Stretching from Egypt to Morocco, the Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world, comparable in size to the continental US. While there are many ways to visit the Sahara, possibly the most iconic way is to visit Erg Chebbi, one of Morocco’s many ergs, or seas of sand dunes. Erg Chebbi is often used for films because of its stunning expanse of iconic fire-orange sand dunes. To reach Erg Chebbi, one has to drive for two days from Marrakech through mountains and desert, before switching to a camel for the final stretch. I recently visited and, while the sunset and sunrise were unforgettable, the dunes were far from the immaculate waves you see in photos, thanks to the hundreds of ATVs and 4X4s that ride through. Growing up, my first ambition was to be an archaeologist. No one told me at the time that the job had little to do with what happens in “Indiana Jones,” but you try telling that to a precocious seven-year-old. To kid-me, being an archaeologist … [Read more...] about The most iconic desert in the world is the Sahara. I drove for days, rode a camel for hours, and slept under the stars just to see it.
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“Cheers” is one of the longest-running sitcoms of all time, with 275 episodes and 11 seasons. Over those 11 years, many famous faces walked through the front door of “Cheers.” Here are 30 of the most memorable celebrity guest stars and cameos. Sometimes, you really do just want to go where everybody knows your name. And for 11 years, the Boston bar Cheers was that place for a cast of loveable misfits. You had Sam, the owner of the bar and recovering alcoholic, and Diane, his love interest and a pretentious waitress. And when she left, you had the neurotic bar manager, Rebecca, take her place. There was Coach and Woody, both very dim but well-meaning bartenders, and Carla, the tough waitress who never held back her true feelings. And to round out the cast, there was Cliff, a trivia-spouting postman, Norm, who complained about his wife but loved her dearly, and Frasier, a therapist. Besides your core cast, there were many people who walked through Cheers … [Read more...] about 30 stars you totally forgot were on ‘Cheers’
NEW YORK — Penny Marshall, the trailblazing director of smash-hit big-screen comedies such as "Big" and "A League of Their Own" who first indelibly starred in the top-rated sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," has died. She was 75.Michelle Bega, a spokeswoman for the Marshall family, said Tuesday that Marshall died in her Los Angeles home on Monday night due to complications from diabetes. "Our family is heartbroken," the Marshall family said in a statement.In "Laverne & Shirley," among television's biggest hits for much of its eight-season run between 1976-1983, the nasal-voiced, Bronx-born Marshall starred as Laverne DeFazio alongside Cindy Williams as a pair of blue-collar roommates toiling on the assembly line of a Milwaukee brewery. A spinoff of "Happy Days," the series was the rare network hit about working-class characters, and its self-empowering opening song ("Give her any chance, she'll take it/ Give her any rule, she'll break it") foreshadowed Marshall's own path as a … [Read more...] about ‘Laverne & Shirley’ star, ‘Big’ director Penny Marshall dies
By Ranjeetha Pakiam Bloomberg Tues., Dec. 18, 2018 Global equity markets are getting beaten up, but gold miners have been spared as haven demand swells and bullion’s outlook brightens. Newcrest Mining Ltd., Australia’s top producer, rallied as much as 2.3 per cent on Tuesday, while South Africa’s Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd. was the biggest mover, rising 3.8 per cent. Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp. — which is taking over rival Randgold Resources Ltd. — has surged 28 per cent this quarter. The gold miners index is at its highest in two months. Gold and its producers are catching a bid after the S&P 500 Index hit the lowest since October 2017 on Monday, dragging a gauge of world stocks to a 19-month low. The metal has been supported by concerns over slowing global growth, and speculation that the Federal Reserve may pause its tightening cycle in 2019. Investors have been boosting holdings in bullion-backed exchange-traded funds, and … [Read more...] about As global equities take a hit, gold miners are doing fine
Conor McGregor furnishes his Instagram with photos of him wearing expensive suits and driving fast cars. But his head coach John Kavanagh has said the UFC fighter doesn’t actually spend much money. In a recent interview, Kavanagh said McGregor is paid to wear the suits and is given the cars. McGregor’s net worth is approximately $US99 million, according to Forbes. Conor McGregor may be known for his flashy lifestyle, but his head coach John Kavanagh has said he doesn’t actually spend much money. This is because he is given the fast cars that he drives and is paid to wear the expensive suits he dons at media events and post-fight parties. McGregor is one of the most famous names in combat sports thanks to a former two-weight champion status at the UFC, but he recently launched Proper No. Twelve whiskey as well as a clothing line called August McGregor. Read more: Conor McGregor was asked if he’d rather share a glass of whiskey with Khabib Nurmagomedov … [Read more...] about Conor McGregor’s coach says the UFC star doesn’t actually spend much money because his expensive clothes and cars are ‘given to him’