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Tourists by Lucy Lethbridge — should have stayed at home?

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Chaos in ports, threats of strikes, misplaced luggage, pandemic paperwork and canceled flights – going on holiday these days can be a scary gamble. But as Lucy Lethbridge shows touristswe Brits can’t help ourselves.

Other books have told the history of tourism. There was The bestseller by Alain de Botton The art of travel (2002), A philosophical look at travel ‘for pleasure’, and more recently overbooked (2013) by former New York Times correspondent Elizabeth Becker, who took a close look at the tourism industry.

This book pursues a much narrower subject – British tourists and their very specific and often odd whims and desires from the early 19th century to the 1970s. If that sounds like a niche, it’s not. Like other meticulously researched one-subject books on social history, such as Lizzie Collinghams The cookie or Mark Kurlansky’s Saltit quickly points to broader sociological truths and customs.

Lethbridge has previously grappled with the intricacies of British society and class snobbery. your previous book, servantgave a voice to domestic workers largely ignored by history, and in touristsrather than focusing on well-known or respected British travellers, it puts a spotlight on the general public, the ‘vagrants’ and tourists, where they’ve gone, what they’ve done and who inspired or made their travels possible.

The book begins with panoramas and dioramas, visual spectacles that for many have been an opportunity to “see the globe in a nutshell.” William Bullock’s Egyptian Hall, commissioned in 1812, was “a pharaonic temple-like structure in Piccadilly” where the chair-travelling public could buy a simulated experience for pennies.

Things really got going with the extravagant performances of the great spectacle Albert Smith, founding member of the Alpine Club, eccentric hacker and “sharp deflator of snobbery and pretentiousness”, whose painted sets, beefed up by set designers and 3D effects, sold well. Appearances in the 1850s. This angered high-minded souls like the critic and Victorian polymath John Ruskin, who believed Smith’s “Alps in a box” witnessed perverted sacred landscapes. But the earnings reflected the public’s enchantment, as Smith’s Mont Blanc show raked in “£30,000 (over £1m today) in ticket sales at the box office in the six years it ran.

tourists is a roving tale of Britons holidaying abroad and at home, and Lethbridge is as good with the sketchbook-carrying Victorians as it is with the caravan club of hardy motorhome owners. As we learn, several factors played a role in the 1950s that made the enormous caravanning boom of that decade possible. New to the market were chemical toilets with “water-colored Elsan blue with Jeyes liquid,” a folk chant revival, Pakamac raincoats (which “were surpassed in 1971 by the arrival of the raincoat, with its crucial and capacious front pocket”). and then the introduction of Camping Gaz stoves, which ran on denatured alcohol, in 1956. It’s those sorts of details, as pleasantly nerdy as the Mac wearers themselves, that make the book such a satisfying read.

What also becomes clear are the similarities between tourism behavior then and now. Just as there is “dark tourism” and creepy YouTubers traveling to conflict zones today, the Daily Express reported in 1919 that in the Belgian city of Ypres there were “visitors trying to capture the thrill of a terror they had not experienced.” . In an 1853 edition of Murray’s Handbook to Naples, a sombre suggestion is made “to attend the burial of a pauper in one of the 366 deep pits in the Campo Santo Nuovo”.

This is all reminiscent of the leagues of camera-wielding Western tourists at Ganges tombs seen today. And just like we have Instagram filters, the Victorians had their own odd accessory, the Claude glass, which saw tourists arriving at a beauty spot turn their backs to the view while holding up a plano-convex mirror that was a simplistic, tinted color mirrored version of the scenery.

The 18th-century clergyman Reverend William Gilpin, known for his relentless pursuit of the ‘picturesque’, promoted ideas that the prospect was the goal, something that would ultimately be included in an album. For Gilpin, the Claude glass gave nature a pleasant and soft hue.

Critics believed that such aesthetic consumption “reduces the world’s great sights to little bubbles of artificial emotion,” which could be said of the art of the selfie and social media in general. But as Lethbridge says of vacation memories, “Who would believe your travel stories if you couldn’t show them something wonderful?”

tourists: How the Brits went abroad to find themselves by Lucy Lethbridge, Bloomsbury £20, 320 pages

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The Lululemon Belt Bag Was the Perfect Accessory for My Two-Week Hawaiian Honeymoon

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I used to think perfect duffel bag didn’t exist — until I stumbled across the now-viral Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag in May. Back then my long awaited Hawaiian honeymoon was about three weeks away, and I had spent months tracking down a compact speakerphone shoulder bag Pocket. I needed something that could get me hiking and snorkeling in the mornings, followed by leisurely afternoons of sunbathing, shopping, and sipping mai tais.

Back then, the Lululemon belt bag came in two sizes: Standard and Extended. I originally wanted the extended length in black; However, due to availability I ordered the purple extended bag and the more versatile regular length black bag. The strap lengths only varied by a few inches and I figured I could always return the regular version if it was too short.

I wasn’t ready to love her as much as I did — in fact, I ended up putting both options in my suitcase. As I slung one of the two bags over my chest, I was immediately struck by how light it felt. (So ​​much so, in Maui, for a moment I thought it had been lost.) Plus, despite its compact size, each contained a full day’s essentials: an SPF stick, a bottle suncream, AirPods, my iPhone, credit cards, cash, my ID, a lip balm, and to top it off, a disposable camera. Even after putting all of these things in the fanny pack, I didn’t feel the strain (read: no shoulder pain!) like I used to. While I mostly mean as handbag, shoulder bagYou can also wear it around the waist, fanny pack style.

Lululemon Everywhere bum bag

The clever design is another great benefit: instead of one main compartment, the Everywhere bag contains multiple zipped and mesh pockets, which helped me stay organized on the go. The secure front pocket provides easy access to my most packed items, like my driver’s license and AirPods.

As someone who tends to spill and soil my clothes, I also appreciate the Everywhere bag’s water-resistant polyester fabric, which is incredibly easy to clean. A wet napkin is really all you need to clean up ketchup stains, spilled coffee, sunscreen residue and the good old dirt and debris that can accumulate after a long hike.

Lululemon has since phased out the original bag in favor of the longer strap design, now referred to simply as the Everywhere Belt Bag. And although the bag’s popularity means it’s been sold in and out lately –check here to see if it’s back online – it was previously sold in a range of shades including a pretty pastel pink, simple black, bright light purple and more. If you see one you like, be quick – it may not be around for long and if you do get your hands on one I’m confident it will become your new favorite bag.

[Editor’s note: As of publishing, the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag was in stock on Amazon and eBay. You can also check your local Lululemon store for inventory.]

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Complicating the Plot – Surfline

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[All photos and vid by Ryan Valasek]

Not all Strike missions are home runs or even base hits. Some are deletions. No thugs. During a recent surfing trip to Nicaragua, longtime California travel buddies and Xcel team members Christian “Cram” Ramirez and Ryan “Snacks” Valasek didn’t exactly hit thousands right from the start. But they were determined to at least stay in the game.

What was supposed to be a carefree, easy-peasy surf surfer ended up being spoiled by a crazy emergency going to Texas to expedite a passport renewal, all the usual and a few unusual diverted flights, and, oh yeah, an overzealous drug dog. “There were so many setbacks when I actually got to Nicaragua, I feel like it took years of my life,” Cram said. “It almost got to the point where I expected something to go wrong.”

Despite all the difficulties, the duo made it. And what they found was worth all the hoops they had to jump through along the way.

Snacks: “This trip was a huge stepping stone for Cram and me. We had been planning trips for a while but everything was put on hold with COVID so we just surfed locally while waiting for some travel restrictions to be lifted. I was camping up in Bend, Oregon with bumpy service when I happened to receive this text message from Christian: “We’re going to Nicaragua next week. I just bought a plane ticket.” I had had all these other plans but just canceled them, bought my ticket to Nica and flew home to California to pack. We left three days later.”

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Plug: “I knew I had to renew my passport to travel, but the only available slot across the country was in El Paso, Texas. I learned this 48 hours before I left for Nicaragua. After packing my gear with all the gear I needed for the trip, I drove from SLO (San Luis Obispo) to Santa Ana and then went on a 36 hour passport mission to El Paso. Finally, two days after leaving my home in SLO, I met up in Rancho for snacks.”

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Plug: “Six hours before our flight, I received an email from the Nicaraguan government saying we were denied entry into the country. Without hesitation we booked new flights to Costa Rica that were an hour later than our original flights to Nica. We landed in Costa Rica, got through customs, and then this drug dog started going crazy on my bag. After two hours of interrogation, while my pockets were being torn apart – and I had resisted several offers of bribes because I knew I wasn’t carrying anything illegal – I was finally able to leave.”

Snacks: “For this trip I brought the camera case I’ve had for a number of years: a Sony A7riii, a couple of prime lenses, a surf lens and a water case with a small lens mount. I’ve paired them with some of my favorite film cameras – a Yashica-D medium format camera and a Contax T2 point-and-shoot.”

Plug: “I really only have one window on the outer reef, but it shot. I had it all to myself, which was a little scary to find out on my own. The wave had an insane spin from a boil at launch. When I found out, the game was on. I had surfed for two hours, caught six waves and was ready for a marathon session when a storm hit. It started raining sideways so hard I could barely see land. It was just pouring rain. That was the end of my dream session, but I’m eyeing this wave for future strikes. There is still work to be done!”

CONTINUE READING: Nicaragua Travel and Surfing Guide

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What is a blockchain oracle, and how does it work?

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Oracles provide a means for the Web3.0 ecosystem to link to existing legacy systems, data sources, and advanced calculations.


Blockchain oracles connect blockchains to external systems, enabling the execution of smart contracts based on real-world inputs and outputs, Cointelegraph reports.

Oracles provide the Web3.0 ecosystem with the ability to connect to existing legacy systems, data sources, and advanced computations.

Decentralized oracle networks (DONs) enable the creation of hybrid smart contracts that combine off-chain infrastructure and on-chain code to create complex decentralized apps (DApps) that respond to real-world events and interact with traditional systems.

Because the blockchain is a distributed ledger, each node in the network must produce the same output given the same input. For example, if one node tries to validate another node’s transaction, the result will be different. This architecture was designed with determinism in mind.

In blockchain, consensus is the technique to agree on a data value, and determinism is essential for nodes to reach consensus. Some of them, such as B. Proof-of-Work (PoW) with Nakamoto consensus and Proof-of-Stake (PoS) with Byzantine consensus may be recognizable to you. Consensus is one of the main reasons blockchain works in the first place.

The blockchain oracle riddle reveals a fundamental limitation of smart contracts: they cannot be linked in any way to data or systems outside of their native blockchain context. External resources are referred to as “off-chain,” while data currently being recorded on the blockchain is referred to as “on-chain.”

Software oracles deliver data from digital sources such as websites, servers or databases, while hardware oracles deliver data from the physical world. In addition, hardware oracles can deliver and forward data from camera motion sensors and RFID (radio frequency identification) sensors. Oracle software can provide real-time data such as exchange rates, price fluctuations, and travel information.

Oracles create a two-way communication channel with blockchains by sending and receiving data. Incoming oracles are more likely to deliver off-chain or real-world data to the blockchain than outgoing oracles. Additionally, the imported data can represent almost anything from asset price movements to weather conditions to payment verification.

A common scenario that can be programmed for incoming oracles is: when an asset reaches a certain price, you place a buy order. Outgoing oracles, on the other hand, notify the outside world of an event that has occurred in the chain.

(With insights from Cointelegraph)

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