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National Geographic and First Bankcard Launch New Visa® Card with Exclusive Discounts, Special Access and Member Benefits

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 17:35

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2015)—The National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, and First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha and a leading issuer of credit cards, announce the launch of the new National Geographic Visa® Card. Cardholders earn exclusive savings on National Geographic products and experiences while supporting the Society’s global exploration, conservation, research and education programs with every purchase.

The National Geographic Visa Card enables consumers to forge a deeper relationship with the National Geographic Society and the more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects the Society has funded. Cardholders receive a 12-month digital subscription to National Geographic magazine and the “Inside Nat Geo” newsletter, providing early access to the latest National Geographic news and videos. Cardholders can also take advantage of preferred pricing on merchandise and National Geographic Expeditions as well as other members-only deals and discounts.

“For more than a century, National Geographic explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “Together with First Bankcard, we’ve created an innovative program that encourages consumers to explore with us by providing meaningful travel benefits, unique access to our content, membership benefits and relevant discounts. Through this program, cardholders will help support the work of National Geographic explorers, grantees and photographers across the globe.”

At launch, consumers will be able to select the image on their card from five iconic photographs from the world-renowned National Geographic archive. In the coming months, National Geographic will be rolling out a custom card option that enables consumers to submit their own images as their featured card art.

“We’re thrilled to work in partnership with National Geographic to enhance its vital conservation, exploration and education efforts throughout the world,” said Stephen F. Eulie, president of First Bankcard. “This is a unique opportunity to support the Society’s great mission and provide flexible, custom solutions that add value and drive results for National Geographic to better serve and engage its members.”

National Geographic Visa cardholders earn two points per dollar on purchases through National Geographic and one point per dollar on all other purchases. Additionally, customers who spend a minimum of $1,500 with the card during the first three billing cycles are eligible to receive 5,000 bonus points. The Maximum Rewards® platform provides a wide range of options to redeem points, including merchandise, gift cards, travel and cash back as statement credit. National Geographic products and experiences will be added at a later date.

National Geographic’s net proceeds support its nonprofit work in exploration, conservation, research and education.

For more information or to apply for the National Geographic Visa Card, visit www.firstbankcard.com/natgeo.

Editor’s Note: Downloadable images of the new cards are available at http://press.nationalgeographic.com/downloads/ng_visa_card (user name and password: press).

About the National Geographic Society

National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Each year, we fund hundreds of research, conservation and education programs around the globe. Every month, we reach more than 625 million people through a wide range of media, including digital, print and TV. Our work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism and education initiatives is supported through donations, purchases and memberships. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About First Bankcard

First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha, is a leader in the credit card partnership arena, serving approximately 400 financial institutions, co-brand and affinity partners nationwide. For 60 years, First Bankcard has offered quality products and superior service to help its customers achieve their goals. Visit www.firstbankcard.com for more information.

About First National Bank of Omaha

First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have $19 billion in managed assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

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MISSION TO MARS: My Vision for Space Exploration

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:52

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2015)—New in paperback from National Geographic, MISSION TO MARS: My Vision for Space Exploration (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1468-4; on sale May 5, 2015; $14.95; paperback), by celebrated astronaut and best-selling author Buzz Aldrin and space journalist Leonard David, boldly advocates continuing exploration of our solar system. The book, with a foreword by Aldrin’s son Andrew, lays out Aldrin’s goals for the space program and his belief that we can get humans to Mars by the 2030s, a vision shared by President Obama and one that is fortified by private industry and international cooperation.

Aldrin argues passionately for pushing our boundaries of knowledge and exploration of our solar system and presents his “unified space vision.” Aldrin discusses the history of space flight, including a reflective, not nostalgic, look at the people, technologies and steps that were taken to accomplish America’s Apollo moon landings, and he plots a course of future exploration. He says, “Do not put NASA astronauts back on the moon. They have other places to go.” And he emphasizes that the path forward is not a competition; we cannot restart an engine to rerun a race we previously won. We need to be leaders in building an international collaboration combining public and private sector to push the frontier of space exploration beyond where we have already landed. This is a controversial notion that causes significant division among astronauts.

In an interview, Aldrin can discuss:

  • His ShareSpace Foundation and its innovative work in getting kids excited about space exploration.
  • “Get Your A** to Mars” — Aldrin’s T-shirt promoting travel to Mars.
  • The blossoming of space tourism, and why public space travel by private citizens is critical as it makes space more familiar.
  • Why a second race to the moon is a dead end and a waste of precious resources.
  • Why there is high value on the political and collaborative front by letting partners such as China and India tie into the International Space Station.
  • Why there should be a unified international effort to explore and utilize the moon, a partnership involving commercial enterprise and other nationwide building upon the Apollo mission.
  • What Aldrin views as the biggest mistake he ever made relative to the future of the space program.

Aldrin is honest in his critiques of space policy, discussing the economic, political,

technological and other issues of viability of various options. It is a personal book in which he discusses his family; his life; his initial rejection by NASA (he was one of the only astronauts who did not start as a test pilot but as an MIT engineer); his eventual journey to the moon; and his hopes and frustrations. He even calls out large aerospace contractors for a lack of transparency with NASA and admits he should have been more vocal in the 1970s about his displeasure with the initial design that preceded the Space Shuttle.

MISSION TO MARS spotlights some of the most important issues facing our nation’s space program today. This book continues to be the cornerstone of speeches Aldrin has been giving around the world, including to Congress.

The book’s May 5 publication date marks the 54th anniversary of the first U.S. spaceflight. On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan Shepard made a suborbital flight aboard Freedom 7 as part of Project Mercury.

In 2015-16, National Geographic Books will publish two more books by Aldrin, one for adults and one for children.

About the Authors

Buzz Aldrin, best known for his Apollo 11 moonwalk, holds a doctoral degree in astronautics and, at the age of 85, continues to wield influence as an international advocate of space science and planetary exploration. He has written three nonfiction books, two science fact/fiction novels and two children’s books.

Leonard David is a space journalist, who has reported on space activities for some 45 years. He is the 2010 winner of the prestigious National Space Club Press Award. Currently, David is SPACE.com’s Space Insider Columnist as well as a correspondent for Space News newspaper and a contributing writer for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace America magazine.

About National Geographic Books

National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach and give readers access to a world of discovery — and possibility. Each year, we publish more than 150 new books for adults, families and children on a wide range of nonfiction subjects, from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. National Geographic books are available in 38 languages and more than 60 countries and in countless bookstores, mass-market outlets, schools, libraries and specialty retailers throughout the world.

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National Geographic Magazine, May 2015

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:45

Full-size PDF of press release available here.

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Dragon Boat Open Day

Water Sports Braylake - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:40

Ever fancied giving Dragon Boating a try? This SUNDAY, 19 APRIL, Colenorton Dragons who are based at Bray Lake, will be running an Open Day from 1030 – 1230 for anyone interested in the sport. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and requires team work, fitness, technique, strength and a good sense of humour!

You’ll need to wear something light, like a tracksuit, and bring with you a spare change of clothing (just in case) and a towel - Colenorton Dragons will provide everything else. To find out more about the Dragon Boat Club visit

Our very own artist

Booker High Wycombe - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 17:54
Artist Jane Wood (Oldfield) will be exhibiting some Booker themed pieces in a forthcoming exhibition at the Griffin Gallery. Those of you who attended the end of comp BBQ in 2013 will remember the work below, which will be one of the works. We are all invited to the private view as well as the public opening - see details below.


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National Geographic Traveler Magazine Selects Its 2015 Tours of a Lifetime

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 17:36

WASHINGTON (April 9, 2015)—National Geographic Traveler magazine today announced its annual Tours of a Lifetime selection, now in its 10th year. The 2015 list features 50 of the world’s best guided trips chosen by the editors of National Geographic Traveler. In addition, the editors picked five of their favorite expeditions of a lifetime offered by National Geographic. The list and details about the trips can be viewed in National Geographic Traveler magazine’s May 2015 issue and online at http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/tours/.

“This year marks 10 years of our editors selecting the world’s best guided tours,” said Norie Quintos, acting editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine. “In that time, the types of immersive and experiential trips have only multiplied; tours are going farther and deeper than ever before.”

From stalking lion tracks in the Serengeti to kayaking secret coves in Croatia to following the wine trail in the Republic of Georgia, the 50 best guided tours selected this year offer authentic travel experiences that are sure to leave participants engaged and ensconced in culture. The additional five unique tours from the National Geographic Travel family include inspiring expert-led adventures from Australia to Ireland to the Pacific Islands.

The 2015 Tours of a Lifetime and their tour operators are:

 

–AFRICA–

“Mountain Biking Safari in Namibia,” Namibia — H&I Adventures

“Malawi Service and Safari,” Malawi — Elevate Destinations

“Ancient Kingdoms of Sudan,” Sudan — Mountain Travel Sobek

“Namibia: Secrets Revealed,” Namibia — Africa Adventure Consultants

“The Great Serengeti Traverse,” Tanzania — Mark Thornton Safaris

“Sourcing the Perfect Cup: A Coffee Connoisseur’s Tour,” Kenya, Tanzania — Micato Safaris

“Mobile Walking Safari,” Zambia — Robin Pope Safaris

“Ibo Island Dhow Safari,” Mozambique — CW Safaris

“Algeria Colours,” Algeria — Wild Frontiers

“South Africa Ultimate Adventure,” South Africa — REI Adventures

 

–ASIA–

“Myanmar and Southern China: Places Unexplored,” China, Myanmar — Global Basecamps

“Persia Past and Present,” Iran — Journeys International

“Snow Leopards—Snow Mountains Fundraising Trek,” India — Hidden Places Travel

“Gujarat: The Land of Legends, Culture & Crafts,” India — Immersion Journeys

“Komodo Snorkeling Expedition,” Indonesia — Wilderness Travel

“Kyoto and Beyond by Bike,” Japan — Explore!

“Cruising the Land of the Rising Sun,” Japan, South Korea — Tauck

“Laos With a Heart,” Laos — Myths and Mountains

“Wrangel Island: Across the Top of the World,” Russia — Heritage Expeditions

“Istanbul-Bangkok via Burma,” Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan,
China, Myanmar, Thailand — Dragoman

“Vietnam’s UNESCO Discovery,” Vietnam — Audley Travel

 

–EUROPE–

“Dalmatian Coast Hiking & Kayaking,” Croatia — Boundless Journeys

“Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge Amsterdam,” Belgium, The Netherlands — VBT Bicycling and
Walking Vacations

“A Wine Lovers Journey Through Budapest, Vienna, and Prague,” Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
— Exeter International

“Bike Paths of Lake Garda and Veneto—A Sightseer Tour,” Italy — ExperiencePlus!

“Compelling Corsica—Sea Kayaking and Mountain Hiking,” France — ROW Sea Kayak Adventures

“Blazing Saddles Family Adventure,” Portugal — KE Adventure Travel

“Wildlife for Beginners,” Scotland — Speyside Wildlife

“Switzerland E-biking,” Switzerland — Butterfield & Robinson

“Wolf Tracking in Winter,” Sweden — Naturetrek

“Greenland Traditional Dogsled Expedition,” Greenland — WANT Expeditions

“Georgia’s Food, Wine & Culture,” Republic of Georgia — Great Canadian Travel Company

“Budapest to Krakow Walk,” Slovakia, Hungary, Poland — Freewheeling Adventures

 

–OCEANIA & PACIFIC ISLANDS–

“The ‘Other’ Sydney, Rock & Reef,” Australia — EverGreen Escapes International

“Ultimate South Island Adventure: Rimu,’” New Zealand — Active Adventures New Zealand

“Fiji Sea Kayak Adventure,” Fiji — Southern Sea Ventures

 

–NORTH AMERICA–

“Best of Kenai Fjords National Park,” Alaska — Alaska Heritage Tours

“Vail to Aspen Interconnect—Summer/Fall,” Colorado — Paragon Guides

“Mighty Saint Lawrence,” Canada — Adventure Canada

“Day of the Dead: Michoacán,” Mexico — Tia Stephanie Tours

“Portland to Missoula,” Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana — Trek Travel

“Chicago and New Orleans Roundtrip,” Illinois, Louisiana — Pullman Rail Journeys

“Manatees’ Ecosystem and Conservation,” Florida — Oceanic Society

“Cuba Family Vacation: Cultural Exchange,” Cuba — Classic Journeys

 

–CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA–

“Argentina Vision and Vine,” Argentina — Ciclismo Classico

“Quyllur Rit’i Trip,” Peru — Aspiring Adventures

“Lionfish Dive,” Belize — Blue Ventures Expeditions

“Undiscovered Brazil,” Brazil — Adventure Life

“Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica,” Costa Rica — Global Vision International

“Bogotá to Santander Biking Adventure,” Colombia — Colombia Adventure

“Amazon Kayaking Trip,” Ecuador — Tofino Expeditions

 

–NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRIPS–

“India by Rail Photo Expedition,” India

“Mysteries of Prehistoric Ireland and England,” Ireland, England

“Fiji to Cook Islands: Polynesian Discovery,” Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands

“The Human Journey: Tracing Legendary Peoples & Sacred Places,” Worldwide

“Australia Family Adventure,” Australia

 

About National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel is the travel arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, founded in 1888. National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; travel books; maps; digital travel content; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (eight issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 17 international editions. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel digital group, shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of 7 million. National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. Follow National Geographic Travel on TwitterFacebook, TumblrPinterestInstagram and Google+.

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2015's seasonal tuggies

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 22:57
We have been joined by our two seasonal tuggies who are getting prepared for a summer of towing. Take the time to say hello to Tom and Lucas who will soon be launching you on your epic flights.
Tom and Lucas 
Categories: Gliding

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to Host BioBlitz 2015

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 20:02

 Sign Up Now to Join Top Scientists, Students and the Public in a Race to Count Species and Celebrate the Connection of Science and Hawaiian Culture

35th Annual Cultural Festival Moved to May and Expanded to Include Biodiversity

HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawai‘i (April 7, 2015)—Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s diverse ecological zones provide refuge for many distinct plant and animal communities, including endangered endemic species such as the nēnē (Hawaiian goose), and the Mauna Loa silversword, which flowers only once in its life. The fascinating geology and biology are vital components of the cultural heritage of indigenous Hawaiian people. To better understand, appreciate and protect this natural and cultural treasure, the National Park Service and National Geographic are hosting a two-day BioBlitz species count and Biodiversity & Cultural Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, 2015.

Themed I ka nānā no a ‘ike (“By observing, one learns”), the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz is part scientific endeavor, part outdoor classroom excursion and part celebration of biodiversity and culture. It will bring together more than 150 leading scientists and traditional Hawaiian cultural practitioners, more than 750 students and thousands from the general public. Together, they will be dispatched across the park’s 333,086 acres to explore and document the biodiversity that thrives in recent lava flows and native rain forests of Kīlauea volcano.

“We are honored to host BioBlitz 2015,” said Cindy Orlando, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s superintendent. “BioBlitz provides an unparalleled opportunity to work alongside leading scientists and cultural practitioners to discover, count and add to the park’s species list; to explore the interconnectedness of plants, animals, Hawaiian people and our daily lives; and to protect this amazing biodiversity and rich culture in our park.”

In connection with the BioBlitz opportunity, the park is moving its 35th annual Cultural Festival from July to May this year and expanding it to include biodiversity. At the two-day festival, visitors of all ages will discover how native Hawaiians lived closely to the land as its stewards, embodying “I ka nānā no a ‘ike” principles that continue today. The Biodiversity & Cultural Festival will offer hands-on science and cultural exhibits, food, art and entertainment, plus the opportunity to meet individuals and organizations at the forefront of conservation, science and traditional Hawaiian culture — and to learn how to join their efforts. The festival is free and open to the public.

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz is the ninth in a series of 10 BioBlitzes co-hosted by National Geographic and the National Park Service at different national parks across the country, leading up the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016.

“Each year, the BioBlitz evolves,” said John Francis, National Geographic’s vice president of Research, Conservation and Exploration. “Last year we moved away from paper data sheets and used smartphones and the iNaturalist app to photograph, identify and map species finds, adding more detailed information to both Park Service and international species databases. This year, we are going to build on that and blend technology with Hawaiian culture. This exciting, holistic approach will enhance our appreciation for the amazing resources in this breathtaking park and establish a more complete model for scientific exploration in Hawai‘i and around the globe.”

A longtime partner of the National Park Service, the National Geographic Society helped draft legislation to establish the Service in 1916. It has given many grants to create and sustain national parks across the United States and has extensively covered the parks in its media for nearly a century. The BioBlitz program is the latest successful collaboration between the two partners. The first BioBlitz took place in 2007 at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. Others have been held at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California in 2008; Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in 2009; Biscayne National Park in Florida in 2010; Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011; Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado, in 2012; Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve outside New Orleans in 2013; and last year in Golden Gate National Parks in Northern California. Smaller-scale events take place throughout the year at various national parks across the country. For more information, visit nature.nps.gov/biology/biodiversity/.

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz has been made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Rutherfoord Jr., the Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation, Edmund C. Olson Trust II, Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Additionally, generous corporate support for the event has been provided by Kona Brewing Company, KapohoKine Adventures, First Hawaiian Bank, Roberts Hawai‘i, Alaska Airlines and Big Island Candies. In-kind donations from local business and organizations have been received from Hawai‘i Volcanoes Lodge Company LLC, KTA Super Stores, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai‘i Forest & Trail and Aloha Crater Lodge.

How to Get Involved:

Public registration is now open. To be part of a scientist-led inventory team, participants must register online at nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz. Participation on inventory teams is limited and spots will be filled on a first-come basis. Children ages 8 and older, accompanied by adults, may participate in the free inventory opportunities.

Everybody can enjoy hands-on fun at the Biodiversity & Cultural Festival. BioBlitz base camp and the Biodiversity & Cultural Festival will be located at the Kahua Hula overlooking Halema‘uma‘u Crater near the Kīlauea Visitors Center in the park. No registration is required for the festival.  Entrance fees are waived for both days. To learn more about BioBlitz and the festival, visit nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz or call (800) 638-6400, ext. 6186. For more information about the parks, visit nps.gov/havo.

About the National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About the National Park Service
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

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National Geographic Traveler Magazine Launches 2015 Photography Contest

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:38

WASHINGTON (April 7, 2015)—National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive an eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal for two. The contest, which is open now, ends Tuesday, June 30, at 12 p.m. EDT.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/travelerphotocontest to submit photographs in any or all of four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. For official contest rules, visit http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest-2015/rules.

Judging will be based on creativity and photographic quality. The second-prize winner will receive a six-day National Geographic Photo Expedition: Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone for two, and the third-prize winner will receive a six-day cruise for two from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage. Seven merit-prize winners will receive a $200 (USD) gift certificate to B&H Photo and the National Geographic Masters of Photography course on DVD. All winners will receive a subscription to National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Throughout the contest, photo editors will showcase their favorite entries every week at natgeo.com/travelerphotocontest. Visitors to the site can view all entries and share them with family and friends through Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest and can download wallpapers featuring contest entries.

The grand prize, Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Photo Expedition, is an eight-day voyage with a National Geographic photographer and a team of photo instructors aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. Tracing the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica and Panama, guests will explore the Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonio National Park, Isla de Coiba and much more on the way to the Panama Canal. The trip is provided by National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the National Geographic Society, which offers guided trips spanning all seven continents and more than 80 destinations.

About National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel is the travel arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, founded in 1888. National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; digital travel content; travel books; maps; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (eight issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 17 international editions. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel digital group, shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of 7 million. National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. Follow National Geographic Travel @NatGeoTravel on TwitterFacebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

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Meanwhile back in the hangar...

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 19:31
Our stay at Talgarth was rather muddier and windier than we could have wished, but we are grateful to our hosts, Black Mountains Gliding Club, for their hospitality and for trying to make the weather better. The Talgarth contingent has now extracted themselves from the mud and headed north for a few days at Shobdon as guests of Herefordshire Gliding Club. Meanwhile, back at Booker, a group of keen cross country pilots have been under instruction from Tim Scott, weighing their gliders in every possible configuration - wingtips on/off, water in/out, boots/sandals - in order to work out how to get the C of G in the optimum position for racing.

'I'll just scratch a mark here to measure from..'
'You did what?!'
Then it was back to the clubhouse to do hard sums with all the measurements. They'll be zipping round tasks at the speed of light now they've got this sorted out.

There will be further sessions with the weighing machines for anyone else interested in improving the performance of their glider.
Categories: Gliding

Jaipur Rugs to Produce New Line of Rugs for National Geographic

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:50

ATLANTA (March 31, 2015)—National Geographic, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, has selected Atlanta-based Jaipur Rugs as a new licensee under its National Geographic Home Collection for North America.

Under this multiyear agreement, National Geographic and Jaipur will team up to launch a line of unique and colorful rugs based on images from National Geographic’s photographic archive. The rugs will launch to trade at the spring High Point Market and will be available to consumers through retailers and trading partners in the United States and Canada in April 2015. Visit Jaipur’s showroom in High Point at Showplace, Suite 3300.

“For more than a century, National Geographic explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “Jaipur is one of the leaders in the textile industry, and we are excited to work with them to bring some of our incredible photography and artwork to consumers on rugs, pillows and poufs.”

“Jaipur is excited to collaborate with National Geographic, because it offers an opportunity to express a unique fusion of art forms. Both companies use our own creative mediums to not only capture the word’s stories, but also share them through tangible, enduring art forms,” said Asha Chaudhary, Jaipur’s chief executive officer. “We are thrilled to be able to infuse such passion into a collection for our consumers to connect with and bring into their homes.”

All of National Geographic’s net proceeds support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.

About National Geographic

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Jaipur

Jaipur is one of the fastest growing wholesalers in the home textiles and accent industry. The company’s growth extends from its commitment to empower, connect and inspire people through beautiful design that embodies a beautiful meaning — a meaning cultivated within a busi­ness model that enables artisans to become business owners and entrepreneurs — not just laborers. Jaipur Rugs works closely with its foundation to ensure fair pay, education and personal growth for each one of their artisans. Crafting fashionable lifestyle-driven products and emboldening an industry towards social responsibility are small parts of Jaipur’s holistic global presence. To learn more, visit http://www.jaipurrugs.com, or contact Amberley Ransom at amberley.ransom@jaipurrugs.com or 404.351.2360.

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National Geographic Launches Giftware Line with IF for Playing Cards and Book-Related Products

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:10

WASHINGTON (March 31, 2015)—National Geographic, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, has selected British product designer IF as an international giftware licensee under its National Geographic brand for bookmarks, playing cards and other book-related gifts.

Under this multiyear agreement, National Geographic and IF have teamed up to produce a line of 3D bookmarks and picture playing cards that showcase National Geographic’s vast photographic archives. The high-quality design of these cards was recognized by the judges from the United Kingdom’s Giftware Association.

The National Geographic 52 Picture Playing Cards are available in five categories: “Amazing Animals,” “Brilliant Birds,” “Spectacular Sea Life,” “Extraordinary Earth” and “Magnificent Mankind.” The line was recently lauded as “highly commended” at the U.K. Gift of the Year Awards in the Commemorative and Collectable category.

The National Geographic Kids Weird But True! Playing Cards feature colorful graphics and wacky, wild and mind-bending facts about animals, food, science, outer space, geography and weather from National Geographic Kids’ popular series of Weird But True! publications.

National Geographic 3D Bookmarks showcase 24 spectacular images of nature and wildlife, scenic landscapes, urban landmarks, underwater marine life, space and exploration in eye-catching lenticular.

Products are available for shipping now and available at retail this spring in North America and internationally.

“National Geographic has a vast catalogue of stunning imagery that provides a perfect backdrop for playing cards, bookmarks and collectables,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president, licensing, for North America. “The Weird but True! set offers fun trivia for kids and family, while the picture playing cards and 3D bookmarks are highly collectable for their compelling visuals. We’re excited to work with IF, a principal leader in the gift industry, to share our rich photographic archives with consumers.”

“IF is very pleased to partner with National Geographic as it is a brand and an organization that appeals to people who enjoy travel, reading and education. Our customers also share these interests, and IF is proud to be supporting National Geographic’s charitable efforts,” said John Calvert, CEO of IF.

National Geographic’s net proceeds from the sale of these products will support vital exploration, conservation, research and education programs.

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National Geographic Travel Launches First Interactive Digital Map, Showcasing Switzerland’s Grand Tour

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:59

WASHINGTON (March 31, 2015)—National Geographic Travel today announced the launch of its first-ever interactive digital map, which showcases 50 of the most transformative experiences in Switzerland. The map, photo galleries and On Assignment blog posts are part of a new custom editorial hub featuring the many destinations and attractions that make up Switzerland’s Grand Tour and Grand Train Tour. The hub can be accessed via nationalgeographic.com/switzerland.

The Grand Tour is a newly launched 1,000-mile route to explore the highlights of Switzerland in one single tour. The Grand Tour map (http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/switzerland-grand-tour/), created in partnership with Switzerland Tourism, immerses users in an interactive experience along both car and rail routes. Each point of interest along the routes is populated with text and photographs detailing the experience. Users can also click on different categories — such as food & drink, attractions, activities and events — to see the various ways to experience Switzerland’s Grand Tour.

“We are really proud of this project. Our editorial team has wanted to create an interactive map like this for a long time, and Switzerland is the perfect country to showcase in a map filled with beautiful imagery,” said Andrea Leitch, digital director, National Geographic Travel. “We believe this will be the ultimate tool for consumers looking to plan their own personalized getaway to Switzerland.”

The Grand Tour of Switzerland is an ideal match for the interactive map project. The 1,000 miles include iconic spots and hidden gems and covers the most beautiful parts of the country. Travelers can tailor the route according to their needs, do all or just parts of it, and travel by various forms of transport — car, train, motorcycle or bike.

“National Geographic Travel has been our partner for successful marketing campaigns in North America for a number of years, and this latest project is a truly innovative way to showcase the beauty and diversity of Switzerland along the Grand Tour and the Grand Train Tour,” said Alex Herrmann, director Americas, Switzerland Tourism.

About the National Geographic Society

With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches over 600 million people each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 research, conservation and exploration projects, and its education programs promote geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.

About Switzerland Tourism

Switzerland Tourism is the official National Tourist Office of Switzerland and operates in 30 countries around the world with the goal of promoting Switzerland as a travel, vacation as well as convention and incentive destination. In the Americas, Switzerland Tourism operates offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and São Paulo. For more information: www.myswitzerland.com

 

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Chelsea Tractor seen at Talgarth

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:18

Categories: Gliding

Talgarth action

Booker High Wycombe - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 16:20
So far we have only reported rumours from the Big House where most of the team are staying, we are now in a position to report facts. On Saturday night they went to the River Café in Glasbury, where they seem to have had a good time.

Richard getting excited at the sight of the dessert menuYesterday a contingent set off to the Big Pit in Blaenavon, well worth a visit but unfortunately closed when they got there. They did however get to inspect Glyn's new trailer.

It'll be OK once Glyn has polished it
In the evening they had roast beef, and passed the time teaching cadet George how to play poker, a useful skill for a glider pilot, though possibly not on the BGA syllabus.

Pemgenfford dinner

And this morning - guess what - we went flying! The forecast predicted rain by noon but the rain hadn't checked the forecast and stayed away until 1330. The ridges were working well up to Hay Bluff and down the valley to Crickhowell, so we had  some fun while it lasted.

George gets his first taste of proper ridge running
On top of the Black Mountain
A ridge
We hope to do some more of this sort of thing tomorrow........but on the other hand we have staked KCZ down very securely.
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Stormy Sunday

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 18:37
The clocks went forward last night, so we woke even earlier to hear the rain and wind howling round the house. However, a search for 'things to do in Wales' produced a plan to visit Merthyr Tydfil for a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway. Three coaches and a steam engine - and lots of steam. We trundled up the valley past a couple of reservoirs, then back again, stopping off at the Steam Museum and café.


 We drove back via Talybont to check out the reported landable fields in the area - which were mainly stuffed with sheep and lambs. There is however a good long flat field (with no sheep) at the end of the reservoir.

Nick has come round for dinner (roast pork, roasted veg), he drove over to Aberystwyth to see the sea. Yesterday he visited Long Mynd where they were winching - 30kts onto the ridge, no problem.

Tomorrow it looks as though it will be worth getting up early - fingers crossed - this is after all a gliding expedition.
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Tempestuous Talgarth

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 19:16
Well, here we are again in Wales, and what a beautiful place to be. Yesterday when most people arrived, it was sunny and clear, so several members were able to get their check flights done, and Glyn flew one of his models.

Today we awoke to wind and rain, less than optimal for gliding - or even standing upright. The local briefing indicated that the rain might stop later, but that the wind would continue, and as there was a significant southerly component, launching would not be possible as none of the take off runs would be anywhere near into wind. Jim maintained his optimism for a couple of hours but in the end conceded defeat.

A bit windy
There are probably sheep in that cloudIt doesn't look that promising for tomorrow either...............


Food report: so far your correspondent has only sampled the Castle Inn in Llangorse, which does a nice line in pies. The sirloin steak was apparently excellent - meat supplied by WJ George in Talgarth - and the sweet potato chips were delicious. Today there was an expedition to the Honeypot Café in Talgarth which was reportedly very good. The gang in the big house in Pengenfford have roast beef to look forward to, courtesy of Jim, who is a man with high standards - he complained bitterly that Symeon had given him breakfast on a cold plate. Here in Llangorse we will be having cod in lemon sauce, followed by a bit of Metallica.

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New NG Book- BAD DAYS IN HISTORY: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 20:58

Praise for Michael Farquhar:

Michael Farquhar doesn’t write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin’s smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it.—Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post columnist

Advance praise for BAD DAYS IN HISTORY:

The facts of this passing parade of perfidious knaves, nasty poltroons, incompetent liars and just some unlucky folk who slipped on bygone banana peels make for leisurely reading—and it’s surely a story to be continued. Candid snapshots of some truly bad days in the bleak annals of civilization.—Kirkus Reviews

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2015)—Historian and best-selling author Michael Farquhar’s BAD DAYS IN HISTORY: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1268-0 (hardcover) and 978-1-4262-1280-2 (ebook); April 21, 2015; $26) is a carefully curated calendar of humankind’s most entertaining catastrophes. With his signature tongue-in-cheek humor, Farquhar leads readers on a 365-day tour of history’s worst happenings gleaned from recent and distant eras, events well-known and obscure, locations near and far, and people famous, infamous and forgotten.

Farquhar explains in his introduction, “There are literally billions of miserable episodes throughout human history from which to choose.” Here he has collected the most amusing examples that will offer even the most miserable readers excellent company:

  • Made a bad financial decision? Consider investor Ronald Wayne’s regrettable decision on Jan. 3, 1977. That day, he sold his 10 percent stake in a fledgling business for a satisfying $800. Unfortunately, the company was Apple, and his slice of the pie would eventually have been worth more than $30 billion.
  • Kids driving you crazy? When Christian schoolmaster Cassian of Imola refused to participate in a pagan sacrifice on Aug. 13, 363, he was turned over to his students as punishment. They tied him to a pole and stabbed him to death with their writing implements.
  • Suffering from dashed hopes? Oprah’s film “Beloved” launched on Oct. 16, 1998, with much fanfare — and bombed. Beaten out for revenues that weekend by “Bride of Chucky,” the film spent only four weeks in theaters.
  • Embarrassed by a recent failure? On Nov. 2, 1932, an Australian army major and two soldiers kicked off the “Great Emu War,” a campaign to control 20,000-plus emus in Perth. From the start, the flightless avian army proved to be superior warriors — particularly with their evasive tactics and apparent indestructibility. Hundreds of thousands of machine gun rounds were fired with relatively few emu casualties. After just a week or two, the military assault ended and the soldiers withdrew.
  • Can’t catch a break? Spare a thought for Joan of Arc. The good news for her was that her death sentence was nullified when she was acquitted of heresy on July 7, 1456. The bad news? She had already been burned at the stake a quarter-century before.

BAD DAYS IN HISTORY will keep history buffs guessing which disastrous event Farquhar will cover next, while igniting new interest in bygone eras among the history-averse. From bad days in journalism (see April 21, June 30 or Oct. 29) to bad days in romance (see Jan. 6, July 29 or Aug. 21) to bad days in politics (Jan. 2 and 6 and 8 and 9 and . . . really, too many to list), readers will cringe and laugh their way through humankind’s most ridiculous and grim foibles and, hopefully, learn from the mistakes of our collective past.

About Michael Farquhar

Michael Farquhar, a former writer and editor at The Washington Post, is the best-selling author of numerous books, including the critically acclaimed “Behind the Palace Doors” and “Secret Lives of the Tsars,” as well as the popular Penguin “Treasury” series: “A Treasury of Royal Scandals,” “A Treasury of Great American Scandals,” “A Treasury of Deception” and “A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten  Americans.” He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Pass the Plopp

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:14
The promise of good soarable weather gave the club another busy day today. More club members turning up for check flights and cross country tasks set for the single seaters.  Many chose to stay local, but a couple of Bicester Didcots were flown despite the very rapid spreadout and poor recycling of the thermic conditions.
It was cold at the launch point despite the sunshine, but Siena gave us a welcome energy boost when she shared around her Plopp.


Categories: Gliding

New NG Book- THE ROSE HOTEL By Rahimeh Andalibian

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 22:46

Advance Praise for THE ROSE HOTEL:

 “[A] brave, beautifully written memoir. [Andalibian] skillfully crafts an insightful, passionate immigrant’s story with cross-cultural resonance.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“A powerful and uplifting memoir of tragedy and healing” – Kirkus Reviews

WASHINGTON (March 23, 2015)—In her memoir THE ROSE HOTEL (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1479-0; on sale May 12, 2015; 368 pages, $26), debut author and clinical psychologist Rahimeh Andalibian re-examines her idyllic childhood in 1970s Iran, where she and her close-knit Muslim family live in a luxury hotel owned by her pious father. But their prosperous world is suddenly shattered by the violence of the Iranian revolution, and their lives are forever altered in the wake of two brutal crimes: a rape solved by Andalibian’s father, and a murder of which her beloved oldest brother stands accused.

In the ensuing fall from grace, the family is uprooted: first to London, then to California where Andalibian and her brothers suffer a different kind of revolution. Struggling to make sense of her new world in America, Andalibian realizes that, while her family is safe, they are not free from the burdens of their own secrets, lies and hidden truths.

Poignant and intimate, THE ROSE HOTEL is a story of family, healing and rebirth. Self-published to great acclaim in 2012 as a “true-life novel,” the book was acquired as a memoir in 2013 by National Geographic Books to bring Andalibian’s remarkable story to a wider audience.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rahimeh Andalibian was born in Mashhad, Iran, and moved with her family to California in 1986 after the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war. They lived in Orange County and she was schooled in Los Angeles. She currently resides in New York City where she is a clinical psychologist specializing in intergenerational family therapy, trauma and spectrum issues.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOKS

National Geographic Books creates and distributes print and digital works that inspire, entertain, teach and give readers access to a world of discovery — and possibility. Each year we publish more than 150 new books for adults, families and children on a wide range of nonfiction subjects, from animals to travel, cartography to history, fun facts to moving stories. National Geographic books are available in 38 languages and more than 60 countries and in countless bookstores, mass-market outlets, schools, libraries and specialty retailers throughout the world.

THE ROSE HOTEL

National Geographic Books; May 12, 2015; 368 pages, $26; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1479-0

To request a review copy or arrange an interview with Rahimeh Andalibian, contact:

Gretchen Koss, president, director of publicity, Tandem Literary

212-629-1990 ext.1 or gretchenkoss@tandemliterary.com.

 

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