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Spitbank Fort is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive destinations in the world. Part of the Portsmouth’s Solent Strait, Spitbank Fort was intended to protect the heart of the British Empire from invading troops. Fortunately the threat of invasion never materialized, although it left the fort sitting empty for years to come. Recently, however, Spitbank was converted into a private hotel offering all who step afoot one remarkable island experience they’ll never forget.

Spitbank Fort is the "pinnacle of indulgence"- a place where great impressions are formed and memories made. Each... Read More

A friend mentioned a Middle Eastern grocery store that sells fresh baba ghanoush, olives, pita and hummus. Having spent some time in the Middle East, I was curious and as soon as I entered the store I was transformed back to my journeys in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Tunisia and Turkey. The unique smells of the food and pastries wended their way through my mind and vivid flashbacks of exploring each of those countries popped into my brain like flashbulbs and stirred up my endorphins to no end! But the crowning moment in this journey of the senses came when I was chatting with one of the staff... Read More

...Is the rumour of Timbuctoo/ A dream as frail as those of ancient time?

Shortly after Tennyson wrote the poem, Timbuctoo, the western world started to search for the illusive, hidden and mystical destination. Now we use the name of the city, alternately spelled as Timbuktu, Timbuctoo, Tombouctou, as a euphemism for the last place on earth one could possible travel; hence the expression “from here to Timbuktu”. In fact there are several theories about the origin of the city name, but one of the most popular seems to relate to the Berber word ‘tim’, meaning ‘In the place of’ and ‘bouctou’,... Read More

Have the urge to release some gas while flying? There will likely be no new FAA regulations requiring you to turn yourself into "flight-mode." Researchers report in the New Zealand Medical Journal that passing gas is in fact beneficial to your health as holding it causes potential bloating, heartburn and indigestion.

"The bottom line, according to the 3,000-word study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday, is that airline passengers should ignore the social embarrassment of breaking wind and 'just let it go'."

If you are the pilot however you may want to be... Read More

You are in a ceramics store in a tourist town. There are only a few people looking at the expensive, intricately coloured glass vases. Despite the signs warning customers not to touch the displays for fear of breakage, one woman is picking up all the vases, looking at the maker’s marks on the bottom of each one, twirling them around to check for uniformity of colour and design and then replacing them on the shelf. The storekeeper does not seem to take an interest.

Just then two local women enter the shop and greet the store owner. They are speaking in the local dialect. They slowly... Read More

Spirits can be found everywhere in Okinawa, the Island prefecture just west of Kyushu, Japan. Some take the form of protective guardians, while others are 86 Proof and add to the unique flavours of the destination. Okinawa consists of a series of islands, sometimes referred to as the Ryukyus (The Ryukyu Kingdom occupied the island chain before being overtaken by a Samurai Lord in the 17th century, and then ultimately annexed to Japan in 1879). Mainland Okinawa consists of the capital city of Naha, as well as beach resorts, cultural villages, one of the largest aquariums in the world,... Read More

Last weekend I finally got around to cleaning out my file cabinet and in the process, found all sorts of hidden treasures. There was the report of my ‘arrest’ for vagrancy in 1969 when the Town of Midland police department agreed to let my friends and I sleep in the jail overnight so we would not have to spend money on a hotel. The officer signed his title as “Occifer” to ensure that the document remained ‘unofficial’.

Then there was my Air Canada “Flight to the Moon” certificate issued after the Moon landing in 1969, when the airline perhaps jumped the gun a bit with enthusiasm by... Read More

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