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Definitely going to try this out on my trip to Canada in June -- Mathematician-built app promises to banish jet lag 

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Mathematicians from the University of Michigan have released an app they claim will help you knock jet lag on the head in record time
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The other night I went to the premiere of this very touching Attenborough-narrated documentary about Rwanda's gorillas. It's on YouTube. Go watch!
 
Attenborough puts spotlight on Rwanda's besieged gorillas

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund has released Hope, a short David Attenborough-narrated documentary on YouTube highlighting the plight of Rwanda's gorillas. Fossey was well known for her work with gorillas and her book Gorillas in the Mist, but thirty years after her death, they still face the dual threat of poaching and human warfare every day.

Read more: http://po.st/pCZUXG
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GILI ISLANDS MINI GUIDE

There are few places in the world where you can sunbathe on white sand beaches while admiring volcanoes in the distance; where you can snorkel with turtles right off the beach and yet pay practically nothing for your accommodation...

http://anunfamiliarsky.com/2014/03/29/gili-islands-mini-guide/

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A tapas tour of Barcelona

When one finds oneself alone in Barcelona, what does one do for fun? Why one eats tapas of course! I spent two days in Barcelona, at either end of a work week, doing little else but nibbling my way around the city on a self-guided tapas tour. Fancy reliving it with me now? Of course you do. Ole!

http://anunfamiliarsky.com/2014/03/23/best-tapas-in-barcelona/

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How I bagged an awesome budget ski holiday in the Alps

I’ve been skiing since I was about nine years old, and so I know by now that’s there no way around it completely: skiing just ain’t cheap. That said, if you’re wily, there are ways you can book an awesome ski holiday on a more limited budget. If you’re a family and you’re careful, you can self cater in an apartment with the kids of a sofa bed, for example — but this isn’t always feasible if you’re travelling in a non-family group.

In January, six of us decided we were really determined to book a skiing holiday this year. Cash was a problem, but as experienced snow bunnies, we also didn’t want to compromise and go to some bargain-basement Bulgarian resort. Similarly we didn’t want the hassle of self-catering and wanted to be in accommodation where it was still easy to socialise.

It took some work to find the right solution, but eventually we found it. We ended up in a catered chalet in Morzine, which included breakfast, afternoon tea, three-course dinners with canapés, cheese boards and unlimited wine, and transfers for Geneva. AND all that was well within our limited budget.

Here’s how we did it: http://anunfamiliarsky.com/2014/03/16/budget-ski-holiday/

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My blog post for Wired about seeing a Studio Ghibli short. Spoiler: it was a gorgeous surprise!
 
The sweet surprise of a Studio Ghibli short

At the launch of the BFI's Studio Ghibli season, Katie Collins learns there is as much beauty and intensity packed into Miyazaki's shorts as his feature films.

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Just given my blog a redesign!

Any feedback would be appreciated!

http://anunfamiliarsky.com/

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Yesterday I was privileged to interview Imogen Heap, who was an absolute and utter delight.
 
Imogen Heap's music-manipulating gloves on Kickstarter

While the conversation around wearable tech is really only just getting started, Imogen Heap is ahead of the game by several years. Heap's gestural Mi.Mu gloves, which she demoed at Wired 2012, allow her to play her music live on stage the same way she had previously only been able to do in a studio, using only her hands and arms.

Now, a year and a half later, Heap and the team have put the gloves on Kickstarter, with the aim of making them more widely available. The impetus for the campaign, Heap tells Wired.co.uk, was the reaction online after people saw her demoing the gloves on YouTube. "We got loads of emails and requests coming through the website asking us if we could make them a pair," she says.

"We've been keeping a tally of people who've wanted to be involved and quickly realised that this wasn't just for me anymore -- this was something other people were wanting to get their hands on."

Read more: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-03/24/imogen-heap-glove-kickstarter
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Magical Morzine and silly snaps from the slopes

There were still moments at the end of long, action-packed days when I found myself coasting serenely along the piste with not another soul in sight...

http://anunfamiliarsky.com/2014/03/19/magical-morzine-and-silly-snaps-from-the-slopes/
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My enduring love affair with a city called Siena

If I were to write what I know, as they say they should, I would tell you that it is February and London is not at its best. It is a few months yet until the people pour out into the streets at 6pm or thereabouts, and upon seeing the sun still lingering in the sky, feel that the day is still full of possibilities.

Instead then I shall write what I love. I shall tell you how at the age of 18 I found myself falling for a city called Siena that has lingered constantly in my mind ever since, even while other romances have blossomed and faded around me.

http://anunfamiliarsky.com/2014/02/12/my-enduring-love-affair-with-a-city-called-siena/
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