Trump Administration Threatens Net Neutrality

Tom Wheeler, the previous chairman of the FCC, utilized his last public speaking engagement before leaving office to caution organizations and buyers that their choice of cloud services and business applications could be extremely constrained if the approaching organization strikes down the 2015 open internet arrangement that he and his team set up. This request situated the FCC’s unhindered internet control that keeps Internet Service Providers from abating or blocking activity on their systems. This gives all activity level with circumstance and speed and counteracts arrange bias.

Wheeler additionally demonstrated sympathy toward the Internet of Things, a territory of financial development that is rapidly getting to be distinctly top of brain to numerous organizations and strategy creators in Washington.

“[T]he development of the web of things is another territory that relies on upon the open network of those things,” Wheeler said. “On the off chance that ISPs can choose subjectively which IoT gadget can be associated, or support their own IoT action over their rivals, the splendid eventual fate of IoT diminishes.” Wheeler proceeded, “As everything goes into the cloud, the capacity to get to the cloud free of guardians is basic. In the event that ISPs get the chance to pick which applications and mists work superior to anything others as far as get to, speed and dormancy, they will control the cloud future,”.
Wheeler’s position may not be an unexpected now but rather given his past as a lobbyist for the link and remote area his support of internet fairness may come as a stun.

Bill Wilson, an expert for BBL, Broadband Landing, stated, “Wheeler might underplay the earnestness of the circumstance. Internet fairness is the greatest arrangement that nobody truly gets it. On the off chance that customers and private companies really acknowledged what the web would look like after it was purchased and sold by substantial partnerships that was be stressed. This would be every one of that was being discussed.”

Wheeler has a similar question numerous organizations do, specifically will Trump disassemble an arrangement that is unmistakably working? With republicans straightforwardly contradicted to internet fairness things do appear to be desperate for the approach.

Wheeler’s discourse not just goes about as a notice to the approaching organization additionally unmistakably endeavors to extend the extent of the internet fairness wrangle all in all. Shopper effect of the open web request is quite often the lead in any talk of internet fairness yet here Wheeler’s concentration was on the threat to organizations and their expanding utilization of distributed computing. Interference or the moderating of these administrations is more damaging than a video playing moderate. Organizations may be required to totally change back office administration frameworks. An organization like Salesforce.com could have their client base separated between clients that have an ISP that permits their activity and ISP’s that won’t. Circumstances of this sort could be rehashed crosswise over numerous business administrations. On the off chance that AT&T purchases a firm that gives CMS to deals and advertising bunches, it is not unfathomable that they would demonstrate inclination to this firm over others.

Wheeler particularly gets out Verizon and AT&T for the “zero rating” programs that give a few organizations free access by not charging clients for the information they utilize. While this isn’t the dreaded “Fast track” unhindered internet has been attempting to stay away from, it might really be more regrettable.

Wheeler completed his discourse with, “It now tumbles to another arrangement of controllers, to another FCC and to the individuals who advocate before it and the Congress to decide the street that they need to take from here,” Wheeler said. “We are at a fork in that street. One way leads forward and alternate leads back to relitigating arrangements that are certifiably working.”

While the byway similarity fits, it’s really more extraordinary than Wheeler makes it appear. One street leads forward and alternate leads back 10 years and afterward off a precipice into a gap loaded with crocs.

Working As a Wedding Planner

We have been working on this for a week, but of course we have competing pressures from different parts of the family. I was working on something else the other day when I realized that the mother of the bride wanted me to look into the cost of Toronto party bus rentals for the wedding reception. I was not really sure what the reasoning behind that was, but when I talked to her she was talking about the fact that they were going to serve alcohol and that they did not want to have people driving away from the reception drunk. Continue reading →

One Hitch in the Preparation

In anticipation of the mad dash of parents trying to make their children’s night a perfect one, I prepared for my daughter’s prom early. I helped her pick out a dress, rent a limo, and even booked a hair salon appointment months in advance. Everything was set, until one thing happened that threw the entire plan out of place. The limo company had been shut down by the government because of illegal business practices. This happened days before the prom, so I scrambled to find a replacement limo, and stumbled upon http://paradisetorontolimo.ca, where I rented a new limo.

I guess no matter how much you prepare for something, there is still a chance that something can go wrong, so it’s best to have a backup plan. Continue reading →

I Went to a Bachelor Party

Of course I was not the one who was paying for any of this, so it not like I was going to complain about how much money got spent. I mean this was a really over the top bachelor party. I know that a lot of this guy’s friends are rich and apparently a number of them chipped in until they had a lot of money together. They found this Toronto party bus rental place and got three of those things for the night. The first thing that they did was to go from one club to the next, we did a lot of drinking and of course this is the sort of club where they have adult entertainment. I must admit that I was really impressed by the quality of the entertainers. That is not something you could call me an expert in. What is really the point of staring at a girl when that is the only thing that you can do. Continue reading →

A Vacation That May Spark a Move

My husband of 20 years is originally from Spain. He was born there, and he left there when he was just 30 years old. We met, dated for 5 years, and then we married. Last month, he said that he was surprising me with a trip to his homeland for our 50th anniversary. This was very exciting to hear! And you can bet that visiting there made me think of what living in Tenerife would be like if we were to do that upon our retirement.

We had several children together, and our daughter had special needs that took up most of my free time when I was not working. Because of this, we really did not have much chance to run away for a long vacation, much less a short time. My husband did go home at times to spend time with his family, and there were several occasions that both his parents and his brothers came here to visit us. Continue reading →

Famous People From Bournemouth

Famous People With A Bournemouth Connection

When I was growing up in the Poole/Bournemouth area I never realised at the time that it was the home to so many famous people. I never imagined that Bournemouth was associated with famous musicians, actors, authors or other celebrities, and spies too! Bournemouth has also had more than its fair share of spies who have a connection to this seaside town.

There are many more famous people from Bournemouth than you might imagine, especially if you include famous people who have lived in Bournemouth and not just those who were born or died in Bournemouth.

It was not until I was doing research on my original Bournemouth page here that I discovered that the list of celebrities is actually rather large, too large in fact to dedicate a whole section to everyone who has a connection with Bournemouth. This list is still growing as I come across even more people connected to the area. Please feel free to leave a comment if I have missed someone out or if you have additional information.

With Bournemouth being a popular seaside town on the South Coast of England, and a highly desirable place to retire to as well, there are many well known people who have a connection to Bournemouth now or have had one in the past.

Even our next door neighbours when I was growing up had a connection to show-business. My Mum excitedly called me one day to say that Bruce Forsyth and Morecombe And Wise had visited next door. Sadly we no longer live in the affluent village of Lilliput, on the edge of Sandbanks. My Mum sold the house that I grew up in in 1978 for £25,000. Today it’s worth well over £600,000. If only we knew back then.

But back to the page and the list of Famous People from Bournemouth.

I hope you enjoy exploring the list, and if you find that you know someone with a Bournemouth connection who is no on it, please let me know. You can add details of other people from Bournemouth that I have missed after you vote in the Poll below. Please also don’t forget to sign the visitors book so I know you dropped by, and if you did enjoy this page, a Thumbs Up or a share to Twitter/Facebook is always appreciated.

All images used on this page unless otherwise stated are the property of Tony Payne, or have been taken from Wikimedia Commons and used under licence.
Do You Know Anyone Famous From Bournemouth?

If you haven’t even heard of Bournemouth, it’s a seaside town on the South Coast of England, and where I grew up.

I created another page about my home town of Bournemouth which won both Lens Of The Day as well as Purple Star awards on Squidoo (a now defunct site where this content was originally featured).

If you haven’t seen this page yet, please drop by, and I will put the kettle on for you while you learn more about this great holiday destination in the UK.

A List of Fantasy Films from 1930-1969

he Blood of the Poet (1930): A series of fantasy stories

Fantasy Type: Art Comes to Life

Starring: Lee Miller

Four stories where an artist makes a creation with surprising results. This a film by Jean Cocteau..

A Connecticut Yankee (1931): An American travels to the times of King Arthur

Fantasy Type: Legend of King Arthur, Time Travel

Starring: Will Rogers, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan

Not truly fantasy but definitely with a fantasy feel. The Yankee played by Will Rogers uses the magic of American know-how to astound King Arthur and his knights. I personally prefer the remake of this movie made with Bing Crosby in 1949.

Tarzan the Ape Man (1932): The first of a series of movies about Tarzan

Fantasy Type: Jungle Fantasy

Starring: Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O’Sullivan

Tarzan, the king of the jungle, meets explorers, falls in love, and fights monsters.

Alice in Wonderland (1933); An early version of the classic tale with some familiar names.

Fantasy Type: Alice in Wonderland

Starring: W. C. Fields, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Edward Everett Horton, Charlotte Henry

Interesting historical film mostly for the famous actors. My favorite version of Alice in Wonderland is the one done with Martin Short and Gene Wilder in 1999. I also enjoy the scenes and music from the Disney classic from 1951.

King Kong (1933): The first movie about this famous monster

Fantasy Type: Jungle Fantasy, Monster Movie

Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

I’m not big on monster movies. If you can ignore the limits of the special effects of the time, there is artistry to be found. The great ape is captured in the Jungle and brought to New York.

Son of Kong (1933): Sequel to King Kong

Fantasy Type: Jungle Fantasy, Monster Movie

Starring: Robert Armstrong

I haven’t seen this one. If you are a big fan of the original King Kong, why not check out the sequel.

Lady for a Day (1933): A poor fruit seller must impersonate a lady of wealth to ensure that her daughter can marry into royalty.

Fantasy Type: Gangster Fantasy

Starring: May Robson, Warren William, Ned Sparks

This is one of my favorite movies. Technically, it’s not a fantasy but it embraces a fantasy theme. A poor fruit seller has been sending all of her money to her daughter who believes that her mother is wealthy. Luckily, she is friends with a good-hearted gangster.

Babes in Toyland (1934): Laurel and Hardy help Mother Goose

Fantasy Type: Mother Goose

Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy

Laurel and Hardy must help Mother Goose protect Toyland. I enjoyed it when I was a kid.

Chu Chin Chow (1934): A musical based loosely on Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

Fantasy Type: Arabian Nights

Starring: George Robey

I haven’t seen this. It sounds interesting. I will check it out if I can find a copy.

Roman Scandals (1934): A musical where an expert on Roman History time travels back to ancient Rome.

Fantasy Type: Time travel

Starring: Eddie Cantor,

I haven’t seen this one. I assume that it is probably dated. If I am able to find it, I’ll update this review after watching it.

Death Takes a Holiday (1934): Death decides to check out the world.

Fantasy Type: Death as a Person

Starring: Fredric March

Death comes out to the world and falls in love. Recommended for fans of Fredric March or folks open to older movies that have interesting characters.

Tarzan and his Mate (1934): Sequel to Tarzan the Ape Man

Fantasy Type: Jungle Fantasy

Starring: Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O’Sullivan

Tarzan and Jane confront poachers.

Dante’s Inferno (1935): A carnival shows scenes from Dante’s Inferno

Fantasy Type: Carnival Fantasy, Dante’s Divine Comedy

Starring: Spencer Tracey, Rita Hayworth

I haven’t seen this one. It sounds interesting. A fairground show has scenes from Dante’s inferno which is very successful and leads to temptations similar to the punishments shown.

The Ghost Goes West (1935): A man finds out a castle is haunted

Fantasy Type: Ghosts

Starring: Robert Donat, Jean Parker

I haven’t seen this one. Robert Donat is usually a very entertaining actor.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935): An early version of Shakespeare’s fantasy classic.

Fantasy Type: Shakespeare

Starring: James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland

Shakespeare comes to the big screen circa 1935 with James Cagney. I haven’t seen this one and while I like Shakespeare’s play, I haven’t scene a movie version that stands out as my favorite.

She (1935): Explorers wander upon the ancient City of Kor

Fantasy Type: Jungle Fantasy, Lost Civilization

Starring: Randolph Scott, Nigel Bruce, Ellen Gahagan

A classic fantasy novel by H. Rider Haggard comes to the bring screen. Explorers find the mysterious She, the ruler of the ancient City of Kor.

Scrooge (1935): One of the first sound version of the Christmas Carol

Fantasy Type: Ghosts, Christmas Fantasy

Starring: Sir Seymour Hicks

I haven’t seen this version of the Christmas Carol.

The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936): A man is given special powers by angels

Fantasy Type: Angels

Starring: Roland Young, Joan Gardner

I haven’t seen this one. I am a big fan of Roland Young in the move Topper from 1937.

Tarzan Escapes (1936): Tarzan the Ape Man #3

Fantasy Type: Jungle Fantasy

Starring: Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O’Sullivan

Tarzan gets captured and escapes.

Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937): A hobo dreams about living at the time of Arabian Nights

Fantasy Type: Arabian Nights

Starring: Eddie Cantor, Roland Young

A hobo falls asleep and dreams that it is the time of the Arabian Nights. He attempts to propose economic reform similar to Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Lost Horizon (1937): A plane crashes in the Himalayas and the survivors find a magical place.

Fantasy Type: Lost Civilization

Starring: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Sam Jaffe, Edward Everett Horton

Wow. A classic. One of the best. Survivors of a plane crash make it to Shangra La. It seems perfect but is it too good to be true? Dated but still worth a watch.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937): The classic fairy tale done by Disney

Fantasy Type: Fairy Tale

Starring: Adrianna Casseloti

The first full-length animated film. This is the one that launched Disney Studios. This is an instant classic that stands up surprisingly well even today. One of the best fantasy films ever made for children.

Topper (1937): Two well-meaning ghosts cause trouble for their friend Topper.

Fantasy Type: Ghosts

Starring: Roland Young, Cary Grant, Constance Bennett

This is one of my favorite comedies as a kid. Lots of fun. Cary Grant at his best and Roland Young does great as Topper. An uptight banker is encouraged to have fun.

A Christmas Carol (1938): The classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens

Fantasy Type: Christmas Fantasy, Ghosts

Starring: Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart

A solid, early version of the Christmas Carol. My favorite is the one in 1951 with Alistair Sim but this one is also very good.

Topper Takes a Trip (1938): Sequel to Topper

Fantasy Type: Ghosts

Starring: Roland Young, Constance Bennett, Billie Burke

Topper, the uptight banker returns, and has more adventures with ghosts.

Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939): Tarzan the Ape Man #4

Fantasy Type: Jungle Fantasy

Starring: Johnny Weismuller, Maureen O’Sullivan

Tarzan and Jane find a baby that survives a plan crash.

The Little Princess (1939): A rich girl is suddenly without money

Fantasy Type: Cinderella Story

Starring: Shirley Temple, Cesar Romero

While not really a fantasy, the story is very close to Cinderella. Shirley Temple is rich and then she is not. She never gives up hope and magical things happen even if they are not truly magical.

On Borrowed Time (1939): A man traps death in a tree

Fantasy Type: Death as a person

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Sir Cedric Hardwicke

I saw this movie as a kid and really enjoyed it. It is probably my favorite of the death comes to visit movies. The Seventh Seal is better but this is one is enjoyable in its own right.

Vasilisa the Beautiful (1939): FIrst Russian film with a fantasy theme

Fantasy Type: Fairy Tale

Starring: Georgy Millyar

A son brings home a frog which is is really a princess turned into a frog.

The Wizard of Oz (1939): Dorothy is off to the magic land of Oz.

Fantasy Type: Wizard of Oz

Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton

What can I say about this? This may be the best fantasy movie ever made. It is definitely the best fantasy musical for kids of all time. A classic all the way around. Lurking in the background of a magical experience is the amazing talents of Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, and Jack Haley. Memorable appearances by Frank Morgan in many forms, Billie Burke as Glinda the Good, and Margaret Hamilton as the wicked witch of the west.

21 Interesting Facts about Houston

Houston is the fourth largest in the United States and one of the fastest growing in the nation. Its 2010 U.S. census population was 2,099,451; that of the metropolitan area, 5,946,800. The port of Houston is the largest in the United States in international tonnage and second largest in total tonnage, after New Orleans.

Houston was founded in 1836 and named after Gen. Sam Houston, hero of the Texas war for independence from Mexico (1835–1836). With the discovery of oil in the vicinity early in the 20th century, the city began to grow rapidly. Houston has become a major medical and technological center because of the Texas Medical Center within the city limits and the Manned Spacecraft Center.

Here are 21 interesting facts about Houston:
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center | Source

1. NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center, which was renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in 1973 after the former president’s death, occupies a large tract near Clear Lake, southeast of Houston. Construction was started in April 1962. The functions of the center are to select and train astronauts, manage and design their spacecraft, plan and direct their missions, and evaluate the results of space voyages. The center’s mission control center exercises full control of the astronauts’ mission and spacecraft from launch and recovery. The Lunar Receiving Laboratory of the space center studies and analyzes material brought back from the moon and serves as a quarantine station for moon voyagers.

2. The Harris County Domed Stadium, or “Astrodome,” and its adjacent Astrohall, located in Houston’s southwest, and the downtown convention center helped make Houston a major convention city. The air-conditioned plastic-domed stadium was the home of the Astros baseball team of the National League from 1965 to 1999, when it was replaced by Minute Maid Park. The new Reliant Stadium, adjacent to the Astrodome, became the home of the Texans of the American Conference of the National Football League in 2002. The Rockets of the National Basketball Association and the Comets of the Women’s National Basketball Association play in the Toyota Center.
The Market Square Clock stands in Market Square
The Market Square Clock stands in Market Square | Source

3. The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo also makes its home at the stadium, with the rodeo held under the dome and the show in the Astrohall. Astroworld, a 56-acre (22-ha) family amusement park with rides and a number of other attractions, is adjacent to the Astrodome.

4. In downtown Houston is Old Market Square, an area of old buildings that have been renovated to provide a wide assortment of nightclubs, restaurants, and shops a short walk from Allen’s Landing Park on Buffalo Bayou. Local art exhibits are frequent in this area. The Houston Baseball Museum and Classic Showcase, which offers a wax museum and a collection of restored vintage cars, are based at Houston.

5. The annual Azalea Trail offers spring tours through selected homes in the River Oaks residential area, which is noted for its splendid homes and gardens. The Harris County Heritage and Conservation Society has restored in the city’s Sam Houston Park several structures dating from the days of the Republic of Texas to the Civil War.
Houston Zoo
Houston Zoo | Source

6. The 42-acre (17-ha) Houston Zoological Gardens in Hermann Park offers free displays of more than 21,000 mammals, birds, and reptiles. In 1966 a house for tropical birds was built with a simulated rain forest through which the public may stroll and view the rarest birds in their natural habitat. There is also a children’s zoo where the youngsters may play with a variety of baby animals. Another youth attraction is the Aline McAshan Botanical Garden for Children in Memorial Park.

7. Popular boat rides down Buffalo Bayou have their start at Allen’s Landing Park. The park, at Buffalo and White Oak bayous, commemorates the port site used from Houston’s founding in 1836 until the turning basin was opened nearly 80 years later. Cruises of the port of Houston may also be booked. Annual attractions also include the Champions Invitational Golf Tournament, the River Oaks Invitational Tennis Tournament, and the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.
Memorial Park
Memorial Park | Source

8. Memorial Park is the largest of the city’s 200 municipal parks and playgrounds, followed by Hermann Park. The park system covers 5,121 acres (2,050 ha), providing municipal golf courses, swimming pools, softball and baseball fields, tennis courts, and recreation centers.

9. Golfing and tennis are year-round activities in Houston thanks to its mild winter temperatures. Swimming, boating, and water sports are popular in the area during the spring, summer, and autumn, and deep-sea, bay, and freshwater lake fishing is good the year round. Ducks, geese, quail, deer, doves, squirrels, and turkeys are plentiful in the region and during specific autumn and winter periods there are open hunting seasons. Numerous bridle paths are available in parks and elsewhere.

10. The Museum of Fine Arts, with a collection valued at more than $11 million, features a permanent display of Frederic Remington’s paintings of the old West, along with artifacts of ancient Egypt. American artworks and furnishings from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th century are on view by appointment at the museum’s Bayou Bend, the former home of Ima Hogg, daughter of the late Texas governor James S. Hogg.

11. The Contemporary Arts Museum presents exclusively avant-garde art and interesting films. Archaeological, geological, and other scientific exhibits are on view at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Hermann Park. The Burke Baker Planetarium is part of this museum.

12. The San Jacinto Museum of History is at the base of the San Jacinto Monument at San Jacinto Battleground, 3 miles (5 km) east of Pasadena on the ship channel.

13. Houston’s Civic Center was opened in the late 1960s, although the first land for the project was bought in 1927. In the center the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, a gift to the city from Houston Endowment, Inc., in memory of the late secretary of commerce, is the permanent home of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera Association.
Houston Symphony Society
Houston Symphony Society | Source

14. The Houston Symphony Society was founded in 1913. The symphony presents subscription concerts in Jones Hall and free summer concerts in Miller Memorial Theatre, an outdoor air-conditioned theater in Hermann Park, as well as concerts on tour. Performers of international rank are featured in productions by the grand opera association, the Houston Foundation for Ballet, which formed a company in 1969, and the Houston Society for the Performing Arts.

15. Other facilities in the center in downtown Houston include the Albert Thomas Convention and Exhibit Center and National Space Hall of Fame, completed in 1967, and the older Sam Houston Coliseum and Music Hall.

16. Other resident ensembles include the Houston All-City (school) Symphony, the Houston Youth Symphony, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society, the Music Guild Quartet, the Lyric Art String Quartet, the Virtuoso Quartet, and the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Productions are offered by the University of St. Thomas Singers and the Houston Harpsichord Society, among others, and concerts are sponsored by the Tuesday Musical Club and the Houston Friends of Music.

17. The Alley Theatre, one of the country’s foremost repertory theaters, opened its 21st season in 1968 in its new $3 million home adjacent to the Civic Center. The unique facility houses two separate theaters. Other local amateur and professional drama organizations include the Houston Music Theatre, the Houston Theatre Center-Playhouse, the Country Playhouse, Theatre Suburbia, the Channing Players, the Wesley Players, the Holiday Dinner Theatre, and the Town & Country Dinner Theatre.

18. Houston’s public library system consists of a central library downtown and about 15 branch libraries. There are also several mobile library trucks and reading centers.

19. Houston’s two daily newspapers are the Houston Post (morning and Sunday) and the Houston Chronicle (afternoon and Sunday). The News Citizen (Pasadena) and Baytown Sun (Baytown) also publish daily in the area.

20. Network television stations are located in Houston, and the University of Houston operates the nation’s oldest educational television station. Two ultra high frequency channels and AM and FM radio stations also broadcast in Houston.

21. Houston is a city of more than 1,200 churches that reveal a rich blend of conventional and modern architecture. Some 2,000 pastors, priests, and rabbis serve nearly 40 denominations, and nearly every major religion is represented.

Cape Cod Travel: 10 Restaurants To Try During Your Visit

If you’re creating a Cape Cod travel plan, you’re probably looking for some great places to eat. This region is known for its seafood, but there are lots of options that you can choose from. Here are 10 restaurants that you may want to consider adding to your itinerary:

Naked Oyster

The Naked Oyster offers a comfortable, modern atmosphere with popular seafood dishes and a raw bar. Some of the foods that you may want to consider trying include the lobster fettuccine, grilled swordfish, honey-baked scallops, and short ribs.

Viera

Viera is located in the Dennisport line. It is a relatively new restaurant that offers a cozy atmosphere with well-presented dishes. You can try the cod fish, salmon, pork medallions, and duck rilletes, but make sure to save room for some of their popular desserts. The s’mores and pumpkin cheesecakes, for example, are ones that you won’t want to miss out on.

Mooncussers Tavern

At Mooncussers Tavern, you can enjoy the friendly service and live music. While enjoying the atmosphere, you can try the tuna tempura, beef carpaccio, Drambuie mussels, foie burger, and almond brule for tantalizing flavors that make this a staple for many visitors.

Jimmy’s Hideaway

When you’re looking for delicious food and tapas, Jimmy’s Hideaway is a great option for you. The cozy atmosphere and friendly service makes this a desirable place to eat out. You can enjoy the live music while eating burgers, chicken, steak, scallops, beef wellington, and other popular dishes.

Island Merchant

Covered in yellows, reds, and greens, Island Merchant gives patrons a taste of the Caribbean. You can enjoy many dishes with a Caribbean influence. Check online to get a list of the dinner music series, and you can stop by on Tuesdays for $2 burgers.
Fin
Located in an antique home, Fin is known for using the best local ingredients. You can enjoy fresh salmon, duck, short ribs, flounder, swordfish, and tuna purchased from local farms and hatcheries. While dining here, you should also check out their wine list with lots of excellent options for you to choose from.

Belfry Inne& Bistro

BelftryInne and Bistro is a bed and breakfast with a full restaurant. It’s located in Sandwich Village, which is a beautiful part of Cape Cod that is worth taking the time to visit. This location was converted from an old church, so the architecture is elegant and beautiful. Some of the popular meal choices include lobster macaroni and cheese, Belfry bouillabaisse, and butternut squash ravioli.

Bleu

The executive chef of Bleu, Frederic Feufeu, is from France but gained popularity as a chef in many New York-based restaurants. This French bistro delivers delicious and beautiful dishes, including lamb, duck, short ribs, and more. Stop in on Sundays to enjoy live music and the brunch menu.

Del Mar Bar & Bistro

Owned by John Zartartian, Del Mar Bar & Bistro has a relaxed atmosphere that offers pizza, clams, filet mignon, and more. You could also check out the blackboard specials for the daily specials.

Red Pheasant Inn

The Red Pheasant Inn is found in Denna Village in a barn that is over 200 years old. Try stopping by during “Fun Hour” for daily specials that you can enjoy. They also offer a 3-course meal for $30, so you can try some of their popular dishes at a reasonable price.

Depending on the type of food and experience that you’re looking for, you can choose one of these restaurants to add to your Cape Cod travel plan. You’ll love the delicious cuisines that are popular in this region and the other popular dishes that you can try during your next stay.

Want To Travel In Style? Try These Ideas!

Traveling is fun and there’s so much to learn. Whether you desire better places to sleep or cheaper rates and more, try looking at the advice below.

Don’t use the public computers in your hotel or anywhere else they offer free internet while you are on vacation. Public computers are vulnerable to keyloggers, software that records anything you type. This means that once you input your information, the person who installed it has access to it as well.

Always remember to tip any hotel staff. You should give about a dollar per bag and 2 to 5 dollars per day of housekeeping. If you can tip these people appropriately, you will find that you will have a better relationship with the hotel staff during your stay.

Sign up with a travel price monitor. With these sites, you can put in your destination and it will watch it for you. When the price of the hotel or airfare gets to the point you want to buy, you will get an email alert telling you of the price drop. You will not have to worry about checking the rates daily.

Try to purchase tickets to amusement parks in advance so that you could print them out. There is a small fee associated with purchasing tickets online; however, the time saved at the ticket booth will make it worth the cost. Some places have time blocks that you can enter. This is another good way to avoid lines.

Sign up for a travel price watcher. This allows you to enter your destination and the website alerts you to any price change. If a hotel or airfare drops by your designated amount, you’ll get an email alert to notify you of the change. This saves you the aggravation of checking the price every day.

When you are traveling, it is important to remember to be aware of your vital belongings at all times. When carrying a purse, make sure you keep it tucked under your arm. Avoid choosing a bag that is easy to open, as they will be easier for a thief to open and steal your valuables. Remember this when shopping for the ideal travel bag.

Some people find that they miss the luxuries of home while away. You can take a few things you love with you. To make sure you minimize well, only bring essential toiletries with you. List all the ones you typically use each day and that you really need. Only pack the most important one.

To adjust to a new time zone faster, stay awake until at least 8 pm local time. Try to stay awake until the right time, even if you feel tired from jet lag. If you sleep too early, you may end up feeling jet lagged for longer. If you can adjust to the local time zone, then your jet lag will be gone.

If you are going to travel with a young child, make sure you take breaks at least every two to three hours. Breaks will let you stretch and use the bathroom. Getting little kids out of cars here and there can help them avoid motion sickness. The trip will take a bit longer, but you will have a dramatic drop in stress.

One way to do vacation planning is by utilizing the power of the Internet. Booking travel has never been easier. Travel sites will help you plan your travel itinerary with minimal effort. You can take care of plane tickets, car rentals, hotel bookings, and more, all without looking up from the screen. You can even review pictures and critiques of hotels online. These sites offer fabulous deals for online trip planning, like last minute traveling discounts.

Concluding, most people will travel at least a few times in their lives. With some preparation, your travel plans should be a little easier. You should be equipped to deal with many of the difficulties. Behaving correctly, knowing a little about the culture and having the ability to communicate will make your trip more enjoyable.

Different Types Of Travel Agencies

The main function of any travel agency is to, of course, act as an agent. This includes selling tickets and travel products, reservations, and so on, on behalf of one or several suppliers. Travel agents generally work with no charge to the traveler him or herself. Rather, the travel agent takes a small commission from the overall cost. Again, this isn’t added on top of the sale or anything like that. Rather, their commission is taken out of the advertised price.

So why go through a travel agent? Well, besides the simplicity and convenience, the main draw is that travel agents receive tickets at significant discounts.

This is pretty much how travel agencies work the world over. However, there are a few different types of travel agents&

General Sales Agents for Foreign Travel Companies

A general sales agent is something like a tourism ambassador. A company with its headquarters located in, say, Japan, might set up travel agency offices all around the world to encourage tourism to the country where their headquarters is located. The travel agent will still seek to find better deals for their customers (as, after all, that’s what turns a customer into a return customer), so they are not indebted to any one airline or hotel, but, they do tend to focus strictly on travel to, and within, the country where their headquarters is located.

Business and Commercial Travel Agencies

Most travel agencies have a department of business travel and a department of leisure travel. The needs for one traveler and the other tend to vary in a few significant ways, and so, splitting up the duties amongst a couple of departments can help to allow either department to specialize, finding better deals for business travelers on the one hand, and better deals for leisure travelers on the other. However, there are also travel agencies that specialize strictly in business and commercial travel. Incidentally, there aren’t a whole lot of agencies that restrict themselves solely to leisure travel.

By Class

In the United States, there are several main types of travel agencies: corporate-owned national chains, national/international franchises, membership associations — such as AAA — and independent, locally owned travel agencies with no brand or corporate affiliation. National chains will have the most consistent policies and pricing not matter where you go, and often the best international “hotline” customer service, but not always. Big-name franchises offer similar perks but different local owners can opt out of certain promotions and pricing specials. Membership-based associations are often less commission-focused since they rely on member fees. Independent agencies tend to cater to niche markets, such as assisting sports teams, church and school groups looking for inexpensive travel, and large group options.

Cargo Travel Agencies

A few travel agencies specialize in shipping cargo. Of course& that’s not entirely relevant if you’re looking to fly for business or personal reasons. Still, this should go to show how many different areas an individual agency can specialize in.

Online Travel Agencies

One of the real boons to the travel agency industry has been the use of the internet to allow travel agents to let their travelers compare a wide variety of options for hotels and airline tickets. Ironically, there was some fear for a period of time that, by selling tickets directly to travellers, the travel agencies would go out of business. However, a handful of travel agencies have proven that, even if you can find good deals yourself, there are still instances where a travel agency can find you an even better one. Many traditional bricks-and-mortar travel agencies now have full-service web sites so that you can get the best of both worlds: convenience of self-serve online booking with the benefit of talking to a real person when you need it.

Multi-Destination and Niche Agencies

If you want to split it up into just two types of travel agency, you have multi-destination and niche. Multi-destination out-bound travel agencies are usually larger, offering flights to just about anywhere. Niche agencies are usually independent, and focus on one specific part of the world. If you’re flying to say, Greece, you might find a niche agent who knows the area very, very well. Most of these niche agencies cater mainly to people with family in that country, or who do business there on a regular basis.

Consider your individual needs, preferences, and trip objectives when choosing your travel agent. Different types of agencies provide different levels and types of services. If you are a frequent globe trotter, you may want to use a large corporate travel agency with many branches in countries all over the world. Or you may view travelling as a treasure hunt or puzzle, where researching and finding the most off-the-map places is half of the fun. If this is the case, a niche operator may be just the right travel partner for you.

Base Tendriling Travel Expenses

As business travel expenses nose upward, companies are realizing that better cost-management techniques can make a difference

US. corporate travel expenses rocketed to more than $143 billion in 1994, according to American Express’ most recent survey on business travel management. Private-sector employers spend an estimated $2,484 per employee on travel and entertainment, a 17 percent increase over the past four years.

Corporate T&E costs, now the third-largest controllable expense behind sales and data-processing costs, are under new scrutiny. Corporations are realizing that even a savings of 1 percent or 2 percent can translate into millions of dollars added to their bottom line.

Savings of that order are sure to get management’s attention, which is a requirement for this type of project. Involvement begins with understanding and evaluating the components of T&E management in order to control and monitor it more effectively.

Hands-on management includes assigning responsibility for travel management, implementing a quality-measurement system for travel services used, and writing and distributing a formal travel policy. Only 64 percent of U.S. corporations have travel policies.

Even with senior management’s support, the road to savings is rocky-only one in three companies has successfully instituted an internal program that will help cut travel expenses, and the myriad aspects of travel are so overwhelming, most companies don’t know where to start. “The industry of travel is based on information,” says Steven R. Schoen, founder and CEO of The Global Group Inc. “Until such time as a passenger actually sets foot on the plane, they’ve [only] been purchasing information.”

If that’s the case, information technology seems a viable place to hammer out those elusive, but highly sought-after, savings. “Technological innovations in the business travel industry are allowing firms to realize the potential of automation to control and reduce indirect [travel] costs,” says Roger H. Ballou, president of the Travel Services Group USA of American Express. “In addition, many companies are embarking on quality programs that include sophisticated process improvement and reengineering efforts designed to substantially improve T&E management processes and reduce indirect costs.”

As companies look to technology to make potential savings a reality, they can get very creative about the methods they employ.

The Great Leveler

Centralized reservation systems were long the exclusive domain of travel agents and other industry professionals. But all that changed in November 1992 when a Department of Transportation ruling allowed the general public access to systems such as Apollo and SABRE. Travel-management software, such as TripPower and TravelNet, immediately sprang up, providing corporations insight into where their T&E dollars are being spent.

The software tracks spending trends by interfacing with the corporation’s database and providing access to centralized reservation systems that provide immediate reservation information to airlines, hotels and car rental agencies. These programs also allow users to generate computerized travel reports on cost savings with details on where discounts were obtained, hotel and car usage and patterns of travel between cities. Actual data gives corporations added leverage when negotiating discounts with travel suppliers.

“When you own the information, you don’t have to go back to square one every time you decide to change agencies,” says Mary Savovie Stephens, travel manager for biotech giant Chiron Corp.

Sybase Inc., a client/server software leader with an annual T&E budget of more than $15 million, agrees. “Software gives us unprecedented visibility into how employees are spending their travel dollars and better leverage to negotiate with travel service suppliers,” says Robert Lerner, director of credit and corporate travel services for Sybase Inc. “We have better access to data, faster, in a real-time environment, which is expected to bring us big savings in T&E. Now we have control over our travel information and no longer have to depend exclusively on the agencies and airlines.”

The cost for this privilege depends on the volume of business. One-time purchases of travel-management software can run from under $100 to more than $125,000. Some software providers will accommodate smaller users by selling software piecemeal for $5 to $12 per booked trip, still a significant savings from the $50 industry norm per transaction.

No More Tickets

Paperless travel is catching on faster than the paperless office ever did as both service providers and consumers work together to reduce ticket prices for business travelers. Perhaps the most cutting-edge of the advances is “ticketless” travel, which almost all major airlines are testing.

In the meantime, travel providers and agencies are experimenting with new technologies to enable travelers to book travel services via the Internet, e-mail and unattended ticketing kiosks. Best Western International, Hyatt Hotels and several other major hotel chains market on the Internet. These services reduce the need for paper and offer better service and such peripheral benefits as increased efficiency, improved tracking of travel expenses and trends, and cost reduction.

Dennis Egolf, CFO of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Ky., realized that the medical center’s decentralized location, a quarter-mile from the hospital, made efficiency difficult. “We were losing production time and things got lost,” he says. “Every memo had to be hand-carried for approval, and we required seven different copies of each travel order.” As a result, Egolf tried an off-the-shelf, paper-reduction software package designed for the federal government.

The software allows the hospital to manage travel on-line, from tracking per-diem allowances and calculating expenses to generating cash advance forms and authorizing reimbursement vouchers. The software also lets the hospital keep a running account of its travel expenses and its remaining travel budget.

“Today, for all practical purposes, the system is paperless,” says Egolf. The software has helped the hospital reduce document processing time by 93 percent. “The original goal focused on managing employee travel without paper,” he says. “We have achieved that goal, in part due to the efforts of the staff and in part due to the accuracy of the software.”

With only a $6,000 investment, the hospital saved $70 each employee trip and saved almost half of its $200,000 T&E budget through the paper-reduction program.

Out There

Consolidation of corporate travel arrangements by fewer agencies has been a growing trend since 1982. Nearly three out of four companies now make travel plans for their business locations through a single agency as opposed to 51 percent in 1988. Two major benefits of agency consolidation are the facilitation of accounting and T&E budgeting, as well as leverage in negotiating future travel discounts.

A major technological advance that allows this consolidation trend to flourish is the introduction of satellite ticket printers (STPs). Using STPs enables a travel agency to consolidate all operations to one home office, and still send all necessary tickets to various locations instantly via various wire services. As the term implies, the machinery prints out airline tickets on-site immediately, eliminating delivery charges.

For London Fog, STPs are a blessing. London Fog’s annual T&E budget of more than $15 million is split equally between its two locations in Eldersburg, Md., and New York City. Each location purchases the same number of tickets, so equal access to ticketing from their agency is a must. With an STP in their two locations, the company services both offices with one agency in Baltimore. Each office has access to immediate tickets and still manages to save by not having to pay courier and express mail charges that can range up to $15 for each of the more than 500 tickets each purchases annually.

Conde Nast Publications’ annual T&E budget of more than $20 million is allocated among its locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Detroit. Since 1994, travel arrangements have been handled by a centralized agency, Advanced Travel Management in New York City, by installing an STP in each of these five locations. In addition to increased efficiency due to consolidation, Conde Nast now has the ability to change travel plans at a moment’s notice and have new tickets in hand instantly.

The real benefit is that the machines are owned and maintained by the travel agency., so there is no cost to the company. Due to the major expense involved, however, STPs remain an option only for major ticket purchasers. “STPs are a viable option in this process for any location that purchases more than $500,000 per year in tickets,” says Shoen.

As airfare averages 43 percent of any company’s T&E expenses, savings obtainable through the various uses of technology have become dramatic. For example, the ability of corporations to collect and analyze their own travel trends has led to the creation of net-fare purchasing-negotiating a price between a corporation and an airline to purchase tickets that does not include the added expenses of commissions, overrides, transaction fees, agency transaction fees and other discounts.

Although most major U.S. carriers publicly proclaim that they don’t negotiate corporate discounts below published market fares, the American Express survey on business travel management found that 38 percent of U.S. companies had access to, or already had implemented, negotiated airline discounts. The availability and mechanics of these arrangements vary widely by carrier.

What’s the Price?

Fred Swaffer, transportation manager for Hewlett-Packard and a strong advocate of the net-pricing system, has pioneered the concept of fee-based pricing with travel-management companies under contract with H-P. He states that H-P, which spends more than $528 million per year on T&E, plans to have all air travel based on net-fare pricing. “At the present time, we have several net fares at various stages of agreement,” he says. “These fares are negotiated with the airlines at the corporate level, then trickle down to each of our seven geographical regions.”

Frank Kent, Western regional manager for United Airlines, concurs: “United Airlines participates in corporate volume discounting, such as bulk ticket purchases, but not with net pricing. I have yet to see one net-fare agreement that makes sense to us. We’re not opposed to it, but we just don’t understand it right now.”

Kent stresses, “Airlines should approach corporations with long-term strategic relationships rather than just discounts. We would like to see ourselves committed to a corporation rather than just involved.”

As business travel expenses nose upward, companies are realizing that better cost-management techniques can make a difference.

US. corporate travel expenses rocketed to more than $143 billion in 1994, according to American Express’ most recent survey on business travel management. Private-sector employers spend an estimated $2,484 per employee on travel and entertainment, a 17 percent increase over the past four years.

Corporate T&E costs, now the third-largest controllable expense behind sales and data-processing costs, are under new scrutiny. Corporations are realizing that even a savings of 1 percent or 2 percent can translate into millions of dollars added to their bottom line.

Savings of that order are sure to get management’s attention, which is a requirement for this type of project. Involvement begins with understanding and evaluating the components of T&E management in order to control and monitor it more effectively.

Hands-on management includes assigning responsibility for travel management, implementing a quality-measurement system for travel services used, and writing and distributing a formal travel policy. Only 64 percent of U.S. corporations have travel policies.

Even with senior management’s support, the road to savings is rocky-only one in three companies has successfully instituted an internal program that will help cut travel expenses, and the myriad aspects of travel are so overwhelming, most companies don’t know where to start. “The industry of travel is based on information,” says Steven R. Schoen, founder and CEO of The Global Group Inc. “Until such time as a passenger actually sets foot on the plane, they’ve [only] been purchasing information.”

If that’s the case, information technology seems a viable place to hammer out those elusive, but highly sought-after, savings. “Technological innovations in the business travel industry are allowing firms to realize the potential of automation to control and reduce indirect [travel] costs,” says Roger H. Ballou, president of the Travel Services Group USA of American Express. “In addition, many companies are embarking on quality programs that include sophisticated process improvement and reengineering efforts designed to substantially improve T&E management processes and reduce indirect costs.”

As companies look to technology to make potential savings a reality, they can get very creative about the methods they employ.

The Great Leveler

Centralized reservation systems were long the exclusive domain of travel agents and other industry professionals. But all that changed in November 1992 when a Department of Transportation ruling allowed the general public access to systems such as Apollo and SABRE. Travel-management software, such as TripPower and TravelNet, immediately sprang up, providing corporations insight into where their T&E dollars are being spent.

The software tracks spending trends by interfacing with the corporation’s database and providing access to centralized reservation systems that provide immediate reservation information to airlines, hotels and car rental agencies. These programs also allow users to generate computerized travel reports on cost savings with details on where discounts were obtained, hotel and car usage and patterns of travel between cities. Actual data gives corporations added leverage when negotiating discounts with travel suppliers.

“When you own the information, you don’t have to go back to square one every time you decide to change agencies,” says Mary Savovie Stephens, travel manager for biotech giant Chiron Corp.

Sybase Inc., a client/server software leader with an annual T&E budget of more than $15 million, agrees. “Software gives us unprecedented visibility into how employees are spending their travel dollars and better leverage to negotiate with travel service suppliers,” says Robert Lerner, director of credit and corporate travel services for Sybase Inc. “We have better access to data, faster, in a real-time environment, which is expected to bring us big savings in T&E. Now we have control over our travel information and no longer have to depend exclusively on the agencies and airlines.”

The cost for this privilege depends on the volume of business. One-time purchases of travel-management software can run from under $100 to more than $125,000. Some software providers will accommodate smaller users by selling software piecemeal for $5 to $12 per booked trip, still a significant savings from the $50 industry norm per transaction.

No More Tickets

Paperless travel is catching on faster than the paperless office ever did as both service providers and consumers work together to reduce ticket prices for business travelers. Perhaps the most cutting-edge of the advances is “ticketless” travel, which almost all major airlines are testing.

In the meantime, travel providers and agencies are experimenting with new technologies to enable travelers to book travel services via the Internet, e-mail and unattended ticketing kiosks. Best Western International, Hyatt Hotels and several other major hotel chains market on the Internet. These services reduce the need for paper and offer better service and such peripheral benefits as increased efficiency, improved tracking of travel expenses and trends, and cost reduction.

Dennis Egolf, CFO of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Ky., realized that the medical center’s decentralized location, a quarter-mile from the hospital, made efficiency difficult. “We were losing production time and things got lost,” he says. “Every memo had to be hand-carried for approval, and we required seven different copies of each travel order.” As a result, Egolf tried an off-the-shelf, paper-reduction software package designed for the federal government.

The software allows the hospital to manage travel on-line, from tracking per-diem allowances and calculating expenses to generating cash advance forms and authorizing reimbursement vouchers. The software also lets the hospital keep a running account of its travel expenses and its remaining travel budget.

“Today, for all practical purposes, the system is paperless,” says Egolf. The software has helped the hospital reduce document processing time by 93 percent. “The original goal focused on managing employee travel without paper,” he says. “We have achieved that goal, in part due to the efforts of the staff and in part due to the accuracy of the software.”

With only a $6,000 investment, the hospital saved $70 each employee trip and saved almost half of its $200,000 T&E budget through the paper-reduction program.

Out There

Consolidation of corporate travel arrangements by fewer agencies has been a growing trend since 1982. Nearly three out of four companies now make travel plans for their business locations through a single agency as opposed to 51 percent in 1988. Two major benefits of agency consolidation are the facilitation of accounting and T&E budgeting, as well as leverage in negotiating future travel discounts.

A major technological advance that allows this consolidation trend to flourish is the introduction of satellite ticket printers (STPs). Using STPs enables a travel agency to consolidate all operations to one home office, and still send all necessary tickets to various locations instantly via various wire services. As the term implies, the machinery prints out airline tickets on-site immediately, eliminating delivery charges.

For London Fog, STPs are a blessing. London Fog’s annual T&E budget of more than $15 million is split equally between its two locations in Eldersburg, Md., and New York City. Each location purchases the same number of tickets, so equal access to ticketing from their agency is a must. With an STP in their two locations, the company services both offices with one agency in Baltimore. Each office has access to immediate tickets and still manages to save by not having to pay courier and express mail charges that can range up to $15 for each of the more than 500 tickets each purchases annually.

Conde Nast Publications’ annual T&E budget of more than $20 million is allocated among its locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Detroit. Since 1994, travel arrangements have been handled by a centralized agency, Advanced Travel Management in New York City, by installing an STP in each of these five locations. In addition to increased efficiency due to consolidation, Conde Nast now has the ability to change travel plans at a moment’s notice and have new tickets in hand instantly.

The real benefit is that the machines are owned and maintained by the travel agency., so there is no cost to the company. Due to the major expense involved, however, STPs remain an option only for major ticket purchasers. “STPs are a viable option in this process for any location that purchases more than $500,000 per year in tickets,” says Shoen.

As airfare averages 43 percent of any company’s T&E expenses, savings obtainable through the various uses of technology have become dramatic. For example, the ability of corporations to collect and analyze their own travel trends has led to the creation of net-fare purchasing-negotiating a price between a corporation and an airline to purchase tickets that does not include the added expenses of commissions, overrides, transaction fees, agency transaction fees and other discounts.

Although most major U.S. carriers publicly proclaim that they don’t negotiate corporate discounts below published market fares, the American Express survey on business travel management found that 38 percent of U.S. companies had access to, or already had implemented, negotiated airline discounts. The availability and mechanics of these arrangements vary widely by carrier.

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‘Burke’s the Butcher, Hare’s the Thief’: The Life of Serial Killer William Burke

William Burke was born in his native Ireland in 1792 and, even though his parents were poor, they believed in educating their children. When he finished his schooling he joined the militia, though after seven years his unit was disbanded and he went back to his childhood home to be a servant for a land owner. Leaving his home town and abandoning his wife and two children in 1817, he travelled to Scotland to work on the construction of the Union Canal.

Burke met Helen McDougal, a Scots woman, while working on the Union Canal and after they met he gave up construction work to work variously as a laborer, weaver, baker, and cobbler. By 1827, Burke and McDougal had been cohabiting together as common law spouses for a number of years and were generally perceived to be a respectable, married couple who had settled down with Burke finally opting for a career as a shoe maker. He was able to read and write and was charming and outgoing.

In late 1827 Burke and McDougal moved to Tanner’s Close in the West Port area of Edinburgh. It was here that William Burke would meet William Hare, a man with which he would become infamously linked in history, when he and McDougal moved into the lodging house run by Hare’s wife Margaret. The two couples became friendly but no-one could have suspected that the friendship would eventually lead to murder.

When a tenant at the lodging house died of natural causes owing Hare £4 in rent Burke helped Hare to dispose of the man’s body. Instead of burying him, they took the body to Edinburgh University Medical School searching for a buyer for the corpse in order to attempt to recoup the money owed to Hare. After little success, they happened upon a student of an anatomist named Dr. Robert Knox, who told them that Knox would pay good money for a cadaver and they sold the body for £7.10, the equivalent of $1,130.00 today.

Burke and Hare realized they could make a large amount of money supplying cadavers to medical schools and when the next opportunity presented itself to do this, their murder spree began. Burke and Hare’s first murder victim was a sick tenant named Joe the miller. They plied him with whisky before suffocating him. Joe was to be the first of sixteen victims who would lose their lives at the hands of Burke and Hare. For the most part, Burke and Hare targeted people who were unlikely to be missed, such as beggars and prostitutes, as their victims but they were not above murdering their own acquaintances. A cousin of Helen McDougal, Burke’s common law wife, lost her life at his hands.

Burke and Hare’s murder spree lasted for twelve months but it came to an abrupt end in October 1828 when a woman named Ann Gray became suspicious of them and discovered a body hidden under a bed in their house. Despite being offered the sum of huge sum of £10 to keep quiet, Mrs Gray refused and alerted the authorities. However, by the time police arrived at the scene the body had been transported to the medical school. Items belonging to other victims were discovered at the house but the evidence that the two men had actually committed murder was largely circumstantial. In order to secure a conviction, therefore, and satisfy a public that was baying for blood, the Lord Advocate Sir William Rae offered Hare immunity from prosecution if he testified against his friend, William Burke.

Burke was sentenced to death in December 1828 and hanged on January 28, 1829. Immediately after his death Burke’s death mask was cast and some of his skin was tanned and preserved. After wards, in a fitting act of posthumous punishment, his body was dissected at the Edinburgh University Medical School. His skeleton was preserved as an exhibit.

Hare was released along with McDougal, though they did not escape lightly. McDougal was attacked by an angry mob and just escaped being hanged herself, before fleeing Edinburgh, never to be heard of again. Hare was released from prison in February 1829 and also disappeared into history.

William Burke’s decision to enter into a murderous partnership with William Hare is puzzling. Why would a skilled man who seemed to have a good, stable, home life resort to such disturbing criminality? It is highly unusual for the criminal acts of a serial murderer to be driven purely by profit. It is unlikely that we will ever find an answer for William Burke’s choice. However, his name and that of William Hare will never be forgotten and we can only hope their descendants were able to escape their torrid history.

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