Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Gifts

35 Dollars, which at the time of writing is around 26 Euros or 21.50 Pounds, that's how much they want nowadays for a 12 piece bucket of Kentucky fried Chicken here in Spain, and they don't do beans. With Valentine's Day approaching I thought I would write a few Squidoo lenses on gift ideas, first, starting with gifts for her and then gifts for him.

Gifts for her are all under 20 Euros.

Grow your own unique Rose and then name it, either after yourself or a loved one. The rose is then registered at the British library.

Name a star, again either after yourself or someone special. There are millions of stars still to be named you can get a box set gift here.

Become a Laird or Lady of a Scottish castle by purchasing some Scottish land, you are legally entitled to use the title Laird. Females can choose to be a Laird or a Lady, when you have registered you will have free access to the castle and can enjoy all it has to offer, a box set is available here.

For the guys on Valentine's day I've included some red letter days, which are named after religious holidays that are marked in red on calenders. Nowadays they are general referring to as memorable days out. For example, a track day, white water rafting, golf lessons with a pro and Segway rally day. It could also be a dinner for two in an up market restaurant, weekend away in Paris or a $200, 000 space travel ticket from Virgin.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Mysteries of the Arctic – The Flight of the Eagle

The explorers S. A. Andrée (1854–97), Nils Strindberg (1872–97), and Knut Frænkel (1870–97). Set off from Norway in 1897 on a journey to the North Pole by Hydrogen Balloon. Merchandising and heavy promotion in Sweden did not sway the majority opinion, that this was a dangerous and risky venture with a high fail probability. Disregarding many signs, Andrée went ahead with the expedition in an almost Polly-Anna optimistic flurry and some would say over confidence.  

They communicated with the rest of the world with steel buoys wrapped in cork and homing pigeons.

A buoy was found with a message from Andrée, saying that so far all was good. Two days later they disappear.

For years people speculated on what had happened and their disappearance was shrouded in mystery. Decades later their bodies were discovered in 1930, with journal entries, equipment and photographs proving that they had landed safely, so now they had the task of finding out what had happened.

Not far from their last camp was the carcass of a polar bear, it was tested and found to have trichina worm…..

There are some great pictures of the ill-fated exhibition that was found in 1930 here