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Hello ALL, As everyone knows, the tourism industry is heavily affected by Coronavirus. Travel agencies are closed, guides lose their jobs, international and long distance tours are delayed or canceled. However, going out, to somewhere new, different is always everyone's need. We can stay at home, not travel for a few months, but it's hard to continue like this for a year. On the other hand, large tours may be closed or delayed but small tours where a local guide a small group or a family can still go on, and with safety. Tour guides and small travel companies cannot lose their jobs and their income for so long. Livenguide is a useful tool that connects guides and travelers in this. Firstly, it helps travelers, especially guides in this time of difficulty. Secondly, it helps people to relax, to go out discover new places with a local....See more
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My company asked me/us again whether we would llike to work from home or to go the office. Of course I chosed to work from home. It is so much more convenient and can save me from commuting time of more than 3 hours a day. I can work very OK at home, at least so far there is no significant sign of stress/melancholia. I spend less on train tickets and much less on foods for lunch. And most of all, I am safer from the virus. However just a bit deeper thought shows that life is that easy. Restaurants in Birmingham, where I used to go to work, all close now. BBC shows city center of Manchester without any one. No restaurant, no barber shop, no shopping. So who will pay the taxes and keep the economy running? And  no train services, very few cars on the road. So who will need to build any train lines, any development of infrastructures? And if there is no more need for those, who will need me/us to build or design anything? To some extent I think leaders like...See more

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Please be nice to opossums if you find them in your barns, garages or sheds. They are North America's only marsupial (pouched mammal) and they are ill-equipped for the snow. They have no fur on their feet, ears or tail, so are very susceptible to frost bite. Often when opossums are seen, they are ravaged by frostbite, so they are missing toes, missing part of their tails, and their ears are crumpled. They are beautiful, gentle animals and one of the few mammals that rarely, if ever, get rabies. Why? Because they have a normal body temperature that is below most other mammals. The rabies virus can't survive at this lower body temperature. A healthy opossum's normal reaction to the presence of a human is to stay still, open its mouth and drool. This is a normal reaction! Many people think these are symptoms of rabies in an opossum and that is not true! Opossums are not athletes. They can't run fast, jump well or climb well, so their only defense is to be very...See more

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Don't know how to say thank you to all my kind friends who guided us and helped us around. And to thank you to all the beautiful and interesting sites that we were so lucky to be to. I try to write down and post as much as I can, before being busy with life. Edinburgh is a city surrounded by sea, mingled with mountains and vast green spaces. We can see mountains and hills wherever we are in the city. They are the Colton hill with the Nelson column and the remains of some Roman time looking colonnades, which requires a bit of affort to climb onto. They are the hill of 251m of height where we can find Arthur's Seat, which is imposingly next to the Assembly of Scotland.  And maybe because the city is so next to moutains, its houses look also like mountains! Or at least as they were carved from moutain rocky block and windows were intruded. The houses are imposing, big, rigid and unornamented in forms. House walls are mostly in rocks, and they are so tainted in...See more

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The Old City of Edinburgh comprises mainly of the Royal Mile which is the main cobbled road that leads from the Holyrood House to the Edinburgh castle on top of the hill. On the two sides of this are centuries old blocks of houses separated by small "closes" or very small alleys. Four centuries ago, these houses and alleys were overpopulated by many families that shared shabby tiny rooms. Sanity condition was extremely bad, diseases were rampaging. One of the best places to see these is the Mary King's close museum, one of the rare venues that still open in Scotland during these days of pandemic. I took a photo with Adam Smith, author of the Wealth of Nations, and Father of Capitalism. Behind the statue is St Giles Cathedral where I first knew about John Knox and his contributions to the Reformation in Scotland. Scotland these days is particularly rainy, even stormy and very windy. On the 20 August, we followed some of our friends to visit Loch Lomond and...See more

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