Thursday, September 3, 2015

Amsterdam's Wonderfully Quirky Sleeping Pods On Centre Island...

Urban Campsite Amsterdam is located in the Centrumeiland or Centre Island, which is an artificial peninsular created with layers of sand. It's a temporary home to these wonderfully quirky sleeping pods which are also an open-air exhibition for the public to view.
Various designers were commissioned to create fourteen mobile structures for sleeping in...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

German College Student Leone Muller Chooses To Live Life As A Train Nomad...

Presented suddenly with options she hadn't and wouldn't have considered without a dispute with her landlord causing her to move from her apartment, twenty three year old student Leone Muller realised she didn't want to live in a normal accommodation anyway.
She didn't want to live anywhere.
She wanted to be free
So she purchased a subscription which allows her to travel on any train in Germany with no other cost. And the price was much less than what she was paying in rent.
Now Leone is a 'train nomad', washing her hair in the train bathroom and doing her college work and a blog on her new life choice while traveling at a hundred and something miles an hour. Her life's needs like clothes, computer and bathroom essentials fit into a small backpack.
Apart from saving money on rent, she's realising that downsizing and living simply has wonderful advantages. She hopes that what she's doing will inspire others to question their habits and what they consider to be acceptable,
'normal' behaviour.
Why be normal she says. Be you...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

On The Same Team...

These two avid baseball fans may cheer for different teams, she for the Giants and he for the Cardinals but Carol and Warren Reckmeyer have been on the same team since June 1952. And proud of it. It's good they can still remember which side of the other to walk on...

Monday, August 31, 2015

Usain Bolt Tells The Secret Of How To Run One Hundred Meters in 9.79 Seconds...

Usain Bolt is the world's fastest runner.
On August 23 at the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing the twenty nine year old Jamaican won the men's 100m final of the World Athletics Championship in a time of 9.79 seconds.
It wasn't as fast as his seriously fast 9.69 second win in 2008 but hey, it's still really quite speedy.
Having a drink with him after the race I asked him the secret to running so fast.
Lowering his voice he leaned forward in an almost conspiratorial manner, looked me in the eye and said Keith, you have to move your feet very very quickly.
Wow! Such a simple concept.
A secret of the universe was now revealed.
All I could do was nod slowly,...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ever Wonder Why Some Pharmaceuticals Are So Very Expensive...

These extravagant interiors with their fully carved wood corridors, gold foil inlays, crystal chandelier and massive marble columns are part of the offices of the state owned Harbin Pharmaceutical Group in China's Heilongjiang Provence.
Said to be built on the pain of millions of suffering patients, it's a distasteful reminder of why the Chinese people can't afford to go to the doctor for prescription medicines.
A bitter pill to swallow...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Good News Is A Giant Asteroid Will Not Hit Planet Earth Next Week...

NASA has denied viral internet claims that an asteroid will crash into Earth next week.
The predictions were first made by biblical theorists who claimed a space rock will wipe out parts of North and South America
some time next month.
NASA's Paul Chodas, manager of the space agency in Pasadena California especially contacted The Flying Tortoise to allay fears and say there's no scientific basis let alone any shred of evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial will destroy parts of our planet
in September.
He didn't mention October though...

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Little Neighbourhood Of Las Palmitas Has Become Mexico's Biggest Piece of Graffiti Art...

It used to be that the little neighbourhood of Las Palmitas in Pachuca, a hundred or so miles from Mexico City was known only as a poor and violent community.
But now, thanks to the efforts of the local and national government bodies, organised graffiti artists have executed the biggest mural in Mexico and restored some pride back to the folk of the now very colourful community.
We painted two hundred and nine homes said the project director Enrique Gomez. It's been a community effort as each household participated in some way.
Way to go Las Palmitas.
If you can dream it, you can do it...