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On April first 2016 we launch S.trip hotels

Apr 1st, 2016 | By

Inspired by the lack of truly colorful and brightly lit gambling and hospitality joints in Vas Legas, the company that created X-hotels and the truly hard-to-find 5 Star Raft Hotels announce the grand opening of S.Trip hotels. The first hotel to open and bring this amazing concept to the leisure travel marketplace, on the famous
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Sad diminution of delights – a wish, a moan, a pet peeve

Feb 29th, 2016 | By

Starbucks is  opening its first store in Italy. Promising to enter the birthplace of espresso “with humility and respect”.   The first Starbucks is planned for Milan early in 2017, apparently in partnership with and Italian company.   I just returned from Malaga, Spain. The sight of a “Costa Coffee” as a conspicuous lump on
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Interest rates, romance, food and movies

Feb 3rd, 2016 | By

A paddling pond of ideas and thoughts, observations and fresh statements. Food for thought, thought for thinking and pontificates to react to. That’s what’s coming next. The thing is, what name do we give this new feature?   (And perhaps “interest” rates will become interesting, for the first time!)




Season’s change, yet they repeat each year….almost

Dec 4th, 2015 | By



Spectre: what happened to the Bond genre?

Nov 9th, 2015 | By

I was suspicious when I heard the title. Perhaps when you name the villain in the title, you lose the will to, die another day….well, the energy of the story. You have already popped a hole in the balloon. There was not much left after that. Music (sub-par, generic suspense-thump plus chase-clashing and, almost entirely
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Sep 25th, 2015 | By



Between not getting very good internet connections and some very hot and surprisingly cold weather – no big news is in this note – just a photo for a change

Jul 28th, 2015 | By
Orange tree in Granada



Greece: Best thing is for the EU to help, and find a way to work with Greece

Jul 6th, 2015 | By

First read my article explaining why the vote in the referendum held on Sunday July5, 2015 should have been yes, here The EU should not be incautious and whether it should be their responsibility or not, must help Greece “back into” being within Europe, all systems including banking. It is clear to those who can
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Greece will be better off voting Yes on July 5 because…

Jul 3rd, 2015 | By

Today, after years of bad government, Greece needs the influence of less corrupt, financially more successful European countries to help it out of the quagmire. If there is any risk of  Greece becoming self-contained with  the sole influence being  self-serving (never People-serving) parliamentary candidates it has now and had for at least the last 20
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A little bit of Porto? No, a little bit of the Pousada of Amares, Portugal

May 18th, 2015 | By

Listed in Roger’s “Hotels I Like” – The Pousada Santa Maria de Bouro (Bouro, Amares)