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Poole by Tony
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Poole is a tourist resort, attracting visitors with its large natural harbour, history, the Lighthouse arts centre and Blue Flag beaches. The town has a busy commercial port with cross-Channel freight and passenger ferry services.

More art for our Star Wars campaign! Edge of the Empire has a feature called “Obligation” which represents a debt a character owes, or a force which drives their life. This is the second in a series of four drawings depicting the Obligations of the player characters.

Jastra (my character) is a Bothan from the tropical colony world of Kothlis. Bothan culture is all about playing The Great Game - spying, character assassination, power-grab alliances, prolonged and masterful deceit…whatever it takes to get ahead. Unfortunately for Jastra, her clan is ‘unregistered’, meaning that she and her family have no political capital and few prospects for advancement. Jastra’s mom operates a tourist resort on Kothlis, where they cater to (and spy on) the rich and powerful, without ever having access to wealth or influence themselves.

Jastra Obligation is her debt to Koskit, who she met at the age of 8, when his rich-ass family began taking their summer vacations at her resort. They became friends almost immediately and spent subsequent summers getting into all sorts of mischief together. The bond of trust they developed was a heady, intense experience for two kids raised in such a paranoid society - it was especially important to Jastra, because he was the only 'person of quality’ to ever treat her like she mattered. As the two of them became adults, however, the dynamics of their relationship changed. Koskit grew more and more distant as he took his place within the family business - he became a master spy and accomplished slicer, and at some point, he joined the Rebel Alliance. Jastra was unable to overcome her fun-loving, chaotic nature, and she drifted from interest to interest, accruing skills but mastering none.

Nowadays, Koskit continues to support Jastra financially and politically, but he rarely reveals his secrets. In exchange, she acts as his agent in the field, gathering intel and performing dangerous tasks. Koskit is everything Jastra wishes she could be - ruthless, brilliant, calculating, and hella fucking rich. She is fanatically devoted to him and would do pretty much anything to secure his approval and affection. He has all the power in their relationship; he could pull the rug out from under her life at any moment, and yet, he never does, to her constant astonishment. Deep down, she believes that she doesn’t even deserve to talk to him, let alone pursue a relationship, but she covers her insecurities with jokes and outrageous flirtation. Her antics seem to amuse him, but it remains to be seen whether he genuinely loves her, or whether he just views her as a particularly useful piece in his game.

Arrival

I like window seats on aircraft, there is an enduring joy in being able to identify landmarks on the ground as you pass over.
My favourite sight from on high is one most people would not remark on, it’s the old Great Western Railway, as it spears its way from London to Bristol, the first part of Brunel’s great vision of a transport link between London and America, the way the railway is an arrow straight line, not deviating for geography or humanity, as flat as a billiard table and as straight as a laser beam, all so steam trains could run as fast as possible.
Possibly my second favourite sight is when the brown mars-scape of Egypts interior gives way to the Red Sea, most often the Gulf of Suez, where as you head south the Sinai peninsular comes to a pyramid point.
The African coast of Egypt is broadly straight, the reefs and occasional inlets and promontories breaking up the Southerly straightness. The only signs of life are the occasional tourist resort, often growing from a bay or inlet like some iridescent fungus, with pale blue swimming pool eyes.
Out plane descends and our resort is recognisable by the twig like jetty protruding into the sea, the lights starting to dominate the view as dusk descends
Marsa Alam Airport is a peculiar mix of private airstrip, tourist airport, and, as everywhere in Egypt, military base. However, we are the only aeroplane disturbing the evening. Some excitement is caused by an approaching fire engine, but the firemen are also the baggage handlers here.
Being quiet, the airport formalities are fast and painless, and we troop out to the waiting coaches in the not quite warm. but not cold evening air.

Lunch at Limone sul Garda, a town in the province of Brescia in Lombardia, Northern Italy, on the shore of Lake Garda. Despite the presence of famous cultivations of lemons, the town’s name is probably derived from the ancient “lemos” (elm) or “limes” (Latin: boundary, referring to the communes of Brescia and the Bishopric of Trento). Until the 1940′s the city was reachable only by lake or through the mountains; the road to Riva del Garda was only built in 1932. Today, Limone is one of the most popular tourist resorts in the area. 

In 1979, researchers discovered that people in Limone possess a mutant form of apolipoprotein (’ApoA-1 Milano’) in their blood that induced a healthy form of high-density cholesterol, which resulted in a lowered risk of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases. The protein appears to have given residents of the village extreme longevity - a dozen of those living here are over the age of 100 (for c. 1000 total inhabitants). The origin of the mutation has been traced back to a couple who lived in Limone in the 17th century. Research has been ongoing to develop pharmaceutical treatments against heart disease based on mimicking the beneficial effects of the mutation.

HQ!! Rec List - OTP

1. Title: tea-stained polaroids
Author: dalyeau
Pairing: Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou
Rating: General
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: “I’m gonna date that,” Bokuto declares solemnly, and Kuroo throws a plastic spoon at his head.

2. Title: geronimo
Author: lagatos
Pairing: Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou
Rating: Teen
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: “beach resort au” where Bokuto Koutarou works in a small tourist town’s beach resort, renting out kayaks and surfboards for people he’ll never see again. Akaashi Keiji moves into town for the summer for a photography internship and Bokuto insists on showing him how the natives live.

3. Title: stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before
Author: keptein
Pairing: Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: @RufousK - whom Koutarou followed on Twitter in a shameless moment of pure thirst - walks into the record store Koutarou works at. It’s all downhill from there.

4. Title: We Move Like The Ocean (But I Can’t Swim)
Author: Snakebitten_Heart
Pairing: Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou
Rating: Teen
Warnings: No Archive Warning Applies
Summary: It was lust at first sight, but the more he discovers how odd he is, ironically, the more Akaashi thinks that it would be great to get to know Bokuto- in a way that doesn’t just involve passing a ball over a net.Or, alternatively, the fic that started as a library AU and progressively became less and less about sorting books.
This is a story about finding love- the wacky, unconventional and weird kind.

5. Title: How Fortunate For You
Author: LugianBeforeSwine
Pairing: Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou
Rating: Teen
Warnings: No Archive Warning Applies
Summary:  His phone lights up again, and Bokuto is looking at him with an open, sincere expression that practically screams ‘please kiss me right now’. Bokuto and Akaashi text each other during a boring gen ed lecture. It gets a little out of hand.

6. Title: You Are an Angel, I Am an Astronaut
Author: nekoma
Pairing: Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warning Applies
Summary: “It was a strange night for both of us. It was also a misfortune on my part to enter a stall that couldn’t be locked.”“Well,” Bokuto rushed to find something to respond in kind. “If it makes you feel any better, I didn’t see your penis or anything!”College AU – Bokuto often goes down to the club to have fun on a weekend, nothing new, until he pukes on someone’s pants and that someone shows up at his door the next day as his very beautiful, very embarrassed new roommate.(Disclaimer: Not an angel/astronaut AU)

7. Title: how long i’ve watched you
Author: kastron
Pairing: Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou
Rating: General
Warnings: No Archive Warning Applies
Summary: Fukurodani plays gay chicken with Akaashi (because he’s too pretty for words). Bokuto never takes part, until he does.

8. Title: five foot something with the skinny jeans
Author: Batman
Pairing: Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou
Rating: Teen
Warnings: No Archive Warning Applies
Summary: There’s a long silence after that. Really long. Koutarou’s standing there like an idiot, Sawamura’s standing there like an asshole, Sugawara’s standing there like another asshole, and Akaashi’s standing there like the human version of a Black Keys song.Then Akaashi speaks again. ‘Bokuto-san, you have one thousand three hundred and seventeen pictures of me on your device.’Today on ways not to start your study break: if you lose your camera, it WILL be found by the dude that you took pictures of all night at the party. (Or, Sugawara Koushi observes with great amusement as Bokuto Koutarou’s life falls to chaos around him.

9. Title: jazz for the soul
Author: awkwardedgeworth
Pairing: Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou
Rating: Teen
Warnings: No Archive Warning Applies
Summary: “So…you’re a pianist.” Bokuto leans against the piano, stage lights illuminating his hair and Akaashi glares a little at the halo above his head because he is not floored by this jazz singer. Not at all. Not impressed by his wide shoulders or his amazing eyes or the cute dimples or even the faint freckles across his nose. And he’s most definitely not staring at him. He’s just practicing being polite like his mother taught him, maintaining eye contact with people when he’s talking to them.

10. Title: tattoos are permanent, and i don’t like permanence
Author: awkwardedgeworth
Pairing: Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou
Rating: General
Warnings: No Archive Warning Applies
Summary: “Kuroo man, who is he?” Bokuto whines as Kuroo locks the shop and brushes the sweat gathering on his forehead. It’s the height of summer and Bokuto is slightly worried of the flowers wilting in this heat. “Who’s the hot tattoo guy?”“Sorry, there were a lot of customers today. Can you describe the one you’re talking about?"Bokuto seethes. "The one wearing the muscle tank with arms that I will kill for!” Then, “And he has really nice hair. And a tattoo.”

Five killed in Mexico music festival shooting

Mexico City, Jan 16 (IANS) At least five persons were killed and nine injured when a gunman opened fire in the early hours of Monday at the BPM Music Festival in Mexico.


Shots were reported at Blue Parrot club in the popular tourist resort of Playa Del Carmen, The Independent reported.

Jackmaster, a Scottish DJ playing at the festival, tweeted that people “should stay in their hotel rooms”.

The festival has been going on for 10 years and is popular with foreign tourists, especially from the UK and the US. The 2017 event marked the festival’s 10th anniversary.

A second shooting is believed to have happened at The Jungle club.

According to a witness, shooting began “literally two metres from us” in the club.

“We don’t know if it’s a terrorist attack or something else, but we were the first ones to hit the ground and watched it all unfold.”

Media reports said the shooting may be connected to Mexico’s ongoing wars between drug cartels.

–IANS

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“Yeah it’s been my dream every since kittenhood to live in a classic old English chocolate box country cottage - not very realistic when you’re growing up in a Mediterranean tourist resort, you would think.

Anyway I got a job here last year and then, would you believe it, this place came up. Only a few miles from town but in a perfect little village, thatched and ivy-clad. Well, I snapped it up didn’t I?”.

Every single location on Earth has two faces: There’s the one you see on the postcards, and the one that actually exists. For example, when you say “Las Vegas” everyone pictures the strip, not the trailer parks. The real city has both. Well, if you travel the world – and we mean really travel, not just visit resorts and tourist destinations – the reality can be shocking.

Just ask Jacek Mokujin Adamus, who spent a year backpacking through rural China, exploring an amazing – and often unsettling – side of the country you’re not going to see on the news.

5 Insane Facts Of Life In Rural China