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Ha! Even in their late teens & twenties they fall for "the Easter Bunny has hidden some eggs in the garden" routine!
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Our Easter egg hunt included more than a couple of the over-70 crowd. 
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Looool!

How did he imagine he was going to land?On or off his board this was always going to end badly! 
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Such a shame that you have to fall on your back and get kick in the ba**s in order to learn not to surf off the roof.
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A new destination for +Gary Arndt ?
 
This is Speicherstadt.

It's a warehouse area in the German city of Hamburg, criss-crossed with waterways that reflect the beautiful brick facades.

It is, in fact, the largest warehouse complex in the world and played a key role in the city's history as a major port.

Word on the street is that it has a good chance of being included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in the next year or two.

#germany25reunified #germany #travel #hamburg #worldheritage #photography #travelphotography
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Ok, that's the prob with G+. It's so engaging that when we share a post we end up having the same conversation on 2 threads. Let's continue this back on Turtle's original post > https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MichaelTurtle/posts/PB6V4ifRifX
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Travel Blogger & Industry Think Tank working to find better ways to collaborate

It’s been a really interesting few days here in Leipzig with some of the top pro bloggers gathering at the Social Travel Summit (http://thesocialtravelsummit.com/) to discuss the future of online travel publishing.

In the ‘Think Tank’, just over 30 of us discussed five topic threads including business protocols, transparency and ethics, blogger credentials, bottlenecks (what’s not working in collaborations between industry & bloggers), and the future.

So, for example, the teams working on Transparency, Ethics & Independence came up with the idea that pro bloggers should have a section in their media pack where they outline their policy on how they deal with negative experiences. 

There will be a ‘White Paper’ on all the points thrown up by the Think Tank in a few weeks’ time. 

#STSLeipzig
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On my wishlist for more transparent events: a real-time Google doc which could be shared with participants at the event and with those interested around the world. That said, looking forward to reading your white paper. Here's to future collaboration!
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#STSLeipzig relaxing at the Spinnerei, Leipzig after a busy programme of talks & workshops on the future of travel blogging & social media.
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Would love to be there ( +Zoë Dawes !)
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The Peak District is getting Streetviewed,
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Wow, this is an amazing story!

Essentially they discovered a flaw that meant in certain wind conditions, likely to occur once in 13 years, the ridiculous Citicorp building on its spindly legs, could fall over and take much of Manhattan with it!

Then they managed to secretly fix it (we hope) with nobody noticing.

There is a really interesting 30 min (in three parts) video documentary embedded in the article, if you have time.
When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center (later renamed Citigroup Center, now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top.
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Tip: More fine audio podcasts from 99% Invisible here http://99percentinvisible.org
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Toilet Humour

The bar at the PentaHotel, Leipzig, Germany, is a lively place in the evenings so perhaps it's not unusual for guys to get a little 'wobbly', head for the toilet (Love the door signs! It's easy to work out which is which!), and end up leaning too far forward at the urinal.

That's the only reason I can think for these rather stylish cushions attached to the wall over each one!
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+David Arcifa & I keep speaking at the same events, but we are not co-ordinating well!  

I really wanted to hear him speak at Traverse 14 in Newcastle but I was doing a live hangout that lunchtime.

This week, at the Social Travel Summit in Leipzig I missed him again because I was busy with my own sessions.

Maybe TBU Nantes or TBEX Athens later this year?!

Anyway, this is a flavour of what I missed...

#stsleipzig   #msccruises  
 
our case history video with +Socialbakers.com  #MSCCruises   #MedWayOfLife 
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Thank you Alastair! You are totally right, we didn't have the occasion to talk during these events! Let's keep in touch for future events! 
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+Debbie Hindle is teaching TV, video & radio interviewee techniques & tips at #stsleipzig
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Online Travel Editor, Travel Influencer
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Online Travel & Social Media Editor/Journalist
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Owner of Alastair McKenzie's Travel-Lists.
Host of The Travel Coffee Break (Weekly Hangout on Air)
Former Editor Travelllll.com.
Former Travel Editor, Classic FM

This is my main G+ account.
 
I also have a  G+ page for my 'live' Travel Coffee Break Hangouts on Air, connected to a dedicated Youtube channel. If you want to participate in hangouts, you need to make sure you have that G+ page in your circles too.
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Totally Agree with +Laura Porter, it's a great place to take your kids or grand-kids (all ages from 0-11), and the amazing accessibility of Stratford International (DLR, North London Overground, Central Line, Jubilee Line & HS2!) just around the corner, means you could easily go from pretty much anywhere in London. Their Deputy CEO, Paul Callaghan, showed me & a small group around, and I was really taken with the amount of detail, imagination and fun they had incorporated into the current interactive exhibition, Secret Agents.
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A really impressive facility in an extraordinary building - hat tip to Zaha Hadid. I visited in April 2014, a month after it was converted from its Olympics mode and re-opened to the public. It's been a major transformation.... mostly involving glass! The previously hidden competitors' full size practise pool has been opened up with a glass wall and the two huge "wings" that extended the spectator seating up and out of both sides of the building have been removed and the sides glassed in making the interior really light & bright. There is still plenty of spectator seating on the balconies but they told me it's only 1,500 seats compared to 17,000 in 'Olympic mode'! Under the balconies - at least under the one I saw - there are gym facilities and a dive training room with a 'pool' filled with foam blocks! It's going to be a fantastic asset for the local area and London as a whole.
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I really liked this hotel. It's really stylish and the staff were fun & had a 'can do' attitude to everything.
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Shorter than I expected, still totally brilliant! Definitely worth a short visit, and that's really easy to do with a free car park close by.
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Early days. The Arthouse only 'soft opened' last week. The main auditorium is not quite completed and flooring is not down yet, but the bar/cafe/reception is working, and so is the cinema, which has a good sized screen and excellent sound. The only minor flaw is the soundproofing. I was watching the tedious (how on earth did it get an Oscar?) _12 Years a Slave_ when a police car went past outside. My first subliminal thought was: "Thank God, they've come to rescue him!" Cinema tips: 1. Take a drink in with you from the bar (it has to be in a plastic glass). 2. Don't worry about seat location too much. The auditorium is narrow so the seats out on the edges are just as good as the ones next to the centre aisle. The middle rows are about centre eye height, but again, it's not a large auditorium and the rake is quite shallow so most of the seats are good. The shallow rake means the distance is noticeable - if you want to be overwhelmed/impressed go for the front two rows. If you want to watch a large telly, go for the back two rows!
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A large Hilton in prime position overlooking the river, the bridges and Newcastle on the opposite bank. It's standard 'Hilton'. So, efficient, clean, everything you need and ready to hand when you want it, but a little soul-less.
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What an amazing building! And it turned out to be an excellent venue for #Traverse14 travel blogger conference. Love the way it is continuously being put to use in completely different ways by different groups; packed one minute with a huge & glamorous audience for a Northern Sinfonia classical music concert all milling round in 'foyer mode' spaces, and the next minute being a cafe and public space on a Sunday morning for families and others, an art venue for groups of students, and simultaneously, a conference venue for us - 170 bloggers & travel industry delegates. How flexible is that!
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