Will outdoor fun dry up in parched California?
The effects of low precipitation are likely to hit hikers, birders and other enthusiasts into summer and maybe fall. But it also could mean earlier access to higher-elevation sites.
TripShock announces new events and things to do during Easter week in Destin, FL.
Destin, FL (PRWEB) March 23, 2012
Travel website TripShock.com is gearing up for another family friendly Easter week in Destin, FL. Around this time every year, HarborWalk Village invites Florida locals and visitors to do something fun and exciting for families of all ages. This particular Easter event, “Visit with the Easter Bunny” is going to be held at HarborWalk Village on April 8th, 2012.
Enjoy a delicious a la carte Easter brunch with the whole family at Grande Vista Bar and Grill from 10 AM- 2 PM. Then hop on down to HarborWalk Village from 2-4PM for all the fun kid friendly Easter activities. Don’t forget the most important of all: getting a picture with the Easter Bunny, courtesy of HD Action Photography.
Whether a Destin local or just visiting the Destin area, check out some of the spectacular deals and promotions TripShock is offering right now
How about renting a private Sailboat charter for an afternoon to sail the beautiful harbor and the Gulf Coast? Catch a few fish, anchor up to snorkel around the bay, or maybe just sit back, relax and take in that salty fresh breeze.
Another great activity during Easter week is parasailing. Parasailing is a fun and adventurous activity for just about any family. There is nothing quite like the thrill of getting that bird’s eye view of the dolphins, sea turtles, and sometimes even sea rays playing in their natural habitat! Visit http://www.TripShock.com to start making memories today.
TripShock! is the one and only travel agency that enables travelers to book accommodations, tours, and activities online directly for the Northern Gulf Coast. TripShock! offers trusted reviews from real travelers, photos, videos and other planning tools to help create the perfect Gulf Coast vacation. TripShock! attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually and partners with over 100 activity and lodging providers from Florida to Louisiana.
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A New York pop-rock trio with a spunky and theatrical side, fun. began when singer Nate Ruess was coming off the breakup of his long-running band The Format. He invited Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train to join him in creating a new project, and within a week the three were together on the East Coast, hashing out melodies and instrumentation. Just a few years later, fun. has released two full-length albums, collaborated with Janelle Monae and Panic at the Disco, and topped the charts with its infectious single “We Are Young.”
How A Band Called ‘Fun.’ Found Its Way To No. 1
Some Nights, fun.’s new album, is a worldwide left-field success, and “We Are Young,” recorded with Monae, has already become one of 2012′s signature anthems. The record was produced by Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Beyonce), who helped hone its bold mix of indie pop, theatrical rock and even hip-hop.
In this interview, the members of fun. discuss their use of AutoTune with host David Dye, while Ruess describes the trio’s chemistry. And, of course, the band plays songs from Some Nights, including “We Are Young.”
RoadFish.com mens lifestyle and finance magazine offers timely tips, suggestions and ideas if traveling or moving to London.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 24, 2012
RoadFish.com men’s lifestyle and finance magazine explores the perks to travel or even move to the beautiful, elegant, and culturally rich United Kingdom. Many of RoadFish.com’s colleagues, friends, and even family members reside in Great Britain, and the men’s lifestyle and finance magazine today discussed ways for locals and tourists to travel, live or even move within England’s stunning capital city.
RoadFish.com’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “As a company, we work with and have so many relationships with British-born natives. Interacting with them every day and learning the ‘local’ takes on England makes it hard not to look at this awesome nation and not dream of traveling or living there someday. There is so much that London has to offer.”
Among the many perks on RoadFish’s “move to London” list, England’s capital city happens to be next to New York City and Tokyo as being one of the world’s leading financial centers, putting it in incredibly good economical position. London is also the world’s 5th largest metropolitan vicinity, and is home to countless museums, galleries and cultural institutions. For folks who are considering moving to or within London, the local estate agents can provide incredibly valuable assistance.
RoadFish.com points out the obvious benefit of visiting or moving to a fellow English-speaking nation. RoadFish.com’s Senior staff writer stated, “When I’ve traveled internationally in the past, it’s always been to non-English speaking countries. I’ve felt vulnerable at times, and the language barrier certainly posed a challenge. I wonder how much I missed out on by not being able to speak the local language. Visiting or moving to England, language is a non-issue.”
There are certainly countless other reasons to visit or tour London. In their article in the Daily News and Analytics, co-writers Ismat Tahseen and Maheka Mirpuri quote the age old saying, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford.” The top ten reasons to visit London, according to this DNA article, are music, Madame Tussauds, Buckingham Palace, the city’s history and architecture, Wimbledon, The Thames, theater, eating out, the nightlife, and the shopping opportunities. It is a city in which culture, business, entertainment, and history.
Lauren Barack of USA Today offers some tips if you are planning on visiting London within the next couple of months. For a March activity in England’s capital city, Barack suggests the Ideal Home Exhibition at the Earls Court Exhibition Center. This year, the Ideal Home Show runs from March 16th through April 1st and features more than 600 exhibitors on topics such as home interiors, home improvements, ideal gardens, food and house wares, gadgets, and even home shows. The Ideal Home Show has been running annually for over 100 years, making for a traditional English activity. If visiting in April, Barack reports that the London Marathon takes place in the middle of the month. The marathon route takes participants along a historical route including such historical spots as Greenwich Park, Westminster Bridge, Isle of Dogs, Victoria Embankment, and St. James’ Park. If on holiday during the week of Easter, Barack recommends the Battersea Park Easter Day Parade and its colorful floats and marching bands, and the Easter Monday horse-drawn carriage procession.
RoadFish.com’s Senior staff writer references the quote typically credited to Ghandi, ‘the world is a book, and those who have not traveled have only read one page.’
This summer, London will host the Summer Olympic Games for the third time (the first two were in 1908 and 1948), making it the first city in the world to have held three summer Olympics.
RoadFish.com is an online mens lifestyle and finance magazine targeted toward men in their 30′s and 40′s that have already attained a moderate level of success in life, and are striving toward more. It goes over current events of interest to this group, such things as exciting adventures, making money, consumer interests, mortgage rate information, and dating tips, as well as ways to make more and save more money. It is a publication owned by Purpose Inc.
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The trouble with all the sneaky Arent I so clever? I found a way for us to display the Ten Commandments bullshit is that it doesnt address all of the issues involved. The broad issue is whether a city or a state displaying the Ten Commandments is implicitly endorsing the merits of the religions that follow them (and the courts usually say that it is). Its also that it puts the state in the business of deciding which Christian denominations are right and, hell, even which book of the Bible is more authoritative than others.
Is that what you want, Christians of Tennessee? For these bozos to be deciding theological matters like Which version of the Ten Commandments is right? Think carefully. Choose the state legislator you least like and then ask if you trust him or her to answer that question correctly.
Southern Beale tackled this issue on her blog back in January. As she points out, even choosing how to number the commandments shows a bias toward one denomination over another.
Think it doesnt matter whether coveting your neighbors wife is forbidden in No. 8 or No. 7? Wars have been fought over this stuff. Families have been torn apart, great schisms have occurred, the Reformation and revolutions. Do we want to reignite this debate? Does anyone seriously think the Anglican or Roman Catholic church wants to let the Southern Baptists decide which one is the right one?
And Id like to add to that. The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Old Testament. Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. Those versions are almost identical. But only almost.
Check out Exodus 20:8-11.
8 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Now check out Deuteronomy 5:12-15.
12 Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the LORD your God has commanded you. 13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. 15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the LORD your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.
So, which is it? Do we endorse the version in which we rest on the seventh day because God did? Or do we endorse the version in which we rest on the seventh day because the Israelites were slaves in Egypt and God freed them?
Or do we put up all versions numbered in various ways, different reasons given, in the preferred translation of whatever local churches raise a stink because the state legislature isnt qualified to be the final authority on which version is right?
See, thats the thing. The First Amendments guarantee of the freedom of religion isnt about preventing religion from meddling in state affairs. Its about protecting religion from being meddled in by the state. There are a lot of snake-oil salesmen in this state who are selling an elixir that says on the label, We are a Christian nation, but the bottle is actually full of a potion designed to let them use the weight of the state to impose their version of Christianity on other Christians.
The state shouldnt be in the business of deciding which Christians are the right ones. And youd think more Christians would be nervous about legislation like this, which opens the doors for the state to make such decisions. But I guess not.
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Eggtastic Fun – Outdoor Easter Trail
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Run by: Basildon Park National Trust
Join us to celebrate Easter during the holidays. Win yourself a prize by solving our Easter trail and explore the house looking for our Basildon Bunnies.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) –
today announced Robert Griffin III, former
Baylor University quarterback, will be featured on the cover of EA
Football 13, set to hit retail shelves on Tuesday, July 10. In
addition to RG3, a fellow Heisman Trophy winner will appear on the cover
of NCAA Football 13 based on a fan vote.
Beginning March 12, fans can log on to the EA SPORTS NCAA
Football Facebook page to vote for one of eight Heisman Trophy
winners to accompany Griffin III on the cover of NCAA Football 13.
The candidates include former University of Southern California running
back Marcus Allen, former Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie, former
The Ohio State University running back Eddie George, former The
University of Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard, former Oklahoma
State University running back Barry Sanders, former University of
Georgia running back Herschel Walker, former Florida State University
quarterback Charlie Ward and former University of Houston quarterback
The first student-athlete from Baylor to win the Heisman Trophy, Robert
Griffin III — popularly known as “RG3″– also won the Davey O’Brien Award
and was named the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year
in 2011. In 2008, RG3 was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Freshman
of the Year by the league’s coaches, setting the school’s rushing yards
record for a freshman and for a quarterback with 843 yards for the
Developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon, and licensed by The
Collegiate Licensing Company, a division of IMG College, NCAA
Football 13 will be available on the Xbox 360(R) video game and
entertainment system and the PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment
system. NCAA Football 13 is available for pre-order now.
EA SPORTS(TM) is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the
world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive
technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital
experiences. EA SPORTS delivers experiences that ignite the emotions of
sport through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden
NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL(R) hockey, NBA basketball,
NCAA(R) Football, Fight Night boxing, EA SPORTS MMA and Tiger
Woods PGA TOUR(R) golf, and EA SPORTS Active.
For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs,
forums and game apps, please visit
to connect, share and compete.
About Electronic Arts
is a global leader in digital interactive
entertainment. The Company’s game franchises are offered as both
packaged goods products and online services delivered through
Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and
tablets. EA has more than 100 million registered players and operates in
In fiscal 2011, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.6 billion.
Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for
critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster franchises such as The
Sims(TM), Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed(TM), Battlefield, and Mass
Effect(TM). More information about EA is available at
EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS Active, The Sims, Need for Speed and Blitz are
trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Mass Effect is a trademark of EA
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NBA, NCAA, Tiger Woods, and PGA TOUR are trademarks of their respective
owners and used with permission. Xbox and Xbox LIVE are trademarks of
the Microsoft group of companies and are used under license from
Microsoft. “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer
Entertainment Inc. Twitter is a registered trademark of Twitter, Inc.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and
universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities
for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member
colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes
compete in NCAA Championships in Division I, II and III sports. For more
information, go to
About The Collegiate Licensing Company
CLC is a division of global sports and entertainment company IMG.
Founded in 1981, CLC is the oldest and largest collegiate trademark
licensing agency in the U.S. and currently represents nearly 200
colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, The Heisman
Trophy and the NCAA. The mission of CLC is to be the guiding force in
collegiate trademark licensing and one of the top sports licensing firms
in the country. CLC is dedicated to being a center of excellence in
providing licensing services of the highest quality to its member
institutions, licensees, retailers and consumers. Headquartered in
Atlanta (Ga.), CLC is a full-service licensing representative, which
employs a staff of more than 80 licensing professionals who provide
full-service capabilities in brand protection, brand management, and
brand development. For more information on CLC, visit:
About NCAA Football
NCAA Football USA, Inc. represents a coalition of the American Football
Coaches Association (AFCA), the Collegiate Commissioners Association
(CCA), the Football Bowl Association (FBA), the National Association of
Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Collegiate
Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF)
and serves as the collective voice to promote college football. NCAA
Football is managed by IMG College, a division of IMG Worldwide. For
more information on NCAA Football, visit
About the Heisman Trophy Trust
The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college
football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of
excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with
diligence, perseverance, and hard work. The Heisman Trophy Trust ensures
the continuation and integrity of this award. The Trust, furthermore,
has a charitable mission to support amateur athletics and to provide
greater opportunities to the youth of our country. Our goal through
these charitable endeavors is for the Heisman Trophy to symbolize the
fostering of a sense of community responsibility and service to our
youth, especially those disadvantaged or afflicted. For more information
on the Heisman Trophy, our charitable mission or for tickets to the
Heisman weekend events please visit
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Everyone knows that dogs are mans best friend, but how good a friend can it be if it cannot speak and you cant communicate with it? Are dogs nice but dim furry creatures who follow us because we feed and praise them, or is there a richer emotional subtext that we are not listening to?
Carol Gurney is an expert in the field of Animal Communication and travels the world teaching people how to speak with their dogs, cats and horses.
For almost 25 years she has taught people how to speak the foreign language of their animals.
Vets, breeders, pet lovers and Hollywood stars have flocked to her to develop the latent skill of tuning into what is going on inside your pets head.
Coming from a no-nonsense Midwestern American farming family, needless to say I approached the idea with a healthy dose of scepticism. Ive had plenty of pets over the years and certainly I have been able to read their moods and wants, but the idea of communicating with pets had me dubious to say the least.
The weekend workshop was appropriately booked to take place in Golden Bay, where the idea of speaking to your animals would not be considered bizarre in comparison with some of the far-out concepts that float around this side of the hill.
After introductions Carol explained the fundamentals of animal communication.
Its like learning to speak a different language, she said. When we meet someone who does not speak our language, we dont assume he doesnt have anything to say or cant communicate. We just cant understand him, and, if we want to communicate, we must either learn his language or use an interpreter.
So far, so good. Having lived in a few foreign countries I could easily get my head round their idea that a lot is communicated beyond the comfortable confines of the English language.
I could even accept the fact that foreign languages take time and just as I would not expect to be conversing in Russian after a weekend workshop, I should manage my expectations and proceed slowly with an open mind.
As we took off our shoes and closed our eyes for a meditation, things started to venture into the ethereal realm of soft voices and waterfall visualisations.
The main factor of animal communication is the ability to listen, which means to become sensitive, to use our intuition, to allow ourselves to really feel as that animal feels, Carol said in dulcet tones.
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is taking its Building America exhibit on the road, or at least out on the rails. The Promontory, a Union Pacific Railroad 1962-vintage baggage car, has been transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling museum. Complete with 13 large, dramatic graphics and the latest in interactive touch video screen technology, the Promontory will immerse visitors in Union Pacific’s 150-year history.
The traveling exhibit is a smaller version of the Building America exhibit that will open at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on May 12, 2012.
Traveling exhibit visitors will have an opportunity to interact with history via a 65-inch touch video screen highlighting many of the 27 communities the car will be visiting in 2012. The video screen features an interactive map showing the Union Pacific system from 1869 to the present. The 150-year railroad timeline, from 1862 to present, also is available in a touch screen kiosk.
Several artifacts from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum will be on display, including:
Archaeological finds from Ft. McPherson, Neb., which was built to protect construction crews from attacks by Great Plains tribal bands;
Replicas of the Golden and Arizona spikes, presented at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869;
Several railroad construction tools and remnants from 1862-1869; and
Stereo cards from Union Pacific’s collection that when viewed through a special device renders them in 19th Century 3-D.
About the Promontory baggage car
The Promontory was built in 1962 by the St. Louis Car Company as postal storage car No. 5779. It is the newest car in Union Pacific’s Heritage Passenger Fleet and was renamed the Promontory in 1993. The car has carpeted walls that have enabled it to be used for displays on various special trains and at community celebrations. When not in use for displays, it is often equipped as an exercise car for long trips.
This car is named for Promontory Summit, Utah, just north of Great Salt Lake and the site selected for the joining of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads. Completion of the railroad-the greatest engineering feat of the 19th century-culminated in a celebration there on May 10, 1869. Promontory Point, often erroneously referred to as the location for the ceremony, juts out into the lake itself. It was the location of a saltworks for many years.
When Edward Harriman began the great rebuilding of the Harriman lines just after the turn of the century, the Lucin Cutoff was built across the Great Salt Lake, bypassing the original line through Promontory Summit. This was designed to move trains across Utah much faster and eliminate the old line around the northern edge of the lake. Promontory Point touches the Lucin Cutoff, and one of the steamboats used during its construction was named Promontory. The original transcontinental line through Promontory was taken up for scrap in 1942.
About the Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Visitors to the Union Pacific Railroad Museum journey through more than 150 years of American history while viewing one of the oldest corporate collections in the nation. Housed in the historic Carnegie Library building in Council Bluffs, Iowa, visitors discover an extensive compilation of artifacts, photographs, documents and equipment from our nation’s most ambitious endeavors – constructing the transcontinental railroad and settling the West, simultaneously chronicled in museum exhibits. Among the most popular museum exhibits are the transcontinental railroad’s construction; “America Travels by Rail,” which celebrates the height of passenger travel; the Lincoln Collection, featuring artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln’s rail car and funeral; and the technology and innovation that sustain Union Pacific as a railroad industry leader. The Union Pacific Railroad Museum also promotes a sense of connectedness shared by generations of people whose personal and family histories have been touched by the railroad.
About Union Pacific
It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America’s iconic companies, today, Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation
, linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America’s infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.
Editor Note: Video and photographs of the transformation of the baggage car and several graphics included in the traveling display are attached to this news release at
www.up.com under the Media section.
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