A few days before I was born, my father Tim returned from his final Arctic expedition. It was night and raining hard. From Svalbard – a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, the last land before the North Pole – he had flown to Tromso, then Luton, and then taken several trains to reach Swansea and finally the little meandering bus to Penclawdd – a village on the Gower peninsula where my parents lived. Once home, he was amazed to see how pregnant my mother was, how round her belly. A keen climber and explorer with a deep fascination for geology, he had been away for several months with ecologist Dr James Fenton as part of a Brathay expedition on Svalbard, exploring the glaciers, fjords and mountains east of Ny-Alesund, Earth’s northernmost civilian settlement at 78° 55’ N. Next morning he unpacked his bag. Everything smelled of smoke. The smell permeated the whole house – Trangia smoke and unwashed man – and from deep in the stuffed … [Read more...] about The unspoilt wilderness Jack Kerouac called home
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John Carlisle Detroit Free Press Published 12:17 PM EST Dec 25, 2018 Across the road, in the median between two sets of lanes, hundreds of tall trees were nestled close to each other, a woodsy clique of leaves and branches. But this scraggly pine found itself set apart from the others, next to a swamp, with no other trees to keep it company. It was so forlorn, so unusual along this boring stretch of northbound I-75 in Arenac County between West Branch and Standish, right by mile marker 199, that a woman living nearby felt it needed a little boost of self-esteem. So a few years ago, she pulled over and hung a single red ornament on it. She’d passed by the tree many times, watched it struggle to survive, grew fond of its presence, admired its tenacity in the face of the odds against it. She even named it, calling it Lady Tree. “She inspired me because she took a beating being that close to the road, and she stood there with grace and beauty,” said Deanna … [Read more...] about Roadside Christmas tree becomes an Up North mystery
Joseph Wilson and Aritz Parra, The Associated Press Updated 8:54 am CST, Friday, December 21, 2018 Catalan riot police charge against demonstrators as they try to approach the site where Spain's cabinet held a meeting in Barcelona Spain, Friday Dec. 21, 2018. Scuffles between radical separatist protesters and police as Spain's prime minister met with his cabinet in Catalonia's capital are angering some peaceful pro-independence supporters. less Catalan riot police charge against demonstrators as they try to approach the site where Spain's cabinet held a meeting in Barcelona Spain, Friday Dec. 21, 2018. Scuffles between radical separatist protesters ... more Photo: Santi Palacios, AP Photo: Santi Palacios, AP Image 1 of / 17 Caption Close Image 1 of 17 Catalan riot police charge … [Read more...] about Clashes erupt as Spanish Cabinet holds meeting in Catalonia
A PASSENGER at Memphis Airport went on the rampage and set off a fire extinguisher after she had to pay a £16 baggage fee. Tamiko Warner was filmed stomping around the airport and knocking over furniture before the lounge filled with fumes from the extinguisher. She starts clapping and then swears at the camera as she is caught on camera. Joy 105 reports that Tamiko said: “I don’t care about going to jail. Whatever. This is worth it.” Her outburst carried on for five minutes in which she is reported to have caused “several thousands of dollars of damage”. Another passenger at the airport called Maria Ribera commented: “That’s terrible. I think people need to check themselves before acting like this in public.” Tamiko was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and vandalism. Last week Ryanair passengers cheered as a man was hauled off a plane by police. The Lisbon-bound plane was forced to turn back to London after take-off … [Read more...] about Passenger furious about £16 baggage fee goes on airport rampage and sets off fire extinguisher
Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?