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12 September 2017 A fun September day

Booker Gliding - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 08:32
Busy day a little breezy with a relatively small soaring window and shower dodging.

We welcome Andrew Barrett onto day 2 of his PPL conversion course. Andrew flies a Piper Tomahawk from Booker and has done for a number of years.

 Andrew enjoyed exploring the differences between power flying and gliding, including our rather different approach to circuit planning. Needless to say he adapted very quickly.

The airfield was generally busy with pilots taking advantage of the pleasant conditions and Jan permanently sat in the Robin.

We are expecting a windy night and breezy morning.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL NEW HIRES FOR DIGITAL TEAM

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 19:51

 

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL NEW HIRES FOR DIGITAL TEAM

David Miller Named SVP & General Manager, NationalGeographic.com; Kyle Christensen Tapped to Lead TV Digital and Social Strategy

Miller and Christensen Join Recent High-Profile Hires as National Geographic Partners Grows Digital Operations and Team Charged with Leading the No. 1 Brand on Social Media

WASHINGTON (September 12, 2017)—As National Geographic Partners continues to solidify its place as a leader in digital and social innovation, Rachel Webber, Executive Vice President of Digital, announced today new leadership roles for the digital group. New hires include David Miller as Senior Vice President and General Manager, NationalGeographic.com, and Kyle Christensen as Vice President of Channel Social and Digital Strategy. Miller will report to Webber and Christensen will report to Jonathan Hunt, Senior Vice President of Social and Audience Development.

Miller and Christensen are joining a team of high-profile recent hires as National Geographic works to build its digital team charged with continuing to grow the No. 1 brand on social media and expand its digital consumer offerings. Recent additions to the team include Marcus East as Executive Vice President of Product and Technology who joined from Apple earlier this year; Marcelo Galdieri as Senior Vice President of Digital Product after 20 years at MasterCard; and Jonathan Hunt as Senior Vice President of Social and Audience Development after holding positions at Vox and Vice.

National Geographic is one of the most followed digital media brands with over 360 million social fans and a robust audience across web and mobile for its editorial and video content. It is the No. 1 non-celebrity brand on Instagram with more than 111 million followers, a top 10 brand on YouTube and the largest television network on Facebook with one of the 50 most followed pages worldwide. This year alone, National Geographic has grown to generate more than 6.4 billion content views each month across social platforms – a 20 percent increase.

“David and Kyle bring tremendous expertise, creative and business instincts, and a dedication to the consumer experience that are crucial as we work to scale our digital business,” Webber said. “While we have a running head-start as the No. 1 brand on social media, we know we have even greater potential to activate people’s curiosity and to build communities of passionate explorers. David and Kyle have done award-winning work building product, social, video and advertising solutions for some of the world’s most beloved brands. We’re thrilled that they are now part of our National Geographic team.”

The new hires and their roles are:

David Miller joins as Senior Vice President and General Manager, NationalGeographic.com. He will be responsible for the day-to-day experiences for both consumers and advertiser partners on the National Geographic website and is charged with leading National Geographic’s consumer and revenue growth goals. Miller comes to National Geographic Partners from AOL, where he most recently served as Vice President of Product Management. In 11 years at AOL, Miller held numerous leadership positions in product, strategy and operations, including overseeing monetization products for AOL’s owned-and-operated properties, driving new joint product opportunities following Verizon’s acquisition of AOL, and developing and launching AOL’s iab award-winning ad format, Project Devil. Miller also managed AOL’s video ad solutions and One Creative, the creative platform of AOL’s programmatic platform, One by AOL. Prior to joining AOL, Miller held leadership positions at Lightningcast (acquired by AOL), InPhonic Inc, Leap Wireless and Varsitybooks.com. Miller holds an MBA from George Washington University and a B.A. in American Government from Georgetown University. David lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Maia, and their two daughters.

Kyle Christensen joins as Vice President of Channel Social and Digital Strategy. Leading the social strategy for National Geographic’s broadcast channels, Christensen is responsible for the development and execution of National Geographic’s creative and comprehensive digital strategies for new shows and films. Christensen joins from Netflix, where he helped launch its Marvel series and “Narcos.” His campaigns for season one and two of “Narcos” took home a Shorty Award, multiple Cannes Lions and Facebook’s grand prize for Best Overall TV Social Campaign, Best Digital Content and Best Ad. Christensen then transitioned to lead the digital team for Netflix’s endeavor into original films. Before his time at Netflix, Christensen oversaw Warner Bros.’ interactive marketing campaigns for theatrical releases such as “Harry Potter” (winning the Shorty Award for launching Pottermore and most talked-about social campaign four years in a row), “The Dark Knight,” “The Hobbit,” “Man of Steel” and many more. Prior to that role, Christensen handled syndication and digital production for Fox Sports.

About National Geographic Partners LLC:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, 202.912.6724, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com

 

Media Alert: Cassini’s Grand Finale, Interviews & Interactive Available

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 18:19

***Media Alert***

Experience: Nat Geo Exclusive Interactive of Cassini’s Grand Tour

Read: How NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Will Meet Its Fiery End

After 13 years exploring Saturn, the probe will dive deep into the planet’s atmosphere for its explosive “grand finale” on September 15

Spokespeople and Exclusive Interactive Available

 Nearly 20 years ago, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft left Earth and began a seven-year journey across the solar system. Its destination? Ringed Saturn and its many, many moons. After more than a decade exploring the system, Cassini will plunge to its doom in the planet’s atmosphere on September 15, 2017. National Geographic has taken a look at Cassini’s voyage and its greatest achievements through this comprehensive interactive.

The probe’s final scientific mission will be to destroy itself by plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere. Cassini will begin its collision course with Saturn on September 11 and will take it’s final picture on September 14, before plunging through Saturn’s cloud tops on September 15. 

Check out National Geographic’s Cassini explainer HERE.

Explore Cassini’s 13 years of missions HERE.  

Space expert Nadia Drake is available for interviews out of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, reporting from the scene.

Science and astronomy expert Victoria Jaggard is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

The Leader in Online Learning, The Great Courses Plus, Announces Partnership with National Geographic Live to Provide New World-Class Educational Content

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 18:51

CHANTILLY, Va. (September 7, 2017)—The Great Courses Plus is excited to expand their unparalleled educational experience by partnering with National Geographic Live, National Geographic’s touring speaker series, to bring users new, exciting content. The educational series will feature thought-provoking presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists, photographers, and performing artists. The partnership will provide high-value content, expand audience reach, and help The Great Courses Plus maintain its position as the top trusted source for online home learning material.

The new series will be an exciting addition to the award-winning content The Great Courses Plus already provides. In “Amazing Animals, Plants, and Insects,” listeners can join renowned scientists and photographers to travel the world and discover the most fascinating, mysterious and exotic species on the planet. “The Space, Technology and Discovery” feature follows scientists and inventors into the future to learn about breakthroughs just on the horizon and how these innovations will change life as we know it. The new material rounds out an extensive library of over 350 series produced by The Great Courses Plus, and solidifies its position as the leader in lifelong learning.

National Geographic is one of the world’s largest scientific and educational institutions and through this partnership, The Great Courses Plus will reach an expanded audience. “There are many lifelong learners who look to National Geographic as a trusted source of enriching information,” said Cale Pritchett, Vice President of Marketing for The Great Courses. “This partnership will build on that trust and introduce many new users to The Great Courses Plus,” he added.

National Geographic Live and the Great Courses Plus are thrilled to share the new material with their growing audience of lifelong learners. The series is now available and can be found online at TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/NatGeoLive.

About The Great Courses

The Great Courses Plus is the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Delivered in engaging, expertly produced video and audio, these carefully crafted courses provide access to a world of knowledge from the most accomplished professors and experts. The content–rich, proprietary library spans more than 350 series with more than 14,000 lectures designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding, and foster epiphanies in the arts, science, literature, self–improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, business, professional advancement and personal development. Creating unique learning experiences since 1990, The Great Courses and The Great Courses Plus are the premier brands of The Teaching Company Sales, LLC of Chantilly, Virginia, which is owned by Los Angeles-based Brentwood Associates. More information can be found at https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.

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We say a sad farewell to Geoff Tabbner

Booker Gliding - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 08:04
The weather decided to be kind to us today and we managed to get some training done in the morning. As a mark of respect to Geoff, flying ceased at midday.






Huge numbers filled All Saints Church in High Wycombe to say a sad farewell to our friend Geoff.

A celebration of Geoffs life was then held at the farm of Pete Wells,a  spectacular air display and fireworks and very moving speeches from Geoffs wonderful family and close friends.



National Geographic’s Renowned Photographers Inspire Authentic Travel with Travel-Themed Flash Print Sale

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:28

WASHINGTON (Sept. 6, 2017)—Starting Saturday, Sept. 9, for eight days only, National Geographic is holding a travel-themed flash sale featuring prints by 25 National Geographic photographers whose powerful visual storytelling has long-inspired others to seek out the world’s most remote destinations. The photographs, which provoke the pursuit of authentic travel experiences, will be available for a limited time only as signed, museum-quality, 8” x 10” prints priced at $100 each. Featuring work by Aaron Huey, Jodi Cobb, Amy Vitale, William Albert Allard, Michael “Nick” Nichols and David Guttenfelder, the collectible prints can be purchased at www.NGCreativeFlashSale.com from Sept. 9 through Sept. 16 at midnight EDT.

The sale, presented by National Geographic Creative, is a unique celebration of places far and wide from across the globe and the rich diversity of planet Earth. National Geographic photo editors collaborated with Nat Geo Creative staff and National Geographic Director of Photography Sarah Leen to curate the selection of images. National Geographic is overseeing the production of the premium, unframed prints, which will be made on Fuji Crystal paper and signed by the respective photographer.

“Our renowned photographers have traveled to the farthest corners of the world to capture these breathtaking images. By sharing the beauty of the planet through these signed prints, we hope to enlighten others with new perspectives of the world and perhaps even to inspire them to embark on their own journey to a new destination,” said Alice Keating, senior vice president, National Geographic Creative.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitter,InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Yacht Charter Focus: The Modern Masterpiece of Joy

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 09:00
Yacht Charter Focus: The Modern Masterpiece of Joy Carved from the unique minds of Bannenberg & Rowell, Joy is an instantly recognisable superyacht with modern lines and a lifestyle on board like no other. One of the finest yachts on the charter market today, we take a look at exactly what awaits those embarking on board this year.

Feadship, the superyacht craftsmen renowned for their expert approach to custom construction, were the visionaries charged with bringing the British design to life.

The contemporary lines of Joy were delivered to her owner in 2016, and have since become part of the world class Burgess charter fleet; offering an exciting way to explore the waters of the Mediterranean and Caribbean for up to twelve guests.

The five decks of Joy, covering expansive exterior areas and intimate, beautifully designed interiors, are engineered to accommodate those on board in complete comfort and exciting variety. Outside, Joy is renowned for her huge, open bow space which offers a basketball court, while spaces called ‘winter gardens’ offer air conditioned pockets of peace.

Upper deck aft guests can sit for an informal dinner together or relax with a cocktail for a more intimate evening with friends, while the sundeck provides the chance to kick back with a Jacuzzi in or out of the sun thanks to Joy’s awning.

Moving indoors, and a saloon gives way to the sophisticated style of the interiors designed with intricate detail by Studio Indigo. Exploring the boat, those on board can make the most of the elevator servicing all decks to reach the peak of the boat and enjoy a sundowner, or discover its wellness facilities with gym, spa and masseuse.

Joy’s light and airy interiors are opened up by large windows, allowing the scenery of your dream location into the world of the yacht itself. Stepping down to the beach club, those on board can do more than just admire the view, and dive, discover and enjoy life on and under the water thanks to an arsenal of toys on board.

Joy is a stand-out Feadship with extreme detail through design which creates more than just a charter yacht, but an entire experience. Click here to learn more about chartering Joy across either the Mediterranean or the Caribbean.

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Tuesday 5th September ---How does this work Graham?

Booker Gliding - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 08:22
Another cloudy and wet day.

The bus saga continues, removing the thingemyjig from the bus was proving problematic. graham could be quoted as saying "we dont know what it is called, or indeed what it does---but it is broken"

After some discussion Graham was heard to say " O give it here, I will have a go" the next thing he is under the bus like a ferret.

Its that funny looking thing there.
Ok I will take a look.
The next stage will be to figure out how it works, and then fix it----straightforward really. When it is fixed we will be able to use the bus at the launch point---so a big vote of thanks to the team.

ATLAS OF BEER: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 20:14

WASHINGTON (Sept. 19, 2017)—The world of beer is vast: diverse in its offerings and dazzling in its complexity. Today, craft brewing has been elevated from a hobbyist’s pursuit to a global art form. In this beautifully illustrated book, shot through with authoritative maps and glorious photography, National Geographic has compiled the most comprehensive collection of information on beers and the countries they’re brewed in with ATLAS OF BEER: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer (National Geographic Books; on sale Sept. 19, 2017; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1833-0; 304 pages; $40.00).

Authors, geography professors and self-proclaimed “beer doctors,” Nancy Hoalst-Pullen, Ph.D., and Mark W. Patterson, Ph.D., traveled more than 160,000 miles across 28 countries to reveal the most unique, historic and delicious brews across the globe. And Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of the celebrated Brooklyn Brewery, recommends great beers from 40 regions around the world, as well as tasting notes, food pairings and presentation tips. Their body of research, complemented by 100 maps, 300 color photographs and quirky trivia, makes ATLAS OF BEER an essential reference – and perfect gift — for craft aficionados and novices alike.

Covering 45 countries and six continents, this boozy treasure trove of beautiful photos and revealing maps is packed with practical travel advice. Each section focuses on a different continent and explores what the locals are drinking, the future of beer and which breweries and beer festivals are worth the trek. Readers also will learn the subtle arts of international beer culture – for example, which glass should be used with tropical fruit beer in Brazil. Or how to ask for a large beer in each of Australia’s seven states, in 14 different languages. Or how to conquer the complexities of proper drinking etiquette in Japan.

Smart, informative and richly illustrated, ATLAS OF BEER will ensure that you find the perfect pint wherever you may be in the world.

About Nancy Hoalst Pullen, Ph.D.

A world traveler, professor and beer writer, Hoalst Pullen has dedicated her career to discovering the stories surrounding the geographies of beer. As a National Geographic Explorer, she has visited hundreds of locales across six continents – from historic breweries of Belgium to backyard home-brews in South Africa – to understand how the craft of brewing has evolved over time and place. She has published many articles on the subject, with particular emphasis on the role of sustainability in the beer industry. With Mark Patterson, she co-edited the book The Geography of Beer – Regions, Environment, and Societies.

About Mark W. Patterson, Ph.D.

By day, Patterson is a geography professor whose research with Nancy Hoalst Pullen examines sustainability trends in the beer industry. By night, Patterson is an avid home-brewer, strategically planning his next research trip to breweries around the world. As a National Geographic Explorer, he has traveled nearly 200,000 miles (and counting) on his quest to identify the nuances of the beer industry — and of course, to sample the flavors of this time-honored craft. When he is not traveling the globe, Patterson can be found playing ice hockey or working on a script for a pilot series on the U.S. craft beer industry.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 20:07

WASHINGTON (Sept. 5, 2017)—Traveling the globe with your significant other is the journey of a lifetime. National Geographic has compiled the definitive travel guide for couples wanting to explore the world with ULTIMATE JOURNEYS FOR TWO: Extraordinary Destinations on Every Continent (National Geographic Books; on sale Sept. 5, 2017; ISBN 978-1-4262-1839-2; 272 pages; $26.99).

Authors Mike and Anne Howard – officially the World’s Longest Honeymooners and founders of the acclaimed travel blog HoneyTrek – take readers across seven continents with curated recommendations to discover culture, adventure, and romance, no matter the budget. Each chapter is organized by type of destination (for example: beaches, mountains and desert) to help intrepid couples discover new places and experiences based on their interests. Readers can learn the ideal time to visit, the dreamiest places to stay and recommended activities – each with their own adventure rating to illustrate the level of intensity.

Using Anne’s background as a national magazine editor and Mike’s background as a digital marketing executive and photographer, the Howards wrote ULTIMATE JOURNEYS FOR TWO to chronicle their adventures across 50+ countries and to share tips with fellow couples looking to make their own travel dreams a reality.

Special features in ULTIMATE JOURNEYS FOR TWO include funny and insightful stories from the Howards’ own adventures exploring the globe since 2012, expert advice from other renowned traveling couples and tips to increase the romance and excitement at each destination. Both entertaining and informative, this book is an invaluable resource and travel-seeking inspiration for a lifetime.

About the Authors

Mike and Anne Howard left on their honeymoon in January 2012 and have been traveling the world ever since. They chronicle their adventures across seven continents and 53 countries (and counting) on HoneyTrek.com. Their writing, photography and story of the “World’s Longest Honeymoon” can also be found on Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Times, BBC Travel, CBS and dozens of international publications. Follow their travels at HoneyTrek.com or on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook @HoneyTrek.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Launches 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:00

WASHINGTON (Sept. 5, 2017)—National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD), publication in National Geographic Magazine and a feature on National Geographic’s Instagram account, @natgeo.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/photocontest to submit photographs in any or all of four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Underwater and Aerials. Each entry to the contest will be submitted through National Geographic’s online photo community, Your Shot, where members can comment on photos and share their favorites. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest ends Friday, Nov. 17, at 12 p.m. EST.

“I’m thrilled for entries to the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest to start rolling in,” said National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Digital Photography Patrick Witty. “The strength and diversity of the submitted photos are always astounding, and this contest gives those incredible entries a platform that is seen by millions ­– including National Geographic’s photo editors. The Nature Photographer of the Year contest is a rewarding experience for all involved, from the photographers who enter, to audiences who get to appreciate the incredible talent.”

“Since National Geographic photographers find ways to go the extra mile in making a jaw-dropping photo, we’ve chosen four categories (Wildlife, Landscapes, Underwater and Aerials) that will encourage photographers to amaze us with a compelling diversity of images,” said Matt Adams, Producer and Community Manager of Your Shot.

One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the four categories, and the winning photographs will be published on nationalgeographic.com. The overall grand-prize winner will be chosen from the four category winners and will be announced in December 2017.

For details and official contest rules, please visit natgeo.com/photocontest.

 

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 171 countries and 45 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

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The Yachts Behind the Porto Montenegro Pop-Up Show

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:00
The Yachts Behind the Porto Montenegro Pop-Up Show The MYBA Pop-up Superyacht Show in Porto Montenegro is returning for its third year, bringing with it more attendee arrivals than ever before. With only a matter of days before its grand opening, we take a look at the yachts awaiting brokers when they hit the ground running this week.

Ice Lady
The 43.3-metre world cruiser Ice Lady is the largest on display at the Porto Montenegro Pop-up and a clear charter attraction given the world’s growing attraction to exploration. A classically styled, rugged boat from 1959, Ice Lady was drawn by German Frers and reborn in 2012; making this a clear must-see at the Montenegrin display.

Pappa Joe
Sophisticated sailing, by-gone style and 33.8-metres of unbridled experience, this sailing yacht is ideal for the Mediterranean East. Built by Mastori Yachts in 2007 and updated in 2011, this is a masterful addition to the charter market and custom-made solution for those looking to cruise the world in ease and comfort.

Pida
Benetti’s iconic construction and Stefano Righini design will be on display in the form of the Classic 115’ Pida, a 35-metre motor yacht which offers comfort and cruising across the East Mediterranean. Launched in 2000, Pida underwent a masterful renewal in 2015 with flawless Zuretti interior and space for 10 guests.

Criss C
An American in Montenegro, the Christensen-built Criss C is an ideal charter example with classic style dating back to her launch in 1993, with a complete refit bringing her up to immaculate standards in 2010. Custom-built with charter in mind, Criss C hosts up to 10 guests in 5 staterooms in a beautiful Diana Yacht Design interior.

Lady Mura
A true Dominator in style and speed, this 2011-motor yacht can reach up to 25 knots in comfort and offers up to 10 guests on board a true island cruiser. Measuring 29.10m, Lady Mura is available for charter across Croatia and matches the surroundings perfectly for those looking to explore the East Med.

Mister Z
The second Benetti on the list for the MYBA Pop-up Show, the Delfino 93’ Mister Z is a 28.5-metre motor yacht built in 2014. With Italian style throughout thanks to Stefano Righini and Carlo Galeazzi, Mister Z accommodates up to 12 guests in 5 cabins and compliments her larger counterpart Pida perfectly.

Lady Lona
The 26-metre Lady Lona was launched by Amer yachts in 2003 and benefitted from a total upgrade in 2015. Thanks to the hard work of a dedicated crew, this yacht has been immaculately maintained and will offer up the chance to explore the East Med for those looking for a boat with access to all the hard-to-reach areas.

The show provides a unique platform for owners, agents and captains to showcase their superyachts and itineraries, while brokers benefit from the many B2B networking opportunities.

A choice of three guided tours will be available to Kotor, Perast and Our Lady of the Rock, as well as a visit to the only winery in the bay introducing our guests to Montenegro’s cultural and historical heritage.

“We are extremely proud to be hosting this third edition of the MYBA Pop-Up show in Porto Montenegro. This is a fantastic opportunity for industry professionals to visit some of the world’s most luxurious superyachts, back dropped by the breathtaking Montenegrin scenery. As the first marina to be awarded Platinum status by TYHA and GMI, Porto Montenegro is the ideal location for a superyacht to base itself for a busy Adriatic charter season,” concluded Tony Browne, Show director.

A full schedule of activities includes yacht hops, future-focused industry seminars and helicopter tours of the picturesque Boka Bay. For more information on attending or visiting the show, click here

The Yachts Behind the Porto Montenegro Pop-Up Show The marina village and superyacht hub of Porto Montenegro The Yachts Behind the Porto Montenegro Pop-Up Show Bare Necessities Ice Lady Lady Mura Just Mine Lady Lona Mister Z Mowana Papa Joe Pida Criss C

Monday 4 September drizzle and low cloud

Booker Gliding - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 08:23
Low cloud all day, a weather front sitting over the country bringing dismal conditions.

but it still all happens at Booker GC.


 A very grey sky at Booker

Vic said he thought the bus repair would be futile if the track in the storage area, this because the air valve is very close to the ground and the track is very undulating. Fix the valve and damage it again he warned.

It turns out barry has a bulldozer, and professor Mike could help get it running. So a belch of black smoke later and the bulldozer is up and running, 



 Barry filling in the holes on the track Mmmm thats a lot better, thanks guys. Just tramp that down and we are done.
Now thats what I call teamwork---another good job completed. One of the hundreds of tasks completed by the silent few.
mike was last seen trotting off to pick black berries and Barry returned to his Alladins cave of aircraft stuff.
Part of the collection in Barrys yard.  

First Saturday in September and some excellent weather

Booker Gliding - Sat, 09/02/2017 - 21:20
It was a busy day today, with instructors kept very busy flying students while the single seaters set off on a Handicapped Distance task.

Meanwhile the marketing team was at White Waltham with the sim, invited by West London Aero Club to take part in their Members' Day, a charity fundraising event. We spent the day introducing power pilots to use of the rudder, and to spinning.

Start 'em young
We had a grandstand view of the various displays by interesting aircraft, rounded off by our own Emily Collett flying aeros in her Extra (Emily started her flying career in gliders at Booker).

A clutch of Tiger Moths Back at Booker, the evening was enlivened by a Virgin balloon 'landing out' the wrong side of the airfield hedge.

Ooops! The customers had to get out and push.....

The retrieve

31 August. A perfect day for Maddi Roberts to go solo.

Booker Gliding - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 08:14
A day for dodging showers. Towering cumulus aooeared as soon as the sun got to work.

A busy day on the airfield with one serious downpour at lunchtime.

Bob Smith made many trial lesson visitors very happyas they flew with dramatic cloudscapes. Tobi O'Brien and his family all flew as didGraham langley and Martine Hutchinson.

Welcome back to Terri Clements, who spent time today getting back into the groove.

 Well done Maddi, solo today---perfect landing too!
 Mike Shepherd preparing to get to grips with that dang aerotow, if only the tug would keep still.

Meanwhile Jane and John Wood spent the day with us, enjoying the sun and Richards attention as their instructor.
 Wilf explained that his Blue fronted parrot enjoys "scrunched up" cuttle fish. Its amazing the things you learn on a sunny airfield.  Wilf has now realised the parrot is able to scrunch the cuttle fish up itself--saves a job!

Lets hope September (thats tomorrow) brings some more good weather.


30 August A wet day at the club---but it is still busy

Booker Gliding - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 08:00
Low cloud and light rain dominated the weather for most of the day.

That didnt put off James Giles who is determined to complete his bronze C this year (and about time say some). The classroom work included exam preparation and a review of the oral test for the bronze C.

The afternoon session was focussed on field selection and field landing
Richard acting out the field landing during his fascinating talk.

Weather is set to improve tomorrow----hooray

29 August. Rocky is prepared for any weather

Booker Gliding - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 08:14
Good news a Silver medal for Tim, everyone at booker is proud of his achievement.

A busy training day at the airfield, and thanks Steve for your help.

Denzil completed his last day of the course with another superb landing well done Denzil, we hope to see you again. Denzil lives in Goa so doesnt pop in that often.

Maddi is now working solidly to get solo during her break. The day for her finished with a very well executed launch failure simulation.

Maddi getting ready for a training flight.

A steady flow of pupils, the soaring conditions improved later in the day, but too late to tempt the local pundits.

The evening group took over late afternoon,

Rocky wanted to make sure he didnt get wet if we had an unexpected rain shower!

The ned of anither great day.
 

National Geographic Launches “We’re Wired That Way” Series Exclusively for Facebook’s Watch Platform

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:44

National Geographic Launches “We’re Wired That Way” Series Exclusively for Facebook’s Watch Platform

Launched Today As Second in a Series of Three Original Shows For Facebook, “We’re Wired That Way” Aims to Tell the Fascinating Story Behind All the Things that Make Humans Uniquely Human Through a Combination of Video, Graphics and Narration

In its continued quest to seek out innovative approaches to social media, National Geographic today has announced the premiere of “We’re Wired That Way”, a new and original series available on Facebook’s Watch every Monday. The series follows the launch of Nat Geo WILD’s “Safari LIVE”, in which expert guides take viewers on daily action-packed safari experiences through the wildernesses of South Africa and Kenya, showcasing iconic species like elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, wildebeest and more. . “We’re Wired That Way” deconstructs the fascinating story behind some of the most unique traits and habits that make us human through rich data visualization, graphics, and irrefutable science. Join National Geographic Explorer and submarine pilot, Erika Bergman, as she explores such questions as: How does our body heal and can we regenerate body parts? Why do we find it appealing to kiss someone else’s germ filled mouth? What are puppies cute but reptiles repulsive?

Check out the series trailer HERE.

“As the most followed brand on social, including Facebook, one of our goals is to focus that influence on creating experiences that turn our yellow border into a yellow portal,” says Jonathan Hunt, Senior Vice President of Audience Development and Digital Strategy. “Exploration is at the core of what makes us human and it’s National Geographic Explorers like Erika Bergman, and premium series like We’re Wired That Way, that are helping audiences better understand themselves by decoding all the things that make us, us.  We’re excited to be working with Facebook to experiment on Watch and to continue to grow our community on Facebook.”

The five series episodes, which range in length from 4 to 6 minutes, include:

Why We Lie on Aug. 29

Science of Cute on Sept. 4

How We Heal on Sept. 11

Why We Kiss on Sept. 18

Why We Cry on Sept. 25 

 

Series Credits:

EVP Digital: Rachel Webber

SVP of Digital Strategy and Audience Development: Jonathan Hunt

Executive Producer: JP Polo

Producers: Dave Gedney, JP Polo, Jack Eddy

Director: Dave Gedney

Writers: James Introcaso, Miellyn Barrows

Director of Photography: Jack Eddy and Nicholas Donnelly

Host: Erika Bergman

Editor: Ryan Ciliax

Lead Graphic Designer: James Crothers

Animator: Jennifer Smart 

 

For press images, please click HERE.

Ant Baker interview: Top spots & gear tips from windsurfing pro

Windsurfing - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:20

If you windsurf then we are sure you’ll appreciate this Ant Baker interview from back in 2013. Winner of successive British Slalom Association titles, he toured on the pro circuit for 8 years – and returned to the scene in 2014. Ant Baker interview: Top 6 achievements In case you don’t know...

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Silver for Tim

Booker Gliding - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 20:44


Today was the final day of the 19th FAI European Gliding Championships, held at Lasham, and the Brits did very well indeed. Booker's Tim Scott performed brilliantly throughout the week, winning one day and achieving Silver overall. Congratulations Tim!

The full results are here: Soaring Spot

And here's a pic from 2015 when Tim was Task Setter for the Regionals.


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