So-called 420 marijuana celebrations have that slightly odd name simply because they occur on the 20th of April each year. The reasons why fans of cannabis consumption have coalesced around this particular date in Spring are shrouded in a bit of a haze which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise really, given the subject matter. That said, devotees of marijuana put on some great events around the globe these days to highlight the positive side of the drug. [Read more…]
It looks as if Belgium is all set to lower the VAT rate on bicycles and pedelecs (electric pedal cycles) down from 21% to a very reasonable 6%. That was the proposal from the Finance Commission who offered its unanimous support. But before this initiative can become law, there must be a further change in EU legislation which bodies such as the European Cycle Federation (ECF) have been strenuously lobbying to achieve. [Read more…]
Africa is a vibrant hub of music with many of its own distinctive sounds and rhythms. There is certainly plenty to attract music fans who want to experience something new. That said, the continent also has some excellent classical and jazz festivals depending on where you look. Some of the very big festivals on the continent cater for a young audience with lots of pop music. However, you can also find some more intimate music festivals that are curated for fans of particular African genres. What are the coolest ones to head to for the discerning music lover? [Read more…]
Since commerce on the internet first came into existence, consumers have enjoyed greater competitiveness among retailers and often lower prices. Just about any product or service you could wish to procure is available via the worldwide web these days. However, the obvious upsides of internet shopping also throw up some ethical dilemmas. [Read more…]
Another new year, another round of resolutions that vanish before February appears … And a fresh crop of Nostradamus predictions for 2019 to keep us all happy. Or, more to the point, to remind us that, yes, this year too: “We’re all doomed!” Well, you’d better watch out, WW3 is now about to kick off. And oh, hold the front page, there’s a rogue asteroid on the way too. [Read more…]
My cat Babylon, like two-thirds of all cats, is a catnip lover, even if it doesn’t affect her in the same way it affects other cats. If I put a small pinch of dried, crumbled leaves in front of her, she licks it up as though it were the finest delicacy the world has to offer, and then usually continues as though nothing happened. [Read more…]
There are plenty of ways that you can earn money from gambling. Whether you prefer to back horses, place bets on the outcomes of political elections or like to make wagers at a casino, there is the possibility that you can win – and win big. The thing with gambling is that you risk your capital whenever you place a bet so it is not as reliable a way to earn money as holding down a job, for example. Of course, you can gamble at home these days thanks to the services of online casinos in Canada and elsewhere. [Read more…]
Raw talent and ingenious technical skill when playing the guitar saw Ali Farka Touré become nothing less than the honoured Bluesman of Africa. He was nothing less than passionate about life, and he poured that passion into his music so well, that not only his home continent, but the world took notice and listened.
Rolling Stone magazine put Touré at number 76 in a list of the 100 greatest guitarists, while he appeared at number 37 in Spin magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Let’s take a look at the man behind the musical legend. [Read more…]
Artificial intelligence (AI) is now used in many walks of life. The cost of both the implementation and application of AI is steadily falling. Accordingly, AI is becoming more accessible for smaller companies and even start-up enterprises. Therefore, it only takes the imagination of programmers to deploy it into new areas of human interactions.
For example, there are several areas in a casino where AI benefits businesspeople. AI can process the data of an entire client base within a few seconds, for instance. As a result, AI can easily predict the behaviour of certain gamblers, such as informing you of which player(s) might abandon their current game. What is most impressive is that AI will identify these players and offer them such bonuses, thereby encouraging them to stay. [Read more…]
Despite our increasing awareness of how our lifestyle and waste-disposal habits impact upon the environment, there is still a multitude of common household products which pose a threat to the ecology of our planet. Here is a roundup of some commonly used items whose green credentials are now very much under the spotlight. [Read more…]