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The World's Best (?) Beaches: Beach-Bumming on the Looney Front - Part 1

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.05.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Which is the world's best or most beautiful beach? Or the Top Ten best or most beautiful beaches? Or the Top 25? Or the Top 50? The fact that there a...

From 'Pass the Bacon' to 'Airport Mary': Wackos on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 04.12.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Many decades ago, in the former Yugoslavia, I came across a young British tour guide who was beside herself, almost literally tearing her hair out. On...

Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Midday Sun: Updating Noel Coward on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Some may like it hot, but on a recent visit to Djibouti, one of the hottest places on earth, it was sheer boredom that drove me out into the searing noonday heat. I just got fed up with sticking in the delightfully air-conditioned micro-climate of my hotel.

Litter from Indonesia -- Rubble in Paradise: Cleaning Up the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Garbage breeds everywhere -- old sneakers, crushed beer cans, plastic bottles, broken glass and plastic household items defile the ought-to-be pristine shores.

Tuvalu: The First Country In The World To Become Unlivable?

Mother Jones | Rachel Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This is the Tuvalu Christian Church, the heart of a migrant community from what may be the first country to be rendered unlivable by global warming....