — adoptingjames

It’s just been reported that Tim Allen’s highly successful sitcom Last Man Standing has been cancelled, allegedly due to ABC not supporting the show’s conservative spin. It’s no secret that funnyman and actor Tim Allen is a die-hard conservative. But never has it been reported that he’s shoved his views down people’s throats. (And really, I can’t find […]

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The city of dreams – Los Angeles — The Learning Curve

LA was the last major stop for us during our California trip and we had 2 days to spend there. The following 2 days were reserved for driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco and stopping at Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Carmel-by-the-sea, and Monterey on the way. We had booked our stay in Hollywood considering that […]

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Ghost in the Shell 2017 Movie Review — 100WordAnime

Overview: Live action, Hollywood version of Ghost in the Shell. Like most anime adaptations, expect fans to be annoyed regardless of what they do. In this case the white-washing argument dominated early reviews of the movie. Ignoring all of that, its a movie about a girl who is given an artifical body but finds out […]

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Five Stars for #NationalClassicMovieDay — Once upon a screen…

I am here today to join Rick from Classic Movie and TV Cafe in celebration of National Classic Movie Day on May 16. This year Rick is hosting the Five Stars Blogathon, the third installment of the event in hopes of encouraging people to #PayClassicsForward in any way they can. Check out this terrific video he put together […]

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Treading Through Tokyo

My husband and I wanted an #active long weekend in bustling #Tokyo, #Japan. We got that and so much more when we headed to the bright lights of this big #city. Tokyo is one of those magical cities you won’t forget; ultra-modern, funky, fast-paced, but still beautifully traditional, with amazing #foodanddrink.


Tokyo is one of those places you really have to see to believe.

Heavily populated but impossibly clean, filled with bright lights but quiet and calm at the same time. I wanted to get to know the real Tokyo, the one hidden behind the glittering skyscrapers and neon signs.

Tokyo is one of the those places you really have to see to believe

Tokyo does not have a shortage of hotel options, but we chose the Hotel Wing International Kourakuen because they are liberal with their freebies.

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Free bottled water, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a 5 minute walk to the metro station all made for great value for money. It was easy to pop out of the hotel and hop on a train bound for some of the popular parts of the city: Harajuku for people watching, Ginza and Shibuya for window shopping, and Shinjuku for neon lights and organized chaos.

… Harajuku for people watching, Ginza and Shibuya for window shopping, and Shinjuku for neon lights and organized chaos.

One of my favorite ways to get around is by bicycle. I really love hopping on and exploring new parts of a city, and something about locking up a bike on the side of a busy city street makes me feel more like a local. We decided to take this one step further and rent a motorcycle. We rented ours from Japan Bike Rentals and set off to explore on our own, with the help of an English language GPS.

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Sitting on the back of the bike while the wind whipped through my hair and we zoomed in and out of traffic on the busy city streets is an experience I’ll never forget. For lunch we stopped at my favorite ramen shop tucked away in Roppongi, to refuel with spicy miso bowls and iced green tea before getting back on the road.

Driving around the city all day had an added benefit; we got to familiarize ourselves with the individual unique sections of Tokyo. We spent most of our remaining days wandering from neighborhood to neighborhood, stopping for rice balls and dango. We took our treats into the Shinjuku Gardens, a huge park with great downtown views and if the time is right, the perfect cherry blossom experience. The park has portions dedicated to the traditional French symmetrical style of garden, as well as wild British roses, and of course, Japanese gardens with ponds brimming with koi.

Once I figured out which parts of town I favored, I wanted to move on to my next favorite activity; eating. We booked an entire day with Backstreet Guides to let them show us around Tokyo.

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As soon as I saw they arranged a sushi breakfast, I was hooked. We weaved in and out of back streets I’d never be able to find on my own, and the guides let us stop whenever we wanted on our way between sites to pick up snacks.

The last thing on my must-do list on this Tokyo trip was to experience a traditional tea ceremony. The Japanese are well known to be very meticulous with their ceremonies, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch. The ritual of the tea ceremony goes back 1,000 years and it’s not really about drinking tea necessarily, but rather the movements of making it.

…it’s nor really about drinking tea necessarily, but rather the movements of making it

We went to the luxurious Hotel Chinzanso and tried out their new tea room. Everything about it was stunning, the room itself was fantastic and several times I commented that I wished they could bottle up the tea ceremony smells and sell them as a candle so I could remember it later.

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Tokyo is one of those magical cities that you won’t soon forget; ultra-modern, funky, and fast paced, but still beautifully traditional.

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Budget Boracay Trip: A Travel Guide and Low-cost Tips

Think dream trip like famed island #Boracay in the #Philippines is totally out of reach? I’m not going to lie, Boracay is a pretty expensive place, but like everywhere else, there are #affordable ways to get around it. Here’s my travel guide and low-cost tips that will help you get on your way.

From Manila there are several flights daily from Manila airport to Caticlan Airport or Kalibo Airport. From Caticlan airport it is a 15 minute bus ride to Caticlan Jetty Port followed by 15 minute boat ride to Boracay Island’s Cagban Port and another 15-20 minute land trip to the resorts in White Beach.

Enjoying my time on the Beach

As for us, we take the Kalibo Airport, it takes around 1.5 to 2 hours of travel time, bus or van to Caticlan Jetty Port (Fare: Php 250 van with boat ride). Upon arrival at the jetty port, proceed to the booths near the entrance to the building and settle the Terminal Fee (Php 100) and Environmental Fee (Php75).

Inside the port building, register, proceed to the Passenger Waiting Area, and wait for the boarding announcement. You will dock either Cagban or Tambisaan Port. Either way, there are tricycles waiting here that can take you to your hotel that cost Php25 per ride.

Where to Stay

There are a lot of choices to have when you are looking for a cozy and comfortable accommodation in Boracay.

– Astoria Boracay Hotel

Located in Station 1, this Beachfront Luxury Hotel is a perfect place to stay. It is conveniently near the shopping area, popular restaurants, and bars. Some facilities at Astoria Boracay include a nice swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, a business center, and Wifi access.

Photos: Astoria Hotel

– Villa Criselda Resort

If you’re in a budget you can try to stay in a transient house or budget hotel which starts at P 500-P 1500. During our trip in Boracay we stayed in Villa Criselda Hotel. Our 3D/3N only amounted to P 5,550 good for 4 (P 1375/each).

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What to do

Basically, apart from dancing or partying in Boracay, vacationers can enjoy sunbathing on the powdery white sand of Boracay. For Adventure seekers, you can try watersports such as flying fish, Parasailing, Helmet Diving, ATV ride to Mt.Luho,Island Hopping, Standup Paddling or take a boat ride to Ariel’s Point where they can face their fears and dive off of cliffs 5 meters, 8 meters, and 15 meters high.

apart from dancing or partying in Boracay, vacationers can enjoy sunbathing 

There is an abundance of things to do while you’re in Boracay. And remember, travelling in your dream place is not costly as you think of, you just have to know how to cut your budget wise.

The Ultimate Itinerary for Lapland and the Arctic Circle, Finland

Here are a couple of #adventure everyone should tick off their bucket list: #Lapland and the #ArticCircle#Finland. Out in the middle of #nature, we’ve slept in an #igloo, rode on #reindeersleighs, played with husky dogs and marveled at the #NorthernLights. We wanted to explore all these first-hand, so we did!

Finland; Adventure of a Lifetime

Most people (us included!) wouldn’t blink an eye before planning a trip halfway around the world just for a single once-in-a-lifetime experience. Be it jumping off a bridge in South Africawatching the sun rise at Angkor Wat (Cambodia), participating in the Tomatina Festival in Bunol (Spain), or staying in a villa suspended over water in Bora Bora, we’re all guilty of booking an air ticket just to tick one item off our bucket list.

But what if a trip promises not one or two but over a dozen once-in-a-lifetime experiences at one go? You’d jump right into it, wouldn’t you? Well that’s what we did. We slept in an igloo, rode on reindeer sleighs, played with husky dogs, tobogganed down ice slides, walked on a frozen ocean, marvelled at the elusive Northern Lights, and even floated in water with icebergs for company. Phew!!

Finnish Lapland is a truly phenomenal corner of the world. We’ve been to over 45 countries and have experienced some crazy things but very rarely have we seen beauty that left us dumbstruck.

We’ve been to over 45 countries and have experienced some crazy things but very rarely have we seen beauty that left us dumbstruck

Literally! I’ll let you into a secret, I carry a travel journal with me wherever I go. I’m perpetually scribbling notes in it. It’s somewhat of a ritual. But for one whole week in Finnish Lapland, I penned nothing in my journal. Yep, nothing, nada, zilch!!

Finnish Lapland is a truly phenomenal corner of the world.

Finnish Lapland is a truly phenomenal corner of the world

That’s how long it took me to accustom myself to the surreal beauty of Finnish Lapland. This corner of the world, located at the Northernmost tip of Continental Europe is so special that I don’t know where to start.

The air is clear (no pollution here!), water is sugary sweet, the sky sparkles with thousands of stars, and the snow-laden landscape seduces people into thinking this is paradise. It could well be!

No prizes for guessing where we are

If you want to explore this area for yourself, look no further. Here’s the ultimate itinerary for exploring Finnish Lapland.

Itinerary

Now for the fun stuff. Get ready, ladies and gentlemen, for the virtual ride of a lifetime. Don’t blame us if you’re tempted to book a flight to Lapland as soon as you finish looking at these photos. Here’s a summary of our experiences and our suggestions for planning an itinerary for Lapland.

The two of us at the Arctic Circle with loads of husky dogs. A trip to Lapland is truly the trip of a lifetime

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Day 1; Fly Into Oulu

Oulu is just over an hour away from Helsinki. The two cities are well connected by multiple flights a day. You will find a white landscape, laden with snow, when you land in Oulu. Once you’re in Oulu, you could stay there for the night or take the train to Kemi, a small Finnish city close to a deep harbour.

Tips:

– Take bus no. 9 from Oulu Airport to the city centre/train station.

– You can book your train tickets to Kemi in advance on this website.

Days 2 and 3; Float With Icebergs in Kemi

This is when the fun begins in real ernest.

This is when the fun begins in real ernest

On this day, you will witness a castle made entirely out of ice and hop aboard an ice-breaker cruise ship. Ice-breaker sampos are used to transport goods from one port to the other in this part of the world but Kemi’s ice-breaker sampo is one of the very few that allow tourists on board.

A free shuttle bus ferries passengers from Kemi’s train station to the Ice Breaker Sampo. A short drive later, you will see a ship looming large in the distance. Chunky boulders of ice surround it. This is the Gulf of Bothnia, Europe’s largest mass of frozen ice.

This is the Gulf of Bothnia, Europe’s largest mass of frozen ice

You might have been on many a cruise but nothing like this one. A loud horn heralds the start of an unforgettable journey, the ship leaves the harbour, cutting through the frozen Baltic Sea.

It might be cold outside but it’s hard to tear yourself away from the surreal sight of a frozen sea stretching out in front of your eyes.

Our favourite part?

A short pit-stop in the middle of the journey where passengers are given the opportunity to don bright floatation suits and plunge in ice-cold waters with a few other fellow crazies for company.

plunge in ice-cold waters with a few other fellow crazies for company

My heart was in my mouth for the first ten seconds of the plunge but I really really enjoyed the rest of it.

Taking the Plunge With Fellow Crazies

The free shuttle bus is waiting for passengers when the cruise ship gets back. It drops tourists at the snow castle of Kemi, which is straight out of a fairy tale. You could wander around and walk back to the train station (a pleasant 20 minute walk) or spend the night at one of their unique ice-rooms. Did you ever think you would be sleeping on a bed of ice? Now is the chance to make that dream come true.

Now is the chance to make that dream come true

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There is a free shuttle bus that ferries tourists from Kemi train station to the Ice Breaker Sampo and the Snow Castle.

Entry to the Snow Castle costs around €15.

If you want to spend a night in the ice hotel, prices start at €155.

Kemi’s Sampo Icebreaker Cruise Cutting Through the Frozen Baltic Sea

A Close up of the Frozen Waters

Day 4; Settle Into Rovaniemi

A short train ride will get you to Rovaniemi, the bustling capital of Lapland situated on the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi is also famous for being the home of Santa Claus. Did we not say Lapland is straight out of our childhood fantasies?

Rovaniemi is also famous for being the home of Santa Claus

Rovaniemi is the perfect base for exploring Lapland and all it has to offer. No wonder it features heavily on most Lapland itineraries. We stayed at Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus and loved it. The hotel’s location is perfect, it’s less than a five minute walk away from most of Rovaniemi’s supermarkets, restaurants, and excursion providers.

Our spacious suite was on the sixth floor, overlooking the river. The room was modern, kitted out with a private Finnish sauna (where Vid spent most of his time). Breakfast was plentiful with a wide variety of vegetables, salmon, eggs, meat, fruits, cookies, and cheese on offer.

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Make sure you spend time in the Finnish sauna, it’s unique and rejuvenating.

The frozen river is a 2 minute walk from Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus

Breakfast at Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus in Rovaniemi

Our private li’l Finnish sauna at Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus

Days 5 and 6; Experience the Best of Lapland’s Safaris

Once you’ve settled into Rovaniemi, it’s time for the adventures to begin. There are photo opportunities galore. You can spend your days snowmobiling on frozen rivers, driving through stunning Arctic forests, visiting husky dog farms and playing with furry creatures, or hunting for the mysterious Northern Lights.

spend your days snowmobiling on frozen rivers, driving through stunning Arctic forests, visiting husky dog farms  … or hunting for the mysterious Northern Lights

Northern Lights’ excursions in Rovaniemi involve driving out of town, spending hours listening to Sami folk tales and BBQing sausages in a tent in the Arctic Wilderness – SO good

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We recommend pre-booking all your safaris with Lapland Safaris. That way you can keep their Arctic overalls, ski gloves, even snow boots for the length of your stay in Rovaniemi for free. You’ll keep warm and you won’t need to pay a penny. You can thank us later.

Vid Loved the Snowmobile Safari With Lapland Safaris

Sitting Around a Fire, Listening to Sami Folktales, and Waiting for the Northern Lights to Show up

Day 7; Meet Santa Claus on a day Trip

Did you know that Finnish folklore has it that the ‘real’ Santa Claus resides in Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village with Mrs. Claus and an army of elves. No wonder it’s Christmas 365 days an year in Lapland.

Finnish folklore has it that the ‘real’ Santa Claus resides in Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village with Mrs. Claus and an army of elves

Santa Claus Village is a short bus ride away from the centre of Rovaniemi. You will hear Christmas carols and festive music as soon as you enter the hallowed gates of this dreamy village. Of course, there’s no better way to arrive at Mr. Claus’ house than on a reindeer sleigh. Now let me tell you something. This might not be your first skirmish with Arctic Safaris but one thing is for sure,  it’ll be your favourite one. It belongs in a fairy tale, nowhere else.

Once you’ve exhausted yourself by playing in the snow, giggled at the little elves in the village, and hugged snow-men, head to Kotahovi Restaurant in Santa Claus Village for a warm meal. The restaurant is housed in a traditional Lappish wooden hut. The roaring fire at the centre of the restaurant is comforting and made us feel cosy almost immediately. We devoured the creamy salmon soup with rye bread (€14) and the sautéed reindeer with mashed potatoes, lingonberries, and pickled cucumbers (€26) and spent hours looking at the snow falling outside the window.

Tips: Bus number 8 takes you from the Rovaniemi city centre to Santa Claus Village. Bus tickets cost €2.20/per person.

Entry to Santa Claus Village is free. You can meet the ‘real’ Santa Claus for free too.

Don’t leave Santa Claus Village without hopping on a reindeer sleigh. It will take you through magical snow-laden trains and Arctic forests. It was one of our favourite experiences on our entire trip of Lapland. The owner at Santa Claus Reindeer, Janne, is a great photographer. Make sure you ask him for a frame-worthy photograph once you’re in the sleigh.

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Trying to hug a Gigantic Snowman at Santa Claus Village. Notice the ‘Santa is Here’ Sign at the top? 🙂

The two of us Loved the Reindeer Sleigh Ride at Santa Claus Village

The Warm, Cosy Interiors of Kotahovi Restaurant

Day 8; Devour a Traditional Lappish Meal and say bye to Rovaniemi

Sampling local food is the easiest way to acquaint oneself with a new culture. If you’re a regular reader of Bruised Passports, you’d know we never leave a new place without trying out all the local delicacies we can get our paws on. We had a fair few Finnish meals in Lapland but Restaurant Nili came out triumphant by a mile (and a half).

The evening we spent at Restaurant Nili made us so happy that we just had to go to the kitchen to give the chef a hug. The unassuming exterior makes it seem like a small neighbourhood eatery but locals swear by Nili’s exquisitely-crafted Finnish food. We loved the fact that the food was modern without being excessively experimental.

The Rovaniemi Menu

We opted for the sensational set menu called The Rovaniemi Menu. The meal kicked off with a delectable Lappish blini, perfectly complimented by whipped sour cream and grainy fish roe. The main course was reindeer rack on a bed of fluffy parsnip purée, braised root vegetables, and a creamy sauce. We opted for a full-bodied Merlot with the reindeer meat and the two were a match made in heaven. A refreshing scoop of Nili’s black currant sorbet followed; the perfect palate cleaner to prepare our taste buds for the Cheese Plate. We wound up the feast with a glorious panna cotta (the creamiest I’ve ever had!) garnished with apples and wild raspberries. But we didn’t stop there, a couple of shots of Finnish Tar liqueur followed.

We could fly back to Rovaniemi just to have a meal at Nili all over again.

Take a bow Chef Marko, you did good.

Tips: Don’t leave Rovaniemi without trying delectable Finnish food at restaurant Nili.

Reserve in advance because Restaurant Nili can get really busy in the evenings.

We loved their sensational set menu called The Rovaniemi Menu (€58/per person) but you can go the à la carte route too. More information on their website www.nili.fi

Finnish Bline With Sour Cream and roe at Restaurant Nili

Scrumptious Pannacotta in Diddly Mason Jars at Restaurant Nili – Someone Take me Back

Day 9; Sleep on a bed of ice at the Arctic Snow Hotel

After you’ve explored Rovaniemi to your heart’s content, it’s time to go to a snow haven 30 kms outside Rovaniemi. The Arctic Snow Hotel is built from scratch in November every year. It’s nestled in Lappish wilderness and provides a fairy tale experience.

It’s nestled in Lappish wilderness and provides a fairy tale experience

The reception area, communal toilets, and breakfast rooms are heated. However the fun begins when you enter the main building made of ice. The corridors are full of ice-carvings and sculptures and bright LED lights lead visitors to the Ice Bar and Restaurant. Here drinks are served in glasses made of ice and food is served on intricately carved ice plates.

Dessert on a Snowflake-shaped Plate Carved out of ice *Sigh*

Finnish specialities such as creamy soups and elk are on the menu. Stools and benches might be carved out of chunky blocks of ice but they’re covered with Finnish fur rugs that keep guests warm.

The Restaurant at the Arctic Snow Hotel

Each ice suite has a different theme, we loved the playful Angry Bird themed room. Stunning beds are carved out of ice. Artic-style sleeping bags are provided to guests so they keep warm as they doze off. But doze off you mustn’t. For there is a lot of fun to be had.

Stunning beds are carved out of ice

Don’t miss the outdoor jacuzzi for the world; there is nothing quite like sitting in a hot tub in the middle of an Arctic forest and feeling warm when it’s -20°C out. You can count stars and if you’re lucky, you can spot the mysterious Northern Lights. Bucket list or not, an open-air hot tub is one experience that NEEDS to feature on your itinerary of Lapland.

an open-air hot tub is one experience that NEEDS to feature on your itinerary of Lapland

Tips: The Arctic Snow Hotel is open to visitors from November to April

It is possible to visit only for a meal but we suggest sleeping in an ice room for 1 night for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A colourful room made of ice at Arctic Snow Hotel

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Days 10, 11, and 12; Immerse Yourself in Arctic Wilderness in Saariselka and Spot the Northern Lights

It’s time to head north to delve deeper into the Arctic wilderness. Frozen slanting trees, ice-laden hills, and fields covered with untarnished snow – the scenery at the northern tip of Lapland is beyond your wildest imagination .

A 3 hour bus ride from Rovaniemi will get you to Saariselka. There is a variety of accommodation on offer in Saariselka – log cabins are a popular choice. But we are partial to the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, where you can sleep in a heated igloo under the Northern Lights. The bus will drop you at the gate of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. To say we had the time of our lives here would be the understatement of the decade. We spotted the Northern Lights ever so often while we were there.

We spotted the Northern Lights ever so often while we were there

We were so taken in by the surreal beauty of this hotel that we decided to extend our stay by 2 days.

We spent our days trying to absorb the immense beauty of Finnish Lapland. Reindeer safaris provide a glimpse into the life of Sami people (indigenous people living at the very northern tip of Europe) and will convince you that you’re in a fairy tale. Just when you’re drifting into your dream world, the reindeer will stop in the tracks to pee or grace the ground with perfectly-shaped reindeer droppings.

Tips: The bus journey from Rovaniemi to Saariselka is gorgeous. The bus has Wi-Fi and is extremely punctual. Bus tickets can be bought in person or booked online on this website : https://www.matkahuolto.info/lippu/en/

Read our detailed review of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort with photos, tips, and more before you flesh the itinerary for your trip to Lapland.

We suggest staying in the glass igloos at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort for 1-2 nights and their rustic log cabins for 2-4 nights depending on how much time you have.

Stunning Northern Lights over our igloo at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Day 12; Take the Flight Back From Ivalo

Ivalo airport is close to Saariselka and Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort offers regular transfers to the airport. Take the flight back to Helsinki, we promise you’ll spend the flight thinking about all the surreal panoramas you saw on your trip to Lapland and counting the crazy experiences you had. One thing is for sure – it’ll be hard to pick favourites. After all, how often does one get to pick between petting a reindeer and sleeping in an igloo.

Planning Your Trip to Finland; the Essentials

One Trip; Dozens of Surreal & Dreamy Experiences

When to go

If you’re there for winter sports and the Northern Lights, then visit Lapland between December and March. If you want to drive around, then summer is a good time since Finnish Lapland boasts of sunlight 24/7. Winter Wonderland transforms to the Land of the Midnight Sun during the months of June, July, and August.

Length of the Trip

We suggest setting aside at least 10-12 days for a trip of your lifetime to Finnish Lapland. A rough breakdown is as follows (scroll down for the detailed itinerary).

Fly into Rovaniemi/Oulu from Helsinki

Kemi: 2 nights

Rovaniemi and surrounding areas: 4-5 nights

Saariselka: 3-4 nights

Fly back from Ivalo to Helsinki

Budget

Finnish Lapland is not the place for backpackers. Scandinavia is infamous for being notoriously expensive and Finnish Lapland is no exception. Moreover it’s an extremely remote corner of the world. Consequently transport, hotels, food, and excursions can get pricey here. Try to set aside approximately €200 per person/day when budgeting for your trip. This includes the hotel rooms, excursions, food, and transportation within Lapland but excludes flights from your hometown.

Don’t come back without trying these typical Finnish things:

– Finnish Sauna (Finnish people are obsessed with it and with good reason!). We love Visit Finland’s introduction to the Finnish Sauna

– Reindeer meat – a local delicacy, Finns sure know how to dish up the perfect reindeer steak. Ok you can skip this and opt for creamy salmon soup if you’re a bit squeamish about devouring Rudolph’s li’l red nose.

– Spending a lazy evening in a Sami lavu/teepee making pancakes, BBQing sausages or just acquainting yourself with Sami Folklore.

– Sipping on dozens of glasses of warm lingonberry juice – this local speciality the perfect antidote for Lapland’s Arctic winter.

– Spending an evening in an outdoor hot tub while it’s -20°C outside. It’s a surreal experience to watch your drink freeze as you lounge comfortably in warm water and stare at Lappish sky, coloured green by the Northern Lights. Words can’t do justice to such an experience, can they?!

The Ultimate Itinerary for Lapland and the Arctic Circle, Finland

Here are a couple of #adventure everyone should tick off their bucket list: #Lapland and the #ArticCircle#Finland. Out in the middle of #nature, we’ve slept in an #igloo, rode on #reindeersleighs, played with husky dogs and marveled at the #NorthernLights. We wanted to explore all these first-hand, so we did!

Finland; Adventure of a Lifetime

Most people (us included!) wouldn’t blink an eye before planning a trip halfway around the world just for a single once-in-a-lifetime experience. Be it jumping off a bridge in South Africawatching the sun rise at Angkor Wat (Cambodia), participating in the Tomatina Festival in Bunol (Spain), or staying in a villa suspended over water in Bora Bora, we’re all guilty of booking an air ticket just to tick one item off our bucket list.

But what if a trip promises not one or two but over a dozen once-in-a-lifetime experiences at one go? You’d jump right into it, wouldn’t you? Well that’s what we did. We slept in an igloo, rode on reindeer sleighs, played with husky dogs, tobogganed down ice slides, walked on a frozen ocean, marvelled at the elusive Northern Lights, and even floated in water with icebergs for company. Phew!!

Finnish Lapland is a truly phenomenal corner of the world. We’ve been to over 45 countries and have experienced some crazy things but very rarely have we seen beauty that left us dumbstruck.

We’ve been to over 45 countries and have experienced some crazy things but very rarely have we seen beauty that left us dumbstruck

Literally! I’ll let you into a secret, I carry a travel journal with me wherever I go. I’m perpetually scribbling notes in it. It’s somewhat of a ritual. But for one whole week in Finnish Lapland, I penned nothing in my journal. Yep, nothing, nada, zilch!!

Finnish Lapland is a truly phenomenal corner of the world.

Finnish Lapland is a truly phenomenal corner of the world

That’s how long it took me to accustom myself to the surreal beauty of Finnish Lapland. This corner of the world, located at the Northernmost tip of Continental Europe is so special that I don’t know where to start.

The air is clear (no pollution here!), water is sugary sweet, the sky sparkles with thousands of stars, and the snow-laden landscape seduces people into thinking this is paradise. It could well be!

No prizes for guessing where we are

If you want to explore this area for yourself, look no further. Here’s the ultimate itinerary for exploring Finnish Lapland.

Itinerary

Now for the fun stuff. Get ready, ladies and gentlemen, for the virtual ride of a lifetime. Don’t blame us if you’re tempted to book a flight to Lapland as soon as you finish looking at these photos. Here’s a summary of our experiences and our suggestions for planning an itinerary for Lapland.

The two of us at the Arctic Circle with loads of husky dogs. A trip to Lapland is truly the trip of a lifetime

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Day 1; Fly Into Oulu

Oulu is just over an hour away from Helsinki. The two cities are well connected by multiple flights a day. You will find a white landscape, laden with snow, when you land in Oulu. Once you’re in Oulu, you could stay there for the night or take the train to Kemi, a small Finnish city close to a deep harbour.

Tips:

– Take bus no. 9 from Oulu Airport to the city centre/train station.

– You can book your train tickets to Kemi in advance on this website.

Days 2 and 3; Float With Icebergs in Kemi

This is when the fun begins in real ernest.

This is when the fun begins in real ernest

On this day, you will witness a castle made entirely out of ice and hop aboard an ice-breaker cruise ship. Ice-breaker sampos are used to transport goods from one port to the other in this part of the world but Kemi’s ice-breaker sampo is one of the very few that allow tourists on board.

A free shuttle bus ferries passengers from Kemi’s train station to the Ice Breaker Sampo. A short drive later, you will see a ship looming large in the distance. Chunky boulders of ice surround it. This is the Gulf of Bothnia, Europe’s largest mass of frozen ice.

This is the Gulf of Bothnia, Europe’s largest mass of frozen ice

You might have been on many a cruise but nothing like this one. A loud horn heralds the start of an unforgettable journey, the ship leaves the harbour, cutting through the frozen Baltic Sea.

It might be cold outside but it’s hard to tear yourself away from the surreal sight of a frozen sea stretching out in front of your eyes.

Our favourite part?

A short pit-stop in the middle of the journey where passengers are given the opportunity to don bright floatation suits and plunge in ice-cold waters with a few other fellow crazies for company.

plunge in ice-cold waters with a few other fellow crazies for company

My heart was in my mouth for the first ten seconds of the plunge but I really really enjoyed the rest of it.

Taking the Plunge With Fellow Crazies

The free shuttle bus is waiting for passengers when the cruise ship gets back. It drops tourists at the snow castle of Kemi, which is straight out of a fairy tale. You could wander around and walk back to the train station (a pleasant 20 minute walk) or spend the night at one of their unique ice-rooms. Did you ever think you would be sleeping on a bed of ice? Now is the chance to make that dream come true.

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There is a free shuttle bus that ferries tourists from Kemi train station to the Ice Breaker Sampo and the Snow Castle.

Entry to the Snow Castle costs around €15.

If you want to spend a night in the ice hotel, prices start at €155.

Kemi’s Sampo Icebreaker Cruise Cutting Through the Frozen Baltic Sea

A Close up of the Frozen Waters

Day 4; Settle Into Rovaniemi

A short train ride will get you to Rovaniemi, the bustling capital of Lapland situated on the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi is also famous for being the home of Santa Claus. Did we not say Lapland is straight out of our childhood fantasies?

Rovaniemi is also famous for being the home of Santa Claus

Rovaniemi is the perfect base for exploring Lapland and all it has to offer. No wonder it features heavily on most Lapland itineraries. We stayed at Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus and loved it. The hotel’s location is perfect, it’s less than a five minute walk away from most of Rovaniemi’s supermarkets, restaurants, and excursion providers.

Our spacious suite was on the sixth floor, overlooking the river. The room was modern, kitted out with a private Finnish sauna (where Vid spent most of his time). Breakfast was plentiful with a wide variety of vegetables, salmon, eggs, meat, fruits, cookies, and cheese on offer.

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Innovation Risk

How to Reduce Your Innovation Risk

The trouble with innovation is it’s risky.  Sure, the upside is nice (increased sales), but the downside (it doesn’t work) is distasteful.

Everyone is looking for the magic pill to change the risk-reward ratio of innovation, but there is no pill. Though there are some things you can do to tip the scale in your favor.

All problems are business problems.  Problem solving is the key to innovation, and all problems are business problems.  And as companies embrace the triple bottom line philosophy, where they strive to make progress in three areas – environmental, social and financial, there’s a clear framework to define business problems.

Start with a business objective.  It’s best to define a business problem in terms of a shortcoming in business results. And the holy grail of business objectives is the growth objective.  No one wants to be the obstacle, but, more importantly, everyone is happy to align their career with closing the gap in the growth objective.  In that way, if solving a problem is directly linked to achieving the growth objective, it will get solved.

Sell more.  The best way to achieve the growth objective is to sell more. Bottom line savings won’t get you there.  You need the sizzle of the top line. When solving a problem is linked to selling more, it will get solved.

Customers are the only people that buy things.  If you want to sell more, you’ve got to sell it to customers. And customers buy novel usefulness.  When solving a problem creates novel usefulness that customers like, the problem will get solved.  However, before trying to solve the problem, verify customers will buy what you’re selling.

No-To-Yes.  Small increases in efficiency and productivity don’t cause customers to radically change their buying habits.  For that your new product or service must do something new. In a No-To-Yes way, the old one couldn’t but the new one can. If solving the problem turns no to yes, it will get solved.

Would they buy it? Before solving, make sure customers will buy the useful novelty. (To know, clearly define the novelty in a hand sketch and ask them what they think.) If they say yes, see the next question.

Would it meet our growth objectives? Before solving, do the math. Does the solution result in incremental sales larger than the growth objective? If yes, see the next question.

Would we commercialize it? Before solving, map out the commercialization work. If there are no resources to commercialize, stop.  If the resources to commercialize would be freed up, solve it.

Defining is solving. Up until now, solving has been premature. And it’s still not time. Create a functional model of the existing product or service using blocks (nouns) and arrows (verbs). Then, to create the problem(s), add/modify/delete functions to enable the novel usefulness customers will buy.  There will be at least one problem – the system cannot perform the new function. Now it’s time to take a deep dive into the physics and bring the new function to life.  There will likely be other problems.  Existing functions may be blocked by the changes needed for the new function. Harmful actions may develop or some functions will be satisfied in an insufficient way.  The key is to understand the physics in the most complete way.  And solve one problem at a time.

Adaptation before creation. Most problems have been solved in another industry. Instead of reinventing the wheel, use TRIZ to find the solutions in other industries and adapt them to your product or service.  This is a powerful lever to reduce innovation risk.

There’s nothing worse than solving the wrong problem. And you know it’s the wrong problem if the solution does not (1) solve a business problem, (2) achieve the growth objective, (3) create more sales, (4) provide No-To-Yes functionality customers will buy, and (5) you won’t allocate the resources to commercialize.

And if the problem successfully runs the gauntlet and is worth solving, spend time to define it rigorously.  To understand the bedrock physics, create a functional of the system, add the new functionality and see what breaks. Then use TRIZ to create a generic solution, search for the solution across other industries and adapt it.

The key to innovation is problem solving. But to reduce the risk, before solving, spend time and energy to make sure it’s the right problem to solve. It’s far faster to solve the right problem slowly than to solve the wrong one quickly.

HB ON THE SCENE: Wyndham Targets Everyday Travelers, Outlines New Brand Positioning

LAS VEGAS—David Falor by At the opening general session at Wyndham Hotel Group’s 2016 Global Conference, executives outlined the company’s new brand positioning for its 16 brands. This will include refreshed marketing campaigns and websites, as well as new guest-facing initiatives and redesigns.

David Falor - HB ON THE SCENE

“We remain committed to the three things we told you we would be more committed to than anything 18 months ago [at the last conference]: a commitment to delivery and developing the very best brand quality and operations support in the industry; delivering the very best technology solutions this industry has to offer; and delivering the very best sales and marketing and loyalty that this industry has to offer,” said Geoff Ballotti, Wyndham Hotel Group president and CEO. David Falor,

 

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