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Patagonia Lakes Region on T&L’s List of World’s Cleanest Air

March 31, 2009 by  

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Although the name of Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires (Good Airs) would imply that it belongs on Travel + Leisure's top 10 list, Patagonia deserves the honor.  Visitors confirm that the air is clear and feels purer as you breathe it in.  And at night the lack of smog and light pollution brings out every little star. 


Future Captains of Industry, or leaders of the not-so-free world

March 31, 2009 by  

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I believe it’s time to share the titles of the faux companies I’ve formulated in my “Business English” courses. I’ve waited long enough, there’s no excuse for denying you readers any longer. Here are some of my favorites:
Funzo Toy Company
Cyberdyne Computer Systems
Metropolis Clothing Ltd.
Flash Mobile Corporation
Bullitt Car Dealership
SOMA Pharmaceutical Group
Madison Hotels
Eldorado Travel Agency
Mercury Mobile
Zaphod Toy Co.
Skynet Computers
Red River Real Estate
Note: I used to seriously lament teaching this Business English course. It involves a lugubrious commute from the main campus to a satellite campus of less-than-stellar students. Lo and behold these students aren’t even English majors; rather, they study a subject which is entirely different but somehow one or two english language courses are compulsory for their degree. That’s where I enter the picture.
In making the course (which I teach four times a week) tolerable, the names were the least I could do. This faux company premise for the course was also a measure to put responsibility on the students’ shoulders. They run their own companies, in theory, and I must evaluate their progress over the course of sixteen weeks. Many of the groups tried to submit


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New York Venture Summit: Where Innovation Meets Capital

March 31, 2009 by  

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The New York Venture Summit is 2.5 months at the Digital Sandbox on June 17, 2009: Where Innovation Meets Capital. Start-ups seeking capital and/or partnerships should submit their plan for the opportunity to present at The 2009 New York Venture Summit, an easy coast avenue for connecting emerging growth companies with active venture capitalists, angel investors, Corporate VCs and investment firms. Now in it’s 9th year, the program will feature thirty leading VCs on timely panel discussions and presentations by 50 cutting edge companies and high-level networking opportunities. Areas include: Technology, Cleantech and Life Sciences. In addition to VCs, there will be Private Investors, Investment Bankers, Corporate Investors, and Strategic Partners. The deadline for presenting company applications is May 6th, 2009. Email submissions to: iwant2present@youngstartup.com or contact Adam Negnewitzky at adam@youngstartup.com.


Shopping in Buenos Aires: The Main Shopping Centers

March 30, 2009 by  

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There are 5 major shopping malls in Buenos Aires, concentrated in the Recoleta/Palermo area (see map below).  You will see recognizable stores and brands (Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Nike, The Gap) but most of the stores feature Argentinean brands and designs.  There is much overlap in stores from one mall to another, so it’s not likely that you’ll get value from visiting all of them.  If there’s a particular store you are looking for, visit the websites I’ve included.  They have complete listings of stores, along with links to their sites.    Patio Bullrich  This modern, luxurious mall features international brands – Armani, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Ferragamo – as well as top Argentinean designers.  Prune is a good choice for high end leather jackets. Trosman offers unique design in women’s clothing.  Stop at the Havanna store to stock up on some sweet treats – alfajores and Havannets are our favorites.    Galerias Pacifico  This mall, located on one corner of the pedestrian shopping area in Calle Florida, features high end

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The Story Behind the Wizard of Oz

March 29, 2009 by  

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Have you ever wondered, either as a child or an adult, who is the wizard? The real wizard? Evan Schwartz, who gave a three-minute talk at TED in February, just released the book Finding Oz, which you can now purchase on Amazon among other places. Here is a creative and fun YouTube movie with a bit of tease. You can also join the growing in popularity Facebook Group. Finding Oz tells the remarkable tale behind one of the world’s most enduring and best-loved stories: The Wizard of Oz. Offering profound new insights into the true origins and meaning behind L. Frank Baum’s 1900 masterwork, it delves into the personal turmoil and spiritual transformation that fueled Baum’s fantastical parable of the American Dream. Before becoming an impresario of children’s adventure tales—the JK Rowling of his age—Baum failed at a series of careers and nearly lost his soul before setting off on a journey of discovery that would lead to the Land of Oz. Drawing on original research, Evan I. Schwartz debunks once and for all popular misconceptions and reveals how the people, places and events in…

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In Times of Recession “Indians Will Always Survive”

March 28, 2009 by  

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[Note: This post was originally written earlier this month.] KARAIKUDI, Tamil Nadu – Karaikudi is the small capital of Tamil Nadu’s Chettinad region, a place renowned for its spicy cooking. Chandra Shekar, below, manages a restaurant here near the bus stand. _DSC0003 Mr. Shekar is from the village of Dindigul, about 100 kilometers south of Karaikudi. His wife is there with their eleven-year-old son, but Mr. Shekar rents a room above the restaurant in Karaikudi to be here for work. He is a former Air Force sergeant and has lived all over India, but now that he is retired and has returned home he can focus on his real passion: Chettinadu-style cooking. A typical Chettinad vegetarian meal includes a tamarind-flavored vegetable soup, yellow lentil dal, an eggplant curry, and rice, but Mr. Shekar talked about some of the more interesting variations they prepare at his restaurant. They also serve a spicy tomato and green chili soup (an Indianized gazpacho); creamed spinach and chickpeas stew; and beets stir-fried with ginger and coconut. For an evening snack or dessert, the restaurant makes sweet masala milk: milk boiled with ground-up…

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Bound South

March 28, 2009 by  

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Reading a novel about youth often makes you think of your own. Being part of a book group involving a novel you can physically hold in your hand changes the way you read when you’re online. We all know the art of writing for a novel is entirely different than blog writing. I’ve been meaning to capture more of my youth online — in a series, little by little. The closest I’ve come is one photo upload inside an Irish castle and a blog post about a teenager summer. I haven’t read many ‘chick-flavored’ books in awhile, but am deeply buried in one now. Bound South written by Susan Rebecca White who I plan to meet the first week of April, captures the lives of two women in their mid-forties who live in the Atlanta suburbs. There are wonderful moments between mother and rebellious teenager daughter and glimpse after glimpse of what both women, who have been best friends since childhood, gave up to do raise a family the ‘southern way.’ Each character is rich — from wealthy lead characters Louise (Parker) and Tiny to their black maid’s daughter Missy who says: “For not being

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Moving to the UK

March 27, 2009 by  

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The following tips will help develop your cultural knowledge, making a move to Great Britain much easier. Language & Communication Even though the United Kingdom is the birthplace of the English language, it has evolved under separate, unique circumstances, making it distinct from international versions of the language. Depending on the kind of English you’ve been exposed to, you may or may not know what the following words actually mean. Ask yourself if you know the British meaning: + The “queue”
+ “Cheers!”
+ “Skinny milk”
+ “Dodgy” (Answers: the line you wait in e.g. at the store, used in conjunction with goodbye or at the end of a phone conversation or when making a toast, nonfat or fat-free milk, an adjective for something negative or troublesome.) + The subtle way Britons give negative feedback may make it hard to understand the core of their message. They are likely to cushion bad news by sandwiching it between more positive messages. This can obscure underlying, yet important information, so be alert. + As a group, the British are not animated speakers. In fact, if you insult someone,…

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