The iconic hotel chain created by Conrad Hilton makes a big deal out of its COVID-19 safety protocols. Yet some locations are failing to enforce the policy, and no one at the chain, once famous for its service, seems to care.Continue reading “HILTON MISSES THE MASK WITH COVID PROTOCOLS”
SHOULD VACCINE PASSPORTS BE REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL?
Some people hate the idea of proving they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccine in order to travel and cruise again. Others say it might be the best way to keep tourism workers and international travellers safe, while making cruise vacations carefree again. Who’s right?Continue reading “SHOULD VACCINE PASSPORTS BE REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL?”
ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS
During the Golden Era of cruising, ocean liners became the epitome of romance with many assignations, love affairs and honeymoons conducted at sea. But the decline of trans-Atlantic crossings by ship combined with mass-marketing of floating theme parks at sea changed that image. The only question is ‘would Cupid approve’ of the outcome.Continue reading “ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS”
A SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY
In our little Yorkshire village, the sense of community pride is such that every garden is filled with flowers and manicured to within an inch of its life, the lanes are spotless, and the village has won the Britain in Bloom award. Continue reading “A SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY”
WHO’S A LITTERBUG?
What are they thinking, those litterbugs, when they drop their rubbish in the park or at the side of the road or in the river? Obviously, they aren’t thinking at all, so the rest of us will just have to do better. Continue reading “WHO’S A LITTERBUG?”
OCEANS IN PERIL
All the plastic bags, bottles and rubbish we casually throw in the gutter end up our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. We have to take personal responsibility for our litter, or we will soon drown in our own muck. Continue reading “OCEANS IN PERIL”
This week, in Biblical* terms, I’ve reached seven years beyond my allotted span and yet I’m still going strong, creative writing juices flowing, new ideas bursting forth. Continue reading “ON WRITING”
The recent murderous rampage along Toronto’s Danforth Avenue, in the heart of Greektown, was a tragedy, but does it have anything to do with gun control or terrorism? Continue reading “TORONTO STRONG”
LIVING WITH THE HOMELESS
The Davenport Triangle where we live is under attack. Several proposed developments will change this unique neighbourhood forever. Just when we thought we were making some headway, a homeless shelter was dumped in our backyard. Continue reading “LIVING WITH THE HOMELESS”
IS THE DINING ROOM DEAD?
British ‘Bake off’ queen Mary Berry is causing a stir with her declaration that the dining room is dead. Not so say I, and many others, as I get the table ready for the festive season. Continue reading “IS THE DINING ROOM DEAD?”