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Archive for May, 2010

‘Tis The Season

By Linda Tancs

‘Tis the season, and I don’t mean Christmas. As summer rounds the corner, Britain kicks into high gear with a series of glam events characterizing what is known as The Season, starting with the Chelsea Flower Show in London through 29 May. If your plans don’t permit attendance at one of the world’s foremost horticultural shows, don’t worry. It isn’t over until the fat lady sings, as the expression goes. That would be on 29 August, the close of Glyndebourne Festival, an annual opera festival near Lewes, East Sussex. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy the pomp and circumstance at such staples as Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, Henley Royal Regatta and Cowes Week.

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Island Life Increases in Borneo

By Linda Tancs

Conservationist group WWF has reported the discovery of new species in Borneo, the world’s third largest island. The newest inhabitants include a lungless frog, a flying amphibian and a slug that shoots love darts. Cupid, you’ve met your match. In the past three years, 123 species of plant and animal have been discovered in this Southeast Asian island paradise about the size of Texas. In particular, there are 66 new plant species, 17 fish, 5 frogs, 3 snakes, 29 invertebrates, 2 lizards and a bird sharing space in what Charles Darwin described as “one great luxuriant hothouse made by nature for herself.” In an effort to prevent overcrowding, efforts are underway to protect 85,000 square miles of rainforest. You can bet at least one frog gives a flying leap about that.

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Dreams for Sale

By Linda Tancs

In the movie Field of Dreams, an Iowa corn farmer interprets voices he hears as a command to build a baseball diamond in his corn fields. Well, the diamond that Universal Studios built for the film, along with a two-bedroom house, six outbuildings and 193 acres in Dyersville, Iowa, is for sale. Apparently, the owners are ready to retire and let someone else carry on the tourist attraction summoning over a million visitors since the movie’s release two decades ago. Time to ask yourself: if you buy it, will they come?

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Mark Twain Slept Here

By Linda Tancs

Mark Twain, the celebrated creator of such classic characters as Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, lived from 1874 to 1891 in a nineteen-room Victorian mansion in Hartford, Connecticut. A National Historic Landmark featuring interior decor designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany (of lamp fame), the property commemorates this year the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death and 125 years since publication of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Visit the billiard room where Twain did his writing and see the bed carved with angels where he slept. Who knows, maybe you’ll catch some inspiration.

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The Yacht Industry’s Finest

By Linda Tancs

This Saturday’s 5th Annual World Superyacht Awards at London’s Guildhall demonstrates just how much size really does matter. The gala awards show and dinner showcases the best of the best in superyacht design this year. Fourteen Neptune awards will be issued, including best long distance voyager, best young designer, outstanding contributor to the industry, and yachts of the year in categories such as motor, refitted and sailing. Interested in attending? Alas, priority goes to yachtsmen. The rudderless can always watch the video.

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Ukraina’s Facelift Complete in Moscow

By Linda Tancs

Warm spring weather in Moscow provides leisurely boating opportunities down the Western bank of the Moscow River. For guests at the newly renovated Hotel Ukraina, a jaunt from the hotel’s jetty makes cruising a breeze. The 1950s Gothic-style monument to Stalin’s regime strikes quite the pose against the skyline opposite the Russian Government’s White House. A stone’s throw from the commercial hustle and bustle of Novy Arbat Street, the 30-story building with a combination of 1000 rooms, suites or apartments will reopen on 1 June, offering grand panoramic views of the city. In keeping with its moniker, the hotel offers a renowned authentic Ukranian restaurant. Other amenities include a 24-hour fully equipped business center, conference facilities, on-site shopping and a sightseeing and excursion bureau, all in the heart of Moscow.

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Birders Love Mindo

By Linda Tancs

Mindo, Ecuador is a birder’s paradise. An easy 2-hour bus ride from Quito, this corner of northwestern Ecuador is home to hundreds of varieties of hummingbirds as well as the cock-of-the-rock, a South American denizen bearing an orange-crested head and brilliant orange, black and white feathers along its back and wings. Budding birders and pros alike will benefit from a guided tour, proceeds of which may likely benefit conservation efforts, depending on the tour company selected.

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