Tag Archives: UK

The global network of subsea digital communication cables and the coastal hub cities that stand to benefit from them

Despite the fanfare surrounding satellite networks, subsea cables still transmit 99 percent of all data between continents. Much like the interstate highway system, airline networks, and railways, undersea global communication cables form a hub and spoke system, albeit being somewhat … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tunes: Chronology of my favorite music artists

Below is a table identifying my favorite musical artists over the years. As can be seen, they vary from time to time, with some appearing more than once. Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Weezer, The Stills, and Wolf Alice have all accomplished … Continue reading

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Wolf Alice proves that great rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well

London-based rock band Wolf Alice released their third full-length album, Blue Weekend, on June 4th to rave reviews by their fans and by the critics. In fact, as of June 6th, Blue Weekend has the highest composite score on Metacritic … Continue reading

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The UK’s loneliest commercial airports

http:// Many are familiar with crowded international airports in the United Kingdom like London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, City, and Luton; as well as Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. However, the following list identifies the ten (10) least busy (loneliest) commercial airports … Continue reading

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“Shakespearean” cities

Below is a partial list of those cities that incorporate some aspect of Shakespearean lore in their name, either directly or indirectly, as well as by intention or accident. Names include, but are not limited to characters in his plays, … Continue reading

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No place better on Earth than “Up North” in the summertime

We spent the past week in Mother Earth’s idyllic playground – also known as the Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan, centered around Traverse City. I have yet to find a photograph or painting that adequately depicts the visual beauty and … Continue reading

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Wolf Alice kills it with their debut release

Every now and then a new band comes along that alters the course of modern music while also raising the threshold for all future bands to try to attain. Examples from the past include The Beatles, U2, Radiohead, and Nirvana. … Continue reading

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Temples enshrine the psychedelic era…and more

I discovered Temples listening to Impact 89fm – Michigan State University’s student radio station when they played the richly 1960’esque “Shelter Song.” As the first track on their debut full-length album, Sun Structures, the song aptly introduces Temples and a … Continue reading

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Sky-high Ferris wheels – latest urban fad?

Until the past few days, I had not realized how many cities have added an enormous Ferris wheel as an urban attraction. Yes, I knew of the London Eye and even visited it myself in 2008, though the queue and … Continue reading

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‘The long and winding road’ to fame – “The Beatles: All These Years”

Published in October, 2013,The Beatles: All These Years: Tune In by author Mark Lewisohn, is part one of an enormous literary trilogy. The book summarizes the years leading up to the Beatles becoming worldwide musical superstars -part one is more than … Continue reading

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