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8 Strategies for conservatives to gain strength during Biden era

Glenn reads an article from the Federalist by Joy Pullmann, called “8 Strategies For Exiting The Biden Years Stronger Than The Right Went In.” She gives several concrete ways that conservatives in America can not only survive the Biden era but actually can gain STRENGTH, too. Glenn says her thoughts are Reaganesque, which is EXACTLY what we need right now.

Read her full take here


By News on the Net -- Glenn Beck- Thursday, January 21, 2021 - Full Story

Travel: Hampshire Fun Days Out

Hover TravelDays out are a good way of spending time together, experiencing something new but also keeping the children occupied, taking some of the strain away from their addled parents.

With this in mind a day trip to the Isle of Wight sounds like just the ticket. Usually it can take around half an hour or so to get over to the island, which does eat into a day trip. We were excited to discover that Hover Travel flies passengers over this strip of water in just 10 minutes. We’ve never been on a hovercraft. It is a very similar experience to travelling by ferry but considerably quicker.

By Tim Saunders - Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - Full Story

La Bella Vita … Luxury Cruising from Venice to Mantua

VeniceWednesday, we’ve been on La Bella Vita for 3 days and definitely no mid-week blues for me. It’s a beautiful sunny morning and I’m on the top deck early today. I pop into the wheelhouse and after a quick chat with Captain Roger I take in the breathtaking views as we make our way along Italy’s River Po. Cruising on a luxury barge is totally relaxing and with so much to see and do it’s the perfect way to spend a week making friends and creating wonderful memories. But let’s start at the beginning of this European Waterways cruise from Venice via the Venetian Lagoon, Chioggia, the Po Valley, Bianco Canal, Ferrara to Mantua … a truly magical Italian experience.

By David Powell - Friday, August 9, 2019 - Full Story

Travel: Exbury Gardens

Travel: Exbury GardensResearch shows that spending time outdoors improves blood pressure, boosts mental health and can even reduce the risk of cancer. Exbury Gardens in the New Forest, UK immerses visitors in nature and lifts their spirits.

This national treasure is celebrating 100 years since the 200 acres of prime Hampshire land was purchased in 1919 by Lionel de Rothschild, of the famous Rothschild banking family, who set about creating a horticultural delight. Known for its azaleas and hydrangeas and its springtime display, overtime this parcel of land has been divided into specific areas to showcase the beauty of plants, flowers and trees.

By Tim Saunders - Sunday, July 28, 2019 - Full Story

Cruising the Greek Islands

Cruising the Greek IslandsFive course dinners with double-starters and delicious deserts, all-inclusive drinks, fabulously friendly staff and tomorrow morning we sail into Santorini! Idyllic Aegean indeed as I’m on a seven-day cruise around the Greek islands with Celestyal Cruises on their yacht-like ship Celestyal Crystal.

People are up on deck early this Thursday as we slowly sail into Santorini which curves round a giant lagoon formed from the rim of an ancient sunken volcano that exploded in about 1628 BC. Thanks to that fateful day the island is considered by many to be one of, if not the most, spectacular sights in Greece. In fact mention Santorini to most people and you will find that if they haven’t already visited, it’s high on their ‘bucket list’. Multi coloured cliffs soaring out of the sea with tiny whitewashed buildings at the top look spectacular from our ship.

By David Powell - Sunday, July 14, 2019 - Full Story

Travel: West Sussex

NymansWatch out… there are elephants in West Sussex…

Well, that’s what we find when we visit. There’s Dumbo at The Dome – a truly magnificent art deco building - and Elmer at The Connaught, both in Worthing.

By Tim Saunders - Sunday, May 5, 2019 - Full Story

Day out at Finkley Down

Day out at Finkley DownConfidence and independence.

Two key qualities that a day out at Finkley Down near Andover gives our children. It’s amazing to see.

Little Henry (3), who when we last visited was literally latched to mummy and had to be carried almost everywhere, is now roaming free. And he loves it. The sense of achievement in his little face is a sight to behold as he says: “I’ve done that myself,” on doing lots of climbing in the indoor play area and going down the big slide all by himself.

By Tim Saunders - Sunday, March 3, 2019 - Full Story

Travel: Cheltenham - a family break

Travel: Cheltenham - Gloucester Old SpotThe Regency and Victorian splendour of Cheltenham is only a couple of hours away from where we live, making it an extremely attractive place to visit.

Composer Gustav Holst was born in the spa town in 1874 and his father, Adolph von Holst was organist at All Saints’ Church, Pittville.

We stay at The Cheltenham Townhouse in Pittville Lawn; home to some of the finest examples of 19th century architecture. It has been owned by Jayne and Adam Lillywhite for the past 16 years. “We bought it when I was expecting my daughter,” recalls Jayne. “It was a nursing home. We have 22 bedrooms and four studios.”

By Tim Saunders - Sunday, February 3, 2019 - Full Story

A Description of Romanian Winter Traditions

Piatra Neam?
The harsh winters of eastern Romanian region of Moldova certainly pack a punch. Particularly in the city of Piatra Neam?, nestled at the eastern edge of the Carpathian Mountains, winter brings with it over two feet of snow from late November and lasting well into February. Alongside that, there are blood-chilling wind gusts arriving from Siberia that crash into the mountains. Icy streets and muddy roads make traveling all the more perilous. However, the season also brings with it a particular beauty. The evergreen trees on the mountains are covered with snow, hiding hibernating bears. The city is covered with bright lights welcoming the arrival of the Christmas season. Most interestingly, the smell of roasting sausage permeates the air.

By Darius Roby - Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - Full Story

New Zealand Endangered Penguins Wearing Onesies

New Zealand Endangered Penguins Wearing Onesies

With Penguin Awareness Day coming up on January 20, 2019, I wanted to send you some information on The Wildlife Hospital in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island. They are using baby onesies to aid in the recuperation of endangered penguins.

To prevent the penguin from scratching and plucking, the veterinary staff found an innovative solution in a baby onesie.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, December 28, 2018 - Full Story

Christmas in the Land of the Long White Cloud

Pohutakawa -- Photo: Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve
Meri Kirihimete! That’s “Merry Christmas” in Māori and just one of the many unique things you’ll notice while celebrating Christmas in New Zealand. A Kiwi-style Christmas is all about summer, outdoor fun and relaxation. This doesn’t mean that age-old traditions are ignored; they just get a different treatment. Here’s how some festive celebrations will play out in various corners of New Zealand this holiday season.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, December 20, 2018 - Full Story

Where to Spot Wildlife in New Zealand

Whale Watch Kaikoura  
Photo: Whale Watch Kaikoura

Located at the bottom of the planet, New Zealand has a diverse range of landscapes in a country with a population that is tiny by world standards. With snowy alps, fjord-like sounds, volcanic plateaus, ancient forests and subtropical beaches, it’s no surprise that New Zealand has equally diverse and abundant wildlife.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, December 10, 2018 - Full Story

Learn the Haka on All Blacks Hallowed Turf

Learn the Haka on All Blacks Hallowed Turf
Watching the All Blacks perform the haka before a match is a goosebumps moment for many sports fans around the world. Now there’s the opportunity for visitors to Auckland’s Eden Park to step onto the field and learn the Haka themselves.

Haka at the Park is a new experience for people keen to learn the famous haka pre-match ritual and to take a close-up look at New Zealand’s most famous sports ground.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - Full Story

Scenic Coastal Pacific Train Operating to Kaikoura

Scenic Coastal Pacific Train Operating to Kaikoura
One of New Zealand’s great rail journeys – KiwiRail’s iconic Coastal Pacific scenic journey – will begin rolling again on December 1, 2018, two years after the service was put on hold as the railway line was rebuilt following the devastating November 14, 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.

The rail journey between Picton, at the northern end of the South Island, and Christchurch, on the eastern coast, is a spectacular journey. Beginning (or ending) in Picton, in the Marlborough Sounds, the train passes through the Marlborough wine region and follows the dramatic coastline south to Christchurch.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, November 22, 2018 - Full Story

Visitors invited to act as guardians of New Zealand

Tiaki – Care for New Zealand, Tiaki Promise
New Zealand’s tourism industry has come together to launch a major initiative inviting visitors to care for its unique land and environment.

Under the banner of Tiaki – Care for New Zealand, the industry has launched the Tiaki Promise, which actively encourages all visitors to experience New Zealand in a way that keeps them safe, protects the natural environment, respects all cultures and preserves the country for future generations.

Tiaki means to care for people and place in New Zealand’s native language Te Reo Māori and the Tiaki Promise is an invitation to visitors to care for New Zealand alongside Kiwis.

By Travel New Zealand - Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Full Story

New Zealand issues ‘new’ world map

New Zealand issues ‘new’ world map
How do you solve being missed off world maps? Take a Prime Minister, a global rock star, a Kiwi comedian and a Hollywood director, create a new map and put yourself at the centre of it.

New Zealand is back with their ongoing investigation into why the country is missed off world maps, launching a follow-up video to check in on conspiracy theorist Rhys Darby and his attempt to solve the mystery.

By Travel New Zealand - Sunday, October 28, 2018 - Full Story

Travel: St Albans, Hertfordshire

Verulamium was a Roman town in the city of St Albans in Hertfordshire.

We discover this during a two-night stay at The Straw House in Spicer Street in the historic cathedral quarter.

“Warner Bros has built studios quite nearby,” reveals owner Pamela, adding that Britain has the best lighting engineers but other talent has to be flown in. “Which means we get lots of stuntmen from Germany and elsewhere staying here.”

By Tim Saunders - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - Full Story

Off-The-Grid New Zealand Accommodations

Peas in a Glass Pod
Drop your phone, ditch the tablet, and enjoy the peace of being tech-free in these out-of-the-way New Zealand destinations. At these spectacular off-the-grid locales, you can surround yourself with nature and the incredible embrace of silence.

Peas in a Glass Pod
The most comfortable way to be fully wrapped up in nature, a PurePod is pretty special – and this is a full-on opportunity to immerse yourself. The “pods” are made entirely from glass, and this includes floors and ceilings. While they don’t have television or Internet coverage, they do feature the most advanced environmentally friendly tech available for the generation of power and disposal of waste. PurePods are integrated into the breathtaking natural environments they inhabit (there are four locations around the Christchurch region) and feature views of the sea, mountains, rivers and the glorious southern night sky.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - Full Story

Affordable New Zealand

Roy’s Peak Track – a hiking trail near Wanaka.
With a little know-how and going into shoulder season (September, October, November, March, April and May), you can be budget-friendly in New Zealand.

Finding your way around New Zealand is easy, people are friendly and helpful, local produce is plentiful and reasonably priced, and it’s possible to enjoy million-dollar scenery for no cost at all. And New Zealand is great for solo female travellers since it’s so welcoming and safe!

There are also many activities that come without a price tag such as: lying on a remote beach, walking tracks and trails through unspoilt wilderness or lush native forest, body surfing, swimming in a clean fresh lake, watching abundant wildlife in natural surroundings, enjoying an outdoor concert or tumbling down a pristine sand dune.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, October 1, 2018 - Full Story

Giant New Zealand Truffle in Special Edition Ale

Giant New Zealand Truffle in Special Edition Ale, Brew Moon Brewing Company
The largest truffle found in New Zealand on record, unearthed in North Canterbury, has found its way into a special edition local ale. The whopper 1.37kg black Périgord truffle was dug up by Jax Lee, general manager of Kings Truffles in Waipara (near Christchurch), after her five-year-old dog, Freddy, sniffed it out beside an oak tree.

The next challenge was to clean it up, extremely carefully, and make sure that it was put to good use. Lee had just the place in mind. The family-owned Brew Moon Brewing Company, started by Kieran McCauley and Belinda Gould, located down the road in Amberley, has now added shavings from the record-setting truffle to a golden ale.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, August 24, 2018 - Full Story