Following Instructions

A blonde and a brunette decided to rob a bank. They quickly devised a good plan and they put their plan to action.

The brunette drove up to the front of the bank that they had decided to rob. She turned to the blonde and asked her, “Now, do you remember what the plan is?”

The blonde sighed and replied, “Yeah, yeah, I remember…” The brunette went over the plan once more and let the blonde out to do her stuff.

Before the blonde could shut the door, the brunette yelled out, “Be sure to be in and out in no more than 5 minutes!” The blonde ran inside and the brunette waited in the car… and waited… and waited… and waited… and waited.

After waiting for so long in the car, the blonde bursts out of the bank’s doors, the alarm blaring loud enough to wake everyone up. The blonde was lugging a bank safe behind her by a rope tied around it.

A security guard ran out of the bank, his pants down around his ankles and attempting to reach his gun. The blonde breathed heavily as she tried to put the safe in the car but finally just gave up and dropped the safe behind. She ran into the passenger seat and pulled the door shut, the car already moving.

The security guard yelled, “Stop! Stop!” while the pair drove off, leaving the safe with rope tied tightly around it behind. The brunette frantically asked the blonde, “What the hell happened in there?!?” The blonde was panting and turned to the brunette and choked out, “What do you mean? I followed the plan exactly!”


Hugo Chavez Coming to Europe

Greece’s new Syriza is not only demanding a haircut from the rest of the European Union of nearly $200 billion, or 88% of the Greek GDP. It is also pushing for a fundamental change in Europe’s foreign policy, from a pro-Atlantic orientation to a pro-Russian one.

Syriza is not a friend of Israel or NATO, either. Spain seems to be following suit. Neither Syriza nor Podemos is expected to install a Stalinist dictatorship, but two things are beyond doubt. The Marxist economic remedies that these parties stand for will not lead to more prosperity for their countries, nor will the transatlantic relations between Europe and the United States much improve.


Prairie landscapes

Christopher Martin Photography

Prairie ghost light - © Christopher Martin-0264

An early morning east of Calgary near Strathmore looking for Snowy owls came up with only one shy one isolated in a field.  This allowed time to see the prairie landscape.  And, as it has turned out, one of the last days before the warm weather of the past couple of weeks came and melted all of the snow.  While I’m not missing the bitter cold, I did enjoy the icy air and snow-covered fields when I was out then.

Lonely Snowy Owl - © Christopher Martin-9963

Broke down - © Christopher Martin-0344

Backlight on the prairie - © Christopher Martin-9940

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U.S. Seen in Middle East as Ally of Terrorists

Many Egyptians and moderate Arabs and Muslims were shocked to hear that the U.S. State Department recently hosted a Muslim Brotherhood delegation. They were equally shocked when an EU court decided to remove Hamas from the bloc’s list of terror groups.

“Just two days after the controversial visit, the Brotherhood called for a war against their fellow Egyptians.” — Linda S. Heard, Middle East Expert, Gulf News.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is seeking to return to the political arena through the American door and terrorist attacks. The U.S. policy appears to be devious and unreliable.” — Ezzat Ibrahim, columnist, Al Ahram.

“[Ousted Egyptian President] Mohamed Morsi, before his election, described these Jews as descendants of apes and pigs. In English, the Muslim Brotherhood says one thing and in Arabic something completely different.” — Mohamed Salmawi, Egyptian columnist


Whitepod eco luxury hotel in switzerland

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whitepod eco luxury hotel in switzerland

in the heart of the swiss alps, an unconventional accommodation experience awaits.  the ‘whitepod eco-luxury hotel‘ situated in les giettes, houses its guests within 15 geodesic dome-shaped tents (10 standard, 5 family) which serve as rooms that are immersed into the natural landscape of the mountains.

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each pod is anchored to a wooden platform that acts as a terrace

each pod is anchored to a wooden platform offering a furnished terrace in which to enjoy the views beyond. standard rooms are furnished with a king-sized bed,

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fully fitted bathroom with toilet and shower, wood burning stove, kettle and mezzanine floor where an additional single bed can be place;

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while the family room features the same amenities, its mezzanine has the capacity to hold two extra beds for young children. each pod can comfortably accommodate 2-4 individuals.

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large bay windows allow sunlight to filter through into the rooms


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Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities in the World 2014


These are  beautiful images for your eyes today.  Now,  I want to plan trips to Australia and Brazil !

This is the Incredible World Where  We Live!

What do you think of the list?   Anyone have additions or  corrections?  I am just realizing that New York City was left off the list.  On my personal list, Venice is first, New York is second, then Prague and Paris.  The rest I  agree with but  not sure of the order. To make a list of  10, I guess I would leave off Sidney  after adding New York City.  The architect thinks I am crazy to have New York in second with all the other competition, but I love New York and think of it always as “The City!” 

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Coming Iran Deal May Be Worse than Netanyahu Claims

Beyond the Cusp

When Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu gives his speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday March 3, 2015, he may actually be relating a scenario of best possible deal Iran might accept. President Barack Obama might be correct when he claims that he is attempting to have Iran accept the only deal they are willing to make and that pushing for anything more stringent would simply result in Iran balking and walking out without any deal and doing whatever they please. We should all take up what very well could be the newest slogan in the ever shifting political scene that instead of President Obama’s first campaign theme of Hope and Change, we are now looking at Hope and Pray. There is another problem in the Iran dealings which everybody has apparently ignored, what if Iran walks away from the negotiations and simply states that no deal no…

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