Red, White & New: Fresh Ideas For Holiday Entertaining | Times Free Press

Send them on a free holiday: China’s new method of taking on dissidents

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published Saturday, June 28th, 2014 Red, White & New: Fresh ideas for holiday entertaining view bio Create a conversation piece by repurposing items around the house, suggests Kellie Clements. What Ive done here is refurbished an old piece of wood by carving a rectangular hole in the center. Then I dropped in a plastic planter and instead of using plants, I filled it with ice and colorful sodas for an instant drink station. Photo: Tiki Brand Create a kids zone brimming with activities as well as red, white and blue craft supplies such as star stickers. Red- and blue-striped straws make a festive display in a Mason jar. Tiki tabletop candles add color and ambient lighting and help repel mosquitoes. Photo by Photo: Tiki Brand Easy, colorful decorating is as simple as inserting flags into pots of flowers. Photo by Photo: Tiki Brand enlarge photo July Fourth is all about grilling and chilling. The long holiday weekend thanks to the Fourth falling on Friday this year calls for relaxing with family for food, fireworks and backyard fun.
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“You have to go. Even though you are at tourist sites, you have been forced to go, so you’re not in the mood to enjoy it.”Government personnel relish the trips, some regular forced travellers suggest.”We ate the best food, and drank the best alcohol. The security officials enjoyed it too. Not just any security official can go on this kind of trip, they need to be above a certain rank,” said environmental campaigner Wu Lihong, adding he was taken to the ancient city of Xian for two weeks in March.”Quite a few” officials from Beijing’s secretive ministry of state security accompanied him, he said.They stayed at Xian’s “best hotel”, he said, and saw the Unesco-listed Terracotta Warriors, as well as the “Wild Goose Pagoda”, a Tang dynasty tower that hosts night-time laser shows.”They are usually stuck inside using their computers and reading the papers, but by accompanying me they have a chance to travel and eat well,” he added.’Moving jail’When Chinese citizens travel to Beijing seeking redress from higher authorities for local government abuses they risk detention in makeshift “black jails”, where they are sometimes beaten before being sent home.More persistent ones, though, are targeted for holidays.”If you’re really grassroots you’ll be held in a black jail. Forced travel is for fairly well-known activists,” said Maya Wang, of US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch.”It’s a form of illegal detention,” she added.
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TWO MILLION Brits go back to the same holiday resort year after year | Mail Online

New experience?: No thanks. The majority of British tourists know what they like and want that on holiday

When it comes to getting away most Britons know what they like and want exactly that when they go away. Two million Brits are creatures of habit who prefer to return to the same resort and do the same thing year after year, and nearly two thirds will visit the same resort within five years of their last visit. Looks familiar: Nearly two thirds of Britons will visit the same resort within five years, reveals a new survey The usual, thanks: Two fifths will dine at the same restaurant and one in 10 will do the same activities Local away from home: One third of Brits will go back to the same pub when they return to a resort And a staggering third have been to the same resort more than three times and one in 20 have been back more than 10 times over the years. And when they get there, two fifths dine at the same restaurant each time and over an eighth even sit in the same spot. From beyond the grave: Richard III boosts Leicestershire tourism by 482m in just one year (not bad for a body in a car park) Two out of five stay in the same resort, one in 10 do the same activities, almost two fifths go to the same beach, and almost a third will go to the same bar or pub. When it comes to the type of holidays, half want relaxing beach holidays, a fifth want sightseeing trips or city breaks. Top destinations for boomerang Britons are Tenerife, Paris, Florida, Benidorm and Majorca with two fifths saying good weather and reasonable prices made them return to the same place. Over an eighth cited the resort being family friendly for their return. New experience?: No thanks.
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