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Emirates First Class is firmly on the wish list of many travellers. And that’s not a mistake.

From bottomless caviar and Dom Pérignon to the onboard bar and showering at 40,000 feet, there’s really nothing else like it – especially if you find yourself on a flight with the new First Class suites changing gives it. That’s the definition of “extra”…in the best possible way.

But booking those first class suites is also extra – as in, harder and more expensive too. Booking Emirates First Class the right way is the key to saving points and money and getting the most out of this incredible flight.

If you ask me, one particular route stands out…

Read our full review of the Emirates First Class flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Dubai (DXB)!

Look to Europe, not Dubai

The best things in aviation don’t come free. But flying Emirates First Class on the right routes can save you a ton of points – and money too.

Your mind probably immediately goes to flying from the US to the Emirates hub in Dubai (DXB) or back. What better way to enjoy it than a 13+ hour flight to the Middle East, right?

But that’s not cheap: First-class flights from the East Coast to Dubai total 136,250 miles each way. Start from a west coast city like Los Angeles (LAX), and it goes up to 155,000 miles. Emirates Skywards are easy to earn since you can transfer them from all the major banks like Chase, American Express, Capital One and Citi… but it’s still a lot of points.

Worse still, after a series of fuel surcharge increases earlier this year, it now costs an additional $836 in taxes and fees – or even more if you’re connecting somewhere beyond Dubai. When returning to the US from Dubai, the cash cost for first class clocks is $882. Ouch.

This is where Emirates’ funky fifth freedom routes between the US and Europe shine. You can also travel non-stop with Emirates from New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) as well as from Newark (EWR) to Athens (ATH).

And it’s much cheaper on both fronts: Only 85,000 miles and around $100 for the one-way ticket to Milan or Athens. Looked:

emirates first class jfk in milan

If there’s one route to choose from here for the ultimate Emirates first class, it’s the flight to Milan. That’s because Emirates flies its signature Airbus A380 on this route to Italy, meaning you can head to the back of the upper deck for a drink from the onboard bar and rinse off in the shower. before landing.

emirates first class seats

The Boeing 777s that Emirates flies to Athens have similar suites, but these amenities are nowhere to be found.

Unless you’re planning a first class round trip, you have to choose how you want to splurge. Believe me: you might want to resist the urge to fly first class to Europe and save it for the return trip from Italy instead…

Fly home first from Europe

Believe me: when you fly Emirates First Class, more is almost always better.

Thanks to the Earth’s rotation and the jet streams it creates, flying west always takes longer than flying east. The difference here is substantial: Emirates schedules its flights as follows:

  • New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) clocks at half past seven
  • Milan (MXP) to New York (JFK) is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

But airlines always block more time than they need so, in reality, it’s even shorter. My Emirates flight to Milan last week was only 6.5 hours in total.

It’s just not long enough. And because the flight to Europe leaves so late (around 11 p.m. EST, actually), all you might want to do is sleep on the flight to Italy. The flight is structured around quickly feeding and putting passengers to bed.

This makes it difficult to enjoy everything that makes Emirates First Class so great. So opt for the return flight from Milan (MXP) to the US and give yourself more time to soak it up. These flights are due to leave Italy in the afternoon, so you’ll be flying for the rest of the day and arriving when it’s almost bedtime in the US.

emirates first class seat caviar

Another plus? In my experience, it is generally easier to find the availability of the rewards you need to get a first class seat from Milan westbound than to fly to Italy. It’s still not safe, but it’s definitely a safer bet than many other routes.

Saving tip: You can even book a seat in business class and then ask at the check-in counter for an upgrade to first class for 39,000 Skywards miles or less.

With your first-class return ticket to the US in hand, you can end your round-trip journey across the pond with one of our other favorite ways to book flights to Europe using points . Maybe he scores a seat in Delta One business class for 50,000 points or Iberia business class for just 34,000 miles?

Heck, you can even fly Emirates Business Class on the flight to Milan, pairing it with your First Class seat for as little as 130,000 Emirates miles and less than $250 total.

business class emirates first class

Read more: How to book Emirates flights to Europe

The Emirates First Class experience

There’s a reason for all the hype surrounding Emirates First Class. No doubt about it: it’s one of the best ways to fly, period.

Sure, the gold and faux wood look in First Class is a bit gawdy – and Emirates is revamping its cabins for a fresher, more modern look. But Emirates First Class Closed Door Suites are comfortable, spacious and private. The service is often impeccable. The food and drink options are almost unmatched. And the amenities and extras you get are “pinch me, is this real?” cool.

Emirates first class cabin

We’ll have a full review in the coming weeks, but just to give you an idea…

Emirates serves Dom Pérignon exclusively in first class, often turning in extra-special (and even more expensive) vintages, such as the 2003 Plénitude 2 which they have been pouring for a few months. An added benefit of flying from Milan to New York instead of the other way around is that they pop bottles of good stuff while you board in italy – something they can skip on the ground in New York to avoid paying extra taxes.

emirates first class champagne

Nothing says first class like caviar, and no airline does it better than Emirates…especially now that they’re offering unlimited servings to first class passengers. A huge mound of caviar with all the fixings is enough for me, thank you.

emirates first class caviar

I have never seen a mountain of amenities like what was waiting for me in my suite. This includes an excellent mattress topper and luxurious duvet, two pillows, a Bvlgari branded comfort kit with the most awesome contents I’ve ever seen, an excellent pair of Bowers & Wilkins headphones and a set of amazingly comfortable pajamas. Did I forget something? Most likely.

Whether you’re up front or in business class, few things are cooler than heading back to a bar in the sky for a nightcap. But Emirates is taking it to the next level for first class: a stewardess asked to escort me to the bar and even sent me back a bottle of Dom so I could have another drink. It’s overkill but that’s the Emirates First Class way…

emirates first class bar

Only one thing puts the bar to shame: taking a shower at 40,000 feet. The first class cabin is equipped with not one but two showers, which you can reserve after boarding. Like clockwork, a stewardess picked me up and brought me up front for one of the most ridiculous experiences you’ll find in the air.

Emirates first class shower

Emirates first class shower

Conclusion

There is no doubt in my mind: Emirates First Class lives up to the hype. But if you’re spending too many miles or too much money on a short night flight on a plane with no shower or bar on board, you might not feel like it.

If you don’t want to shell out nearly double the miles and nearly $1,000 in fees, booking Emirates First Class on the return flight from Milan to New York might just be the easiest (and best) way to get there. to arrive.

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Three floating hotels fully booked for first week of FIFA World Cup: MSC https://apartman-beograd.com/three-floating-hotels-fully-booked-for-first-week-of-fifa-world-cup-msc/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 07:30:00 +0000 https://apartman-beograd.com/three-floating-hotels-fully-booked-for-first-week-of-fifa-world-cup-msc/

Doha: Bookings for the first week of the World Cup have reached 100%, said MSC Cruises Group, owner of the three floating hotels moored at the port of Doha.

According to estimates by MSC Cruises Group, the capacity of the three cruise ships reached 10,000 beds, and bookings for the first week of the World Cup reached 100%.

MSC Opera, the third cruise ship to serve as a floating hotel during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, has arrived in port in Doha.

MSC Opera will join MSC World Europa and MSC Poesia which arrived at the port of Doha earlier, to provide a luxurious hospitality experience for fans of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Qatar Tourism Chairman and Qatar Airways Group Managing Director, HE Akbar Al Baker said in statements yesterday that the provision of accommodation and leisure services on board floating hotels reflects the strenuous efforts made to organize the best World Cup in history.

MSC Opera is a modern floating hotel that offers luxurious services to World Cup fans with a variety of room options ranging from traditional sea view cabins to balcony rooms and luxury suites, in addition to multiple dining options and programs and entertainment for all ages.

With a length of 275m and a beam of 32m, the 13-deck MSC Opera can accommodate nearly 2,679 people with 1,075 rooms.

The floating hotels are one of the many facilities provided by the State of Qatar to fans of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, offering multiple booking and accommodation options throughout the tournament, including apartments, villas, fan villages and the usual hotels.

Cooperation between Qatar and MSC Cruises dates back to 2016, when Doha welcomed the Group’s first giant cruise ship, MSC Fantasia.

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Hotel bookings in Pattaya and Koh Larn surge during APEC week https://apartman-beograd.com/hotel-bookings-in-pattaya-and-koh-larn-surge-during-apec-week/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 10:14:10 +0000 https://apartman-beograd.com/hotel-bookings-in-pattaya-and-koh-larn-surge-during-apec-week/
In the city of Pattaya in Chonburi, hotel room reservations jumped 70%.

The government has made November 16-18 special public holidays in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan. This confers a boon to nearby provinces such as Chonburi as Bangkok residents look for destinations to spend the holidays. In the city of Pattaya in Chonburi, hotel room reservations jumped 70%.

Sanphet Supphabawonsathien, adviser to the president of the eastern branch of the Thai Hotels Association, said Thais normally travel to Chonburi on weekends. On weekdays, visitors are mainly foreign tourists from India, South Korea and Vietnam. Although the number of tourists is still somewhat subdued, the income generated by visitors is a big help for the tourism industry affected by Covid in the East.

According to Sanphet, tourism figures are expected to increase by 60-70% during APEC Economic Leaders Week. He said hotels in Chonburi are fully prepared to welcome visitors. Although some establishments are still short of manpower, they are resorting to part-time workers to fill the gap. Preparations to welcome an increase in the number of visitors this week have been made in tourist destinations in Chonburi.

Mr Sanphet revealed that hotels on the island of Koh Larn, off Pattaya, are seeing an increase in bookings this week. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Pattaya also made preparations for the special holiday by adding decorations around the garden. (NNT)

The government has made November 16-18 special public holidays in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan.
Sanphet said tourism figures are expected to increase by 60-70% during APEC Economic Leaders Week.
The hotels indicated by Sanphet in Chonburi are fully prepared to welcome visitors.
Sanphet revealed that hotels on the island of Koh Larn, off Pattaya, are seeing an increase in bookings this week.
Pattaya is holding a fireworks festival on November 25-26 (Fri-Sat) which will once again attract large numbers of tourists to the city, which will benefit local accommodation businesses.


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Letter to the Editor: Lacey vs. Luttwak https://apartman-beograd.com/letter-to-the-editor-lacey-vs-luttwak/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 10:02:31 +0000 https://apartman-beograd.com/letter-to-the-editor-lacey-vs-luttwak/

What an interesting review of my book—Rome: Empire Strategy (“Roman Refutation” by Edward Luttwak, November 6). To the best of my knowledge, this is the first review of any of my books written by a reviewer who shows no sign of having read it.

How can I know?

Well, it begins with, “Now that another book (I think number 19) has appeared to challenge…” If he had read even the introduction, Luttwak would have discovered that my book is the first full defense of his position. in almost five decades. I guess he’s so used to being attacked that he assumes any book on the subject must be another attack.

The second clue is that he wrote an entire review without touching on a single section of my book. It looks like he looked at the title and then checked the index for his name…disregarding everything else. So instead we are treated to a diatribe about how many languages ​​Luttwak speaks, that he studied economics, that he writes about missiles, that he loves Aeschylus plays, that he worked for the Secretary of Defense and that he misspelled a word in his thesis.

We also learn that “feminine” doctors have attacked his position on Roman strategy. Just asking, what does it matter if his attackers were “women”?

You’d think Luttwak would be grateful to me for decisively proving his two female detractors (Susan Mattern and Kimberly Kagan) wrong, as are all of his “male” doctors. critics.

His only criticism of me is that I’m not a classic, which I talk about at length in my introduction. The book has been rated by four of the most renowned classics still alive. They found no problem in my historical account. So, I wonder what problems Luttwak discovered, since he didn’t mention a single troubling point he found in the book.

My favorite part of his review is at the end, where he finally (but briefly) addresses my work to accuse me of doing something that I explicitly avoided and addressed in my introduction. It’s a shame to see Luttwak stuck in the past with the works of Mommsen (written over 150 years ago), when the field has come so far in the last few decades alone. It is clear from the review that Luttwak has not bothered to keep up with the mass of recent studies.

That was a pretty good review…assuming the reader was looking for a short biography of Luttwak.

Dr James Lacey
Horner Chair in War Studies
Marine Corps War College

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Asia air travel buoyed by 2023 forward bookings – industry body https://apartman-beograd.com/asia-air-travel-buoyed-by-2023-forward-bookings-industry-body/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 08:14:00 +0000 https://apartman-beograd.com/asia-air-travel-buoyed-by-2023-forward-bookings-industry-body/

BANGKOK, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Asia’s air travel rebound is “doing well” in 2023 based on forward bookings, Asia-Pacific Airlines Association chief executive Subhas Menon said on Thursday. (AAPA).

Speaking on the sidelines of the group’s meeting in Bangkok, Menon told reporters that airlines underestimating pent-up demand had led to higher ticket prices, although supply was catching up and airlines face headwinds from oil prices and rising interest rates.

Travel in the Asia-Pacific region has recovered more slowly than in other parts of the world due to prolonged border closures, although Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan have recently reopened, leaving mainland China as the main exception.

Despite this, some carriers like Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) and Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX) are seeing record levels of profitability and returning cash to shareholders due to strong pent-up demand and limited supply, even if oil prices are high.

Many Asian airlines like Cathay Pacific Airways from Hong Kong (0293.HK), China Airlines Ltd from Taiwan (2610.TW) and Korean Air Lines Co Ltd (003490.KS) have relied on cargo for the majority of their revenue at the height of the pandemic. due to the depression in the passenger market.

However, the freight market weakened compared to last year due to global economic shocks from inflation, China’s zero COVID policy and the war in Ukraine.

Reporting by Chayut Setboonsarng in Bangkok, additional reporting by Jamie Freed in Sydney Editing by Ed Davies

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Hotel offers to reinstate canceled wedding venue block after Taylor Swift concert announcement https://apartman-beograd.com/hotel-offers-to-reinstate-canceled-wedding-venue-block-after-taylor-swift-concert-announcement/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 13:55:00 +0000 https://apartman-beograd.com/hotel-offers-to-reinstate-canceled-wedding-venue-block-after-taylor-swift-concert-announcement/ Massachusetts hotel offers to reinstate block of rooms for couple’s wedding after bride-to-be says hotel derailed deal following Taylor Swift’s announcement of nearby concerts slated for the same weekend in May. Christina Leonard and her fiancé are planning their wedding at a venue in Foxbourgh and have been looking to book a block of rooms at the Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel on Route 1 near Walpole. Leonard told NewsCenter 5 that his block was suddenly canceled the same day Swift announced a tour that included performances at Gillette Stadium. In an email Friday morning to Leonard and reporter Mary Saladna, a hotel manager apologized for “the misunderstanding.” The post offers to restore the room block and provide free accommodation for Leonard and his fiancé. The executive also offered to allow the wedding party to prepare for the wedding in the hotel’s meeting space or hang out there after the reception. “I personally can only imagine how you feel and cannot apologize enough for the anguish this has caused you and your fiancé,” wrote Beth Scherer, Vice President of Jiten. Hotel Management. Original article, published November 3: Taylor Swift is breaking hearts and not just with her love songs. The massive pop star’s recently announced concert tour dates are wreaking havoc on the wedding industry and couples here in Massachusetts have not been spared. A bride-to-be says her plans were derailed, after her bed and breakfast block at a hotel within walking distance of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough was suddenly cancelled, the same day Taylor Swift announced her concert tour dates which included the nearby stadium. For months, Christina Leonard has been planning her May 2023 wedding to Carmine. The couple’s venue is the Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough. Two days ago, the Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel on Route 1 near Walpole canceled Leonard’s block of hotel rooms. “I can’t believe it,” Leonard said. “I get an email from them saying you’re cancelled.” It was the same day Swift announced she would be playing two shows at Gillette Stadium that same weekend in May. “I kept saying our deal means nothing? That’s why,” Leonard said. “They said, no, we have a big event coming up.” “It’s just because of the money, that’s the only reason,” Leonard said. “He told me on the phone that they were going to get $1,000 a night.” His contract with the hotel is for 10 rooms at a rate of $169 a night. The first page of the agreement reads: “The hotel will guarantee the number of rooms specified in the contract…” and the contract “is intended to record the details of the agreement and bind the parties”. However, on the last page of the contract that Leonard signed and returned, the hotel’s sales manager has yet to sign his name. Yet, after Leonard turned in the paperwork, he emailed her saying, “Success. Got it. You’re ready. I’ll create the booking link and send it to you.” But now the hotel says they need those 10 rooms they offered. They offered her a block of rooms at a sister hotel, a Comfort Inn hotel in Randolph, which is about 18 miles from the wedding venue. “I don’t know what good it does for me,” Leonard said. “The point is being five minutes from my venue.” WCVB called and emailed local hotel management and has also contacted Hilton’s offices for comment, but as of this story’s publication date, had not yet received a response.

Massachusetts hotel offers to reinstate block of rooms for couple’s wedding after bride-to-be says hotel derailed deal following Taylor Swift’s announcement of nearby concerts slated for the same weekend in May.

Christina Leonard and her fiancé are planning their wedding at a venue in Foxbourgh and have been looking to book a block of rooms at the Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel on Route 1 near Walpole. Leonard told NewsCenter 5 that his block was suddenly canceled the same day Swift announced a tour that included performances at Gillette Stadium.

In an email Friday morning to Leonard and reporter Mary Saladna, a hotel manager apologized for “the misunderstanding.” The post offers to restore the room block and provide free accommodation for Leonard and his fiancé.

The executive also offered to allow the wedding party to prepare for the wedding in the hotel’s meeting space or hang out there after the reception.

“I personally can only imagine how you feel and cannot apologize enough for the anguish this has caused you and your fiancé,” wrote Beth Scherer, Vice President of Jiten. Hotel Management.


Original article, published on November 3:

Taylor Swift breaks hearts and not just with her love songs.

The pop star’s recently announced concert tour dates are wreaking havoc on the wedding industry and couples here in Massachusetts have not been spared.

A bride-to-be says her plans have been derailed, after her bed and breakfast block at a hotel within walking distance of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough was suddenly cancelled, the same day Taylor Swift announced her tour dates concerts which included the nearby stadium.

For months, Christina Leonard has been planning her May 2023 wedding to Carmine.

The couple’s venue is the Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough.

Two days ago, the Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel on Route 1 near Walpole canceled Leonard’s block of hotel rooms.

“I can’t believe it,” Leonard said. “I get an email from them saying you’re cancelled.”

It’s the same day that Swift announced she would be playing two shows at Gillette Stadium on the same weekend in May.

“I kept saying our deal meant nothing? That’s what it’s for,” Leonard said. “They said, no, we have a big event coming up.”

“It’s just because of the money, that’s the only reason,” Leonard said. “He told me on the phone that they were going to get $1,000 a night.”

His contract with the hotel is for 10 rooms at a rate of $169 a night.

The first page of the agreement reads: “The hotel will guarantee the number of rooms specified in the contract…” and the contract “is intended to record the details of the agreement and bind the parties.”

However, on the last page of the contract Leonard signed and returned, the hotel’s sales manager has yet to sign his name.

Yet, after Leonard turned in the paperwork, he emailed her saying, “Success. Got it. You’re ready. I’ll create the booking link and send it to you.”

But now the hotel says they need those 10 rooms they offered.

They offered her a block of rooms at a sister hotel, a Comfort Inn hotel in Randolph, which is about 18 miles from the wedding venue.

“I don’t know how good it does me,” Leonard said. “The point is to be five minutes from my room.”

WCVB called and emailed local hotel management and also reached out to the Hilton offices for comment, but as of this story’s publication, had yet to hear back.

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I’m a frequent traveler – My awesome travel tip cuts booking costs and is great for my wallet https://apartman-beograd.com/im-a-frequent-traveler-my-awesome-travel-tip-cuts-booking-costs-and-is-great-for-my-wallet/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 01:21:37 +0000 https://apartman-beograd.com/im-a-frequent-traveler-my-awesome-travel-tip-cuts-booking-costs-and-is-great-for-my-wallet/

A FREQUENT traveler has shared an awesome travel tip to help you plan your next trip more efficiently.

TikToker Jessica, who posts using the @jessicawantsanap handle, shared her travel planning hack in a recent video.

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Jessica shared a useful travel hack1 credit: TikTok/ jessicawantsanap
Jessica's hack is to create a Google map

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Jessica’s hack is to create a Google map1 credit: TikTok/ jessicawantsanap

“The best (convenient) way to plan a trip!” reads his caption.

Jessica begins the video by stating that not everyone plans their trips the same way.

“Since I started doing this, I can’t look back,” she said.

The first step is to figure out how to get to your city or destination.

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But instead of booking a hotel or Airbnb right away, you’ll create a Google Map.

If you search for Google My Maps and then click on Google My Maps, there will be a “Create a new map” button.

Then you pin the places you want to see and the activities you want to do on the map of the city you are visiting.

You can categorize your activities into entertainment, dining, sightseeing, etc.

Jessica also recommends pinning the transport options on the map to help you determine if you want to be near a train station or an airport.

Next, she recommends a quick Google search for the most recommended places to stay.

Use the map you created to compare these top rated areas with your pinned activities.

Based on this, you should be able to book a hotel or Airbnb in the location that suits you best.

Jessica also says the map should be able to help you plan your days on your trip.

You can use pins to make shots contained within an area of ​​your destination to use your time more efficiently.

She said you can also use the map to see what you’re close to when you stray from your route or go through a day without a definite plan.

In theory, by planning your trip this way, you might be able to cut transport costs and find affordable hotels central to where you’ll be spending most of your time.

Jessica’s video has been viewed over 4.9 million times.

She got a ton of praise and support for her travel hack in the comments section.

“You opened the door to my fear of wanting to go places but never knowing what to do when I get there so I never end up going,” one person commented.

“My A+ personality is messed up, didn’t know that,” another wrote.

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“I was getting ready to plan a big family trip (my own and my boyfriend’s), it saved my time and brain,” another said.

“We did this for our trip to Japan and it really helped when we weren’t familiar with the cities we were visiting!” someone else said.

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Bono memoir Surrender book review https://apartman-beograd.com/bono-memoir-surrender-book-review/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://apartman-beograd.com/bono-memoir-surrender-book-review/

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In the book that journalist Bill Flanagan wrote after joining Irish rock band U2 during their most fertile creative period, ‘U2 At World’s End’ in 1995, Flanagan told a joke about why James Joyce had to leave Ireland to write “Ulysses”: Because if he had stayed he would have talked this.

I found myself recalling this fragment from a book I read a quarter of a century ago as I skimmed through Bono’s “Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story,” the fascinating (and sometimes infuriating) discursive memoir from lightning rod frontman U2, a 62-year-old rock star almost as infamous for his speech as he is his singing. The man with the perpetually sunglasses-faced and soaring voice is also, as you probably know, an agitator who has devoted at least as many of his 21st century hours to AIDS, debt relief and the fight against poverty than to music.

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This successful second career is one reason why someone who isn’t a rabid U2 fan might find value in his book. Famous benefactors will and should be met with skepticism, but it’s hard to name another who has gone so successfully from thrilling but largely ineffectual public condemnations of social ills to doing the tedious, unsexy, year after year. administration over- administrative work of establishing relationships with those who hold the levers of power. Even when, above all when, these people are George W. Bush or Rupert Murdoch.

“You don’t have to agree on everything if the one thing you agree on is important enough,” Bono writes, a lesson he learned from one of his singing mentors/ agitators, Harry Belafonte. Love the guy, hate him, or just wish he were quiet – familiar emotions even for such a passionately devout U2 fan as your humble critic – you can’t say his activism is of the pin variety.

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He’s been annoying people, not always for honorable reasons, at least ever since he jumped into the audience during U2’s set at Live Aid in 1985. And once he learned that the fortune raised by that gig charity event filled with stars was barely enough to cover the weekly interest his beneficiaries from African nations were paying their Western debtors, he changed his strategy. His self-deprecating (really!) account of how he and his partners, during a two-year lobbying effort, led the 43rd president to ask Congress for a historic $15 billion pledge to fight AIDS in Africa – and how he refrained from criticizing the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 – constitute two of the book’s most compelling chapters. (At a time when it appeared the Bush administration would break its promises, George Soros accused Bono of “selling for a plate of lentils.”)

But that’s not what most readers will be here for. Nor will they expect or find much “Hammer of the Gods” style debauchery in the memories of a guy who’s been in a band with the same three dudes for 45 years and is married to his girlfriend from high school since 40; on these two relationships, he reflects with frankness and humility. Like the memoirs of his pals Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen, “Surrender is more introspective than salacious or settling scores, and proof that the speaker who wrote it is also fluent in prose.

Much of it is also familiar, with the author having shared many of his anecdotes – the same lines, even – in concert introductions to songs like “Iris”, about the mother who died suddenly at the age of 14, and “Sometimes you can”. t Make It on Your Own,” about the father who died slowly when Bono was 41. His story of falling asleep with a whiskey in his lap at Frank Sinatra’s and fearing he peed his pants in front of the president is a road-tested must-have on his set list. But have you heard of how Bono wandered off while he and his wife were drinking with Barack and Michelle at the White House, and the President found him passed out in Lincoln’s room? I did not have.

There were already plenty of tiles in the U2 mosaic: the documentary ‘From the Sky Down’ told their origin story while looking back at the difficult birth of their pivotal 1991 album, ‘Achtung Baby’. The 2015 Innocence + Experience Tour – a roadshow built around the “Songs of Innocence” album that had spontaneously materialized on your iPhone the previous September, a digital intrusion for which Bono takes full responsibility, incidentally, absolves even his accomplices/bandmates and Apple CEO Tim Cook also had plenty of overt autobiographical accounts. Then there are the four long Rolling Stone interviews that Bono sat for circa 1987-2017. He is not a man who has never been reluctant to talk about himself.

Paradoxically, a memoir of 560 pages is a safe space in which finally no one can accuse him of prolixity. Or at least he doesn’t have to feel U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr.’s eyes piercing the back of his skull as the timekeeper puts down his drumsticks, after realizing that the singer he recruited for his band in 1976 once again embarked on another rambling song introduction.

Well, what about those songs? Any fan familiar with U2’s catalog will recognize that the 40 tracks that provide the titles for the book’s 40 chapters are not chronologically sequenced. This is because the story told by these chapters is not linear. Beginning with the account of a critical heart operation Bono underwent in 2016, the book veers between topics and eras, guided by thematic connections more than temporal cues.

The dexterity with which Bono moves from songwriting mysteries to dissertations on, say, what he learned when Mikhail Gorbachev came to his Dublin home for Sunday dinner, is variable. There’s more than a hint of the literary ambition you might expect from a man who once co-wrote a song with Salman Rushdie. Bono knows how to get around a joke, and he’s well aware of his annoying habit of starting a serious discussion on almost any subject that is not music in a TED Talk.

That doesn’t mean he can always stop himself from doing it or even try. This means that the book is a figurative self-portrait, not an aspiration. Bono doesn’t consciously describe himself when he talks about “putting the messy in messianic,” but it could be. The phrase is flippant, but still pretty good. Whoever thought of it should try to be a songwriter.

Chris Klimek works for the Smithsonian magazine and co-hosts the podcast “A Degree Absolute!”

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Pixieset, the company known for its online client proofing and delivery system for photographers, has released a significant update to its recently launched studio management service (launched last year) that includes features for online booking and scheduling.

After Pixieset released its business management tool for photographers last year, booking and scheduling has been one of the most requested features by their users, prompting them to fix the issue very quickly with the launch. of their Studio Manager. This is a complete professional module designed to help photographers improve client onboarding, manage contracts, collect payments, send quotes and invoices, and even manage creative schedules/schedules to ensure there is no overbooking or missed opportunities. The system is even integrated with Stripe or PayPal for online payments.

The new Studio Manager system has been implemented to simplify creative workflow so they can spend more time behind the camera instead of running their business. Yes, the system requires a significant initial investment of time to set up, but once that’s done, it pretty much runs itself. Once this is done, users have access to an easy and efficient way to advertise their available services and packages as well as their availability to potential customers. This allows customers to book directly through the portal and even collect payment (or deposits) in advance with a choice of integrated payment processors.

The built-in online calendar allows users to better manage their schedules, configure session availability, and manage their upcoming projects. In addition to the calendar, Studio Manager users can create and send contracts that can be digitally signed, send and manage invoices, quotes, and even design and send questionnaires for potential customers to better identify and meet their needs. . The company claims that with the introduction of booking and scheduling, Studio Manager comes full circle, positioning itself strongly as one of the best photography CRM tools.

“The release of Booking and Scheduling marks a new chapter for Studio Manager,” says Pixieset. “It can fully energize your photography workflow – from the moment a client inquires and books a session, to the moment they make a payment and sign a contract. If you’re tired of juggling multiple tasks and software, trying to find a new dashboard, wondering if you forgot to respond to a request, or reminding a customer to pay, then you need to try Studio. Manager. This keeps you organized, fully booked, and on top of your schedule.

The Pixieset Studio Manager is now available in a variety of subscription levels ranging from free up to $55 per month depending on the level of services, applications and features required. More information can be found on the official Pixieset website.

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Rochester History Authors Book Signing Event – ABC 6 News https://apartman-beograd.com/rochester-history-authors-book-signing-event-abc-6-news/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 23:05:37 +0000 https://apartman-beograd.com/rochester-history-authors-book-signing-event-abc-6-news/

(ABC 6 News) – Three local authors hosted a book signing event Monday at Peacock Books & Wildlife Books at the Galleria in University Square.

The event brought together authors Amy Jo Hahn, author of “Hidden History of Rochester, Minnesota”, Virginia Wright-Peterson, author of “Rochester: An Urban Biography”, and Dr. Paul Scanlan, author of “Rochester Stories: A Med City History”. .”

“A lot of us have heard the Mayo Clinic story, but it’s more than the Mayo Clinic story,” Wright-Peterson said.

“It’s supposed to highlight some of the stories that we maybe don’t hear about as often or local historians who know some of the stories but put a different angle on them,” says Hahn.

Stories uncovered through research, curiosity and personal experiences.

“As a native of Rochester, over the years I’ve accumulated this repertoire of answers to questions people have about Rochester and its history,” says Dr. Scanlan.

The three authors share the same admiration for discovering new stories through the rich history of the city. Everyone plays their part in preserving the legacy of those who came before us.

“My grandfather was a great storyteller, and people always said we should write them, but nobody ever did. So, it’s kind of my tribute to my grandfather’s storytelling,” explains Dr. Scanlan.

“I love history and learning more about our community, I think there are layers of Rochester history that most of us don’t know about, so that’s pretty awesome,” the client says and reader Beverly Parker.

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