National Geographic – Photos of 2013

Some of the best photos of 2013 as chosen by National Geographic

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2013/dec/19/national-geographic-best-travel-photos-of-2013#/?picture=425279741&index=9

Self-publishing

Just in case you thought self-publishing was a 21st-century phenomenon read the following article. On December 16, 1901, a 35-year-old British writer and illustrator printed 250 copies of her first book, featuring a bad bunny rabbit.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/dec/17/beatrix-potter-peter-rabbit-self-publishing

Be inspired that she didn’t give up and that she believed in herself as an author.

Travel Photographer of the Year

For some of the finest travel photography of 2013, please follow the link below

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2013/dec/17/travel-photographer-of-the-year-2013

Sports the Olympics Forgot – The Anti-Pope Games, Avignon, France

The Papal Bullfighting Contest has taken place since 1523 and is the oldest sport featured at the Anti-Pope Games. The bullfighters, dressed in a monk’s outfit similar to that of Martin Luther, have to place a copy of The Ninety-Five Theses, written by Luther, over each of the horns of the bull. They also have to knock off the Papal Tiara, a jewelled, three-tiered crown used at Papal coronations from 1305 through 1963, that is fixed to the head of the bull. The person who performs these tasks in the quickest time wins the prize of a set of steak knives that are embedded in a wooden block shaped like a Papal Mitre. This is a toned-down version of the original first prize, which was a blood-coloured Papal Mitre stabbed through with a dagger.

@WorkerJulian “Sports the Olympics Forgot”

Curling Pool – New Olympic sport in 2018?

This rock ‘em, sock ‘em game was created to add to the allure of curling and is a real favourite with curlers who’ve had a bad day at the office. Curling pool can combine the precision of curling with the skills of pool to make an event that everyone can appreciate.

Players use the same size rink as now and curl over the same distance. However, the aim of Curling Pool is to sink stones into one of the six ice pockets cut into the edge of the house at each end of the curling rink. There are three holes on each side of the house, worth one, two, and three points – the nearer the hole is to the curler the more difficult it is to sink a stone, so a higher number of points is awarded. Curlers have to bounce their stones into pockets via at least one other stone for the pocketed stone to count.

Further details can be found in the forthcoming book “Sports the Olympics Forgot”.

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Travel tips – Walking in Rio de Janeiro and Visiting Lapland

If you’re planning on visiting Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 World Cup here’s an excellent article on walking through Rio http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/nov/29/rio-de-janeiro-walking-world-megacities

 If you’re more interested in meeting Santa Claus in Lapland then this article is for you.

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/travellers-guide-lapland–drive-huskies-meet-santa-claus-and-try-to-catch-the-northern-lights-8956594.html

Help The Philippines by visiting in 2014

Help The Philippines by visiting the country in 2014 – here are some excellent suggestions for your trip – http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/nov/27/philippines-best-islands-after-typhoon-haiyan-tourists

I have always wanted to see the terraces in Banaue on North Luzon, but I had never heard of Bohol’s most famous attraction – the surreal Chocolate Hills: over 1,500 mounds formed by coral deposits sculpted by the wind and rain.

Books of the Year 2013

From The Guardian – various author’s Books of The Year – a sure sign that Christmas is coming.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/23/mantel-franzen-catton-writers-critics-best-books-2013

Personally, I have read none of the recommended books – mea culpa.

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