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There’s always so much to do.

So much to do and too little time to do it all. I find myself frequently overwhelmed, wondering how can I get ahead? Is this something you find yourself wondering too? It’s like a never ending enigma: if I can just get ahead of this project, then I’ll have the extra time to go do what I want.

Yes! How exciting, doing what I want. The dream, right? To live free, doing whatever I please. Yeah, great. Except… what is that?

What on earth do I want? It seems so simple, so easy. And yet, it’s the hardest question. Even if I do get ahead, getting all that work done early, I find myself just sitting here. Sure, put on some Netflix. Relax – take a break, “I really earned it.” But, that’s not what I really wanted. I’m just sitting on the couch with the tv because it’s convenient. And I’m tired. And then when I’m fifty I’ll look back at the exhilarating rush of a life I lived on the couch binging on all the cool adventures I’m not a part of.

Yeah, no that’s not going to fly. I’m going to do something. How can I find out what I want to do?

That was then. Now, I know the answer. I found it. And, believe it or not, my inspiration came from the strangest of places.

It all started when I looked into things to do in Gatlinburg

It was seemingly counterintuitive at first but I really found it. Really, what I needed was to get away. I needed a vacation. Okay, yeah, sure, who doesn’t? But seriously, I needed to stop. I really needed to put it all down. Those projects – they’re never ending. Literally. There’s always a new one every week. Everyone needs something, and the whole world is screaming “what can you do for me?”

No wonder I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do.

How can you hear the little voice inside that’s guiding you to your vision? Your dreams come true? All that corny stuff – when real life is blaring it all away on blast. You have to get away. You just have to stop.

So I did. I decided to take a moment away from the madness. I turned to the mountains. You know, the Smoky mountains really are something special. They’re beautiful in the summer – and when fall comes around – don’t get me started. Their stunning canopies gave me the change of scenery I needed. My eyes felt like they were healing – my vision returning from being dulled away by my MacBook’s constant screen light.

“Yeah.” I remember thinking to myself. “Those websites can wait. That new page will get done.” And I took off on my very own mountain adventure. It was just like those shows. Well, minus the action packed explosions and romantic tragedies I guess. But the scenery was everything I could imagine – and more. And the best part: It was quiet. Peaceful. Stress free. No pressure, no deadlines. Nobody to impress. No standards to meet. No debug updates due by lunch.

It’s a funny feeling too. It will really change your life. Your worldview. You don’t realize how much of what you’re doing isn’t actually what you wanted – until you stop to see what it is you actually wanted to do. And of course you won’t believe it at first. I didn’t. I wouldn’t blame anyone for saying they’re fine where they’re at – they’re comfortable. I get it. But you have to see it, you have to experience it. Once you do, you’ll never go back. You won’t understand how you lived any other way. I’m serious.

It’s not easy, no. You have to be brave. Just like the protagonist. You have to take risks. And let’s be serious – risks don’t sell. They’re scary, and why do anything different from what you know works out? But… you know what’s worse?

A mid life crisis filled with compensation when you realize you slept your whole life away helping somebody else accomplish their dreams.

Yeouch.

Seriously. Take the risk now. Start your dream business. Take that free time you have and use it to do what you actually want. How? Take some time and get away. Get far away – like the Smoky Mountains – perfect. Put your phone away. Your boss won’t die. Your life, your way, is worth more than their immediate concern. They’ll live. Afterall, they’re living their dream. And if they’re not, they’re probably miserable then and need to find their true desires too! Put that bitterness away. Seriously, all that “I can’t have that” or “there’s no such thing as love” or “It’s too much.” What would happen if Luke Skywalker said that? Frodo? Walter White? I mean, shoot, Breaking Bad would have ended episode one with that kind of logic. Same goes for those  Disney classics – Aladdin, Lion King, Frozen, you name it. Yeah, you know, I too love a good story about somebody doing what they’re told and never going after what they want.

See? That doesn’t feel good. So take that step. Get away for a bit. Find yourself. It’s not cheesy – it’s reality. You’re always living yourself, so get to know what that is. What do you actually feel like doing? Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with taking a day to binge some It’s Always Sunny and – I’m never not gonna binge The Office at least once a year. Please, what a classic. But the point is – you also want something more. And deep down you know it. So find a nice vacation spot – like those Smoky Mountains. Get started. Live for yourself. Your boss isn’t going anywhere. There’s always another job. Really. Don’t fall for their scare tactics, you’ll be fine. I promise. Do what you want for once. Find out what that is. I bet it’s awesome. I know my dreams are. No doubt yours have to be too.

Go get ‘em

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?

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People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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By: The Flight Detective
Title: What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?
Sourced From: travelupdate.com/ansett-airlines-inflight-bar-menu/
Published Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:03:14 +0000

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?

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The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

By: Elizabeth Preston
Title: These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/science/shrimp-parade-thailand.html
Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:02:07 +0000

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?

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There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.



Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

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Title: Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?
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