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Which Shoes Are the Most Comfortable for Long Walks?



Long walks require the right pair to avoid injuries, enhance the performance, and make the walk more comfortable. But what makes the perfect pair of shoes? A proper pair of shoes should be beveled to allow for smooth rolling of feet from the heel to toes, stable to reduce the chances of injury, and snug fit to enhance the walking comfort. 

Besides the basic features above, you should clearly understand your feet size, shape, body weight, and the walking distance to land on the right pair. To save you the hassle, we have selected and reviewed the best walking shoes you can use to achieve your walking needs comfortably. Check them out. 

Find the Most Comfortable Shoes for Long Walks

Cushioned Shoes

Cushioned shoes are the best if you intend to walk for an extended period. The thick cushion provides the right support that you need to keep going. The cushion is usually thick, soft, and strong enough to withstand different heights. The cushion can also help in balancing your body. 

So, how do you choose the right cushioned shoes? These shoes come in many stylish options, and this means that you can always choose the best one for your leg and budget. 

There are five main cushion levels for these shoes. Check them out:

  • Level 5- they provide the best level cushioning for high distance walking /running
  • Level 4- they are great for short and long racing.
  • Level 3- they provide mid-size support and feel. 
  • Level 2- they are incredibly light and are great for competitive racers.
  • Level 1- they are the lightest and the most flexible. The weight is minimal, although they provide the right protection for the feet.

Understand the various options and choose the most versatile and fit for your needs. 

Walking Boots

Are you planning to take a long walk during the rainy season? If yes, then the walking boots are the best option for you. Unlike the other shoes, the walking boots are water-resistant, which means that you can comfortably pass on mud without you getting dirty or feeling the effects of water. Besides keeping your feet dry, the walking boots come in many stylish and fashionable colors, which give you a sassy look. 

Also, you can choose the ideal length which you would like for the boot. For instance, you may opt for knee-length boots or ankle boots. They come in many materials too, although leather is the standard option. So, don’t struggle to walk in the rainy season again. Get yourself the best walking boot to enjoy your hike while still keeping safe. 

Walking Wedges

If you are a lady and you don’t like the idea of walking in sport’s shoes or the shoes mentioned above, then the wedge would be the ideal option. When compared to heels, the wedges are more supportive to the body. The bottom part is usually flat, which means that you can quickly move well in different terrains without developing blisters and other adverse effects on your feet. 

Besides the stability, the wedge heels are fashionable. They fit well with both skirts and trousers, unlike many sports shoes which are only limited to pants. They also come in many colors, meaning that you can always choose the best color, which matches the other aspects of your clothing. However, you should only choose the walking wedges if you have worn them before, and you can comfortably use them for a long distance. You should also select the lower-heeled- wedge because it would be more comfortable to walk in.  

Walking Sandals

We cannot end the list without mentioning sandals. Sandals can be excellent walking shoes depending on their make and material. You only need to choose the right size for your leg and understand the terrain to choose the best. Like the other walking shoes, the walking sandals come in many materials too. This means that you can get leather, walking shoes, plastic, and so on. For comfortability, choose the walking sandal that fits you well and adjustable to fit your leg’s size.

There are many types of walking shoes, but the above are the main ones. So don’t suffer in silence; choose the right shoe according to your body size, your needs, and your budget. The right pair of shoes will perfect your walking style and speed and make you enjoy your outdoor adventure. However, note that the selection process can be overwhelming. You need to understand your feet size, your walking needs, and the different features which make an excellent walking shoe. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help in choosing the right walking shoe.

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




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




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.”

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?




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.

What do you think of Aer Lingus starting transatlantic services from Manchester? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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