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Farewell Fidel

Viva La Cuba

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz 1926 – 2016 led a daring revolution and protected his country from the mob.

In the week following the passing of Fidel Castro, much of the world’s media was filled with scornful opinions. Some deride him because he was a nonconformist, or because it’s reported that he has 14 children and was something of a womaniser. Others deride him because he kept his country from progressing, but all of these people are largely ignorant and self glorifying themselves in their own opinions.

In the era of the revolution, the USA was hard at work replacing democratically elected governments all over the world with tyrannical kiss-arse regimes that allowed US corporations to drain their

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Oh Rio

Setting the tone for modern Olympics

Egypt vs Germany. An Islamic reporter stated that “Allah granted the shameless near-naked harlots victory over the modest women of Islam, 2-0. No doubt the Jews are responsible.”

In the wake of a coup d’├ętat and a great deal of public unrest, the preparations for the Olympic Games were far behind schedule as the country wasn’t quite prepared for the enormity of this undertaking. Some athletes who arrived early were target of criminal gangs and forced to leave.

The main body of athletes arrived to find workers still attending to tasks in their rooms like with exposed wiring and bathrooms not working. Then many of the competition facilities weren’t quite complete and

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Travel in a world at war

Updated from 2016

Gaia – The World Tree. How do you want to live?

Why travel and how to stay safe? Actually very few countries are safe, you can get shot or blown up in almost any country and even in relatively safe countries like New Zealand, many foreign drivers die in road accidents through their own negligence.

With the spread of terrorism, some people are becoming afraid just to go to work let alone travel. The violence the Middle East continues to escalate with recent attacks in Paris, Egypt and Turkey as Europe struggles to maintain law and order due to the influx of refugees.

Therefore, wherever you go in the world your own safety

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Zika virus

The ‘new’ fear and concern for the Rio Olympics

The mosquito that spreads Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

Zika virus has headlined in the news (January 2016) and it’s being blamed for spreading Microcephaly, a birth defect occurring in thousands of newborn children particularly in Brazil. Although Zika virus is not a killer, it provokes an emotional reaction because the associated spread of Microcephaly affects our ability to reproduce.

“While zika seems to be spreading in the wild, it is also a registered – patented organism that can be purchased by almost anyone, so why has the issue of patent ownership of the Zika virus not been the object of media

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Acai Berry

A traditional food re-labelled as a superfood

Acai Berry is a rainforest berry that grows on Euterpe oleracea palm trees in the Amazon basin. This dark purple berry that looks like a blueberry and has a fruity taste with a hint of chocolate. For centuries the local inhabitants have used the acai berry as a staple part of their diet, but over the last decade the berry has become popular in the coastal cities of Brazil and acai smoothies popular in Brazilian beach culture.

The berry is eaten by fitness enthusiasts and athletes for its energizing and detoxifying properties. With high levels of antioxidants and cholesterol fighting fatty acids, the Amazonian acai berry has been hailed as the new superfood

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Mysterious Rapanui

Easter Island unveiled

It is said that the Polynesians arrived in Easter island less than 2000 years ago but for the Moai to be buried to their current depth by natural means, that is by the natural accumulation of soil would take a minimum of 20,000 years.

Given the inscriptions on the Moai which seem to have no connection to any Pacific peoples and at first glance seem to be more related to places like Gobekly Tepe in Syria it seems highly unlikely that the Polynesians had anything to do with their creation and they probably invented a mythology to explain their existence.

It is thought that in the distant past that Rapanui was not just one island but a

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Sint Maarten & St Martin

A Decadent Caribbean Resort

The South side is Dutch.

This small divided island in the French West Indies is located on the outer or Atlantic fringe of the Caribbean islands. It’s almost a 100 miles from the British Virgin Islands and 5 miles from Anguilla. The northern half of Saint Martin is a French dependency and the southern half known as St Maarten (Sint Maarten) is administered by the Dutch.

It is here on Maho beach that plane spotters accumulate as the planes almost touch the beach as they land as in the image below right.

The entire island is only about 15 kms wide and 13 kms from north to south and can be traversed in an hour

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Bermuda

A remote retreat

Hamilton Bay Bahamas by Exist

Pack your Bermuda shorts and head 1500 km (1000 miles) off the Florida coast, 1250 kms (750 miles) from Philadelphia and over 5,500 kms (3500 miles) from London to this remote island getaway.

Bermuda is a popular sub tropical resort destination. The rich and famous enjoy the island as a retreat and it has a romantic ambience making it a good honeymoon destination, but it’s also a popular stop for cruise liners.

A British administered territory and one they didn’t steal off anyone, Bermuda is perhaps more renowned as being the apex of the Bermuda Triangle, a mysterious region where ships and planes

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Nakationing - A new buzz word

Holidays in the buff

Naturist Girls

Do you find packing for holidays a bit of a struggle? Then maybe nakationing is for you!

In addition to the clothes free beaches that feature in most countries, there is a growing clothing-optional tourism industry with over 250 nudist resorts and clubs around the world.

Some are family friendly, but most are adult only catering to swingers and may have erotic themes. But don’t let that put you off because people are flocking to this holiday option in ever greater numbers.

A new trend is toward the many cruises that offer clothing-optional travel. This has expanded from one ship in 1992 to about 50 ships and an estimated 40,000 people in 2015.

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Cuba

Ye Olde Island Paradise

What are you waiting for?

150 km south of Florida lies the island nation of Cuba. It is classified as a communist nation and for over 40 years it has been blockaded by the United States of America because it would not acquiesce to United States political and economic policies.

Cuba’s primary exports are Doctors and healthcare services along with tobacco products. It is interesting that while Cuba exports doctors and healthcare services to countries in need, it is classified as a terrorist country by the United States which in itself is currently engaged in more than 150 conflicts all around the world and is responsible for the deaths of many millions

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