The Dark Hedges

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The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The trees form an atmospheric tunnel that has been used as a location in HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones, which has resulted in the avenue becoming a tourist attraction.

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In about 1775 James Stuart built a new house, named Gracehill House after his wife Grace Lynd. Over 150 beech trees were planted along the entrance road to the estate, to create an imposing approach.

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According to legend, the hedges are visited by a ghost called the Grey Lady, who travels the road and flits across it from tree to tree. She is claimed to be either the spirit of James Stuart’s daughter (named “Cross Peggy”) or one of the house’s maids who died mysteriously, or a spirit from an abandoned graveyard beneath the fields, who on Halloween…

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Dang is it Cold Out There!

After a blistering hot summer us people in Manitoba must now face the cruel reality of our geographical circumstances. We must batten down the hatches and face the cold northern weather stoically and with audacious fortitude.

The first day of fall and the thermometer almost hits the freezing mark. Cold drizzle with intermittent snow pellets blasted by harsh north winds. Damn summer ends way too fast up here.

The Library Park Mist Fountain Blasted by the Winds

Tamed and Articulate Bigfoot Stars in Political Ad

In an amusing combination of the paranormal and politics, a Congressional candidate in Minnesota has released a rather clever commercial that stars Bigfoot. Produced by the campaign of Democrat Dean Phillips, the odd ad takes aim at his opponent, GOP incumbent Erik Paulsen, in the race for Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District seat. Arguing that his Republican adversary has been particularly elusive when it comes to meeting with constituents, the commercial enlists the legendary cryptid known for being ‘hard to find’ in an ingenious way of making that point to viewers at home.

The ad begins with Bigfoot musing that “I thought I was good at hiding … then Erik Paulsen comes along.” In a nod to the decades-long search for Sasquatch, the creature subsequently marvels “how can you have tens of thousands of people looking for you all the time and not one of them find you?” Puzzled by Paulsen’s purported ‘ability’ to go unseen, the Bigfoot then sets out on a mission to prove that the politician actually exists.

What follows is a wildly funny twist on the reality show staple of ‘Bigfoot hunting’ with the Sasquatch lurking in the lobby of a pharmaceutical company and hoping to capture the ‘mythical’ Paulsen on film. As if to confirm Phillips’ charge that his opponent is indebted to big business donors, the creature celebrates when his stakeout at the corporation takes only seven minutes rather than the weeks that he had expected. The commercial culminates with the candidate being ‘captured on film’ and the stupefied Sasquatch declaring “Erik Paulsen really exists.”

We’ll leave it up to the pundits in Minnesota to parse out the legitimacy of Phillips’ critique of his opponent. That said, there should be little debate that, as far as political ads go, the commercial is a surefire winner since it’s hard to forget a testimonial coming from Sasquatch. Whether the famed cryptid can bring the voters out to the polls in November, though, remains to be seen.

Spelling mistake: Cathay Paciic

Huge spelling mistake on Cathay Pacific plane

(CNN) — Sometimes, a massive typo is right in front of your eyes and you can’t see it.
For Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, it was between the “i”s — on the livery of its Boeing 777-367.

Photos have emerged that appear to show a plane on the ground at Hong Kong International Airport, proudly emblazoned with the words “CATHAY PACIIC.”
And to prove that it’s a good sport, if not necessarily a good speller, Cathay Pacific shared the photos on social media, announcing on its Twitter account: “Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!”

 

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The photos surfaced via the Hong Kong Aviation Discussion Board Facebook group, but it’s still not clear just how such an epic mix-up could have happened — and some are a little suspicious.
An engineer for Haeco, a Cathay Pacific subsidiary, told the South China Morning Post: “The spacing is too on-point for a mishap. We have stencils. Should be a blank gap in between letters if it was a real mistake I think.”
A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific told CNN Travel: “We did not intend to make it a big fuss in the first place, but photos went viral within the aviation enthusiastic groups, so we just shared the hilarious moment with everyone.”

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Super-yacht “Yas”

The Oil Sheikhs have to spend their billions somehow.

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The 462.60ft Conversion motor yacht motor yacht ‘Yas’ was built by ADM Shipyards in United Arab Emirates at their Abu Dhabi shipyard , she was delivered to her owner in 2015. Pierrejean Design Studio is responsible for her beautiful exterior and interior design.
ACCOMMODATION
Yas offers accommodation for up to 60 guests. She is also capable of carrying up to 56 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.

EXTERIOR DESIGN
On the upper decks, a flight deck with safety rails that retract flush to the floor will accommodate the owner’s helicopter. The vast curved wall of glass that sweeps round the front section of the upper decks. Behind the glass, which darkens for privacy when an electric current is passed though it, is the bridge and the owner’s suite, complete with private terrace. More than 500 pieces of glass, each specially cast, were used in the construction, which the designers admit was the most technically difficult part of the job.

PERFORMANCE
Powered by 2 MTU 10,492hp diesel engines and propelled by her twin screw propellers Motor yacht Yas is capable of a top speed of 26 knots, and comfortably cruises at 23 knots.

AMENITIES
Spa, Helipad, Swimming Pool, Tender Garage, Swimming Platform, Dynamic Positioning, Elevator / Lift

SPECIAL FEATURES
Among many special features are a helipad, a pool/spa aft deck and an audio-visual entertainment system which is the most extensive and sophisticated aboard a yacht. Yas is the first yacht from the shipyard and is built on the hull of a former Dutch-built navy frigate. The new superstructure is the largest ever built in composite.

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Yas’s distinctive narrow profile was built on the steel hull of a former Royal Dutch Navy Frigate built in 1978. Her frigate hull and lightweight composite superstructure help to enable the enormous vessel to reach impressive speeds of up to 26 knots.

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