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Sunny (but windy) Saturday

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 00:24
A busy day at the launch point with a brisk north-westerly making launches on 24 a little more challenging than usual.  Good character building stuff for novice pilots!  The wind calmed somewhat by later in the afternoon and activity continued until nearly sunset.


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NationalGeographic.com Reveals First 25 Best Nature Experiences Of Florida in New Editorial Hub

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:15

WASHINGTON (Jan. 22, 2015)—NationalGeographic.com today launched its new online hub dedicated to the 50 best wild and natural experiences in Florida. The first 25 experiences — by land — are live today, and another 25 — by sea — are planned for launch in February. These are transformative travel experiences that are accessible to locals and visitors alike. The hub, at http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/florida-land-and-sea/, is the result of a three-year partnership with VISIT FLORIDA to tell the world about Florida’s great outdoors.

Content in the new hub will focus on the lesser-known experiences that Florida has to offer, such as vast state parks and outdoor activities for travelers. Beginning today, the online editors are sharing 25 of the best wild and natural experiences by land, through articles, photo galleries, travel tips, local storytelling and an interactive map pinning the top travel destinations. The experiences include interacting with animals, nature encounters and outdoor adventures, such as exploring geological wonders and pristine beaches, hiking scenic trails, camping in the wild and climbing a historic lighthouse.

“VISIT FLORIDA is proud to partner with National Geographic to showcase Florida’s wild and natural landscape,” said Will Seccombe, president and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. “The result is a stunning collection of images and stories about destinations, powerfully showcased in a way that only National Geographic can capture and that only Florida can provide.”

“Many travelers are acquainted with Florida’s well-known theme park attractions, but we want to showcase a different side of Florida that many travelers have yet to experience,” said Andrea Leitch, director, National Geographic Digital Travel. “The state is home to a host of national parks, state parks, wildlife refuges and sanctuaries, and there is an abundance of wildlife to enjoy and outdoor adventures for travelers to take part in. We want to highlight the awe and wonder that exist within the natural surroundings of the Sunshine State.”

In February, the storytelling will focus on Florida by sea, highlighting marine life encounters, water sports and activities as well as great island daytrips. Experiences will include activities such as dolphin watching, and information will be provided on where to see dolphins in their natural habitat. Photo galleries will include treasures of the Florida coastline, such as shipwreck sites, coral reefs and best beaches.

In March, NationalGeographic.com will launch a photo gallery featuring a curated selection of over 25 images of Florida from the National Geographic photo community, “Your Shot.” National Geographic also sent two photographers to capture Florida’s natural beauty.

“To photographically capture the wonders of Florida, we used a three-pronged approach,” said National Geographic Traveler’s director of photography, Daniel Westergren. “We sent National Geographic Traveler photography veteran Chris Bickford, as he is particularly adept at capturing shots where land and sea meet. But we also used local photographer Steven Martine, a Stuart resident, to gain that insider’s perspective. Lastly, we’re tapping into our ‘Your Shot’ community for user-generated photos to complete the photographic experience.”

About VISIT FLORIDA

As the Sunshine State’s No. 1 industry, tourism was responsible for welcoming 93.7 million visitors in 2013 who spent $76.1 billion, generating 23 percent of the state’s sales tax revenue and employing nearly 1.1 million Floridians. For every $1 spent on tourism marketing, VISIT FLORIDA — the state’s official tourism marketing corporation — generates more than $390 in tourism spending and $23 in new sales tax collections, paid by visitors, not residents. VISIT FLORIDA promotes tourism to Florida through sales, advertising, promotions, public relations and visitor services programs. As a public/private partnership, VISIT FLORIDA serves more than 12,000 tourism industry businesses, including major strategic alliance partnerships with The Hertz Corporation, LEGOLAND Florida Resort, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort and Disney Destinations. To learn more about VISIT FLORIDA, go to www.VISITFLORIDA.org or follow our corporate blog at www.SunshineMatters.org.

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.

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National Geographic Magazine, February 2015

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 20:30

Full-size PDF version of press release available here.

Categories: National Geographic

The 'Red Kite' Booker Regionals 2015

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 18:39


The entry list for the 2015 'Red Kite' Booker Regionals is now open. The comp will use the Handicapped Distance Task format pioneered at Booker, so if you have a glider with a less than ideal handicap you need not fear spending your afternoon in a field watching the hot ships zooming past, you will be back enjoying a beer with the rest of the pack.

For full details of how the task setting works, and the entry form, visit the website.

There is a limit to how big a grid we can fit in, so avoid disappointment and get your entry in now.
Categories: Gliding

Journalist and Pulitzer Winner Paul Salopek to Test New Digital Storytelling and Audience Engagement Tools on 7-Year Journey Around the World

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:29

WASHINGTON (Jan. 14, 2015)—Out of Eden Walk, a seven-year project by reporter and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek, will experiment with new digital storytelling techniques and share lessons to help advance the field of journalism with $950,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The National Geographic Society, an early, major supporter of the project, will lead the plan, using its global reach to explore and share new ways to engage audiences and connect with diverse communities.

“The commitment of these two organizations takes the walk’s digital experience to a whole new level,” said Salopek. “It will help make the Out of Eden Walk not simply a destination for strong narrative reporting, but elevate it within the industry as a go-to project to learn about how thoughtful journalism can endure and even thrive in today’s turbulent but sometimes shallow media ecosystem.”

Out of Eden launched in January of 2013 in Ethiopia, when Salopek, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, began an epic journey to retrace on foot and with minimal logistical support the path of early human migration, covering 21,000 miles. Since then, Salopek has connected with wide audiences and generated a huge social media following as well as dedicated supporters. More than 200 schools worldwide have signed up for Out of Eden Walk online curriculums.

To date, Salopek has walked through Ethiopia, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the West Bank, Israel, Cyprus, Syria and Turkey. He has authored four articles for National Geographic magazine focused on the project. Additionally, his nearly 100 dispatches have been published on the National Geographic website outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com.

Knight Foundation previously supported the launch of Out of Eden, including a separate project website, outofedenwalk.com, which has served as a hub for experimentation with new forms of online storytelling and engagement — using interactive maps, Twitter “spotlights” that capture conversations happening near Salopek’s geographic locations and educational outreach to classrooms and students around the world.

In the coming months, the two Out of Eden Walk websites will be consolidated and refined into a single site managed by National Geographic. The goal is to expand the Out of Eden Walk audience and provide all followers with innovative ways to experience Salopek’s storytelling. The consolidated website will include new storytelling capabilities such as translation, enhanced mapping and social media experiments. The site will also test new audience engagement tools.

“Deep, contextual storytelling is an integral part of National Geographic’s legacy, and Paul Salopek’s project is an exciting, relevant and modern way to bring this kind of reporting to today’s audiences,” said Gary Knell, president and CEO of National Geographic. “We are proud to support this inspiring project and grateful to Knight Foundation for providing funding that will help us to connect people around the world to Paul’s journey in meaningful ways.”

“The Out of Eden project comes at a critical time when we need to understand how to get and sustain the public’s attention for important stories beyond a headline,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism. “National Geographic has demonstrated tremendous success using social media to build a highly engaged audience. In this next phase, we look forward to sharing lessons learned and best practices with other publishers and journalists from this excellent project.”

Salopek’s goal has been to create a digital storytelling laboratory that combines the perspective of our prehistoric, migratory ancestors with intimate, present-day reporting along his route. To this end, he is able to capture the nuances of ordinary life that are often missed when chasing the immediacy of daily news headlines.

Salopek’s research for Out of Eden was made possible through a Visiting Fellowship at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. In addition to support from Knight Foundation and National Geographic, Out of Eden has educational alliances with Project Zero at Harvard University, the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and the Field Museum in Chicago.

Out of Eden will relaunch as a single site later this year. Until then, Salopek’s online dispatches can be found at outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com, and the project website remains outofedenwalk.com. The walk can be shared on social media by using #EdenWalk. A conversation about the role of slow journalism in the digital age can be joined by using #DigitalCampfire.

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 http://www.nationalgeographic.com, and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. KnightFoundation.org

Categories: National Geographic

Miranda Mulligan to Join National Geographic as Digital Creative Director

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 18:00

WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2015)—Miranda Mulligan, executive director of Northwestern University Knight Lab, will join the National Geographic Digital group as creative director on Jan. 29. Reporting to Keith W. Jenkins, general manager of National Geographic Digital, Mulligan will be responsible for leading National Geographic’s digital design team and helping to redefine the Society’s multiplatform storytelling.

Nationalgeographic.com, the Society’s award-winning website, attracts about 24 million global visitors a month. It combines National Geographic’s video, photography and maps with in-depth news, information and interactive features about animals, nature, destinations, cultures and National Geographic products and events.

“I’m delighted that Miranda will be joining National Geographic,” said Jenkins. “She has a wealth of experience as a designer, journalist and digital strategist, and she will play an integral role in providing creative direction for our Digital team.”

As head of Northwestern University Knight Lab, Mulligan has worked to advance news media innovation and education through projects that help make information more meaningful and promote quality storytelling on the Web. Focused on designing interactions that enhance browser-based, mobile experiences to increase consumer engagement, she has led strategy, product development and design, and educational efforts for the technology and journalism lab, which produces interactive publishing tools used by hundreds of thousands of journalists. In 2014, the Lab’s “Publishers’ Toolbox” Web tools received the Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism from the Online News Association.

Mulligan is also cofounder of #SNDMakes, the Society for News Design’s digital-focused prototyping workshop geared to developing and furthering the digital news design community. It received the President’s Award from the Society for News Design in 2014.

Mulligan has worked at the intersection of content and Web technology for over a decade. Before joining Northwestern University Knight Lab in July 2012, she was digital design director for The Boston Globe, responsible for providing creative leadership, from art direction and information architecture to internal tools and project management. Previously, Mulligan was a multimedia presentation editor and news artist at The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, and she taught communication design at Virginia Wesleyan College and Ball State University.

She has a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism and English from the University of Miami.

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.

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National Geographic Live Announces Spring 2015 Season Schedule

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 21:22

WASHINGTON (Jan. 6, 2015)—National Geographic Live begins the new year with a sensational lineup of events at National Geographic’s downtown Washington, D.C., headquarters. The season kicks off Jan. 26 with the popular Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which sold out in record time. The remainder of the spring 2015 schedule features presenters covering a diverse array of topics, including exploration, animals, food and conservation.

The spring schedule brings photographers, adventurers, filmmakers, scientists, authors and even a chef to National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium. Returning audience favorites include Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario, climber and filmmaker Cedar Wright, photographer Carsten Peter and Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Bob Poole. An impressive roster of National Geographic explorers will also take the stage this season, including conservationist Steve Boyes, data artist and educator Jer Thorp, research scientist Albert Lin and aquatic ecologist Zeb Hogan, star of the Nat Geo WILD series “Monster Fish.” James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, best-selling author Cheryl Strayed and underwater photographer Thomas Peschak are among those making their Nat Geo Live debut. Audiences have the option to purchase specially priced themed ticket packages to attend all the events that are part of the “Masters of Photography” and “Quest for Adventure” series.

“We’re fortunate to have such immensely talented, gifted and fearless individuals accept our invitation to join us in Washington this upcoming season,” said Gregory McGruder, National Geographic’s vice president for public programs. “We know that Washingtonians will be entertained, surprised and — most importantly — inspired by the compelling stories and experiences that these presenters have to share.”

The Nat Geo Live fall season runs from Jan. 26 through June 9, with tickets on sale now. For most evening events, Nat Geo Live guests can also visit the National Geographic Museum and Store with the purchase of the $7 discounted Museum Add-On Pass. For daytime audiences, Nat Geo Live’s popular “Tuesdays at Noon” film series continues, with free films every Tuesday from March 17 through April 21.

The Nat Geo Live schedule also includes three student matinees featuring modified versions of the evening presentations and geared towards students. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Nizar Ibrahim will present to students in grades six through eight about his work on Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur and first known semiaquatic dinosaur, now on display in the National Geographic Museum. On March 10, photographer Christian Ziegler will talk about “Jungle Treasures, Tropical Tales” to students in grades four through eight. The student matinee schedule wraps up on March 26 with Hogan and “Monster Fish.” Nat Geo Live’s student matinees are open to school groups for $10 per student and include admission to the National Geographic Museum. For tickets or more information on the student matinees, call (202) 857-7281.

All Nat Geo Live events take place in National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased online at nglive.org/dc, via telephone at (202) 857-7700, or in person at the National Geographic ticket office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 31 to ensure guaranteed early bird pricing. Free parking is available in the National Geographic underground garage for Nat Geo Live programs that begin after 6 p.m. For the full Nat Geo Live spring season schedule, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com/events/dc-spring-2015-brochure/.

About National Geographic Live

National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic Society, responsible for multimedia presentations, performances and film screenings for the general public, school audiences and sponsoring organizations around the world. For more information, visit nglive.org and facebook.com/natgeolive.

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Society Launches Private Expeditions in Partnership with Virtuoso®

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 15:54

WASHINGTON (Jan. 6, 2015)—The National Geographic Society announced today the launch of National Geographic Private Expeditions, a new line of trips geared toward independent travelers, offered in partnership with Virtuoso®, the leading international network of luxury-focused travel agencies and advisors. Private Expeditions are unique itineraries to destinations all over the world that are specially designed for those who seek the flexibility to travel when and with whom they wish. Travelers explore independently while enjoying the benefits of traveling with National Geographic: top local guides, access to sites and experiences, built-in free time to explore and excellent accommodations. Travelers simply select a Private Expedition, choose their travel dates and any number of traveling companions and leave the legwork to National Geographic Expeditions and Virtuoso.

With a lineup of 13 Private Expeditions at launch and more on the way, travelers can choose from a range of trips geared toward a wide spectrum of interests. Culture enthusiasts can venture into Buddhist temples and ancient fortresses in Bhutan, and join monks and nuns for prayer ceremonies. Adventure seekers can hike or ride horseback along the dramatic coasts of South Africa’s Western Cape before heading out on safari in Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. Throughout each trip, travelers are treated to local perspectives and meaningful cultural experiences, such as examining dinosaur fossils with a paleontologist in Mongolia or sitting down to mint tea with a rural family in Morocco.

Many Private Expeditions feature National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a new collection of world-class, sustainable hotels that were also announced today by the National Geographic Society. Spread across six continents, the lodges are linked by their dedication to providing an outstanding guest experience while celebrating the cultural and natural heritage of their region and embracing sustainable tourism practices.

Virtuoso comprises over 355 agencies with more than 8,900 elite travel specialists in 25 countries throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and Europe. As part of the partnership, Virtuoso has enlisted 20 top travel advisors to form a team of National Geographic specialists dedicated to managing Private Expeditions bookings. These specialists can also offer additional assistance with obtaining visas and arranging air travel.

“By partnering with Virtuoso to offer this exciting line of trips, we are able to complement our unique itineraries with the exceptional level of personal service for which Virtuoso is renowned,” said Lynn Cutter, National Geographic’s executive vice president, Travel and Licensing. “Independent travelers can expect a seamless experience as they prepare for their trip and then set out to discover fascinating places in the spirit of National Geographic’s explorers.”

In preparation for the launch, National Geographic Expeditions and Virtuoso co-hosted a “Virtuoso Challenge,” inviting Virtuoso travel advisors to create a dream trip that reflects the core values of National Geographic. Tamara Olton of Traveline Travel Services won the grand prize for her Costa Rica itinerary, which is now a part of the lineup of National Geographic Private Expeditions. Her trip offers unique wildlife and cultural encounters, exhilarating outdoor adventures and opportunities to experience some of Costa Rica’s most remarkable hotels — including Pacuare Lodge and Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, both members of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

“Virtuoso is proud to be the exclusive partner for National Geographic’s Private Expeditions,” says David Kolner, executive vice president of Consumer for Virtuoso. “Our advisors strive to provide their clients with unique experiences that immerse them in local cultures, customs and environments, and that is exactly what National Geographic has created with these trips.”

The initial collection of Private Expeditions comprises the following:

  1. Australia — Experience diverse wonders from Sydney’s Opera House and the sacred monolith of Uluru to the unique wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Learn how to cook bush tucker with a chef, and ride The Ghan railway from the Outback to the rolling vineyards of Adelaide.
  2. Bhutan — Take part in the cultural traditions of the “Kingdom in the Clouds” on visits to its historic fortresses, mountain villages and Buddhist temples, including the famous Tiger’s Nest. Experience breathtaking views of the Himalaya, and join monks and nuns for prayer ceremonies.
  3. China — Uncover ancient Chinese monuments, art and traditions still celebrated amid the expanding skylines of Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an and Chengdu. Come face-to-face with pandas at an important breeding center, and meet masters of tai chi, calligraphy and culinary arts.
  4. Costa Rica — Discover three distinct rain forest regions while rafting the white water of the Pacuare River, hiking the base of Arenal Volcano and exploring the Osa Peninsula with local naturalists. Delve into the traditions of the indigenous Cabécar people, and discover the incredible biodiversity of the jungle canopy close up.
  5. Ecuador — Immerse yourself in stunning landscapes on extended stays amid the volcanoes and lush valleys of the Altiplano and deep within the pristine jungles of the Chocó rain forest. Visit farmers and local artisans in the Andean highlands, and go on a research outing in primary cloud forest with a scientist.
  6. Greece — Journey from bustling Athens to the sundrenched shores of the Cyclades, exploring the iconic Parthenon, Minoan ruins in Crete and Santoríni’s breathtaking caldera along the way. Spend two days exploring the sites near stunning Agios Nikolaos, and settle into a cave-hotel atop the cliffs of Santoríni.
  7. Mongolia — Embrace the lifestyle of the nomad while journeying across the steppe and the Gobi, stopping along the way to visit a camel-herding camp and to examine dinosaur fossils at a paleontology lab. Encounter singing sand dunes and the Flaming Cliffs, and enjoy a peaceful sleep in a traditional ger.
  8. Morocco — Become immersed in Morocco’s colorful culture while wandering the lively bazaars of Fez and Marrakech. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Volubilis and Meknes, and experience the dramatic landscapes of the High Atlas Mountains from a traditional kasbah set just below their lofty peaks.
  9. Peru — Trace the legacy of the Inca from Cusco to Machu Picchu, exploring boulder-built fortresses and intriguing colonial towns. Get an intimate look at life in the Sacred Valley during a local weaving demonstration and on visits to a ceramics workshop and active salt mines. Get an insider’s look at efforts to conserve the native spectacled bear, and join a guide to explore Machu Picchu.
  10. South Africa — Experience the best of South Africa on a trip that combines vibrant Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula, the dramatic southern coast of the Western Cape and a wildlife safari in a world-renowned private game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park.
  11. Tanzania — Track an astonishing array of wildlife on safaris across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, the plains of the Serengeti and the jungles of Lake Victoria’s Rubondo Island. Go on night drives and bush walks with local rangers, and get to know the cultures that have inhabited Tanzania for centuries.
  12. Vietnam and Cambodia — Journey from the rice paddies of the Mekong to the misty waters of Ha Long Bay, visiting Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi along the way. Sail a traditional-style junk among the karst formations of Ha Long Bay, visit the Mekong’s floating villages and cap off the trip exploring the temples of Angkor with a Khmer scholar.
  13. Chile — Journey from the heart of the Andean altiplano to the glacial landscapes of Patagonia, staying in two National Geographic Unique Lodges along the way. Explore snow-capped volcanoes and glittering salt pans in the otherworldly Atacama Desert, discover the wine country near Valparaiso, venture into Torres del Paine National Park with local guides, and enjoy a traditional barbecue at a gaucho ranch.

National Geographic Private Expeditions complements National Geographic’s portfolio of travel offerings, which includes National Geographic Expeditions, Traveler magazine, books, photography courses and the @NatGeoTravel digital and photography community.

For more information about National Geographic Private Expeditions, visit www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/triptypes/privateexpeditions.

For more information about National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/lodges.

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 60 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 6.5 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+.

About Virtuoso

Virtuoso® is the leading network of luxury travel advisors and entities. This by-invitation-only organization comprises 355 agencies with more than 8,900 elite travel specialists in 25 countries throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and Europe, as well as over 1,700 of the world’s best travel providers and premier destinations. The network’s member agencies generate over $12.5 billion annually in travel sales, making the group the most powerful in the luxury travel segment. Their relationships with the finest travel companies provide the network’s affluent clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com.

Categories: National Geographic

National Geographic Society Launches Unique Lodges of the World

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 15:52

WASHINGTON (Jan. 6, 2015)—The National Geographic Society today announced its newest foray in world-class travel experiences: National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. Selected through a rigorous evaluation process, these lodges offer an outstanding guest experience while supporting the protection of cultural and natural heritage and embracing sustainable tourism practices. The initial collection — numbering 24 properties on six continents — further builds National Geographic’s travel portfolio, which includes National Geographic Expeditions, Traveler magazine, travel books, photography courses and the @NatGeoTravel digital and photography community.

As part of a comprehensive vetting process, every lodge in the collection was judged on the following criteria:

  • The Property— The design and character are unique and authentic, and the property provides guests with a true sense of place by celebrating the surrounding landscape and cultural heritage.
  • Guest Experience and Quality of Service — Guests are offered top-quality service and exceptional and inspiring experiences — from activities that enable them to engage with local people to wildlife encounters with seasoned naturalists.
  • Sustainable Tourism Best Practices — The property demonstrates a commitment to conservation and green operations; it actively supports the protection of cultural heritage; and it provides tangible benefits to local communities.

National Geographic deployed experts to each site to evaluate operations, meet staff at all levels, scrutinize the lodge’s impact on the local environment and community and ensure that these criteria were met.

“By creating this carefully curated group of hotels, lodges and retreats that meet internationally recognized sustainable tourism criteria while providing top-notch guest experiences, National Geographic opens a new chapter in the power of travel to protect our planet,” said Costas Christ, a world-renowned sustainable tourism expert and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, who coordinated an international team to inspect each of the lodges. “Travelers can feel confident when they stay in one of these lodges that they are helping to safeguard cultural and natural treasures in some of the world’s most incredible places.”

The Unique Lodges collection ranges from thatched bungalows nestled in the coastal jungles of Costa Rica’s pristine Osa Peninsula to luxury tented suites overlooking Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Australian Outback. Many have devised their own renewable energy solutions; all prioritize locally sourced food and provide economic and social benefits to the local community. Each lodge offers a special “National Geographic Exclusive” experience to guests who book their stay through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. This is a complimentary opportunity to delve further into the local culture or environment, such as a private sunset wildlife cruise at British Columbia’s Nimmo Bay Wilderness Lodge or a special research outing with the on-site scientist at The Brando in French Polynesia.

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World charter members are:

  • Fogo Island Inn, Canada
  • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa
  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Peru
  • Kapari Natural Resort, Greece
  • Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco
  • Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, Costa Rica
  • Lizard Island, Australia
  • Longitude 131°, Australia
  • Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
  • Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Canada
  • Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
  • Rosalie Bay Lodge, Dominica
  • Rubondo Island Camp, Tanzania
  • Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, South Africa
  • Sayari Camp, Tanzania
  • Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia
  • Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysian Borneo
  • The Brando, French Polynesia
  • The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, United States
  • Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia
  • Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Chile
  • Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Chile
  • Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
  • Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Bhutan

“The National Geographic brand is universally recognized for its commitment to exploring and protecting the planet, so we are uniquely positioned to unite and promote these exceptional properties and to set a new standard for tourism,” said Lynn Cutter, National Geographic’s executive vice president for Travel and Licensing. “These lodges share the Society’s vision of preserving the planet for future generations and they demonstrate that sustainability and a world-class guest experience can go hand-in-hand.”

To help raise the profile of these properties, National Geographic is implementing a broad promotional campaign, including advertising, digital marketing, publicity and social media. In addition, National Geographic will assemble an advisory group of charter lodge members in order to help facilitate the sharing of best practices and to provide input on direction and strategy as the program develops. Lodge owners may apply to join the collection at http://www.nglodgesapplication.com.

“We’re proud to safeguard and share the splendor of Mongolia for many generations to come,” said Jalsa Urubshurow, of Three Camel Lodge in the Gobi Desert. “As a Unique Lodge of the World, we can work with National Geographic Society to enhance our efforts and be part of the positive change we want to see in the tourism sector.”

National Geographic Unique Lodges offer travelers a full-service experience from booking to checkout. Travelers can browse all of the properties on the Unique Lodges website and make a reservation at a lodge, join a National Geographic Expedition that features a Unique Lodge or book one of National Geographic’s new Private Expeditions, offered in partnership with Virtuoso®, the leading international network of luxury-focused travel agencies and advisors.

National Geographic’s Private Expeditions is a new series of itineraries specially crafted for independent travelers and the traveling companions they choose — whether it’s two or 10 — and many include a stay at a National Geographic Unique Lodge. Guests can explore Ecuador on a private expedition that combines the colorful culture of the Altiplano with a stay at Mashpi Lodge in the heart of the Chocó rain forest. Or they can immerse themselves in Berber hospitality at the Kasbah du Toubkal in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains on a trip that also includes the mesmerizing cities of Marrakech and Fez. Travelers may also contact a reservations specialist to customize a trip.

For more information about National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, visit www.nationalgeographiclodges.com.

For more information about National Geographic’s Private Expeditions, visit www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/triptypes/privateexpeditions.

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 60 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 6.5 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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Making the most of the holidays

Booker High Wycombe - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 16:26
The frosty sunshine and calm skies provided an ideal opportunity for Richard to send Matthew Porter off on his first solo today.

The grin says it all
 Don't forget that the first Bronze briefing is on Saturday 3 January - Steve Williams on Navigation.



Categories: Gliding

Sotavento

Windsurfing - Sun, 12/28/2014 - 11:15

Sotavento is a fantastic windsurfing destination on the island of Fuerteventura. Like the rest of the Canary Islands, it benefits from strong Atlantic Ocean winds and warm waters all year round. There are great windsurfing beaches all around Fuerteventura’s coast, but Sotavento’s is one of the best. Take a Sotavento windsurfing trip and you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time.

Sotavento lies to the south of the island. It has a long, wide beach backed by dunes. It’s a long way from the sterotypical crowded Canarian holiday beach. Sotavento is a chilled-out resort whose visitors are there to enjoy the sea and the sand, rather than the nightlife.

Sotavento’s best conditions are to be had from April to August, when the winds are at their strongest. The north-east wind in Sotavento is funnelled in through mountains, making it very fast: it’s the perfect place for speed freaks and freestylers. The resort hosts international competitions every year, and attracts expert windsurfers from around the world.

Sotavento is not known for its waves, but wave sailors will find some small waves up to about 2m out in the bay. Those looking for bigger waves can head north to Corralejo and the beaches around it.

But Sotavento is not just a destination for the experts. There is a lovely, shallow lagoon in front of the beach, making it the perfect place for beginners to get started too. There are several well-equipped windsurfing centres on the beach giving lessons and hiring out equipment.

Go on a Sotavento windsurfing holiday and enjoy some of the best conditions and most enjoyable windsurfing anywhere in the world. Once you’re there, you’ll quickly see why the resort is one of the windsurfing world’s favourites.

Categories: Wind Surfing

Not just Bronze Briefings 2015

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 18:05
Here is the timetable for the 2015 series of Briefings, all at 10hrs on Saturdays, which will cover topics covered in the Bronze paper as well as other fascinating subjects. All welcome - aspiring pre-Bronze pilots, trainee instructors mugging up on briefings, anyone feeling a bit rusty - come along and join in.

Categories: Gliding

National Geographic Announces Winners of 2014 Photo Contest

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 21:52

WASHINGTON (Dec. 17, 2014)—Selected from more than 9,000 entries, a photo of a woman spotlighted by the glow of her phone on a crowded train was chosen as the grand-prize winner of the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest. The photo, titled “A Node Glows in the Dark,” was shot by Brian Yen of Hong Kong. He has won $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015.

“I feel a certain contradiction when I look at the picture,” said Yen. “On the one hand, I feel the liberating gift of technology. On the other hand, I feel people don’t even try to be neighborly anymore, because they don’t have to.”

Nicole Cambre of Brussels, Belgium, placed first in the Nature category for an image of migrating wildebeests in Tanzania, and Triston Yeo of Singapore won in the Places category for a photo of the Budapest thermal spas. Yen’s photo won in the People category, and all three images will be published in National Geographic magazine.

The annual photo contest attracted entries from more than 150 countries. Contestants submitted photographs in three categories: People, Places and Nature. Judging consisted of multiple rounds of evaluation based on creativity, photography quality and genuineness/authenticity of the content. All of the winning photos, along with the honorable mentions, may be viewed at www.ngphotocontest.com.

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 and Pinterest.

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National Geographic Home Entertainment Serves Up ‘EAT: The Story of Food’ on 2-Disc DVD Set

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:56

WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2014)—No matter our nationality, food is the one common language we all share, yet it’s one of the most overlooked influences on human history. The six-part National Geographic Channel miniseries “EAT: The Story of Food,” which aired Nov. 21-23, tells how food led us to plant and settle and build civilizations; how it spurred exploration; and how it caused us to alter the planet in remarkable ways. National Geographic Home Entertainment is releasing a special two-disc DVD set of the miniseries today, Dec. 16, on sale for $34.95 to foodies everywhere through http://www.natgeostore.com. The DVD set will be available in wider release at retail on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

The miniseries features original interviews with nearly 70 chefs, food experts and food scientists, including José Andrés, Rachael Ray, Masahuru Morimoto, Marcus Samuelsson, Padma Lakshmi, Eric Ripert and National Geographic Fellow and author Barton Seaver. Their unique opinions and personal stories appear throughout the six themed episodes.

Food Revolutionaries: Christopher Columbus didn’t cross the oceans just for adventure — he did it in search of spice. More than 400 years later, Julia Child brought the flair of French cuisine to American cooks, chef Hector Boiardi’s mass-produced spaghetti sauce made weeknight dinners a breeze, and dozens of other personalities have revolutionized our palates and our tastes in both pivotal and surprisingly overlooked ways.

Carnivores: The story of meat is the story of mankind. When humans first started heating their food to unlock its potential energy, populations increased and people began to live longer. Salting and preservation helped us take our food on the road and allowed us to explore new areas. Today, the food supply can barely keep up with the demand for meat.

Sugar Rushes: Sugar cane was first farmed some 10,000 years ago in India, and, since then, our appetites for the sweeter things in life have not diminished. Chocolate from the New World, coffee from the Middle East and tea from the Far East were all sweetened by Europeans, and the demand for sugar sparked a global slave trade of unprecedented scale. With new ways to produce cheap refined sugar, we also face new challenges of how to control our consumption of it.

Sea Changes: Seafood saved our species from its first threat of extinction, drove the Viking hordes and funded the American Revolution, but unsustainable fishing practices threaten the future of our seafood supply. In order to meet demand, scientists are developing new methods of farming oysters, mussels and sea kelp to feed humanity and heal the oceans.

Guilty Pleasures: Sixty years ago, a novel processed meat called Spam helped fuel the soldiers who defeated Hitler, and now processed foods are a fast and convenient part of everyday life. When the interstate highway system literally paved the way for fast food restaurants, Americans became hooked on fast food. Today, people grapple with how to balance their increasingly hectic schedules with eating food that isn’t loaded with sugar, fat and salt.

Staffs of Life: Grains, more than any other foods, are emblematic of the struggle between the haves and have-nots, as evidenced by the French Revolution, and ancient versus modern, exemplified through the development of packaged sliced bread. In the past 80 years, attempts to refine this once-perfect food have resulted in some bread lacking in nutrition and gluten becoming the newest enemy among food warriors. Today, grains in their purest form have risen again as bakers, craft brewers and gourmet pizza makers embrace the natural and artisanal.

The DVD set also contains special bonus content, including additional interviews with food experts and celebrity chefs such as Graham Elliot, Eric Ripert, Nigella Lawson and José Andrés, as well as tips from National Geographic Books’ “Foods for Health.”

In addition to the DVD release of “EAT: The Story of Food,” the National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Society are exploring the future of food and celebrating our connection to food through a major, multiyear, cross-platform initiative. The initiative grows out of an eight-month series this year in National Geographic magazine, looking at how we can feed our growing world population. The magazine’s coverage is now available as a free iPad app at natgeofoodapp.com. The initiative has also spawned two new books, a website at natgeofood.com, education curriculum, events and exhibitions.

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 and Pinterest.

 

“EAT: The Story of Food” 2-Disc Set

Available through http://www.natgeostore.com: 12/16/2014

Available at Retail: 1/13/2015

TRT: 270 Mins.

SRP: $34.95

Format: DVD

 

NOTE: Contact Eric Tunell at etunell@ngs.org or (202) 862-8278 for images or review copies.

Categories: National Geographic

New NG Book- JOURNEYS HOME: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips & Strategies to Find Your Family History

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 21:33

“Something shifts inside of us when we see where we come from, when we unravel the eternal fabric of our extended families; we grow in resilience and understanding.”

-Journalist Jennifer Wilson on her ancestral journey to
Croatia — from “JOURNEYS HOME”

 

WASHINGTON (Dec. 15, 2014)—With the recent surge in geneaological travel, National Geographic gives readers a passport to embark on a search for their family’s ancestry with JOURNEYS HOME: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips & Strategies to Find Your Family History (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-1381-6; on sale Feb. 3, 2015; hardcover $26).

The book opens with a personal journey to Ireland as recounted by featured author, actor, television director and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy. Following McCarthy’s story are 25 intriguing personal narratives from other contributors, including writers Joyce Maynard, Pico Iyer and Diane Johnson, and National Geographic’s geographer, Juan José Valdés, all in search of their ancestry.

JOURNEYS HOME reveals the powerful sense of identity and security that comes from connecting with one’s heritage. McCarthy was inspired to uncover his Irish roots in part by becoming a father as well as by the importance his Irish wife placed on family legacy. Other journeys in the book span the globe to destinations such as Sicily, Russia, India, Peru, Cuba, Angola and the U.S. states of Virginia, Illinois and California.

Whether the contributors are looking to meet unknown relatives for the first time, unravel family mysteries, walk in the treacherous footsteps of ancestors or return as an adult to a place they fled as a child, each pilgrimage is linked by the common desire to know one’s past in order to reconnect and gain a sense of belonging. Each compelling and poignant tale is punctuated by stunning imagery that captures the beauty of the locale and by sidebars chock-full of tips on how to experience each culture in more depth.

The book includes a foreword by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells, who directs National Geographic’s Genographic Project, which uses advanced DNA analysis to trace human origins and better understand our collective past. DNA testing has gained momentum in recent years as an impetus for genealogical travel.

JOURNEYS HOME concludes with “Genealogy 101,” a 10-step guide for readers interested in planning their own journeys home as well as research tips and information about the featured destinations.

 

Destinations/contributors:

Ireland- Andrew McCarthy

Angola and Virginia, United States – Joe Mozingo

Argentina – Alex Bellos

Cambodia – Nawuth Keat with Martha E. Kendall

British Columbia, Canada – Joyce Maynard

Ontario, Canada – Tiffany Thornton

Croatia – Jennifer Wilson

Cuba – Juan José Valdés

Czech Republic – Joseph Hurka

England – Jim Eagles

Germany – Joe Yogerst

India – Pico Iyer

Japan - Edward Iwata

Laos and Vietnam – Thomas Fuller

Mexico – Peter McBride

Norway – Dave Hage

Peru - Marie Arana

The Philippines and California, United States - Barbara A. Noe

Krakow, Poland – Nina Strochlic

Russia – Hilary Mandleberg

Scotland – Andrew Evans

Sicily, Italy – Renée Restivo

Taiwan, Republic of China – Mei-Ling Hopgood

Tanzania – Donovan Webster

Ulster, Ireland, and Northern Ireland – Liz Beatty

Illinois, United States – Diane Johnson

 

About Featured Author Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy, who wrote the featured chapter on Ireland for JOURNEYS HOME, is an actor and television director, known for his roles in the 1980s films “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Mannequin,” “Weekend at Bernie’s,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Less Than Zero.” He also has an illustrious writing career. He is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler magazine and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Travel+Leisure, Afar, Men’s Journal, Bon Appetit, National Geographic Adventure and others. The Society of American Travel Writers named McCarthy 2010’s “Travel Journalist of the Year,” and he was cited three times for notable work in the “Best American Travel Writing” series. His 2012 memoir, “The Longest Way Home,” became a New York Times best-seller.

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. For more information, visit facebook.com/NatGeoBooks and nationalgeographic.com/books.

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National Geographic Magazine, January 2015

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 17:02

Full-size PDF version of press release available here.

Categories: National Geographic

New Exhibition to Showcase National Geographic Photo Camp Student Photography

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 17:05

WASHINGTON (Dec. 11, 2014)—Since 2003, National Geographic Photo Camp has partnered with organizations worldwide to inspire young people to explore their communities through a camera lens. “Photo Camp: A Decade of Storytelling,” a new National Geographic Museum exhibition opening Thursday, Dec. 18, will feature spectacular images captured by students who have participated in the 67 workshops held to date. Since its inception, the program has reached a global audience of more than 50 million through media coverage and exhibitions of student work. The free exhibition, which will be on display at the museum’s M Street gallery, will include photos from the most recent workshop, Photo Camp South Sudan.

“Photo Camp is all about teaching young people about the power of photography and giving them the tools to tell their own stories in communities around the world,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of National Geographic Exhibitions. “This exhibition celebrates this wonderful decade-long program that is core to National Geographic’s mission to inspire, illuminate and teach.”

Photo Camp is conducted in partnership with VisionWorkshops. Olympus Imaging America donates the cameras used by the participants. Each workshop connects National Geographic photographers with groups of students ranging in age from 13 to 25. Photo Camp South Sudan, held this past September in partnership with Internews and with funding support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, was led by National Geographic magazine contributing photographers Ed Kashi, Amy Toensing and Matt Moyer along with Ross Goldberg, National Geographic’s vice president of strategic development. The six-day workshop taught the students how to use photography to document the ways in which the South Sudanese are engaging in cross-tribal peace-building activities. Toensing, Moyer and three of the Photo Camp South Sudan student participants will appear at National Geographic headquarters on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at noon for a panel discussion as part of National Geographic Live’s “Tuesdays at Noon” programming.

In “Photo Camp: A Decade of Storytelling,” the nearly 150 student photographs are organized around six themes: love, survival, work, home, community and self-image. Behind-the-scenes photos offer insight into the program dynamics and illustrate the huge impact these workshops have had on the over 2,500 young people, including at-risk and refugee teens, who have participated. The exhibit centerpiece contains one photo from each of the 67 workshop locations, accompanied by a video overview of Photo Camp South Sudan that was shot and produced by Toensing and Moyer.

Generous support for this exhibition was provided by Iara Lee, founder of Cultures of Resistance Network and a member of the National Geographic International Council of Advisors.

Also open in the Museum’s 17th Street galleries are “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous,” which will run until April 12, 2015, and “FOOD: Our Global Kitchen,” which will be open through Feb. 22, 2015.

The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open every day (except Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $11 for adults; $9 for National Geographic members, military, students, seniors and groups of 25 or more; $7 for children 5-12; and free for local school, student and youth groups (18 and under; advance reservation required). Tickets may be purchased online at www.ngmuseum.org; via telephone at (202) 857-7700; or in person at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17thStreet, N.W., between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information on group sales, call (202) 857-7281.

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 and Pinterest.

 

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National Geographic Studios to Release Original Film ‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ to Giant Screen, Digital, IMAX® and Museum Cinemas Worldwide

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:56

WASHINGTON (Dec. 11, 2014)—National Geographic Studios has acquired the global theatrical rights to the film “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” which takes audiences on an epic journey through 18 countries and across all seven continents as it presents a unique perspective on how the airplane has changed the world. It will be available to 15/70 flat and dome film screens and to all digital screens when it is released worldwide on April 10, 2015.

Produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (“One Six Right”), “Living in the Age of Airplanes” is narrated by actor and pilot Harrison Ford and features an original score by Academy Award®-winning composer and pilot James Horner (“Avatar,” “Titanic”). The film was shot in 95 locations around the globe, from remote places like the South Pole and the Maldives to historically significant sites of ancient civilizations. The narrative weaves together the profound ways that aviation has transformed our lives, connecting countries and cultures while expanding horizons and minds.

“Since we were all born into a world with airplanes, it’s hard to imagine that jet travel itself is only 60 years old, just a tick on the timeline of human history,” said Terwilliger. “Yet practically overnight, our perception of crossing continents and oceans at 500 mph has turned from fascination to frustration. I want to reignite people’s wonder for one of the most extraordinary aspects of the modern world.”

“‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ is the perfect film for National Geographic,” said Mark Katz, president of distribution for National Geographic Studios. “Its visuals are breathtaking, it tells an amazing story and will engage audiences on a variety of levels, from adventure to geography to exploration and more, which aligns completely with National Geographic’s mission to inspire, illuminate and teach.”

For more information, visit www.airplanesmovie.com.

Note: Images can be found on the ftp site:

http://press.nationalgeographic.com/downloads/film_airplane_movie/

user name:  press    password:  press 

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. National Geographic Studios is the video/film production arm of the Society, which creates research-based television, film and digital entertainment content. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest.

About Terwilliger Productions

Terwilliger Productions is an independent production company based in Los Angeles that produces high-quality, thought-provoking films. The company is best known for the aviation documentary “One Six Right,” a film that celebrates local airports as unsung heroes, which was distributed worldwide. For more information, visit www.terwilligerproductions.com.

Categories: National Geographic

December newsletter..........

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 09:52
.......read it here.   
Categories: Gliding

Sunny Saturday

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 00:13
A day of clear sky, sunshine and light winds - ideal for the aerobatics enthusiasts and other club members to get airborne.  Many folks were about with the the FI(S) and BI course taking place in the morning, with the opportunity to get flying in the afternoon.

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