NOW ON AMAZON!

When we started Bastide les Amis as a self-catering rental property in Menerbes, we provided our guests with a printed Guide to the property and some useful day trips and items of local interest which are often not carried in the more commercial and established Guide Books.

We’ve had such a great reaction and coupled with the growing readership of this website, we felt that we should expand the concept into a 100 page book. Lovonne’s beautiful photographs taken over the seasons, complement the words which give you a highly personalised view of the Luberon and surrounds.

From a [very] short History of Provence, to day trips, some quirky trips like discovering the secrets behind the ‘turnarounds’ (the roundabouts!) to ‘Finding your way around a French supermarket’, Footsteps has been designed to give you an insight before, during and even after your trip to Provence – no matter how many times you have been here.

Footsteps – the Luberon and Surrounds, is available from Amazon as a hard copy book or can be downloaded via the Kindle App on to your ipad, iphone or any other smart/tablet device. The price is €19.00 (GBP16.00;US$24.99;AU$25.00;ZAR206.00). Downloading the Kindle app is free – merely go to your favourite App Store.

*Currency conversions apply from US$ at time of writing, Amazon will provide their own ruling price at purchase.

COMING SOON ON AMAZON!

When we started Bastide les Amis as a self-catering rental property in Menerbes, we provided our guests with a printed Guide to the property and some useful day trips and items of local interest which are often not carried in the more commercial and established Guide Books.

We’ve had such a great reaction and coupled with the growing readership of this website, we felt that we should expand the concept into a 100 page book. Lovonne’s beautiful photographs taken over the seasons, complement the words which give you a highly personalised view of the Luberon and surrounds.

From a [very] short History of Provence, to day trips, some quirky trips like discovering the secrets behind the ‘turnarounds’ (the roundabouts!) to ‘Finding your way around a French supermarket’, Footsteps has been designed to give you an insight before, during and even after your trip to Provence – no matter how many times you have been here.

Footsteps – the Luberon and Surrounds, is available from Amazon as a hard copy book or can be downloaded via the Kindle App on to your ipad, iphone or any other smart/tablet device. The price is €19.00 (GBP16.00;US$24.99;AU$25.00;ZAR206.00). Downloading the Kindle app is free – merely go to your favourite App Store.

*Currency conversions apply from US$ at time of writing, Amazon will orovde their own ruling price at purchase.

COMING SOON ON AMAZON!  To pre-order, contact: simonburrow@orange.fr

LOS ANGELES – Stop the presses — completely. The world’s first iPad newspaper, The Daily, is prepping for launch.
Journalists have been hired and are in place at multiple U.S. bureaus, including Los Angeles and New York.
The formal announcement of the digital publication owned by News Corp. will be made at an event at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on Jan. 19, according to two people familiar with the matter. The people said the event will be attended by Steve Jobs, chief executive of iPad-maker Apple Inc., and Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp.
The people were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Details are scant, including how much a subscription to the tablet-only paper will cost, if there is indeed a fee, but the name at least implies it will come out once a day. It will cover general news, culture and entertainment and will include video.
The publication is a bold attempt by Murdoch to rewrite the business of journalism, as revenue from print circulation and advertising has plunged and growing advertising sales on websites have not made up the difference.
At an investor’s conference last month, News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey called The Daily a “small bet” because costs were limited mainly to a modest editorial staff. By contrast, printed newspapers

Source Associated Press

This story probably hasn’t got the airplay it certainly deserves as it has serious potential impact on how Australians receive their medicine via the pharmacy and hospital distribution channel.

However, are we surprised?

API Share Chart

API Share Chart

The shares of the two listed wholesalers now officially classified as ‘tickey-stocks’. Who cares?

Here’s the story……..

Crikey’s Market Report – Monday: “Sigma Pharmaceuticals (SIP) says it will lose 10-15% of its wholesaling revenues from February 2011 after Pfizer decided to distribute its prescription medications directly to chemists. SIP down 9.2%.”

ASX Announcement – Monday: Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) states “At this point in time, API expects its annual revenues to be negatively impacted by the Pfizer announcement in the range of 10-15%. API down 10%.”

So? What’s it all about? Why the dire pronouncements?

Remembering that the other member of the Wholesaling triumvirate, Symbion, is privately owned, you can place a sure bet, that they have suffered likewise.

At the pointy end of this announcement is the fact that Pfizer have announced that they will be distributing their own product to Community Pharmacy with effect from February 2011.

This rips the carpet out from under the wholesalers who have banked on such blockbuster drugs such as Lipitor, Viagra and Celebrex to feed their expensive distribution channels as they deliver medicines daily – and sometimes twice daily, to pharmacies.

As a double-whammy, the wholesalers will have major reductions in their income when the new PBS reforms bite in early 2011.

When you consider that it was only three short years ago that API was comfortably in the ASX 200 and Sigma fence sitting between the ASX 100 and 200, what has happened? Why have multi-billion dollar turnover companies floundered?

While all parties hide behind the PBS changes, the onslaught of generics (Lipitor comes off patent next year), the demise of both Sigma and API can also be traced to an unsustainable model whereby they receive 15c for every $1 they make for distributing to pharmacies. That should be sufficient, and the government thinks so as well, but, and it’s a huge BUT, they then hand back at least 5c to pharmacists in return for their business.

Add to this their huge overheads, excessive executive salaries, lack of coherent strategies, massive sheds and head offices, the Wholesale model is not sustainable.

Pharmacists were wooed with preferential rates, overseas tours (the 2011 API tour to Paris and Barcelona is the latest to be advertised), and special offers to finance pharmacy expansion.

This correspondent wrote earlier this year in Croakey – and was roundly condemned within the industry for it – that the government was tired of the continual whinging and wrangling between the Pharmacy Guild and the Wholesalers, and would let natural attrition take its course.

The ship has left the harbour. If other drug manufacturers follow suit – there’ll be a few property auctions around the country.

This story was written for Crikey and Croakey.

The crooks are always coming up with something new.

South African readers and visitors are warned about a new scam – particularly at Caltex Service Stations – you are offered a ‘free’ promotional key ring. Inside the key ring is a GPS tracker dot to allow the criminals to follow you, highjack or do whatever.

Beware!

There's the dot inside!

There's the GPS dot inside!

FareCompare.com is a great website for price comparisons on air travel (predominantly) and hotels. They publish from time to time, some smart hints and tips for trvellers.

Once you’ve spent all your air miles – usually earned on company business – it’s time to become a little promiscuous and fly where the prices are really low.

Here’s some tips from FareCompare:

1. Fly the Cheapest Days of the Week: The cheapest days to fly – to book your departures and/or arrivals – are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

2. Fly Low-Cost Airlines – Sometimes: The EasyJets of the world are superb – but calaculate the additional baggage fees carefully.

3. Purchase Airfare on Tuesdays: You will tend to find cheaper airfares on Tuesday than any other day. This is because of a fairly recent phenomenon: the launch of airfare sales on Monday nights.

4. Don’t Pay Bag Fees (unless you really have to): Surely you can find something better to do with your money, right? Relatives – the days are gone where we can hum all your additional baggage!

6. Fly the Big Hubs – Usually: Not always, but often flying in and out of a large airport will save you money.

7. Use Airfare Alerts: Save time and money. FareCompare offer email alets when prices drop.

8. Fly Out of Season:  The obvious. Avoid school and public holidays.

9. Avoid Other Airline Fees: This one’s easy to do. Skip the food, pre-boarding, phone reservations, and, importanlt, don’t change your flights.

10. Save Time at Security: Know the Airport Security rules for passing the lines quickly.

And remember, starting Nov. 1, 2010 – your airline must have your “Secure Flight” information, and most want to have that info in their reservation systems a few days before your departure: your full name as shown on your government ID, your date of birth, and your gender.
[tips source: www.flycompare.com]

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Steeped in Blood

The Life and Times of a Forensic Scientist By Dr David Klatzow – as told to Sylvia Walker

‘To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.’
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, scene iii, lines 78-80

  

 

 

 

Legendary forensic scientist Dr David Klatzow bookmarks his new book Steeped in Blood with this quote from Hamlet. Klatzow has spent his life searching for the truth – often at a risk to his own life and to his own reputation.

Written without descending into a legal tome of dull prose, Klatzow and his fellow scribe, Sylvia Walker, take the reader through a fascinating dissertation on many of the landmark forensic investigations with which he has been involved.

Klatzow takes the reader through several high profile cases and, probably, the one which has the most appeal beyond the legal fraternity is the South African Helderberg 747 crash in 1987. Drawing on evidence and with some quite exceptional forensic work, he uncovers the massive cover up by the apartheid Government. It makes for absorbing reading.

No stone is unturned in the quest for the truth and insights on such other high-profile cases such as the Kebble affair, numerous apartheid atrocities and, more recently, the van der Vyver case keep the reader turning page after page.

The author relates numerous examples of how conflicts of fact had to be resolved during the cases that he was involved in and that in most of them, his opinions were accepted by the judges presiding. Klatzow’s command of the English language is well known and he uses this skill throughout the book and in describing his numerous court appearances.

In his foreword, Advocate George Bizos SC of the Legal Resources Centre and noted defence lawyer states, “No trial lawyer, senior investigating officer or potential expert witness can afford to ignore this book.”

To this we should add, anyone who believes in the truth.

Steeped in Blood, is published by Struik and can be purchased for ZAR220-00 at leading bookshops in South Africa or directly from the author at david.klatzow@mweb.co.za. A digital version is available from the same email.

Many aficionados held their breath when Seth Rotherham announced that the most popular ‘blog’ in South Africa – www.2oceansvibe.com – was becoming a ‘credible news source’ and enlisting other writers.

No worries. Here’s the latest rankings:

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Did we hear a ‘phew’ from Seth?

Don’t forget to upload the new App – 2Ov.fm for your iphone or blackberry!

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Blackberry follows where Apple leads. Interesting stat from the USA is that iPads now make up 50% of all PC and laptop sales!

Whose next?

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American architects Choi+Shine won an award from the Boston Society of Architects for this different approach to electricity transmission towers that they designed for Iceland’s power authority.

Maybe other countries can follow suit?

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