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Just Confirmed for Oktoberfest 2007, Munich

Posted by fifthdimension on September 11, 2007

Last year 5.9 million people gorged on 5.7 million litres of beer at Oktoberfest, Munich! I’ve been regretting almost everyday for not being able to make it to Oktoberfest 2006. “But you can’t stop me this time”. That’s what I kept telling everyone. 

I just booked a flight to Munich on Cheapoair. With $587.50 for a round trip NYC-MUC-NYC, I guess I got a fair deal, too, yay! They had student airfares for a cheaper price, but I’m not going to regret my ineligibility in this case.  I just want to be there and Cheapo did come to help. No wonder there ‘s a deluge of Cheapoair reviews on the web! 

I have planned in advance, too, for I don’t want to miss a thing at this bavarian beer fest. A Mass at the Weisn is all I’m looking for! However, I’m returning on 11th, so I’ll have plenty of time to marvel at Munich’s gothic, renaissance and neo-classical architecture.  

Festival Dates: 22 Sept – 7 Oct, 2007
Where: Munich, Germany

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Japan Might Resume Humanitarian Aid to N Korea

Posted by fifthdimension on August 30, 2007

Japan’s foreign minister, Nobutaka Machimura, as quoted by the Tokyo financial newspaper Nikkei, says that the government is debating on whether to lift its three-year embargo on humanitarian aid to North Korea.

In wake of the recent natural disaster and the call for help by UN and other humanitarian organizations, the country is considering options of resuming aid to the “rouge”(!!) country.  

It may be mentioned that recent flooding in North Korea has claimed over hundred lives and displaced some 300,000, in addition to  destroying a huge amount of the country’s crops.

South Korea has already promised $7.5 million in emergency food and medical supplies and another $40 million in construction and fuel aid.

Japan, it may be recalled,  has suspended humanitarian aid to the Communist state in 2004 over the issue of Japanese citizens kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s by North Korean intelligence services.

Pyongyang has admitted to abducting at least 13 Japanese nationals, of which five were repatriated, while the remaining eight reportedly died in the interim. In sensational revelations, the released abductees said they had been forced to train North Koreans to spy against Japan.

However, Japan declined to accept North Korean assertions that the matter has been closed, insisting that many more of its citizens remain unaccounted for.

The issue is to gain prominence onec again, when the two countries meet on September 5-6 in the Ulan Bator, as part of the six-party negotiations on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament.

If Japan resumes aid, it will come as a tremendous breather for Pyongyang, who’s reeling under natural disater and continued US pressure for nuclear disarmament. The progress on the nuclear issue will be worth observing. 

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New Helloween Album Arriving on Stands

Posted by fifthdimension on August 24, 2007

For the German heavy metal powerhouse Helloween, the Keeper Of The Seven Keys and The Legacy world tour days are over. After a grueling run of 93 shows in 34 countries around the world, and in the post-Live On 3 Continents DVD period, the band gathered in their studio to work on their 12th album- Gambling With The Devil.

The album is scheduled to arrive US stores by October 23, 2007, in Germany by October 26, 2007 and rest of Europe by October 29, 2007. After guitarist Roland Grapow’s departure, this is the first major work with new guitarist Sascha Gerstner. Andi Deris remains on vocals, along with Michael Weikath (guitar),  Markus Grosskopf (bass) and Dani Loble (drums). Some of the songs have been written during the incredible Keeper Of The Seven Keys and The Legacy tour.

For starters, Helloween is one of the pioneers, many consider them as the founders, of Power Metal, a genre that evolved in the mid-eighties. When Kai Hansen  (guitar/vocals)  left the band after the first album Walls of Jericho, they roped in Michael Kiske to take the world by storm with their Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I and II. The rest is history! Not to forget that Helloween is one my five favorite bands of all times, equalling my love of Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, Stratovarius, Dokken and Judas Priest. 

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Bushlore- A Poem Composed of Actual Quotes by George W. Bush

Posted by fifthdimension on August 17, 2007

I bumped into this poem composed by summing up some quotes by George W. Bush.  While I’m still looking for the real author/compiler, you can read and have fun!

Make the Pie Higher

I think we all agree, the past is over.

This  is still a dangerous world.

It’s a world of mad man and uncertainty and

potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked.

Is our children learning?

Will the higways of the internet become more few?

How many hands have I shaked?

They misunderestimate me.

I’m a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.

I know that the human being and the fish can co-exist.

Families is where our nation fiinds hope, where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family.

Knock down the tollboth.

Vulcanize society.

Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!

  

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My Blog Interview

Posted by fifthdimension on August 12, 2007

Somebody interviewed me. What a great way to promote the blog! Read my Interview

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Beyond Wealth, Assests, ROIs Etc

Posted by fifthdimension on August 10, 2007

Coming straight from Einstein’s historic revelation- “the fundamental problem of the modern people is that they get obsessed with means to the neglect of the ends. This cripples the art of living“, perhaps, I won’t be wrong if I should ever give up material pursuits in favor of spiritualism. 

To be spiritual is not to demonize modernity or renounce wealth. I believe that it’s about maintaining a healthy balance between our pursuit of wealth and richness, and at the same time developing in ourselves a passion to find peace and happiness in a psychic world, which is beyond all worldly matters.  

The individual within us is enslaved only when we worship or idolize affluence and over-indulge. True, individuals are free to choose the things that they want in their lives. We have our own ways of finding peace and happiness. But what I’ve discovered and experienced is that lasting peace and happiness is found only when we give up our cravings and desire for status, wealth, power and limit our expectations from the people around us. 

Too much of absorption in the material aspects of life can well be perceived as a bottleneck to a balanced mental state.  

Virtue is not a delusion, and enjoyment is not the only reality, for death is just a beginning.

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Top Travel News

Posted by fifthdimension on August 7, 2007

Aer Lingus’ First Base Outside Ireland– In an attempt to expand its business further, Aer Lingus has launched its latest base in Belfast International Airport, it’s first base outside the Republic of Ireland. Initially, it will serve London Heathrow and Amsterdam Schiphol. 

Carnival Cruise Carries 2.5 mn in the Caribbean– In a record-breaking season, this year Carnival Cruise Lines will carry an amazing 2.9 million passengers within the region. This is unprecedented in its 35-year history.

To meet this, Carnival will deploy 18 ships in the Caribbean, out of which, 14 will offer year-round service. Carnival is the only cruise line to offer departures from 12 convenient U.S. homeports.

CheapoAir.com Hits the Bull’s Eye Again–  New York City-based online travel site CheapoAir has made it to the Top 10 travel websites consecutively for the second time in the Hitwise Top 10 Websites Report for this quarter. CheapoAir offers cheap airfares to budget travelers from the US and Canada flying both for business and leisure.

Cheapflights Get record Number of Visitors– Online travel site cheap flights recorded 56 million visitors globally for the for the year to 30th June 2007, as cited by company sources.  The company launched its US site in may 2003.

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Lenses on Hunger and Poverty- Let’s Take a Look at the Stats

Posted by fifthdimension on July 25, 2007

The world hunger and poverty scenario breaks me apart. Many of us might be unaware, but statistics have touch moved me. I think it’s time to act, not just sit and look at lame stats.

   

  • Today, 854 million people across the world are hungry. A 2 million increase since last year.  
  • Every 5 seconds, one child dies from hunger related causes. The stats say that 16,000 children die from this everyday. 

Officially, hunger is the “most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food.”  It’s not just famine and starvation where hunger manifests itself. There are people who are suffering from chronic undernourishment and vitamin or mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness and heightened susceptibility to illness. These are all different hues of the same portrait- hunger.

Countries in which a huge portion of the population battles hunger daily are usually poor and often unable to provide the basic social safety cover that we enjoy, such as soup kitchens, food stamps, and job training programs.  Today, if I’m living in a poor country, which is unable to grow enough food or earn enough money to buy food, I have nowhere to turn for help.  

  • Today our world is home to just over 6.55 billion people.

 The developed/industrialized world, of which the US is a part, comprises of about 57 countries with a combined population of about 1 billion. This is less than 1/6th of the world’s total population. But approximately 5.1 billion people live in the developing world consisting of about 125 low and middle-income countries, where people generally have a lower standard of living and have access to fewer goods and services than people in high-income countries. The remaining 0.4 billion live in countries in transition, which include the Baltic states, eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.  

Hunger and Poverty Stats Combined 

In 2004, almost 1 billion people lived below the international poverty line. This they earned less than $1 per day. This group of poor people had numerous problems obtaining adequate, nutritious food for themselves and their families. As such, 1 billion people in the developing remain undernourished.   

Undernourishment has negative affects on people’s health, productivity, sense of hope and overall well-being. It results in stunt growth, slow thinking, sap energy, hinder fetal development and contribute to mental retardation. From an economic standpoint, the constant search for food consumes valuable time and energy of poor people, allowing less time for work and earning income. Socially, it eats into relationships.  Click to see presentations on hunger and poverty around the world. 

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Coming up Next Airbus A 390

Posted by fifthdimension on July 20, 2007

That’s right!  A380 has just made a head start and an overwhelming majority of the frequent and not-so-frequent fliers are yet to get the real taste of this innovative carrier. But what’s buzzing everywhere in the aviation industry is the news that Airbus has initiated preliminary studies for the design and manufacture of a 2600 capacity passenger carrier.

Still on the drawing board phase, the aircraft will have ten decks—seven for passengers, three for cargo and baggage, and is to be called “Airbus A 390”. Designed for long haul flights of over 20 hours, the proposed features on this airplane include six restaurants, three duty free shops, a lounge with a discothèque, two full sized movie theatres, a 14 lane bowling alley, a swimming pool with water slides, a wedding chapel, a fully functional medical clinic, and a 11,000 volume library.

The target market for this airplane is international long distance flights of over 9,000 nautical miles (about 16,600 kilometers). It will need six Rolls-Royce turbofan engines to power this flight, with each developing thrusts of over 340,000lb. Plus it will need a passenger load of around 1750 passengers to reach the break-even point for operating, meaning it must have 1750 passengers on board in order to fly. 

But what about the environment? A 390 looks more glitzy and fascinating, but who’s going to control emission levels? 

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The Green Jet- 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s Reply to Airbus A380

Posted by fifthdimension on July 18, 2007

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner- the Green Jet is almost set to revolutionize the aviation industry. No, it’s not a mega passenger craft like the Airbus A380. But the 330-capacity 787 is surely a wonderful innovation. What’s so special about the aircraft is it’s ability to fly long haul routes on 20% lesser fuel than conventional airplanes.

With the world growing more and more conscious about the environment, Boeing is surely going to capitalize on this. The Green Jet is claimed to emit fewer greenhouse gases, too. What a sigh of relief for environmentalists!

Added to this, the Dreamliner is going to offer greater and higher levels of comfort for passengers. In addition, it promises a healthier flight experience, for the higher levels of humidity within the cabin have been expected to reduce passenger dehydration. 

After a 13 year hiatus, Boeing has ceratinly come back with a bang. It brags a phenomenal detour from the design perspective, too. So, instead of alluminium, the airplane uses high-tech plastic composites. Up to 50 percent of the basic structure of the plane, including the fuselage and wing, will be made of materials such as carbon-fiber. In fact, the shift from aluminium to other lighter but stronger composites is the  main basis for the 787’s lesser fuel consumption.  

Ultimately, from a business perspective, Boeing is going to achieve the same as Airbus in terms offering cheap travel to consumers.  Flying under-price than a competitor will be a major advantage for airline companies counting on the 787 .

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