Rare White Penguin

David Stephens, a naturalist aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Explorer ship, photographed this rare white Chinstrap penguin on Monday on Antarctica’s Aitcho Islands. “At the water’s edge stood a leucistic Chinstrap,” Stephens wrote in the ship’s daily expedition report. “This bird was whitish, but not quite an albino. Instead, it had pigmented eyes and a washed-out version of a Chinstrap’s normal pattern. Many wondered about this unusual bird’s chances of success. While odd coloration may make fishing a bit more difficult, leucistic birds are regularly found breeding normally.” A leucistic bird has reduced pigmention, unlike a bird with albinism, which is a lack of skin pigment. The standard black-and-white coloring found on penguins serves as camouflage that aids the bird in fishing, so it’s unusual to find a penguin without it.” w/ photo

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PressPausePlay

“The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.”

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Cranes Fly Over Venice

“Common cranes have been hand-reared to fly alongside a microlight to capture these images. Earthflight uses many different filming techniques to create the experience of flying with birds as they reveal some of the greatest natural and man-made monuments of the planet.” — JohnDownerProd

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Reader’s Corner

The elegant and tidy solution for books and magazines. Extremely practical. Strikingly simple. Surprisingly difficult to find. A stylish place for your bedtime reading: Six shelf units (each measuring approx. 33.5 x 33.5cm or 13″ square) with plenty of room for your alarm clock, bedside lamp etc. Closed on 2 sides so that nothing can slip down the back of the shelf. Open on 2 sides so that you can see exactly what’s put where and everything can be easily reached. Great for seating areas, room corners, next to the bed or even a reading chair.” w/ photos

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Top 9 Awesome Hotel Pools

For the cream of the world’s hotels, a swimming pool isn’t just somewhere to sooth your crisply burnt skin – it’s a focal point. A point of difference. Something that cannot be replicated in terms of style. A statement about what the hotel itself stands for. Each of the pools in the list we have compiled, we believe, has something that marks it out – something above and beyond what anyone has any right to expect from a pool.” w/ photos

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