Established in 1861, the exclusive Beau-Rivage Palace on the mighty shores of Lake Geneva has long been a favorite retreat among celebrities and the world’s rich and famous. Although newly renovated, the grandiose rooms and suites, with their timeless, refined décor and majestic lake views, celebrate a glamorous past while still featuring all the modern luxuries of a 5 star hotel. Eight treatment rooms offer the ultimate in spa pampering, and dining options range from French, Japanese, and Italian to a Michelin-starred establishment and a fabulous cellar which plays host to one of Europe’s largest collection of wines.
The oil embargo of 1973 forced government and businesses to innovate their way out of the crisis. For GE, that meant focusing on multi-layered high-tech called composites, and teaming up with NASA to develop an experimental, energy-efficient engine called the GE36. While the GE36 never became a commercial engine, GE continues to use carbon fiber composite blades for engines including the GE90 and the GEnx.
I came across this remarkable image today: a man and a woman engaged in a game of bowling, passionately judging from their gestures. The image is from a book of Psalms (a Psalter) and was probably made in the Southern Low Countries (nowadays Belgium). It seems surprising to find this merry scene in a devout book used for private devotion, but Psalters are often filled with marginalia that feature entertaining scenes. This leaf, the only one that survives from the original book, was found discarded behind a shelf. It is the first time I encounter a medieval couple bowling. In fact, it must be one of the earliest depictions of this sport.
Pic: London, British Library, Harley 7640, made c. 1300 (more here).
Meet the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, serving the capital of Iceland. By the looks of their incredible Instagram account, a normal day includes holding kittens, eating candy and wearing false mustaches.
For the record the Icelandic police are probably the best police force in the world, There has only been one instance where an officer shot and killed a civilian in the entire history of the country (which is nearly a hundred years) and everyone was completely devastated by it, the police especially — because, as made clear in their statements after the incident, they understand their function is to protect the people. Not to mention that their general police go unarmed except for special squads.
Let’s run through some more facts while we’re on the subject: Compared to 31,000+ shooting deaths in the US in 2009, Iceland had… 4, because they have very rigorous screening processes for gun permits. There is very little economic disparity between upper, middle and lower classes, and social welfare programs take care of their people. Drug use affects less than 1% of the population between 15 and 65 years old, and 90% of drug-related court cases are settled with a fine rather than jail time. Violent crime is virtually non-existent. [x]
Iceland is like if you took the entire idea of chill and personified it as an country, and this exemplifies that.
Except that Iceland has a population of 325,671 compared to the US’s 318 million, so it’s completely meaningless to compare them. Iceland has a population comparable to that of a city like Santa Ana, California, for example.
Why do dirty hippies act like John Lennon was a saint
He physically abused both his wives, emotionally abused his son, was openly homophobic and antisemetic, was controlling and misogynist, he literally made Yoko Ono write a list of all the men she’d been with and shamed her for…
I think people like the idea of John Lennon more than the reality. If we was still alive now, he’d probably be a lot less worshipped, more of a washed up old celebrity than a legend with multiple buildings and an airport named after him. But that’s the problem with hippies and peace and all that stuff, it’s all just words and ideals, with no real substance.
To say that The Beatles were mediocre though is like saying Bill Gates is poor, considering they’re probably the single biggest influence on music in the past hundred years.