Worldmapper – The world through different filters

Here is a great site for people with a global mindset: Worldmapper — a wonderful way to review the the worldwide situation… The site features maps of the world distorted according to the criteria. In their own words, “Worldmapper is … Continue reading

Beijing Olympics 2008 Medals Recap with Per Population Analysis

The Beijing 2008 Olympics have come to an end today Sunday, August 24th. It is hard to imagine that 303 events are crammed into the past 15 days. The kick-off and finale were works of art (if well ‘orchestrated’ in … Continue reading

Kenya Safari Holidays April 2008

Kenya – A Recap of our 6 days in the Great Wild Bush We arrived in Kenya at Nairobi International airport on our holidays in May and, somewhat predictably, spent the first 30 minutes in a highly disorganized line up … Continue reading

Heir Hunters or Probate Genealogists and Aging Octogenarians

Getting older every day…and more lonely? This post is about two trends that seem to be crossing inexorably: the aging of populations around the world and the general lack of people taking care of this group. If you feel like … Continue reading

Television Viewership Still Rising; Reading Too?

Television and Internet viewing versus dwindling attention span… I was stunned to see that television ogling by Americans, who are over 12 years old, has continued to rise despite the Internet. A census bureau study, published in the USA Today … Continue reading

Cell Phone Etiquette on Eurostar: It’s Not Good to Talk

It’s Good to Talk? An old British Telecom (BT) saying that’s not applicable for Eurostar … or any public transportation for that matter. Having recently done a couple of round trips on the Eurostar I have made a few survey-of-one … Continue reading

Boris Johnson voted in Mayor of London 2008-2013

Boris Johnson has won a most interesting and widely publicized London mayoral race. Congratulations Boris! And, perhaps, fittingly, it was a May Day [2008] victory. This “Observers” article pitting a pigeon-on-his-head Ken Livingstone (Labour) and a baked-beans-on-toast-munching-Boris (Tory) gives quite … Continue reading

Barcelona – Some sites, restaurants & factoids

Barcelona is wondrous city offering an architectural feast at every corner, with a mixture of buildings dating back to the Roman times (down in the Gothic part of town) all the way through to contemporary masterpieces (Modernisme Route featuring the … Continue reading

Springboks’ De Villiers as Coach

Peter de Villiers has been named as the first black coach of the rugby union world champions South African Spingboks. Coming on the heels of the World Cup victory (in October 2007), this is quite a move. And, after just … Continue reading

Happy No Smoking & New Year

Glad to usher in a new year and, with it, the beginning of smoke-free hotels, bars and restaurants in Paris. But, as this BBC article explains, Paris is not the only place to take on new year resolutions. Eight German … Continue reading