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On the Market: The Best of American Build

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 08:00
On the Market: The Best of American Build As our focus shifts to the growth and activity of the modern American market, we take a look at the best of U.S. builds available for both sale and charter this Thanksgiving.

Aquila
The largest yacht built in modern day America, Aquila was formerly known as Derecktor’s Cakewalk and is today carving a new reputation on the water as one of the finest charter yachts available. A central listing with Burgess, Aquila was renewed in her entirety to emerge anew in 2016, gathering high-acclaim and a lot of attention on the market with it. The spacious interiors, ultra-stylish decor and ample accommodation for 12 guests are just the core of the wider Aquila experience on the water.

Katya
Delta Marine introduced Katya to the waters of Seattle in 2009, bringing a true charter machine to the water with understated modern style. Sleek and sporty in nature, with ample space and room for 12 on board, this 2009 superyacht offers guests everything a discerning charterer could desire; from cruising the Bahamas with a cocktail on the Sundeck, to relaxed and stately interiors to hideaway after a long day with the family.

Victoria del Mar
Space is the resounding theme running throughout this elegantly crafted and timeless charter yacht from Delta Marine. Up to 14 guests on board can make the most of the ample dining areas, huge saloons, al fresco dining and relaxation on the giant Sundeck. With a gym, bar and everything an idyllic cruise requires, Victoria Del Mar is deceptively sized for a 50-metre and a must-see for winter journeys in the Caribbean.

Skyfall
Available for both sale and charter with TWW Yachts and HMY, Skyfall is the ideal example of American yachting. Built for an American owner with a keen eye for both saleability and value, Skyfall was ahead of its time when it emerged from the Trinity Yachts shed in 2010 and stands as a timeless superyacht to this day. Large, fast and with a Bahamian friendly draft, this is a versatile vessel with luxury in droves.

Silver Lining
One of Christensen’s latest launches, Silver Lining is available for sale with IYC and on the charter market and captures the ideals of modern American yachting thanks to a 2017 launch and exemplary approach to both design and construction. Elegant, stripped-back style gives way to a unique Carol Williamson interior and ample space through for cruising with the family. Silver Lining is truly one of the finest contemporary American-built yachts on the water today.

Mia Elise II
The second Trinity Yachts launch on this list, Mia Elise II (ex Areti) is available for both sale and charter but stands out as a magnificent member of the wider American inventory for numerous reasons. Open space within, a 60-metre length with ample exterior areas and an interior maintained to perfection since launch in 2012. Her classical tri-deck style, understated elegance and timeless style are all factors that add to the 14 guest accommodation on board.

Boxer
You can’t find finer in the U.S. than Westport construction, and Galati has brought Boxer - the ideal reflection of the American Dream come true - to the market. Having just emerged from a comprehensive refit, the Westport-built superyacht Boxer is one of the understated must-sees on this list thanks to her expert construction, stripped-back style and lifestyle, engineered to perfection on board.

Aquila - The American Icon for Charter with Burgess The Delta-built charter machine Katya Charter yacht Victoria del Mar For Sale: Superyacht Skyfall For Sale: Christensen's superyacht Silver Lining

Fast learner

Booker Gliding - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:41
Today's sunshine brought out lots of members to enjoy the autumn colours, but Max Norfolk had more on his mind than sightseeing. Not long ago he bought one of the club's Flexi courses and today, after only 14 flights and an hour in the Falke, he did his first solo, and then for good measure followed it up with another.

Richard congratulates MaxMax sells fast cars for a living and races them for fun. He's looking forward to learning about cross country racing in a glider.

Adventures with kids: 11 best family adventure holidays

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:00

Adventures with kids. There’s nothing quite like it. From camel trekking to conservation work and skiing to safari there are so many options. Lucky for you we’ve pulled together the 11 best family adventure holidays to give you some ideas. Adventures with kids The primary idea of adventure trips is to get everyone...

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Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. Signs an Agreement with Ulstein Verft for Building of New Polar Vessel

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:45

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH ULSTEIN VERFT FOR BUILDING OF NEW POLAR VESSEL

World’s Foremost Expedition Vessel Will Be the First Polar New Build in the
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fleet

NEW YORK, NY, November 7, 2017 — Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; “Lindblad”, the “Company”), the global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build the world’s foremost expedition ship.

The new vessel will be built in Ulsteinvik, Norway and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in subsequent years.

The state-of-the-art polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact.  A core feature is Ulstein’s signature X-BOW®, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions.  The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability underway, whether at zero speed when stopped for wildlife observation, or embarking/disembarking the ship.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ulstein and their brilliant team of engineers and designers on this state-of-the-art vessel as we continue expansion of our fleet.  It is the next step in the long-term growth of the company, and will be the most extraordinary global expedition ship in the world on a multitude of levels,” said Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad.

“The launch of this ship will mark the 50th anniversary year of the first-ever purpose-built expedition ship, Lindblad Explorer, which was built by my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, and will set another important milestone in the company’s commitment to deliver expedition travel at its best,” added Lindblad

In keeping with the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ethos to connect guests with the environment being explored, the ship will be designed to access the outside environment from anywhere on the shipWith 75% of the cabins featuring balconies for private viewing; multiple observation decks inside and outside, and new “observation wings,” the surrounding environs will always be accessible.   Off-ship exploring will be greatly enhanced with an innovative Zodiac loading system which will allow everyone to get ashore quickly and safely, ensuring quick access to every destination.  The ship’s complement of expedition tools for exploration will include kayaks, cross-country skis, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), hydrophones, a video microscope, underwater video cameras, a helicopter landing platform, and more to be announced in the coming months.

The ship will afford gracious comfort and an unparalleled level of service, with the highest comfort class for guests to ensure a quiet and peaceful environment onboard.  The 69 spacious guest cabins and suites will include 12 cabins for solo travelers. The spa and fitness area will include treatment rooms, saunas, a fitness room, a relaxation area and yoga room; and there will be two infinity Jacuzzis for the utmost relaxation in pristine environments.   Dining offerings include a main restaurant with outstanding views to the surroundings, and an outdoor barbeque and bistro area.

“Our expedition cruises, operated through our alliance with Lindblad Expeditions, have delivered remarkable experiences to our guests for the past 13 years,” said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “The expansion of the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet is truly terrific news, as it allows us to offer these unforgettable trips to even more travelers in the future. We look forward to joining our partner Lindblad Expeditions in celebrating the launch of the latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet.”

“We are pleased to have been chosen as a partner for this exciting project.  Lindblad is an innovative company and a frontrunner in the exploration cruise industry. We look forward to turning this project into reality together with Lindblad and their partners,“ stated Gunvor Ulstein, CEO at Ulstein Group.

About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools.

About Ulstein Group  

ULSTEIN has 600 employees and is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway. ULSTEIN delivers products and services within ship design, shipbuilding and equipment packages to the international market. In 2017, they celebrate their 100-year anniversary. Throughout a century they have created tomorrow’s solutions for sustainable marine operations together with their partners.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and ecommerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Lindblad Expeditions, USA: Patty Disken-Cahill, pattydc@expeditions.com, (212) 261-9081

National Geographic: Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

Waitrose Bank Balance Warning

Booker Gliding - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:57
BEWARE - Waitrose Thame has subbed out their car park to Britannia Parking. If you go over the 2 hour limit you will get a mugging with a bill for £40 (£70 if not paid immediately). Their signage is almost invisible (I have marked it with a yellow arrow) and when I complained they said 'tough shit, it is our policy'. Bandits.



My new policy is never to buy from Waitrose or John Lewis again.

National Geographic and Scenic Announce River Cruise Partnership

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:45

WASHINGTON and BOSTON (November 2, 2017)—National Geographic Expeditions and award-winning operator Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have teamed up to launch a new line of National Geographic River Cruises. These new offerings will combine Scenic’s truly all-inclusive luxury river cruise experience with National Geographic’s 129-year legacy of science, conservation and exploration to create an unforgettable experience for travelers.

Each sailing will be accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will enrich the experience through educational presentations and informal discussions throughout the trip. European cruises will also have a National Geographic photographer on board to share professional techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. On National Geographic River Cruises, guests will have a menu of rich, experiential excursions to choose from, ranging from hikes and bike rides to in-depth learning experiences that focus on the natural world, culture and history.

“We are excited and proud to align ourselves with a brand as historic and well respected as National Geographic,” said Glen Moroney, chairman of Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours. “We believe Scenic’s dedication to providing guests with the most exceptional five-star, all-inclusive river cruise experience available is a perfect complement to the enriching and authentic experiences for which National Geographic Expeditions is known.”

“Our trips are designed to celebrate remarkable destinations, to foster genuine interactions with local cultures, and to promote a deeper understanding of the natural world,” said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “Bringing river cruises into our portfolio allows our travelers to reach spectacular parts of the world in a unique way. We are pleased to partner with Scenic, as they share our commitment to delivering outstanding experiences to guests.”

This partnership between Scenic and National Geographic River Cruises will offer numerous sailings in Europe: on the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle Rivers; in Holland and Belgium; through France’s Bordeaux region and Portugal’s Douro Valley—as well as on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma). Departures begin in 2018 and can be booked directly through National Geographic Expeditions natgeoexpeditions.com/rivercruises or Scenic www.scenicusa.com/nat-geo now.

National Geographic Expeditions offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts and guides to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Along with these new river cruises, travel opportunities include land and train expeditions, active adventures, family and student expeditions, value-priced journeys, expedition cruises, private jet trips, as well as a collection of 55 National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; and two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe and the Mekong, while Scenic’s 15 ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents; or through Scenic: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: info@scenicusa.com: or National Geographic: natgeoexpeditions.com; or phone 1-888-966-8687.

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Media Contacts and photo requests:

National Geographic:

Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, 202.912.6703

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours:

Elliot Gillies, elliot@gilliesandzaiser.com, www.gilliesandzaiser.com, 212.724.7783

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

PAUL MCCARTNEY ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENTARY SHORT IN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EDITOR IN CHIEF, SUSAN GOLDBERG

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 00:04

PAUL MCCARTNEY ANNOUNCES NEW DOCUMENTARY SHORT IN EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EDITOR IN CHIEF, SUSAN GOLDBERG

McCartney debuts new documentary short for his ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign featuring Mary and Stella McCartney, Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson

McCartney encourages everyone to become ‘meat moderators,’ discussing the impact that livestock agriculture is having on global climate change

McCartney confirms National Geographic behind the inspiration for the Beatles 1968 smash hit ‘Lady Madonna’  

(LONDON/WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 2nd, 2017) Paul McCartney, musician, activist and global icon, has joined National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg, for an exclusive conversation, ahead of releasing a new documentary short in support of his campaign “Meat Free Monday,” which can be viewed at nationalgeographic.com.

Along with daughters and campaign co-founders Mary and Stella McCartney, the new documentary film, One Day a Week, also features Academy Award-winner Emma Stone and Academy Award nominee and EMMY-winner Woody Harrelson, as they narrate and share facts about the impact of livestock agriculture on climate change. The film is slated to be released Friday, November 3rd and will be available at 00.01 on Friday 3rd November on the Meat Free Monday YouTube page.

Meat Free Monday encourages people to not eat meat at least one day a week with the hope that if enough people do it and the idea spreads, it will make a difference” said McCartney. “My film, One Day a Week, aims to raise awareness of this important issue and show people that if we all join together in this effort, we can help improve the environment, reduce the negative impacts of climate change, and even improve people’s health

Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella in 2009, ‘Meat Free Monday’ is a not-for-profit campaign that aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat-free day each week.

Through the interview, McCartney discusses his personal choices in becoming a vegetarian and why he’s now advocating for “meat moderators”: people who reduce their consumption of meat intake as part of their weekly food routine.

“I support a lot of causes, but this particular one is personal for me because it is how I live,” said McCartney. “Through this campaign, I can say to people, ‘Just try it,’ and show people that it can actually be quite fun when you look at what you do, what you eat, how you live and think, ‘Is this what I’m gonna do for the rest of my life or would it be kind of interesting to try making a change?’”

Goldberg said, “At National Geographic, we’ve been illuminating the world for the last 129 years — first in words and pictures, and now across our digital platforms, with information that’s on the side of science, on the side of facts and on the side of the planet. Within our yellow border, we’re creating a portal for the planet’s curious people, giving those with an insatiable quest for knowledge the information that allows them to make informed decisions and affect positive change. We are thrilled that Paul chose National Geographic to bring his message about environmental sustainability to a global audience.”

During the conversation, available for viewing now at nationalgeographic.com, Paul also discussed the inspiration behind the 1968 Beatles hit, “Lady Madonna.” An article titled “American Special Forces in Action in Viet Nam,” from a 1965 issue of National Geographic magazine, featured a photo by Howard Sochurek of a woman surrounded by three small children, one of them nursing. The photo ultimately served as the inspiration for the song.

I love National Geographic and I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It’s sort of always there, that yellow frame and you know exactly what it is and you know you’re gonna get great photos and great stories about the world,” said McCartney. “One particular issue, I saw in the ’60s, had a woman…and she looked very proud and she had a baby … I saw that as a kind of Madonna thing, mother and child…… You know, sometimes you see pictures of mothers and you go, ‘She’s a good mother.’ You could just tell there’s a bond and it just affected me, that photo. So I was inspired to write ‘Lady Madonna,’ my song, from that photo.”

Goldberg’s interview with McCartney will be released to the 396 million followers across all digital and social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and online, with a print interview to follow in the new year. National Geographic magazine has 55 million readers, in 30 languages, with the full National Geographic media portfolio reaching over 760 million consumers every month.

The full interview with Paul McCartney can be seen at www.NationalGeographic.com with the brand new documentary short to be released at 00.01 on Friday 3rd November.

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Notes To Editors

Assets for Media: Click HERE for access to clips for broadcast, images and transcripts from the interview.  All materials used must credit National Geographic and Meat Free Monday

 

Picture Caption

Caption: National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg meets Paul McCartney in an exclusive conversation about his new film ‘One Day a Week’, part of his ‘Meat Free Monday’ campaign

Copy Right: National Geographic

 

Twitter accounts

National Geographic – @SusanBGoldberg @NatGeo

Paul McCartney – @PaulMcCartney @MeatFreeMonday #OneDayAWeek

 

Campaign statics

  • It can take 2,350 litres of fresh water – that’s about 30 bathtubs! – to produce just one beef burger.
  • An area of rainforest the size of a hundred football pitches is cut down every hour to create room for grazing cattle
  • A third of all cereal crops, and more than 95 per cent of soy, is turned into feed for farmed animals.
  • Almost a third of all land on Earth is used for livestock production

 

For further information:

National Geographic

Daniel Maynard – National Geographic, Europe & Africa

Daniel.Maynard@fox.com

+44 (0)7971 058864

Courtney Rowe – National Geographic

Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com

+1 202 919 2810

Anna Kukelhaus – National Geographic

Anna.Kukelhaus@natgeo.com

+1 202 912 6724

 

For Paul McCartney/Meat Free Monday campaign

Stuart Bell – DawBell

stuart.bell@dawbell.com

+ 44 7931 501 495

Suzanne Barnard – Meat Free Monday

press@meatfreemondays.com

+ 44 7854 115 799

 

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Latest Addition: Flying Charter's Elegant Il Cigno

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 01:00
Latest Addition: Flying Charter's Elegant Il Cigno Flying Charter is glad to introduce its new C.A Il Cigno, a vessel with classic elegance and charm for a Mediterranean charter. We take a closer look the Nicolini vessel's features having benefitted from a welcomed refit; style stamped by Jonathan Reed with 43-metres for be enjoyed.

A Classic “Made in Italy”
Built in 1986 by the Italian shipyard Nicolini, Il Cigno, available for Charter with Flying Charter, boasts a sophisticated refit revamping her classic living space into a quintessentially Italian masterpiece. The ideal charter vessel to explore the Westernshores of the Med with freedom and comfort, she is lead by a doting crew of 8, with a traditional exterior combining clean sharp lines with an elegant stature.

The Sentiment of Space
The charming corners of Il Cigno paint the perfect picture for any charter adventure. Interior styling by Jonathan Reed marries warm oaks with punchy oranges, offering ahome-from-home comfort for family and friends to reside. Immerse in the large main salon with sophisticated dining area, benefitting from an on-board entertainment system perfect for hosting guests in its ample space.

Accommodating up to 12 guests in comfort, the full beam master suite on the main deck boasts a personal office and en-suite, while the lower deck features four guest cabins with two doubles and two twins, offering the perfect place for tranquility before adventure calls. Her skylounge can also be easily converted into an additional double cabin with private bathroom, accommodating in total up to 12 guests, and showcasing another charming corner of Il Cigno to enjoy.

On-Deck Delight
The upper deck of Il Cigno captures a charter escape at its best. Its al fresco dining spot, ideal for long family lunches or romance under the stars, is just one way of enjoying warm Mediterranean evenings with guests. The other? A sun basking afternoon on deck, with a shaded aft deck for a welcomed reprieve before approaching your next sun drenched destination.

Ready, Set, Sea!
Family fueled adventures begin on Il Cigno. With tenders and toys on-board, everything from Wave-Runners to Sea-Kayaks offer laid back exploration for endless fun on the water.  Il Cigno offers rendez-vous diving where hedonistic days are best enjoyed on the ocean, transcending your charter escape into blissful enjoyment and seclusion into the azure. 

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Breaking: Nat Geo & Gallup Announce 25 Happiest Cities in the U.S., Interviews & Visuals Available

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:42

** MEDIA ALERT **

National Geographic, New York Times Best-Selling Author Dan Buettner and Gallup Announce The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States

 Boulder, CO tops the list

 Spokespeople, Images and Exclusive Map Available for Press

National Geographic, Gallup and New York Times best-selling author and National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner have announced The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States based on The National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index. The Index was specifically developed to measure a population’s happiness based on 15 metrics including civic engagement, walkability and healthful food options. Boulder, Colorado tops the list with walkability, access to nature and sense of community as contributing factors to its residents’ happiness.

Buettner mentions, “if you want to get happy, don’t try and change your belief system. Change your environment.” In National Geographic’s November cover story and newly-published The Blue Zones of Happiness, Buettner reveals the world’s happiest places (Denmark, Costa Rica and Singapore) and explains environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to the overall happiness in these geographic regions. Pulling from years of experience studying the world’s most-thriving populations, Buettner, National Geographic and Gallup developed a methodology for measuring where Americans are living their happiest lives.

The full list of the 25 Happiest Cities, in order by National Geographic/Blue Zones® Index score, is below, and the full story is available here.

  1. Boulder, CO
  2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA
  3. Charlottesville, VA
  4. Fort Collins, CO
  5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
  6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
  7. Provo-Orem, UT
  8. Bridgeport-Stamford, CT
  9. Barnstable Town, MA
  10. Anchorage, AK
  11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL
  12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
  13. Salinas, CA
  14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
  15. Urban Honolulu, HI
  16. Ann Arbor, MI
  17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
  18. Colorado Springs, CO
  19. Manchester-Nashua, NH
  20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
  21. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
  22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  23. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
  24. Portland-South Portland, ME
  25. Austin-Round Rock, TX

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

Spokespeople

Visual Assets

Photos and an exclusive map of The 25 Happiest Cities in the United States are available here along with the mandatory usage requirements. Please inquire for available b-roll.

For all our Blue Zones of Happiness content including news announcement, magazine story, and book information, visit natgeo.com/questforhappiness.

Media Contacts

**Press inquiries for Dan Buettner, please contact Ann Day, ann.day@natgeo.com, (202)912-6712.

**Press inquiries for George Stone, please contact Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202)912-6703 or Hannah Sedgwick, hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com, (202)912-6762.

 

 

National Geographic Magazine, November 2017

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:48
Click here for PDF

For press inquiries, please contact: Anna Kukelhaus at anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com and Leah Jereb at leah.jereb@natgeo.com.


Ophelia has a bad influence on the Scottish wave

Booker Gliding - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:08
Storm Ophelia didn't bring much wind to NE Scotland so our trailers are still the right way up.
Having had a couple of weeks of stunning wave weather we now have lots of cloud, rain and the threat of Easterly winds; as Mr M Jagger once said; you can't always get what you want.
As any glider pilot knows, or soon finds out, the weather doesn't always play ball on expeditions, but the wait for the good weather is always worthwhile.
No flying for the last couple of days so we have been watching salmon jumping and visiting the transport museum.
We are hoping to take to the skies again tomorrow.


2017 National Geographic Holiday Gift Guide

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:24

 

This season, National Geographic is proud to offer a wide assortment of holiday gifts for everyone on your list, from the adventurers and travelers to photographers and curious kids.

Each gift aligns with National Geographic’s mission to further our knowledge and understanding of our world. These gifts that give back also support the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund future science and exploration.

View our full holiday gift guide at this link — bit.ly/2017NGHolidayGiftGuide

MEDIA CONTACT

For more information, product samples and editorial opportunities, please contact Hannah Sedgwick at hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com.

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones Solution comes… THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS: Lessons From the World’s Happiest People By Dan Buettner

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:52
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones Solution comes… THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS Lessons From the World’s Happiest People By Dan Buettner

“I’ve spent much of the past several years studying the science of well-being and what makes us thrive. In this well-researched book, Dan Buettner presents us with the latest innovative and story-driven science on how to shape our surroundings in ways that make us happier and more fulfilled. Blue Zones of Happiness is a compelling read and a useful guide for a better life.”

Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global

 

“Filled with realistic, constructive information, this book is a useful manual for individuals and communities to take the initiative toward happier, healthier lives.”

Publishers Weekly

 

New York Times bestselling author Dan Buettner has dedicated the last fifteen years to helping people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. His work has taken him around the globe to some of the most beautiful—and remote—regions, where he’s met and cohabitated with people of all ages and experiences to better understand how they live, eat, and socialize and how these factors contribute to their overall health and longevity. This work has resulted in three New York Times bestselling books (The Blue Zones, Thrive, The Blue Zones Solution). It also inspired Buettner to launch the largest preventative healthcare system in America, The Blue Zones Project, which is now established—and thriving—in 42 cities across the country.

And now, in a timely and eye-opening new book, THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS (National Geographic Books; on-sale October 3, 2017), Buettner turns the spotlight from health to happiness revealing surprising secrets of the world’s happiest places—and shows us how we can all apply the lessons of true happiness to our own lives.

Using his proven Blue Zones methodology, Buettner traveled to extraordinarily content—and uniquely different—happiness “hot spots” in South America, Asia, Europe, and the United States, to distill how the people in each region live in such a way that aligns with scientifically proven principles for true contentment. In THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS—and for the first time ever—Buettner delivers a world happiness consensus, which he developed with Gallup, the University of Pennsylvania, the UN, and a never-before assembled panel of the world’s leading happiness experts, to answer two pivotal questions: what can individuals do to make themselves happier? And, how can government act to make their citizens happier? The findings suggest strategies for boosting life satisfaction both in society and on in the lives of individuals.

In this inspiring book, Buettner offers game-changing tools for setting up life to be the happiest it can be and introduces readers to:
The World’s Happiness All-Stars: inspiring individuals whose ways of boosting well-being can influence your home and community as well.
• The Three Strands of Happiness: pleasure, purpose, and pride—that weave together in different ways in the world’s happiest places.
• The Blue Zones Happiness Test: to pinpoint areas in your life where change could bring more happiness—and then find practical steps to make those changes.
• What researchers on happiness consider: the top ways to create personal and nationwide happiness, as revealed by a blue-ribbon panel of world experts convened for this book.
• Boost happiness with the Happiness Power 9: Buettner’s final assessment of the most important lessons to be learned from the world’s happiest people and places.

Packed with fresh new insights and data about the evolving field of happiness, THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS takes readers on a much-needed journey of discovery, providing a blueprint for a happy life.

In addition, the November issue of National Geographic magazine features “The Happiest Places in the World” on its cover. The story by Dan Buettner, with photographs by Cory Richards and Matthieu Paley, looks at how geography is the biggest determinant of happiness, next to genetics. By merging the two leading scientific scales of happiness, Buettner takes a look at some of the happiest places in the world. The issue, which will be available online beginning October 16 at natgeo.com/questforhappiness, is on print newsstands on October 31.

About the Author

Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Explorer and the founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps Americans live longer, healthier lives. His groundbreaking work on longevity led to his 2005 National Geographic cover story “Secrets of Living Longer” and three national best-sellers, The Blue Zones, Thrive, and The Blue Zones Solution. His forthcoming book, The Blue Zones of Happiness will be published by National Geographic in October 2017. He lives in Minneapolis and can be found on Facebook and Twitter and through his website bluezones.com.  

 

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THE BLUE ZONES OF HAPPINESS

Lessons From the World’s Happiest People

By Dan Buettner

National Geographic Books

On-sale October 3, 2017 | Hardcover | $26.00 | 288 pages

ISBN-13: 978-142621848

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Breaking: Scientists Make Once in a Lifetime Discovery about Gravitational Waves- Interviews, Visuals Available

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:18

***Media Alert***

Breaking News:

Scientists Have Detected Gravitational Waves from Colliding Neutron Stars—A Once in a Lifetime Discovery

This once in a lifetime discovery is helping astronomers resolve a heated debate about the cosmic origins of gold and silver.

Interviews, Images & Video Available

 At press conferences held across continents, scientists today have announced the first detection of gravitational waves created by two neutron stars smashing into each other. Until now, all confirmed detections involved a deadly dance between two black holes, which leave no visible signature on the sky. The observations are helping astronomers verify some long-standing theories in physics and resolve a debate about the origin of gold and other heavy elements in the cosmos—discoveries made possible by the nascent field of gravitational wave astronomy 

Nat Geo Experts Available for Interviews: 

Space expert Nadia Drake is available for interviews out of San Francisco, CA.

Science and astronomy expert Victoria Jaggard is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Science expert Michael Greshko is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C. Greshko is present at the Washington, DC press conference announcing the news this morning. 

 

***For interview or visual requests, contact the following:

Kelsey Taylor at kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan at anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Wave Bar still open

Booker Gliding - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 21:29
Still waving well in the Cairngorms. Today the wind was slightly south of west so we had wave in Glen Tanar as well as behind Morven. We also had the experience of launching into an easterly wind and then flying in westerly wave!  All the Booker pilots here on changeover day took a launch and climbed to between 10,000 and 15,000 ft. Week 2 starts tomorrow.

Looking along the Glen Tanar wave bar, working well from below 2500 ft. 

Windy but waving

Booker Gliding - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:12
Another westerly wind day on Friday, and in eastern Scotland that is a guarantee of wave. Sometimes the wind is a little too fierce though.  Wind at 10,000 ft was above 60 knots making climbs above that height tricky.  Dave and Terry Clements made it to 12,000 feet over Mount Keen in 315 and were the last to land. 
One of the fun parts of flying at Aboyne is landing on the narrow tarmac runways, the pic below shows the narrower north runway. The airfield now also has well mown flat grass either side of the runway, so plenty of room.

315 after landing (deliberately) short on Aboyne runway 27 north today.

Media Alert: Ground-Breaking Space Announcement Coming Monday, Interviews Available

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:13

***Media Alert***

Breaking News Coming Monday, October 16th:
New Discovery Sheds Light on One of the Biggest Mysteries in Space

Stay Tuned for a Ground-Breaking Announcement About Gravitational Waves

Interviews & Visuals Available Monday

In advance of an upcoming news announcement around gravitational waves coming this Monday, October 16, National Geographic will have a number of visuals and astronomy experts who can speak to the full account of this incredible find and its implications regarding the future of astronomy. Based on discussions among the scientific community, this announcement will be of incredible interest to consumers.

Nat Geo Experts Available for Interviews:

Space expert, Nadia Drake, is available for interviews

out of San Francisco, CA.

Science and astronomy expert, Victoria Jaggard ,is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Science expert, Michael Greshko, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C. Greshko will be present at the press conference announcing the news on Monday, October 16th.

 

**For press inquiries, please contact Kelsey Taylor at kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com or Anna Kukelhaus Dynan at anna.kukelhaus.com.

 

12 October Pete finds a new hair tonic

Booker Gliding - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:48
A very pleasant day at Booker. Lots of training going on. Well done Sam Husband, first flight in the Junior today and Mike Sheppard doing plenty of solo circuits with an eye on the Junior.

Thanks to Andy Monk for spending a day teaching James Clare and Martine and Steve for his enthusiasm to tow with the Robin.

Pete was painting his trailer with a very strange paint. It seems to have created an unusual crop of luxuriant hair. The bad news is, it has affected his memory----so where are the keys to my trailer then?

pete proudly shows off his new hair 

Another good day in the Cairngorms

Booker Gliding - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:56
Don Valley looking North from 19000 FtMore wave flying for most of us today. Tricky again to get away later in the day, but most of us made an early start. Most got to heights from 12000 ft to 19000 ft. Climbing alongside some classic very beautiful lenticular clouds added to the enjoyment.

Mega stack of Lennies over the Don Valley

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