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Iquitos is a bustling city.  It has many many more motocars (pictured) than cars or taxis.  It´s a bit hard to cross streets here as drivers are always testing the limits of yellow lights and many one way streets make crossing particularly difficult from oneside.  One should also watch out for dodgy sidewalks. 

Below are pictured some of the colonial style architecture, including the azulejos, the painted tiles, first imported from Portugal by Rubber Barrons to decorate their mansions. 

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Financial Post | Business

LAS VEGAS — Flexjet has placed orders for 30 more of Bombardier’s Learjet 85 aircraft, converting a number of the options the U.S. company took in a blockbuster deal announced last month, the companies announced Monday.

Bombardier now has 60 confirmed orders for Learjet 85s from Flexjet for a value of approximately US$1.2-billion, based on the 2013 list price for the aircraft.

Last month, Montreal-based Bombardier announced it was selling Flexjet to a private U.S. equity firm for US$185-million, and Flexjet concurrently placed firm orders with the airplane maker for 85 business aircraft of several types. These included 25 Learjet 75, 30 Learjet 85, 20 Challenger 350 and 10 Challenger 605 jets, as well as options on an additional 160 aircraft.

Coupled with the converted options announced Monday, the total number of firm orders for aircraft of all types now totals 115, with a list price of US$2.4-million.

If all…

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Toronto and World

Elevated Highways Weaving through Buildings

When I was a kid, coming into downtown on the Richmond Street flyover, a sign always reminded one that the End was Near, though you could get information by calling Jim, who had a church so close to the flyover that it almost touched. In later years Jim faced across the flyover at the Funnel, a lamented lost experimental film space, located in a building that similarly almost kissed the road. I loved it when my Dad drove by the buildings there, it felt so metropolitan, so coming into town, the polar opposite of the trapped in Agincourt feeling that repeatedly stalked my youth. Anyway today I was biking along King Street right there and you know, it made me think of Osaka, where roads don’t necessarily get in the way of buildings. Since the roads are not thought to be temporary, they maintain them, and try to make them…

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tindak tanduk arsitek

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kalau pernah kamu bertemu dulu, apa yang
kau inginkan nanti? sepi. kalau nanti kau
dapatkan cinta, bagaimana kau tempatkan
waktu? sendiri. bila hari tak lagi berani
munculkan diri, dan kau tinggal untuk
menanti? cari. andai bumi sembunyi saat
kau berlari? mimpi.
[Percakapan Dua Ranting ~ Radhar Panca Dahana]

Yaahowu!
Sapaan halo dari orang Nias apabila bertemu. Bisa juga ini yang membuat imajinasi menari, mengira bahwa pendiri portal Yahoo! pernah berkunjung ke Nias dan memberikan kata sapaan ini pada situsnya. Nias juga terkenal ombak-ombaknya ke seluruh dunia, sehingga menjadi destinasi selancar favorit dari pengendara-pengendara gelombang air top dunia. Surfing, itu istilahnya. Sama dengan istilah yang kemudian populer berarti menjelajah dengan internet. Jangan-jangan, yang mempopulerkan kata itu pun pernah merasakan terpaan gelombang di pantai Sorake di ujung selatan Nias. Barangkali…

Tentu bukan itu yang membuat aku tertarik ke pulau yang berada di tengah samudera seberang…

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U.S.

The Bay Area’s two largest transit unions reached a “tentative” agreement with management on Monday night, bringing an end to a four-day strike that stranded 400,000 commuters and slowed area traffic down to a crawl.

The welcome announcement was short on details, particularly on whether both sides had resolved their differences over a pay raise and new work rules, but officials did promise to resume train service by 4 am, with the caveat that “morning capacity may be limited.”

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R.A. Krueger

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I found this plaque in a drawer today.  I remember finding it in a cute little shop in Aurora, Nebraska a couple years ago.  I thought I’d hang it right next to my desk and it would motivate me to finish my stories.  Finding it today was pretty serendipitous, as writing has been on my mind a lot lately.

Over the past week I have been heavily debating whether or not to do NaNo next month.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research about the pros and cons of NaNo, as well as research on the craft of writing and getting inspiration.  it’s been a very informative week.  Not only have I learned about writing itself, but I’ve learned a lot about myself as a writer.

I have a confession….I have never finished a novel.  I’ve written short stories, but nothing of any serious length.  After my research…

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Free Thinkers & Peace Builders

It’s something I’ve never really liked doing, but manage most days.  The past week or so it’s been hard.  Maybe it’s because it’s still dark in my room now at 7:00 am.  Maybe it’s because I’m cold.  Mostly I think it’s because I have lost my passion.  I’m not excited about getting out of bed.  I have no major plans from one day to the next. Every day, I get up, journal, walk the dog, eat breakfast, do some genealogy or blogging, (reading and writing).  Most afternoons I run errands and take a nap.  Napping seems to be central to most of my days.

On Wednesdays I do Zumba (class starts again this week) and T’ai Chi and volunteer at the dog shelter on Fridays.  It’s a relatively full week.  Especially since after Zumba all I can do is shower and take a nap, so half my day is pretty…

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