What a Wick: the last 7 days in 19 (28th May to 3rd June 2011)

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It’s about that time again – the time for my all-important travel tips J.   Summer is around the corner and I know that you’re looking at your options; this Wick I provide the necessary guidance. I’m sitting at an airport while I write this (muses surround me) so you should take this very seriously.

Remember…

  1. Avoid countries recovering from a disaster: My (big!) team FC Barcelona devastated Manchester United at the UEFA Champions League finals, held at Wembley.
  2. Understand the culture so that you know what to expect: FIFA suspended Jack Warner amid allegations of bribery; in TnT some are calling for him to step down from his position in government.
  3. Expect home sickness: Former Haitian dictator, Baby Doc, (apparently sick of staying in the house) refuses to adhere to the house arrest order imposed on him; he moves about without a care.
  4. You need a work permit to work abroad: An Indian man has been on death row for over a decade, only because there is no hangman to kill him. A countrywide search for a hangman is currently on…
  5. Don’t accept food or drink from strangers: This week, on World No Tobacco Day, Russian policemen distributed lollipops to smokers, to help them kick the habit.
  6. Dress appropriately: Readers of a UK magazine voted a male model ‘the 98th most beautiful woman in the world’.
  7. Relax: Rihanna video ‘Man Down’ has been criticized for being too violent and sending the wrong message to young people. Rihanna defended her video by suggesting that it’s not her job to guide/raise people’s children.
  8. Check if any inoculations are required for the country in question: “Currently, more than 1.1 million people in the United States live with HIV, and as this number increases, so does the risk of HIV transmission,” the US Centre for Disease Control reported.
  9. Travel with just enough cash in hand: US firefighters had to aid a woman whose hand got stuck in an ATM.

10. Avoid accepting favors from strangers:  In the US, a woman lost control and crashed her car into a family’s house.  Then, while the parents frantically looked for their kids she made an offer: “If you give me $1,000, I’ll help you find your kids.”

11. While in-flight, switch off cell phones and pagers: The World Health Organization reported that electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones could possibly cause cancer.

12. Carry a map of the region you are visiting : German police are training vultures to locate hidden corpses.

13. Plan ahead: A Chinese teenager sold one of his kidneys for £2,000 to purchase an iPad 2.

14. Avoid wearing conspicuous clothing or jewelry: A 15-year-old Vietnamese boy killed his seven-year-old neighbor in order to sell her earrings to buy a video game.

15. Make time for children: A study found that full-day nursery care has a negative effect on the learning and personal development of children.

16. Verify your departure date before making plans: A Jamaican pastor, who’d spread the May 21st May doomsday message across Jamaica, was fired (with no reason, he claims) from his job as an auditor at a major hotel chain the day he returned to work.

17. Secure comfortable and safe accommodations: A Russian man persuaded his friend to bury him alive for a night; during the night heavy rainfall affected his air supply and this led to his death.

18. Not all accommodations allow pets: Steve Wozniak, the man who co-founded Apple Computers, believes that soon machines will dominate humans to the point that humans will “become the pets, the dogs of the house.”

19. Don’t leave ‘packages’ unattended: A Bangladeshi woman submitted valuable evidence to a police station – the penis belonging to the man who’d attempted to rape her. She’d cut it off!

Consider yourselves up to speed…

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