Monday, December 25, 2017

The 'end game' bucket list

Extreme skiing in Wyoming.

Cliff camping.

Skywalking in the Alps.

Climbing Redwoods. 

Sitting on the Trolltunga rock in Norway.

Jumping on the Trolltunga rock in Norway.

Rock climbing in South Africa.

Ice climbing a frozen waterfall.

Extreme picnicking.

Skywalking on Mount Nimbus in Canada.

Tree camping in Germany.

Just having a look around.

Extreme kayaking at Victoria Falls.

Diving 30 meters through a rock monolith in Portugal.

Climbing Mt. Wellington.

Standing on the Edgewalk in Toronto.

Cycling in Norway.

Sitting around at Yosemite.

Walking over a crevice.

Glacier boarding anywhere.

Biking on the Cliffs of Moher.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I’ve Come to say Goodbye: A Memoir of Friendship, Love and Loss

I've Come to say Goodbye is the story of an incredible friendship between two unlikely people, a 50-something artist and a 32-year-old Indian spice merchant named Tarun. Over a ten-year period the author traveled back and forth to India spending time with Tarun in Udaipur, Rajasthan. She became part of his family and he became like a brother. Through his eyes, she saw and fell in love with India. It is a story that you will fall in love with too.
Written in a warm, conversational style as if the author is sharing a cup of chai with the reader, Barbara's stories are based on years of journeys to India, and diaries of her travels that include sketches and photographs. The author is an artist, and hopes to evoke the same images with her words, as she would with her brush. This is evident in her writing, as she captures the colour, chaos and light of India, creating an image in the mind of the reader.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Autropolis: Driverless cars are here now.


‘Launch of Autropolis: The diverse mobility revolution’

The next ‘big thing’ according to eminent economist and future strategist, Brian Haratsis, is the autonomous vehicle (AV). It will change not only the way we move about, but where we live, how we shop, property values and employment opportunities.

AVs are the future and the future is here now, says Haratsis, who will launch his book, ‘Autropolis, the diverse mobility revolution’ at the 2nd International Driverless Vehicle Summit 2017 in Adelaide on Thursday November 16.

Mr. Haratsis, who is a co-chair of the Policy and Risk Committee for the Australian Driverless Vehicles Initiative congratulates South Australia who are leading the country in the push toward self-driving cars. South Australia was the first state to allow on-road trials of driverless cars and is currently working with a number of partners on a expanding a range of AV services.

Bigger than PCs and bigger than smartphones, the mobility revolution of autonomous vehicles has already been set in motion within Australia, and is set to revolutionise the world as we know it. Autropolis is a key first step in understanding and learning how to harness the great benefits this new technology holds.

Autropolis outlines the opportunities and benefits that are likely to result from a well-considered introduction of autonomous vehicles, , along with providing a rich context and rationale for the accelerated introduction of AVs.

“The book is about understanding how autonomous vehicles can be managed, controlled and utilised in the context of social, economic and environmental outcomes because if we don’t do it that way we will run into another freeway building era,” says Haratsis.

“Business opportunities will be revolutionised, particularly within the property, IT telecommunications, retail, finance, car sales and parking industries,” says Brian. This book is a must read for urban developers, engineers, architects, planners, business owners and the general community to understand, participate in and influence this potentially cataclysmic upheaval of personal lifestyle and business practices.

“AVs will deliver new jobs as well as high levels of productivity. They are a critical component and facilitator of Australia’s emerging global service economy and changing industry structure. Australia will participate in a new globalised car industry. If Australia can achieve an early mover advantage, this will mean around 16,000 new jobs and up to 15 billion dollars’ worth of private investment per annum. What this will do for Australia is position us as a global leader in the development of tech cities post 2030.”

“AVs will transform Australia in ways unimaged because AVs include not only passenger and freight vehicles but also terrestrial delivery vehicles and air based drones. AVs will also revolutionise the world not only in terms of physical connectedness but also through accelerated development of Artificial Intelligence. The challenge is to harness the AV revolution, to maximise the exciting and unexpected benefits for all Australians.

This was one of the key points driving Brian Haratsis to write Autropolis and why he is passionate about sharing it with businesses and the community alike.


Brian Haratsis is an economist and future strategist with over 30 years’ experience as an advisor, focusing on economic forecasting as it relates to private sector property, communities, tourism and social. He is the Executive Chairman of Macroplan Dimasi, current Chairman of the Australian Driverless Vehicles Initiative and is regularly asked to provide comment in the press.

Autropolis: How and When Automated Vehicles Will Transform Australia and Why it Matters is available for sale at for $39.95 for hardcopy - $9.95 for e-book.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Heidi Klum's Epic Halloween Accommodation

We have the inside scoop on Heidi Klum's Halloween Hideaway, because helped her behind the scenes! They offered her a home away from home on her favorite night of the year, Heidi was provided with the ultimate setting prior to turning heads (and breaking the internet) in her unexpected costume.

With all eyes on the celeb-sensation's famous annual party, Heidi has been forced to step up her game each time, and she wasn't afraid to go the extra mile for her celebrity-adorned bash this year. Seeking the perfect place to get ready for her big event, had everything the reigning "Queen of Halloween" required as she prepped for her much anticipated costume reveal – a modern, 3-bedroom penthouse in a SoHo Gallery Building with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.

With its wide choice of incredible places to stay and unique properties – from villas and apartments to hotels – was Heidi's go-to site when booking her location for Halloween prep:

  • 94 Thompson Street not only afforded the high-profile privacy Heidi needed, but the grandeur that she loves
  • The property, which sleeps 10 and even has a glass-enclosed Zen garden in the living room, is $20,000 per night.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lamborghini Looks Back on its First SUV: The LM002

Twenty-five years after the legendary LM002 ceased production, Automobili Lamborghini will launch the Urus on 4 December 2017 in Sant'Agata Bolognese, again creating a new class of Super SUVs. In advance of the Urus world premier Automobili Lamborghini looks back on its SUV legacy in order to recall an extraordinary automobile.

The black LM002 (chassis #12231) from the Lamborghini museum, entirely-restored by the classic department Lamborghini Polo Storico represents Lamborghini's original SUV creation: the LM002 is widely considered as the father of luxury SUVs. Turning heads in sophisticated city streets, the LM002 was equally at home in dirt, gravel and snow.

The LM 002's development started as a project to develop a high performance off-road vehicle for military use at the end of the 1970s, with the name of Cheetah. Lamborghini engineer Giulio Alfieri resurrected the project in 1981 with the LM 001: an innovative concept with a rear-mounted engine, followed by the LMA prototype with a front-mounted powertrain. The final production model of the LM002 was first presented at the Brussels Auto Show in 1986, consolidating the final design: the V12 engine from the Countach Quattrovalvole provided a 5,167 cc capacity and 450 hp at 6,800 rpm.

In an aluminum and fiberglass body, with four-wheel drive transmission, transfer case and three self-locking differentials, the SUV could exceed gradients of 120%. Reaching speeds of more than 200 km/h, the LM002 was equipped with specially-developed Pirelli Scorpion tyres, allowing 'floating' capabilities across soft surfaces such as sand, and highly durable in hot conditions. The production of the bodies started in a company near Bilbao (Spain). Then the semi- assembled parts were shipped to Sant'Agata Bolognese for completion with the powertrain, mechanical parts, finishing, testing and delivery. A luxurious interior matching the individual needs of the customer completed the LM 002.

The LM002 attracted significant attention when launched, as a vehicle unlike any other, with performance to match its super sports car stablemates as well as significant off-road capabilities and an imposing design and presence. A total of 300 were produced from 1986 to 1992.

Like the LM002, the Urus will create a new Super SUV class of its own, with exceptional power and torque, distinctive design and a very significant presence. The Urus assures exceptional road-going dynamics, performance and luxury and like the LM002, has exceptional capabilities on off-road terrains, including sand.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Imagine living in an airport for 30 days


Would you survive?

If you’re stuck inside Helsinki Airport, you will. And the airport wants to prove that you’ll even enjoy your stay by launching the interestingly named #LIFEINHEL, featuring Chinese actor Ryan Zhu. Starting October 10, the dashing 33-year-old Zhu will live in a dinky cabin inside the airport, where he will need to face a different challenge every day. He’ll also get to shop at the duty free section, eat at its numerous restaurants, and have the occasional power nap at the airport’s sleeping pods.

For comprehensive travel and visitor information for Helsinki:

Source: DestinAsian

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Bart Cummings Trophy Collection unveiled at Flemington

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) today unveiled The Bart Cummings Trophy Collection in Saintly Place, ahead of the collection's official opening to the public on Seppelt Turnbull Stakes Day this Saturday.

The permanent trackside display dedicated to the Cups King features 149 notable trophies and awards including the Melbourne Cup won by the Cummings-bred and trained Saintly in 1996, alongside his 12 Melbourne Cup trainer's trophies, two Caulfield Cups won by Ming Dynasty in 1977 and 1980, and four Cox Plates won by Saintly in 1996, Dane Ripper in 1997 and So You Think in 2009 and 2010.

VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott said the new display, free to visit for all racegoers, was a fitting tribute to Australia's most famous and loved horse trainer.

"We are deeply honoured and thankful to Bart and the Cummings family for bequeathing this immensely important collection to the Club," she said.

"The collection is not only a homage to Cummings' unparalleled feats as a trainer, but his enduring relationships with family, jockeys, owners and horses.

"It delivers a fascinating insight into his story, charting his stratospheric rise from provincial cups to the ultimate race in the world, the Emirates Melbourne Cup, and it is fitting that the collection is on show for all to see in Saintly Place, a general admission area overlooking the Flemington winning post, the scene of 83 of Cummings' Group 1 wins.

"It is an important part of not only the Cummings family history but Australian sporting history, and it is fitting that it is housed at Flemington, the track that made Bart famous.

"I'm sure racing enthusiasts and the public alike who all knew and loved Bart will absolutely relish the opportunity to come to this beautiful racecourse and view one of the great trophy collections of the world."

The trophies and awards had been displayed in the Cummings family home, including cabinets in the family's formal dining room and offices at Princess Farm.

The collection includes statues made of bronze, trophies and presentation plates of sterling silver and gold, crystal pieces and silk presentation sashes.

Plans for their installation in Saintly Place were made prior to Cummings' death in 2015 and were endorsed by Cummings.

Bart's son, trainer Anthony Cummings, said the family was pleased the collection was on show for the wider public.

"We're delighted that the collection is being housed at Flemington, so we along with the wider racing public can enjoy and remember Bart's extraordinary feats for years to come," he said.

"Bart typically avoided fuss, but he was delighted for this tribute to be at Flemington and we're pleased to be part of the collection's unveiling."

Cummings' 11th Melbourne Cup winner, Rogan Josh, watched the unveiling from the Flemington front lawn, visiting from his home at Living Legends.

He was joined by Precedence, the last Cup runner for Cummings in 2014 and the first he shared with grandson James. Precedence is now enjoying a successful post-racing career as a show horse, and is partly owned by long-time Cummings foreman Reg Fleming.

The Bart Cummings Trophy Collection is housed in Saintly Place, a general admission area named in honour of Cummings' Flemington stable facility which operated until 2014. The stables housed the likes of So You Think, Hyperno, Let's Elope, Viewed, Think Big, Leilani, Kingston Rule and, of course, Saintly.

The general admission area underwent a million dollar renovation in 2016 funded in partnership with the Victorian Racing Industry Fund, itself largely funded through unclaimed dividends. It is open every Flemington raceday, and entry is free for all racegoers. |

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