Poole by Tony Via Flickr: 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.
(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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.”
“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.