Isabella Bird and her travels

3 August, 2014
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Intrepid travel writer and photographer Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was one of the 19th century’s most remarkable women travellers. Her intrepid global travels and her subsequent travel books made her famous at home and abroad. Over coming poor health and the restrictions of a male dominated society, Bird travelled extensively into her old age. Countries she visited included America, Hawaii, India, Kurdistan, the Persian Gulf, Iran, Tibet, Malaysia, Korea, Japan...

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PayPal quietly charges fees

1 August, 2014

Paypal has quietly started charging for using the Friends and Family transaction While it still says on the Paypal site, in at least two different places, that “It’s always free to send money to friends and family when you use your PayPal balance or bank account,” as you can clearly see from the screen shot below, that is suddenly not true, at least for certain transactions. “It’s always free...

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ISRAEL Border Control Clearance

21 July, 2014
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As I just learned from my friend Avi, Israel has a new system of Border Control Clearance and is not stamping your passport any more when entering or leaving the country. Instead you will get a so called “Border Control Clearance” – Slip as shown. This procedure is introduced since end of 2013. If you have any evidence in your passport of having visited Israel, you can be denied...

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Passbrief (Passport) 1793 Holy Roman Empire

18 July, 2014
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This Passbrief (Passport) 1793 of the Holy Roman Empire is very very rare, large (40 x 53 cm / 15.75 x – 20.87 inch)  and was issued at the Reichshof in Vienna for a trip from Vienna to Regensburg. The pass includes beautiful font graphic and also a large paper seal with diameter of 12 cm! Particularly interesting is the signature on the bottom left of Franz de Paula...

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Who is Georg von Bekesy?

15 July, 2014
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Georg von Bekesy was born in Budapest, Hungary on June 3, 1899; he died in Honolulu on June 13, 1972. He was the only Nobel Prize winner to ever work at the University of Hawaii. His hobby was collecting art objects and books about art. In 1961 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his research on the function of the cochlea in the mammalian...

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Identity and Identification

12 July, 2014
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Identity and Identification – another great lecture from Gresham College… Identity and Identification Professor Jane Caplan Overview You may know who you are, but how do I know that you really are who you say you are?  How are you going to prove to me, a skeptical stranger or a suspicious official, that you are telling me the truth? How, in other words, can you be identified as an individual, and how...

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How Powerful is Your Passport?

9 July, 2014
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How Powerful is Your Passport? click the map to see full picture Even in our digital world, a 3X5 inch paper booklet we call the passport dominates our ability to travel between countries. But no two national passports are created equal. As we all know some passports enjoy a lot more privileges than others. Check out this infographic from GOOD Infographics to see how your passport ranks in terms of...

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