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Wellbeing enhanced more by places than objects, study finds | Life and style | The Guardian
The poet WHAuden is credited with first coining the word “topophilia” to describe a strong emotional pull to a special place.

Now scientific research, using cutting-edge brain imaging, suggests Auden was on to something. According to a study commissioned by the National Trust, people experience intense feelings of wellbeing, contentment and belonging from places that evoke positive memories far more than treasured objects such as photographs or wedding rings. // siehe menschen die umgeben sind vom baeume sind gluecklicher und gesuender
Consumer  Consumerism  Happiness  Capitalism  Vacation  experience  health  wellbeing  Depression  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media  Facebook  Instagram  poverty  trap  travel  Generationy  Millennials  lifehacker  lifehacks  Minimalismus  minimalism  Frugal 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Scot shot in chest hours before Philippines wedding - BBC News
He said he did not believe Mr Naggar had any health insurance, and the family have already had to make payments for his treatment.
Another friend has begun a crowdfunding appeal to raise money for his medical costs.
travel  insurance 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Gay British man avoids extradition to Dubai | Law | The Guardian
Court finds the United Arab Emirates failed to give sufficient assurances that Michael Halliday’s human rights would be respected. A gay man has avoided extradition to Dubai – where homosexuality is outlawed – after a London court ruled there was a risk he would be tortured and was unlikely to receive a fair trial on theft charges. In a strongly worded ruling, a judge at Westminster magistrates court said the United Arab Emirates had not given the court sufficient assurances that Michael Halliday’s human rights would be respected. In district judge Jeremy Coleman’s ruling, which sets a significant precedent, he said: “The trial, treatment and conditions of those accused or convicted of criminal offences in the UAE is still the subject of complaint and is often alleged to fall well below the required standards … Taking into account Mr Halliday’s own circumstances, I cannot be satisfied that he would not be at significant risk.
UAE  human  rights  LGBT  Religion  Islamic  Law  Sharia  Law  Qatar  Bahrain  Saudi  Arabia  Dubai  Islamophobia  homosexuality  homophobic  Homophobia  transphobia  Transphobic  Justice  System  travel  advice 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Drug-resistant malaria can infect African mosquitoes - BBC News
Dr Rick Fairhurst, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), in the US, who carried out the research, said: "We think this will provide additional impetus for intensifying - and by intensifying, I mean grossly intensifying - the malaria elimination efforts in South East Asia." This drug-resistant parasite was first seen in Cambodia in 2008, but has since been reported across South East Asia. It is rendering the best front-line drug - Artemisinin - useless. But this is not the first time this has happened. Since the 1950s, drug after drug has stopped working as the malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) has evolved. And each time, the problem has first emerged on the Thai-Cambodia border before spreading around the world. [...] The World Health Organization estimates that in the last 15 years malaria death rates fell by 60% globally and 6.2 million malaria deaths have been averted. Scientists warn that they cannot afford to lose this drug.
Malaria  Africa  travel  advice  South  East  Asia  Asia  WHO  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Abenteuer Wohnmobil | Die Reportage | NDR - YouTube
Freiheit leben. Nicht die Geldanlage als Betongold. Aber Leben als ... Lebensanlage. //&! BIG ONES - Mega-Mobil-Manufaktur Morelo | Abenteuer Auto - youtu.be/l6PZ5lP7gJw - zum preis einer eigentumswohnung. Kannst aber dann darin auch leben 365 days.
Vagabonding  travel  advice  life  hacker  life  lesson  citybreak  Vacation  travel  traveling  Wohnmobil  society 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Einreise in USA: So sollten Sie sich am Flughafen verhalten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Schneider ist nicht die Einzige, die draußen bleiben musste. Mehr als 700 Deutsche sind wie sie im Jahr 2013 an der Grenze zur USA abgewiesen worden - also Hunderte, aber für die US-Botschaft in Berlin "eine unbedeutende Anzahl", wie ihr Pressesprecher mitteilte. Immerhin seien 2,7 Millionen Bundesbürger in dem Jahr in die USA gereist. [...] Wenn die Grenzbeamten erst einmal einen Verdacht hätten, "sind sie schwer umzustimmen", sagt Rechtsanwalt Thomas Schwab von der Kanzlei Winheller in Frankfurt. Er unterstützt seit Jahren Mandanten bei der Beantragung für USA-Visa. [...] Bei den abgewiesenen Reisenden vermuteten die Beamten oft Terrorgefahr oder die Absicht, ohne entsprechendes Visum zu arbeiten oder einzuwandern. // https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=0uvLVc-IHa-A7QbMxrf4DA#q=site:firstlook.org+%2B+no+fly+list // &! GOVERNMENT MAY NOW TELL YOU WHY YOU'RE ON "NO FLY" LIST, BUT NOT ALWAYS - bit.ly/1FO9VKO // &! bit.ly/1hyWauO - illegal immigration in USA. / undocumented / alien
no  fly  list  USA  NSA  Five  Eyes  surveillance  state  Orwellian  War  on  Terror  National  Security  FBI  Pentagon  VISA  travel  advice  immigrants  immigration 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apulia, Italy - YouTube
Apulia, Italy >> Italians own nation holiday destination // http://www.italyheaven.co.uk/puglia/ "Puglia, also known as Apulia, is in the south of Italy; the heel of Italy's boot. The region is not one of Italy's traditional tourist destinations, but it is becoming increasingly popular as travellers discover the area's varied charms: baroque towns, white-washed trullo houses, olive groves and orchards, blue sea and beaches, plenty of sunshine and excellent cuisine."
Italy  Vacation  travel  advice 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Ålesund in Norwegen: Stadt im Jugendstil - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Dank einer Katastrophe ist Ålesund eine der schönsten Städte Norwegens: Nach einem verheerenden Feuer vor 111 Jahren wurden sämtliche Häuser im Jugendstil wiederaufgebaut - von einigen der besten Architekten des Landes.
Vacation  citybreak  travel  advice 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
The Fermi Paradox — Where Are All The Aliens? (1/2) - YouTube
The Fermi Paradox II — Solutions and Ideas – Where Are All The Aliens? - https://youtu.be/1fQkVqno-uI // &! Earth is on the brink of a "mass extinction event" which could be equivalent in scale to the one that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, a landmark study by an international group of scientists has concluded. Researchers warned that deforestation, climate change, and overfishing have driven extinction rates to 1,000 times their normal level, Reuters reports. Duke University biologist and conversation expert Stuart Pimm says that "time is running out" to avert the threat of mass extinction. ADVERTISING If the crisis is to be avoided, humans need to make large scale changes immediately, Pimm says. - uk.reuters.com/video/2014/06/18/study-says-earth-on-brink-of-mass-extinc?videoId=316465389&videoChannel=82 // WE HAVE A DECADE OR TWO till tipping point of no return!
Universe  Milky  Way  humanity  AI  artificial  intelligence  Alien  civilisation  Fermi  Paradox  Space  Travel  science  mathematics  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  extinction  event  mass  extinction  climate  change  global  warming  sustainable  sustainability 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Alain de Botton: The Art of Travel - YouTube
throw away the camera, and draw ... look intently, and draw details.
traveling  travel  advice  travel  Philosophy  tourism 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Puglia (Apulia) Tourist Information | Italy Heaven
via http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007wkf3/rick-steins-mediterranean-escapes-episode-3 - Rick Stein's Mediterranean Escapes - Episode 3 // Puglia and sourroundings is less typically "touristy" !?
travel  advice  Italy  vacation 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Gay Briton Ray Cole released from Moroccan jail
>> do not travel to countries where you don't have rights and your kind are prosecuted ... there is no guarantee that your home country would bend a finger to get you out.
LGBT  Africa  travel  advice  traveling  vacation  Religion 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Travis Kalanick of Uber - TWiST #180 - YouTube
MVP - minimal viable product, test of thesis; they rented a handful of cars with drivers in SF & build little app, the rest is history. make move to not have drivers but enable people to be drivers with income. Uber - elegance, design, ... this is now a brand, a status symbol. +++ on demand lifestyle, making magic happen via technology - employing STEM people. +++ could, because of supply liquidity, deliver, at premium, food to your door. +++ because of their technology, their platform, they either could licence out their problem solving platform (ie demand prediction - people just opening up the app - math is an operational cornerstone) to air transportation and or goods transportation. +++ Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 - http://youtu.be/rQ6GoY2_Ujw >> multi-product company - for different budgets. Operations, Scaling - one problem that needed solving, a Playbook for expanding from one city to the next. Changing how u live, over months. not decades, today's age.
Uber  Travis  Kalanick  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  entrepreneurship  entrepreneurial  entrepreneur  status  symbol  system  design  Product  systems  design  brand  Personal  brands  branding  on  demand  Supply  and  and  Supply  ondemand  on  demand  lifestyle  magic  technology  STEM  reputation  Silicon  Valley  multi-product  company  travel  traveling  transportation  public  transportation  Platform  lifestyle  western  lifestyle  instant  gratification  frictionless  friction  accelerated  life  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  marketplace  inefficiencies  business  model  mobile  first  urbanisation  urban  planning  Operations  scaling  algorithm  algorithms  algo  dynamic  pricing  mathematics  complexity  marketing  Viral  Airbnb  Utility  utilities  21stcentury 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Joe Gebbia - The Airbnb Story - YouTube
AirBnB is the ebay for places and experiences. Sharing is caring - you space. This kindness to open up you personal space to strangers ... magical moments can happen. Stories are written. Lives are changed. Still there is the 80/20 - there will always be bad eggs, say bad customers. And because national travel is vry affordable and people want to escape their walls on the weekend if they could afford and its users use it for niche items/services >> providing accommodation for events. Staying in someones place is very different than a hotel. a hotel is generic. every AirBnB is different. It is an experience. not only might you experience a new city, but you also experience someones life, how he or she or they live. Their view. Plus - this is the time of the Airbnb - experience services - because millennials favour experiences of commoditised consumer goods. and babyboomers want that cake too because of the youthification trend. only retrospective u see the pieces of the puzzle.
Airbnb  social  society  social  science  social  study  experience  user  experience  sharing  sharing  is  caring  service  economy  9flats  Start-Up  Y  combinator  citybreak  travel  traveling  B2C  marketing  viral  creating  markets  blue  ocean  strategy  disruption  disrupting  markets  accomodation  accomodation  business  hotel  business  Bed  &  Breakfast  vacation  niche  creativity  creative  destruction  creative  value  creation  differentiation  differentiate  civic  life  life  hacker  western  lifestyle  lifehacks  work  life  balance  lifestyle  active  lifestyle  generationy  Millennials  commoditization  accommodation  commodity  business  focus  group  youthification  babyboomers  Consumerism  consumerist  word  of  mouth  network  effect  hospitality  business  sharing  economy  asking  for  help  economy  generosity  generous  society 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
USA-Visum: Antragsverfahren schneller und einfacher - SPIEGEL ONLINE
For German's - Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) >> https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ >> https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/WebHelp/ESTA_Screen-Level_Online_Help_1.htm#WP3 >> for travel, no work allowed, no seeking employment under ESTA, ... may receive money ie for photo shootings I guess. Valid for 2 years.
travel  advice  USA  Visa  Visum  Esta  travel 
december 2013 by asterisk2a
Reise - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Pingyao, China.
Pingyao: komplett erhaltene Stadt aus der Qing Dynastie und Weltkulturerbe. Weitgehend Auto-frei und ideal fuer ein langes Wochenende. Am besten per Flug nach Taiyuan und dann per Zug oder taxi erreichbar (1h). Unbedingt am Abend durch die Gassen spazieren und die lokalen Nudelspezialitaeten probieren, die es nur selten ausserhalb von Shanxi gibt.
China  travel  vacation 
november 2013 by asterisk2a
Hidden House Coffee
in the heart of old San Juan Capistrano, California. >>
California  travel  advice  vacation  citybreak 
july 2013 by asterisk2a
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