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Whiskey Tasting in Kansas City

August 31, 2011 by  

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What would Ireland be without Irish whiskey? Evidently the organizers of the Kansas City Irish Fest have heard the mumblings because for the eighth annual event there’s a Whiskey Tasting Tent at the fest, set for September 2 through 4, 2011, in the Crown Center Square, 2450 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri. Of course, only those 21 and older can get in — and, yes, IDs will be checked at the door. But, once you’re in, you will be able to sample as many as six whiskeys during a 45-minute presentation by a Jameson Ambassador, followed by a 30 minute Q & A. Whiskey Tasting tickets are $15 at the fest. Note: This special event does require a separate admission ticket to the festival (which is $15 at the gate), so we’re talking $30 all together. Dates and times for the Jameson tastings are 8 p.m. September 2, 1 and 4 p.m. September 3, and 1 and 4 p.m. September 4. The tasting tix are date and time specific. Oh, yeah: there’ll be all that other Irish fest stuff, too. You know: Celtic music, dancing, merchandise vendors and…

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Taste of Madison, Wisconsin

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Gonna be in Wisconsin over Labor Day Weekend? Consider dropping by the capital city for Taste of Madison. It’s 2-8:20 p.m. September 3, 2011, and again from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. September 4, 2011. With over 80 local restaurants and caterers serving some 300 menu items for $1 to 4, there’s something to please every palate and pocketbook. Each serving is 6 ounces or less (smoothies are 12 ounces or less). Make sure to bring your ID if you plan to drink beer or wine. Bonus: you pay at each booth in cash (no need to buy tickets), and there’s no admission charge for the taste, which takes place at Capitol Square. Photo Credit: Taste of Madison


Labor Day Weekend Food Festivals

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The Taste promises four days of unlimited food, wine, beer and spirits over Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles, California. The Sonoma County Showcase of Wine & Food and the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction both take place over Labor Day weekend in northern California. Fans of crispy Southern-fried catfish are heading to the 29th Annual Catfish Festival Labor Day Weekend in Kingsland, Georgia. Blueberries are the centerpiece at the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana, on Labor Day weekend. The annual Michigan Peach Festival takes place September 1 through 5, 2011, in Romeo, Michigan. The 65th annual North Carolina Apple Festival will be September 2 through 5 in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Gonna be in Wisconsin over Labor Day Weekend? Consider dropping by the capital city for Taste of Madison. (Photo of Corydoras semiaquilus by Stan Shebs)


Majingilanes mating with Sparta Lionesses

August 31, 2011 by  

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  For the last year the Sparta Pride have been on the back foot continually running away and avoiding any conflict with the four Majingilane Males. Seldomly seen venturing near their traditional hunting fields of the past in fear that they will be met by a show of force! That has all now changed… The Sparta Lionesses have finally accepted these ‘new’ males and have decided that they are worthy of fathering their next litter and continuing the precious Sparta Pride lineage. We have been very privileged over the last few days to watch various members of the depleted Sparta Pride mating with all the members of the notorious Majingilanes. This is the best possible news that could come out of Londolozi at the moment as it means that not only will tension levels drop; but we potentially have new cubs in the pipeline. It also means that the Sparta Pride will be freed up to move back into the heart of Londolozi and so sightings of this wonderful pride will become more regular.
  Dark manned Majingilane Male by Adam Bannister
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ADC Forum in Australia’s Hayman Island Discusses Norway Gun Shooting, US Political Climate & Tsunami

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  After Okinawa, I returned to Tokyo to join in the Talent Show, a program which started in the late afternoon on the day before the closing of the Liberal Arts Program for high school students.  The next day, I headed to the Hayman Island on the Great Barrier Reef to participate in the ADC Forum. The event started with the dynamic talk by Nik Gowing of BBC titled “Acute vulnerability for business, governments and systems in the new public information space” with comments on various issues such as the recent demonstrations spreading from the Middle East to London, indiscriminate gun shooting in Norway, political climate in the U.S., and the Tsunami and the nuclear power plant issue of Japan. I was also on the panel entitled: “Green Growth approaches – any easier now? The reconstruction of Japan”.  One of the participants in this panel was Prof Jean-Pierre Lehman of IMD who is a regular participant of the Davos Meeting and studied under Dr. Masao Maruyama.  I also hosted “Lenses on science – frontiers in the information revolution” with Drs Robert Bishop, John Mattick and Aaron O’Connel

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Canadian Artist Roman Zuzuk’s Work in Prague

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I was just introduced to Roman Zuzuk, a Canadian artist this past week, originally from the Ukraine as you’ll see from this painting – his style is most definitely influenced by Eastern Europe. I saw this piece below at the Gallery of European Contemporary Art in Prague located at Michalska 15 in the first district of Prague (city center). An Anton Chekhov quote opens his site: “Man will become better only when you make him see what he is like.” I love this guy’s style and look forward to seeing more of his work. Below the painting is a little history of Zuzuk.                             From his bio: Roman Zuzuk’s sophisticated painting technique and his work in primitive abstraction was developed only through rigorous classical schooling. He graduated from the prestigious Kiev Academy of Fine Arts. The themes are intellectual but the artist, with his characteristic quirkiness and deep sense of nuance, uses a language that is understood and enjoyed by all who feast in his works ambiance and voice. The key element is the combination of colours that bring…

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10 Paris Metro Stations: How Did they Get Their Names?

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Gobelins metro sign After 20 years of bickering between the City of Paris and private transport companies about whether to have an underground or overground rail system, the Paris metro opened in 1900 – 27 years after the first London underground line opened. Here are some useless facts about the areas after which 10 of these stations were named.     Bienvenüe
Bienvenue, welcome Bienvenue, welcome
Re-named after the chief engineer of the Metro, Fulgence Bienvenüe. This station was originally named Avenue du Maine. It was later fused with Montparnasse to create the 4th busiest station in Paris. Tuileries
Tile They made tiles at the Tuileries
The Tuileries palace and gardens, after which the station was named, was itself named after an establishment that made tiles (tuiles)? Marcadet-Poissoniers  
Fish It was named after fish
Two stations joined together. Marcadet is named after the Rue Marcadet (from the Latin mercadus for market), and Poissoniers after Rue Poissoniers – an ancient route from the north down which fish sellers trod. Châtelet
little castle Little castle


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4 Unique Ecotourism Experiences in India

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In a country of 28 states, each with its signature culture, food, language, history & landscape, it’s not easy for a traveler to scratch the tourism surface of India beyond the golden triangle. The need of the hour, as recognized by Indian Tourism, UNDP and a string of social entrepreneurs, is to develop sustainable, responsible travel initiatives in high-potential regions of rural India. The joint efforts have culminated in 4 very unique travel experiences in India, not only for their offbeat destinations, but also for ensuring that your travels will help their communities develop in a sustainable way. 1. Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand. nanda devi, uttarakhand, india, offbeat travel, uttaranchal Mountain Shepherds is a grassroots initiative to ensure cultural survival and sustainable livelihoods in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, a breathtakingly beautiful Himalayan region in the northern state of Uttarakhand. The highest Himalayan peak in Uttarakhand, Nanda Devi, at 25,645 feet, is protected by the halo of a dozen peaks around it. Its unique landscape and geography has fascinated mountaineers for decades. However, in 1982, its gates were closed due to ecological pressures, when the whole region was declared a national park and biosphere…

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