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The Isle of Wight to be cut off?

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 Today the  news that ferry company Wightlink has confirmed that it is definitely going to suspend its FastCat catamaran service between Ryde Pier Head and Portsmouth Harbour after Christmas Eve has been met with dismay and worry.

It had been rumoured that the service would stop after Christmas day due to a huge decline in passenger numbers but it wasn’t until today that the cross-Solent operator  confirmed that a complete suspension will come into force from the end of 24th December.

Will this mean a huge decline in visitors and further disrupt and decimate the tourism the island so relies on?  Will keeping the island in tier 1 and safe from the potential harm from Covid actually encourage people to move to the island either short or longer term seeking refuge and safety?

Transport links will need to remain open but for now essentially travel only is the best option.

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It snowed even in Malibu, California

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It’s fairly rare to get snow in London but it’s even rarer to get it in Malibu.  The Southern California city is more well known for his beaches and surfing than its ski pistes but we are living in strange times. It’s near Los Angeles after all. 

The snow came with a storm on Saturday, it probably looks more like hail than proper snow but it’s still a rare sight. There are two more storms forecasted for the next few days. The mountain community just outside Malibu is expected to get up to a foot of snow in the next few days. 

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A bookshop that sells books for the visually impaired opens in Paris

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Two French publishing houses have opened a specialized bookshop in Paris, in the Pantheon area, called the “Librairie des grands caractères”, a way to grant even the visually impaired the luxury of a walk among books.  And  the sensual pleasure of touching and breathing paper.

Customers are those who suffer from vision-related problems, due to disease or age and we are talking of over a million people in a country like France.

And these books are specialò the paper is made so as not to dazzle, the line spacing is studied, the contrast is never excessive, even and the character is not that of traditional books but an ad hoc one, called Luciole.

One more reason not to abandon reading on paper is, in the case of some totally or partially reversible eye diseases, its important rehabilitative power for sight.

Unfortunately the catalogue of books for visually impaired people is still very limited, it has only about 600 titles. 

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Edinburgh the happiest city in the UK

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A Smart Survey survey revealed that the happiest city in the UK is Edinburgh. The reasons are the quality of life, the high salaries, the average working hours per week and the beauty of the city.

Two seaside towns follow in second and third place: Bournemouth and Brighton.

In fourth place we find Southend and in fifth Bristol. Followed by Colchester and then Glasgow in eighth place.

In ninth place we have both Liverpool and Manchester and in tenth Milton Keynes.

London is in thirteenth place, takes points for the average high salaries but loses some for the many hours of average work per week.

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