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14. Five Stages in Le Tour de Parent by Chris Keam

New World Library ePub

Chris Keam

Propelling our special snowflakes by bike in the earliest stages of their lives also means shepherding them through some distinct phases. At each stage, the right gear makes life simpler. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when you’re choosing the equipment to pedal-power your family’s everyday travels.

They say you shouldn’t take a kid in a trailer before the age of one. “They” say a lot of things, but a lot of people are finding out that even small babies can be safely transported by bike. When your baby is an infant, you have essentially two options: a Dutch-style bakfiets, with the baby carried in a cargo compartment in the front, or a regular bike with a trailer. Either way, if you use an appropriate baby car seat and secure it to the bike, barring a serious accident, your child is just as safe as in a car. When my daughter was an infant, I used a double kids’ trailer and suspended her car seat with bungee cords from the top of the trailer’s aluminum frame. It was secure and relatively isolated from road shock. The bakfiets is the more elegant solution but requires buying a large, expensive bike and finding a place to store it. The upside is the convenience of being able to toss kids, groceries, and even small, well-behaved pets into a big wooden box right where you can see them, making riding with kids less like flying blind.

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Fraser Island & the Fraser Coast

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Nature lovers, rejoice! World Heritage–listed Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, a mystical, at times eerie, land of giant dunes, ancient rainforests, luminous lakes and wildlife including Australia’s purest strain of dingo. It's truly unlike any other place on earth. Across the waters of the Great Sandy Strait, the mellow coastal community of Hervey Bay is the gateway to Fraser Island. From July to October, migrating humpback whales stream into the bay before continuing on to Antarctica. Further south, tiny Rainbow Beach is a laid-back seaside village and an alternative launching pad to Fraser. Fishing, swimming, boating and camping are hugely popular along this stretch of coastline.

Inland, agricultural fields surround old-fashioned country towns steeped in history. Bundaberg, the largest city in the region, overlooks the sea of cane fields that fuels its eponymous rum, a fiery spirit guaranteed to scramble a few brain cells.

AJun–Jul Bring your brolly to Maryborough's Mary Poppins Festival.

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Fiordland & Southland

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Welcome to scenery that travellers dream of and cameras fail to do justice to.

To the west is Fiordland National Park, with jagged misty peaks, glistening lakes and fiords, and a remarkable surfeit of stillness. Enter this beautiful isolation via the world-famous Milford Track, just one of many trails that meander through densely forested, glacier-sculptured valleys confined by mighty mountain ranges. Fiordland is also home to Milford and Doubtful Sounds, where verdant cliffs soar almost vertically from deep, indigo waters.

In Southland’s east, a sharp turn off the beaten track leads through the peaceful Catlins, where waterfalls cascade through lush forest and diverse wildlife congregates around a rugged and beautiful coastline.

And then there's the end of the line – Stewart Island/Rakiura, an isolated isle home to friendly seafarers and a flock of beautiful rare birds, including New Zealand’s beloved icon, the kiwi.

AVisit from December to April for the best chance of settled weather amid Fiordland's notoriously fickle climate (although chances are, you'll still see rain!).

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Martinique

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

     Includes »

     Fort-de-France

     St-Pierre

     Route de la Trace

     Grand-Rivière

     Presqu’île de Caravelle

     Pointe du Bout

     Grande Anse

     Anse d’Arlet

     Ste-Anne

     Les Salines

     Understand Martinique

     Survival Guide

A slice of Gallic culture in the Caribbean, Martinique is an overseas département of France. While it’s noticeably more tropical than the mainland, there’s no denying the very French rhythm of life here. This is great for Francophiles, although it can also give rise to Martinique’s – at times – distinctly un-Caribbean air.

Volcanic in origin, the island is a mountainous stunner crowned by the still-smoldering Mont Pelée, which wiped out Martinique’s former capital of St-Pierre in 1902. Long luscious beaches, great diving and giant mountains covered in tropical forests are the main attractions here.

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Hulls Taking Charge

The Herald-Times Indiana University Press ePub

By Dustin Dopirak

Verdell Jones III will remember the spring and summer of 2011 as the off season when Jordan Hulls snapped. Before that, Hulls was the quiet, scrappy little hometown fan favorite who kept his mouth shut, passed the ball and made 3-pointers and free throws. The Bloomington South graduate spent every free moment in Assembly Hall or Cook Hall, and hoped his Indiana teammates would take notice and follow.

But he didn’t demand it.

This summer, though, after suffering through 41 losses in his first two seasons as a college basketball player, Hulls reached two critical junctures in his mind. He found the confidence to lead and decided he could no longer stand defeat.

Teammates relay stories of this new Hulls barking orders, hollering at teammates and even kicking them out of strength and conditioning sessions or open gyms for sloppy performance. It’s not easy to picture the baby-faced 6-footer screaming at his much bigger and older-looking colleagues, but there isn’t a witness who denies the stories.

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Culinary Aspects

Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub

Culinary Aspects

People always ask me about feed for their horses. They worry about feed as much as they worry about their own diets. I usually tell them to ask their vet or go talk to the old guy at the feed store (any feed store will do), but over the years I’ve gotten enough information to be able to speak to this subject with some authority. I’ve learned that a chicken feed called “scratch” is a remarkable curative for crumbly hooves, that cider vinegar makes miraculous changes in arthritic horses, that horses behave better if the shoer arrives with a box of—God help us—sugar cubes, and that 50 percent of founder cases, a serious foot condition, occur on Christmas day because the owners run out to their ponies and horses with a gaily wrapped coffee can of sweet grain, an unaccustomed treat, which, if eaten in one sitting almost invariably ends in colic or founder, either of which can kill the animal.

I’ve also learned to be careful with my food words when I’m distracted by the job at hand. An example: I was trimming a new customer’s horse and we were talking away in the usual manner when she asked me if I knew how to clean tarweed off the horse’s muzzle and legs. Tarweed is a small bright green weed with little yellow flowers that horses enjoy eating. It puts out a sticky black tar that gets all over the legs and faces of the horses. It’s a real mess. Busy working on a hind foot, I admitted I had no answer for her, but suggested she go talk to the wise old home remedy expert at the feed store. “He’ll probably give you some wacky recipe like kerosene and penis butter,” I inattentively suggested. Horror struck, I murmured, “I mean ‘peanut butter.’ ” I didn’t look up. I didn’t say another word. Neither did she. Without looking at each other the money was exchanged and I left. I’ve never heard from her since.

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38. Bikes Work: The Development and Impact of Small Bicycle Businesses by Sarah Mirk

New World Library ePub

Sarah Mirk

Yes, bikes are fun to ride. And you can decorate them, and they’re great for the environment. But they’re not just good clean fun: nationally and internationally, they’re big business. And in cities where solid bike infrastructure and a vibrant bike culture have led to increased ridership, bikes offer a unique opportunity for small entrepreneurs to tap into a hearty niche market and start a business for relatively low capital cost.

In Portland, Oregon, bikes work. Not only do they save Portland money on health care and long-term transportation spending, but they also make money for the city and business owners.

A rough count these days turns up about 157 bike businesses in Portland. That includes 56 dealers and repair shops, 33 artisan bike builders, 15 bike-apparel manufacturers, 10 businesses that deliver food or goods exclusively by bike, and 8 bicycle cultural institutions, including a film festival, publishing company, and temple. These businesses have contributed to Portland’s economy through creating jobs and promoting tourism by building Portland’s brand.

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The Original Expansion Era

Stephen Laroche ECW Press ePub

THE ORIGINAL EXPANSION ERA

Many fans know that the National Hockey League began play in the 1917–18 season, but few realize that the league was created as a way for a group of previously established National Hockey Association teams to cleanly break away from Eddie Livingstone, the troublemaking owner of the Toronto Blueshirts. Because the other clubs could not, according to the National Hockey Association’s constitution, vote him out, they did the next best thing.

The Ottawa Senators, Quebec Athletics (otherwise known as the Bulldogs) and two teams from Montreal — the Canadiens and the Wanderers — got together to form their own loop, effectively leaving Livingstone in a league by himself and causing years of headaches for both sides. The Bulldogs were unable to drum up enough capital for the first season and their players were loaned to the other clubs. However, the NHL also decided to sell a temporary franchise to the Toronto Arena Company, enticing many Blueshirts players to jump ship. Unofficially called the Arenas, the team went on to capture the Stanley Cup in its first season and became a permanent fixture after the 1918–19 campaign before eventually changing its name to the St. Patricks.

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Abacos

Planet, Lonely Lonely Planet Publications ePub

TELEPHONE CODE: 242 / POPULATION: 16,700 / AREA: 650 SQ MILES

     Includes »

     Marsh Harbour

     Elbow Cay

     Man O’ War Cay

     Great Guana Cay

     Green Turtle Cay

     Little Harbour

     Sandy Point

     Treasure Cay

     Spanish Cay

Yachting and the Abacos go together like wind and sail: this glittering crescent of islands and cays is known as the ‘Sailing Capital of the World.’

The main island is 130-mile-long Abaco, whose main city, Marsh Harbour, is the prime launch pad for exploring the surrounding cays and reefs. The Loyalist Cays – Elbow, Great Guana, Man O’ War and Green Turtle – beckon offshore just a short ferry ride away. Named after the 18th-century settlers who came here to avoid prosecution during the American Revolution, they’re an inviting collection of clapboard homes, narrow streets and chock-a-block museums.

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Weather

Ron Tatum University of North Texas Press ePub

Weather

Shoeing horses is not a pleasant way to make a living, but when the weather is extreme, it is downright miserable. The extremes are heat, cold, and rain. It’s best to stay home when these conditions are severe, but when you have no food in the house, you have to do what you have to do.

Heat, without question, is the most troublesome for me. I’ll choose rain over heat, any day. In fact I will no longer shoe a horse on an extremely hot day unless there is a cool barn or some kind of shelter. I’m from the Northwest and we don’t quite know what to do on hot days. We don’t get a lot of them, so when it gets to be in the high eighties or nineties, everyone just stands around in confusion and complains. Air conditioners have arrived in most business offices and fastfood restaurants, but are seldom found in anyone’s home. I only recently got a truck with an air conditioner.

One hot day in California during my first year of shoeing when I usually took two hours to shoe a horse under normal conditions, I took almost five hours to shoe one horse. I drank a lot of water, but the heat got to me. I’d work for awhile, get dizzy, and go into the hay room and lie down on a bale of hay until the dizziness went away. I turned a hose on my head and upper body every now and then, but that didn’t stop the dizziness. That horse stood out there the whole time in the blazing sun, mostly asleep, and didn’t seem bothered at all by the heat. I probably suffered from heat stroke and didn’t have the sense to recognize it. No one was around to point it out to me.

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Around Manila

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

After the urban joys of Manila have exhausted you, you’ll probably be ready for some fresh air. Believe it or not, it’s in ample supply in the hilly regions surrounding Manila.

The area south of Manila is home to a clutch of interesting military history sights and some of the most dramatic landscapes you’ll find anywhere. Volcanoes are the speciality, with some impressive sea- and townscapes thrown in.

Head north and you’ll run square into the most notorious volcano of them all, Mt Pinatubo, in the underrated Zambales Mountains. It overlooks the twin ex-military bases of Subic and Clark, now struggling to become tourism hubs.

Though it's possible to visit these places as day trips, getting out of Manila can take the bulk of the morning, so it's better to do overnight stays.

ADec–Feb The coolest months are particularly welcome.

AMay Local peaks become places of refuge in the height of the hot season.

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2. Madden Men: Masculinity, Race, and the Marketing of a Video Game Franchise

Thomas P Oates Indiana University Press ePub

Thomas P. Oates

IN AUGUST 2012, AS THE RELEASE OF EA SPORTSMADDEN NFL 13 video game approached, a months-long marketing blitz peaked with a series of advertisements featuring actor Paul Rudd and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. In the campaign, the two are presented as close, lifelong friends, whose bond is cemented by periodic Madden NFL marathons. The ads are clearly presented with tongue firmly in cheek. The friendship between Rudd and Lewis is offered as a whimsical premise. Rudd is a recognizable film and television actor, best known for roles playing middle-class white professionals. While appearing to be reasonably fit, he would never be mistaken for an NFL player, and though his movies are frequently about masculine themes (see, for example, I Love You, Man; The 40-Year Old Virgin; and Forgetting Sarah Marshall), he has never played the role of an action hero. Lewis, meanwhile, is black, was raised in poverty by a single mother in Lakeland, Florida, and was a major NFL star at the time, and hence a visible representative of hegemonic masculinity. The joke turns on the premise that despite the seemingly unbridgeable gaps separating affluence from poverty, white from black, icons of masculinity from the average guy, Rudd and Lewis are improbably buddies. Their friendship goes back to the cradle, as Rudd explains in the first ad in the series: “Oh, man, Ray and I have known each other our whole lives. We grew up together. Best friends!” The rest of the campaign shows the two friends playing the video game, engaging in verbal dueling, boasting, and performing other acts that characterize a certain kind of friendly masculine competition.

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The Expansion Era

Stephen Laroche ECW Press ePub

THE EXPANSION ERA

Successes and Failures

Once the first expansion season was over and the grand experiment considered a success for the most part, it was only natural that the NHL would look to the future and continue to bring big-league hockey to more North American markets.

The seeds for future expansion were sown during the 1967–68 campaign when the troubled California Seals were being shopped around by Barry Van Gerbig. A move to Vancouver or Buffalo was heavily rumoured early on but was shot down by the NHL Board of Governors. Both cities had been shut out in the first round of expansion, but their persistence meant that the league approved both locations (and avoided a potentially costly legal bill or two) when the league was ready to grow to 14 teams at the start of the 1970–71 campaign.

Both communities had a very strong minor league presence with the WHL’s Canucks and the AHL’s Bisons and received a great deal of support from local hockey fans from the start — even if the on-ice product needed some time to become a success. The Buffalo Sabres, who had former Toronto Maple Leafs coach and general manager Punch Imlach running the show, became a contender sooner than the Canucks and made the playoffs for the first time in 1972–73 with young stars Gilbert Perreault, Richard Martin and Rene Robert forming the legendary French Connection line.

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Byron Bay & Northern New South Wales

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Byron Bay & Northern New South Wales

Beach towns and national parks leapfrog each other all the way up this stupendous stretch of coast. Inland, lush farmland and ancient tracts of World Heritage–listed rainforest do the same.

Providing a buffer between New South Wales’ big cities to the south and Queensland’s built-up Gold Coast, the North Coast offers an altogether quieter and simpler way of life. In cute little towns throughout the region dyed-in-the-wool country types rub shoulders with big-city escapees and post-hippie alternative lifestylers – if you’re looking for fresh local produce, a top-notch meal or a psychic reading, you shouldn’t be disappointed. And if you’re searching for a surf break, rest assured that there will be an awesome one around the very next corner.

Nowhere on the East Coast conjures up the beach– nature–good times vibe quite like Byron Bay. Those who visit seldom go home complaining – if they go home at all.

Jun & Jul Winter brings migrating whales, lanterns to Lismore and rockers to Byron Bay.

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Kathmandu Valley & Around

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

In many ways the Kathmandu Valley is Nepal. Created from the bed of a sacred lake by the deity Manjushri, according to Buddhist legend, the basin is a patchwork of terraced fields and sacred temple towns that showcase the glory of the architects and artisans of Nepal. Sadly, the area also bore the brunt of the 2015 earthquake. This has taken its toll on the valley's medieval villages and sacred sites, but there is still a huge amount to see, from centuries-old temples to Himalayan viewpoints and two adventurous roads to Tibet.

Aside from the great Unesco World Heritage Sites of Patan, Bodhnath and Bhaktapur, try to visit one or two of the smaller Newari villages off the mainstream tourist circuit. Many attractions can be explored by minibus, taxi, mountain bike, motorcycle, even on foot, following a web of ancient trails. You’ll likely see fewer tourists just 10km outside Kathmandu than you will if you trek for days through the Himalaya.

AMar–Apr Warm weather, green farmland and spectacular chariot festivals.

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